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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Waters and Pache Make Triple-A Debut With Multi Hit Games

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Drew Waters made quick work of Triple-A with three hits and an RBI in his debut. Cristian Pache added two hits and an RBI of his own.

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(66-47) Gwinnett Stripers 3, (58-56) Rochester Red Wings 8

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-5, RBI, .400/.400/.400
  • Drew Waters, LF: 3-5, RBI, .600/.600/.600
  • Alex Jackson, C: 1-4, BB, .233/.323/.534
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 15.00 ERA

It was a night of debuts for Gwinnett, but a rough outing from Ian Anderson doomed the Stripers in a game they outhit the Red Wings 13-10. Drew Waters came up to bat with one out in the top of the first inning, and he wasted no time getting in the hit column bouncing a 2-0 pitch into the hole at shortstop and beating it out for a single. Cristian Pache decided to up him a bit, and led off the second inning with a single into left field. He did not come in to score. In the second inning Waters pushed across the first run for Gwinnett with another base hit to score Ryan LaMarre. Waters came in to score a few batters later on an Andres Blanco single, and the Stripers found themselves leading 2-1. That didn’t last long as Anderson struggled on the mound and after that third inning the score sat at 5-2. Cristian Pache matched Drew in the fifth inning, knocking a base hit into left field for his first Triple-A RBI to bring the Stripers within two runs. They would not score for the remainder of the game. Waters had one more hit in the game, knocking a base hit from the right side of the plate this time off of former Brave Ian Krol.

There was a lot to digest for Ian Anderson in his first start in Triple-A, but it was obvious early on he wasn’t fully comfortable on the mound and he struggled to throw strikes consistently. Ian allowed a leadoff double in the first inning, then kept getting in good spots against hitters but walked three batters and forced home a run. Anderson was missing bats, and got two strikeouts and an infield pop out, but the control was not there early and he was missing badly to all parts of the zone. The second went off more smoothly and he worked around a leadoff single with a strikeout and two ground outs, but the game broke down in the third inning for Ian. Anderson gave up a leadoff walk to Wilin Rosario, then loaded the bases on two ground ball singles before allowing a grand slam that put the Red Wings on top for good. Credit Anderson, he quickly bounced back with two strikeouts then after allowing a base hit benefitted from Alex Jackson picking off the runner at second base as he tried to advance on a ball in the dirt. For Anderson there were some obvious mental factors at play in the game, as he was playing close to home in his debut and woring with a new catcher. The more important factor that likely contributed to some of his struggles with throwing the ball well is the different ball at Triple-A. The different grip can be difficult to adjust to, and it may take Anderson a handful of starts before he’s able to fully make that leap and get comfortable. The positives for Ian were that he was getting ahead of hitters at times and his stuff looked tremendous, especially some fantastic changeups that were getting swings and misses. Patrick Weigel pitched two innings of relief and was strong, striking out three batters and not allowing a walk or a run.

Next Game: 8/7 vs (58-56) Rochester Red Wings @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Kyle Wright (9-4, 4.54ERA)

ROC: Lewis Thorpe (5-4, 5.02 ERA)

(55-58) Mississippi Braves OFF

Next Game: 8/7 vs (54-60) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Connor Johnston (4-2, 3.66 ERA)

JAX: Pablo Lopez (0-2, 27.00 ERA)

(44-69) Florida Fire Frogs 2, (55-57) Daytona Tortugas 1

Box Score

  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 1-4, HR, .183/.236/.370
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-4, .239/.290/.360
  • Brooks Wilson, SP: 8 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2.29 ERA

A tremendous start from Brooks Wilson kept the Fire Frogs in the game for eight innings, and they got two runs in the ninth inning to steal a win from Daytona. Through the first five innings of the game the Fire Frogs had only managed one hit, and that from Jefrey Ramos was immediately erased by a double play. The game still sat scoreless when Garrison Schwartz led off the sixth with a single. A sacrifice bunt and an error put him on second base, but a botched bunt attempt led to an out and when Riley Delgado knocked a base hit it wasn’t able to score Schwartz from second. A ground out cut down Schwartz via force out while he was trying to score, and then another ground ball out ending a very promising inning with no payout. The Fire Frogs went down in order in the seventh and eighth, and as the Tortugas had managed a run then were down to their last three outs to produce a run. It got off to a rocky start with two flyouts, but Drew Lugbauer had the big hit and tied the game up with a solo home run. Jefrey Ramos followed with his second hit of the game, then on the first pitch Logan Brown put the Fire Frogs on top with an RBI double and they would go on to win the game.

Wilson made short work of Daytona throughout the game, firing off eight outstanding innings to keep the team close as the offense couldn’t get anything going. Wilson had a no hitter going after three innings, but the first batter of the fourth singled to break that up. Wilson came back with a double play then got a fly out to end the inning. Wilson had two more strong innings with only one more hit allowed, then in the seventh he finally got himself in a bit of a jam. Wilson allowed a leadoff double, then a steal of third base, but a ground ball to third baseman Kevin Josephina was able to pick off the leadoff runner. Unfortunately Wilson couldn’t take advantage, and a two out double scored a run and gave Daytona a 1-0 lead. Wilson allowed two more hits in the eighth inning but was able to keep them from scoring and hold the deficit to one run. Brandon White closed the game out with a 1-2-3 ninth inning and struck out the final batter he faced.

