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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/18: Allard bounces Back Strong

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Kolby Allard put on his best performance of his young career for Rome, helping keep them in the game long enough to walk off. Max Povse and Sean Newcomb also made strong starts.

Sean Newcomb

(31-38) Gwinnett Braves 1, (40-30) Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders7

Box Score

Emilio Bonifacio, CF: 0-4, .270/.321/.319

Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-4, .260/.365/.358

Ozzie Albies, 2B: 0-3, BB, .238/.289/.359

Chris Ellis, SP: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 67.50 ERA

Between the lack of offensive production and the early scoring burst from the Railriders, Gwinnett never stood much of a chance in this game. Rio Ruiz had the only multi hit game extending his hitting streak to 3 games. Ruiz now has hits in 6 of his last 7 and has a .429 OBP in June. Ozzie Albies had his 4 game hitting streak snapped with an 0-3 performance.

Chris Ellis got roughed up quite a bit in his first AAA start, and failed to even make it out of the first inning. He had recorded just 2 outs on 40 pitches-16 for strikes. He managed to get the first batter of the inning out, but then allowed 5 consecutive hits (3 extra base hit) before recording the second out. He followed that by hitting a batter, walking a batter, and then walking the player who led off the inning before finally being pulled. Rob Wooten was able to get the game all the way to the 5th with great work, only allowing an unearned run. Stephen Janas combined to help save what could have been a bullpen disaster by pitching 3 innings and only allowing 1 run.

Next Game: 6/19 at (40-30) Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders @ 1:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Joel De La Cruz (1-1, 5.48 ERA)

SWB: Phil Coke (3-0, 1.54 ERA)

(33-35) Mississippi Braves 2, (29-40) Birmingham Barons 3 F/10

Box Score

Dansby Swanson, SS: 0-3, BB, .236/.321/.379

Dustin Peterson, LF: 0-2, 2 BB, .281/.349/.438

Johan Camargo, 2B: 0-4, .242/.290/.332

Sean Newcomb, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.96 ERA

Dansby Swanson’s statistical free fall continued with another hitless game, and his OPS is now in danger of dropping below .700. Dustin Peterson went hitless in this game, snapping a 13 game hitting streak dating back to June 5. He did walk twice, which extended his on base streak to 17 games in a row. Peterson has not failed to reach base in any of the games he has played in June.

The bright side of a tough loss for the MBraves was the performance from Sean Newcomb, who pitched 7 of his best innings of the season. The only damage for Newcomb came in the 5th off of 3 straight hits, otherwise the Barons couldn’t touch him. The biggest success for him was throwing strikes, with 0 walks and over 60% strikes thrown. Mauricio Cabrera pitched 2 hitless innings, and while he did allow 2 walks he also struck out 4.

Next Game: 6/19 @ (29-40) Birmingham Barons @ 4:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Rob Whalen (4-4, 2.36 ERA)

BIR: Carson Fulmer (3-7, 5.37 ERA)

(29-39) Carolina Mudcats 9, (25-42) Wilmington Blue Rocks 2 Game 1

Box Score

Joseph Odom, C: 3-3, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, .292/.349/.500

Joey Meneses, 1B: 0-4, .346/.406/.496

Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-3, BB, .234/.328/.355

Max Povse, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 3.51 ERA

(29-40) Carolina Mudcats 2, (26-42) Wilmington Blue Rocks 3 Game 2

Box Score

Jordan Edgerton, 3B: 2-2, BB, .189/.228/.299

Sal Giardina, 1B: 2-3, 3B, .190/.235/.254

Braxton Davidson, RF: 1-3, .235/.328/.355

Caleb Beech, SP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 3.18 ERA

Carolina settled for a split of the double header, but dominated game 1 all around. 4 consecutive players in the batting order combined for 11 hits, 6 runs scored, and 8 RBIs. Game 2 didn’t go as well offensively, with Sal Giardina and Jordan Edgerton being the only 2 to record multiple hits. Braxton Davidson has been hot the last couple of weeks, and has slowly pushed his offensive numbers up. It has been 10 games for Davidson now without multiple strikeouts.

Max Povse was his usual sharp self from the mound in game 1, with only a couple of unearned runs in the first inning to blemish his record. He recorded 6 Ks with zero walks in the game, his 4th time doing that this season. In 8 of his 13 starts, he has struck out 6 or more batters and walked 1 or fewer. Caleb Beech was able to match up with Povse quite well on Ks and walks, but allowed 7 hits in his 5.2 innings. While he was able to limit damage he ultimately took the loss in that one.

Next Game: 6/16 vs (26-42) Wilmington Blue Rocks 2:00 PM ET

Starters TBD

(27-41) Rome Braves 3, (37-32) Greensboro Grasshoppers 2

Box Score

Justin Ellison, RF: 1-4, 2B, .227/.280/.338

Austin Riley, 3B: 0-4, .256/.304/.378

Lucas Herbert, DH: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .227/.276/.298

Kolby Allard, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 8.25 ERA

Rome was being no hit up until the 6th inning, when Bradley Keller dropped down a bunt to snap it. Rome couldn’t capitalize then, but down 2-0 they were able to get 2 runs in the 8th and walk off in the 9th to win the game. Lucas Herbert had 2 hits in the game, and is hitting .286 in June, making it his best month thus far in the season.

The story of the night is Kolby Allard’s great start, which is a huge bounce back from the rough outings he had to start the season. The only run allowed for him was unearned, and he held his control while also striking out a batter an inning. Dalton Geekie pitched 2 innings of relief, allowing 1 run while striking out 2. Josh Graham finished out the game and earned the win with 2 scoreless innings pitched.

Next Game: 6/13 vs (37-32) Greensboro Grasshoppers 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Touki Toussaint (2-5, 4.89 ERA)

GBO: LJ Brewster (1-2, 7.24 ERA)