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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/25: Folty Dominates in Rehab Start

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A strong offensive day by the system didn’t translate to many wins, but there were a few strong pitching performances in the system. Mike Foltynewicz was nearly perfect in 5 innings for rehab, and Kolby Allard struck out 6 in 4 innings for Danville.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Kansas City Royals Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

(33-43) Gwinnett Braves 6, (37-40) Charlotte Knights 8

Box Score

Reid Brignac, SS: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, .261/.362/.350

Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-4, .275/.369/.397

Ozzie Albies, 2B: 2-4 .248/.307/.352

Mike Foltynewicz, SP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.67 ERA

Gwinnett put up a strong offensive performance, but couldn’t quite make it happen. The game started smoothly, with a 5 run first highlighted by Reid Brignac’s 3 run home run. The inning was punctuated by Matt Lipka’s second triple since his promotion, scoring 2 runs and giving the GBraves a commanding early lead. The offense shut down for the next 7 innings before finally scoring a run in the 9th on Blake Lalli’s home run, but it was too late as Charlotte had already taken an 8-5 lead. Rio Ruiz had 1 single in the game, extending his hitting streak to an even 10 games. Ozzie Albies shows signs of heating up at the plate, and in his last 10 games has a .375 OBP with more walks than strikeouts and 2 stolen bases.

Mike Foltynewicz made his first rehab start for the Braves since Bone Spurs in his elbow sent him to the DL, and pitched quite well in his 5 scheduled innings. In fact the correct word would be dominant as he only allowed 1 hit in 5 innings and walked none. He was efficient as well, with only 65 pitches (43 strikes) to get through those 5 innings with 5 strikeouts. Unfortunately, as soon as he was pulled the wheel began to fall off. Casey Kelly came in to relieve Folty, and after allowing a run each in the 6th and 7th absolutely exploded in the 8th. Before either he or his replacement Rob Wooten could record an out, they allowed a single, 2 doubles, and 4 more singles in order to allow 5 runs and give up the lead. A sacrifice fly later in the inning stretched the lead to 8-5.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (37-40) Charlotte Knights @ 3:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Lucas Harrell (2-1, 3.48 ERA)

CHA: Tyler Danish (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

(35-37) Mississippi Braves 5, (32-41) Jacksonville Suns 6

Box Score

Dansby Swanson, SS: 3-5, 2B, RBI, .257/.336/.408

Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .277/.342/.431

Johan Camargo, 2B: 4-5, 2B, .261/.306/.363

Rob Whalen, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.43 ERA

Despite out hitting Jacksonville 14-10, the MBraves were unable to take down the Suns in this one. Dansby Swanson has hit safely in his past 4 games with a total of 8 hits, jumping his batting average up 21 points. Dustin Peterson’s 2 hits was the latest in a torrid June, and he has now hit .341/.396/.488 this month with more RBIs (18) that strikeouts (16). Johan Camargo’s 4 hit game was his first of the season, and his first since a 4 hit performance on August 3 of 2014 when he was playing for Rome.

Rob Whalen’s day was one of his worst of the season, as he allowed his highest hit and run totals of the season. Most of those came in a rough 5th inning, after allowing just an unearned run in the 3rd to that point. He loaded the bases the bases in the inning with one out, and after striking out the next batter allowed 3 straight hits to give Jacksonville a 4-1 lead. Those earned runs were Whalen’s first earned runs allowed since the 1st inning on June 3.

Next Game: 6/26 @ (32-41) Jacksonville Suns @ 6:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Lucas Sims (0-2, 1.84 ERA)

JAX: TBD

(31-42) Carolina Mudcats 8, (37-36) Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Box Score

Tanner Murphy, C: 1-2, RBI, 3 BB, .160/.256/.271

Jordan Edgerton, 3B: 3-5, 2B, .189/.229/.297

Isaias Tejada, DH: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, .333/.250/1.333

Caleb Beech, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.69 ERA

Despite strong offensive outputs from every squad in the system (all 7 teams score 5 or more runs) Carolina was the only one to come out on top with a win. The scoring was started in a 4 run second, with Isaias Tejada giving Carolina a 3 run home run in his first at bat since being signed from an Indy League. That was all the Mudcats would need, but they added 3 more in the 3rd and another in the 7th to really drive this win home. Braxton Davidson unfortunately had one of his scuffle games, with 4 strikeouts in a hitless 5 at bats. Tanner Murphy on the other hand, has quietly had a solid June. This month he is batting .220/.371/.480 with 3 home runs, more walks than strikeouts, and a .222 BABIP that suggests he could be doing better. IF ( big if) Murphy can make consistent contact he has a good future at the plate with his power potential and solid approach.

