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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Drew Waters Extends On Base Streak to 28

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Drew Waters had another hit to extend his on base streak, Travis Demeritte hit a home run, and Jasseel De La Cruz had a strong outing.

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

(39-33) Gwinnett Stripers 6, (36-37) Syracuse Mets 10

Box Score

  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-2, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, .291/.387/.583
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 2-4 .407/.429/.667
  • Ryan LaMarre, CF: 3-4, 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, .285/.343/.452
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 5.40 ERA

Nothing went right for Gwinnett in this game after Huascar Ynoa’s day ended, and they got rolled by the Mets 10-6. Gwinnett fell behind by a couple of runs early in the game, but with two outs in the fourth inning the offense finally got rolling a bit. Jonathan Morales and Jack Lopez singled consecutively, and Ryan LaMarre came up big with a two run triple to tie the game up. The Stripers could not hold on to this tie as the Mets mashed a grand slam in the next inning, and they found themselves trying to catch up for the rest of the game. Travis Demeritte got them a little closer in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving his fourteenth home run of the season to score two runs and cut the deficit down to two runs. Then in the sixth the Stripers crawled ever closer with a run scoring double from LaMarre, but two strikeouts stranded him at second base and Gwinnett could not tie. Syracuse then pushed the lead out to 10-5 in the eighth and ninth innings, and Gwinnett had no answer to that. The Stripers added one run on an Alex Jackson ground out in the ninth inning, but never threatened to come back in the game and took a loss.

Huascar Ynoa had some highlights and low-lights in this game, but mostly showed what the Braves wanted out of him which was a lot of strikeouts and a lot of strikes. Ynoa allowed a solo home run in each of his first two innings, but was otherwise lights out and held the Mets offense down with eight strikeouts over four innings. Ynoa struck out three batters in the third inning and two in the fourth, though in those final two innings he did start to struggle some more with his control and allowed a couple of walks and a hit batter. Ynoa threw 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes, his highest rate of strikes in any of his starts this season. The bullpen did not have as many positives to show for their game, as top to bottom they really struggled against the Syracuse Bats. Chad Sobotka allowed a grand slam in the fifth inning that the Stripers never did come back from, and despite striking out four batters and walking none Dylan Creasy allowed two runs in his two innings. Jose Rafael De Paula was the only pitcher to throw a full inning and finish his outing without allowing a run, and he struck out two batters in a perfect sixth inning. Dan Winkler allowed two runs and walked three batters in two-thirds of an inning pitched.

Next Game: 6/22 vs (39-33) Gwinnett Stripers @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Bryse Wilson (3-6, 4.11 ERA)


(34-37) Mississippi Braves 2, (42-30) Biloxi Shuckers 4

Box Score

  • William Contreras, C: 1-4, .184/.244/.211
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, .302/.361/.518
  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-4, .333/.376/.523
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 9 K, 3.16 ERA

Mississippi got a strong start from Jasseel De La Cruz, but blew a lead in the eighth inning in a loss to Biloxi. The Shuckers got a run in the first inning to take the lead over the Braves, and after three the Braves sat scoreless with only two hits. Drew Waters sparked the Braves offense with a leadoff single in the fourth inning, and after a Tyler Neslony single the Braves had a big opportunity with no outs. An error led to a run for Mississippi to tie the game and then William Contreras loaded the bases with a one out single. A sacrifice fly brought Neslony in to score and Mississippi had a lead they would hold for much of the game. Mississippi continued to get opportunities with ten total hits in the game, but after that fourth inning could not bank any of those runners. In the eighth Alejandro Salazar and Cristian Pache led off the inning with singles, but a strikeout from Waters and a couple of ground outs ended the Braves threat. This proved to be extremely costly when the Shuckers scored three in the eighth inning to take a 4-2 lead. Mississippi had a breath of life with a walk and a single with two outs in the ninth inning, but Greyson Jenista struck out to end the game.

Jasseel De La Cruz strung together a strong start despite some command issues and added another chapter in what has been a breakout season for the young pitcher. Jasseel was all over the place in the game, and in the first inning he allowed a couple of hits and a walk to load the bases. A sacrifice fly brought in a run before De La Cruz was able to end it with a strikeout, and then it was really just De La Cruz against himself. Jasseel allowed walks in each of the first three innings and then one in the fifth and seventh, but after that first inning no Shuckers batter could record a hit. De La Cruz tied a season and career high with nine strikeouts, his third such game this season, but also tied a career high with five walks. The Braves brought in Josh Graham in the eighth inning, and he could not protect a one run lead as he allowed a three run home run to put the Shuckers in front.

Next Game: 6/22 vs (42-30) Biloxi Shuckers @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Ian Anderson (5-4, 2.85 ERA)

BLX: Dylan File (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

(27-44) Florida Fire Frogs 1, (36-35) St. Lucie Mets 5

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, LF: 1-4, .346/.404/.577
  • Andrew Moritz, CF: 3-4, 2B, RBI, .571/.571/.714
  • Logan Brown, C: 1-3, BB, .333/.429/.333
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 5.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.11 ERA

The Fire Frogs had no offensive firepower, shocking I know, to match the Mets and they lost 5-1. This is not to say that Florida didn’t have their opportunities, in particular Andrew Moritz providing a huge game at the top of the lineup that gave them multiple chances to put runs on the board. Trailing by three runs in the third inning Brett Langhorne led off with a double, but he was thrown out at third base trying to stretch the hit into a triple. Moritz followed with a single, but the Fire Frogs could not push him in and went to the fourth still scoreless. The broke through in the fifth inning and it was Moritz who did the work, doubling with two outs in the inning to score Logan Brown. This was the last hurrah for Florida, as they only had one hit over the final four innings.

