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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/21: Austin Riley homers twice, CJ Alexander continues to rake

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Austin Riley went ham yesterday while the weather wreaked havoc yet again.

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Gwinnett Stripers 2, Durham Bulls 4

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, HR, RBI
  • Danny Santana, CF: 2-3, HR, RBI
  • Wes Parsons, SP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.43 ERA

Gwinnett Stripers 5, Durham Bulls 4

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
  • Xavier Avery, RF: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, run
  • Chad Bell, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 5.50 ERA

Austin Riley went deep in both halves of Gwinnett’s doubleheader, but the Stripers were still swept by the scores of 4-2 and 5-4. Both Wes Parsons and Chad Bell struggled on the mound in their starts as each of them gave up four earned runs. A reliever to keep an eye on as the Braves continue to explore relief options is Corbin Clouse who went two innings in the second game and struck out four batters in a clean appearance.

Austin Riley hadn’t see much in the way of power production of late, so he decided to start to catch up with homers in both games in the doubleheader with the first one being an absolute tape measure shot. Danny Santana also homered and Xavier Avery had a big day at the plate in the second game as he reached base in each of his three plate appearances.

Mississippi Braves 3, Mobile BayBears 4 - Suspended

Box Score

Rain sucks

Florida Fire Frogs 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 1

Box Score

  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 3-4, HR, RBI
  • William Contreras, C: 1-3, BB
  • Jeremy Walker, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 4.19 ERA

CJ Alexander just keeps hitting and Jeremy Walker was dominant as the Fire Frogs took down Jupiter by the score of 3-1. Walker has been up and down this season, but this was one of his finer efforts as he shut down Jupiter with seven scoreless innings. Chase Johnson-Mullins came on in relief and gave up an unearned run in an otherwise uneventful relief appearance before Brandon White came in to get the final out of the game.

Drew Waters had a hit in the game to extend his hitting streak to six games and William Contreras reached base twice in the game, although he did have a rough game behind the plate with an error and a passed ball. CJ Alexander has been on fire lately and he connected for his first high-A homer in this one for one of his three hits. He is batting .357 over his last 10 games and continues to be one of the farm system’s more pleasant surprises this year.

Rome Braves, Delmarva Shorebirds - Cancelled

Rain sucks

Danville Braves 5, Bluefield Blue Jays 7

Box Score

  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Nicholas Vizcaino, 1B: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • Matt Rowland, SP: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 3 K, 3.71 ERA

Matt Rowland struggled to find the strike zone and the offense could not keep pace as the Braves fell to Bluefield 7-5. Rowland has been a great story as he returned from a serious injury to look like a player to keep an eye on going forward. However, his command has been an issue this year (25 walks in 51 IP) and it was a real struggle on this day as he walked five in less than five innings. Danville had multi-hit games from Nick Shumpert, Greg Cullen, Nicholas Vizcaino, Henry Quintero, and Carlos Baerga, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the pitching staff’s struggles.

GCL Braves 0, GCL Phillies East 1 - F/10

Box Score

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 1-4
  • Lisandro Santos, SP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 3.14 ERA
  • Patrick Weigel, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

GCL Braves 0, GCL Phillies East 2

Box Score

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 1-3
  • Luis De Jesus, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4.67 ERA

The GCL Braves were swept in a doubleheader by the scores of 1-0 and 2-0. The offense only managed seven hits total in the DH, but two of them belonged to Jeremy Fernandez who has been impressive in rookie ball. The most notable pitching performance came from Patrick Weigel, who has been awesome in his rehab stint. Recovering from Tommy John surgery, Weigel has made three appearances so far and has yet to give up an earned run or a walk while striking out seven batters in 5 IP. He seems like a prime candidate to head to the Arizona Fall League assuming his recovery stays on track.