Caleb Beech Blanked the Pelicans for 5 innings in his second Mudcats start. In 6 games split between Rome and Carolina, Beech has pitched 21.2 innings and only walked 2 batters. Carlos Salazar pitched a pretty normal game for him, with a walk and a strikeout in a scoreless inning pitched. He was followed by a hitless 2 innings from Taylor Lewis, who has benefitted from whatever magic serum they have in the Mudcats bullpen that makes all of their guys never give up runs. Lewis has now gone 14 innings scoreless since his call up.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (37-36) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Ryan Clark (0-9, 6.20 ERA)

MB: Jake Stinnett (5-3, 3.78 ERA)

(29-43) Rome Braves 5, (43-29) Charleston RiverDogs 8

Box Score

Yeudi Grullon, SS: 3-4, RBI, BB, .256/.326/.279

Austin Riley, 3B: 3-5, 2B, RBI, .259/.306/.400

Jonathan Morales, C: 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, .246/.298/.341

Ricardo Sanchez, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 6.26 ERA

Again, a solid offensive performance was wasted by the pitching staff, as 6 runs allowed in the 2nd and 3rd innings doomed Rome. Austin Riley continued his hottest streak of the season at the plate with a 3 hit performance. In his last 15 games, Riley is hitting .316/.354/.471 with 2 home runs and 5 doubles. Jonathan Morales seems headed in the other direction, but in his 3 games in return from the all star break is 3-10 with 2 walks and 2 doubles,

Ricardo Sanchez did not have his best day, and though his control wasn’t his downfall in this one he could not limit hits in the early innings. He allowed 7 hits, a walk, and 6 runs through his first 3 innings, though he settled down and pitched the next 2 scoreless with 1 hit allowed, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts. Bladimir Matos allowed a run in his relief appearance, and after an impressive opening month has fallen off a cliff and raised his ERA to 5.04.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (43-29) Charleston RiverDogs 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Patrick Weigel (4-3, 2.66 ERA)

CSC: TBD

(2-1) Danville Braves 5, (1-2) Pulaski Yankees 9

Box Score

JB Moss, CF: 2-4, .500/.500/.500

Ramon Osuna, 1B: 0-3, BB, .375/.444/.500

Isranel Wilson, RF: 0-4, .300/.417/.500

Kolby Allard, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4./50 ERA

Danville’s offense exploded in the first 2 innings, scoring a combined 5 runs and staking Kolby Allard to a comfortable early lead. They took advantage of Pulaski’s wildness in the first, scoring a run on-in order-a hit by pitch, a walk, a walk, and a hit by pitch. They followed that with 2 runs scored on a throwing error before the catcher was picked off to end the inning. Then Marcus Mooney scored his first professional run after being hit by a pitch, drove in by Kevin josephina’s single. JB Moss also scored on the play as a result of a misplay by Ben Ruta who was brought in for the injured Andy Diaz.

Kolby Allard was dominant by his peripherals, with 6K/0BB in his 4 innings pitched. Unfortunately his game didn’t start out so well, as he hit the previously mentioned Andy Diaz up in the face with a fastball. Allard was shaken by the incident, as most pitchers are, but fortunately was able to walk off of the field on his own. Allard balked Ben Ruta to second base, and then allowed a double and a single to score a run. From there, he settled in nicely to strike out the next 2 batters and end the inning on a ground out. The game fell apart for Danville in the late innings, as relievers Gabino Avalos and Jon Kennedy allowed a combined 7 runs in the 6th and 7th innings. Jacob Webb, who was great in the GCL in 2014 before missing all of 2015, struck out 3 batters in his inning pitched.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (2-1) Princeton Rays 5:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

TBD for Both

(0-2) GCL Braves 6, (2-0) GCL Yankees East 8

Box Score

Cristian Pache, CF: 1-5, 2B, .333/.333/.444

Randy Ventura, RF: 0-5, 2 SB, .100/.100/.100

Derian Cruz, SS: 1-5, 2 SB, .300/.300/.300

Jesus Heredia, SP: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 8.25 ERA

The GCL team probably has the most exciting lineup in the system (at least until Ronald Acuna returns) and is topped by the 2 players fans should expect to wage a fun battle for the stolen base lead in the system. Ventura and Cruz went head to head today with 2 stolen bases each, giving Cruz still a slight advantage with 3 on the season. Anthony Concepcion had 2 hits on the day, and has 5 hits (3 doubles) in his first 2 games.

Jesus Heredia led off the GCL team with 4 scoreless innings, helping them out to A 6-0 lead. Heredia spent 3 seasons in the DSL before being bumped to GCL last season, and pitched well for the last 2 seasons. Unfortunately, a combination of Odalvi Javier, Alberto Rodriguez, Luis Barrios, and Luis Perez allowed 8 unanswered runs in the final 5 innings to help the Yankees to a win. Through all of this the Braves only allowed 3 hits to get 8 runs, but issued 12 walks and made 2 errors to allow those runs to score.

Next Game: 6/27 vs (1-0) GCL Pirates 12:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

TBD For Both