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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Crazy game in Rome while Chris Ellis helps his own cause

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The affiliates went 2-2 last night including one of the craziest games and box scores you will ever see down in Rome.

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Gwinnett Braves 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 12

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 1-3, 2 BB, .309/.377/.446
  • Adonis Garcia, LF: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB, .333/.405/.697
  • Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B: 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, .248/.347/.485
  • Lucas Sims, SP: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.73 ERA

Lucas Sims struggled in this one as Gwinnett fell to Pawtucket 12-7. Lucas has made 5 starts in AAA thus far, 3 of which he gave up 3 earned runs or less, and in the other two he gave up 6 earned runs. As a result, its safe to say that Lucas is struggling with consistency a bit after getting promoted, but after completely dominating double-A in addition to his performance in the second half and the AFL last year, there is still plenty of reason for optimism for Sims. Having two inherited runners score didn't help his line either, but David Peterson pitched one inning of relief and things...did not go well. 4 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 2 walks, and 0 Ks to go along with letting those inherited runners score and its pretty clear where this game went off the rails.

On offense, Adonis Garcia is flat out raking at AAA. He has been back in Gwinnett for 9 games, has hit safely in all of them, and has now homered in 4 straight games. Given the dreadful state of the Braves offense of late, it would not be that surprising to see Adonis called back up to Atlanta although where he would play given the emergence of Mallex Smith is an interesting question. Ozzie Albies has really started to turn things around in the past week hitting safely in 6 of 8 games and starting to draw some walks of late. Matt Tuiasosopo had a good game with a couple of extra-base hits including his 5th home run of the year.

Next Game: 5/16 hosting Durham @ 7:05 PM

Probable Starters: Gwinnett - TBA, Durham - Jaime Schultz

Mississippi Braves 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 2-4, 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run, .306/.411/.485
  • Johan Camargo, 2B: 1-4, 1 run, .265/.333/.368
  • Chris Ellis, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2.06 ERA; 3-3, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 run

Chris Ellis did work both on the mound and at the plate in this one as Mississippi won 4-3. Ellis has been outstanding this season and while he didn't have his best stuff in this one with some command and control issues (not to mention that Mississippi did not seem to be too fond of the home plate umpire for what its worth), but he limited the damage and kept off-balance enough that when he did make a mistake, he didn't get punished too badly (the notable exception being on a solo homer he gave up). He also brought the big wood at the plate, going 3-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

In addition to Ellis going wild at the plate, Dansby Swanson had himself a good game as well with a pair of hits, an RBI, and a run scored. Dansby has struggled a bit after a hot start in Mississippi, but has had some bad BABIP luck and ultimately has only struggled over a very small sample size, so if this game means anything...its that Dansby has the ability to excel despite the aggressive promotion. Ultimately whether he does or not is on him, but he certainly passes the eye test. The rest of the Mississippi offense was fairly pedestrian with Dustin Peterson cooling off for a game, but they scratched together enough runs to get the win.

Next Game: 5/16 at Pensacola @ 6:30 PM CST

Probable Starters: Mississippi - Sean Newcomb, Pensacola - Barrett Astin

Carolina Mudcats 4, Lynchburg Hillcats 5

Box Score

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, 1 BB, .339/.396/.512
  • Reed Harper, SS: 3-4, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 1 run, .256/.295/.341
  • Max Povse, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 8 K, 2.98 ERA

Defensive miscues were costly in this game as Carolina fell to Lynchburg. Max Povse had a good start again with just two earned runs and 8 strikeouts in 5 innings. However, two errors by Reed Harper led directly to two unearned runs which put Carolina in a hole early. Carlos Salazar and Evan Phillips pitched 4 innings of relief and combined for 6 Ks against just two walks, but the lone run Salazar gave up ended up being the decider in the game.

On offense, Carolina had four players with multi-hit games including Reed Harper who had a three double game which at least partially atoned for the errors he committed in the field (its also worth noting he made a great play in the field as well and is usually a very solid defensive player). Joey Meneses, after seeing his hit streak end yesterday, got right back on the horse and had his 6th multi-hit game in his past ten games. Overall, Carolina outhit Lynchburg 12-7 but could not string together enough runs to get it done.

Next Game: 5/16 hosting Lynchburg @ 7:00 PM

Probable Starters: Carolina - Ryan Clark, Lynchburg - TBA

Rome Braves 9, Hickory 2 - F/19

Box Score

  • Luke Dykstra, 2B: 3-7, 1 2B, 1 RBI, BB, .308/.354/.368
  • Bradley Keller, RF: 3-8, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 1 run, .200/.198/.376
  • Alejandro Salazar, SS: 4-10, 1 RBI, 1 run, .255/.277/.274

This was one of the craziest games you will see anywhere as Rome used a huge 19TH INNING to win 9-2 in a marathon game. First, whats forgotten a bit in games like this is that Ricardo Sanchez was excellent over 5 innings giving up 6 hits and no earned runs while striking out 6 and walking 2. The game would stay a 1-1 tie forever it seemed like until Rome's 5th relief pitcher (13th relief inning), Bladimir Matos gave up a run to let the game go one more inning. Thats were position player Yeudi Grullon came in after the offense went wild in the top of the 19th and secured the win on the mound.

On offense, there is an absolute ton to go through, so I highly recommend you go through the box score for this game in particular. In short, Rome had 22 hits in the game, 7 of which came in the top of the 19th in addition to reaching twice on errors. Seven Rome players had multi-hit games, and this was a lineup without Austin Riley and Ronald Acuna. Luckily for Rome, the Hickory bullpen faltered before Rome's which resulted in Rome getting a hard-fought win.

Next Game: 5/16 at Columbia @ 7:05 PM

Probable Starters: Rome - Touki Toussaint, Columbia - Chase Ingram