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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Anderson Fans 14 in MBraves No Hitter

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The Mississippi pitching staff stole the show in a combined no hitter. Ian Anderson set a team record with 14 strikeouts and Cristian Pache hit his 11th home run.

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

(44-35) Gwinnett Stripers 8, (41-37) Indianapolis Indians 1

Box Score

  • Travis Demeritte, RF: 0-1, HBP, .303/.402/.590
  • Alex Jackson, C: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, .211/.308/.491
  • Adam Duvall, LF: 2-3, 2 HR, BB, 6 RBI, .265/.355/.612
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 5.43 ERA

Adam Duvall drove the Gwinnett offense with two home runs and six RBIs in an 8-1 win over the Indians. Gwinnett immediately took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when Travis Demeritte was hit by a pitch and then driven in by the first of Duvall’s home runs. Demeritte would have one at bat more in the game and strike out before being pulled from the game in between innings. It’s not clear what the reason was for him being pulled, although it seems likely he tried to give it a go after being hit on the left hand and they figured out he couldn’t swing the bat properly. On we jump to the fifth inning, and after the first two batters reached it became clear a big inning was brewing when Kyle Wright singled to load the bases with no outs. Two strikeouts followed, but Adam Duvall stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and he did Adam Duvall things with a monster grand slam to center field off of the batter’s eye. The shaken pitcher then walked the next batter before giving up the fifteenth Alex Jackson dong of the season to make it 8-1 in favor of Gwinnett. Jackson has one of the most bizarre stat lines you will ever see, with fifteen home runs on the season but only three doubles and no triples. The offense didn’t do much the rest of the game, as if they needed to, and that 8-1 score held to final.

Kyle Wright was efficient in the strike zone in this start, and once again he proved that is his recipe for success as he fired a marvelous start. His opening wasn’t lights out and he gave up a hit to the first batter of the game, but after that first inning he really settled in and started rolling. Wright retired 10 straight batters from the first to fourth inning before running into his first real trouble in the top of the fifth. A leadoff single put Wright into the stretch, and two batters later a double brought in the first and only run off of Wright on the day. Wright didn’t allow anymore hits on the day, but he walked the final batter he faced prompting him to be pulled from the game. This was the lone walk he allowed on the day, and it was tied for his longest career start and was his longest with one or fewer walks. Over his last three outings Wright has really settled in nicely with his stuff, allowing only four earned runs over 19 13 innings (1.86 ERA) with 24 strikeouts and only five walks. Wright is showing his ceiling to us now and just has to show he can consistently perform this way and then he’ll be ready to make an impact on a postseason contender. In five starts in the month of June he had a 3.86 ERA, a 26.1% strikeout rate, a 6.1% walk rate, and allowed only two home runs in 28 innings for a 3.38 FIP.

Replaced after second at bat (strikeout)

Next Game: 6/29 vs (41-37) Indianopolis Indians @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Mike Foltynewicz (1-1, 6.11 ERA)

IND: Mitch Keller (6-1, 2.89 ERA)

(39-39) Mississippi Braves 2, (42-37) Jackson Generals 0

Box Score

  • William Contreras, C: 0-2, BB, .188/.278/.208
  • Cristian Pache, LF: 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI .297/.354/.530
  • Drew Waters, CF: 0-4, .324/.368/.507
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 2.94 ERA
  • Jeremy Walker, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.34 ERA

We would normally start this recap off with the hitters, but today seems like a good day to jump into the Mississippi pitching staff. Ian Anderson and Jeremy Walker combined to throw a no hitter, and Anderson put together one of the most dominant starts in Southern League history to lead Mississippi in their win. Anderson walked a batter in the first inning, but more importantly he set the tone for the entire game with three strikeouts. In the second Ian was back in his groove, striking out two batters and working around an error thanks to a fantastic play in foul territory by Cristian Pache. Ian relaxed a little bit in the third and only got one strike out, with a pop out to the catcher and a weak ground ball to second base constituting his other outs. Two more strikeouts came in the fourth, and three strikeouts surrounded a walk in the fifth inning and through five innings not only was Ian carrying a no hitter but not a single ball had left the infield in fair territory. Ian hit the first batter of the sixth inning, but struck out his twelfth batter of the game and got two more ground outs to extend the no hitter and keep the Braves out in front.

A throwing error in the top of the seventh put Anderson in some danger, but he responded in turn with his thirteenth strikeout of the game. Anderson then struck out the next batter, matching Tommy Hanson for the Mississippi Braves single game strikeout record of fourteen. Hanson’s came in similar circumstances, his over the course of an individual, nine inning no hitter. Ian finished off the inning and his night with another ground ball, and turned the game over to ace reliever Jeremy Walker. Walker was up to the task in the eighth, striking out the first batter he faced and then forcing two routine ground balls to put Mississippi three outs away from their third no hitter in team history. Walker got to work quickly in the ninth, and with three pitches and two ground balls, he found himself three strikes away from completing a no hitter. His first pitch to the next batter was a curveball, and he found the outside corner for a called strike to go ahead 0-1. He went back to the curveball for the next pitch, leaving one a bit over the plate but the Generals batter was unable to pull the trigger and Walker found himself up 0-2 on two called strikes. Walker came nowhere close with the next one, perhaps a bit nervous under the circumstances, and up in the count 1-2 he came set for the next pitch. He wound up, and went back to the breaking ball one more time, and the batter swung through it for strike three to complete the no hitter and put Anderson and Walker in the team’s history books. 16 strikeouts, no hits, and not one ball got to the outfield except for the ball Cristian Pache caught in foul ground all the way back in the second inning.

