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Braves MiLB Recap 6/28: Soroka Deals

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(35-44) Gwinnett Braves 2, (41-37) Indianapolis Indians 1

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, 2B: 1-3 R, BB, SB, .248/.307/.351
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-4 2K, .270/.364/.369
  • Chris Ellis, SP: 4.1IP 4H 1ER 6BB 6K
  • Jose Ramirez, RP: 1.0IP 0H 0BB 0K

Ozzie started off the game with a walk, stole second, was moved over by a Mel Rojas Jr single, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Recker to start off the game on a positive note for Gwinnett. The 19 year old has begun to turn it around hitting .283/.368/.370 over his last 92 at-bats.

The second run for Gwinnett was scored after Ronnier Mustelier singled in the second and was brought in by a Blake Lalli double to right making the score 2-0. This ended up being the extent of the Gwinnett offense as the team stranded 5 and went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Those two runs turned out to be enough as Chris Ellis, Stephen Janas, Kanekoa Texeira, and Jose Ramirez were able to limit the Indians to 6 hits and 1 run over 9 innings.

It was not easy for Chris who labored heavily needing 103 pitches to get through 4.1 innings. The box score unfortunately is not a lie and he did indeed walk 6 batters, and has now walked 13 in 3 games since being promoted. That said he did limit the damage to just 1 run some how which was a nice change from the 10 runs he had given up in his previous two starts combined. He was replaced by Stephen Janas who continues to get it done at every level - tonight giving up just 1 hit over 2.2 innings while striking out 2 and walking 1. Texeira struck out 2 in his 1 inning of work, and Jose Ramirez pitched a perfect 9th to seal the win for Gwinnett. Over his last 10 games Ramirez has yielded just 2 runs, both in one game, and most importantly has only walked 4 during that span. As we head towards the all-star break and the subsequent trade deadline Ramirez may be one to keep an eye on to jump to Atlanta after some trades.

Next Game: 6/29 @ Indianapolis Indians @ 1:35 PM ET
GWI: Blair, 3-0 1.64 ERA
IDN: Duncan, 4-3 2.80 ERA

(31-45) Carolina Mudcats 0, (39-36) Frederick Keys 7

Box Score

  • Braxton Davidson, DH: 1-4 2B, .235/.337/.374
  • Zack Bird, RP: 3.2IP 3H 1ER 1BB 3K
  • Carlos Salazar, RP: 2.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 2K

It was ugly early, it was ugly in the middle, and it was ugly late. Carolina only had 3 at-bats with runners in scoring position and went 0-for-3, and also hit into two double plays. The offense struggled, as you would expect from this team, especially now with Odom up in Mississippi. On the plus side Braxton Davidson hit another double and is hitting .273/.388/.446 over his last 43 games.

Michael O’Neal had a spot start for Carolina and unfortunately had a dud. Leading into this game the righty had surrendered just two runs over his last 10 outings, unfortunately he was lit up tonight surrendering 7 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts over just 2 innings of work. Zack Bird followed O’Neal and was able to go a much needed 3.2 innings while surrendering 1 run, and Carlos Salazar ended the game with a great final 2.1 innings without allowing a single baserunner.

Next Game: 6/29 @ Fredrick Keys @ 7:00 PM ET
CAR: Withrow, 5-4 3.50 ERA
FED: Jones, 2-3 2.55 ERA

(31-43) Rome Braves 4, (27-48) Kannapolis Intimidators 1 - F/7

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 2-4 3B, R, RBI, .262/.307/.408
  • Lucas Herbert, C: 0-3 R, .205/.257/.268
  • Mike Soroka, SP: CG 7.0IP 2H 1R 1BB 7K

The streak was rather impressive. It was bound to happen eventually. It finally happened. After 24 games and 112 innings, Mike Soroka finally gave up his first homer of his career and he officially has a 0.08HR/9 rate on his career. To say he was good today would be an understatement. After giving up a 2-out double in the first inning Soroka went on to retire 14 of the next 15 hitters, with the one hitter reaching on error. It was then, at the top of the 6th, where the streak ended when Soroka gave up a homer to Bradley Strong (fitting, isn’t it?) - his second on the season. Obviously angered Soroka went out to retire the final six hitters of the game thus completing 7 innings of two-hit baseball. After being flubbed for the futures game just hours earlier Soroka lowered his ERA to 2.77 and his WHIP to 1.089 on the season.

