Gwinnett Stripers 6, Durham Bulls 2
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, .640 OPS
- Drew Waters, RF: 1-4, BB, .776 OPS
- Kyle Wright, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 4.27 ERA
Kyle Wright was on again for Gwinnett, going five scoreless innings against the Durham Bulls. Wright allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four, though his command wasn’t perfect as evidence of his 48 strikes to 41 balls on the day. Philip Pfeifer followed, and after some dominant starts he got to come back out of the pen. Pfeifer was touched for a pair of runs on three hits and two walks over an inning and two third, but did strike out four batters. A scoreless inning and a third from Chad Sobotka, and Grant Dayton striking out the side in order during his inning rounded out the Stripers pitching.
At the plate Cristian Pache had a strong game, going two for four including a double, with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Drew Waters added a hit and a walk in his five trips to the dish. Johan Camargo seems to be responding to his demotion, going three for five with a pair of runs batted in, though all three hits were singles. Sean Kazmar and Pedro Florimon each had two hits, including a double from Florimon.
Biloxi Shuckers 1, Mississippi Braves 0
- William Contreras, C: 1-4, 2B, .608 OPS
- Jonathan Aro, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.05 ERA
- Kurt Hoekstra, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.93 ERA
The lone loss in the Braves organization on Sunday can’t blame the pitching. Reliever Jonathan Aro was pushed into a starting spot, and ended up pitching three scoreless frames as he allowed three hits and struck out a pair. Kurt Hoekstra, who has been lights out at all levels of the minors this year, followed and went three scoreless of his own while allowing two hits and striking out five. Jordan Harrison was the next guy up, and he allowed the lone run of the game to score during his two innings, allowing five hits in that span.
While the pitchers can’t be blamed, you can’t say the same about the bats who failed to show up. The Braves managed just five hits, including doubles from William Contreras and Ryan Casteel, plus four walks. Trey Harris did manage to have one of the hits in his four at bats.
Florida Fire Frogs 1, Dunedin Blue Jays 0
- Shean Michel, CF: 2-3, .584 OPS
- Riley Delgado, SS: 2-4, .650 OPS
- Odalvi Javier, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 3.28 ERA
Odalvi Javier threw six scoreless innings in a combined shutout between three Florida pitchers. Javier gave up two hits and three walks while striking out five. Caleb Dirks went the next two innings, only allowing a single walk against him. The final inning went to Daysbel Hernandez, who gave up a pair of hits and struck out a pair of batters while picking up the save.
While the pitching was great, the hitting was a bit light, as the Fire Frogs managed one run on seven singles. The seven singles came two apiece from Riley Delgado, Kevin Josephina, and the man who scored the lone run in the game - Shean Michel, and one single by the guy who knocked in that run - Jefrey Ramos.
Rome Braves 4, Columbia Fireflies 3
- Shea Langeliers, C: 4-4, RBI, .638 OPS
- Bryce Ball, DH: 2-3, BB, 2 R, HR, .942 OPS
- Michael Harris, RF: 1-3, BB, .517 OPS
William Woods got the start and ended up giving up one run on a hit and three walks over four innings, striking out five in the process. Ryan Shetter followed and picked up the win, despite giving up a pair of unearned runs in his three and two thirds innings. Kasey Kalich got a chance to save it, and did, going an inning and a third and getting three strikeouts in the four plate appearances he faced.
The rehab appearance of Austin Riley was overshadowed by a pair of 2019 draft choices. Top pick Shea Langeliers went a perfect four for four on the day, while Bryce Ball went two for three with a walk and a homer. Even fellow draftee Michael Harris, who is starting to gain comfort in full season ball, went one for three with a walk. Riley ended up one for three while playing left field, before coming out. Hagen Owenby added four trips on the base paths in the win, going two for two and drawing a pair of walks.
Danville Braves 7, Elizabethton Twins 1
- Mason Berne, 1B: 3-5, HR, .921 OPS
- Brandon Parker, CF: 3-5, SB, .613 OPS
- Charlie Reyes, RF: 1-4, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, .635 OPS
Lisandro Santos got the start and went five solid innings, giving up a run on two hits and three walks while striking out seven. Kenny Wells followed and threw two scoreless frames, as did Alex Aquino. Overall Danville picked up nine strikeouts.
Offensively we saw some big games led by new starting first baseman Mason Berne, The player who took over for Bryce Ball went three for five and smacked his first homer here in Danville. Second day draft pick Brandon Parker had a three hit day of his own, going three for five, while Day Three pick Mitch Calandra went two for five. Right fielder Charlie Reyes walked, doubled, and picked up three RBI in the win.