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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/11: Ian Anderson dominates in AAA

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After a rocky Triple A debut, Ian Anderson continued to pitch the same way he was in Double A.

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Gwinnett Stripers 3, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders 1

Box score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 0-3, BB, R, .833 OPS
  • Ryan LaMarre, LF: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, .868 OPS
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 6.00 ERA

Ian Anderson’s second Triple A start went much better than his first start. Anderson dominated the Railriders, giving up one run on three hits and three walks over six innings while striking out six. His performance on the day matched up to his stat line- I was at this game and have a full scouting report coming later this week. A scoreless inning apiece from Chad Sobotka, Jacob Webb, and AJ Minter finished this game off for a 3-1 win.

The star at the plate was Ryan LaMarre, who went two for four including a bases loaded double that was all of the scoring for the Stripers. It’s easy to see why there wasn’t a lot of scoring as the Stripers matched up against Yankees top prospect Deivi Garcia, who was actually matching Anderson in performance until he reached his pitch count. Drew Waters was hitless in three at bats, but he walked and scored from first on LaMarre’s double. It’s worth noting that while Cristian Pache was 0-4, he made a play over the centerfield wall to save a two run homer(it became an RBI double). Like with Anderson, expect more on Waters and Pache later this week.

Probable 8/12 Starter: Off day

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 4, Mississippi Braves 3 - 11 innings

Box score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 2-5, HR, .812 OPS
  • Daniel Lockhart. 2B: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, .638 OPS
  • Claudio Custodio, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2.08 ERA

Claudio Custodio got the start and was very good, throwing four scoreless innings before turning it over to the pen. After an inning and two thirds from Ben Rowen and an out by Thomas Burrows, we had six scoreless innings in the books. That’s when the MBraves pen started to pitch like the Atlanta Braves pen, as Bradley Roney gave up a run, Jason Creasy gave up two, and after a scoreless frame from Josh Graham, Kurt Hoekstra allowed the winning run.

Trey Harris launched his first Double A homer as part of a two hit game for the once again rehot outfielder. Daniel Lockhart added a two run homer of his own, and that was all of the scoring for the Braves. Outside of those two and two hits from Jonathan Morales, the Braves just couldn’t get to Jacksonville pitching.

Probable 8/12 Starter: Off day

Lakeland Flying Tigers 3, Florida Fire Frogs 1

Box score

  • Kevin Josephina, 3B: 1-3, 2B, .663 OPS
  • Matt Hartman, SP: 9 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 4.85 ERA

Matt Hartman got the start and ended up doing something that’s become very rare in the minors: he threw a nine inning complete game. Hartman gave up three runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five, throwing 106 pitches.

Outside of a Kevin Josephina double there isn’t much to talk about with the offense. Brett Langhorne and Garrison Schwartz each singled, as Florida’s only other hits, and no one drew a walk against Lakeland pitching.

Probable 8/12 Starter:Brooks Wilson and Walter Borkovich

Rome Braves 11, Augusta GreenJackets 0

Box score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 0-2, 3 BB, 3 SB, .847 OPS
  • Braden Shewmake, DH: 3-4, BB, 4 RBI, HR, 4 SB, .859 OPS
  • Dilmer Mejia, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.34 ERA

Dilmer Mejia threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out five to pick up the win. Mejia, who has pitched very well on the year, moves to 7-2. Tanner Lawson finished off the shutout with two perfect innings of relief.

Big games out of Justin Dean and Braden Shewmake led to a one sided win in this one. Dean was hitless in two at bats, but drew threw walks and stole three bases- bringing his total to 39 on the season. Shewmake was three for four with a walk and hit his third homer, while stealing four bases on Augusta. Jeremy Fernandez added in two hits, including a double, while Greg Cullen doubled and picked up two RBI himself.

Probable 8/12 Starter: Alan Rangel