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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Mike Soroka Dominates

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Sandwiched between a pair of losses on Monday came an absolute gem from Mike Soroka.

Mike Soroka Delivers a pitch Jeff Morris

Monday saw the Braves farm system drop two out of it’s three games, but that middle game saw Mike Soroka turn in his best start of what is a very strong season. Lucas Sims was the exact opposite, as he turned in his worst start of the season. Meanwhile Touki Toussaint was somewhere in the middle, losing 1-0 but badly fighting his command more than he had all season.

Norfolk Tides 16, Gwinnett Braves 9

Boxscore

  • Lucas Sims, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 R, 6 K
  • Jace Peterson, 2B: 2-5, 3 RBI, SB
  • Carlos Franco, 3B: 3-4, 3 R

The pitching was just awful in this one. Every one of the Braves pitchers allowed at least three runs to score and Lucas Sims gave up the most earned runs he has all season. Sims gave up seven hits, including a pair of solo homers in his five innings- though on the bright side his command wasn’t horrible and he did pick up six strikeouts. Caleb Dirks and Wes Parsons each allowed three runs in relief, while Mauricio Cabrera was touched for four runs.

In their first game since losing Ozzie Albies to the DL, the Braves managed to score nine runs in the loss. Jace Peterson went two of five and kept his average at an even .500 with two steals in his first three games. Carlos Franco added three hits in his four at bats and scored three times, and Anthony Recker also collected three hits while Sean Kazmar had two. Matt Tuiasosopo hit a two run homer in defeat.

Next Game: Tuesday 6/6 hosting Norfolk @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starter-TBD

Mississippi Braves 4, Biloxi Shuckers 2

Boxscore

  • Mike Soroka, SP: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 9 K
  • Joey Meneses, 1B: 2-4, R, RBI
  • Travis Demeritte, 3B: 0-3, BB, R, SB

Mike Soroka was absolutely dominant in his eight shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks while striking out nine. He was extremely efficient, needing just 85 pitches to make it through his eight innings. It was arguably his best start of the year as he pitched deeper than either of his two previous scoreless outings. He moves to 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA on the year and drops his WHIP to 1.02- crazy numbers for a kid in AA who doesn’t turn 20 years old for two more months.

The bats were mostly quiet, and it was a two hit, run scored, and RBI performance from Joey Meneses that was the biggest impact game at the plate for the Braves, who managed just five hits and no extra base hits in the win. Travis Demeritte walked and stole a base and Ronald Acuna went hitless in three at bats, though did get hit by a pitch and scored a run.

Next Game: Tuesday 6/6 hosting Biloxi @ 8:00 PM. Probable Starter-Kolby Allard

St. Lucie Mets 1, Florida Fire Frogs 0

Boxscore

  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 BB, 1 R, 6 K
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 3-4
  • Anfernee Seymour, CF: 2-4, 2B

Mets top draft pick from 2016 Justin Dunn came out ahead of Touki Toussaint in a classic pitchers duel on Monday night. Of course you can’t call Touki’s performance classic, as his strides forward in command seemed to disappear in this one. He walked five hitters, the first time he walked more than three in a game this year, and threw just 58 of his 105 pitches for strikes. This game accounts for nearly 22% of Touki’s 23 walks on the season. Still it remains to be said that he did a good job of battling through and limiting the damage, keeping the Braves in this one as long as he stayed in the game. Corbin Clouse finished the game for the Fire Frogs, and although his command issues have been present throughout the year it is worth noting that he’s dropped his ERA from 9.72 at the end of April to a more respectable 3.74 mark today.

The Fire Frogs didn’t have much success against Justin Dunn and the Mets bullpen, though Jonathan Morales’ three singles and a single and double from Anfernee Seymour accounted for five of the team’s eight hits. It doesn’t get talked about much, but Seymour has really adjusted well to High A as he is now hitting .315/.398/.371 in his 25 games since his promotion. Austin Riley also added a single in the loss.

Next Game: Tuesday 6/6 hosting St, Lucie @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starter-Enderson Franco