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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Johan Camargo and Drew Waters Propel Gwinnett to Win

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Johan Camargo showed he wants nothing to do with being in Gwinnett, while Drew Waters continued to hit.

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(73-54) Gwinnett Stripers 6, (53-74) Norfolk Tides 2

  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, .777 OPS
  • Johan Camargo, 2B: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 1.160 OPS
  • Pedro Florimon, 3B: 3-for-5, HR, 2 R, .764 OPS
  • Bryse Wilson, SP: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-4, R, RBI, .471 OPS

Box Score

It was a good night for Bryse Wilson who continued his recent run of dominance at Gwinnett, giving up one earned run over six innings of work and helped propel the Stripers to their impressive 73rd win of the season and are now 1.5 games in first. Over his last five starts, Bryse Wilson has compiled a 0.55 ERA, and 0.85 WHIP during that stretch as well. Following Bryse was Tyler Matzek who gave up the other earned run in the game - a sacrifice fly to Cristian Pache. Corbin Clouse and Chad Sobotka finished out the game as they combined for 2.0 innings pitched, one hit, zero earned runs, zero walks, and two strikeouts.

Offensively, the fun got started in the second inning thanks to this solo homer by journeyman Pedro Florimon.

Recently optioned Johan Camargo kept the party going in the following inning by providing this two-run home run.

Who needs a recap when you can just watch dingers all night? Not to be outdone, Lucas Duda got in on the fun in the following inning with THIS home run.

The Stripers would score their final two runs in the top of the sixth inning with the first one coming thanks to this single by Cristian Pache that drove in Pedro Florimon.

The final run of the game for Gwinnett was a single by Drew Waters that scored Cristian Pache to push the lead to 6-1.

Overall, a very fun game for some of the Braves top prospects that resulted in a win for Gwinnett.

(71-57) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 8, (59-69) Mississippi Braves 2

  • Trey Harris, RF: 1-for-4, .749 OPS
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 4.15 ERA
  • Greyson Jenista, DH: 1-for-4, .647 OPS
  • Ryan Casteel, 1B: 0-for-4, .802 OPS

Box Score

The enigma that is Nolan Kingham continued his very confusing season as he was absolutely shelled - surrendering seven earned runs in 3.2 innings of work. Kingham seemingly flip flops between being dominating to being very hittable and unfortunately for him and Mississippi, last night it was one of the bad ones. After getting through the first two innings in relative ease, Kingham ran into all of his group in the third and fourth innings - surrendering seven runs in that span before he was taking out with two outs in the fourth after just sixty pitches. Jordan Harrison came into pitch for Mississippi and he righted the ship a bit - posting an impressive line of 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K but unfortunately for Mississippi the game was already out of hand. Jason Hursh finished out the game - striking out three, while giving up three hits over 2.1 innings pitch.

Offensively this team is a struggle following the promotions of Pache, and Waters - especially so when Ryan Casteel struggles like he did tonight. Outside of of an eighth inning double by Lane Adams, the Mississippi Braves struggled producing any kind of threat as they collected just six hits - one of which was an extra-base hit. Alejandro Salazar was the only Mississippi Braves player to record a multi-hit game. It was such a fantastic game pitched by Bailey Ober (7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 12 K) that Mississippi went just 1-for-2 with runners in scoring position - showcasing how absolutely dominant Ober was.

(59-66) Tampa Tarpons 4, (50-78) Florida Fire Frogs 3

  • Kevin Josephina, 2-for-4, 2B, .644 OPS
  • Logan Brown, C: 2-for-4, RBI, .575 OPS
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 1-for-4, R, 2B, .613 OPS
  • Caleb Dirks, RP: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1.93 ERA

Box Score

The Florida Fire Frogs fell despite solid contributions from the pitching staff including a six inning outing from starting pitcher Walter Borkovich where he yielded just three earned runs, walked zero, and struck out five. All of the damage against Walter happened in the first inning when Walter struggled getting hitters out - highlighted by three bases loaded singles that put the Tarpons up 3-0 in the first. Following the the first Walter got into his zone and pitched five straight scoreless innings and keeping the Fire Frogs in the game.

