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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Wright Strikes out Ten

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Kyle Wright was masterful for Gwinnett with 10 strikeouts over 7 2⁄3 innings innings. Drew Waters had four hits to lead Mississippi’s offense.

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(37-29) Gwinnett Stripers 11, (32-35) Syracuse Mets 4

Box Score

  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 2-5, 2B, RBI, .282/.372/.565
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-5, 2B, RBI .385/.429/.629
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 7.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 6.02 ERA

An eleven run performance from the Stripers offense backed up a dominant outing by Kyle Wright, and Gwinnett came out of the series opener with an 11-4 win. Wright had a bit of a rough patch in the first inning and the Stripers fell behind by two runs, but they bounced back in the top of the second inning and never looked back from there. Two singles opened up the inning and brought Jonathan Morales to the plate, and Morales came through with a huge double to bring in Gwinnett’s first run. A single from Jack Lopez tied the game at two and then a double play brought in the go ahead run to give Gwinnett the lead in the game. Gwinnett added two in the second on Sean Kazmar’s two run home run, and with Wright on cruise control it was smooth sailing. A Travis Demeritte double in the top of the seventh inning put Gwinnett back on the board and extended the lead out to four runs. Gwinnett then broke the game open in the eighth with a four run inning, with a home run from Rafael Ortega and a two run single by Marte accounting for the damage. Kazmar went 5-5 on the day, his first five hit game since 2010.

Kyle Wright had a career day on the mound for Gwinnett, getting himself into one of those grooves with his command that allows him to show his top of the rotation potential and pitch deep into games. Wright had a season high in pitches (98) and innings pitched (7 2/3) and he blew past his season high in strikeouts and set down ten Mets batters. Wright didn’t get off to the hottest start and allowed a leadoff single to Rajai Davis, but he came back to immediately get the rehabbing Robinson Cano to ground into a double play. Cano went 0-3 against Wright on the day with a strike out and a fly out in his other two plate appearances. An error unfortunately extended the inning against Wright and he then allowed a two run home run that gave Syracuse the lead. That was the last hit he allowed. After a second inning walk Wright went on to set down thirteen Mets batters in a row before hitting a batter in the seventh. After a four pitch walk Wright found himself in a bit of trouble but got a strikeout and a ground out to third base to end the frame. Wright struck out the first two batters of the eighth inning before being pulled from the game. Grant Dayton struggled in relief and allowed two runs in two-thirds of an inning, leading to Dylan Creasy being brought in to relieve. Creasy was shaky as well and allowed a walk and a hit, but finished of the game for Gwinnett.

Next Game: 6/15 vs (32-35) Syracuse Mets @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Huascar Ynoa (1-1, 5.63 ERA)

SYR: TBD

(31-35) Mississippi Braves 1, (26-39) Mobile BayBears 5

Box Score

  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 1-4, .120/.250/.120
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-5, RBI, .292/.347/.500
  • Drew Waters, LF: 4-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, .335/.378/.525
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.70 ERA

Drew Waters four hit night drove the Mississippi offense in their 5-1 win over Mobile. The teams were tied up with no runs through the first two innings, but in the bottom of the third consecutive one out singles from Cristian Pache and Drew Waters put the Braves in business. The BayBears then committed a critical error and allowed Pache to come in to score for the game’s first run. The Baybears tied the game in the top of the fifth inning and it remained that way until the seventh when it was once again Drew Waters doing work with the bat. After a leadoff walk to Daniel Lockhart, Waters came in to deliver a critical blow and smashed his fourth home run of the season to put Mississippi up 3-1. Waters dropped the ball 419 field into left center field, opposite field from his spot in the left handed batters box. A Tyler Neslony walk and stolen base led to another run as he scored on Ryan Casteel’s base hit. Cristian Pache added the final run of the game for the Braves, singling in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Alejandro Salazar. Those four hits for Drew Waters mark his third four-hit game this season and extended his on base streak out to 22 games. Cristian Pache is working on a streak of his own with a seven game hitting streak and an eleven game on base streak. Pache struck out in his fourth plate appearance today, breaking a streak of 21 plate appearances without a strikeout.

