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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Augusta Gets Walk Off Win

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Augusta had a walk off win and Shane Greene made his debut for Gwinnett.

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(9-8) Gwinnett Stripers 1, (11-5) Nashville Sounds 2

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 0-4, .268/.369/.500
  • Jonathan Lucroy, C: 1-4, HR, RBI .125/.222/.313
  • Connor Johnstone, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 5.44 ERA
  • Shane Greene, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA

The Gwinnett Stripers dropped their fifth straight game against the Sounds as the offense continues to struggle, and they will go into Sunday’s game trying to avoid a six game sweep. Gwinnett managed to take a lead early in the game with Jonathan Lucroy’s second inning home run, but Nashville came back to score two in the bottom of the inning and the score stuck there for the remainder of the game. Johan Camargo had a fourth inning double that would have put the Stripers in some amount of business, but he was thrown out trying to stretch the play to a triple. Ryan Casteel led off the sixth inning with a double and was poised to score the tying run, but the Stripers stranded him right there to lose another opportunity. The ninth got off to a rough start as Drew Waters was called out on strikes on a pitch that looked to be well high, a call that could have changed game late, and Camargo’s two out single wasn’t able to be cashed in for a run.

Connor Johnstone continues to fill in the fifth spot in rotation to help out the revolving door of promotions to Atlanta, and his performance on Saturday was another solid Johnstone performance. He got torched for a two run home run by rebuild legend Jace Peterson and that gave him the loss, but he was otherwise extremely effective and retired the last eight batters he faced in the game. Jesse Biddle came back to Triple-A strong with a scoreless sixth inning and a couple of strikeouts. He threw 14 pitches and managed to land ten of them in the strike zone. Victor Arano walked one batters and struck out another in his scoreless inning. In the eighth inning the Stripers turned to Shane Greene to make his season debut and he immediately allowed a double through the left side. This wasn’t a problem, as he struck out the next three batters swinging to get his first inning of 2021 under his belt and start his march back to the Atlanta bullpen.

Next Game: 5/23 @ (11-5) Nashville Sounds @ 3:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Tucker Davidson 2-0, 0.64 ERA

NAS: Aaron Ashby (0-0, 6.30 ERA)

(7-10) Mississippi Braves 2, (10-7) Chattanooga Lookouts 1

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-3, BB, .189/.375/.459
  • Trey Harris, RF: 1-4, 2B, .222/.300/.241
  • Justin Dean, CF: 1-3, BB, .245/.403/.408
  • Odalvi Javier, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.74 ERA
  • Brandon White, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

Odalvi Javier went toe to toe with Hunter Greene and came out on top in a game that was turned on one swing of the bat. The Mississippi offense had some success against Greene in the first as he was extremely wild to start and a single from Justin Dean and walks to Shewmake and Langeliers loaded the bases with one out. Mississippi could not capitalize on this chance and outside of a third inning double off of Trey Harris they struggled to do anything off of Greene through five. Shea led off the sixth inning with a base hit against him however, and after a strikeout and a pitching change the Lookouts first reliever gave up a two run go ahead home run to the first batter he faced in CJ Alexander. Mississippi did nothing for the rest of the game, but that bomb from Alexander was all they needed as the pitching staff kept the game locked down.

Odalvi Javier was somehow effective at holding Chattanooga to only one run despite allowing ten baserunners in four innings. His greatest tightrope work was the top of the second inning, when he allowed a leadoff base hit then picked the runner off. The next three batters in that inning reached to load the bases, but he got a double play to escape a massive threat by recording one out from a hitter. The act finally wore thin in the fourth and final inning as a two out single scored a run to give Chattanooga a lead. Sean McLaughlin came up with two scoreless innings of work to take his second win of the season in relief, and Will Latcham came through with a scoreless seventh to send the ball to closer Brandon White. White continued his good work in 2021 with two scoreless and hitless innings to extend his scoreless streak to seven innings to start the season.

