(9-16) Gwinnett Stripers 2, (13-11) Indianapolis Indians 3
- Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-for-4, .245/.295/.347
- Carlos Franco, 1B: 2-for-4, R, .248/.306/.416
- Kolby Allard, SP: 7.0IP 6H 1ER 2BB 4K, 2.25 ERA
Another day, another dynamic outing from a top Braves prospect. Kolby Allard continued his wonderful start to the 2018 season with seven great innings – giving up just two extra-base hits, while striking out four and walking two. It’s obvious the 20 year old is trying to join his pal down in Atlanta as he’s given up just four earned runs over his last four outings. He continued to work in the low 90s with great control of his fastball and that great curveball that he has always possessed, and an above average changeup. Our good friend David Lee had this to say about Kolby:
Crazy to say this about a 20-year-old, but Kolby Allard doesn't really have anything left to prove. He looked in control when I saw him recently and he's commanding his stuff at a high level.— David Lee (@David11Lee) May 4, 2018
He left the game with the lead after Tyler Smith singled in Sean Kazmar Jr, and Carlos Franco to put Gwinnett up 2-1 and was followed up by Evan Phillips who continued his fine work – adding in a perfect inning of relief while striking out two. However, Josh Ravin came in, in the ninth and blew the save giving up two runs including a walk off double by Erich Weiss with two outs. They were considered unearned runs because of a Ravin fielding error allowing Jacob Stallings to reach base.
With those two strikeouts Evan Phillips has increased his K/9 rate all the way up to 11.3, unfortunately for him he pairs it with a 5.0 BB/9 rate. He has an excellent fastball/slider/changeup arsenal which is certainly capable of being in a major league pen, however the struggles with his command limit his opportunities in Atlanta. If he continues this recent string of success where he’s given up just two walks over his last 6 outings he will be one to watch and could possibly be a nice addition to the Atlanta bullpen.
(11-16) Mississippi Braves 1, (12-15) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 7
- Austin Riley, 3B: 1-for-4, .315/.364/.630
- Tyler Neslony, RF: 1-for-4, RBI, .315/.356/.365
- Alex Jackson, C: 1-for-4, 2B, .196/.324/.304
- Travis Demeritte, LF: 0-for-3, .203/.314/.338
- Michael Mader, SP: 5.0IP 5H 3ER 3BB 3K
- Devan Watts, RP: 0.2IP 0R 0BB 0K
- Corbin Clouse, RP: 0.1IP 2H 3ER 2BB 1K
- Jacob Webb, RP: 1.0IP 1H 1R 0BB 1K
Mississippi jumped out to an early lead – scoring a run in the first inning courtesy of a Tyler Neslony single that scored Alay Lago. That was the only run that the offense could muster as the offense was completely shut down by the trio of Mella, Leyer, and Rafael de Paula who combined to strike out 13, and walk just one batter. Alex Jackson’s double in the fourth inning was the only extra-base hit registered by the MBraves offense.
Michael Mader danced around trouble last night, having eight hitters reach base over five innings, but only allowed three runs and left with the game tied 1-1 after allowing a single and walk with none out in the sixth inning. Mississippi turned to the normally very dependable Corbin Clouse to get out of this sticky situation, unfortunately Clouse had an off night and was tagged for three earned runs, as well as the two that were already on base, while recording just one out. Devan Watts had to come in and record the final two outs to stop the bleeding for Mississippi but the damage was done and they trailed 6-1. They went on to add a run in the 8th inning courtesy of a solo homerun given up by Jacob Webb.
Of note, Tyler Pike worked one inning giving up zero runs and walking one. Pike now has a 1.29 ERA on the season and opponents are hitting .130 against him, however he now has a 11.6 BB/9, and 9 K/9 rate along with four wild pitches. The walk rate has spiked significantly since his shift to the bullpen.
(15-12) Palm Beach Cardinals 3, (9-18) Florida Fire Frogs 2
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-4, R, .291/.310/.418
- Jeremy Walker, SP: 5.0IP 6H 3R 1ER 0BB 2K
- Troy Bacon, RP: 3.0IP 0H 0R 0BB 5K
- Thomas Burrows, RP: 1.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
- Braxton Davidson, 1B: 0-for-4, .112/.216/.247
- Lucas Herbert, C: 0-for-4, .147/.244/.235
It was free beer night down in Florida last night where beer is free until the opposing team scores unfortunately it didn’t last long as Palm Beach scored in the second inning thanks to a throwing error by Alejandro Salazar allowing the runner to score instead of securing the final out of the inning. Florida quickly responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning after Didder hit a sac fly to center that scored Alejandro Salazar to even the game. However, Palm Beach scored two more the following inning after another throwing error by Alejandro Salazar allowed Matt Fielder to score putting Palm Beach up 2-1. They then tacked on another run to extend their lead to 3-2 which is all they needed as the Florida’s struggles on offense continued. Of the nine players that hit last night, eight of them finished the night with sub .250 batting averages, with five hitting under .200. Despite a dynamite pitching rotation, and solid pen, the overwhelming struggles offensively have been too difficult to overcome leading the Fire Frogs to a 9-18 record.
That said, the bullpen was absolutely dynamite as Troy Bacon turned in one of his most impressive outings of his young career with three perfect innings while striking out five. Thomas Burrows kept the Fire Frogs in the game pitching a hitless final frame, but again the struggles on offense and defense were too much to overcome.
Troy Bacon on the season has made four appearances where he’s pitched 9.1 innings, has opponents hitting .129 against him, a 0.96 ERA, and 0.54 WHIP. Bacon has a 10.6 K/9 rate, and a just one walk on the season good enough for a 0.96 BB/9 rate.
(15-12) Lakewood Blueclaws 5, (16-10) Rome Braves 8
- Isranel Wilson, CF: 0-for-5, .165/.264/.278
- Riley Delgado, SS: 2-for-5, .360/.398/.500
- Jefrey Ramos, LF: 1-for-5, R, .241/.287/.333
- William Contreras, DH: 2-for-4, HR(2), 2R, .250/.341/.444
- Drew Lugbauer, C: 3-for-3, 2B, BB, 2R, .214/.313/.357
- Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, .256/.297/.360
- Kyle Muller, SP: 6.1IP 7H 3ER 1BB 3K
- Freddy Tarnok, RP: 2.0IP 3H 1ER 2BB 4K
The baby Braves are at it again. A team filled with teenagers keep on producing, picking up their 16th win of the season thanks to an offensive explosion fueled by 12 hits. In the blink of an eye Rome was up 5-0 after a Jose Bermudez single in the second inning scored Drew Lugbauer and Encarnacion. Luis Mejia scored right after courtesy of a wild pitch. A two-run homer by William Contreras, his second of the season, extended the lead to 5-0.
They went on to score three more runs in the fifth inning thanks to a balk, and two run single by Luis Mejia scoring William Contreras and Drew Lugbauer.
Kyle Muller continued his solid work to start the season going 6.1 innings and allowing just three runs and striking out three. Through six starts he has a 6.9 (nice) K/9, and 2.4 BB/9 rate to pair with his 2.40 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and opponents are hitting .222 against him. Freddy Tarnok allowed his first earned run of the season, and while the walk rate is a bit high (6.2 BB/9), he is striking out a ton (12.5 K/9). The raw righty is off to a dynamite start on the season with opponents hitting .188 against him while compiling a 0.69 ERA (nicex2).