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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Cristian Pache Homers

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Cristian Pache’s fifth home run of the season was not enough to lead Mississippi to a win, but Trey Harris’s two hits in his High A debut did spark an 8 run outburst from the Florida Fire Frogs.

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(34-24) Gwinnett Stripers 6, (31-25) Charlotte Knights 7

Box Score

  • Alex Jackson, C: 1-3, 2 BB, .216/.319/.496
  • Travis Demeritte, RF: 1-4, BB, RBI, .296/.381/.603
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 7.41 ERA
  • Wes Parsons, RP: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0.96 ERA

Kyle Wright had a poor start on the mound and it resulted in a 7-6 loss for Gwinnett. Gwinnett found themselves behind 5-0 after two innings and from there had to slowly chip away at the Knights lead. The third inning was a good start as they loaded the bases on two hits and a walk but the only run they could manage was on an RBI ground out from Travis Demeritte. Alex Jackson led off the top of the fourth inning with a base hit and then with two outs in the inning Sal Giardina hit his first home run of the season to bring in Jackson and cut the lead down to 5-3. The score stayed deadlocked there as the Stripers couldn’t take advantage of walks to Jackson and Demeritte over the next couple of innings, then in the seventh inning Gwinnett was given two leadoff walks to bring up the heart of the order with no outs. After a fly out from Demeritte and a strikeout from Adam Duvall the Stripers were in danger of squandering their best opportunity to tie the game, but Sean Kazmar came through with an RBI single to cut the deficit to one. This would not last long and in the bottom of the inning Charlotte added two runs to push the lead out to three runs. Gwinnett had one last spark left in them, and after a leadoff single from Andres Blanco they drew consecutive two out walks to load the bases and bring the go ahead run to the plate. That batter, Jack Lopez, came through with a base hit two score two runs and cut it to 7-6, but Pedro Florimon grounded out to strand the tying run at second base and the Stripers went home with a loss.

There were some highlight moments for Kyle Wright in this start, especially late, and he did a solid job of reining in what could have been a completely disastrous start, but the results weren’t there in this one for the Braves top pitching prospect as he allowed a huge four run second inning. Charlotte was able to get onto the board quickly off of Wright, as after striking out the leadoff man and then getting a first pitch ground out, Wright allowed a double and then an RBI single to score the game’s first run. Wright then struck out Zack Collins on three pitches to end the inning, and in that first inning he threw all twelve of his pitches for strikes. Unfortunately although Wright was filling up the strike zone, he was leaving a large number of those pitches over the plate and in the second inning Charlotte was able to take advantage. The Knights had five hits, two of them doubles, to score four runs off of Wright and only one of those hits came when Wright was behind in the count. Wright settled down and retired the last seven batters he faced with two of those being strikeouts, and he managed out four innings on the 70 pitches he threw. The brought in Wes Parsons, who came into the game having not allowed an earned run since his demotion. Parsons was spectacular in his first two innings of work and retired all six batters he faced, but his seventh inning was a struggle as he allowed five singles that scored two runs that ended up being costly for the Stripers.

Next Game: 6/5 vs (31-25) Charlotte Knights @ 7:04 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Bryse Wilson (3-5, 3.92 ERA)

CHA: Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 3.54 ERA)

(25-31) Mississippi Braves 3, (34-24) Biloxi Shuckers 4

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-3, BB, .308/.352/.476
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-3, BB, HR, .294/.344/.485
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 4.76 ERA

Mississippi couldn’t overcome the early runs from Biloxi despite Cristian Pache’s fifth home run of the season. The Braves found themselves in a major deficit after the top of the second inning with Biloxi already holding a 4-0 lead, but in the bottom of that inning they seemed poised to begin to take some back. A fielding error opened the gates and two walks loaded the bases with one out, but an infield fly cost dearly and they blew a chance to cut into the Shuckers’s lead. Mississippi did get onto the board in the fourth inning, stringing together three hits to drive in a run and pull the lead within three runs. In the fifth inning Cristian Pache gave them one more, smashing a ball over the left field fence for his fifth home run of the season and Mississippi’s second run. Drew Waters followed him with a single and he came around to score from first base on a Riley Unroe double to cut the deficit to one run. Pache drew a walk in the seventh inning putting him on base for the third time in the game, but he was picked off for the second time for the Braves second out. Mississippi went down in order in the eighth and ninth innings, never turning the lineup back over to the top of the order and leaving them a run down at the end.

Biloxi had early success off of Mississippi starter Jasseel De La Cruz, though he and the rest of the pitching staff locked down after the first two innings and held the Shuckers scoreless. De la Cruz struggled to settle in, allowing a two out triple to score a run and then loading the bases on a walk and a hit batter. This brought up CJ Hinojosa, who knocked a base hit to score two runs and put Biloxi up three in the first. Jasseel had a bit of trouble in the second, with a single and a passed ball setting the stage for an RBI single that scored the fourth run of the outing. De La Cruz allowed a leadoff single in the third inning but he found his success from there and pitched through the rest of the third inning and the next two innings without allowing a hit. De La Cruz gave up a double with one out in the sixth inning but stranded that runner with two ground outs to end his start. Jonathan Aro was brought in out of the bullpen and he was marvelous, pitching three perfect inning and striking out three batters to hold the deficit at one while the Braves tried to make a comeback.

