(56-64) Buffalo Bisons 2, (59-61) Gwinnett Stripers 4
- Austin Riley, 3B: 3-for-4, 2B, .298/.369/.501
- Danny Santana, CF: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, .261/.285/.502
- Luiz Gohara, SP: 3.2IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
- Sam Freeman, RP: 1.0IP 0H 1BB 2K
- Jacob Webb, RP: 1.0IP 0H 0R 1BB 1K
The Danny Santana power show continued last night as Danny connected on his 15th homer of the season - this one in the third inning to help put Gwinnett up 3-0 in the third. Danny has enjoyed a solid minor league season this year despite barely walking at all - as his 15 homers are the most he’s ever hit in a season. Austin Riley got his bat going again as he had a solid three hit game including his 14th double on the season for Gwinnett. Five of the nine hits by the Stripers were of the extra-base hit kind despite scoring just four runs.
Luiz Gohara made his return as a starting pitcher last night and was solid - needing 54 pitches to go through 3.2 innings where he gave up just one hit and struck out three. Gohara was on a pitch count which is why he was taken out despite facing any real adversity in the game. The quartet of Pfeifer, Socolovich, Freeman, and Webb combined to gave up two runs, both unearned, and sealed the win for Gwinnett. Jacob Webb picked up his ninth save of the season and is 9-for-11 in save opportunities for Gwinnett. Jacobb is on a run of games (11) where he has yielded one earned run (0.77 ERA), a .364 OPS against, a 10.0 K/9, and 1.5 BB/9.
(57-63) Chattanooga Lookouts 10, (56-65) Mississippi Braves 1
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-4, .340/.364/.415
- Jonathan Morales, C: 2-for-3, 2(2B), .262/.328/.350
- Enderson Franco, SP: 4.0IP 6H 5ER 1BB 7K
Well, at least they tried. This was absolute dominance as Chattanooga jumped all over Mississippi in the third inning and never looked back - combining for 10 runs on 11 hits. Tyler Pike continued his run of walks - walking two over two innings of work. He now has 14 walks over his last six appearances, has a 1.86 WHIP, and a walk rate of 11.2 per 9 on the season. Sal Giardina, the catcher, took to the mound in the ninth and retired the one batter he faced after Justin Kelly got into some trouble in the ninth.
Cristian Pache continued his hot hitting in Double-A picking up another multi-hit game and now has an OPS of .779 playing in a league filled with players much older than him, while providing the best defensive center in all of minor league baseball - this has been a huge season in his development with the bat and 2019 might be a massive year for him. Jonathan Morales continued his very strange year as he went 2-for-3 with two doubles and now has a .678 OPS on the season for Mississippi. Morales burst onto the scene with an .889 OPS to start his career but has really struggled since - that said he has made his billing as a pitchers’ catcher and by all accounts is loved by his teammates when he’s catching. If he’s able to hit slightly below, to average - he has an MLB profile.
(47-69) Florida Fire Frogs 4, (49-70) St. Lucie Mets 0
- Drew Waters, CF: 1-for-5, 2B, .242/.286/.303
- CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-for-5, R, .300/.300/.433
- William Contreras, C: 0-for-5, .317/.370/.415
- Greyson Jenista, RF: 0-for-3, .182/.250/.273
- Walter Borkovich, SP: 6.0IP 5H 0R 0BB 4K
The suddenly stacked Florida Fire Frogs coasted to a 4-0 win last night - thanks in large part to some timely hitting by the bottom of the lineup as Jordan Rodgers, Garrison Schwartz, and Marcus Mooney combined to go 6-for-12 with 3RBI, and a run scored. Despite the infusion of players like Jenista, Waters, Alexander, and Contreras, the results have not quite been there yet for Florida but last night was a flash of what this team is now capable of doing. After being a relatively easy win for most teams to start the season - this team has legitimate prospects - and the people of Florida should enjoy the rest of the season. There’s no denying Drew Waters’ struggle in High-A so far this year but he did hit his second double since his promotion and at 19, is will below the average age of the league. The most surprising player has been William Contreras who you expected to take a little longer to develop - but nope, despite going 0-for-5 he still has a .795 OPS in the league and is in the midst of a breakout year that has really cemented his name atop the Braves prospect list for catchers. The trio of Walter Borkovich, Sean McLaughlin, and Chase Johnson-Mullins shut down the Mets striking out six without yielding a single walk.
(63-57) Rome Braves 4, (77-44) Lakewood BlueClaws 5
- AJ Graffanino, SS: 1-for-4, 2B, .383/.419/.494
- Jefrey Ramos, LF: 1-for-3, BB, R, .243/.287/.417
- Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 5.1IP 2H 1ER 5BB 5K
Rome dropped a heart breaker - falling 5-4 to Lakewood after leading 3-0 earlier in the game. Lakewood walked it off, off of Troy Bacon in the 9th inning with 2 outs to break the hearts of Rome fans. Jasseel De La Cruz got the start and was okay, giving up just one earned run over five innings however he struggled with his command and walked five and essentially worked under pressure most of the game. Cutter Dyals came in and gave up three earned runs in his 1.2 innings of work to allow Lakewood to tie the game before ultimately falling.
The Rome team has gone through some major changes due to some promotions - and no one has been better than AJ Graffanino who went 1-for-4, picked up yet another double and is OPSing .913 with the team. Justin Dean, another newish promotion, went 1-for-4 and scored a run, while Trey Harris went 1-for-3 and collected his third double of the season. A lot of the high ceiling talent has since been promoted but some of these older college players will look to keep the ship sailing in the playoffs - as Rome has already qualified for it after winning the division in the first half.
(21-32) Greeneville Drive 7, (29-25) Danville Braves 2
- Justin Smith, RF: 1-for-3, RBI, R, .222/.337/.469
- Nicholas Vizcaino, 1B: 1-for-3, R, .170/.241/.245
- Matt Rowland, SP: 5.0IP 4H 4ER 2BB 4K
(22-32) Greenville Drive 2, (29-26) Danville Braves 1
- Greg Cullen, 2B: 1-for-4, .297/.394/.407
- Brett Langhorne, 3B: 1-for-3, RBI, .312/.412/.382
- Trey Riley, SP: 2.0IP 1H 0R 0BB 4K
Danville was swept in their double header combining for just three runs on eight hits in 14 innings. The lone big thing to really talk about was Trey Riley’s dominant performance - striking out four in two innings in game two of the double header. Trey might be the most intriguing prospect on that roster as he has a high 90s fastball with movement, and a wipeout slider in his arsenal. I wrote about him on Tuesday that he is a player to watch in 2019 because he has the tools to become a very good pitching prospect. Whether that is in the starting rotation or the bullpen remains to be seen, but this was a very encouraging start for Trey and shows why so many people are high on him.