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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Ian Anderson Ks Nine

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Braves pitchers had a strong night in the system, with Bryse Wilson and Ian Anderson each putting up big starts and Nolan Kingham throwing a complete game shutout.

MLB: Atlanta Braves-Media Day Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

(31-23) Gwinnett Stripers 4, (31-20) Indianapolis Indians 1

Box Score

  • Alex Jackson, C: 0-4, .212/.310/.496
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-3, 2B, BB, .301/.384/.608
  • Bryse Wilson, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.92 ERA
  • AJ Minter, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Errors cost the Bryse Wilson and the Stripers dearly in a 4-1 loss in which Gwinnett did not allow an earned run. After going down in order in the first inning the Stripers had a chance to take an early lead in the second when Sean Kazmar led off with a walk. Ryan LaMarre quickly brought him in with an RBI double and put Gwinnett up 1-0, although they could not capitalize further as the next three batters struck out. Unfortunately for the Stripers outside of a couple of singles from Bryse Wilson that was the last hit that Gwinnett would record until the sixth inning. In that sixth Travis Demeritte led off with a double into center field, but he was stranded right there and the game stayed tied at 1-1. After falling behind by three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning the Stripers put together a threat in the seventh inning by drawing three walks, but they couldn’t get a hit and weren’t able to push in any runs.

Bryse Wilson had one of his strongest starts of the season over six innings, but lack of support from both his defense and offense cost him his fifth lost of the season. Wilson set down Indianapolis with a perfect first inning and two strike outs, but in the second he had some immediate problems by allowing a leadoff double. A bunt followed and an errant throw from Alex Jackson allowed the first unearned run of the game to score and erased a small early lead. Wilson finished off the inning with a line out and two strike outs, and walked his only batter of the day intentionally. Wilson got back into his zone over the next three inning and retired nine of the ten batters he faced to take the tie into the sixth inning. This is when problems began to arise on the defensive end, with Luis Marte making an error on each of the first two plays of the inning to put two runners on base. Wilson then allowed a single to load the bases and after recording a strikeout for the first out of the inning he allowed a run on a ground out. With two outs in the inning Wilson just couldn’t work out of the trouble, and a base hit into right field scored two more runs to put Indianapolis up 4-1. A passed ball and another error followed, but Wilson was finally able to get out of the inning and prevent further damage with a fly out to left field. AJ Minter threw two more scoreless innings of relief for Gwinnett and only allowed one hit. This was the first outing he’s thrown without a strikeout since his demotion.

Next Game: 6/1 vs (31-20) Indianapolis Indians @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Kolby Allard (4-3, 4.50 ERA)

TOL: Cam Vieaux (1-0, 3.60 ERA)

(24-28) Mississippi Braves 1, (32-22) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-4, .300/.338/.465
  • Cristian Pache, RF: 1-4, .299/.352/.480
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 3.27 ERA

Ian Anderson was stellar on the mound in Pensacola but the offense had no answer for the Blue Wahoos pitching staff and Mississippi fell 2-1. The Braves didn’t have a hit through their first three innings and went into the fourth trailing 1-0. With one out the Braves put up a fight with a couple of hits from Drew Waters and Tyler Neslony, but a strikeout and a ground out followed and they could not push home a run. The Braves broke through in the fifth inning thanks to singles from Luis Valenzuela and Alejandro Salazar that led off the inning before a Jonathan Morales sacrifice fly brought in Mississippi’s first run of the game. Cristian Pache singled later in the inning but the Braves had no more runs in the tank and had to settle with cutting the deficit down to 2-1. This would prove costly. In the eighth inning the Braves had a big chance when a fielding error allowed Drew Waters to get to second base with two outs, but he was thrown out at home two batters later while attempting to score the tying run on Ryan Casteel’s base hit. Alejandro Salazar knocked a two out double in the ninth inning for his third hit of the game, but this last breath of life could not save the Braves as the next batter grounded out to end the game.

Ian Anderson spun his first start of seven complete innings this season, and held the Blue Wahoos offense to two runs while striking out 9 batters. Anderson’s day started off with him allowing a leadoff single, but he quickly got a double play and escaped the inning by forcing a fly out from Alex Kiriloff. After a 1-2-3 second he allowed his first run of the game and gave Pensacola the lead with a solo home run to lead off the third inning before retiring the next three batters. Pensacola only had one inning in which they managed to string hits together against Anderson and that was in the fourth inning, when they had a couple o singles and a walk to score one run. Anderson finished off his start with his strongest ball, retiring nine of the last ten batters he faced with only a walk in the sixth inning to break up his streak. Ian struck out two batters in the fifth, another in the sixth, and then struck out the side in order in the seventh inning.