Next Game: 6/5 vs (34-24) Biloxi Shuckers @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Ian Anderson (2-4, 3.27 ERA)

BLX: Drew Rasmussen (0-0, 2.65 ERA)

(24-34) Florida Fire Frogs 8, (33-24) Fort Myers Miracle 2

Box Score

  • William Contreras, C: 0-4,HBP, .263/.324/.368
  • Trey Harris, RF: 2-4, HBP .500/.600/.500
  • Shean Michel, CF: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI, .262/.388/.415
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.64 ERA

Florida exploded for five runs in the seventh inning and used that as the driving force for their 8-2 win over the Miracle. After two the Fire Frogs found themselves trailing by a couple of runs and needing to fight back, and Trey Harris sparked that offense in his first High-A at bat with a base hit to lead off the third inning. After an error and a walk loaded the bases it came up to Riley Delgado, who grounded out for the inning’s second out but brought in a run to cut the deficit down to 2-1. Florida didn’t have much success over the next three innings, but they were able to wear down Fort Myers starter Blayne Enlow and get the first two runners on base in the seventh inning. This brought in a reliever, and the Fire Frogs feasted on the bullpen of the Miracle. Trey Harris singled for the second time to load the bases before a walk to Drew Lugbauer tied the game with still no outs. Shean Michel then drew another bases loaded walk to give Florida the lead before Riley Delgado came through with the big hit of the inning to drive in two runs and bust the lead open at 5-2. A wild pitch scored one more run and the rout was on for Florida. This was not the last they had in the tank either, with Kevin Josephina getting a single to start off a rally that saw Florida load the bases with none out and put Trey Harris on base for the third time. Shean Michel came through with a run scoring single and then Jefrey Ramos drew a bases loaded walk that pushed the score out to 8-2.

Hayden Deal was (don’t say it don’t say it don’t say it) dealing (sigh) for the Fire Frogs and shut down the Fort Myers offense seeming to get stronger as the game progressed. The start didn’t get rolling early for Deal, with a leadoff double and then a couple of singles bringing in a run off of him in the first inning. In the second inning Deal allowed another couple of hits and a run, but he went on a run after that to solidify the start and keep Fort Myers at bay. Deal allowed and worked around leadoff singled in both the fourth and fifth innings, then retired seven of the last eight batters he faced with only a one out walk in the sixth to break the streak. The three strikeouts from Deal tied his lowest total this season and the seven hits are one off of a season high. Kurt Koekstra came in to pitch three scoreless innings of relief, striking out two batters and walking two.

Next Game: 6/5 vs (33-24) Fort Myers Miracle @ 1:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Nolan Kingham (3-3, 4.56 ERA)

FTM: Tyler Watson (1-1, 4.24 ERA)

(26-32) Rome Braves 2, (23-35) Columbia Fireflies 3

Box Score

  • Andrew Moritz, LF: 2-3, 2B, .257/.291/.299
  • Derian Cruz, 3B: 1-3, SB, .234/.362/.298
  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 1-4, RBI, .253/.386/.397
  • Victor Vodnik, RP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2.10 ERA

Two errors cost the Braves dearly in a one run loss to Columbia. Rome jumped out early in the game, with Jeremy Fernandez starting the game off with a leadoff single and getting to second base on an error. Greg Cullen immediately followed with a double to score Fernandez and Rome had a 1-0 lead before they made their first out. A sacrifice fly from Henry Quintero put them up 2-0 after the first inning. Rome had another chance in the top of the second inning after Derian Cruz led off with a single and then stole second base, but on Andrew Moritz single into left field Cruz attempted to score from second base and was thrown out to end the inning. Rome struggled from there, only getting two more baserunners.

Rome starter Gabriel Noguera had a solid start, but didn’t receive much help from the defense in a big second inning and took the loss. Noguera allowed hits to the first three batters of the inning that cut Rome’s lead down to 2-1. then after a strikeout and a walk he saw the bases loaded with only one out. Noguera got exactly what he wanted with a ground ball, but Derian Cruz couldn’t make the play and a run came in to score. A sacrifice fly brought in another unearned run, and Logan Brown dropped the ball at home plate helping another run come in to score and give Columbia the lead. Victor Vodnik pitched three innings of relief and had arguably his best outing of the season with four innings of one hit ball. That hit came on the first batter he faced in the fifth inning, then he settled in and retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced in the game with 3 strikeouts.

Next Game: 6/5 vs (23-35) Columbia Fireflies @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Jose Olague (5-4, 3.39 ERA)

COL: Colin Holderman (3-1, 3.86 ERA)