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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Braden Shewmake and Michael Harris Hit Home Runs

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Braden Shewmake hit his first home run of the season and Rome went off with three home runs in the second game of their double header.

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(6-3) Gwinnett Stripers 7, (3-5) Louisville Bats 8

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 1-5, .214/.267/.286
  • Travis Demeritte, RF: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, .370/.452/.926
  • Sean Kazmar, 3B: 3-4, HR (1), BB, 2 RBI
  • Connor Johnstone, SP: 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3.75 ERA
  • Daysbel Hernandez, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3.86 ERA

Gwinnett gave up three runs in the top of the first inning and could never climb back ahead in the game a they fell to 6-3 on the season. Abraham Almonte stayed hot at the plate (1.066 OPS this season) by singling to lead off the second inning and Sean Kazmar Jr. hit his first home run of the season two batters later to bring the game within a run. A Travis Demeritte double scored Orlando Arcia in the bottom of the third inning and tied the game up, but this wouldn’t last long for the Stripers. Louisville scored two each in the fourth and fifth innings to put Gwinnett well behind in the game. After two walks in the sixth inning Carlos Martinez and Phillip Ervin had back to back RBI singles with one out to score two runs and bring the game within two, but the top of the Gwinnett order stranded them both to waste further scoring opportunity. After Louisville came back with an 8th run Carlos Martinez doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 7th bringing the Stripers back within two runs. Gwinnett staged a ninth inning rally with Travis Demeritte leading off with a double and Abraham Almonte following with a walk to put the tying run on base with no outs. After a wild pitch scored Demeritte and moved up Almonte a pop up recorded the first out and then Sean Kazmar had an infield hit to move the tying run down to third base. Unfortunately, Almonte was cut down at home trying to score on a ground ball to the pitcher for the second out and Terrance Gore popped out to the infield to end the game.

Connor Johnstone really struggled for Gwinnett in his start and Louisville jumped on him early for three runs in the first inning, including a two out, two run home run. Johnstone then settled in and went on a run of retiring eight straight batters before a double with one out in the fourth sent him back to the stretch. The next batter crushed a two run home run to put Louisville back on top and they never looked back. Jesse Chavez allowed three hits, including two doubles that scored a couple of runs in the fifth inning. Chavez came back out for the sixth inning and looked really good with a ground out to lead off the inning and then consecutive strikeouts to finish out his day. Daysbel Hernandez was wild in his inning of work, with two walks and then a wild pitch with two outs to bring in another run. He finished off the inning with a strikeout. Edgar Santana shook off his struggles in Atlanta with a perfect eight inning and the recently acquired Jay Flaa made his debut by striking out two batters in a scoreless ninth.

Next Game: 5/14 vs (3-5) Louisville Bats @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: TBD

LOU: Riley O’Brien (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

(3-5) Mississippi Braves 5, (2-6) Biloxi Shuckers 7

Box Score

  • Greyson Jenista, 1B: 1-3, 3B, BB, RBI .316/.417/.737
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-3, HR (1), BB, 2 RBI, .120/.214/.240
  • Trey Harris, RF: 0-4, .286/.333/.286
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 5.40 ERA
  • Luis Mora, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Braden Shewmake hit his first home run of the season but the Braves could not hold their lead from the middle innings and the offense went cold late as they lost 7-5. Mississippi jumped out to a lead in the top of the first inning as Shewmake took a one out walk and then the red hot Greyson Jenista tripled to score him for the game’s first run. Biloxi came right back with two each in the first and second innings leaving the Braves scrapping to come back. They got a chunk back in the top of the third as Shewmake drilled a 1-1 pitch into the power alley in right field that cleared the fence for a two run home run. The Braves jumped back into the lead in the fourth as Henrik Clementina slugged a two run home run of his own to make it 5-4. Justin Dean led off the top of the fifth with a walk and then the offense went silent as Biloxi only faced one batter over the minimum after that in shutting down the Braves the rest of the game.

Hayden Deal’s control was brutal in the early stages of the game and Biloxi and they took advantage for early runs. Deal walked the first two batters of the game, then after a single loaded the bases allowed a third walk to score a run. Deal settled into the first inning after a sacrifice fly and struck the next two guys out on three pitches each to prevent a much worse inning. Deal allowed three hits and a couple of more runs in the the second inning and the Braves went into the third trailing 4-1. He finally worked a clean inning in the bottom of the third and struck out a batter, then in the fourth allowed a one out walk and was pulled from the game. Matt Hartman finished out the rest of the fourth inning quietly but allowed a game-tying home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Will Latcham was solid with a perfect fifth inning but in the seventh he walked the first batter he faced then game up a two run, go ahead home run that Mississippi never came back from. Luis Mora pitched a shaky eighth inning with a walk and a hit, but still didn’t allow a run.

Next Game: 5/14 @ (3-5) Biloxi Shuckers @ 6:35 PM ET Double Header

Probable Starters

GM 1

MIS: Victor Vodnik (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

BLX: Bowden Francis (1-0, 3.60 ERA)

GM 2

MIS: Odalvi Javier (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

BLX: TBD

(5-3) Rome Braves 3, (4-4) Greensboro Grasshoppers 7

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 1-4, .294/.333/.353
  • Bryce Ball, DH: 1-2, 2 BB, .227/.438/.455
  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 2-3, HR (1), RBI, .435/.481/.609
  • Ricky DeVito, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. 2.00 ERA
  • Merrick Crouse, RP: 0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, INF ERA

Rome played a decent game on the pitching side and the offensive side in the first game of the double header, but the defense was absolutely brutal committing four errors that led to five unearned runs in a 7-3 loss. Rome was held in check for the beginning of the game before Cody Milligan homered to score a run in the fifth. Greensboro scored four runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach, but Rome was able to grab a couple of late runs as Milligan singled and was driven home by a Garrison Schwartz home run.

