Friday saw Kyle Wright make his Triple A debut and dominate through five innings and finish up not allowing a hit in his five and two thirds. There weren’t many other great pitching performances on the day outside of Wright and Miguel Jerez, but Austin Riley, Brendan Venter, and William Contreras all made some noise with the bats.
Gwinnett Stripers 5, Norfolk Tides 4
- Austin Riley, 3B: 2-3, BB, 3 RBI, 2 2B, .283/.362/.405
- Alex Jackson, C: 1-2, BB, 2B, .222/.388/.500
- Kyle Wright, SP: 5.2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 3.18 ERA
This was Kyle Wright’s Triple A debut and it couldn’t have gone better through five innings. Wright was in control, racking up strikeouts and ground ball outs allowing only one runner via a hit by pitch. His fastball and change were on and keeping hitters off balance. However he came out in the sixth and in his third time through the order he just lost the strikezone as batters worked long counts knowing his breaking balls weren’t particularly sharp on this night. Still despite a tough sixth inning of work, Wright didn’t allow a single hit in five and two thirds innings. Phil Pfeifer came in with a pair of runners on and got the final out of the sixth. Wes Parsons got the three inning save despite allowing a pair of runs as he struck out four.
Austin Riley had a big game himself, doubling twice and walking as he batted in three runs as he just keeps producing. The other run batted in came by a Carlos Franco solo homer, his 15th of the season. It’s also good to see that Alex Jackson had another double in the win, his fifth since his promotion.
Next Game: Saturday 8/4 hosting Norfolk @ 6:05 PM. Probable Starters: Gwinnett-Bryse Wilson, Norfolk-John Means
Chattanooga Lookouts 6, Mississippi Braves 1
- Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 2-2, BB, RBI, .333/.425/.464
- Cristian Pache, CF: 0-4, .364/.364/.364
- Thomas Burrows, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1.80 ERA
Michael Mader got the start and gave up four runs over five innings as he allowed eight hits and four walks- but he did strike out nine. The Braves went down early and never came back, though a scoreless inning from both Rex Brothers and Josh Graham were sandwiched around Thomas Burrows giving up a run in his inning of relief work.
There was no offense here outside of Ray-Patrick Didder staying hot by going two for two with a walk and raising his batting average in Double A to .333. Outside of that three different players had a single apiece and no extra base hits were involved. Cristian Pache finally went hitless for the first time since his promotion, but on the positive side none of the team’s 11 strikeouts belonged to him.
Next Game: Saturday 8/4 visiting Chattanooga @ 7:15 PM. Probable Starters: Mississippi-Enderson Franco, Chattanooga-Omar Bencomo
Fort Myers Miracle 7, Florida Fire Frogs 1
- William Contreras, C: 2-4, .500/.571/.667
- Drew Waters, CF: 1-4, .167/.286/.167
- Riley Delgado, SS: 1-4, .286/.351/.300
The Fire Frogs didn’t fare well pitching on Friday as Tucker Davidson really battled his command. Davidson only gave up two runs in four innings, but he walked six as he threw 43 strikes against 42 balls on the night. Sean McLaughlin followed with two scoreless innings, but he walked three of his own batters. Things only got worse from there as Chase Johnson-Mullins allowed two runs in his inning, while Brandon White gave up three in his.
Things weren’t great at the plate except for William Contreras, who went two for four and kept his average at .500 through two games since his promotion. Drew Waters got his first base hit since the promotion and was one of the eight guys in the lineup to get a base hit- though no one managed an extra base hit.
Next Game: Saturday 8/4 visiting Fort Myers @ 6 PM. Probable Starters: Florida-Walter Borkovich, Fort Myers-Andro Cutura
Rome Braves 7, Greenville Drive 6- 7 innings
- Brendan Venter, 3B: 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 HR, .213/.272/.375
- Marcos Almonte, SS: 1-3, 2 RBI, HR, .179/.203/.250
- Troy Bacon, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2.08 ERA
This double header started with Keith Weisenberg going four and a third and allowing three runs. Weisenberg was scoreless through three but was touched for runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Daysbel Hernandez followed and also gave up three runs in his inning and two third. Troy Bacon locked down the save with a scoreless inning.
The offense was led by Brendan Venter who homered twice and batted in three. Marcos Almonte also homered and batted in two, though he only came in after AJ Graffanino left with an injury. Greyson Jenista added a single, run scored, and run batted in for the Braves in the win.
Rome Braves 6, Greenville Drive 3- 7 innings
- Justin Dean, CF: 3-3, BB, 2 RBI, SB, .429/.500/.429
- Drew Lugbauer, DH: 1-3, BB, 4 RBI, HR, .235/.319/.383
- Kelvin Rodriguez, RP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.90 ERA
Alan Rangel started and gave up an unearned run in his inning of work before the rain came. After a 90 minute delay Hayden Deal came in to give up a pair of runs over three and two thirds innings to pick up his sixth inning of the year. Kelvin Rodriguez pitched the last two and a third innings and struck out five, but didn’t qualify for the save.
Justin Dean responded to his recent promotion in a big way, going three for three with a walk, batting in a pair of runs, and stealing a base in his second game in full season ball. The only other real source of offense was Drew Lugbauer who hit a grand slam in the fifth to put the Braves in the lead.
Next Game: Saturday 8/4 visiting Greenville @ 7:05 PM. Probable Starters: Rome-Odalvi Javier, Greenville-Hildemaro Requena
Danville Braves- PPD Rain
It wouldn’t be a minor league recap without at least one rain out.
Next Game: Saturday 8/4 visiting Bluefield @ 4 PM, second game to follow. Probable Starters: Danville-TBD/TBD, Bluefield-TBD/TBD
GCL Phillies West 4, GCL Braves 3
- Braulio Vasquez, 3B: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, .267/.309/.426
- Trey Harris, LF: 1-4, BB, RBI, .301/.398/.430
- Miguel Jerez, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1.56 ERA
This one hurts. The Braves led 3-0 through seven innings before giving up a run in the eighth. With a single and walk to start out the ninth up 3-1, followed by two quick outs things looked like they were headed for a win- but then the runners from first and second came around to score with two out as Luis Garcia hit his first homer of the season off Victor Cavallieri. The Braves had another chance to tie it up in the ninth but came up short in a game that they had all but wrapped up.
It goes without saying that Miguel Jerez pitched very well yet again, and after five scoreless innings he dropped his ERA to 1.56. Not surprising for a guy who had a 1.38 ERA here last year as his more advanced stuff is too much for rookie ball hitters focused more on fastballs than anything. Miguel Pena followed with two more innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just one hit. The Phillies didn’t get on the board until they got one off Walner Polanco in the eighth, and then the three run Garcia homer off Cavallieri in the top of the ninth.
At the plate it was a good day for Braulio Vasquez, who doubled, tripled, and collected a pair of RBI. Trey Harris came in 11 for his last 25 and singled, walked, and scored a run. Juan Morales was the only other Brave with a multi-hit game, as he recorded a pair of singles in three at bats to raise his average over .200 along with reaching on a hit by pitch. Morales’ numbers don’t look great on the surface, but beneath it is a guy who is now 11 for his last 30 over his last 10 games, bringing his average from .115 to .207. The Braves also got doubles from Mason Berne and Luidemid Rojas in the loss.
Next Game: Saturday 8/4 playing GCL Tigers East @ 10 AM, also finishing suspended game from 7/26. Probable Starters: GCL Braves-TBD, GCL Tigers East-TBD