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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Justin Dean, Shea Langeliers keep hitting; Touki Toussaint struggles again

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The Braves minor league teams walked away with three close wins on Monday, while Gwinnett found itself on the wrong side of an offensive onslaught.

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

The Atlanta Braves farm system enjoyed a rare Monday in which all four full-season teams were in scheduled along with Danville and GCL action as well.

Let’s take a look at how it went down in the Braves minor leagues: where baseball happened.

Norfolk Tides 17, Gwinnett Stripers 7

Box score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 2-for-6, 1 R, 2 K
  • Alex Jackson, C: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Touki Toussaint: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 2 K

It was a forgettable start for Toussaint, who again struggled with his command and proved to be very hittable. The positive was that the two strikeouts came on that fun-to-watch curve, breaking at 77 mph and still getting players to look foolish swinging. Other than that, he hit 93 and 94 regularly per the Gwinnett radar gun, but his night didn’t last very long, and he must be hoping to put the season behind him at this point.

Patrick Weigel followed, throwing darts and landing 24 of his 37 pitches for strikes. He went 1.2 innings, striking out two and getting four ground outs before a come backer drilled him at the end of his third inning pitched. That would be all for Weigel, but no injury reported although the trainer did come out (as of this writing at least).

There was certainly no shortage on offense for Gwinnett. Rehabbing Austin Riley was one of six Stripers two have multi hit nights, getting two singles and scoring a run. Jackson was an offensive beast, cranking his 26th home run and ninth double of the year. Waters, Pedro Florimon and Andres Blanco all had two hits, while Johan Camargo recorded three.

The Stripers used six pitchers on Monday and four of them allowed at least one run, although Wiegel suffered a tough-luck inning sparked by a Camargo error that saw two runs cross without allowing a hit. Sean Kazmar made his second pitching appearance of his career and was pretty sharp. He landed 10 of 12 pitches for strikeouts, and despite allowing a hit, he got two ground outs, one for an inning-ending double play. Yep, it was that kind of night in Gwinnett.

Probable starter for Tuesday, Aug. 27: TBD

Mississippi Braves, Biloxi Shuckers — PPD

Come on. You knew there wasn’t going to be a night without a rainout.

Probable starter for Tuesday, Aug. 27: Nolan Kingham

Florida Fire Frogs 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4 (10 innings)

Box score

  • Riley Delgado, SS: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 2-for-5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Fire Frogs bullpen: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Monday’s are Slugbauer night. Despite his season numbers — .193 batting average and a .617 OPS — he seems to always come through in the Monday recap. It was more of the same, with Lugbauer cranking his 25th and 26th double of the season and driving in two. He also scored the winning run on Jospehina’s sac fly in the tenth. Lugbauer was one of four Fire Frogs with multi-hit games. Delgado bumped his average to .284 with two hits, while Kevin Josephina added two and Zack Soria tallied three single.

Walter Borkovich started and allowed four runs (three earned) over his four innings, but the bullpen was lights out. Troy Bacon tossed two shutout innings allowing one hit and striking out three, his third-straight shutout outing. Hayden Deal followed with an identical stat line and Sean McLaughlin picked up the win, tossing two perfect innings.

Probable starter for Tuesday, Aug. 27: Freddy Tarnok

Rome Braves 1, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0

Box score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 1-for-4
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-for-4, 1 R
  • Ricky DeVito: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Timely ground outs and Michael Harris’ arm — the Talking Chop favorite threw out a potential runner at home — helped Ricky DeVito get through the first four shutout innings despite not having his best stuff. He landed just 37 of his 72 pitches for strikes, walked three and had a wild pitch, but was able to get seven of the 12 outs he recorded on the ground. Jake Higginbotham followed and struck out his first two batters going two shutout innings and striking out three. Gabriel Noguera picked up his third save tossing three shutout innings.

If you were looking for offense, this wasn’t the game. Rome combined for just three hits, and of course Dean had one of them. He’s now hitting .289 with an .830 OPS. Langeliers’ bat continues to come alive, extending his hitting streak to six games with 13 hits over that span, while scoring the game’s lone run on Brendan Venter’s sacrifice fly.

Probable starter for Tuesday, Aug. 27: TBD

Danville Braves 3, Bristol Pirates 1

Box score

  • Mason Berne, 1B: 3-for-4, 1 RBI
  • Brandon Parker, RF: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
  • D-Braves pitchers: 9 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 11 K

Berne stayed red-hot for Danville, recording his second-straight three-hit game and his fourth multi-hit performance over his six-game winning streak. He’s now hitting .389 with a .980 OPS, albeit quite old for the level. Parker now has four hits over the last two days after slugging his fourth home run of the season.

Danville’s pitchers were masterful. Alex Segal went 2.2 innings allowing the only run while the bullpen combined for 6.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing just four hits.

Probable starter for Tuesday, Aug. 27: Alec Barger

GCL updates

The GCL Braves lost another heart breaker on Monday, this time losing by one run in the tenth to the GCL Pirates. Vaughn Grissom had a hit and three RBI, now hitting .295 with a .779 OPS. Darling Florentino had a pinch hit, three-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth to tie it. Mahki Backstrom went 3-for-4 with a run scored and is now hitting .299 with a .860 OPS.