Next Game: 6/1 vs (32-22) Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Kyle Muller (3-1, 1.89 ERA)

PNS: Jeff Ames (1-2, 2.82 ERA)

(21-33) Florida Fire Frogs 7, (32-21) Palm Beach Cardinals 0

Box Score

  • William Contreras, C: 1-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI, .270/.332/.385
  • RIley Delgado, SS: 2-4, RBI, .297/.345/.347
  • Shean Michel, CF: 2-4, BB, RBI, .255/.381/.412
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.56 ERA

Florida’s offense put up big numbers and Nolan Kingham spun a beauty in a 7-0 win for the Fire Frogs. Florida jumped on the board early in the first inning, with Shean Michel and Riley Delgado sparking the offense with leadoff singles. A fielder’s choice from Jefrey Ramos brought in the first run of the game and a single by Greyson Jenista scored Ramos to give Florida a 2-0 lead. In the third inning the Fire Frogs were gifted a runner when Riley Delgado reached base on a strike out and William Contreras made them pay with a two-out, two-run home run to extend the lead out to 4-0. This was a nice cap to an otherwise rough May that saw Contreras hit just .213 with 6 extra base hits. Florida scored a run each in the fifth and sixth innings, with Michel knocking in the run in the sixth inning for his second multi-hit game out of his last three. Florida loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks in the bottom of the eighth inning, but only managed one run on a sacrifice fly from Riley Delgado.

Nolan Kingham had a sparkling start to fire his second complete game shutout this season, giving him two of the three total in the entire Florida State League with the other coming from another former Florida pitcher in Jasseel De La Cruz. Kingham got off to a roaring start by retiring the first seven batters he faced, then after the first hit of the game he immediately forced a double play to end the third inning. Kingham had a slight hiccup in the fourth with a walk and a single to put two runners on, but he worked around that with no problem to finish out the inning. The Cardinals offense had no answer for Kingham for the remainder of the game, and after that two out walk in the fourth inning he retired the final sixteen batters of the game to complete the shutout. From the fifth to the eighth inning only one ball even left the infield, and those that did were just routine fly balls to the outfield.

Next Game:6/1 vs (32-21) Palm Beach Cardinals @ 6:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Matt Withrow (1-1, 2.30 ERA)

PMB: Perry DellaValle (2-2, 2.05 ERA)

(26-28) Rome Braves 6, (24-30) Hagerstown Suns

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, LF: 4-5, 2 RBI, .377/.447/.601
  • Hagen Owenby, DH: 3-5, RBI, .455/.455/.591
  • Henry Quintero, CF: 3-5, .349/.378/.395
  • Jose Olague, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 3.39 ERA

Four Braves had three hit games in their rout of the Suns. Rome quickly got themselves on the board in the top of the first inning with Henry Quintero leading off with a single and Greg Cullen following with a walk before Hagen Owenby singled in Quintero fior the first run of the game. A Logan Brown single brought in Cullen to give Rome a 2-0 lead they would not give up. Singles from Owenby and Trey Harris scored another run in the third inning, and then a passed ball brought in Harris to give Rome a 4-0 lead. Rome scored their final two runs in the fourth inning, with a two out double from Henry Quintero sparking the rally. After Greg Cullen was hit by a pitch both Owenby and Harris singled in runs to make it 6-0. Trey Harris had four hits on the day which is his first four hit game of the season and his tenth with three or more hits and finished May hitting .377/.446/.651.

Jose Olague put up a strong start pitching six innings on fewer than 90 pitches and only allowing one run. Olague struggled some in the first inning and allowed his lone run of the game on two hits and a walk, but thanks to a caught stealing he was able to hold onto the early lead and he settled in and cruised for the remainder of his start. Olague allowed a baserunner in all but one of the next five innings, but he never allowed more than one and he easily worked around that to prevent anymore runs from scoring. In the seventh inning he turned the ball over to Luis Mora, who had a typically wild but effective outing. Mora walked two batters in the seventh inning but also struck out two to get out of the inning with no damage done. In the eighth he walked the leadoff batter and then allowed a one out walk, but two more strikeouts allowed him to get through another scoreless inning. William Woods pitched a perfect ninth inning to shut things down and struck out two batters.

Next Game: 6/1 vs (24-30) Hagerstown Suns @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Trey Riley (2-5, 5.93 ERA)

HAG: Joan Adon (3-2, 3.02 ERA)