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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Tucker Davidson puts up another strong outing

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Sunday saw the Braves affiliates get swept on the day, but after getting sent down earlier this week Tucker Davidson had an excellent outing.

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Sunday was a tough day on the farm as all four affiliates lost and each offense had some issues. There were some bright spots, however, as Tucker Davidson rebounded from his demotion with a huge game for Gwinnett, while Jesse Franklin had a four-hit day for Rome. Vaughn Grissom recorded a multi-hit game while Drew Waters, Braden Shewmake, and CJ Alexander all provided highlights.

Nashville Sounds 1, Gwinnett Stripers 0

Box score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 1-4
  • Johan Camargo, 3B: 0-3, BB
  • Tucker Davidson, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K
  • Tanner Roark, RP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The lone highlight for Gwinnett on Sunday was a spectacular start from Tucker Davidson following a solid spot start against the Mets earlier this week. Davidson went six innings, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out nine. The only problem was that the hit he allowed was a home run to Keston Hiura, and the Stripers offense was non-existent on this day, forcing Davidson to take the loss despite an amazing effort. Tanner Roark came on and put a few runners on in his inning and two thirds, but got out of it scoreless and Trevor Kelley got the final out via a strikeout.

That non-existent offense managed just one hit off a very good outing from Brewers prospect Aaron Ashby (nephew of former Brave Andy Ashby), and four innings from Nashville relief including one from former Brave Patrick Weigel. That lone hit was a Drew Waters single. In fact, the offense was so futile you saw an oddity here for a nine inning game, the Stripers only had 26 official at bats since outs were recorded by a sacrifice bunt and a double play.

Next game: Tuesday May 25th vs Memphis @ 7:05 PM.

Probable starters: Gwinnett - TBD, Memphis - Bernardo Flores

Chattanooga Lookouts 10, Mississippi Braves 5

Box score

  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-5, 2 R, 3B
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 0-2, BB
  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-3, BB, R, RBI
  • AJ Puckett, SP: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Brooks Wilson, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

AJ Puckett had a tough Double-A debut going two and two thirds innings while allowing three runs on two hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts. The minor league Rule 5 draft pick had three strong outings for Rome before one of the first promotions of note in the system, but he really struggled badly with his command. It was a tough day for Emmanuel Ramirez and Chris Nunn who combined to allow six runs in just 2 1/3 innings. Brooks Wilson, Luis Mora, and Troy Bacon each tossed a scoreless frame before Josh Graham was tagged for a run in the ninth.

The offense was in a big hole early and never was in this game. They added a few runs late to make the score a little more respectable. After a slow start to the season CJ Alexander has begun to show life in his bat during the last week, and going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI is a continuation of that. Braden Shewmake went 1-for-5 with a triple and scored a pair of runs. Shea Langeliers was hitless in two at-bats, but did draw a walk. Drew Lugbauer went 2-for-4 with a double, and Riley Unroe, another recent promotion, added a double in four plate appearances. Justin Dean went 0-for-3 with a walk at the plate, but threw a runner out at third base from his center field.

Next game: Tuesday May 25th vs Montgomery @ 7:35 PM.

Probable starters: Mississippi - TBD, Montgomery - TBD

Bowling Green Hot Rods 5, Rome Braves 3

Box score

  • Jesse Franklin, RF: 4-4, R, RBI, 2 2B, SB
  • Brett Langhorne, 1B: 1-4, 2 RBI
  • Logan Brown, C: 1-3, R
  • Tanner Gordon, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Tanner Gordon turned in a solid effort for Rome going six innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with no walks. A little tough luck in there for Gordon to give up four runs on just six base runners, but two of the hits were homers which put him at a disadvantage. He was followed by Jake McSteen, an undrafted free agent lefty out of Nebraska that spent last year pitching in Indy ball. McSteen went two innings and gave up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out two in his affiliated baseball debut. Gabriel Noguera entered for the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning.

The story of the day for Rome was a monster game from Jesse Franklin. The 2020 draftee from Michigan went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and swiped his sixth base of the season. Franklin is another guy who started the season slow but has shown some life in the past week, hitting .292 over his last 24 at-bats. Brett Langhorne went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI, while Logan Brown went 1-for-3.

Next game: Tuesday May 25th vs Greenville @ 7 PM.

Probable starters: Rome - Jared Shuster, Greenville - TBD

Fayetteville Woodpeckers 9, Augusta GreenJackets 1

Box score

  • Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 2-4, RBI
  • Cam Shepherd, SS: 1-2, BB, R, 2B
  • Alec Barger, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K
  • James Acuna, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Alec Barger had a very strong start on Sunday, allowing just one run on one hit and three walks over five innings with six strikeouts. It was definitely a good sign for the hard throwing NC State product who has been up and down with his command early this season. Unfortunately for Barger the bullpen struggled and turned a 1-0 game through five into a blowout as soon as he left. He was followed by Zach Seipel, who allowed five runs while recording just one out. Justin Yeager was tagged for three runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

The offense struggled here as well as they picked up just three hits on the day, two of them by Vaughn Grissom who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cam Shepherd went 1-for-2 with a double and scored Augusta’s lone run.

Next game: Tuesday May 25th at Columbia @ 7:05 PM.

Probable starters: Augusta - TBD, Columbia - TBD