(77-56) Gwinnett Stripers 8, (56-77) Norfolk Tides 2
- Cristian Pache, CF: 0-2, 2 BB, .250/.321/.342
- Drew Waters, RF: 1-5, .302/.365/.395
- Johan Camargo, 3B: 3-4, 2 2B, RBI, .522/.560/.717
- Austin Riley, DH, 2-4, 2B, RBI, .307/.380/.673
- Bryse Wilson, SP: 7 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 3.42 ERA
Gwinnett rolled through the Tides with a dominant win, and Johan Camargo keeps doing ridiculous things. A fourth inning double from Austin Riley put the Stripers on the board and tied the game at one, and he then scored the go ahead run on a two run double from Sean Kazmar. A three run home run in the fifth by Adam Duvall put the game effectively out of reach at 7-1 in favor of the Stripers. Drew Waters had a hit in the game but he also struck out in all four of his other plate appearances. Cristian Pache went hitless to snap an eight game hitting streak, but he did draw two walks and now is the holder of a nine game on base streak. Pache has six strikeouts over 33 plate appearances in that span. Austin Riley picked up where he left off and has multi-hit games in both of his appearances since his return to Gwinnett, and Adam Duvall returned for his first game back and immediately hit his 30th home run of the season for the Stripers. That brings Duvall one home run and five RBIs back of the league leads, which is pretty ridiculous given that he spent a full month in the major leagues. Johan Camargo might legitimately be the greatest Triple-A hitter of all time, as he has now hit safely in all eleven games since his demotion and is hitting .522/.560/.717. He has had three consecutive three hit games and has five overall, and he has as many extra base hits as strikeouts.
After all of that you would think there was no way the pitching could do better than the offense but Bryse Wilson brought his best against Norfolk. Despite a sixth inning home run Wilson was phenomenal, going seven innings and allowing only two runs while tying a season high with nine strikeouts. Over Wilson’s past six starts he has pitched four games with seven or more innings pitched and has allowed only four earned runs over 40 innings pitched while striking out 37 and walking seven. Jeremy Walker was elite in relief, striking out two batters over two perfect innings. The win for Gwinnett moves them 3.5 games up of the Knights and drops the magic number to clinch a playoff berth to one.
Next Game: 8/28 vs (56-77) Durham Bulls @ 7:00 PM ET
GWN: Huascar Ynoa (2-5, 5.06 ERA)
NOR: Ty Blach (0-0, 7.71 ERA)
(61-72) Mississippi Braves 1, (80-53) Biloxi Shuckers 3 GM 1
- William Contreras, C: 2-3, 2B, .232/.297/.328
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-2, BB, .267/.353/.267
- Nolan Kingham, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 4.39 ERA
(62-72) Mississippi Braves 9, (80-53) Biloxi Shuckers 5 GM 2
- Trey Harris, RF: 2-3, 2B, .278/.316/.421
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-2, .281/.378/.281
- Claudio Custodio, SP: 3 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.66 ERA
It was doubleheader madness for the Mississippi Braves and they split with the Shuckers, as they looked anemic on the offensive end in game one then exploded in a shootout game two. Game one: Biloxi takes a first inning lead off of Braves starter Nolan Kingham, but the Braves answer back and a home run from Riley Unroe pulled them even in the third. Then Kingham allows a home run in the bottom of the third that scores two runs and the Braves never do anything offensively to even feign a comeback. William Contreras had two of the Braves four hits in the game, and he has shown a significant step up in play each month that is being capped with an August during which he’s hitting .267/.313/.400. Braden Shewmake had a hit and a walk, and he’s been adjusting quickly to his new level though he has produced no power with zero extra base hits since his promotion.
Game two the Braves were like, nah, this not scoring thing is boring we’re not gonna do it anymore. Right off the bat they got five runs in the first inning thanks to home runs from Ryan Casteel and Connor Lien. They needed them too, as Claudio Custodio struggled in a spot start and allowed two runs in the second and then three in the third to allow the game back even. Riley Unroe smashed a two run double in the fourth inning, scoring Ray-Patrick Didder and Connor Lien to make it 7-5 in favor of Mississippi. Also in this inning Braden Shewmake was hit by a pitch and then removed from the game after running the bases, though it is not entirely clear that the hit by pitch led to him being pulled as he was replaced by Didder who had already pinch hit in the inning. Unroe homered again in the sixth inning to make it 8-5 then Lane Adams struck out to end that inning shout out to our old pal Lane. Trey Harris mashed a double in the seventh for his second hit of the game and came in to score the ninth run for the Braves. Braden Shewmake has hit safely in each of his past six games, and in this contest he struck out for the first time in his past seven games.
Next Game: 8/29 vs (58-73) Chattanooga Lookouts @ 7:35 PM ET
(53-81) Florida Fire Frogs 3, (81-52) Charlotte Stone Crabs 4
- Riley Delgado, SS: 2-4, 2 RBI, .286/.328/.327
- Kevin Josephina, 3B: 2-3, 2B, RBI, .262/.313/.354
- Freddy Tarnok, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 4.87 ERA
Florida made a furious late comeback to tie the Stone Crabs in the eighth inning, but couldn’t complete their run and lost 4-3. The Fire Frogs found themselves trailing 3-0, but in the eighth inning Garrison Schwartz and Shean Michel each had singles to lead off the inning. After a ground out pushed both runners into scoring position Riley Delgado came through with his second hit of the game to score both runs and get the game to 3-2. After that a walk to Andy Wilkins and a base hit from Drew Lugbauer loaded the bases, and although they managed to tie the game on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Josephina they could not come through and take the lead as Logan Brown grounded out to end the inning.
