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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Bryce Ball connects for first home run in full season ball

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Bryce Ball keeps doing work down in the minors.

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Gwinnett Stripers 1, Norfolk Tides 5

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 0-3, BB, .763 OPS
  • Johan Camargo, SS: 1-4, .973 OPS
  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 6.15 ERA

Tough night for Gwinnett as they fell to Norfolk by the score of 5-1. Touki Toussaint has had some pretty severe ups and downs in the minor leagues this season, with his command being one of the primary struggles. In his last 13 13 innings pitched (three appearances), he has 12 walks against 16 strikeouts. Grant Dayton had his first appearance out of the bullpen in well over a month and gave up a run on two hits in his inning of work.

There wasn’t much to speak of on offense as the team went 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Cristian Pache has just five hits in his last 10 games and Norfolk managed to limit Drew Waters to just a walk on the evening.

Mississippi Braves 2, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 1-4, 3B, BB, R, .759 OPS
  • Riley Unroe, 3B: 2-5, .724 OPS
  • Philip Pfeifer, SP: 8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 2.38 ERA

Mississippi got another really good outing from Philip Pfeifer, but fell late to Pensacola by the score of 4-2. This was the second straight eight-inning performance from Pfeifer with 18 combined strikeouts across them. In seven of his last 10 starts, Pfeifer has gone at least seven innings. Coming into this season, Pfeifer was considered a fringe relief prospect at best; now he has turned into a monster as a starter. If you’re looking for a guy who has had a surprise breakout performance in 2019, you could do worse than to pick Pfeifer.

Another tough day on offense as Mississippi, too, struggled with runners in scoring position (2-17) and managed just one extra-base hit in the game... a Trey Harris triple. Braden Shewmake had a hit and a walk in the game which will hopefully be a sign of his bat waking up a bit after a less than stellar start to his time in Double-A.

Florida Fire Frogs 4, Tampa Tarpons 5 - F/10

Box Score

  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-4, 2 RBI, R, .662 OPS
  • Drew Lugbauer, DH: 1-5, 2B, RBI, .612 OPS
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 4.34 ERA

Florida got the lead early in this one, but Tampa rallied late to steal one as the Fire Frogs fell by the score of 5-4. Odalvi Javier was decent for Florida as he pitched into the seventh inning, although the four walks he issued were less than ideal. Unfortunately, Lukas Young gave a pair of runs in 1 23 innings work out of the bullpen and Brandon White ended up giving up the game-tying run in the top of the 9th and the game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning.

Jefrey Ramos seems to be waking up at the plate, as he had his third multi-hit game in his past five and is batting .324 over his last 10. Kevin Josephina had a multi-hit game for Florida as well while Drew Lugbauer had a double and an RBI.

Rome Braves 14, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, DH: 4-5, 4 R, .598 OPS
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 2-4, HR, RBI, BB, 3 R, .932 OPS
  • Brendan Venter, 3B: 3-4, 2 RBI, 2B, 2 R, .633 OPS
  • William Woods, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 3.43 ERA

Rome brought the lumber on Tuesday as they drubbed Kannapolis by the final score of 14-4. William Woods got the start and went four innings that saw a lot of baserunners. Tanner Lawson and Luis Mora pitched a combined five innings of relief and gave up a pair of earned runs along the way.

On offense, there were a lot of good things going on. Bryce Ball connected for his first home run in full season ball (based on what we are hearing about him, it is not likely to be his last) and Shea Langeliers had a four-hit game. Langeliers needed a big game as he has struggled at the plate this season and had gone hitless in his previous three games. Justin Dean, Ball, Langeliers, Jeremy Fernandez, and Brendan Venter all had multi-hit games for Rome in what was a really strong and well-rounded offensive performance from the Braves’ A-ball affiliate.

Danville Braves 9, Kingsport Mets 0

Box Score

  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 R, .694 OPS
  • Willie Carter, LF: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, .729 OPS
  • Lisandro Santos, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 0.96 ERA

Danville got in on the fun on offense, too, as they dominated Kingsport by the score of 9-0. Lisandro Santos threw five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and he, along with relievers Greg Leban, Deyvis Julian, and Kenny Wells, combined for a three-hit shutout. Willie Carter had a three hit night and Cody Milligan continued his knack for getting on base out of the leadoff spot as he reached base three times on the evening.

GCL Braves 5, GCL Orioles 6

Box Score

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, .805 OPS
  • Darling Florentino, 3B: 2-3, HR, BB, 3 RBI, .660 OPS
  • Joey Estes, SP: 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 8.10 ERA

The GCL Braves lost a close one on Tuesday as they fell to the GCL Orioles by the score of 6-5. Joey Estes really struggled in his one as he could not get through two innings of work. Meanwhile on offense, Vaughn Grissom just keeps raking as he had yet another multi-hit game and he now has six such games in his last eight played. This is a prep bat in rookie ball so caution should be exercised, but he is making a case already as one of the Braves’ better middle infield prospects. Darling Florentino connected for a three-run homer as well.