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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Ian Anderson Stars for Florida

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Ian Anderson held the Cardinals to 1 earned run over 5 1⁄3 innings, and Trey Harris reached base 5 times for the GCL Braves.

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(53-58) Gwinnett Stripers 2, (50-61) Buffalo Bisons 0

Box Score

Austin Riley, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, .280/.357/.403

Chad Sobotka, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.84 ERA

Two early runs were enough for the Stripers pitching staff, who combined to shut out the Bisons. Austin Riley’s ground-rule double with two outs in the first inning got the Braves their first baserunner of the game, and he was brought in to score the first run by Rio Ruiz’s single. The Braves added their second run of the game on a double from Alex Jackson in the second inning, scoring Phil Gosselin to give them a 2-0 lead they would hold for the next 7 and a half innings. Austin Riley knocked another double in the 7th inning, giving him his 11th since joining Gwinnett and his 4th in his last 4 games.

Andres Santiago picked up the start for Gwinnett and hung on for 4 scoreless innings, working around 6 baserunners. Santiago was brought in for the 5th inning and loaded the bases with no one out before turning the ball over to the bullpen. Miguel Socolovich came in to clean up a major jam and struck out the first two batters he faced before getting a fly out from Vladdy Jr. to end a serious threat. Socolovich loaded the bases on 3 singles in his second inning of work but kept the shutout intact. Chad Bell worked a clean 7th inning but allowed 2 hits in the 8th inning and was pulled for Chad Sobotka. Sobotka ended that threat with a strikeout and then struck out 2 of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth to close out the win for Gwinnett.

Next Game: 8/8 vs (53-58) Buffalo Bisons @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Wes Parsons (6-2, 3.03 ERA)

BUF: Jacob Waguespack (3-6, 5.13 ERA)

(44-63) Florida Fire Frogs 1, (60-48) Palm Beach Cardinals 8

Box Score

Drew Waters, CF: 2-4, 2B, .261/.320/.304

William Contreras, C: 0-3, .333/.444/.400

Ian Anderson, SP: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2.52 ERA

The Fire Frogs got an early run in the bottom of the first inning, with Drew Waters leading off with a double and then scoring on a single from Riley Delgado. Florida did not score another run in the game. Waters had two hits in the game for his second straight multi hit game for Florida and his third straight game with a hit. Waters has reached base safely in 5 of his 6 games since his promotion. Riley Delgado recorded a three hit game, his second with the Fire Frogs and his 10th this season. William Contreras did not reach base in the game, snapping a 15 game on base streak that dated back to July 17 with Rome.

Ian Anderson got the start for Florida and made yet another successful one despite subpar command. Anderson worked through a couple of baserunners in the first and second innings before allowing his first run of the game in the 3rd, walking two batters and throwing a wild pitch before a passed ball brought in the tying run in the game. Anderson had solid innings in the 4th and 5th and through 5 had not allowed an earned run and only had given up one hit. Ian struggled at the outset of the 6th inning, allowing two hits before getting a lineout and then being pulled. Justin Kely allowed both inherited runners to score on a single to the first batter before retiring the side. Kelly pitched a clean seventh but allowed his first run in the 8th inning to make it 4-1 in favor of the Cardinals. Chase Johnson-Mullins allowed 4 runs, 2 earned, on 2 hits and 2 walks in the 9th inning.

Next Game: 8/8 vs (60-48) Palm Beach Cardinals @ 11:00 AM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Huascar Ynoa (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

PMB: Ian Oxnevard (4-6, 4.72 ERA)

(59-53) Rome Braves 3, (57-53) Delmarva Shorebirds 11

Box Score

Jefrey Ramos, LF: 1-4, HR, RBI, .245/.287/.426

Greyson Jenista, RF: 1-4, RBI, .330/.377/.4440

Freddy Tarnok, SP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.77 ERA

Freddy Tarnok dominated the opening of the game, but a collapse in the 4th inning led to 7 runs scoring and a blowout loss for the Braves. Jefrey Ramos led off the 2nd inning for the Braves with his 12th home run of the season, giving them an early 1-0 lead. A double from Drew Lugbauer followed, leaving the Braves primed for another. Two quick outs had him in danger of being starnded, but a base hit from Marcos Almonte brought him in and gave Rome a 2-0 lead. Derian Cruz doubled to lead off the 8th inning and scored on a ground out later in the inning, but the Braves still trailed at that point 10-3. Greyson Jenista had reached base safely in each of his last 11 games.

