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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Carolina wins rain shortened Game

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Rain prevented Carolina from playing a full game, but they won in 5 innings. The other two teams didn't fair so well, though Dansby, Ozzie, and Dustin Peterson each had 2 hits. Shae Simmons made a rehab start, his first game since a setback on May 21.

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(25-32) Gwinnett Braves 0, (26-32) Durham Bulls 9

Box Score

Erick Aybar, SS: 0-4, .167/.286/.167

Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-3, BB, .250/.347/.363

Ozzie Albies, 2B: 2-5, SB, .230/.266/.341

Shae Simmons, SP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

Erick Aybar made his 3rd rehab start for Gwinnett, and struggled a bit at the plate. He did make some nice plays in the field, so at least he wasn’t a complete potato. Ozzie Albies had 2 hits off of lefty Blake Snell today, and stole his 4th base in AAA. His splits have been uncharacteristically drastic this season, with better contact, power, and strikeout numbers hitting from the right side of the plate. Rio Ruiz had not played since Memorial Day prior to tonight’s game, so his return is a good sign. Hopefully the break will help get him moving in the right direction.

Shae Simmons made his first rehab appearance since May 21, and came back firing against the Bulls. He was very wild, but he always has been and coming off Tommy John that is even more expected. He was running his fastball into the mid 90’s, and he was abusing batters with his slider. Lucas Sims came in and gave his absolute worst performance, walking 6 and allowing 8 runs, coincidentally the same as the number of outs he gave up. Let’s just forget about him and move on to Stephen Janas, who made his first AAA appearance after being called up earlier in the day. He pitched 2 perfect innings, struck out 1, and all of his other outs were weak ground balls. Solid start to the AAA career.

Next Game: 6/6 at (30-26) Lehigh Valley IronWigs @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Lucas Harrell (2-0, 4.50 ERA)

LHV: Ben Lively (1-0, 3.46 ERA)

(25-30) Mississippi Braves 6, (25-31) Tennessee Smokies 11

Box Score

Dansby Swanson, SS: 2-5, RBI, .277/.361/.438

Dustin Peterson, LF: 2-5, RBI, .251/.319/.396

Dian Toscano, RF: 3-5, .244/.313/.303

Andrew Thurman, SP: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 6.62 ERA

The MBraves were rolling through 4, with a 5-1 lead and Andrew Thurman pitching as well as he has all season. Then they allowed 10 unanswered runs and lost the game. That is Not ideal. The top 4 of the order, Lipka, Toscano, Swanson, and Peterson, accounted for most of the offense in this one, going 10-20 with 6 runs scored. The rest of the team wasn’t so hot. Dansby Swanson recorded 2 hits to tie Ozzie Albies and Luke Dykstra for the system lead with 60. Dustin Peterson’s 2 RBIs gave him the outright system lead at 28.

Andrew Thurman was having one of his good starts through 4 innings, but the wheels fell off after that. He allowed 2 runs each in the 5th and 6th innings, and only recorded one out in the sixth before turning it over to Jed Bradley. Bradley’s Braves debut saw him record 0 outs and leave the bases loaded for Jason Hursh. Hursh allowed all 3 of those runs to score, and a run of his own before working out of the inning. The MBraves allowed a run each in the 7th and 8th, and Madison Younginer closed it as the only player to not allow a run today. Ouch

Next Game: 6/6 vs (25-31) Tennessee Smokie @ 8:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Victor Mateo (0-1, 5.28 ERA)

TNS: Duane Underwood Jr. (0-2, 5.52 ERA)

(22-32) Carolina Mudcats 6, (27-29) Frederick Keys 4 F/5 (Rain)

Box Score

Joseph Odom, C: 1-3, RBI, .264/.325/.417

Braxton Davidson, RF: 0-1, 2 BB, .210/.306/.305

Ryan Gebhardt, 2B: 1-3, RBI, .295/.349/.372

Raymar Navarro, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 6.00 ERA

Rain got the Mudcats out of Frederick with a win early, but they managed to fit quite a game in a 5 inning span. Joseph Odom opened the scoring in the first with a home run to give Carolina the lead. Carolina scored 3 in the second inning, and 2 in the 3rd to open up a 6-0 lead. Joey Meneses had 2 hits and a walk in his 3 plate appearances. Every batter on the team had a hit except for Braxton Davidson, who walked twice.

Raymar Navarro cruised the the first 2 scoreless, but ran into some trouble in the 3rd after Carolina had gotten that 6 run lead. He allowed 3 runs in that inning before recording a single out, but buckled down to get out of the inning with no further damage. He allowed 1 more run in the 4th and was pulled before he had enough innings for the win. Michael O’Neal pitched a scoreless 5th, and then the skies opened and ended the game. O’Neal earned the win, the first if his professional career, on his 24th birthday.

Next Game: 6/6 at (27-29) Frederick Keys 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

CAR: Matt Withrow (3-4, 3.67 ERA)