Jasseel De La Cruz was stellar on the mound for Mississippi, controlling the game throughout and keeping Mississippi in the game as the offense had its struggles early on. De La Cruz set down the first eight batters he faced before a single in the third inning, and he finished off that inning scoreless although through three innings he had not struck anyone out. De La Cruz allowed a leadoff single in the fourth inning, then he got on that whole striking people out thing and struck out the final three batters in the inning. De La Cruz ran into his only real trouble in the fifth inning when he couldn’t work around a leadoff double, with Jo Adell knocking a single to tie the game up and get the only run of the day off of Jasseel. This was a season high in pitches for De La Cruz and broke his streak of seven straight starts walking multiple batters. The bullpen did work in support of Jasseel, with Claudio Custodio getting the nod in the seventh and throwing a perfect inning with a strikeout. Josh Graham was lights out for a two inning save, setting down all six batters he faced and striking out two.

Next Game: 6/15 vs (26-39) Mobile BayBears @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Dallas Keuchel

MOB: Jeremy Beasley (3-3, 3.33 ERA

(29-38) Rome Braves 5, (35-31) Augusta GreenJackets 6 F/10

Box Score

  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 1-4, BB, RBI, .251/.375/.390
  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 1-5, .295/.326/.409
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.95 ERA

Rome had late runs to take a ninth inning lead over the GreenJackets, but errors throughout cost them dearly and they could not hold on to their chances and fell in extra innings. The Rome offense was stifled through much of the contest, and through six innings they trailed 2-0 as they had been shutout by the GreenJackets starter. Finally in the seventh they began to cut into the lead, with a single and a walk setting up Ariel Montesino for a run-scoring, two out double. The GreenJackets came back with a run in the bottom of the seventh, and going into the ninth inning the Braves trailed by a couple of runs with three outs to go. The Braves immediately went to work with Henry Quintero and Griffin Benson leading off the inning with singles. After a strikeout it was once again Montesino doing big work, knocking a base hit into right field to pull Rome within a run. Andrew Moritz followed him up with a base hit of his own that tied the game at three. Then with two outs the Braves continued to work and Greg Cullen gave them the lead with a run scoring single. This also advanced Jeremy Fernandez to third base, and Fernandez was then able to score on a wild pitch to put Rome up 5-3. Unfortunately the defense could not hold this lead in the ninth, and after Rome went down without a fight in the top of the tenth it took just one Augusta batter to finish off the Braves.

The Braves might have given up six runs in the game, but when the defense commits six errors you can’t blame much on the pitching staff. Odalvi Javier looked good for the Braves in his start, with his lone struggles coming in a two run third inning. Javier cruised through the first two innings and didn’t allow a hit, but an error to lead off the third inning sent things into a bit of a spiral. A double and a walk followed to load the bases with one out, and then a base hit brought in two runs to put Augusta up early. Javier finished out his start with two more scoreless innings and then turned things over to the bullpen. Tanner Lawson was flawless in his sixth inning, but in the seventh he allowed a leadoff walk on four pitches. An error then put two men on with no outs, and two straight sacrifices got another run in favor of Augusta. Lawson was a victim of another error in the 8th inning, but was able to work around it and prevent the deficit from growing even larger. The Braves held the lead in the ninth inning and they turned to Jose Montilla, and immediately the defense committed an error to put a run on. Montilla had an answer with a double play, but then a double and a single put him in some two out trouble. Montilla got the ground ball he needed over towards third base, but Darling Florentino’s errant throw brought in a run and extended the inning. This was just long enough for Montilla to make a wild pitch to bring in the tying run. Boo. In the bottom of the tenth Montilla had the unenviable task of trying to protect a tie game with a runner on second base, and it didn’t go so well. The first batter attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Montilla made an effort to get the runner at third and just kinda yeeted the throw into the outfield and the runner easily came in to score the winning run. Florentino maybe (probably) should have caught the ball, but either was it’s a loss for Rome.

Next Game: 6/15 vs (35-31) Augusta GreenJackets @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Alan Rangel (4-4, 5.46 ERA)

AUG: Adam Oller (0-0, 5.59 ERA)