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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/18: Drew Waters big game

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Sunday saw Drew Waters have a three hit game, while Greyson Jenista has another multi-hit game.

Drew Waters
Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

Gwinnett Stripers 3, Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 9

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 3-4, RBI, 2 R, .809 OPS
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-4, .451 OPS
  • Patrick Weigel, SP: 2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3.13 ERA

After dominating the Railriders for two straight weekends, the Stripers finally gave up a second win over the two weekends to the Yankees affiliate. Patrick Weigel got the start and went two innings, allowing a pair of runs on five hits and two walks. Corbin Clouse followed and gave up a run in his three innings of work. Jose De Paula helped Scranton break it open with four runs in an inning and a third, before Chad Sobotka came in for a scoreless inning and two thirds. Jacob Webb allowed the last two runs of the day in his inning.

Drew Waters had a huge day at the plate, going three for four with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. Pedro Florimon added two RBI in a two for four game, while Johan Camargo ended up one for four. Cristian Pache went hitless in four at bats in this one.

Probable 8/19 Starter: Kyle Wright

Mississippi Braves 3, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4

Box Score

  • Greyson Jenista, LF: 2-4, 2B, RBI, .667 OPS
  • William Contreras, C: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .616 OPS
  • Connor Johnstone, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 4.46 ERA

Connor Johnstone got the start and gave up four runs on six hits and three walks over five innings, picking up six strikeouts. Kurt Hoekstra followed with three innings out of the pen, giving up two walks and no hits as he struck out three. Thomas Burrows finished this one off with a scoreless frame in the ninth.

Greyson Jenista stayed hot here, going two for four with a double, while William Contreras added a double of his own in four at bats. Jenista’s production was equaled by Ryan Casteel, who was also two for four with a double- though he didn’t pick up an RBI like Jenista. Carlos Martinez got the start at designated hitter and was the third guy with a multi-hit game. Riley Unroe reached base twice with a single and a walk in his four plate appearances, while Trey Harris went one for five to just keep on hitting no matter where he is.

Probable 8/19 Starter: Jasseel De La Cruz and TBD

Florida Fire Frogs 2, Clearwater Threshers 1

Box Score

  • Garrison Schwartz, RF: 2-3, 2 2B, .663 OPS
  • Rusber Estrada, C: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .437 OPS
  • Brooks Wilson, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2.03 ERA

When he was drafted last year, I myself thought the Braves got a great potential multi-inning reliever in Brooks Wilson. But the way he’s been pitching out of the starting role, going six innings and giving up one run here, make you want to keep starting him until he shows he can’t. Wilson, who allowed three hits and three walks in those six innings, is such a great ballplayer capable of doing so many different things on the diamond(remember he was also a key piece of his college’s lineup from the infield when he wasn’t pitching) that you don’t want to write him off with anything.

Alex Camacho followed Wilson with an inning and two thirds of scoreless ball, followed by a scoreless inning and a third out of Matt Withrow- who picked up the win. Doc Herbert favorite Daysbel Hernandez added his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning.

Garrison Schwartz was the top performer at the plate, going two for three with a pair of doubles. Rusber Estrada went two for four and added a double of his own. Jordan Rodgers joined the multi-hit group with a two for four game, while Shean Michel added a double into the team’s four extra base hits on the game.

Probable 8/19 Starter: Off day

Rome Braves 3, Columbia Fireflies 2

Box Score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 3-5, RBI, .845 OPS
  • Braulio Vazquez, 3B: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, .590 OPS
  • Mitch Stallings, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Mitch Stallings finally got promoted from Danville to Rome and started his time at the level of the same way he did in Danville, with a huge start. Stallings went five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and two walks before turning it over to his pen. Victor Vodnik went three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out four. The save came from Gabriel Noguera, despite allowing a pair of unearned runs in the ninth inning.

Justin Dean has another big game that makes fans wonder why he hasn’t joined the rest of the promotion wave, going three for five in this one and stealing his 42nd base of the season. Dean wasn’t the only multi-hit game, as Braulio Vasquez singled and doubled- the only extra base hit for Rome. Greg Cullen, Bryce Ball, Jeremy Fernandez, and Carlos Paraguate all added singles in the win.

Michael Harris went hitless in four at bats, but he drew a walk and picked up an RBI. It may be a slow start for Harris, but it’s important to remember he is just months out of high school and he skipped a level to reach full season ball. Harris will be fine in time, he just needs to adjust to much tougher pitching than he saw in the GCL. I’m confident it happens.

Probable 8/19 Starter: Off day

Danville Braves 4, Kingsport Mets 3

Box Score

  • Ray Hernandez, 1B: 2-3, BB, R, .558 OPS
  • Connor Blair, RF: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, .629 OPS
  • Alger Hodgson, SP: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 6.07 ERA

Four scoreless innings out of starter Alger Hodgson, then three more out of reliever Zach Daniels was enough to get the Braves out to a lead that the bullpen was able to hold on to for the win. Hodgson managed seven strikeouts on no hits and two walks, while Daniels had four strikeouts without giving up any hits or walks. Kenny Wells was next and gave up two runs in two thirds of an inning, while Albinson Volquez allowed the final run in his inning and a third to pick up the save.

The offense was filled with plenty of singles and walks, as Cody Birdsong’s double was the only extra base hit- In fact the team had more walks(8) than base hits(6). The only multi-hit game went to Ray Hernandez, who went two for three with a walk added. Connor Blair went one for three with a walk to join Hernandez, Birdsong, and Garrett Saunders in the group to reach base multiple times in this one.

Probable 8/19 Starter: Darius Vines