The Fire Frogs responded almost immediately to the first inning deficit by tacking on a run in the bottom of the second themselves thanks to a Garrison Schwartz groundout that scored Drew Lugbauer. The Fire Frogs tied up the game in the fourth inning thanks to a pair of Fire Frogs: Logan Brown and Rusber Estrada. Logan Brown came through with a one run single to lessen the game to 3-2, and then Rusber followed that up with a grounder to short which let Jefrey Ramos score.

With the game tied and Walter out of the game the Fire Frogs turned to Troy Bacon on the mound and Bacon ... sizzled ... (my apologies Troy if you’re out there reading this as I’m sure you’ve heard that line a lot) putting in two good innings of work. After Troy came Caleb Dirks who unfortunately took the bad luck loss. With Pablo Oliveras standing on second in the eighth inning, he took off for third and catcher Logan Brown unfortunately couldn’t not deliver a strike to the third baseman and instead threw it away, allowing Pablo to score. That unearned run ended up being all the Tarpons needed as they secured the 4-3 win.

(56-70) Kannapolis Intimidators 4, (59-68) Rome Braves 2

  • Justin Dean, CF: 0-for-5, .837 OPS
  • Michael Harris, RF: 1-for-2, 2 BB, R, SB, .381 OPS
  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, .837 OPS
  • Ricky DeVito, SP: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.87 ERA
  • Kasey Kalich, RP: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.47 ERA

Box Score

We are beginning to near the part of the minor league season where recent draftees begin to slow down because this is the most baseball they’ve played in their lives and that was on showcase last night as the talented Ricky DeVito lasted just four innings and gave up three earned runs while walking one batter and striking out four. A homer in the second, and a two run single in the third was all the damage done against the talented pitcher as he picked up the tough loss.

The Rome Braves tried to claw their way back into it in the bottom of the sixth when Greg Cullen delivered his 22nd double of the season that scored Michael Harris. Two hitters later Shea Langeliers singled to center which allowed Greg to score and lessen the gap to 3-2. Unfortunately for Rome they couldn’t capitalize on runners in scoring position as they went a collective 1-for-10 and stranded eight people on base in a tough loss.

Kasey Kalich pitched the final two frames for Rome and proved he was actually part human - walking one, and allowing one earned run over two innings. Kalich with an offseason of professional help, and conditioning is going to be a name to watch next year - he’s likely going to become one of Atlanta’s top rated relief prospects and be aggressively promoted in 2020. Of note, Jose Montilla worked a fantastic three innings for the Braves giving up one hit, while striking out three, and walking one. The outing lowered his ERA on the season to 2.99 and while he’s not really considered a prospect it has been a very solid season for him.

(36-25) Burlington Royals 2, (26-35) Danville Braves 5

  • Beau Philip, SS: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB, .612 OPS
  • Willie Carter, LF: 0-for-4, .711 OPS
  • Garrett Saunders, 2B: 3-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI, .797 OPS
  • Tyler Owens, SP: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 4.63 ERA

Box Score

It’s going to be fun watching Tyler Owens in Rome last year as the 18 year old had a great showing last night against a bunch of college bats - giving up just one hit over three innings of work. Tyler has been tasked with the challenged of mainly facing hitters 3+ years his senior as the Braves liked what they saw in Tyler so much he was promoted from the GCL to Danville after just four innings.

(22-24) GCL Red Sox 2, (17-26) GCL Braves 5 - Game 1

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-for-3, .803 OPS
  • Mahki Backstrom, 1B: 1-for-3, HR, R, .855 OPS
  • Kadon Morton, CF: 1-for-2, BB, R, .562 OPS

Box Score

(23-24) GCL Red Sox 2, (17-27) GCL Braves 0 - Game 2

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-for-3, .800 OPS
  • Stephen Paolini, CF: 0-for-3, .566 OPS
  • Indigo Diaz, RP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

Box Score