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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Kyle Muller dominates, Drew Waters goes wild

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There was a lot to like from Mississippi’s game last night.

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

Gwinnett Stripers 7, Indianapolis Indians 6 - F/10

Box Score

  • Alex Jackson, C: 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, .830 OPS
  • Andres Blanco, 2B: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, .877 OPS
  • Kolby Allard, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.58 ERA

Gwinnett had themselves a wild back and forth game on Saturday in which they were eventually victorious by the score of 7-6 in extra innings. Kolby Allard put together a solid, if unspectacular start as he went five innings and gave up three runs. The biggest thing for Allard this season is that the contact he has been giving up is doing more damage as opposing batters are hitting .283 against him which is well above his minor league career baseline. Gwinnett’s relief corps had a chance to close the game out, but Grant Dayton, Chad Sobotka, and Wes Parsons all gave up runs which make this game....more interesting than it needed to be.

On offense, Alex Jackson had himself another nice game as he connected for his 11th homer of the season. While he has been striking out too much, the power has definitely been on display for AJax this season. It will be interesting to see if the hit tool can improve as well. Andres Blanco, Adam Duvall, Ryan LaMarre, and Jackson all had multi-hit games for Gwinnett. Travis Demeritte had a double and a walk to increase his on-base streak to 34 games which seems pretty good.

Mississippi Braves 8, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, LF: 4-5, 2B, 2 3B, RBI, 2 R, .841 OPS
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-5, 2 RBI, .824 OPS
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K, 1.97 ERA

Drew Waters’ big night at the plate backed up another dominant outing on the mound for Kyle Muller as Mississippi took down Pensacola by the score of 8-4. With his outstanding seven inning, 10 strikeout performance on Saturday evening, Muller has given up a total of five earned runs in his past six starts and has pitched at least into the seventh inning in five of his past six starts. He also ranks 6th in ERA (1.97) and 2nd in strikeouts (67) in the Southern League. Connor Johnstone had a tough relief outing as he gave up two runs and only manage to get two outs, but Thomas Burrows came in and settled things down to secure the victory for Mississippi.

Have a night, Drew Waters. Waters was a home run shy of the cycle by the fifth inning and while he did not hit for the cycle, he did add on another triple. Despite being tied for third in the league with 68 strikeouts this season, Waters also is in third place in the Southern League with a .313 batting average. Cristian Pache had a two run single and Riley Unroe, who has just kept hitting since he joined the Braves organization, had a three hit night including a double.

Florida Fire Frogs, Palm Beach Cardinals

Suspended - Rain sucks

Rome Braves 1, Hagerstown Suns 2

Box Score

  • Andrew Moritz, RF: 2-2, 2 BB, SB, .599 OPS
  • Trey Harris, LF: 0-4, 1.034 OPS
  • Trey Riley, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5.67 ERA

We aren’t going to linger here long as Rome lost a close one to Hagerstown by the score of 2-1. Trey Riley had a pretty decent start on Saturday which gives him two straight appearances were he gave up two runs or less. This is significantly better than the two starts before that in which he gave up five earned runs a piece.

On offense, there wasn’t much going on. Even Trey Harris had an off-night which seems like a glitch in the box score when it happens. Andrew Moritz did reach base four times and stole a base while Logan Brown had the only extra-base hit of the evening for Rome when he connected for his 9th double of the season.