Freddy Tarnok got off to as hot a start as a pitcher can in a game, striking out each of the first 6 batters he faced in a perfect 1st and 2nd. Tarnok allowed his first baserunner of the game in the third inning on a walk, but completed a third hitless inning with a pop out and 2 fly outs. In the 4th Tarnok struggled mightily, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks that led to 7 runs, though 4 of those were unearned due to 2 throwing errors in the inning. Cutter Dyals spared the Braves bullpen with 3 13 innings of work, striking out 5 batters and walking none while allowing 2 unearned runs. Dyals has a 2.58 ERA in 38 13 innings this season. Tyler Watson allowed a run each in his two innings of work and recorded 2 strikeouts.

Next Game: 8/8 vs (57-53) Delmarva Shorebirds 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Alan Rangel (3-6, 4.78 ERA)

DEL: Brandon Bonilla (0-1, 4.50 ERA)

(25-21) Danville Braves 1, (15-30) Burlington Royals 2

Box Score

CJ Alexander, 3B: 0-2, 2 BB, .360/.438/.507

Jake Higginbotham, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 4.42 ERA

The Danville offense didn’t do much against the Royals, and through 7 innings were down 2-0 with no hits on the board. A walk to Rusber Estrada, his second of the game, led off the 8th inning and Estrada advanced to second base on a ground out. Zack Soria came through with the Braves first (and only) hit of the game to score Estrada and give the Braves a glimpse of hope. Nick Shumpert reached on an error, putting the go ahead run on base with one out, but a strikeout and a flyout ended the inning. CJ Alexander walked for the second time in the game to lead off the 9th inning, but nothing came of that and the Braves fell 2-1.

Tanner Lawsoon got the start in the game and struggled a bit in the second inning, with a single and a double leading the inning off and scoring the game’s first run. After two ground outs a throwing error from CJ Alexander led to the second run of the inning scoring, the run that ultimately proved to be the winning run in the game. Jake Higginbotham continued his run of success with his best outing yet, going three scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts and no walks. The 5 strikeouts for Higginbotham is a career high. Mason McReaken made another solid appearance with 2 scoreless innings and two strikeouts. Brooks Wilson finished out the game with 2 strikeouts and a walk over 2 scoreless innings, lowering his ERA on the season to 1.45. The Danville pitching staff leads the Appalachian League with a 3.32 ERA (2nd place 3.86 ERA).

(16-22) GCL Braves 5, (27-12) GCL Tigers West 9

Box Score

Trey Harris, RF: 2-3, 2 2B, .297/.432/.426

Christian Zamora, LF: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, .165/.233/.266

Yoeli Lopez, RP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 6.97 ERA

The GCL Braves led late in the game, but a comeback effort for the Tigers sent them home with a loss. The Braves scored first in the third inning on a leadoff home run from Christian Zamora, his second of the year. The Tigers took a three run lead after a big 4th but the Braves had more left in the bats. In the 5th inning Trey Harris walked with one out (he had 4 walks on the day) and then the Braves recorded three consecutive 2 out singles to score Harris and Braulio Vasquez to bring the game withing one run. The Tigers walked the bases loaded in the 7th inning with one out, and the Braves got the tying run on a sacrifice fly from Luis Ovando and the go ahead run on a passed ball. The Braves offense led 5-4 at this point, but a 5 run ninth from the Tigers led to a loss. The Braves only had 5 hits in the game but drew 11 walks as a team, including 4 from Trey Harris and 3 from Logan Brown. Harris has been dominant in his last 15 games, hitting .370/.521/.556 with 14 walks and only 8 strikeouts. Coming from the SEC these numbers don’t mean much for Harris as he’s not facing the same caliber pitching as he did in college, and he’s only at the GCL level due to the lack of depth caused by the international restrictions preventing him from a deserved call up.

Chase Whitley made his first rehab appearance since May 23, starting this game with a perfect first inning while striking out 2 batters. The game then turned over to Filyer Sanchez, who struggled in the 4th inning allowing 4 hits including 2 home runs that led to 4 runs. Sanchez didn’t allow any other hits or runs outside of this fourth inning, completing 5 total with 5 strikeouts and one walk. Yoeli Lopez got the ball in the 7th and did good work for the Braves, striking out 2 batters and allowing only one hit over 1 13 innings. Yoeli has struggled with his command overall in his transition to the mound but seems to be learning quickly. Over his past 6 appearances Lopez has pitched 7 innings, struck out 12 batters and walked 4. Alex Aquino finished off the remainder of the 8th inning without allowing a run, and then was brought out to start the 9th inning in a save attempt. Aquino allowed each of the first 5 to reach base before being pulled from the game with the Braves trailing 7-5 after allowing 3 runs to score. Alex Camacho was brought in to replace Aquino and allowed a 2 run double before retiring the side with 2 strikeouts.