Gwinnett Stripers 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3
- Drew Waters, RF: 1-4, R, 2B, .913 OPS
- Cristian Pache, CF: 1-4, .687 OPS
- Tucker Davidson, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K
Tucker Davidson made his debut for Gwinnett and pitched well, although the Stripers ultimately fell to the RailRiders by the score of 3-1. It was a successful debut for Tucker as he gave up just an unearned run in five innings of work. His fastball sat in the low to mid 90’s and remains a candidate to make it to the majors as a low to mid-level rotation piece for the Braves. Unfortunately, Wes Parsons came into the game and gave up a pair of runs in his three innings of work which is pretty much par for the course for relievers in the Braves organization who apparently must have defiled some ancient burial grounds or something.
On offense, Drew Waters and Cristian Pache and Drew Waters continued their strong starts to their Triple-A careers as both had hits in the game. Ryan LaMarre had a multi-hit game for Gwinnett and Lucas Duda reached base three times and drove in the Stripers’ only run. Beyond that, it wasn’t a banner night for the Gwinnett offense.
Mississippi Braves 2, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5
- Trey Harris, RF: 2-4, .767 OPS
- William Contreras, C: 1-4, R, .640 OPS
- Nolan Kingham, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Nolan Kingham had another strong outing in Double-A, but the bullpen faltered late (seeing a pattern?) as Mississippi fell to Jacksonville by the score of 5-2. Kingham has given up a total of three earned runs through his first two starts in Double-A which definitely a good sign. After Jonathan Aro pitched a scoreless inning of relief, Jordan Harrison was....less good as he gave up three earned runs in his inning of work which ultimately decided the game.
Trey Harris continued to do Trey Harris things as he had another multi-hit game for Mississippi. Trey is hitting .342 over his last 10 games in Double-A and while he isn’t showing much in the way of power (which is worth monitoring), all the guy does is hit. Alejandro Salazar drove in both of Mississippi’s runs in the top of the seventh, but beyond that Sixto Sanchez and the Jumbo Shrimp held Mississippi’s offense in check.
Florida Fire Frogs 1, Lakeland Flying Tigers 3
- Zack Soria, C: 1-3, HR, RBI, .455 OPS
- Jordan Rodgers, 2B: 1-3, 2B, .537 OPS
- Freddy Tarnok, SP: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 5.22 ERA
Freddy Tarnok pitched well in this one, but a pair of unearned runs proved costly as the Fire Frogs’ offense didn’t get much done in their 3-1 loss to Lakeland. An error in the first inning led to a pair of unearned runs scoring, but Tarnok bounced back well to pitch into the sixth inning and strike out six along the way. One really positive development for Freddy: in his last eight appearances, he has walked more than one batter just one time. Troy Bacon and Brandon White combined for 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, but sadly the offense never got going and couldn’t take advantage of Freddy and the bullpen keeping them in the game.
Not much to report on offense. Zack Soria connected for connected for his second home run of the season, but the Fire Frogs only had four other hits than that and only one of those (Jordan Rodgers’ double) went for extra bases.
Rome Braves 7, Augusta GreenJackets 10 - Game One
- Greg Cullen, 2B: 4-4, RBI, R, .795 OPS
- Justin Dean, CF: 1-2, BB, SB, 3 R, .854 OPS
- Ricky DeVito, SP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 4.91 ERA
Rome Braves 1, Augusta GreenJackets 0 - Game Two
- Carlos Paraguate, SS: 1-2, SB, .449 OPS
- Ricardo Rodriguez, C: 0-3, R, .565 OPS
- Ryan Shetter, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.70 ERA
Rome split their doubleheader with Augusta thanks to some strong pitching in game two. Ricky DeVito made his full season debut for Rome and it was a bit of a struggle thanks partially to a rough third inning where a two out throwing error ultimately let three runs score. In the second half of the twin bill, Ryan Shetter and the bullpen completely shut down Augusta. Shetter in particular was excellent as he threw five shutout innings while only giving up two hits and a walk.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Justin Dean and Greg Cullen were doing work. Dean scored three times and wreaked havoc on the basepaths while Cullen had a four hit game. Both have been deserving of promotions for quite some time. There wasn’t much of any offense in the second game, but an error on a sacrifice bunt allowed Ricardo Rodriguez to score during bonus baseball time and give Rome the split.
Danville Braves 3, Burlington Royals 7
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 1.086 OPS
- Jose Palma, CF: 1-3, BB, 2 R, .689 OPS
- Tyler Owens, SP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6.61 ERA
It was a tough night for Tyler Owens as he got beat up a bit in Danville’s 7-3 loss to Burlington. After starting off his time in Danville strong, Owens now has back to back outing where he has given up four earned runs in less than three innings of work. Bryce Ball had a big hit for Danville which is hardly a surprise given what he has done this season. He hasn’t homered since the end of July, but has still maintained an OPS over 1.000 for a while now. Cody Birdsong had a multi-hit game for Danville, but beyond that it was yet another game of sparse offense.
GCL Braves, GCL Rays - Suspended