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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Braden Shewmakes his Double-A Debut

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Trey Harris hit a home run to lead Mississippi to a win, while Nolan Kingham and Tucker Davidson each had starts on the mound.

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(71-51) Gwinnett Stripers 5, (65-58) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders 2

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, LF: 1-4, 2B .200/.300/.229
  • Drew Waters, CF: 1-4, .341/.372/.463
  • Andres Blanco, 2B: 2-3, HR, BB, .265/.361/.445
  • Tucker Davidson, SP: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.54 ERA

Tucker Davidson had a bad night on the mound, but a bad night for Tucker Davidson is two runs in 6 23 innings so the Stripers won this game. Andres Blanco got the rally started in the second inning on a base hit and then with two outs Sean Kazmar brought him home for the game’s first run. The Railriders tied the game in the fourth inning, but Jack Lopez ate his wheaties and crushed a three run home run to put Gwinnett on top 4-1. Blanco had himself a night and added a solo home run in the sixth inning for a bit of insurance. Cristian Pache hit himself his first Triple-A extra base hit with a double, breaking a streak of 42 at bats without an extra base hit. He also threw out a runner from home that was attempting to tag up and score. Drew Waters had his fourth game in a row with a hit and is two behind the lead in all of minor league baseball.

Tucker Davidson came out firing for Gwinnett and through his first three innings allowed only one hit which he erased on a double play ball. The fourth was a bit of a struggle after he allowed a leadoff double, and he couldn’t hold onto an early 1-0 lead and allowed a run scoring single. A double followed and with one out he had runners on second and third, but he got an out at home on a ground ball to third base and then another ground ball to end the inning. Nothing of note happened off of Davidson over the next two innings, so he was brought out to try to complete seven innings. After a fly out led off the inning Davidson allowed three hits to load the bases, then after a run scoring ground out was pulled from the game. Davidson’s season ERA stayed below two and comes in at 1.99. He is the only player in minor league above High-A who has 100+ innings and an ERA below 2.00. His ERA of 1.54 at Triple-A should qualify him for the Cy Young award. Jose Rafael De Paula came back for the first time in a month, and he went out and shut it down with 1 13 innings of scoreless ball. Chad Sobotka struck out two in a scoreless inning that reminded us just how much hope we had for him before he crushed out souls like so many Braves relievers before him.

no pitcher above high A 100+ IP has a season ERA below 2 except Tucker at 1.99.

Next Game: 8/17 vs (65-58) Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Ian Anderson (1-1, 6.00 ERA)

SWB: Deivi Garcia (1-3, 5.93 ERA)

(58-64) Mississippi Braves 2, (54-66) Birmingham Barons 0

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, .318/.348/.482
  • William Contreras, C: 0-3, .228/.301/.322
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-4, .250/.250/.250
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.50 ERA

Trey Harris runs the show now, and he combined with the dominant start of Nolan Kingham to silence the Barons in a 2-0 win. The Braves had four hits in the game and two of them were from Trey, who is hot again and may just never stop hitting at this point. Harris now has a fifteen game span with six multi-hit outings, only two hitless outings, and a slash line of .351/.383/.579 and has seven extra base hits. Not much went on for the Braves early, as the first eight batters went right back to the dugout. Harris had his first hit of the game in the fourth inning but did not go further with a couple of fly outs leaving him at first base. Mississippi finally strung something together with Braden Shewmake knocking a two out hit in the sixth inning. Trey followed with his second home run, his fourteenth across all levels, and Mississippi held onto that for dear life over the final three innings. Shew was making his Double-A debut and scored the go ahead run, which is a solid start to your tenure in Mississippi.

Nolan Kingham is flourishing in Double-A, some of that due to ballpark conditions and some due to having an actual defense behind him, and he came in tonight with his best performance yet. Right out of the gate, first batter he strikes out on three pitches. Through three innings he hadn’t allowed a baserunner, had four strikeouts, and only one ball had even left the infield. He put himself into a bit of a jelly jam in the fourth inning with a couple of walks, but two strikeouts got him safely out and held on to the no hitter and the shutout. That no hit bid lasted two more outs thanks to a single in the fifth, but he kept the shutout going for the rest of the start. It got a bit hairy in the sixth with a leadoff double, but after the Barons had their two hitter bunt for some reason Kingham needed seven pitches to strike out the next two batters and continue his reign as KKKKKKKKing (I hope I counted right). Kingham allowed another double in the seventh, just to give them a little hope, then snuffed that out with a couple of weak ground balls to end the inning and his start. Kingham has thrown 26 23 innings over his last four outings and has allowed three earned runs, five walks, and struck out 23 batters. Josh Graham had no trouble in the eight and took the Barons in order, leaving it to Jason Creasy for the save. Creasy gave up a hit, but you know where this is going as he got the other three outs to complete the shutout and give the Braves the win.

