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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Shewmake Mashes First Home Run

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Braden Shewmake cobbled together a nice game with a couple of extra base hits. Adam Duvall slugged his 21st home run and Bryce Ball stayed hot at the plate with another home run.

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(43-33) Gwinnett Stripers 8, (28-48) Norfolk Tides 4

Box Score

  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 0-3, 2 BB, SB, .299/.398/.593
  • Alex Jackson, C: 0-4, .202/.305/.442
  • Adam Duvall, RF: 2-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, SB, .260/.344/.584
  • Ben Rowen, SP: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.48 ERA

Adam Duvall’s late home run put the Stripers on top and propelled them to an 8-4 win over Norfolk. Gwinnett jumped out to the early lead in the top of the first with Rafael Ortega’s double doing the damage and bringing in two runs. Gwinnett added a run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Morales, but their lead did not hold long as the Tides turned in the fifth and tied things up. Gwinnett had one big blow left in the top of the seventh, with Adam Duvall crushing his 21st home run following a double from Pedro Florimon and a walk to Travis Demeritte. The Stripers loaded the bases in the top of the 8th and were able to add two more runs thanks to a Tides fielding error. This put the game at 8-4 where it stood when it went final.

Despite the staff only producing two strikeouts as a whole the Stripers were able to hold the Tides offense down and make sure they never trailed during the game. Ben Rowen filled up innings with a heavy contact approach, completing 4 13 innings on only 51 pitches with only one strikeout and no walks. Rowen had a small hiccup with a solo home run to lead off the second inning and cut the lead down to 2-1, but he was able to get through two smooth innings as the Stripers took a 3-1 lead. The Stripers starter did not have as much success in the fifth inning, allowing three consecutive two out hits to score two runs and tie the game before he departed. This brought on Jonathan Aro in relief, and over 2 23 innings he threw 29 of his 34 pitches for strikes and allowed one run on three hits. Jose Rafael De Paula walked two batters in the eighth inning but worked around it with three fly outs to keep the Tides scoreless. Dylan Creasy finished out the game with a scoreless ninth to send Gwinnett home with a win.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (41-35) Charlotte Knights @ 7:04 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: TBD

CHA: TBD

(36-38) Mississippi Braves, (41-34) Jackson Generals PPD

Next Game: 6/26 vs (41-34) Jackson Generals @ 11:35 AM ET

Probable Starters

MIS:Joey Wentz (3-6, 5.51 ERA)

JXN: TBD

(27-47) Florida Fire Frogs 2, (37-34) Palm Beach Cardinals 4

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, LF: 1-4, .328/.400/.534
  • Riley Delgado, SS: 2-4, .301/.350/.358
  • Logan Brown, C: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .278/.350/.333
  • Philip Pfeifer, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4.99 ERA

Palm Beach hit two early home runs off of Fire Frogs starter Philip Pfeifer to take a 4-0 lead, and the offense could never claw back and Florida lost 4-2. Already down 4-0 the Fire Frogs offense had to go to work in the third inning, and with two outs the got a nice rally going with three consecutive singles by Riley Delgado, Trey Harris, and then Logan Brown. This brought in the Fire Frogs first run, although the threat was ended by a fly out and two runners were stranded. It wasn’t until the sixth that they ever even threatened to score again, but a leadoff double by Logan Brown quickly had them in business. A single from Jefre Ramos pushed Brown over to third and then Drew Lugbauer brought him in with another hit to cut the deficit down to two runs. With one out and two men on the Fire Frogs still had a chance to add more, but a strike out and a line out ended the threat and they had to settle for just the one run. Florida had singles in the seventh and eighth innings but couldn’t turn them in, and then in the ninth went down in order to end the game.

Philip Pfeifer did not settle well into the game for the Fire Frogs and he allowed a two run home run to the third batter of the game to put Florida behind quickly. In the second inning a leadoff home run added even more, and with two outs Pfiefer allowed a double to Lars Nootbar to stretch the deficit to 4-0. Then after a leadoff single in the third inning Pfeifer started to pitch his game, and the Florida pitching staff did not allow another baserunner. Pfeifer finished off his start by retiring his final twelve batters, with five of those coming on strikeouts before he left the game for Lukas Young. Young struck out two batters in a perfect seventh inning, then Brooks Wilson had two strikeouts over two perfect innings to finish the game with the Fire Frogs having retired 21 consecutive batters.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (37-34) Palm Beach Cardinals @ 6:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Hayden Deal (3-5, 2.11 ERA)

PMB: Perry DellaValle (2-3, 2.71 ERA)

(33-42) Rome Braves 4, (39-47) Charleston RiverDogs 5

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, C: 0-4, .250/.471/.583
  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-3, 2 BB, SB, .276/.386/.432
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 2-4, 2B, HR, RBI, .458/.458/.708
  • Jose Olague, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 3.66 ERA

Rome and Charleston played a tight contest throughout, but in the end the Braves didn’t have quite enough offense to match the RiverDogs and fell 5-4. Rome quickly pushed a run across thanks to Justin Dean, who walked and then advanced to third on two wild pitches where he was driven in by Greg Cullen for the game’s first run. Charleston answered in the second with two runs, but the Charleston pitcher had more gifts in store this time for Griffin Benson. Benson singled to lead off the inning, then advanced on a wild pitch and a ground out before being balked home for the game’s tying run. While the Rome bats went cold for the next couple of innings Charleston’s did not, and after five innings the Braves found themselves in a 5-2 hole. From there they started to chip away a bit, with Braden Shewmake’s leadoff double in the sixth leading the charge. A fly and a ground out brought him home to score and cut the lead to 5-3. Shewmake then hit his first professional home run in the eighth inning to pull the Braves within a run, and Rome went into the ninth looking to tie it. With two outs the Braves got a small rally going with consecutive hits from Jeremy Fernandez and Justin Dean, but they could not push a run in and fell 5-4.