The offense did enough for Mississippi to win, and it was Cristian Pache doing the work in what would be the headlining performance on most days. After Ray-Patrick Didder was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning Pache came through with the first hit of the game, driving an RBI double into left field to score Didder and put Mississippi up 1-0. Two innings later it was Pache again, crushing his 11th home run of the season into the parking lot to push the lead out to 2-0. Pache has been been unstoppable in June, with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 24 games. Pache has hit .295/.367/.636 this month and has cut his strikeouts down to below 20% while maintaining a decent walk rate. There isn’t yet a consensus that Pache is ready to take the next step and move to Gwinnett, but if he continues to play this way he will likely force the Braves hand and receive a promotion in the near future. His eleven home runs tie him for sixth in the league and the only player with more extra base hits than Pache’s 37 is teammate Drew Waters and his 38. Waters and Pache are also first and second in total bases and Pache has the third highest slugging percentage and OPS in the league.

Next Game: 6/29 vs (42-37) Jackson Generals @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Kyle Muller (4-4, 3.18 ERA)

JXN: TBD

(28-49) Florida Fire Frogs 5, (33-43) Tampa Tarpons 6

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 1-2, 2B, 3 BB, .318/.423/.515
  • Andrew Moritz, CF: 1-6, .353/.371/.358
  • Logan Brown, C: 2-5, .296/.345/.333
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 4.73 ERA

Florida could not hold on to a late lead and then fell to the Tarpons in extra innings. Tampa had the early lead in the first inning, but the Fire Frogs started to chip away in the second with a couple of singles leading to an RBI ground out that put the game at 2-1. Riley Delgado hit a double with one out in the third and after a Trey Harris walk it brought up Logan Brown. Brown singled to load the bases with one out, and then the Tarpons starter walked in two runs to give the Fire Frogs the lead. Tampa tied it up again in the fourth, but Florida came back in the fifth with consecutive doubles from Drew Lugbauer and Jordan Rodgers to take the lead back. Florida extended the lead in the sixth inning, with Trey Harris drawing a walk and then scoring on a single from Jefrey Ramos. Harris reached base four times in this game and has reached base safely in each of his last eleven games. The Fire Frogs offense could not produce any base runners over the final three innings of regulation, and in the meantime the Tarpons were able to push across two runs and tie the game at 5-5. In the tenth the Fire Frogs could not push across any runs, and Tampa got one on their first swing of extra innings to end the game in their favor.

Nolan Kingham’s start is a bit difficult to analyze, with the positives coming in that he struck out eighth batters and was able to complete eight innings without a walk. Unfortunately he got hit around a bit and allowed four runs and five extra base hits in that time. Kingham had one particularly bad inning in the first, allowing a double with one out and then a two run home run to put Florida behind early. Kingham pitched a clean second and worked around a couple of hits in the third, but in the fourth the extra base hits started coming again and consecutive doubles with no one out put the Tarpons in a major scoring threat. Kingham limited them to only one run on a sacrifice fly and then got two strikeouts to end the inning and keep Tampa from taking a lead. Another lead off double hurt Kingham in the sixth, as that run came in to score on a wild pitch and then an RBI ground out. Kingham retired the final nine batters he faced in the game to send Florida to the ninth inning with a lead. Sean McLaughlin was brought in to close out a win, and was immediately greeted with a fielding error from Kevin Josephina to put him in trouble. McLaughlin got to two outs with a fly out and a strike out, but a two out single tied the game up at five and sent it to extra innings. Walter Borkovich was brought in to replace McLaughlin, and that was not the wisest decision. The first pitch from Borkovich got to the backstop and allowed Estevan Florial to advance to third, and Florial easily scored when the next pitch was driven into left field for a walk off single.