Next Game: 8/17 vs (54-66) Birmingham Barons @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: TBD

BIR: Tanner Banks (1-7, 5.14 ERA ERA)

(47-76) Florida Fire Frogs, (61-62) Clearwater Threshers PPD

Next Game: 8/17 vs (61-62) Clearwater Threshers @ 4:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Freddy Tarnok (2-7, 5.22 ERA)

BRD: Brad Case (3-4, 4.18 ERA)

(56-67) Rome Braves 2, (49-71) Columbia Fireflies 6

Box Score

  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-4, .409/.409/.545
  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-4, RBI, .292/.398/.451
  • Michael Harris, RF: 0-4, RBI, .091/.167/.136
  • Dilmer Mejia, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.37 ERA

There wasn’t a lot to get excited about for Rome in this game, as they fell behind early and never threatened to really make a comeback. Justin Dean led off the game with a single, as he often does, to extend his current hitting streak to five games. He was then caught trying to steal second base for the ninth time this season, falling to 41/50 on attempts. Bryce Ball led off the second inning with a single and Shea Langeliers then took a hit by pitch to put the Braves in a threatening spot. Two lazy fly outs and then an infield pop out left the boys where they stood and the game at 0-0. After Rome went down 1-2-3 in the third inning Columbia scored five in the bottom half to blow the game open. Greg Cullen led off with a double in the fourth and then advanced to third on a ground out from Ball, but Langeliers couldn’t get him in and popped out in foul territory and a ground out stranded another runner. The Braves got a couple of leadoff hits in the fifth inning and finally were able to cash something in, with Justin Dean lacing a double to score Rome’s first run. Michael Harris grounded out to score a second run, but that was all that was doing for the Braves. Rome didn’t have multiple baserunners in an inning again and the game ended on a double play.

Dilmer Mejia did not have a nice third inning, but otherwise held down the fort for Rome. That third inning was really bad though like it just did not go well for anyone on the Braves. Mejia got it rolling early, going 1-2-3 with a strikeout in the first two innings, but that screeched to a halt with a leadoff single in the third inning. After a force out he allowed another base hit and then Bryce Ball made a big error at first base that loaded the bases with one out. This story did not end well, as a double scored two runs and then a ground out scored another. With two outs in the inning Mejia allowed a two run bomb and the Fireflies opened the lead up to an insurmountable number. Mejia then allowed only two more hits over the final three innings to leave with the game at 5-2. Kasey Kalich looked very good in the seventh inning, needing only six pitches to get through a three up, three down inning but that did not hold in the eighth. Kalich got a couple of quick outs, a ground out and a fly out, but then he walked a batter. Two hits followed, a run was in (not that it mattered) and then Kalich was able to retire the side with a weak fly ball. For Kalich that is the first run he has allowed since July 13th, and he’s supposed to be dominating because he’s an extremely advanced arm that could and should soon take the Shewmake route and jump straight to Mississippi.

Next Game: 8/17 vs (49-71) Columbia FireFlies @ 6:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Alan Rangel (9-7, 4.75 ERA)

COL: Daison Acosta (1-2, 3.23 ERA)

(22-34) Danville Braves 2, (27-28) Elizabethton Twins 1

Box Score

  • Willie Carter, LF: 2-3, 2B, RBI, .242/.329/.376
  • Beau Philip, SS: 2-4, 2B, .196/.308/.304
  • Tyler Owens, SP: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5.31 ERA

The pitching staff for Danville proved dominant over the Twins, giving the Braves a 2-1 win. The Braves had the quick hit in the game, getting a major scoring opportunity early with one out hits in the first by Brandon Parker and Beau Philip. This brought Willie Carter to the plate, who drove a two run double into left field to put the Braves up. There weren’t many opportunities for Danville as the game went on and they didn’t cash any of those in to add insurance. Philip added his second hit of the game with two outs in the third inning. Carter and Cody Birdsong got something working in the eighth inning with back-to-back two out singles, but a ground out ended the inning. Danville is already the worst hitting team in the league by OPS, and with the departire of Bryce Ball they seem likely to only slip further down with an unexciting lineup.

Tyler Owens is the excitement for the Danville team, and after battling a couple of rough outings he got right back on track with the longest start of his career. Owens allowed a double to lead off the game, but that was the last hit he would allow in his start. He set down the Twins in the first and stranded the runner on a couple of ground outs and a fly out. Owens hit a batter and walked a batter with one out in the second inning, then locked down and retired the final eight batters including two strikeouts to complete four innings for the first time. It didn’t take long after Owens departure for the Twins to get a run on the board, as they knocked consecutive doubles in the sixth inning off of reliever Tanner Gordon to make the score 2-1. The rest of the bullpen was up to the task of protecting that one run lead, with Greg Leban throwing two hitless and scoreless innings to send it to the ninth. Alex Segal was brought in to close out the game and he struck out three of the four batters he faced to lock it in for Danville. Danville is a game away from a sweep of the Twins, which would tie their longest winning streak of the season at three games.

Next Game: 8/17 vs (27-28) Elizabethton Twins @ 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

DAN: Alec Barger (0-3, 6.44 ERA)

ELZ: Tyler Benninghoff (2-4, 6.28 ERA)