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Atlanta Braves Minors League Recap 5/14: Thurman Strikes out 9

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Greetings from Pensacola, where starting pitcher Andrew Thurman put up possibly his best start of his career. Ozzie Albies knocked a couple of hits in Gwinnett's double header, and Rome lost a shootout to Hickory.

(18-18) Gwinnett Braves 3, (16-19) Pawtucket Red Sox 2  Game 1

Box Score

  • Adonis Garcia, LF: 1-3, HR, .346/.393/.577

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, .276/.352/.394

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-3, 2B .200/.200/.340

  • John Gant, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2.97 ERA

(18-19) Gwinnett Braves 6, (17-19) Pawtucket Red Sox 8  Game 2

Box Score

  • Adonis Garcia, LF: 1-3, HR, BB, 2RBI, .345/.406/.655

  • Ronnier Mustelier, DH: 1-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, .257/.315/.372

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-2, 2 BB, .212/.241/.346

  • Ryan Weber, SP: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.18 ERA

Gwinnett split the doubleheader with Pawtucket with two opposite styles of play. The first game was more heavily dominated by pitching, while the bats took over in the second half. Adonis Garcia homered in each of the games, and has now 3 consecutive games with a home run. Ozzie Albies put up a solid performance in both games, and reached base 3 times in game 2. Finally, Rio Ruiz went 1-3 in the first game before sitting out the second.

John Gant put up a solid start over 6 innings, and earned his 3rd win as a GBrave. He struck out 6 batters in his 6 innings, and now through 30.1 innings in Gwinnett has 33 strikeouts. He was relieved by Chris Withrow who pitched a scoreless inning and struck out 2. He has yet to allow a run in 5 innings with Gwinnett, and has struck out 7 only giving up 3 baserunners. The pitchers didn’t fare as well in Game 2, especially Joel De La Cruz who allowed 5 runs in 0.2 IP.

Next Game: 5/15 at (17-19) Pawtucket Red Sox @ 1:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Lucas Sims (0-2, 4.91 ERA ERA)

PAW: Henry Owens (2-1, 0.72 ERA ERA)

(15-21) Mississippi Braves 4, (22-14) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-4, BB, .250/.361/.404

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-4, BB, SB, .276/.346/.470

  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-4, HR, .265/.336/.363

  • Andrew Thurman, SP: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 5.72 ERA

Mississippi fell to Pensacola in a heartbreaker, dropping a game they led 4-1 in the ninth losing 5-4 in 10 innings. The offense put up a solid performance, and Dansby Swanson was even better than the linescore indicated. He knocked a couple of other balls hard in the game and made some nice defensive plays as well. Johan Camargo surprised basically everyone by homering in the 5th on a ball he barely snuck over the wall in right center, but Jacob Schrader's home run was no cheap shot. He launched a home run over the left field fence and into Pensacola Bay, but that would be the last run Mississippi would get. Dustin Peterson hit some balls hard as well, and though obviously not in the line score he destroyed a couple of baseballs in batting practice today, so it will be nice to see if he can begin to tap into that power even more.

Andrew Thurman was by far the best performer of the night, and basically from the opening pitch he was the dominant player on the field. He mixed his pitches well and kept the Wahoos hitters off balance all game, flashing a curve ball that is better than I had realized. He sat about 91-93 all game with good movement, and could run it up to 95/96 when he needed to, though it tended to flatten out a bit. Mauricio Cabrera flashed triple digits on the radar gun tonight, but has no control and walked the bases loaded before leaving a pitch over the plate that Chad Wallach could drive to clear the bases. My jinx game flashed 80 grade potential tonight, as just before Hursh's inning I leaned over and talked about how good he had been pitching of late. Then I said "well I probably just jinxed him and he's gonna lose the game" and guess what, he lost the game. He did however flash a super easy fastball that reached up to 96, so he definitely has the stuff to be successful in his current role.

Next Game: 5/15 at (22-14) Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ 4:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Chris Ellis (5-0, 1.71 ERA)

MOB: Jackson Stephens (2-2, 3.78 ERA)

Dansby Swanson
Dustunb Peterson

Top: Dansby Swanson takes BP prior to yesterday's game

Bottom: Dustin Peterson grounds out to the first baseman

(13-18) Carolina Mudcats 1, (23-12) Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Box Score

  • Joseph Odom, C: 2-4, .303/.357/.500

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 0-4, .333/.388/.513

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-3, BB, .205/.286/.291

  • Matt Withrow, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4.05 ERA

Carolina fell behind in the third inning, and could never really get anything moving offensively against Lynchburg. Joey Meneses saw his 17 game hitting streak snapped, and there were only 6 hits in the game. Braxton Davidson reached once with a walk, and Joe Odom added 2 hits and has now hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games. Joseph Daris doubled for the only Mudcats extra base hit in the game.

Matt Withrow allowed 3 of his 4 runs on home runs, back to back in the 5th inning after he had pitched well for 4.2 innings. Withrow started out strong but has run into back to back rough outings. The bullpen managed to shut down Lynchburg from there, and Zach Quintana pitched 2.1 scoreless and allowed 1 hit. Michael O'Neal pitched 1.2 perfect innings, but the Mudcats couldn't fight back in the game.

Next Game: 5/15 vs (23-12) Lynchburg Hillcats 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Max Povse (2-2, 2.89 ERA)

LYN: Sean Brady (2-2, 5.13 ERA)

(12-23) Rome Braves 7, (24-11) Hickory Crawdads 8

Box Score

  • Luke Dykstra, 2B: 3-4, 2B, BB, SB, 2 RBI, .300/.347/.355

  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-5, .323/.348/.427

  • Juan Yepez, 1B: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .292/.370/.375

  • Max Fried, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5.85 ERA

Rome got into a slugfest with Hickory, and couldn't come out on top in this one. The 2, 3, 4 combo of Dykstra/Morales/Yepez carried the offense with a total of 8-14, with 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Lucas Herbert had a double of his own, raising his season slash line to .202/.274/.287. Yeudi Grullon also had 2 hits and 2 RBIs in the game.

Max Fried got through 4 with only 1 run allowed, but allowed 4 runs including a 2 run home run to put a damper on the outing. While he didn't walk many guys, he didn't miss bats well and gave up 8 hits to only 3 strikeouts. Taylor Lewis allowed 3 runs in his 2 innings of work, and struggled with walks. Chad Sobotoka finished the game off and ended up as the only pitcher to not allow a run in the game for either team. He pitched one scoreless inning and struck out 1.

Next Game: 5/15 vs (24-11) Hickory Crawdads 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Ricardo Sanchez (2-3, 4.97 ERA)

HIC: Peter Fairbanks (1-2, 6.46 ERA)