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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recaps: Drew Waters Returns with Two Hits

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Drew Waters played his first game after missing three for unknown reasons, and he looked good at the plate in a brutal Gwinnett loss.

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

(5-2) Gwinnett Stripers 0, (2-4) Louisville Bats 4

Box Score

  • Ender Inciarte, CF: 0-3, HBP
  • Drew Waters, LF: 2-4
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 1-4
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The Stripers offense came into this game riding high after leading the team to a 5-1 record to start 2021, but their first game of this week was abysmal as they managed to only get four baserunners the entire game. It doesn’t help when you come to bat in the bottom of the first inning already trailing by three runs. The best news here is that Drew Waters is back in the lineup for the Stripers after missing some time. and he had two hits on the day. The first of these came in the first inning when he shot a line drive over into left field. He then ended his day with a hard single with two outs in the ninth and he stole a base. This was the first hit for the Braves since Waters in the first inning and the only other baserunner was a 6th inning Ender Inciarte hit by pitch.

Kyle Wright didn’t look very good in the early going again yesterday as he struggled to settle into his first inning and gave up all three of his runs in that inning. After a leadoff single and a hard fly out to center field Wright allowed a walk and then three straight run scoring hits. He finally ended the inning with a double play ball and after that cruised with only two hits, no runs, and five strikeouts over his final four innings. Jasseel De La Cruz made an appearance out of the bullpen, his first game action in six days, and he looked sharp with a strikeout and only nine pitches thrown in a perfect inning. Victor Arano added two strikeouts in a scoreless inning though he did have to work around to base hits with two outs. Chris Martin had another successful rehab outing with two strikeouts in a scoreless inning and Thomas Burrows continued to look rusty with two walks and a run allowed in his inning of work.

Next Game: 5/12 vs (2-4) Louisville Bats @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: TBD

LOU:Tony Santillan (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

(2-4) Mississippi Braves, (1-5) Biloxi Shuckers PPD

Rain :(

Next Game: 5/12 @ (1-5) Biloxi Shuckers @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS:TBD

BLX: TBD

(5-2) Rome Braves 8, (3-4) Greensboro Grasshoppers 2

Box Score

  • Riley Delgado, 3B: 2-4, BB
  • Michael Harris, CF: 2-5, 2B, RBI
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 2-3, 2B, BB, 4 RBI
  • AJ Puckett, SP: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Tanner Gordon, RP: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Rome prevented the system from being swept by dominating the Grasshoppers, with a big performance from Bryce Ball leading the way for the offense. The teams traded zeroes for the first couple of innings before Rome got things rolling in the third inning with a double from Cody Milligan. He scored on a ground ball and then a wild pitch on a walk, then Michael Harris singled with two outs in the inning to put two runners on for Bryce Ball. Ball ripped a double into right field to score both runners and Rome had jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Ball knocked in a third run for himself and a fourth for Rome with a single in the fifth inning. A sacrifice fly for Shean Michel was the only other scoring for the Braves until the ninth inning when they once again put together a rally to pad their lead. Andrew Moritz and Riley Delgado led off the inning with consecutive singles and then Michael Harris brought Moritz home with a double into right field. Ball got his fourth RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly and then Logan Brown capped off the scoring with an RBI double to score Harris and make it 8-2.

AJ Puckett has put up good numbers in his first two appearances as a Brave, though he struggled a bit today with his control. He forced eight ground ball outs on the day and was consistently getting weak contact to limit the Grasshoppers to only one hit. Puckett had a little trouble after the big third inning for Rome when an error and a double put two runners on with two outs, but he slid out of that inning with a fly out to center field. The fifth inning was the big scoring chance for Greensboro when Puckett walked two batters and hit another to load the bases with no outs. but he timed one of his two strikeouts on the day perfectly for the first out and Lisandro Santos in relief got a huge double play to escape the inning unharmed. Santos is the only one to have allowed a run in the game after he allowed back to back home runs to lead off the sixth inning, but fortunately he made his pitches when he did in the fifth. Tanner Gordon put up a three inning long relief outing for the save, allowing no runs around two hits, two walks, and two wild pitches.

Next Game: 5/12 @ (3-4) Greensboro Grasshoppers 12:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Ricky DeVito (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

GBO: Tahnaj Thomas (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

(3-4) Augusta GreenJackets 2, (3-4) Myrtle Beach Pelican 4

Box Score

  • Stephen Paolini, CF: 2-4, 2B
  • Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 1-4, RBI
  • Willie Carter, RF: 1-4
  • Alec Barger, SP: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
  • Gabriel Rodriguez, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

The GreenJackets held to a late lead in the game, but a disastrous eighth from the bullpen and the inability for the bats to get any insurance runs came back to bite them in the end. Augusta started off strong in the game as Stephen Paolini doubled to lead off and advanced to third on an error before he scored on an RBI ground out from Vaughn Grissom. This score held tight until the third inning. The GreenJackets had a chance then as Cam Shepherd walked and Paolini singled with one out in the inning, but Grissom hit into a double play to end the inning. Myrtle Beach came back and immediately tied the game after that. In the fourth Augusta manufactured a second run with a walk and a hit by pitch setting up Bryson Horne for a go ahead RBI single. That was the last hit for the GreenJackets until the 8th inning when Vaugh Grissom broke the spell with a base hit into left field before being thrown out trying to steal second base. Myrtle Beach took the lead in the bottom of that inning but the GreenJackets loaded the bases in the ninth and had a chance to win the game. They could not push across a run, however, as they struck out three times in the inning to lose the game 4-2.

Alec Barger has looked fantastic on the mound since his shaky first inning in his first start of the season. He took a second to settle down in this one as well with a double and walk in the first inning, but he also struck out two batters to keep the game at 1-0. He set down the side in order in the second inning, but after a leadoff walk in the third inning a bunt hit and throwing error by the catcher tied the game up. After that Barger retired eleven consecutive batters, two by strikeout, before a two out single and then walked led to him being pulled from the game. Gabriel Rodriguez came in to relieve and finished off that inning with a strikeout then struck out the side in the sixth inning around a two out walk. Estarlin Rodriguez got the seventh inning for the GreenJackets and he looked good forcing two dribblers to the catcher and a routine ground out to shortstop to send it to the eighth. He was brought out for another inning and then chaos broke loose. Rodriguez walked the first batter and then gave up a single with the runners advancing to second and third on the play. Rodriguez was pulled for Benjamin Dum, who got a big strikeout for the first out before intentionally walking the next batter to set up a double play. This didn’t work. The fifth batter of the inning doubled into right field to clear the bases and give the Pelicans a 4-2 lead. Dum finished off the inning with two strikeouts but the damage was done and Augusta was unable to come back in the ninth.

Next Game: 5/12 @ (3-4) Myrtle Beach Pelicans @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

AUG: Darius Vines (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

MB: Sam Thoreson (0-1, 10.80 ERA)