It was a rainy night on the Atlanta Braves farm as two of the affiliates — Rome and Augusta — were washed out. That left Gwinnett looking to get back on track after a Tuesday night loss and Mississippi looked to extend its winning streak to three after a rain out of its own on Tuesday.
Gwinnett Stripers (6-2) 5, Louisville Bats (2-5) 0
- Tucker Davidson, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
- Chasen Bradford, RP: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 K
- Trevor Kelley, RP: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 K
- Drew Waters, RF: 0-for-3, 1 BB
- Ryan Goins, 2B: 3-for-4, 3 RBI
- Travis Demeritte, PH: 1-for-1, 1 HR
Tucker Davidson is trying to book his trip back to Atlanta, and if he keeps this up, the Braves may be forced to call him up. Davidson improved on his first start this past Wednesday night, and has now allowed just one run on seven hits in his first 14 innings of 2021. He’s not only been very aggressive, he is working quickly, keeping hitters on edge and not missing by much when he does. It’s also worth noting that of the 22 outs that haven’t come via strikeout, 18 have been ground outs over his first two starts. Davidson is shoving early on this season and we hope it continues.
At the plate, Orlando Arcia recorded a double and has now hit safely in all eight games for the Stripers. He’s clearly in a zone right now. Ryan Goins did most of the work with three RBI, but Travis Demeritte kept up the hot hitting with yet another home run, his fourth of the season, in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter. His OPS is now a highly-sustainable 1.332.
Mississippi Braves (3-4) 6, Biloxi Shuckers (1-6) 3
- Justin Dean, CF: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R
- Trey Harris, RF: 3-for-5, 1 R, 2 SB
- Shea Langeliers, C: 2-for-3, 1 R, 2 BB
- Nolan Kingham, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K
- Brooks Wilson, RP 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Brandon White, RP: 1 IP, 1 H
In Kingham’s first start of the season against Pensacola, he looked sharp through four innings. He fell apart in the fifth and wasn’t able to record an out. He quickly righted the ship, and pitched five strong innings on Wednesday night showing that he is still an intriguing pitching prospect for the Braves. The bullpen continued to perform well. Mitch Stallings, who started last week, allowed one run, but Brooks Wilson and Brandon White tossed more scoreless innings to close it out.
The M-Braves bats were alive and well in this one. Justin Dean, hailing from DII Lenoir-Rhyne, was able to put the M-Braves ahead for good on his first dinger of the season.
It may be time to talk about Greyson Jenista as a prospect once again. The big lefty, who played DH on Wednesday, cranked his second home run of the season, and a big one at that.
Jenista was drafted really as a bat-first player, but had struggled thus far in his career. Right now, he’s walked three times and struck out seven, but is making pretty loud contact and hitting .313 to go with those two bombs already.
Trey Harris and Shea Langeliers also chipped in two solid offensive performances. Langeliers had a two-home run game last weekend and now has five hits and and two walks in his last five games. He’s already been a beast defensively, so if the bat is beginning to catch up, we could see him rise sooner than later. Harris had three hits to improve his average to a team-high .333 on the season. It’s worth noting he’s using all fields and having really sound at bats. Already one of the most likable players in the system, his hot start is only helping his cause.
Trey Harris has been having great at bats thus far in '21. Here's his third hit of the night, and again using the opposite field to get on base. He also has two stolen bases. #Braves #ForTheA pic.twitter.com/lm6nTjIPGp— Wayne Cavadi (@UofDWayne) May 13, 2021