Command issues plagued Freddy Tarnok in a four inning outing as he walked four batters. Two of the three runs charged to Tarnok came immediately in the first, as a single and a triple opened the game and then a sacrifice fly brought in the second run with only one out. Tarnok worked around walks in the second and third innings to keep the Stone Crabs off the board, but a leadoff home run in the fourth inning made it 3-0. Darren O’Day pitched an inning of relief in his rehab tour, and allowed a single to the first batter but got a caught stealing, a strikeout, and a ground out to end the inning. Matt Withrow was in charged when the Fire Frogs took the lead in the eighth, but after a couple of walks to lead off the bottom of the inning he allowed a sacrifice fly that scored the go ahead run and took the loss for Florida.
Next Game: 8/28 vs (81-52) Charlotte Stone Crabs @ 1:00 PM ET
FLO: Matt Hartman (3-6, 4.06 ERA)
CHA: Drew Strotman (0-2, 6.55 ERA)
(63-70) Rome Braves 0, (76-56) Greensboro Grasshoppers 3
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 2-3, BB, .355/.394/.516
- Michael Harris, RF: 1-3, BB, .172/.279/.241
- Shea Langeliers, C: 2-4, .251/.311/.332
- Dilmer Mejia, SP: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.56 ERA
Rome got a nice start from Dilmer Mejia and outhit the Grasshoppers, but never came through with a big hit in the game and fell 3-0. Bryce Ball stayed hot at the plate and had two hits and a walk. In his past nine games Ball has had five multi-hit performances. Shea Langeliers had two singles in the game to extend his hitting streak to seven games, a span during which he has drastically cut his strikeouts and only struck out five times in 29 at bats and had fifteen hits. Michael Harris has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, and a hit and a walk in this one extended his on base streak to ten games. Harris has showed an advanced eye at the plate in his time in Rome, and during this ten game streak he has drawn seven walks.
Dilmer Mejia got the Braves off to a strong start on the mound, completing five innings with no walks allowed and only one run coming in to score. Mejia lowered his ERA on the season to 2.56, but took his fourth loss as the offense couldn’t come up with run support. Reliever Jose Montilla came in and allowed two runs in his first inning on the mound, but settled in after and kept the score at 3-0 over the final two innings.
Next Game: 8/28 vs (76-56) Greensboro Grasshoppers @ 7:00 PM ET
ROM: Alan Rangel (10-7, 4.48 ERA)
GBO: Winston Nicacio (2-2, 2.92 ERA)
(30-37) Danville Braves 5, (33-33) Bristol Pirates 4
- Cody Birdsong, 3B: 2-4, 2B, .229/.274/.322
- Jose Palma, RF: 1-4, RBI, .269/.349/.338
- Alec Barger, SP: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.85 ERA
The bottom of the order carried the lumber for the Braves, keying a three run second inning that was the difference in a close matchup. Cody Milligan got on first base to lead off the game with a single, then after a couple of throwing errors came in to score the game’s first run. Cody Birdsong led off the second inning with a double, and after a walk and a single the Braves had the bases loaded for nine hitter Jose Palma. Palma came through with a two run single to put the Braves up 3-0, then Beau Phillip hit a ground ball to bring in another run and push it to 4-0. The Pirates got it close and made it a one run game after eight innings as Danville struggled to score after the second inning. With two outs in the ninth inning Beau Philip drew a walk, then advanced on a passed ball and came in to score on another throwing error that gave the Braves some needed insurance. Bristol added a run in the ninth off of Peyton Williams, but it wasn’t enough and they stranded two runners on base to end the game.
Next Game: 8/28 vs (33-33) Bristol Pirates @ 6:30 PM ET
DAN: Darius Vines (0-4, 6.61 ERA)
BRS: Tahnaj Thomas (1-3, 3.32 ERA)
(18-31) GCL Braves 3, (18-35) GCL Pirates 5
- Stephen Paoilini, CF: 1-5, 2B, RBI, .192/.315/.242
- Mahki Backstrom, 1B: 1-3, BB, .300/.402/.457
- Vaughn Grissom, SS: 0-4, .288/.361/.400
- Chad Bryant, SP: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 8.88 ERA
Stephen Paolini had a first inning double for the Braves to give them an early 1-0 lead, then came in to score on a single from Eliezel Stephens. Stevens factored in later in the game too when he singled with one out in the fifth, and he and Brandol Mezquita (3-4) ended the game as the only Braves with multiple hits. Mahki Backstrom had a hit later in the inning to put Stevens over to third, and then Stevens came in to score on a double steal that gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. A three run seventh inning off of reliever Andy Samuelson was enough to give the Pirates a late lead that they would not give up.