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Atlanta Braves Minors Recap 5/17: Swanson hits go ahead bomb, Albies gets 3 hits

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It was a busy day in the system, with Juan Yepez, Braxton Davidson, and Dansby Swanson collecting home runs. Ozzie Albies recorded a 3 hit game, and Shae Simmons made a rehab start.

Dansby Swanson celebrates his 10th inning go ahead blast to left field
Dansby Swanson celebrates his 10th inning go ahead blast to left field
Garrett Spain

(19-20) Gwinnett Braves 4, (16-23) Durham Bulls 1

Box Score

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-3, BB, .269/.347/.381

  • Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B: 2-3, 2B, HR, BB, .260/.361/.529

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 3-5, 2B, .250/.297/.383

  • Shae Simmons, SP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

  • Casey Kelly, RP: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2.63 ERA

A 3 run 7th was all it took for Gwinnett to get a win, with the pitching staff turning in a dominant performance. Ozzie Albies led the offense with his best game in AAA, a 3 hits performance that included a double and a run scored. Matt Tuiasosopo gave Gwinnett an early lead with a second inning solo home run, and added another hit and a walk to his day. Emilio Bonifacio had a triple in the game, and Adonis Garcia doubled though he ended his streak of 4 straight games with a home run.

Shae Simmons started the game in his first rehab in return from Tommy John surgery, and after a lead off triple dominated the Bulls striking out 3 and walking 1. Casey Kelly made what will be the longest relief appearance of the season. He went 7 and allowed just 3 hits and one run while striking out 7. Matt Marksberry and Chris Withrow finished out the final inning scoreless, and Withrow has still yet to allow a run for Gwinnett this season.

Next Game: 5/17 vs (16-23) Durham Bulls @ 1:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Kanekoa Texeira (1-2, 2.70 ERA)

DUR: Austin Pruitt (2-2, 2.70 ERA)

(17-21) Mississippi Braves 4, (22-16) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3 F/10

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 2-4, HR, .283/.386/.483

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-5, 2B, .265/.333/.455

  • Johan Camargo, SS: 0-3, .258/.326/.358

  • Sean Newcomb, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 4.04 ERA

Mississippi was able to work around a poor defensive showing, finally winning in 10 innings. Dansby Swanson scored 3 of the 4 runs, and landed the crucial blow in extra innings. He took a fastball and crushed it deep over the left field fence and into Pensacola Bay, a no doubt home run that ended up the game winner. Oh and the wind was blowing in. In addition, he flashed good baserunning skills on a passed ball that only snuck about 15 feet behind the catcher. Dustin Peterson legged out a double in the 4th inning, and eventually scored.

Sean Newcomb was not helped much by errors in the field, 1 by Dustin Peterson and a couple by Johan Camargo that directly contributed to runs being scored. All runs of his were marked as earned, though this set of eyes thinks the two that had originally gone as unearned were just that. He had some issues leaving the ball over the middle of the plate in the middle innings, and got hit hard a few times. He worked 91-93 the whole game, and I'm not sure he feels comfortable pitching at lower velocities just yet because he never really seemed settle in.

Sean Newcomb Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

After coming in for an injured Kyle Kinman, Bradley Roney impressed me in his 2 innings of work. His fastball was 94-95 consistently, and he hit 96 a couple of times, with good arm side movement and some sink. His breaking ball was inconsistent, but flashes good movement and kept hitters off balance. He was effective and limited hard contact, so if the control ever comes he could be a lethal late inning weapon for the Braves.

Bradley Roney

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain
Next Game: 5/17 at (22-16) Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ 7:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Rob Whalen (2-3, 3.47 ERA)

PEN: Nick Travieso (2-2, 5.96 ERA)

(15-21) Carolina Mudcats 3, (25-12) Lynchburg Hillcats 7

Box Score

  • Joseph Odom, C: 0-4, BB, .274/.340/.452

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 0-3, RBI, 2 BB, .328/.388/.496

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 2-4, HR, .216/.296/.320

  • Ryan Clark, SP: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 6.08 ERA

Carolina made a late charge to tie the game up, but allowed 4 runs in the top of the tenth to lose. The best news from the game was Braxton Davidson's home run, his second of the year. Davidson has posted a .352 OBP in May. Reed Harper also had 2 hits in the game, but Carolina didn't do much more offensively. Erison Mendez had the only extra base hit of the game with a double.

Ryan Clark pitched well in his 6.2 innings for Carolina, finally overcoming the walks that plagued him early in the season and striking out 6 batters. He was relieved by Sean McLaughlin, who pitched 1.1 innings perfect before being pulled. Chase Johnson Mullins pitched a perfect innings with 2 strikes, but was pulled after allowing the leadoff hitter to get a hit in the tenth. Raymar Navarro relieved him, and allowed the inherited runner and 3 others to score, though not helped by 2 errors in the inning.

Next Game: 5/17 vs (25-12) Lynchburg Hillcats 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Enderson Franco (3-1, 6.09 ERA)

LYN: Luis Reyes (2-2, 3.90 ERA)

(14-23) Rome Braves 5, (19-18) Columbia Fireflies 1

Box Score

  • Luke Dykstra, DH: 2-4, 2B, .314/.359/.380

  • Jonathan Morales, C:1-4, 2B, RBI, .320/.346/.430

  • Juan Yepez, 1B: 1-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI, .297/.366/.459

  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 5.97 ERA

Somehow after playing a grueling 19 inning contest, Rome came in with enough energy to beat Columbia 5-1. Juan Yepez's call from extended spring training has been a shot in the arm for Rome's offense, as he has produced well and hit hit first home run of the season today. He has hits in 7 of his first 8 games. Luke Dykstra has hit his entire time in Rome, and now has his average up to .314. Justin Ellison had 2 hits and a stolen base on the day.

It would be a major stretch to say Touki Toussaint was good today, but he still managed to limit Columbia to 1 run in 5 innings. Still, he walked 5 batters and threw 47 strikes on 83 pitches. Matt Custred has had a tough start to the season, but was simply dominant in his 3 innings today. He allowed 1 hit, no walks, and struck out 6 batters, and in his last 3 appearances has allowed just 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, and struck out 7 in 6 innings. Josh Graham pitched a scoreless inning in to close out the win.

Next Game: 5/17 vs (19-18) Columbia Fireflies 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Mike Soroka (1-3, 1.96 ERA)

COL: PJ Conlon (5-0, 1.23 ERA)