Next Game: 8/7 vs (55-57) Daytona Tortugas @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: TBD

DBT: Mac Sceroler (4-3, 3.99 ERA

(52-62) Rome Braves 8, (58-57) West Virginia Power

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-4, 2 RBI, .206/.263/.309
  • Justin Dean, CF: 2-5, HR, RBI, .283/.391/.449
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-5, SB, RBI, .320/.385/.465
  • Jose Olague, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 3.93 ERA

Rome piled on six runs over the final three innings to come from behind in a win over the Power, whom I have observed to have a logo that’s supposed to look like an angry pirate baseball but at first glance actually looks like a pirate baseball licking its lips (Do baseballs have lips?). Well Justin Dean is that dude and led the game off with a single, and now in 78 games this season Dean is batting .333/.409/.628 in the first inning of a game. Greg Cullen followed him with a single and then Shea Langeliers put Rome on the board and on top of the Power with a sacrifice fly. A double from Jeremy Fernandez and a single to Drew Campbell put Rome on top 2-0 in the second inning, but the Power came back and scored five between the third and fourth innings and went up 5-2. The Braves went through the minimum over the next three innings, then stranded two runners in the sixth to go into the seventh still down by three. In the seventh the Braves woke the bats up, with singles from Braulio Vazquez and Carlos Paraguate getting a rally started. Cullen and Braden Shewmake each came through with RBI singles that brought the Braves within a run, and a throwing error on a Shea Langeliers ground ball brought in two runs to give the lead back to Rome. Braulio tacked on an insurance run with a solo home run in the eighth inning, then Justin Dean did the same with his eight of the season to put Rome up 8-5.

Jose Olague struggled on the mound for Rome, unable to build on early success in the game. Olague got through the first two innings by allowing only one baserunner, but he could not hold a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Olague allowed four hits in the inning to score three runs and hand the game over to the Power. Olague allowed a two run home run with no outs in the fourth inning, then was able to work through the final six outs without allowing another run. Kasey Kalich came on in relief of Olague and was fantastic, going two scoreless innings without allowing a run or a hit. Kalich has pitched 13 13 innings between two levels this season and only allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Tanner Lawson fell victim to a throwing error in the eight inning and allowed an unearned run, but pitched a nice outing over two innings and held tight to the Braves lead to get the save.

Next Game: 8/8 vs (62-51) Augusta GreenJackets @ 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: William Woods (0-4, 3.90 ERA)

AUG: Adam Oller (4-4, 3.97 ERA)

(19-28) Danville Braves 6, (21-24) Bristol Pirates 7

Box Score

  • Bryce Ball, DH: 1-3, 2 BB, .328/.422/.701
  • Beau Philip, SS: 1-4, BB, .173/.299/.271
  • Alec Barger, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6.84 ERA

Danville put up a furious ninth inning rally in a comeback attempt, but came up one run short and fell to the Pirates 7-6. After falling behind by a run in the third inning Danville came back with a quick answer and loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on a single and a couple of walks. A sacrifice fly was enough to bring home Brandon Chapman, and then a passed ball pushed in another run to give Danville a 2-1 lead. Bristol tacked on individual runs in the fifth and sixth innings to go up over Danville again by one run, and again Danville answered right back. A walk to Bryce Ball led them off in the bottom of the sixth, and after a Connor Blair single and a sacrifice bunt a ground out was able to bring in Ball to tie the game. The next batter hit a grounder to shortstop, but a throwing error pushed in one more run and Danville found themselves in the lead again. Bristol followed this up by jumping out with four runs in the seventh inning, and facing their largest deficit Danville was not able to come back in the game. The Braves loaded the bases in the seventh, with a Beau Philip single getting the rally started, but a two out ground out ended that threat. After going 1-2-3 in the 8th the Braves were down to their final three outs. Cody Milligan walked to lead off the inning, but after two quick outs the Braves found themselves in a difficult situation. Then Bryce Ball singled and Connor Blair walked and Danville suddenly had the tying run on base and winning run at the plate in Cody Birdsong. Birdsong came through with a clutch base hit, scoring two runs to bring the Braves back within a run but Ray Hernandez struck out to end the game and Danville completed their loss.

Alec Barger started the game on the mound and held Bristol to two runs over five innings. Barger set down the first four batters he faced in the game, then after a one out walk in the second got a double play to end the inning. Barger got into trouble in the third inning and allowed a double and a triple to score a run and give Bristol an early lead. Another triple and then a sacrifice fly in the fifth tie the game up at 2-2, and that was the last we would see of Barger in the game. Deyvis Julian couldn’t get enough outs in his relief outing, quickly giving the lead to the Pirates in the sixth on a walk and an RBI double. Trouble loomed the largest in the seventh, when Julian was brought back out to protect a 4-3 lead. Julian loaded the bases on two singles and then a walk, but he got the inning to two outs with a strike out. He then surrendered the lead on a two run single, and an error by first baseman Ray Hernandez brought two more runs in to score to put the Pirates up 7-4. This was the last pitch Julian threw, and Peyton Williams was brought in to finish off the game with 2 13 scoreless innings.

Next Game: 8/7 vs (21-24) Bristol Pirates @ 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

DAN: Mitch Stallings (3-4, 2.49 ERA)

PRN: Santiago Florez (0-0, 3.86 ERA)

(11-20) GCL Braves, (22-11) GCL Orioles PPD