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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Drew Waters Collects His First Triple-A Extra Base Hit

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Drew Waters hit a leadoff double, Trey Harris extends his hitting streak to 8 games and the Rome Braves pitch a combined shutout.

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Gwinnett Stripers 4, Rockester Red Wings 7

Box score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 2-5, 2B, RBI, SB, 2 K
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-3, BB
  • Pedro Florimon, SS: 1-1, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB
  • Touki Toussaint, SP: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
  • Huascar Ynoa, RP: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Things were looking great early - the offense scored first and took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the 4th inning. Leading up to that, the Stripers scored in the first inning thanks to Drew Waters hitting a leadoff double. Then in the 2nd inning, Pedro Florimo was out in front of a low pitch but hit it right off the barrell for a 2-run home run. In the 4th, it was Waters again with an RBI single. Then it just devolved from there.

Touki was looking pretty good through the first three innings where he allowed just two baserunners and had five strikeouts. In the 4th inning, a leadoff walk would score as the next batter, Wilin Rosario, hit a home run. The Red Wings would score again to cut the lead to 4-3. However, the next inning wasn’t any better for Touki. After the first four batters reached, Touki recorded a strikeout but was then pulled for Ynoa. Ynoa gave up a 2 run double to the first batter he faced, so he allowed both inherited runners to score. Those seven runs in two innings were enough to win the game.

Stripers had a big opportunity in the 8th inning to get some run across. The bases were loaded with two outs, and Drew Waters was batting. However, he took a borderline inside pitch that was called strike three.

Probable 8/9 Starter: Bryce Wilson (7-7, 3.83 ERA)

Mississippi Braves 1, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5

Box score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 3-4, 2B, 3B (outfield assist)
  • Connor Lien, CF: 2-3, HR, RBI
  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 0-4, K
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Thomas Burrows, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

After getting two quick outs, including a strikeout, Jasseel De La Cruz grooved a pitch and Lewin Diaz hit out of the park. In the 2nd, after striking out the leadoff batter, and gave up a triple to former Brave prospect Anfernee Seymour. In all honesty, it should have been a double, but Greyson Jenista made an awful play on the ball that got by him. On a positive note, Cruz didn’t allow Seymour to score. Leadoff walks are almost never a good thing, but that’s exactly what Cruz did to start the 3rd. After a force out and single, Cruz was pulled after throwing 60+ pitches before the end of the 3rd. Josh Graham comes in and allows both inherited runners to score. In reality, Cruz didn’t pitch as bad as his line score.

The lone run came on Connor Lien’s home run in the 2nd inning. Even when the MBraves got some runners on and in scoring position, they couldn’t make any contact as they struck out thirteen times. Trey Harris and Lien accounted for all five hits in the game and nobody walked.

Probable 8/9 Starter: Philip Pfeifer (1-1, 4.15 ERA)

Florida Fire Frogs 0, Lakeland Flying Tigers 4

Box score

  • Andrew Moritz, CF: 3-4
  • Brett Langhorne, SS: 1-3, 2 K
  • Drew Lugbauer, 3B: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • Oldavi Javier, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
  • Matt Withrow, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

This was a standard Oldavi Javier start. He’ll eat some innings, but he’s going to give up a few runs. In the 2nd inning, Javier served up a 2 run shot to Nick Ames. He was cruising until the sixth inning where he gave up two more run on a double and single. Matt Withrow was at his best today going 3 strong innings without giving up a run and striking out four.

There really wasn’t any offense. Andrew Moritz claimed three of the five total hits on the day and they were all singles. The Frogs best chance came in the 1st inning where they loaded the bases, but Logan Brown hit a weak groundout. Moritz hit two leadoff singles, but weak contact and a double play wiped that out quickly.

Probable 8/9 Starter: TBD

Rome Braves 7, Augusta GreenJackets 0

Box score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 3-5, 3B
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-3, 3 RBI, HBP
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 2-4, BB, K
  • William Woods, SP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Victor Vodnik, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

The only fun game of the day. Braden Shewmake was able to score Justin Dean on a groundout to start things off. Rome would then go on to score 5 runs in the 2nd inning and never look back. Drew Campbell would hit an RBI triple. Jeremy Fernandez, Braden Shewmake and Shea Langeliers all drove in runs that inning with singles. Shewmake would add his 3rd RBI in the 6th inning when he got plunked with the bases loaded. This was a great game from the Braves 1-4 hitters as they went a combined 8-15 with a BB and 5 RBI. Every starter had at least one hit except Braulio Vazquez who did contribute with two walks.

The pitching was strong throughout, witht he only downer being that they gave up six walks. That’s really just nit picking though as William Woods, Jake Higginbotham and Victor Vodnik combined to throw a shutout.

Probable 8/9 Starter: Ricky DeVito (Rome debut)

Danville Braves 0, Burlington Royals 10

Box score

  • Cody Birdsong, 3B: 2-4, K
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 2-4, K
  • Darius Vines, SP: 1.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Kenny Wells, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Darius Vines gave up four straight singles to start the game. Then a double, home run and walk were tacked on to push the deficit to six runs before he got out of the first inning. Alex Camacho was up next and gave up three unearned runs of his own and the Braves were down 10-0 at the end of three. Alger Hodgson and Kenny Wells went four scorless inning to end the game.

Yet another game with minimal offense. The Braves had their chances in this game as eleven men reached base, but three double plays really deflated the team. On top of that, all nine hits were singles as the team was just hitting ground ball after ground ball today; only five balls were hit in the air and all were caught.

Probable 8/9 Starter: Lisandro Santos (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

GCL Braves - No Game

Probable 8/9 Starter: TBD