On the offensive side of the ball Rome was held hit-less it’s first time through the lineup. In the fourth however Ray-Patrick Didder started things off with a single, and was followed up by back-to-back triples by Luke Dykstra (!!!!), and Austin Riley(!!!!!!!!!). This was just the 15th extra-base hit for Dykstra despite collecting 82 hits on the season. It was also Austin’s second triple of the season and promptly places him tied for third in the organization in triples and extended his hitting streak to five games where five of his nine hits have been extra-base hits. Justin Ellison then hit a sacrifice to score Austin Riley and put Rome up 3-0.

Rome later collected their fourth and final run after Justin Ellison led off the 6th with a single to center, and was brought home by a Jonathan Morales double.

Next Game: A couple hours.

ROM: Fried, 5-5 4.09 ERA
KAN: Easterling, 3-1 2.52 ERA

(31-44) Rome Braves 0, (28-48) Kannapolis Intimidators 10 - F/7

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-3, .262/.307/.408
  • Ray-Patrick Didder, CF: 1-3, .266/.371/.373
  • Oriel L Caicedo, SP: 2.1IP 6H 7R 0BB 1K

Caicedo with the spot start as Rome tends to do in double headers was shelled through his two innings of work. Josh Graham relieved him and while the box score won’t show it (1.2IP 0H 0R) a pair of wild pitches by him added two more runs for Kannapolis which lead by 7 after 3 innings. Grayson Jones, and Bladimir Matos each pitched a both of innings combining for 5 hits, and 3 runs allowed.

Intimidators pitching staff of Easterling, Hasler, and Barrow combined to scatter 4 hits across 6 innings allowed one single extra-base hit by Justin Ellison in the 7th. Luke Dykstra went back to hitting singles as he went 1-for-3.

Next Game: 6/29 @ Kannapolis Intimidators @ 12:05 PM ET

Pitching Probables:
ROM: Sanchez, 3-6 6.26 ERA
KAN: Martinez, 2-6 4.56 ERA

(3-3) Danville Braves 3, (4-2) Princeton Rays 11

Box Score

  • Isranel Wilson, CF: 1-4 HR, 2RBI, R, .211/.286/.474
  • J.B. Moss, RF: 2-4 RBI, SB, .389/.389/.389
  • Jaret Hellinger, SP: 6.0IP 8H 5R 3ER 1BB 3K

The night started off promising with Marcus Mooney tripling and coming in after a single by J.B. Moss. Moss then stole second and was left stranded there following a ground out by Alex Lee, and Ryan O’Malley to end the first. Princeton tied it up in the bottom of the inning, but Danville retook the lead in the second following a two run homerun by Isranel Wilson - his first of the year to put Danville up 3-1 after 2. Unfortunately for Danville that was the last run they would score, and they would gone up to give up 10 more unanswered runs to drop the game 11-3. Marcus Mooney, J.B. Moss, and Matt Gonzalez all had multi-hit games while Jared James, Elias Arias, Trey Keegan, and Isranel Wilson collected 1 hit each.

Jared Hellinger making his second start of the season pitched well until the 6th when a 2-run homerun did him in. Taylor Cockrell replaced him and pitched an effective inning giving up 0 hits and striking out one.

It was still 5-3 Princeton in the 8th inning when it imploded after Evertz Orozco gave up 6 on 4 hits and 1 walk in 0.2 IP. He was replaced by Sean Ratcliffe who walked three straight allowing the final two runs to score before finally retiring Emilio Gustave to end the terrible 6 run 8th inning.

Down 11-3 tried to furiously rally however a single by Trey Keegan was not enough and the game thankfully ended.

Next Game: 6/29 vs Johnson City Cardinals @ 7:30 PM ET

Pitching Probables
JCC: Oxnevad, 0-0 5.06 ERA
DAN: Gamez, 1-0 1.50 ERA

(1-3) GCL Braves 3, (2-1) GCL Pirates

Box Score

  • Derian Cruz, SS: 3-5 R, .400/.400/.450
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-4 RBI, R, .412/.412/.588
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 3.0 IP 0H 0R 2BB 4K