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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Alex Jackson connects for two homers

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Weather did not help things on Wednesday, but there were still some strong offensive performances despite the lack of games

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Norfolk Tides 8, Gwinnett Stripers 14

Box Score

  • Alex Jackson, C: 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .859 OPS
  • Johan Camargo, 2B: 3-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
  • Austin Riley, LF: 2-5, RBI
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-5, 2B, RBI, .661 OPS
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 5.59 ERA

Gwinnett’s offense broke out in a big way on Wednesday as they took down Norfolk by the score of 14-8. Huascar Ynoa had another tough start as he failed to escape the fourth inning. In his last five starts, he has reached five innings pitched just once and has seen an uptick in hard contact against him as well as less in the way of swing and miss. Philip Pfeifer played the role of long reliever well in going 3.1 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts.

The offense did work as Alex Jackson, Johan Camargo, and Jack Lopez all connected for home runs in the game. Alex Jackson had a particularly strong day at the plate as he connected for a pair of dingers to bring his season total to 28. The downside to Camargo’s day was that he did make a pair of errors in the field which, well, looks familiar. Austin Riley had a pair of hits to continue his strong work during his rehab assignment.

(63-71) Rome Braves 4, (77-56) Greensboro Grasshoppers 6

  • Justin Dean, CF: 0-for-3, BB, .819 OPS
  • Michael Harris, RF: 1-for-4, R, .520 OPS
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 0-for-4, .630 OPS
  • Bryce Ball, DH: 2-for-4, R, 2B, .930 OPS
  • Hagen Owenby, 1B: 2-for-4, R, 2B, .782 OPS
  • Victor Vodnik, RP: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3.18 ERA

Box Score

This was a tough loss for Rome as they battled back to take the lead in the in the eighth inning only to give up three runs in the bottom of the inning and lose the game. The game started off great for Rome as Bryce Ball singled in Michael Harris in the first to give Rome the lead 1-0. Alan Rangel made the lead stay until the third inning when Greensboro tacked on three runs themselves and took the 3-1 lead. The game stayed this way for three innings until Rome got things started again by tacking on two runs in the seventh inning. Carlos Paraguate hit an infield single that scored Jeremy Fernandez to bring the lead to 3-2. Justin Dean followed that up by grounding into a double play that scored Juan Morales to tie the game at 3 a piece.

The Braves went onto take the lead in the eighth inning thanks to Branden Venter who lined to left and scored Hagen Owenby to let the Rome Braves go up 4-3, but Venter was thrown out at second by Former Braves prospect Ji-Hwan Bae - who is having a good year himself. Unfortunately for Rome the lead did not last long as they gave up an additional three runs in the bottom half of the inning off of rapidly rising prospect Victor Vodnik to take a 6-4 lead and ultimately win the game.

(30-38) Danville Braves 2, (34-33) Bristol Pirates 4

  • Beau Philip, SS: 1-for-4, .577 OPS
  • Willie Carter, LF: 0-for-3, .701 OPS
  • Cody Birdsong, 3B: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, R, .618 OPS

Box Score

A disastrous second inning for Danville was all that was needed in their 38th loss of the season. After going up 1-0 in the top half of the inning because of a Cody Birdsong solo homer, Alger Hodgson ran into a bunch of trouble in the bottom half - allowing four runs of which none were earned. Marrick Crouse came into the game following Hodgson and threw 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball and saw his ERA on the season drop to 0.73, but he’s walking well over eight per nine innings. Crouse did what he had to do and blanked the Pirates giving the Danville offense an opportunity to answer, but that wasn’t the case until the ninth inning when a throwing error allowed Mason Berne to score however it was too little, too late and Danville dropped the game.

(53-81) Florida Fire Frogs -, (81-52) Charlotte Stone Crabs - PPD

(18-31) GCL Braves -, (30-21) GCL Twins - CANCELLED

The remainder of the GCL season has officially come to an end as the postseason has been canceled due to Hurricane Dorian. While the overall record was not the best this class showcased a lot of the high ceiling talent brought into the organization via the draft this year. Michael Harris, Vaughn Grissom, Mahki Backstrom, Kadon Morton, Stephen Paolini, Ricky DeVito, Kasey Kalich, Tyler Owens, Jared Johnson, Joey Estes, and Darius Vines are just a few of the very intriguing prospects added to the organization that played in Orlando for stints. The upcoming Rome team is going to be very intriguing and a team to watch in 2020.