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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Tucker Davidson and Hayden Deal threw gems on Saturday

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A pair of strong pitching performances highlighted the action on Saturday.

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Gwinnett Stripers 4, Charlotte Knights 6

Box Score

  • Pedro Florimon, 3B: 1-2, 2 RBI, BB, .699 OPS
  • Jonathan Morales, C: 1-4, 2 RBI, .712 OPS
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5.16 ERA

A tough start for Huascar Ynoa set the tone for the evening as the Stripers’ rally fell short and they lost to Charlotte 6-4. Ynoa was doing okay through his first four innings on Saturday, but then the wheels came off in the fifth where get gave up four runs including a three-run homer. Ynoa had given up a total of six earned runs combined in his previous four starts, so this was likely just a hiccup. Thomas Burrows, Jacob Webb, and AJ Minter combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts against just a single walk (coming from Webb).

It was a light night for offense from the Stripers as well (a more regular occurrence these days with the trade of Travis Demeritte and the promotion of Adam Duvall). Luis Marte had the only multi-hit game for Gwinnett while Pedro Florimon and Jonathan Morales each had a pair of RBIs for the Stripers. Alex Jackson went 0-5 with a pair of strikeouts and is batting .200 over his last 10 games with 15 strikeouts in that span.

Mississippi Braves 6, Tennessee Smokies 0

Box Score

  • Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 2-4, BB, 3 R, .637 OPS
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-3, RBI, BB, .814 OPS
  • Ryan Casteel, 1B: 2-4, 3 RBI, .838 OPS
  • Tucker Davidson, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2.03 ERA

Tucker Davidson was dominant yet again and Mississippi rolled to a 6-0 over the Smokies. What else can we say about Tucker Davidson? He leads the Southern League in ERA (2.03) and is fifth in strikeouts (122 in 110.2 innings) amongst qualified pitchers and it still feels like he is underappreciated. While Ian Anderson absolutely deserves all of the recognition he is getting right now, performances like Saturday’s from Tucker emphasize just how good this Mississippi rotation has been this season. Brandon White (who was promoted to Mississippi officially earlier that day) and Jordan Harrison closed the game out with three innings of scoreless relief.

On offense, Ray-Patrick Patrick continued to set the tone at the top of the lineup as he reached base three times including a pair of hits. After a terrible miserable season through the month of May, Didder has really turned things around since then as he posted back to back months with .700+ OPS and August is off to a fine start as well. Cristian Pache reached base twice and now has six hits in his last five games. Ryan Casteel had a pair of hits and drove in three runs for Mississippi while Carlos Martinez drove in a pair of his own. Greyson Jenista continued his comeback march as he reached base twice as well and is batting .387 over his last 10 games. Jenista posted an .884 OPS in the month of July and given his struggles before that, he really needed that surge.

Florida Fire Frogs 2, Jupiter Hammerheads 0

Box Score

  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, .655 OPS
  • Riley Delgado, SS: 1-3, .668 OPS
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.93 ERA

Hayden Deal shutdown Jupiter in Florida’s 2-0 victory over the Hammerheads (this was supposed to be a doubleheader...but the other half was postponed due to the Florida State League Curse aka rain). Deal went threw a complete game (of the seven inning variety) and now has given up one earned run or less in three of his past four starts for Florida. Deal’s 2.93 ERA ranks eighth amongst qualified pitchers in the Florida State League.

On offense, Florida didn’t do a lot...but it was enough as Jefrey Ramos’ two-run homer in the sixth inning proved to be the difference. That homer was also the only extra-base hit of the evening for Florida as the other five hits for the Fire Frogs all fell for singles.

Rome Braves 2, West Virginia Power 7

Box Score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 3-4, HR, RBI, .836 OPS
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-3, HR, BB, .853 OPS
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 3.78 ERA

It was a tough night for Odalvi Javier and Rome overall as they fell to West Virginia by the score of 7-2. Javier just could not find his command on Saturday and it bit him in a big way as he gave up seven hits and five walks in the game. Things were not much better for Trey Riley who finished the game out for Rome as he gave up a pair of earned runs on four hits and three walks of his own in his three innings of work.

On offense, it was a pretty slow night with the notable exception of a pair of solo home runs from Justin Dean and Braden Shewmake. Dean had himself quite the night out of the leadoff spot with three hits. Dean has nine hits combined over his last four games and is really starting to turn on the afterburners in this home stretch for Rome. Unfortunately, the rest of Rome lineup combined for just two hits.

Danville Braves 4, Princeton Rays 3

Box Score

  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-2, RBI, BB, 1.118 OPS
  • Willie Carter, RF: 2-4, RBI, .678 OPS
  • Darius Vines, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.03 ERA

Bryce Ball returned to the lineup for Danville and the Braves emerged victorious by the score of 4-3. Darius Vines pitched well for Danville in his four innings of work and Alger Hodgson backed that strong start up really well out of the bullpen as he struck out six batters in his three innings of work. Ray Hernandez and Willie Carter each had multi-hit games for Danville and the aforementioned Ball walked and drove in a run in his first game since 7/30.

GCL Braves, GCL Rays - Postponed

Rain sucks