Jose Olague did not look very good on the mound, allowing five runs over six innings to take the loss. Olague forced the first four batters of the game to ground out, but things got hairy with a triple, a double, and then a single to score two runs in the second inning. Olague pitched a scoreless third inning and the Braves tied the game up, but that would not last for long. In the fourth inning Olague allowed a two out double and then a single to score the RiverDogs third run, and the Braves would never again pull even in the game. A two run double in the fifth inning extended the deficit out even further in the fifth inning, and when Olague departed the Braves trailed 5-2. Gabriel Noguera pitched a perfect inning of relief in the seventh inning, the first time this season he has pitched and not allowed at least one run and only the second time he has not allowed multiple runs. Victor Cavalieri kept the Braves in the game with two scoreless innings on just thirteen pitches, but the Braves still could not come back to even up the game.

Next Game: 6/26 vs (39-37) Charleston Riverdogs @ 1:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Odalvi Javier (2-4, 4.44 ERA)

CSC: Harold Cortijo (2-0, 2.25 ERA)

(4-3) Danville Braves 9, (2-5) Bluefield Blue Jays 4

Box Score

  • Willie Carter LF: 3-4, 2 2B, HBP, 3 RBI, .263/.391/.368
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-3, HR, BB, HBP, 2 RBI, .500/.542/1.000
  • Brandon Parker, CF: 2-4, BB, .313/.353/.313
  • Filyer Sanchez, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.80 ERA

Danville’s offense produced runs in chunks and smoked the Blue Jays in a 9-4 win. The game started out just as Danville wanted with the first two batters getting hits, and Bryce Ball brought in a run when he reached on an error to put the Braves up early. Another single and then a sacrifice fly brought in the game’s second run, and then two consecutive walks forced in a run to put Danville squarely in the driver’s seat. When the lineup came back around in the second inning they had yet more offense to throw out, and Willie Carter doubled with two outs to score two runs and give Danville a 5-0 lead. It was all Danville when Bryce Ball came up to bat again, and with a runner on in the fourth inning the reigning player of the week smoked his third home run of the season to extend the lead of to 7-1 and put the game out of reach for Bluefield. The bats relaxed and didn’t put any more runners on base for the next three innings, then in the eighth they stranded a leadoff single from Charles Reyes. The Braves were not done, however, and Bryce Ball took a leadoff hit by pitch in the ninth inning. Willie Carter came through again with a hit, knocking his second double of the game to score ball for Danville’s eighth run. Two batters later Garrett Saunders brought in Carter to make it 9-4 in favor of the Braves.

Filyer Sanchez was effective for Danville despite his lack of strikeouts, using nine ground ball outs to hold the Blue Jays offense to only one run. Sanchez had a lone slip up in the second inning when he allowed a solo home run, but he was otherwise lights out with only three hits allowed on 68 pitches in five innings. Deyvis Julian got the ball in the sixth inning and he didn’t have his hottest outing. After hitting the first batter he faced he was able to get two quick strikeouts, but he then allowed an RBI double and a two run home run that knocked Danville’s lead down to 7-4. Alex Segal pitched two scoreless innings of relief, striking out two batters and not allowing a walk on 17 pitches. Victor Camacho came in for the ninth inning and had a perfect frame to send the Braves home victorious.

(0-2) GCL Braves 4, (2-0) GCL Orioles 9

Box Score

  • Eliezel Stevens, 2B: 1-4, BB, 2 RBI, .333/.400/.778
  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-4, BB, .125/.300/.125
  • Peyton Williams, SP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4.50 ERA

It was not a banner day for the GCL squad all around, with the pitching staff allowing seven earned runs and the defense committing three errors, but there were some bright spots on the offensive end at the team scored four runs. Vaughn Grissom had a base hit for his first professional hit, and also walked for the second time in as many games. Grissom is one of the most exciting players out of the 2019 draft for the Braves, and though he is raw there is a lot to like out of the toolsy shortstop/third baseman and he’ll be one of the key pieces to watch on the team this summer. Third round pick Michael Harris had a hit and a walk in the game as well and he’s reached base four times in his first two professional games.

Peyton Williams made his professional debut and there was a bit to like about his start. He pitched two innings and struck out three batters, though he had his hiccups in the second inning and allowed a couple of extra base hits and a walk that scored a run. Justin Yeager made his professional debut and was the only Braves pitcher to depart without allowing a run. Over two innings Yeager allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three and not allowing a run to cross the plate.