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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Kyle Has The Wright Stuff In Gwinnett Win

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Kyle Wright appears to be turning a much needed corner and settling into a groove in Gwinnett.

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(67-47) Gwinnett Stripers 4, (58-57) Rochester Red Wings 3

  • Christian Pache, CF: 0-for-2, 2 BB, .730 OPS
  • Drew Waters, LF: 0-for-4, .666 OPS
  • Lucas Duda, 1B: 2-for-3, BB, R, 1.417 OPS
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4.33 ERA

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The Stripers dominant season continued as they picked up their 67th win of the season thanks in large part to another great outing by Kyle Wright who gave up just one earned run over six fantastic innings of work. Over his past five outings Kyle has thrown 33 innings while giving up eight runs (2.18 ERA), striking out 35, and walking six. A solo homer in the second inning was the only mark on his performance as he had his good stuff working - striking out six, and inducing eight ground balls. Chad Sobotka came in relief of Kyle and pitched 1.1 innings giving up an earned run. The earned run put Rochester up 2-0, as the Braves had yet to get on the board despite it being the seventh inning.

All of that changed in the eighth when the Gwinnett bats woke up and combined for four runs. Andres Blanco got the fun started in the eighth as his one out single scored Ryan LaMarre to lower the deficit to just one run. Three batters later Pedro Florimon hit his fourth triple of the year, which scored Lucas Duda and Andres Blanco, to put Gwinnett up 3-2. Pache came up next and drew a walk, and on the wild pitch, scored Florimon to increase the lead to 4-2.

The Red Wings tried to make it hard for Gwinnett in the ninth as a Brandon Barnes single lessened the lead to 4-3 but A.J. Minter came in to close out the game for Gwinnett.

(56-58) Mississippi Braves 8, (54-61) Jacksonville Generals 2

  • Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 2-for-3, R, SB, .647 OPS
  • Trey Harris, RF: 1-for-5, .674 OPS
  • Ryan Casteel, 1B: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, .856 OPS
  • William Contreras, C: 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, R, .626 OPS
  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 2-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 HR, .534 OPS

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The MBraves brought out the big guns as they flexed their power early and often in an 8-2 drubbing of the Jacksonville Generals. Starting pitcher Connor Johnstone was the beneficiary of the four homers as he limited the Generals to two earned runs over five innings of work. Jonathan Aro was first man up for the Mississippi pen and he delivered - giving up one hit, and striking out a pair in his two innings of work. After Aro was Jordan Harrison who gave up a pair of hits but also struck out the side. Ending the game was Bradley Roney who also struck out the side on twenty pitches and preserved the win for Mississippi.

Offensively, the fun got started in the very first inning with Ryan Casteel hitting a three run homerun scoring Didder, and Riley Unroe to put the Braves up 3-0 early. Shortly later in the inning CJ Alexander put Mississippi up 5-0 after hitting his first homer in Double-A, scoring William Contreras. Ryan Casteel decided that was fun and did it once again in the fifth inning, his 19th homer of the season, to put Mississippi back up 6-2.

CJ Alexander decided to be a copycat and his second homer in the seventh inning to put Mississippi up 7-2.

To cap off the fun William Contreras singled to the center fielder in the eighth inning to score Riley Unroe to give Mississippi their final score of 8-2.

(44-70) Florida Fire Frogs 2, (56-57) Dayton Tortugas 3

  • Andrew Moritz , CF: 1-for-4, 2B, R, .625 OPS
  • Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-for-4, RBI, .653 OPS
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 2-for-4, 2B, R, .613 OPS
  • Walter Borkovich, SP: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Box Score

The Fire Frogs offense went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position which ultimately lead to be the downfall for the Fire Frogs. Walter Borkovich got the nod to start and pitched an effective four innings, striking out one and giving up just one earned run. Walter actually came out of the game with the lead as the only run he gave up was in the third inning where he gave up an RBI double to Jameson Hannah to allow the Tortugas to tie the game 1-1. But like previously stated, a Garrison Schwartz single that scored Drew Lugbauer gave the Fire Frogs the lead again at 2-1.

That’s a lead that would hold up until the ninth inning, as Caleb Dirks pitched 2.2 one hit, zero run baseball. Following Caleb is an entirely different story as Sean McLaughlin came in to get the final two outs of the game but instead surrendered two runs, one earned while striking out one, picking up the loss and the blown save on just 19 pitches.

The two Florida runs came in the first and fourth inning respectively. Jefrey Ramos got the party started with a first inning single that scored Andrew Moritz to put Florida up 1-0. Despite collecting ten hits, including four extra-base hits, Florida scored just one more run and that came in the fourth inning when Garrison Schwartz singled in Drew Lugbauer.

(22-24) Bristol Pirates 2, (19-29) Danville Braves 0

  • Beau Philip, SS: 0-for-2, BB, .567 OPS
  • Cody Milligan, DH: 2-for-2, BB, .729 OPS
  • Mitch Stallings, SP: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.47 ERA

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