Ricky DeVito was nasty on the mound once again, striking out four batters and forcing seven ground ball outs over four innings of work. He did allow a two out home run in the bottom of the first, the only blemish on his record, and then an error with two outs in the inning brought in the second run. After that he was on cruise control as the only other baserunner to reach against him was a leadoff single in the eighth inning. His final inning was particularly dominant as he struck out the first batter on four pitches, got a weak ground out on the first pitch to the next batter, then struck out the final batter on three pitches. Davis Schwab allowed the only other earned run in the game as he allowed two hit in his one inning on the mound. Then the game became a revolving door as the Braves used three pitchers in the sixth. Schwab got the first two outs but catcher interference put a runner on and it went downhill from there. Schwab allowed a single, then was pulled from the game for Merrick Crouse who walked the bases loaded and then was victimized by a throwing error that allowed three runs to score. Then the next batter reached on another run scoring infield error before Crouse allowed a single and a walk and was pulled from a game. Finally Zach Daniels said to hell with an infield and struck out the final batter to mercilessly end the inning.

(6-3) Rome Braves 4, (4-5) Greensboro Grasshoppers 1

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, DH: 1-3, HR (1), BB, RBI, .297/.350/.432
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-3, HR (2), BB, 2 RBI, .240/.444/.560
  • Logan Brown, C: 1-3, HR (2), RBI, .310/.355/.586
  • Tanner Lawson, SP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 10.80 ERA
  • Indigo Diaz, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1.69 ERA

The Rome Braves bats went boom in game two racking up three home runs on the way to a win. Rome fell behind early after Greensboro hit a home run in the first inning, but after ten of the first eleven batters were set down Michael Harris finally got the ball rolling with a one out home run. This was Harris’s first of the season. Harris walked to kick off a rally in the top of the sixth before Bryce Ball and Logan Brown went back-to-back to put Rome up 4-1. That score held and Rome was able to salvage a split of the double header.

Tanner Lawson allowed a home run to the second batter he faced and then the Rome pitching staff went into lockdown mode for the remainder of the game. Lawson allowed another hit and walk in the inning, but Greensboro only got one more hit and a couple of walks for the rest of the game. Lawson ended up going two innings and allowing another hit before being pulled from the game. Coleman Huntley, who up until this season had not pitched since 2016 in college, struck out the side in the third then struck out another in a perfect fourth inning and a batter in a perfect fifth. Huntley has pitched 7 13 scoreless innings this season with a .160 BAA and 7 strikeouts to 1 walk. Gabriel Noguera walked two batters in the sixth inning but worked around it with two strikeouts. Indigo Diaz kept up his dominance with a strikeout in a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first save of the season.

Next Game: 5/14 @ (4-5) Greensboro Grasshoppers 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Alan Rangel (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

GBO: Michael Burrows (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

(3-5) Augusta GreenJackets 3, (4-4) Myrtle Beach Pelican 4

Box Score

  • Stephen Paolini, CF: 0-4, BB, .083/.241/.125
  • Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 1-3, HBP, .269/.310/.269
  • Willie Carter, RF: 1-4, RBI, .429/.520/.667
  • Darius Vines, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Kenny Wells, RP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 9.00 ERA

The Augusta offense was cold for most of the game, but they put up a big inning late to give them a lead before the bullpen gave that lead right back. Augusta’s first hit came when Javier Valdes doubled with one out in the second inning but three strikeouts in the inning prevented further advance for Valdes and he was stranded at second base. Vaughn Grissom had an infield hit and was stranded in the third inning, but the bats were shut down completely until a two out hit from Bryson Horne in the 7th inning. Finally in the eight inning the Pelicans pitching staff decided to just do it for the GreenJackets, as they walked three batters and hit another to tie the game up with one out. Willie Carter drove in a run on an infield single, and then a sacrifice fly scored the third run of the inning on the only ball that actually left the infield in the sequence. The bullpen promptly gave up that gift by allowing three runs in the bottom of the eighth, and the GreenJackets stranded Ricardo Rodriguez at second base after he was hit by a pitch and pinch runner Cody Birdsong balked over to second base with no outs. Rough day.

Darius Vines was absolutely brilliant on the mount, matching the Pelicans starter pitch for pitch for five innings. Vines allowed a walk in the first inning, his only of the game, and it took 11 pitches to get to that point. Vines came back from that and struck out the next guy on three pitches with two of them being whiffs. Vines allowed no runners in the second and third innings before a leadoff single in the fourth got some little bit of traffic against him. He struck out the next guy, got the benefit of a caught stealing, and then forced an infield pop out to escape that inning. Vines allowed the only extra base hit of his day to lead off the fifth and then finished off his start by striking out the side to strand the runner at second base. Alger Hodgson finally allowed a run in relief in the sixth inning on a solo home run. The bottom of the eighth was almost a perfect reflection of the top of the inning, as Kenny Wells walked two batters and hit two more with pitches to score a run and set up the bases loaded with one out in the inning. A sacrifice fly tied the game, and Justin Yeager allowed a single after replacing Wells to give Myrtle Beach the lead and the game.

Next Game: 5/14 @ (3-5) Myrtle Beach Pelicans @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

AUG: Spencer Strider

MB: Richard Gallardo (0-0, 27.00 ERA)