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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/17: Max Fried returns

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Friday saw the Braves teams in action struggle in the results column, but Max Fried returned to the mound.

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Friday was not a good day on the farm as the Braves teams went 1-4 and had another game rained out. The offense as a whole didn’t produce and the pitching as a whole struggled.

There were some bright spots, like Max Fried returning to action, Jeremy Fernandez and Drew Lugbauer homers, two hits from CJ Alexander, and Corbin Clouse looking ready for Atlanta.

Buffalo Bisons 8, Gwinnett Stripers 0

Boxscore

  • Sean Kazmar, 2B: 4-4, .248/.291/.311
  • Max Fried, SP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 4.10 ERA
  • Corbin Clouse, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.50 ERA

An 8-0 loss to Buffalo and all Vladdy Jr. was responsible for was a single and a walk. It didn’t matter because yet another Blue Jays legacy player, Dwight Smith Jr. stepped up to beat the Stripers.

Max Fried started and was up and down in his first game back from missing time. Fried battled some command issues and gave up some hard hit balls in his four and a third innings, but he also at times looked like a guy who is a very promising young arm. Chad Bell followed and allowed four runs in his inning and two third and it was closed out by Adam McCreery, who gave up a run in his inning of work. However between Bell and McCreery we got to see two perfect innings from Corbin Clouse, who looked like a guy ready for Atlanta in this game as he recorded four K’s for the six outs.

The offense failed to produce outside of Sean Kazmar, who was a perfect four for four, with four singles. Outside of Kazmar’s four singles and two singles apiece from Michael Reed and Rio Ruiz only one other player had a hit- you guessed it another single by Chris Stewart. With nine singles and one walk in the entire game it makes sense that the Stripers offense was scoreless.

Next Game: Saturday 8/18 hosting Buffalo @ 6:05 PM. Probable Starters: Gwinnett-Touki Toussaint, Buffalo-Shawn Morimando

Mississippi Braves-PPD Rain

Mississippi was rained out and will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

Next Game: Saturday 8/18 hosting Chattanooga @ 5 PM. Probable Starters: Mississippi-Kyle Muller and Michael Mader, Chattanooga-Sean Poppen and Jorge Alcala

Lakeland Flying Tigers 5, Florida Fire Frogs 1

Boxscore

  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 2-4, RBI, .324/.324/.441
  • Riley Delgado, SS: 2-4, .317/.387/.341
  • Connor Johnstone, SP: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2.81 ERA

Things started out so well for the Fire Frogs as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off Tigers top prospect Matt Manning. Singles by Drew Waters, Riley Delgado, and CJ Alexander pushed the run in, but Manning settled down from there and didn’t allow another run the rest of the way. Alexander and Delgado each added another single, and Greyson Jenista also had one, but that was all of the offense in this one.

The Frogs got a solid start from Connor Johnstone, going seven innings and giving up three runs. The former Wake Forest pitcher saw his ERA in Florida move up to just 2.81 after this one. Brandon White came in to pitch the eighth and allowed two more runs to really give the Tigers some breathing room to close it out.

Next Game: Saturday 8/18 visiting Lakeland @ 6 PM. Probable Starters: Florida-TBD, Lakeland-Anthony Castro

Lakewood Blue Claws 7, Rome Braves 2

Boxscore

  • Justin Dean, DH: 1-4, .269/.377/.404
  • AJ Graffanino, SS: 1-4, .376/.411/.482
  • Drew Lugbauer, C: 1-4, HR, .235/.313/.385

Odalvi Javier started and struggled, giving up five runs in just two and two third innings. John Curtis allowed two more runs in his two and a third, but struck out four. The game was finished off by a pair of talented relievers from the 2018 draft, and both did very well. Zach Daniels went two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts, and Brooks Wilson pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout of his own.

Drew Lugbauer hit his 12th homer of the season and 25th of his pro career in a total of 160 games. We also saw both Justin Dean and the red hot AJ Graffanino chalk up another hit each, as nothing can slow these 2018 draftees down. Hagen Owenby added a pair of singles on the loss.

Next Game: Saturday 8/18 visiting Delmarva @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starters: Rome-Freddy Tarnok, Delmarva-Jhon Peluffo

Greeneville Reds 8, Danville Braves 1

Boxscore

  • Jose Montilla, SP: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.10 ERA
  • Zach Guth, RP: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.29 ERA
  • Zach Seipel, RP: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3.10 ERA

Jose Montilla got the start and gave up four runs in five and two thirds innings, though it was scoreless through four and just 2-0 through five innings. Montilla tired as game went on and the results showed despite him pitching very well early. Zach Guth followed and allowed just one base runner in two and a third innings while he struck out four guys. Luis Mora came on for the ninth and was hit for four runs as he recorded just two outs, and Zach Seipel had to finish out the inning.

The offense didn’t produce anything here. Carlos Baerga went two for four with a double, and Ray Soderman and Michael Mateja each singled. That’s the 7/8/9 hitters in the order, as the guys 1-6 were only able to manage two walks.

Next Game: Saturday 8/18 hosting Greeneville @ 7 PM. Probable Starters: Danville-Tanner Lawson, Greeneville-Lyon Richardson

GCL Braves 8, GCL Blue Jays 3

Boxscore

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 2-4, 2 RBI, HR, .288/.331/.523
  • Charlie Reyes, RF: 1-4, 2B, .281/.304/.337
  • Lisandro Santos, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.64 ERA

The pitching was really on here as the Braves pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts in this game. Starter Lisandro Santos managed six of those strikeouts, as he gave up two runs over four innings of work. The bullpen finished the job, allowing one run and striking out nine over the final five innings led by two innings apiece by Alex Aquino and Filyer Sanchez as well as Alex Camacho closing out the final frame.

Jeremy Fernandez hit another homer to cap off the game, extending the lead from 6-3 to 8-3 in the bottom of the sixth. The homer was Fernandez’s eighth of the season. It’s important to note that despite him being a little older for the league and repeating the level, there is still some upside with him. Outside of the two hits from Fernandez, no one else on the Braves had more than one hit and the only extra base hit was a Charlie Reyes double, as the Braves were able to benefit from a bunch of singles as well as four errors from Jays third baseman Joseph Reyes.

Next Game: Saturday 8/18 visiting GCL Yankees East @ 10 AM. Probable Starters: GCL Braves-TBD, GCL Yankees East-TBD