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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Philip Pfeifer’s Punch-Out Game

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Philip Pfeifer struck out 10 while Brandon Parker recorded a walkoff hit.

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Philip Pfeifer
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Gwinnett Stripers 2, Columbus Clippers 5 (GM 1)

Box score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 2-4, K
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-2, BB
  • Alex Jackson, C: 1-3, HR, RBI, 2 K
  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Corbin Clouse, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Pedro Florimon kicked things off by hitting his 11th home run of the season in the first inning, a solo shot. After that, the offense was completely stifled by Shao-Ching Chiang, who threw a complete game (7 innings). Alex Jackson hit a solo home run of his own (25th).

Touki Toussaint pitched well, not giving up any runs, but did allow six base runners. This is certainly one of his best performances of the season as he continues to ramp up in a starting role. Jacob Webb came on in the sixth inning and gave up four runs to sink the Stripers. Outside of some walks, Webb has been pretty good since coming back from the IL. Corbin Clouse allowed a home run, but also struck out the side.

Gwinnett Stripers 3, Columbus Clippers 5 (GM 2)

Box score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 1-3, RBI, BB
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-3
  • John Ryan Murphy, C: 2-3, RBI
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (2 HR)

If not for Pedro Florimon walking in the 7th inning with the bases loaded, this game would have ended with the same score and loss as the first game. Drew Waters played well in both games, picking up an RBI and walk in Game 2. While Cristian Pache didn’t get on base, he did record an outfield assist (2nd base) to help his fellow pitcher out.

Huascar Ynoa pitched a pretty well for the most part, but made two big mistakes that cost him. Ynoa hasn’t been known for his overall control, but has done a very nice job lately of minimizing walks. If he can just work figure out a way to not give up so much hard contact, we’d be talking about him as a potential stud pitcher. There’s definitely flashes and we forget he’s just 21 years old. He still has time to figure things out. Wes Parsons pitched the final two innings where he gave up two runs, but did strike out a couple of batters.

Probable 8/16 Starter: Bryce Wilson (8-7, 3.58 ERA)

Mississippi Braves 1, Birmingham Barons 2

Box score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 0-4
  • Carlos Martinez, C: 1-3, RBI
  • Ray Patrick Didder, CF: 1-4
  • Philip Pfeifer, SP: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K

Philip Pfeifer, who struggled in Double-A to begin the season as a reliever, has worked his way back as a starter and just continues to dominate. I have no clue what’s gotten in to him, maybe he’s eating Popeye’s spinach, but it’s yet another terrific story for the Braves system. This is also Pfeifer’s third game of 10+ strikeouts in just the past nine games. He ran out of gas in the eighth where he gave up a two-out double and then a sharp single that scored a run. Jonathan Aro came on in the ninth and gave up a run on two hits with no strikeouts.

Braves couldn’t overcome a ground ball specialist, John Parke, who went seven innings of one hit baseball. The MBraves would have a total of three base runners all game. In the bottom of the ninth, they had runners on the corners with one out, however, the next two batters would both strikeout.

Probable 8/16 Starter: Nolan Kingham (0-1, 2.45 ERA)

Florida Fire Frogs 4, Bradenton Marauders 14

Box score

  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
  • Logan Brown, C: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER (8 R), 0 BB, 3 K

Just when you thought Hayden Deal was getting over the hump, he throws this stinker of a game. Half of the hits that Deal gave up went for extra bases, so he was giving up a lot of hard contact. On the positive, he didn’t walk anyone and a costly error by Kevin Josephina extended the inning and some unearned runs came home. The bullpen struggled also as Brandon White and Sean McLaughlin gave up a combined six runs over five innings. Lukas Young may not have given up any runs, but he did allow four base runners in a little over an inning of work.

Jefrey Ramos is starting to cook as he had a couple of hits including his ninth home run. Over his last 10 games, Ramos is hitting .314 with three extra base hits. Logan Brown also hit a timely double that drove in a couple of runs.

Probable 8/16 Starter: Freddy Tarnok (2-7, 5.22 ERA)

Rome Braves 1, Columbia Fireflies 3

Box score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-4, SB, 2 K
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-4
  • Jeremy Fernandez, LF: 2-4, 2 K
  • Ryan Shetter, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

A heart breaker of a loss. Ryan Shetter, mainly a reliever, got the spot start and went on to pitch the game of his life. And then Tanner Lawson with two outs in the eighth inning proceeded to get BABIP’d a bit with a walk and three singles to give up three runs.

The Rome Braves offense was shut down by Bruce Hutchinson. Brendan Venter got the only RBI in the game. Greg Cullen,Braden Shewmake, Shea Langeliers, and Bryce Ball went a combined 0-16.

Probable 8/16 Starter: Dilmer Mejia (7-2, 2.34 ERA)

Danville Braves 4, Burlington Royals 3

Box score

  • Jose Palma, LF: 2-5
  • Brandon Parker, CF: 2-5, 2 RBI, 3 K
  • Juan Morales, 2B: 2-3
  • Lisandro Santos, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

Danville struck first with a Connor Blair single that scored Jose Palma. Then in the 5th inning two more runs would plate thanks to Brandon Parker and Beau Philip (even though Philip hit into a scoring double play).

Lisandro Santos is a 21 year old Dominican signed in 2016. He’s been ok, nothing special, but did manage to hold the fort despite allowing quite a few base runners. Marrik Crouse and Albinson Volquez would allow three runners to score to tie the game.

The game headed to the top of the ninth where Justin Yeager was tasked with keeping the score tied. He did just that despite walking a couple of players. The Braves were feeling good heading into the bottom of the ninth. Mason Berne led off with a single to left field. Juan Morales pushed him to second with a sac bunt. After Garrett Saunders was hit by a pitch, Jose Palma hit a slow ground out that allowed both runners to move up. With two outs and two on, Brandon Parker came through with the game winning infield single.

Probable 8/16 Starter: Tyler Owens (0-2, 6.61 ERA)

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