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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/29: Great Bullpen Work Helps Lead The Braves To Victory

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In addition to great bullpen work, Odalvi Javier pitched a gem. Meanwhile, Austin Riley extends his hitting streak to 8 games.

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Gwinnett Stripers 10, Norfolk Tides 2

Box Score

Austin Riley, 3B: 2-5, 3 RBI, R

Michael Reed, CF: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, BB

Dustin Peterson, LF: 0-4, BB

Corbin Clouse, SP: 3IN, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K

Bryse Wilson, RP: 1IN, 3H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K

Chad Sobotka, RP: 1IN, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 0K

The Stripers jumped out to a quick 2 runs in the 1st inning thanks in part due to a fielding error and sac fly. However, in the 4th inning, the Braves singled the Norkolk team to death, scoring 6 total runs. Before you knew it the Stripers were up 8-0. After giving up a couple of runs, the Stripers would tack on a couple more in the 8th inning after Norfolk walked the bases loaded.

Corbin Clouse got the start again since Kolby Allard was recently called up. He was quite effective in his 3 innings of work. Bryse Wilson quickly struck out the first 2 batters, but then gave up a 2 run home run. In both relief appearances, Wilson has given up at least one run, but nothing to worry about long term.

Peter Moylan, Philip Pfeifer, Chad Sobotka and Adam McCreery combined to pitch 5 shutout innings.

Mississippi Braves - OFF

Florida Fire Frogs - Game 1 - Cancelled (Makeup from 8/28)

Florida Fire Frogs - Game 2 - Postponed

Rome Braves 3, Greenville Drive 2 (11 innings)

Box Score

Trey Harris, RF: 1-3, 2B, RBI

Hagen Owenby, 1B: 2-2, BB

Odalvi Javier, SP: 6IN, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 9K (74 game score)

Hayden Deal, RP: 4IN, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 3K

This was pitcher’s duel and a good one. While Oldavi Javier has had an up and down season, one thing that has been consistent is the ability to get strikeouts (127 K’s in 121 innings). Today was no different. Javier pitched a pretty flawless game and the only run he gave up was on an RBI groundout. There was mostly strikeouts and weak contact, and nothing was hit hard at all. Then you have Hayden Deal come in the game and pitch 4 scoreless innings. The pitching kept them in the game until the offense could finally come through.

And the offense didn’t come through until the bottom of the 11th. After Derian Cruz failed to get the runner from 3rd home on a fly out, Sean Michels got the job done with an RBI double. A couple of batters later, a struggling Jefrey Ramos came up clutch with an RBI single and the winning run.

Danville Braves 6, Bristol Pirates 4 (10 innings)

Box Score

Ricardo Rodriguez, DH: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI

Nicholas Shumpert, SS: 2-5, 2B, R, SB, K

Justin Smith, LF: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB, K

Nolan Kingham, SP: 1IN, 4H, 3ER, 1BB, 0K

Mitch Stallings, RP: 3IN, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 3K

Mason McReaken, RP: 3IN, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K

Nolan Kingham got the start and just barely made it out of the 1st inning. There was a lot of hard contact as he gave up 2 doubles and a triple. In all the Pirates got off to a fast 3-0 lead after 1 inning. The bullpen lead by Mitch Stallings, Luis Mora and Mason McReaken pitched 7 scoreless inning allowing the Braves to get back into the game and ultimately win. McReaken is an undrafted signee this year, and has done a pretty remarkable job so far - 15K in 12IN to go along with a 1.08 WHIP and 1.50 ERA. He could be another find by the Braves scouts.

It wasn’t until the 4th inning that the Braves scored the first of six runs. Started off with one of Ricardo Rodriguez’s doubles and would come around to score on a Carlos Baerga Jr single. After tying the game in the 8th inning, the game would go into extra innings, where the offense scored 2 of the 3 runs off the bat of Justin Smith.