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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/16: Ozzie triples on rough day on the farm

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(30-37) Gwinnett Braves 1, (37-29) Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2 - F/11

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, 2B: 1-5 3B, R .241/.287/.368
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-5 .254/.358/.355
  • Lucas Harrell, SP: 5IP 5H 1ER 3BB 8K

Gwinnett totaled just seven hits over 11 innings in another loss. All of the offense came in the 3rd inning when Ozzie Albies hit a lead off triple and then scored on a grounder to the pitcher. Anthony Recker immediately followed with a double and that was the last hit until the 9th inning when Rio Ruiz singled to lead off the inning.

After hitting two homeruns in two consecutive games, Anthony Recker returned to the lineup after sitting out two nights ago. He responded with a hard struck double and walk. Recker has now reached base in five straight games.

The offensive struggles wasted a strong start by Lucas Harrell who struck out eight over five innings. The only thing really going against him was his pitch total as he threw 98 pitches in just five innings. Rob Wooten, Matt Marksberry, and Jose Ramirez took care of innings 6-9 allowing a combined two hits and striking out four. The game was lost with two outs after Ryan Weber loaded the bases and Andrew Knapp singled to left to bring in the winning run.

Next Game: 6/17 @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ 7:05 PM ET


SWB: Haynes, 1-1 4.89 ERA

(32-34) Mississippi Braves 2, (28-39) Birmingham Barons 5

Box Score

  • Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-3, BB, K .235/.321/.380
  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-3, RBI, BB .281/.346/.442
  • Johan Camargo, 2B: 0-1, BB, RBI .247/.296/.340

Mississippi got off to a fast start scoring two runs in the 2nd inning because of four walks and a hit by pitch. I kid you not Mississippi scored two runs without a single hit or sacrifice. It was the only two runs that Mississippi would score and it wasn’t until the 6th that the strange no-hitter was broken up courtesy of a Jacob Schrader double with one out. They threatened to score again until Jacob Schrader was sent home and gunned down for the final out of the inning at home. Mississippi collected just three more hits in the game including just one extra basehit.

Victor Mateo scattered six hits across 6.1IP and surrendered three walks throwing 55 strikes on 95 pitches. He was relieved by David Peterson who struggled - allowing 4 hits, and two earned runs in 1.2 IP.

Next Game: 6/17 @ Birmingham @ 7:05 CT

BIR: Brennan, 1-3 11.51 ERA

(24-40) Wilmington Blue Rocks 2, (27-38) Carolina Mudcats 1 - F/7

Box Score

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-2, BB .227/.322/.343
  • Joseph Odom, DH: 1-2 2B, R, BB .286/.343/.492

I will sum up the entirety of the offense in this following sentence. Joseph Odom picked up his 12th double of the season, and scored after two consecutive wild pitches and was followed by a Braxton Davidson single. That was all of the offense.

Raymar Navarro making another spot start was actually very solid surrendering four hits, three walks, and two earned runs over six innings. One of those four hits was the go ahead homer in the 2nd. Taylor Lewis replaced Navarro and struck out two, while allowing just one hit. It was the 8th appearance of the season for Lewis in Carolina and he has yet to yield a run.

Because it was a double-header the game lasted seven innings and overall took one hour and fifty minutes.

(25-40) Wilmington Blue Rocks 3, (27-39) Carolina Mudcats 2

Box Score

  • Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-2, K .227/.322/.343
  • Joseph Odom, DH: 1-3 HR, RBI .286/.343/.492
  • Zach Quintana, SP: 3.0IP, 4H, 1R, 2BB, 3K, 5.24 ERA

Zach Quintana had a respectable spot start going three innings in the second game of a double-header. He’s had trouble with the long ball this year with a HR/9 clip of 1.72 but avoided them over three quality innings. Sean McLaughlin had similar results, limiting the Blue Rocks to one unearned run over his two innings of work. It’s been a weird year for Sean as his K/9 is at it’s lowest this year, and he’s walking guys at a higher clip than he’s ever done but he still has a respectable 1.281 WHIP and 1.21 ERA. Chase Johnson-Mullins pitched the final two innings and gave up one run and picked up the loss. The big lefty has a really nice arm but has struggled with walks this year to the tune of a 4.9 BB/9 which is actually an improvement over last year and his near 6BB/9. He misses bats which can be seen with his .218 BAA but the next step in his progression as a potential bullpen piece will be if he can significantly lower his walks.

Offensively, the Mudcats tried really hard. I promise you they didn’t actively try to throw away at-bats, but it was just a tough night. The lone real highlight was Joseph Odom hitting his 8th homerun of the season. He’s enjoying the best season of his career and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him promoted to Mississippi in the second half.

Next Game: 6/17 vs Wilmington Blue Rocks @ 7:00 PM ET

WIL: Tenuta, 3-4 5.90 ERA
CAR: Withrow, 4-4 3.88 ERA

(36-31) Greensboro Grasshopper 9, (26-40) Rome Braves 1

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-3, BB .261/.310/.387
  • Lucas Herbert, C: 1-4, R .224/.275/.292
  • Max Fried, SP: 5IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, 4.34 ERA

This has got to be one of the most boring minor league recaps I’ve ever done.

Max Fried continued with his tour of minor league baseball last night with a solid, but not spectacular start. He’s struggled with walks this year with a BB/9 rate of 5.16 but they say control is the last thing that comes around after TJ surgery. He’s also at 64 innings pitched on the season so will see if they slow him down in the second half of the season. They could also entertain the idea of staying with a six man rotation that they have been doing since Kolby Allard’s insertion into the rotation.

Following Max Fried were Grayson Jones, Bladimir Matos, Chad Sobotka, and Matt Custred. Everyone not named Custred gave up at least one run, and Custred extended his scoreless streak to five games.

Offensively, nothing was that great. Rome scored their lone run courtesy of three singles in the fifth inning. They went on to scatter three more hits over the rest of the innings. Yeudi Grullon had a nice night going 2-for-2 with a walk and the lone RBI - driving in Lucas Herbert in that 5th inning.

Next Game: 6/17 vs Greensboro Grasshoppers @ 7:00 PM ET


ROM: Sanchez, 3-5 6.34 ERA