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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/13: Kyle Wright dominates for Gwinnett

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There were a slew of dominant pitching performances in the minors on Monday.

Kyle Wright Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

Gwinnett Stripers 6, Louisville Bats 0

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-4, 4 K, .284/.356/.417
  • Rio Ruiz, RF: 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, .270/.323/.389
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2.89 ERA

Kyle Wright flirted with a no-hitter again as Gwinnett shut out Louisville by the score of 6-0. Wright was outstanding again for the Stripers as he threw seven shutout innings and the only hit he allowed was on weak contact. Two of his first three starts in Triple-A have been of the dominant sort as he seems to be finding another gear in Gwinnett. Chase Whitley and Adam McCreery closed the game out for Gwinnett with a pair of scoreless innings to secure the shutout.

Austin Riley continues his up and down trends of late as he had a rough game in going 0-4 with four strikeouts. Rio Ruiz reached base three times and has quietly hit in eight straight games while batting .324 over that span. Gwinnett got a multi-hit game from Danny Santana and Phil Gosselin also reached base three times with a pair of walks and a hit while scoring a pair of runs.

Florida Fire Frogs 3, St. Lucie Mets 1

Box Score

  • William Contreras, C: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB, run, .375/.432/.500
  • Braxton Davidson, DH: 1-3, HR, BB, 2 K, .175/.282/.385
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 9.00 ERA

Huascar Ynoa had his best start since being promoted to high-A as the Fire Frogs took down St. Lucie by the score of 3-1. Ynoa was excellent in giving up one run over six innings in a nice bounceback performance after he gave up nine earned runs in an inning of work in his previous appearance. He lives and dies by his fastball command which may lead to a future in the bullpen, but when he is on...he can be as dominant as any pitcher in the Braves’ system. Brandon White gave up a run in almost two innings of work before Dan Lietz closed the game out for Florida.

On offense, CJ Alexander just keeps hitting. He has six hits through his first four games with the Fire Frogs. William Contreras has done nothing in high-A to make one think he isn’t among the top players in the Braves’ farm system as he has posted a .932 OPS through his first 10 games in high-A as a 20 year old. While he has yet to find the same success he had down at Rome, Drew Waters does have hits in seven of his past 10 games including a hit in this one.

Rome Braves 5, West Virginia Power 4

Box Score

  • AJ Graffanino, SS: 4-5, 2B, run, .405/.436/.514
  • Drew Lugbauer, C: 2-5, RBI, run, .237/.317/.382
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.22 ERA

Rome rallied in the bottom of the ninth after giving up three runs in the top half to secure a walk-off win against West Virginia by the score of 5-4. The hero on offense on this night was Marcos Almonte who hit a walk-off, two-run single to get the win. AJ Graffanino is riding a pretty sick BABIP heater right now for Rome as he had another big day at the plate with four hits. His luck on balls in play will normalize, but how his bat plays at higher levels will be something to watch as his glove is already quite good. Drew Lugbauer and Hagen Owenby both had multi-hit games for Rome as well and most of Rome’s lineup contributed in some sort of meaningful way.

On the mound, Alan Rangel handled his business as he pitched into the eighth inning while giving up just one earned run. Brooks Wilson gave up some hits, but did not give up a run. In the top of the ninth, a pair of errors from the aforementioned Almonte resulted in three runs beings scored off of Zach Daniels that allowed the Power to take the lead. Fortunately, Almonte atoned for his defensive miscues cues in the bottom of the ninth to avoid any lingering bad feelings.

Danville Braves 9, Pulaski Yankees 8

Box Score

  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs, .301/.393/.411
  • Brett Langhorne, 3B: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, run, .318/.420/.391
  • Dilmer Mejia, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2.34 ERA

Danville won a wild one as they managed to hold off Pulaski by the score of 9-8. Dilmer Mejia was his usual consistent self although this was not one of his finer outings. Tanner Allison had a relief appearance that he probably wishes he could have back. Five Danville players had multi-hit games (Greg Cullen, Brett Langhorne, Luis Mejia, Henry Quintero, and Carlos Baerga) as the offense jumped all over Pulaski’s pitching staff.

GCL Braves 4, GCL Phillies West 12

Box Score

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 2-4, 2 RBI, .281/.329/.511
  • Ray Hernandez, 1B: 2-4, 2 2B, .288/.368/.505
  • Miguel Jerez, SP: 4 IP, 9 H, 10 R (8 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 3.04 ERA

This was a game to forget as the GCL Braves got annihilated by the GCL Phillies by the score of 12-4. Miguel Jerez gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in four innings of work which is...less than ideal. Jeremy Fernandez and Ray Hernandez both continue to do strong work in the GCL. Finally, Logan Brown, who is the son of Kevin Brown, had three more hits to get his average in the GCL back above .300.