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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/15: Weigel Pitches Well

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Patrick Weigel fired one of his best games of the season, as did Andrew Thurman for Mississippi. Ozzie Albies and Dustin Peterson recorded 2 hits each.

Patrick Weigel Garrett Spain

(30-36) Gwinnett Braves 5, (36-29) Lehigh Valley IronPigs 7

Box Score

Emilio Bonifacio, CF: 2-5, HR, RBI, .271/.322/.322

Ronnier Mustelier, RF: 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .268/.329/.361

Ozzie Albies, 2B: 2-5, BB, RBI, .243/.290/.361

Lucas Sims, SP: 3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7.56 ERA

Gwinnett fell way behind in this game, and despite the best efforts of the offense they were unable to climb back. Rio Ruiz reached base with 3 walks in this game, his first 3 walk game since April 28th. Emilio Bonifacio had the only home run of the game for Gwinnett, and it was his first of the season. Ronnier Mustelier led the team offensively with 3 hits including 2 doubles in this game, and knocked in 2 of the 5 runs. With his 2 hits today, Ozzie Albies has hit safely in 7 of his past 8 games.

As mentioned before Gwinnett fell behind early, again because of struggled by Lucas Sims. After coming off a successful start statistically, he faltered in a major way over 3.2 innings. After allowing a leadoff home run in the game he actually settled down for a bit, and after 2 his line sat at 2IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K. The Ironpigs exploded with 4 runs in the third inning though, and then chased Sims in the 4th after scoring 2 runs. The bullpen shut down for the rest of the game, allowing Gwinnett to climb back but it was too late.

Next Game: 6/16 at (36-29) Lehigh Valley IronPigs @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Lucas Harrell (2-1, 4.29 ERA)

LHV: Jake Thompson (5-5, 3.42 ERA)

(32-33) Mississippi Braves 2, (27-39) Tennessee Smokies 1 F/8

Box Score

Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-4, .239/.322/.387

Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-3, RBI, 2B, BB, .280/.344/.443

Johan Camargo, 2B: 0-2, .248/.294/.341

Andrew Thurman, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 5.02 ERA

Rain and a power outage in Birmingham shortened this game by an inning and a half, leaving Mississippi as the 2-1 winners. Dansby Swanson continued his skid at the plate with an 0-4, dropping his average to it’s lowest since 4/10 in Carolina. Dustin Peterson on the other hand continues to rack up hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games with his 2 hit performance. He has pushed his OPS to .783 on the season.

Andrew Thurman had one of his good starts last night, and finally recorded his first win of the season. This was Thurman’s 2nd straight scoreless outing, and he has finally gotten his ERA down to a stomachable level. Still, the walk issues that have plagued him since the bus crash have not gone away. Steve Kent closed out the game with 4 strikeouts and no walks in 2 innings, earning his first save of the season.

Next Game: 6/16 vs (27-39) Birmingham Barons @ 8:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Victor Mateo (0-1, 4.26 ERA)

TNS: Jordan Guerrero (3-3, 4.10 ERA)

(27-37) Carolina Mudcats 2, (43-23) Lynchburg Hillcats 4

Box Score

Joseph Odom, DH: 1-4, .283/.335/.472

Joey Meneses, 1B: 0-4, .339/.401/.493

Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-3, BB, .227/.318/.345

Enderson Franco, SP: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4.80 ERA

The Mudcats offensive was cooled off today with only 2 runs scored. Braxton Davidson kept the hot streak he’s had going this month, with an OPS of .827 in the month of June. Joey Meneses came into this game on a 5 game hitting streak with 13 hits in those games, but went hitless. Now 2 games removed from seeing his 9 game hitting streak snapped Joe Odom had a base hit in this one.

Enderson Franco started this one, and though he has been solid much of the last few starts he has made he struggled a bit in this one. He gave up 4 runs spread over 4 separate single run innings, with only the 3rd staying clean. Michael O’Neal replaced him, and had another solid relief appearance for the Mudcats. In this one he went 2.2 scoreless innings, struck out 5, walked one and allowesd a hit.

Next Game: 6/16 vs (23-40) Wilmington Blue Rocks 5:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Raymar Navarro (4-1, 4.50 ERA)

WIL: Corey Ray (1-2, 4.24 ERA)

(26-39) Rome Braves 3, (34-32) Columbia Fireflies 4

Box Score

Luke Dykstra, 2B: 1-4, .320/.354/.377

Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .264/.310/.392

Lucas Herbert, C: 0-4, .223/.275/.293

Patrick Weigel, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 2.66 ERA

It wasn’t a banner day for the offense with only 4 hits, but they got them all in a bunch and ended up with 3 runs in the 8th inning to tie the game at 3. Austin Riley had the big hit, and opposite field double off the wall that scored 2 runs. He was lifted for a pinch runner that came around to score the tying run on a wild pitch. Luke Dykstra had another hit and it was a single to the surprise of no one. Justin Ellison had the only other extra base hit of the day with a triple.

Patrick Weigel was fantastic for Rome today, but unfortunately that doesn’t show quite as well in the stat book. While only 1 of his 3 runs was earned, he still ended up giving up those 3 runs in a game he should have left a lot closer. All three runs scored on the same play, which featured a throwing error by Wigberto Nevarez and one by Lucas Herbert that allowed all 3 baserunners to score. This was on a force play after the previous batter reached base on a sacrifice bunt. Anyway, disastrous defense aside his 9 Ks in 6 innings was great, and he really limited baserunners that weren’t a result of defensive weirdness. The Braves did tie the game up in the 8th, but Adam McCreery allowed a run in the bottom of the inning and they lost 4-3.

Next Game: 6/13 vs (35-31) Greensboro Grasshoppers 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Max Fried (4-4, 4.25 ERA)

GBO: TBD