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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Rio Ruiz Dominates (again)

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Rio Ruiz started off the month of May the same way he started off April, with a great performance. He had 2 extra base hits, and Chase D'Arnaud and Reid Brignac went back to back for Gwinnett.

Rio Ruiz slides into 3rd base after his 2nd inning triple
Rio Ruiz slides into 3rd base after his 2nd inning triple

(13-12) Gwinnett Braves 5, (16-7) Columbus Clippers 7

Box Score

  • Reid Brignac, 2B: 1-2, HR, RBI, 3 BB, .329/.422/.400

  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 3-3, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI, .333/.414/.506

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 0-5, .000/.000/.000

  • Tyrell Jenkins, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1.67 ERA

The offense started out on fire for Gwinnett, with Chase D'Arnaud and Reid Brignac hitting back to back home runs in the first inning to give the GBraves an early lead. After a 2 run 4th inning that saw the trainer need to come out to check on Tyrell Jenkins (he remained in the game and pitched well) Gwinnett fought back with a run of their own. They scored another run in the 6th before Columbus took a 6-4 lead on a 4 run in the 7th.  Rio Ruiz doubled in a run in the 8th, and represented the tying run. Then, in a decision as poor as casting Eliza Dushku, Brian Snitker sent Rio Ruiz to an easy out at home plate after Brandon Snyder singled to center.

Ruiz Slide

Columbus added a run in the 9th and Gwinnett was unable to respond back losing 7-5. Rio was again the offensive star for Gwinnett, getting a hit in all 3 at bats and walking once. He ended the game a home run short of the cycle. Ozzie Albies put the ball in play 3 times but was unable to get a hit, and was shafted on a poor strike call in one of his at bats, but played great defense including a very nice jump throw from the hole.

Albies Jump Throw

Tyrell Jenkins was a bit rough around the edges, but was effective in preventing Columbus from scoring runs. His worst inning was after a rough landing led to what I assume was just a minor tweak, but outside of that 4th inning he was good. Jose Ramirez was not very good in his inning of work and gave up the 4 runs that ended up being the ultimate decider in the game. Joel De La Cruz held the Clippers to 1 run in 2 innings, but was in trouble a lot during his outing.

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Next Game: 5/2 vs (9-12) Toledo Mud Hens @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters



(9-15) Mississippi Braves 1, (11-13) Jacksonville Suns 3

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-4, .429/.500/1.000

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-3, RBI, .270/.337/.438

  • Willians Astudillo, C: 0-4, .250/.288/.309

  • Rob Whalen, SP: 5.1 IP, 5 H,3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4.26 ERA, 1-2 2B

The bats for Mississippi were next to non-existent and they lost 3-1. Of course, it is no surprise that Dansby Swanson recorded a hit, and now has a 5 game hit streak between Mississippi and Carolina. Emerson Landoni and Rob Whalen were the only players with extra base hits in the game, both getting doubles. Whalen also scored the only run for Mississippi.

Whalen pitched 5 strong innings of shutout ball, but only recorded one out in the 6th. He gave up a walk and 2 singles to start the inning, and that tied the game. JT Riddle went to second on the throw from Dustin Peterson, and after a pop up scored on the single along with Jeremias Pineda. Whalen was relieved by Madison Younginer, who got the final 2 outs. Kyle Kinman pitched well and struck out 3 in 2 perfect innings. He has 4.2 consecutive scoreless innings, striking out 5 and allowing 2 hits in that span.

Next Game: 5/2 vs (11-13) Jacksonville Suns @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Brandon Barker (2-0, 0.78 ERA)

JAX: Ivan Pineyro

(11-12) Carolina Mudcats 5, (17-7) Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Box Score

  • Keith Curcio, CF: 2-3, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, SB, ..298/.361/.429

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .299/.372/.403

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-4, .183/.250/.293

  • Matt Withrow, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.04 ERA

The Mudcats managed to outscore Lynchburg in this one, despite being out hit in the game 7-4. Carolina capitalized on 4 Hillcats errors that led to 4 unearned runs. The biggest blow was Keith Curcio's 2 run home run in the 3rd, which was his first of the season. Curcio and Joey Meneses combined for all 4 of Carolina's hits, and had all 3 RBIs on the day. Braxton Davidson has undoubtedly struggled this year, and after a short hot streak has gone 0-9 with 5 Ks in his last 2 games.

Matt Withrow has limited offenses all season, and today was no exception. He pitched 6 innings and outside of a home run to Mike Papi shut out the Hillcats. He has pitched to a 1.04 ERA  in 17.1 innings this season. Zach Quintana pitched 1.2 innings, and struggled allowing a 2 run home run and walking 2 batters. Evan Phillips continued his streak of not allowing an earned run this season and is up to 10.1 innings. Batters have hit .057 off of Phillips this season. Rejoice, Mudcats fans. Tomorrow is Povse day

Next Game: 5/2 vs (16-6) Lynchburg Hillcats 5:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Max Povse (2-1, 1.69 ERA)

LYN: Jalen Beeks (2-1, 2.25 ERA)

The Rome Braves game was postponed due to copious amounts of water falling from the sky.

*Photo Credit on all pics goes to Garrett Spain.