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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Freddy Tarnok impressive yet again

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Freddy Tarnok tossed a gem, but the offense couldn’t help get him the win. Meanwhile, Dansby Swanson got a rehab start in Rome and came through in a big way.

Freddy Tarnok
Freddy Tarnok
Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

Gwinnett Stripers 8, Norfolk Tides 7

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, LF: 2-4, RBI, K
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, 3B, K
  • Johan Camargo, 2B: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 3 IP, 8 H, 3 ER (6 R), 1 BB, 2 K
  • Patrick Weigel, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

The Stripers batted first and scored two quick runs off a Pedro Florimon double. After Norfolk tied the game, Cristian Pache tripled with one out in the second inning. He would later score on a wild pitch to give the Stripers back the lead. After that, Ynoa really struggled, particularly with locating his fastball as he just left it over the heart of the plate too much. He hung breaker after breaker and the opposing hitters were just teeing off on it. This isn’t to say that Ynoa didn’t have his moments. He threw some really good sliders, but they were rare in this one. Watching the game, Ynoa had batters in favorable counts like 1-2 or 2-2 and just simply couldn’t put them away.

Infield defense was not good today and while Ynoa was struggling a bit, a couple of errors did extend the first two innings. Jack Lopez had a double play ball in the first and had a throw that pulled Camargo off the bag at second leaving everyone safe. On one particular play where there was a line drive out to Drew Waters in left, he fired the ball back to second but Camargo dropped the ball. Chances are that the runner made it back, but we also won’t really know since the ball was dropped.

The offense wouldn’t do much until later in the game. Drew Waters picked up an RBI on a sac fly. He also had a great at-bat earlier in the day where he was really working the count, and fought off a good pitch by taking it the other way for a single. Johan Camargo looked much better than when he was up with Atlanta. While he did strike out on a pitch that wasn’t anywhere close, more often than not he was putting up competitive at-bats. Camargo ended up on base three times today and picked up two crucial RBIs in the top of the 9th to win the game.

The good news is that the bullpen pitched lights out the rest of the way led by Patrick Weigel. Grant Dayton and AJ Minter both threw an inning without giving up a run. Our old pal Chad Sobotka gave up a leadoff home run in the 9th, but did strike out the next three batters to get the save.

Probable 8/23 Starter: Tucker Davidson (1-0, 1.54 ERA)

Mississippi Braves 3, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 0-4, K
  • Ray Patrick Didder, CF: 2-3, BB, SB
  • Greyson Jenista, DH: 1-3, RBI, K
  • William Contreras, C: 1-3, BB, K
  • Claudio Custodio, SP: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

The 28 year old Custodio got his fourth career start (all four this season) and pitched a career high seven innings. This was no easy feat because he had to shut down a tough Twins squad that features Alex Kirilloff, Royce Lewis and Trevor Larnach. The Braves farm system has been surprisingly adept at turning turning seemingly non-prospect relievers into quality starters. Kurt Hoekstra gave up the only run off a solo shot. That was only the third home run he’s given up in 59.2 innings.

Mississippi scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off a Jenista single and Connor Lien’s 2 run triple. Lien ended up being thrown out at the plate trying to stretch that triple to an inside the park home run. Ray Patrick Didder got on base three times and stole his 25th base of the season. Braden Shewmake continues his aggressiveness on the base paths by stealing a base as well, his 13th of the season.

Probable 8/23 Starter: TBD

Florida Fire Frogs 1, Tampa Tarpons 3 (11 innings)

Box Score

  • Jordan Rodgers, 3B: 1-4, HR, RBI
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 1-4, BB, 2 K
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 0-2, 3 BB
  • Freddy Tarnok, SP: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
  • Alex Camacho, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Freddy Tarnok was on top of his game. This was his best start of the season and was very similar to his start back on July 28th where he threw seven innings while striking out seven. Tarnok tied a season high in innings and strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 4.79. This was also his 3rd straight quality start. Tarnok gave up a leadoff double in the 4th that would later come around to score, but he was challenging hitters all day as evident by the zero walks. Alex Camacho was great in relief, but unfortunately Sean McLaughlin gave up 2 runs in the top of the 11th to lose the game.

The opposing starter was Yankee’s prospect Frank German, who was also quite good today going five strong innings of one run ball while striking out eight. The Fire Frogs only managed a single run off him as Jordan Rodgers hit a solo shot. Rodgers has been heating up a bit hitting close to .300 over the past 10 games with a couple of home runs.

Probable 8/23 Starter: Matt Hartman (3-6, 4.31 ERA)

Rome Braves 14, Kannapolis Intimidators 4

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, RF: 2-5, 3B, RBI, 2 K
  • Dansby Swanson, DH: 3-4, BB, RBI
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • Dilmer Mejia, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • Jake Higginbotham, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Kannapolis may have scored first, but the Rome Braves laughed all the way to a nine run 7th inning that put this game out of reach. Every starting position player for Rome reached base and only one player didn’t at least reach base two times. It was death by singles in that 7th inning, but it sure was fun. Dansby Swanson played his first game since July 23rd and reached base four times. Although he only hit singles, he was making good hard contact and spreading the ball around. Both of Bryce Balls hits were complete lasers off the bat. Ball was really impressive. He worked back from an 0-2 count to take a walk. At times, Michael Harris looked intimidated hitting in the fifth spot as an 18 year old. With the bases loaded, he was late on every fastball and eventually hit a weak pop fly out that was too shallow to score Swanson from third. Even his triple earlier was hit down the third base line. Still, there’s a lot to like about Harris.

Dilmer Mejia wasn’t great, but thankfully he didn’t need to be. He did give up three home runs, but was able to minimize the damage even with giving up eight hits in just five innings. Jake Higginbotham was terrific in his three innings of work and Talking Chop’s Eric Cole was at the game and came away impressed with Higginbotham.

Probable 8/23 Starter: Alan Rangel (10-7, 4.51 ERA)

Danville Braves 3, Burlington Royals 2 (10 innings)

Box Score

  • Beau Philip, SS: 0-3, RBI
  • Mason Berne, 1B: 2-3, 2B, K
  • Alec Barger, SP: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Peyton Williams, RP: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

This game went to extra innings and was won on an RBI walkoff groundout . The two runs they scored in the 6th inning to tie the game were both on sac flies. There won’t be too many games where you win like that, but even if it’s an ugly win it’s still a win. Alec Barger gave up a 2 run home run in the first inning, but was fine outside of that. The bullpen led by Peyton Williams didn’t allow a hit over the final 5.2 innings while striking out nine batters.

Probable 8/23 Starter: Alger Hodgson (1-4, 6.07 ERA)

GCL Braves 3, GCL Red Sox 4

Box Score

  • Darling Florentiono, DH: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • Kadon Morton, 3B: 1-4, RBI, 2 K
  • Eliezel Stevens, 2B: 2-3, BB
  • Jared Johnson, SP: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER (1 R), 1 BB, 4 K

Braves out hit the Red Sox with eight hits vs five, but still came away with the loss. The Braves had chances to win, but they couldn’t make contact in crucial moments. In the 9th, there were runners on the corners and no outs. The next three batters struck out. The 1-4 hitters in the lineup struck out 11 times in 18 at bats! One of the few bright spots was the starter Jared Johnson who had his best games of the season.

Probable 8/23 Starter: TBD