Next Game: 6/29 vs (33-43) Tampa Tarpons @ 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: TBD

TAM: Janson Junk (2-3, 4.72 ERA)

(35-43) Rome Braves 4, (37-42) Greenville Drive 3

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-5, RBI, .227/.370/.409
  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-4, 3 SB, HBP, .279/.386/.428
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, .455/.471/.667
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4.94 ERA

Justin Dean sparked the Braves offense at the top, scoring three of the team’s four runs in their 4-3 win over the Drive. Dean got on it with his first inning magic, singling to lead off the game and then stealing second and third base where he was driven in for the game’s first run on a Braden Shewmake double. Greenville then knocked in two to take the lead back in the bottom of the first inning. Dean once again got the offense rolling in the third inning, getting hit by a pitch to lead off and then stealing second for his third stolen base of the game and twentieth this season. This put him in scoring position with no outs, and finally Shea Langeliers was able to bring him in with a two out single to tie the game back up at two. This would not last long, unfortunately, as the Drive got another run in the bottom of the third to take the lead back. Braden Shewmake led the Braves fifth inning off with a single and then came in to score from first base on a botched pickoff attempt that tied the game up again. This time Greenville had no answer, and the game went into the ninth with the score still knotted at three. Justin Dean bopped his second hit of the game with one out in the inning, and then Greg Cullen followed him with a hit to put the Braves in a valuable scoring spot with one out. Shewmake came through with his third hit of the game, knocking in Dean to give Rome the lead they would hold in the bottom of the inning.
Alan Rangel did not have a pretty line on the day, and after being gifted a first inning lead he could not hold on. Rangel allowed a home run to the second batter of the game to tie the score at one, then allowed a triple to the next batter who would come in to score and give Greenville a one run lead. In the third inning Rangel allowed a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. He was able to limit the damage to just one run on a sacrifice fly, but this again put Greenville out in front by a run. Rangel finished the start off by retiring nine of the final ten batters, with only an error from Shewmake in the fourth sending him to the stretch. The Braves bullpen was unbelievable, starting with two scoreless innings from Tanner Lawson. Lawson did not allow a hit and struck out two batters to keep the Braves in the game and hold on to a tie. The ball was turned over to Ryan Shetter in the eighth inning and he put in work to lead the Braves in their win. Shetter struck out two batters in a perfect eight inning and another batter in the ninth, with the only runner against him getting erased on a base running mistake in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Next Game: 6/29 vs (37-42) Greenville Drive @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Gabriel Noguera (2-4, 3.94 ERA)

GVL: Brayan Bello (7.79 ERA)

(6-4) Danville Braves 3, (5-4) Pulaski Yankees 2

Box Score

  • Charles Reyes, LF: 1-3, 2B, RBI, .286/.375/.357
  • Nicholas Vizcaino, 1B: 1-3, 2B, .200/.250/.333
  • Alec Barger, SP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Cameron Kurz, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4.15 ERA

Danville got the final blow in over the Yankees in a 3-2 victory. The Braves got out on top in the second with the help of the Pulaski pitching staff. A hit batter, a walk, and a wild pitch set the Braves up in a good position with one out where a Brandon Chapman ground out was able to bring in a run and put them on the board early. The Braves still did not have any hits through the fifth inning of the game and the Yankees took advantage of these struggles and tied the game up at one in the bottom of that frame. The Braves finally got the bats involved with a leadoff single in the sixth inning, but stranded the runner at second base. Nicholas Vizcaino led off the second inning with a double into left field, and this time Danville would capitalize with Charles Reyes driving an RBI double to score Vizcaino and put the Braves in front again. Pulaski would tie the game in the bottom of the inning, but Danville had one last run in them. Juan Morales singled to lead off the inning and then advanced around to third on a passed ball and a ground out before a wild pitch brought him home to put the Braves in front permanently.

Starter Alec Barger looked fantastic in his second professional start, firing three shutout innings with four strikeouts. Barger threw 25 of his 36 pitches for strikes and shook off his debut a few days earlier that saw him walk three batter in his lone inning of work. Barger turned the ball to Tanner Gordon in the fourth inning and after a quiet first inning Gordon allowed a solo home run in the fifth that tied the game up. Miguel Jerez allowed a run in his two innings of relief after a walk and a single to open the bottom of the seventh inning. The Braves turned the ball over to Cameron Kurz to close out the game and Kurz did not disappoint. Kurz threw two perfect innings and struck out four of the six batters in his third appearance since an injury took him out of action in July of last season. Kurz has 8 strikeouts in 4 13 innings this season and will not spend much time in Danville if he can prove he is healthy.

Next Game: 6/29 vs (5-4) Pulaski Yankees @ 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

DAN: Zach Seipel (0-1, 5.40 ERA)

JC: Jhonatan Munoz (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

(1-3) GCL Braves 3, (2-2) GCL Rays 2

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 2-4, RBI, .417/.500/.417
  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-4, .200/.333/.200
  • Stephen Paolini, RF: 1-4, .083/.267/.083
  • Chad Bryant, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

The GCL Braves pushed in a couple of late runs to take their first win of the season over the GCL Rays. Starting pitcher Eudi Asencio struggled in the first inning and allowed two runs, one of those earned and the Braves found themselves in an early hole. They got one back on singles from Stephen Paolini, Vaughn Grissom, and Michael Harris but despite having runners on second and third with none out they could not push another runner home. Both pitching staffs had strong outings after this first inning and for the next five they traded zeroes with only scattered hits to show. The Braves finally got that final run back in the seventh inning when Mason Berne homered with one out to tie the game at two. In the 8th the Braves had three more hits and Eliezel Stevens knocked in the go ahead run that gave them a 3-2 win.