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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/15: Bryse Wilson Has 99 Problems But Pitching Ain’t One

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Bryse Wilson pitched a gem in which he broke the Braves AAA strikeout record for a game with 13.

Mississippi Braves

Gwinnett Stripers 4, Louisville Bats 3

Box Score

Bryse Wilson, SP: 8IN, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 13K

Austin Riley, 3B: 0-3, 2 K, HBP

Rio Ruiz, 1B: 2-4

Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-2, BB, 2 R, SB

Alex Jackson, C: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R

This was Bryse Wilson’s night. Let’s take a bow to the man, who in only his 3rd AAA start threw a freakin’ 99 game score. What’s this? I’m being told that Wilson now holds the Braves AAA record for strikeouts in a game, breaking the previous record of 12 set by Charlie Morton back in 2009. The last game in which Wilson struck out over 10 batters was back on Aug 8, 2017.

And a sigh of relief that Chase Whitley didn’t completely blow the game for Wilson as he gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th before striking out the final batter.

Alex Jackson got the Braves on the board in the 2nd inning with an RBI double. Jackson hasn’t been hitting well in AAA, but just about every hit is going for extra bases. Austin Riley continues with his hitting woes going hitless and striking out 2 more times. This gives Riley 18 strikeouts in his past 10 games (just 1 walk and HBP). The second baseman, Phil Gosselin, also had a nice game in which he recorded 2 RBI.

Mississippi Braves 3, Chattanooga Lookouts 2 (10 innings)

Box Score

Cristian Pache, CF: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, 3K

Travis Demeritte, LF: 2-4, RBI, K

Ricardo Sanchez, SP: 6.1IN, 7H, 0ER (2R), 0BB, 8K

Thomas Burrows, RP: 1.2IN, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 3K

Josh Graham, RP: 2IN, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K

Ricardo Sanchez made his 10th start in AA. He likely should be repeating High-A, but since he’s on the 40 man, the Braves have opted to move him to AA to see what they have. So far he hasn’t shown much when he pitches, which hasn’t been much since he’s been injured for a good portion of the season. However, tonight, he showed that glimpse of talent that has been sitting dormant. The only blemish on the night for Sanchez was an error by Luis Valenzuela put 2 runners on and then 2 batters later Jordan Gore ripped a triple to left field that scored both. If Valenzuela throws out that runner, Sanchez goes on to strike out the next batter, he gets out of the inning.

Let’s keep talking about the pitching because the relievers were immaculate tonight. Burrows and Graham pitched 4 scoreless innings striking out a total of 6 batters. They kept the game tied, which allowed the Braves to score the winning run.

Speaking of of the winning run, can you even guess how this game went down in the 10th? Well you are all wrong. With the bases loaded, Cristian Pache drew a walk to walk in the winning run. I’ll repeat. Pache walked to walk off!! He was also involved in scoring the tying run in the 3rd inning off a Tyler Marlette singled. So while Pache only had 1 hit on the night, he was involved in 2 of the 3 runs tonight. That’s what your best players do.

Florida Fire Frogs 2, St. Lucie Mets 6

Box Score

Drew Waters, CF: 3-5, SB

Greyson Jenista, RF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R

Lucas Herbert, C: 1-4, RBI, 2K

Jeremy Walker, SP: 6IN, 7H, 5ER, 4BB, 4K (HR)

Say what you will about Jeremy Walker, but the guy just eats innings. He throws a lot of ground-balls, so there’s always value in that. Also, Walker only gave up the one extra base hit in the home run. In fact, only one single was a line drive. The rest were ground ball singles that found their way through the infield. Could be a bit of bad luck today.

It doesn’t help that the Fire Frogs offense has been quite limp lately. They haven’t scored over 3 runs in the past 5 games. Both runs were scored in the 2nd inning where Braxton led off with a walk. Again, lead-off walks pretty much foreshadow a run being scored. The next batter was Greyson Jenista who clocked a double that scored Davidson. After a quick fly out, Jordan Rogers walked and then Lucas Herbert singles to score Jenista. After Waters singles that put 2 on with 2 out for Riley Delgado, but unfortunately for the usually reliable hitter, he couldn’t come through. On a positive note, Drew Waters had a solid game with 3 singles today and a stolen base.

There was some excitement on defense in the 5th inning. With the bases loaded Ali Sanchez lines into a triple play starting with CJ Alexander making the catch, then to the 2nd baseman Jordan Rogers and finally to 1st baseman Kurt Hoekstra.

Rome Braves 2, Lakewood BlueClaws 7

Box Score

Justin Dean, CF: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K

Trey Harris, RF: 1-4, 2B, OF assist

Drew Lugbauer, C: 0-4, 4 K

Keith Weisenberg, SP: 4IN, 7H, 6ER, 5BB, 1K (HR)

Kelvin Rodriguez, RP: 2IN, 1H, 0ER, 2BB, 2K

This is a game that quickly got out of hand as the BlueClaws scored 4 in the bottom of the 1st inning via a grand slam. It was 7-0 all the way until the 8th inning. Keith Weisenberg just didn’t have the stuff tonight. 12 base runners in 4 innings. The only reason the score wasn’t higher was that he did help himself with getting some double play balls.

Those times that the pitching fails to deliver, you hope the offense can pick up the pace. That simply didn’t happen in this game, however, Justin Dean did come through with a 2 out triple that scored 2 runs.

Danville Braves - Night Off

GCL Braves 2, GCL Pirates 17

Box Score

Christian Zamora, LF: 1-3, RBI, K

Braulio Vasquez, 3B: 1-4, RBI, 2 K

Ray Hernandez, DH: 1-4, 2B, K

Albinson Volquez, SP: 4IN, 6H, 4ER (6R), 2BB, 2K

Nope.