Next Game: 5/23 vs (10-7) Chattanooga Lookouts @ 3:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: AJ Puckett

CHA: TBD

(10-7) Rome Braves 1, (11-6) Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 1-3, RBI, .359/.382/.531
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-3, BB, .196/.377/.435
  • Logan Brown, C: 0-4, .214/.250/.357
  • Mitch Stallings, SP: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. 5.40 ERA
  • Kasey Kalich, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0.00 ERA

Not a fun day for offense and Rome was no exception as they didn’t score until the eighth inning and weren’t able to erase their two run deficit. Jesse Franklin had the first hit of the game for the Braves with a single in the second inning. Rome had a couple of hits then in the third inning, but the final three batters of the inning struck out to end the frame. Bowling Green put two runs on the board in the fourth inning and it took awhile for Rome to even look like they had a shot to come back. Michael Harris’s sixth inning single extended his hitting streak to six games but it was erased by a double play to send it to the late innings with the Braves still down 2-0. The best chance for Rome came in the eighth inning as Cody Milligan and Riley Delgado had hits to send it to the middle of the order with one out. Harris got one run in on a sacrifice fly, but there was nothing else doing in that frame and the Braves went quietly in the ninth.

Mitch Stallings had runners on against him in every inning but in the first two worked around the leadoff hitter reaching to keep it scoreless. A two out walk in the third came of no consequence but luck ran out quickly in the fourth inning as Stallings couldn’t finish the inning. A hit by pitch and a walk put runners on with one out and then a base hit scored the games first run and closed the books on Stallings. Lisandro Santos walked the next batter to load the bases and then walked in the second run before getting a double play that prevented major damage. Santos walked two more in a scoreless second inning. Coleman Huntley allowed a couple of hits across his two innings of work, but struck out four and didn’t allow a run to keep his scoreless streak alive. He has pitched 12 13 innings this season without allowing a run while striking out thirteen batters and only walking three. Kasey Kalich closed out the game with two scoreless innings and has not allowed a run on the season.

Next Game: 5/23 vs (11-6) Bowling Green Hot Rods 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Tanner Gordon (0-0, 2.79 ERA)

BG: Jacob Lopez (1-0, 7.71 ERA)

(8-9) Augusta GreenJackets 6, (8-9) Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5

Box Score

  • Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 0-3, BB, .270/.364/.297
  • Willie Carter, RF: 1-3, 2 BB, SB, RBI, .326/.483/.500
  • Braulio Vasquez, DH: 1-3, 3B, BB, SB, RBI, .214/.400/.333
  • Darius Vines, SP: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0.75 ERA
  • Ben Thompson, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0.90 ERA

Darius Vines pitched well again for Augusta and the offense pulled off a ninth inning comeback to take a 6-5 win and get the GreenJackets within a game of .500. Augusta found themselves trailing before they even got a chance to hit, but went to work quickly to try to erase the deficit. A hit and a couple of walks loaded the bases in the first inning with one out, but a double play ended the threat before it could come to fruition. No problem however as Brandon Parker led off the second inning with a home run to tie the game. Augusta added a run on a Braulio Vasquez triple in the fourth inning to take their first lead of the game. After Fayetteville evened the game up in the fifth the GreenJackets answered in the sixth as Vasquez walked, stole his MiLB-leading thirteenth base, and then scored on a single from Bryson Horne. The game took a turn in the ninth as the Woodpeckers put a three spot on the board to put pressure on the Augusta bats in the ninth. Fayetteville’s pitching staff then went nuclear and walked two batters, hit Vaughn Grissom, and walked in a run to put the winning run in scoring position. Javier Valdes delivered the game winner by knocking one into left field to give Augusta two runs.

Darius Vines didn’t have hit best command in the game, but his curveball was sharp and he racked up three strike outs in the first inning he pitched. Unfortunately he also gave up his first run of the season on a two out home run. Vines danced around a little trouble in the second inning and then in the third had his best frame and finished off a short start with a strikeout. Ben Thompson came in to relieve Vines in the fourth and did so well then, but in the fifth he too allowed his first earned run of the season on a solo home run. Gabriel Rodriguez got four outs and three of them by strikeout and Benjamin Dum pitched 1 23 innings scoreless while striking out three. This all turned the game over to Miguel Pena with a one run lead, and Pena gave up two home runs to give the lead back over to the Woodpeckers.

Next Game: 5/23 vs (8-9) Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ 2:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

AUG: TBD

FAY: TBD