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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Austin Riley and Lucas Herbert Homer

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Despite a 1-4 record in the system, many of the prospects for Atlanta hit well. Lucas Herbert and Tanner Murphy each hit their first home runs of the season, with Joseph Odom and Austin Riley also providing a long ball.

(15-15) Gwinnett Braves 2, (13-16) Charlotte Knights 12

Box Score

  • Gordon Beckham, 3B: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, .375/.375/.625

  • Rio Ruiz, DH: 0-4, .311/.392/.453

  • Ozzie Albies, SS: 0-3, .143/.143/.143

  • Tyrell Jenkins, SP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2.76 ERA

Gwinnett had cruised out to an early 2-1 lead after 3 in this one, but allowed 11 unanswered runs to get beat down by Charlotte. Half of the team's hits went to Gordon Beckham, and two of those were doubles. Rio Ruiz struggled in this one with 3 strikeouts, and Ozzie Albies also went hitless with a strikeout.

Tyrell Jenkins got roughed up a bit with 2 home runs allowed in this one, though both were aided by a 14 mph wind towards left field. He did as he usually does, and got 7 ground ball outs to 3 fly outs. Matt Marksberry came in to finish off Tyrell's final inning, and allowed 1 inherited runner to score before striking out the final batter. Brandon Cunniff also struggled with 5 runs allowed, and only recorded one out in the game. He was not aided by David Peterson, who allowed his inherited runner to score after 2 singles and a walk. Ryan Weber ended the game allowing 2 walks and a hit to score a run, and did not strike anyone out.

Next Game: 5/8 vs (13-16) Charlotte Knights @ 2:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: John Gant (1-0, 3.57 ERA)

CHA: Jacob Turner (2-0, 3.04 ERA)

(13-16) Mississippi Braves 3, (14-15) Tennessee Smokies 5

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-3, HBP, SB, .346/.469/.577

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-4, RBI, .282/.347/.427

  • Johan Camargo, SS: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .244/.313/.333

  • Rob Whalen, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 3.86 ERA

Mississippi's 4 game winning streak came to a screeching halt, as they (well, Steve Kent) allowed 4 runs in the 6th inning after taking a 3-1 lead. Dustin Peterson had 2 hits and an RBI in the game, and after a short slide has hits in 4 straight games. 3 of those games are multi-hit games, and he has pushed his batting average to the highest it has been since April 19. Johan Camargo has 4 hits in his three game hitting streak, and has a home run and a double in those games. Dansby Swanson hasn't recorded a hit in 2 games, but did get hit by a pitch in this one to extend his on base streak to 14 consecutive games.

Rob Whalen was effective in his 5 innings of work, allowing only 3 hits and one run while striking out 6 batters. He did allow 3 walks in the game, and has notably higher walk rates than at any other point in his career. Steve Kent came on to protect a 3-1 lead in the 6th, and was ineffective allowing (in order) a double, a hit, a fly out, a double, and a two run home run to allow the Smokies a 5-3 lead. He settled down after that, and retired the next 5 batters he faced-three by strikeout. Stephen Janas pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and has now pitched 10.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Next Game: 5/8 at (14-15) Tennessee Smokies @ 2:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Brandon Barker (3-0, 1.29 ERA)

JAX: Brad Markey (3-0, 3.16 ERA)

Game 2 (12-16) Carolina Mudcats 2, (20-8) Lynchburg Hillcats 7

Box Score

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 0-3, .301/.359/.430

  • Joseph Odom, C: 3-3, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, .269/.328/.481

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-3, .179/.259/.274

  • Ryan Lawlor, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4.66 ERA

Game 1 (12-15) Carolina Mudcats 5, (19-8) Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Box Score

  • Tanner Murphy, C: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, .137/.200/.196

  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 1-3, 2B, RBI, .311/.370/.444

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-3, .185/.267/.283

  • Enderson Franco, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6.67 ERA

In their past 21 games, Lynchburg has lost exactly 5 times. 3 of those came at the hands of the Mudcats, all by one run margins. Joseph Odom showed off his power with his second homerun of the season today, all in 52 at bats. He had 3 of the 4 hits in the game for Carolina, and also added a double to his line. Joey Meneses had a hit in game 1 of the double header to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, but was shutout for the first time since April 22 in game 2. Tanner Murphy knocked his first home run of the year, a good sign as he needs to get on track after having two bad seasons in a row.

Enderson Franco had his struggles in the early part of game 1, but settled into a nice groove for the next 3 innings before allowing 2 runs in the 5th. Franco is 3-1 on the season, despite a 6.67 ERA, giving more steam to the "Kill The Pitcher Win" movement. Zach Quintana pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and then Chase Johnson-Mullins earned the save despite allowing a run. Ryan Lawlor struggled in his start, allowing 8 baserunners and 3 runs in 5 innings while only striking out 2. That was much better than Zack Bird, who allowed 4 runs and only recorded 1 out in his outing before Evan Phillips got the final 2 outs.

Next Game: 5/8 vs (19-7) Lynchburg Hillcats 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Chris Withrow (1-1, 1.04 ERA)

(10-19) Rome Braves 8, (13-16) Augusta GreenJackets 14

Box Score

  • Lucas Herbert, C: 2-2, HR, 2 BB, RBI, .200/.270/.275

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, .245/.287/.425

  • Ronald Acuna, CF: 1-4, BB, 2 RBI, SB, .288/.378/.385

  • Max Fried, SP: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5.27 ERA

Rome provided a nice offensive outburst in this game, but poor pitching and 7 fielding errors (3 by Alejandro Salazar, 1 by Austin Riley, 1 by Bradley Keller, 1 by Ray-Patrick, and 1 by Luke Dykstra) led them to a 14-8 loss. Lucas Herbert has had at least 3 home run balls this year knocked down at the warning track this year, but finally got his first with an opposite field home run. In his last 50 at bats, he is hitting .240/.333/.340, which is not great but is a step in the right direction. Austin Riley, the most notable player slumping, hit his first home run since April 21, and Ronald Acuna reached base twice and stole his 10th base of the season.

As you may be aware, I wrote a report on Max Fried raving about his abilities just hours prior to the game. Jinx him, I must have, as he had his worst start of the season. Augusta basically teed off on him, and he only struck out 2 batters in the game. Trevor Belicek allowed 2 inherited runners to score, but didn't allow an earned run of his own in 1.2 IP. Dalton Geekie pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief. Rome had fought back from down 9-1 to get within a run, but in the top of the 9th Bladimir Matos effectively put the game out of reach allowing 5 runs in his inning of work. He had a 0.82 ERA and .030 BAA coming into the game.

Next Game: 5/8 vs (13-16) Augusta GreenJackets 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Ricardo Sanchez (2-2, 3.38 ERA)


LYN: Luis Lugo (1-1, 4.97 ERA)