(41-68) Norfolk Tide 1, (65-44) Gwinnett Stripers 4
- Andres Blanco, 2B: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, .812 OPS
- Alex Jackson, C: 1-for-4, HR, .887 OPS
- Kyle Wright, SP: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 4.54 ERA
- Jacob Webb, RP: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.80 ERA
Alex Jackson celebrated not leaving the Braves organization by hitting his 24th homer of the season in another win for the Gwinnett Stripers. Even with Adam Duvall chasing greener pastures in Atlanta, the Gwinnett Machine continued on - this time dismantling the Tide of Norfolk. Picking up the slack for the promotion of Duvall as well was Andres Blanco who is having a fantastic year for Gwinnett. Andres went 1-for-4, including his 15th homer of the season and is now OPSing .812 on the season. Rafael Ortega got in on the fun as well and went 1-for-4 and now has an absurd .912 OPS for the entire season.
The story of the game, however, was a brilliantly pitched game from Kyle Wright and the rest of the Gwinnett staff - all of which may find themselves in Atlanta as soon as September, but most likely in 2020. Wright looked sharp, scattering four singles across seven innings of work while allowing just one earned run and striking out eight. As our very own Matt Powers has said - it’s very mental with Wright, because the pure stuff is there, and it’s something we saw in his final year at Vanderbilt when he dropped from potential #1 in the draft to the Braves. If Kyle is able to get his mind.......wright.....and finish the season out strong he could be a massive asset in September and especially in 2020. Following Kyle Wright was Jacob Webb who walked one and struck out one. With the addition of a pair of bullpen arms via trade it will be interesting to see how Jacob factors in to the Atlanta bullpen once he’s fully healthy again. Closing out the game was Thomas Burrows who gave up a double, a walk, but still blanked the Tide and picked up his sixth save of the season.
(53-55) Mississippi Braves 6, (41-66) Mobile BayBears 3
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-4, RBI, BB, 3B, .818 OPS
- Greyson Jenista, LF: 2-for-4, R, .700 OPS
- Trey Harris, RF: 1-for-4, .718 OPS
- Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 4.15 ERA
It wasn’t the sexiest outing for JLC but he got it done by shutting down the BayBears for just three runs over seven strong outings. It has been a fantastic year for him as he’s stayed healthy (!!!!!!), and has as a result has seen his prospect status skyrocket this year. It seems like he’s been within the Braves organization for years but he is still just 22 years old and is beginning to establish himself as a legitimate MLB caliber prospect. Following JLC was Jason Hursh who picked up his fourth hold of the season with a one hit, one walk performance in the eighth inning. Bradley Roney came in and picked up the save with a perfect ninth where he struck out the side.
On the other side of the ball it was a total team effort as Mississippi combined for ten hits with only two players not getting on base at all. Cristian Pache got on base three times as he went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored and is now OPSing .818 on the season. Ryan Casteel had a night to remember going 2-for-4 with a double and a homer - his 17th of the season. Casteel, a minor league free agent, has been a steal for the Braves as he has an .845 OPS on the season and has provided fantastic value at first base for Mississippi. Carlos Martinez, struggling hard this season, also homered as he went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI. Drew Waters not playing on MLB trade deadline is a ridiculously hilarious trolling job by the Mississippi Braves coaching staff.
(49-59) Rome Braves 4, (49-59) Hagerstown Suns 5
- Justin Dean, CF: 3-for-4, 2 RBI, HR, BB, R, .808 OPS
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-for-3, BB, .813 OPS
- Shea Langeliers, C: 0-for-4, .635 OPS
- Alan Rangel, SP: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 4.51 ERA
It was a tough loss for the Rome Braves who led for a majority of the game before Gabriel Noguera blew the save and picked up the loss. Alan Rangel lasted just one inning before being replaced by Jake Higginbotham who was very effective over four innings - giving up three singles over those four innings while striking out three. Higginbotham was able to right the ship and put the Braves back on path to pick up the win unfortunately Noguera had an outing to forget as he gave up three earned runs over 3.2 innings of work while striking out two, walking one, and giving up five hits.
It was the Justin Dean show offensively, as Dean got on based four times last night - going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, a walk, a run scored, and s solo homer in the first inning, and RBI single in the ninth. Dean is locked in a battle with Shewmake for top offensive player for Rome and the seventh round prospect is more than holding his own against Braden and it’s fun to watch. Shea Langeliers tough offensive season continued as he went 0-for-4 and lowered his OPS on the season to .635. You can attribute some to this massive work load he’s taking as he finished a full college season, and now has played 29 more games at catcher so I personally do not take too much stock into his performance this late in the season. Griffin Benson picked up his 11th homer of the season, this one a two-run homer, and raised his OPS to .711 on the season. Jeremy Fernandez kept his recent stretch of good play going - going 2-for-4 with a run scored.