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Braves Minor League Recap: Jonathan Morales Homers in Triple-A Debut and Another Multi-hit Game From Trey Harris

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There were 2 comebacks that just fell short, a Gwinnett squad that continues to score in bunches, and the usual suspects that fill the stat sheets.

Jonathan Morales

Gwinnett Stripers 6, Durham Bulls 1

Box Score

  • Jonathan Morales, C: 3-4, HR, RBI
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Adam Duvall, DH: 2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI
  • Kolby Allard, SP: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K (HR)

In his Stripers debut, as it took Jonathan Morales just a couple at-bats to hit his first home run of the season. He also threw out the only runner that tried to steal. There were plenty of bright spots on offense, including Adam Duvall putting some runs on the board after hitting a grand slam in the fifth inning. Travis Demeritte’s impressive on base streak may have came to an end yesterday, but he picked right back up today with a walk and a double. Andres Blanco, who has been very consistent this season, had two hits to extend his hitting streak to six games.

One of the bigger stories today is that of Kolby Allard. After giving up a home run in the second it seemed the beginning of a short night due to Allard’s recent struggles. However, that was not the case. It might not be coincidence that Kolby ended up pitching his best game of the season with Morales behind the plate. While Allard still gave up his fair share of hits, he didn’t walk a single batter and that allowed him to stay out of trouble.

Probable 6/7 Starter: Patrick Weigel

Mississippi Braves 6, Biloxi Shuckers 7

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB, Assist
  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 0-4, 2 K
  • William Contreras, C: 1-4
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 7 K (HR)

The Mississippi Braves were down 6-0 before scoring their first run in the fifth inning where Cristian Pache hit a three-run home run, his sixth of the season. The team would go on to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Pache walked to load the bases and Drew Waters showed great restraint to work a walk when he was facing a 1-2 count. That walk brought in a run to make it a 7-5 game. After Riley Unroe’s RBI groundout, the Braves still had the runners on the corners and it was now just a one run game. Although Ryan Casteel hit a home run earlier in the day, he hit a ground ball out to end the inning and game.

Kyle Muller had been on an incredible run. He was coming off a 10 strikeout performance, and has given up two or fewer runs in seven straight games. He’s been working through some control issues for most of the season, and today it just got the better of him. The five walks were the most he had given up since his run. Before that he had a five walk and a six walk game. He also picked off a runner too. The bullpen did a nice job giving up just one run over the final 4 2/3 innings.

Probable 6/7 Starter: Joey Wentz

Florida Fire Frogs 4, Fort Myers Miracle 7

Box score

  • Trey Harris, LF: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • Riley Delgado, SS: 2-5, 2B, RBI
  • Shean Michel, CF: 3-4, BB, 2 R
  • Jordan Rodgers, DH: 1-2, 2B, R
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (HR)

Nolan Kingham’s Jekyl and Hyde season continues. Either he’s giving up one run or less or getting shelled for 5+. And he was coming off his second complete game of the year, so maybe he was still a little tired despite only throwing around 100 pitches. However, he was also facing an incredibly tough team that has Royce Lewis, Trevor Larnach and Lewin Diaz. Those three went 5-14 with a BB and 3 RBI. Before you knew it the Frogs were down 5-0 after just three innings. The Miracles would tack on another run before the Frogs would score their first run in the sixth inning thanks to Trey freakin’ Harris. The bullpen threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but the Frogs offense just couldn’t overcome such a huge deficet.

Trey Harris drove in two of the four runs today. It’s only his second game in High-A, but he’s already making his presense felt. He’s hitting fifth in the order right now, but it might not take him long to work his way back tot he top of the lineup and making noise like he was doing in Rome. Speaking of the top of the lineup, Shean Michel continues to do nice work in the leadoff spot collecting three more hits today to push his batting average up to .270.

Jefrey Ramos was DH’ing today and after going 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, he was later lifted for Jordan Rodgers who hit a double and scored a run. Nothing has been reported at this time, but we’ll fill you in as soon as we know more.

Probable 6/7 Starter: Philip Pfeifer

Rome Braves 7, Lexington Legends 8

Box score

  • Logan Brown, C: 3-5, R, K
  • Carlos Paraguate, SS: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, BB
  • Griffin Benson, 1B: 2-5, HR, RBI
  • Andrew Moritz, LF: 1-3, RBI, 2 BB
  • Jose Olague, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (HR)
  • William Woods, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Jose Olague had a very typical Olague-like game. He gave up a lot of hits, minimized walks, gave up some runs and ate some innings. So he certainly did his job. The Braves were playing catch-up the entire game but managed to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. William Woods came on in relief and pitched well his first two innings, but things came to a screeching half in the top of the 10th where he couldn’t get anyone out. Higginbotham relieved Woods and immediately gave up two straight singles and all of the sudden the Legend took a four-run lead.

Logan Brown and Henry Quintero singled in the bottom of the 10th to get things started. After two quick outs, things looked bleak. Then Carlos Paraguate came up clutch with a single and scored Brown. Then Moritz singled to score a runner. All the sudden it was just a one-run game. However, Jeremy Fernandez hit a loud fly ball out to end the inning. The comeback just fell short.

Probable 6/7 Starter: Trey Riley