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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/27: Ian Anderson dominant for Mississippi

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Ian Anderson showed out as we enter the final week of the minor league season.

Photo Credit: Jeff Morris

Gwinnett Stripers 4, Charlotte Knights 10

Box Score

  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, BB, run, .276/.346/.444
  • Carlos Franco, 1B: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, .249/.311/.418
  • Max Fried, SP: 2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4.70 ERA

Max Fried had a forgettable rehab start as Gwinnett got trounced by Charlotte 10-4. After Fried managed to get just six outs while giving up five runs, things did not get better as the bullpen proceeded to give up five runs of their own. Of note, Bryse Wilson made a relief appearance and gave up a run in an inning of work with two strikeouts. We can expect several of the Braves’ young arms (Wright made a relief appearance the day before yesterday), to make another relief appearance or two before getting called up when rosters expand in September. Austin Riley reached base twice and extended his hitting streak to five games and Carlos Franco did the bulk of the offensive heavy lifting with a pair of hits and three RBIs in the game.

Mississippi Braves 2, Biloxi Shuckers 0

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-3, BB, .306/.337/.400
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 1-4, RBI, .248/.309/.344
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 3.38 ERA

Ian Anderson dazzled as Mississippi shut out Biloxi by the score of 2-0. After his nearly seven scoreless innings on Sunday, Ian has now given up one earned run or less in eight of his last 10 starts in the minors. While he has only made three starts in Double-A, it was definitely encouraging to see him dominate after battling some control issues in his first two starts for Mississippi. Mississippi got just enough offense with RBIs from Tyler Marlette and Jonathan Morales. Alejandro Salazar and Tyler Neslony each hit doubles in the game. Cristian Pache did not record a hit, but did draw a walk which is good news given that one of the bigger question marks about his game revolve around his plate discipline and on-base skills.

Florida Fire Frogs 4, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 2-5, RBI, .262/.309/.350
  • Greyson Jenista, DH: 1-2, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, .140/.214/.220
  • Jeremy Walker, SP: 6 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 4.07 ERA

Jeremy Walker has now put together back-to-back strong starts as Florida took down Lakeland by the score of 4-3. Walker has now given up just one earned run in his last 13 innings (2 starts) with 14 strikeouts against just one walk. Brandon White struggled in his inning of relief, but managed to hang on to secure the win. CJ Alexander hit a double because, well, he is CJ Alexander. Drew Waters has been hitting much better after a slow start in high-A, although the power numbers have receded a bit overall (not surprising given he is in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League). Greyson Jenista has struggled mightily in high-A, but had a good game on Sunday as he reached base three times including a triple while driving in a pair of runs.

Rome Braves 2, West Virginia 7

Box Score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-3, run, 2 BB, .259/.355/.370
  • AJ Graffanino, SS: 2-5, .339/.364/.426
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 6 K, 3.89 ERA

A forgettable game for Rome as they fell to West Virginia by the score of 7-2. Alan Rangel kept the game close despite having to work out of trouble a bit, but that is where the good news ended. A combination of some suspect defense as well as rough relief outings from Troy Bacon and Zach Daniels led to four runs to put the win out of reach. AJ Graffanino just keeps hitting as he had two more hits on Sunday. Justin Dean had a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot as well. Unfortunately, the rest of the Rome lineup combined for three hits total.

Danville Braves 2, Princeton Rays 3

Box Score

  • Justin Smith, LF: 2-4, run, .239/.325/.459
  • Carlos Baerga, CF: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, .237/.321/.309
  • Matt Rowland, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.93 ERA

Matt Rowland scattered two solo homers over three innings of work, and was followed up by Trey Riley allowing his own solo shot across two frames. Tanner Allison then finished out the game with three scoreless innings, but the D-Braves couldn’t overcome that deficit. Carlos Baerga’s one-out double in the fifth scored both Danville runs; Baerga was unable to score the tying run as Nick Shumpert hit into a double play to end the fifth. Danville got just two more baserunners after the fifth (single, catcher’s interference in the same inning) while striking out seven times in those remaining four innings.