Hayden Deal had some positive aspects to this start but gave up too many hits over his 5 23 innings. Deal allowed a home run to the second batter he faced in the game, but his trouble really didn’t start to ramp up until the third inning. Deal allowed three hits and two runs in that third inning, which put the Fire Frogs in a hole they never threatened to climb out of. Deal allowed three hits in the fourth inning but managed to keep the Mets off of the board. Deal allowed a hit in each of the final two innings he pitched, but nothing came of those and he departed with six strikeouts and only one walk over 5 23 innings. Brooks Wilson struggled in his relief outing, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks in his 1 13 innings pitched. Brandon White looked very good in relief with two scoreless innings and two strikeouts.

Next Game: 6/22 vs (36-35) St. Lucie Mets @ 6:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Matt Hartman (0-2, 7.07 ERA)


(30-41) Rome Braves 7, (32-40) Hagerstown Suns 14

Box Score

  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 1-3, 3B, 2 BB, RBI, .251/.375/.391
  • Justin Dean, CF: 0-4, BB, SB, .273/.380/.432
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-3, .167/.167/.167
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4.44 ERA

We’re gonna talk a lot about the offense here and just make the pitching section short and sweet because you really don’t wanna know. Rome got rolled, allowing 14 runs, but they did score seven which should provide some good feeling. The Braves only had one hit, from Braden Shewmake, through the first four innings, but in the fifth they got things rolling with a Henry Quintero hit by pitch to lead things off. A single from Ricardo Rodriguez put runners in the corners before a wild pitch gave Rome their first run and cut the lead to 6-1. A couple of ground outs brought in Rodriguez to score, then with two outs the Braves had a little more work to do. Justin Dean walked and stole second base, then Greg Cullen tripled to score Dean and suddenly the Braves were only down three (spoiler alert: that didn’t last long). The Braves allowed five runs in the seventh inning to fall behind 12-3, so the garbage time bats had some fun in the eighth and ninth innings. A Greg Cullen walk led off the eighth, and a hit batter and walk loaded the bases for Ricardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez cleared those bases right off with a three run double, his third hit of the game. In the ninth inning Jose Bermudez led off with a single, then he came around to score on three wild pitches because this is A ball.

Odalvi Javier had an up and down start for Rome, and by up I mean he pitched a scoreless fifth and by down I mean that was the only scoreless inning. Javier just didn’t have anything working and by the second inning had already allowed four runs and finished with six earned runs charged against him. Trey Riley allowed a run in the sixth inning, then in the seventh he and Victor Cavalieri combined to allow five runs and put the game out of reach of the Braves offense. Cavalieri did pitch a scoreless eighth inning, and he struck out three batters and walked none over two innings. Gabriel Noguera pitched the ninth and allowed two runs on three hits. Not a bright day for the Braves pitching staff, though if there’s any bright spot it wasn’t due to the struggles of any of the Braves top prospects.

Next Game: 6/22 vs (32-40) Hagerstown Suns @ 6:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Dilmer Mejia (3-1, 1.42 ERA)

HAG: Francys Peguero (2-2, 2.54 ERA)

(3-1) Danville Braves 2, (1-2) Johnson City Cardinals 1

Box Score

  • Beau Philip, SS: 0-3, HBP, .000/.143/.000
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-3, RBI, .500/.500/.857
  • Alger Hodgson, SP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

Danville’s pitching staff held the Cardinals at bay, and the offense had just enough in the tank to overtake them for a win. Danville wasn’t able to push across any offense through the first five innings and they went into the sixth trailing 1-0. Beau Philip took a hit by pitch with one out in that sixth inning, and a double by Bryce Ball tied the game up at one. Ball has three extra base hits in his first four professional games and has already driven in five runs. In the eighth Jose Palma led off the inning with a single, then stole second base and moved to third on a ground out from Cody Milligan. This set things up for a wild pitch to score him and give Danville the lead in the late innings of the game.

Danville used a committee to finish off the game, but all the pitchers came to play and only allowed one run in the game. Starter Wander Polanco had a decent game allowing only one run over three innings, though he did only strike out one batter and allowed three of the Cardinals four hits in the game. In the fourth the ball turned over to Alger Hodgson, and Hodgson was magnificent over his three innings. Hodgson allowed a single in the first inning he threw, but that was the last hit the Cardinals would get in the game. After a one out walk in the fifth inning Hodgson retired the last five batters he faced, and struck out each of the last four. Javier Ciriaco kept this going in his outing, allowing a couple of walks and only throwing 13 strikes on 30 pitches, but pitched two hitless, scoreless innings and struck out two batters. Victor Camacho got the save with a scoreless ninth and struck out two batters.

Next Game: 6/22 vs (1-2) Johnson City Cardinals @ 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters


JC: Dalton Roach