There weren’t many offensive performances from Atlanta Braves prospects on Wednesday evening, but Trey Harris led the way with a strong performance in Mississippi. He hopes to get going at the plate soon and could be a player to watch over the next month. The Braves had prospects going at each level, with Jasseel De La Cruz headlining for Gwinnett.
(11-9) Gwinnett Stripers 11, (8-12) Memphis Redbirds 5
- Drew Waters, CF: 1-4, BB, .250/.346/.441
- Orlando Arcia, SS: 1-4, BB, .325/.402/.675
- Jonathan Lucroy, C: 2-4, 2B, BB, 4 RBI, .190/.280/.381
- Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.65 ERA
- Shane Greene, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0.00 ERA
Gwinnett’s offense exploded with six runs in the first inning and they cruised to an 11-5 victory from there. Drew Waters opened the game with a good at bat and a base hit up the middle. but then got picked off for the first out. After that a pair of walks and a fielding error on a dribbler behind the mound loaded up the bases for Jonathan Lucroy and Lucroy ripped a double to the opposite field to clear the bases and give Gwinnett a lead. After a walk Sean Kazmar strode to the plate and crushed his third home run of the season into the Stripers bullpen for a three run home run. Drew put up another good plate appearance in the 2nd inning to draw a leadoff walk and he came in to score when Johan Camargo hit a triple down the third base line. The middle of the order loaded the bases again in the fourth inning and the Stripers scored all three of those runners on a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Lucroy and a two run Abraham Almonte single. They tacked on one more with a seventh inning single from Yolmer Sanchez.
Jasseel De La Cruz had a nice slider working the whole game but his fastball got hit pretty hard as he allowed four runs. De La Cruz snapped off that slider for three strikeouts in the first inning, but also allowed a base hit and then a go ahead home run with two outs to give Memphis the lead early. The contact in the second and third innings mostly turned into weak fly ball outs for de la Cruz and he struck out two more batters, but he struggled when brought out for the fourth and couldn’t finish the inning. The first batter of the inning ripped a single up the middle and Jasseel walked the following hitter on four pitches to put himself in trouble. After a ground out De La Cruz gave up more loud contact on a two run double that brought the game within three runs. He recorded one more out but was pulled from the game for Thomas Burrows. Burrows put up his best outing of the season with a full inning of perfect pitching and two strikeouts. Shane Greene followed with his second rehab appearance and while he wasn’t as sharp as the first time he went 1 1⁄3 innings on 16 pitches with no hits, one walk, and a strikeout. Jose Rodriguez allowed the only other Memphis run on a solo home run in the seventh inning. Dylan Lee pitched a scoreless eighth with a strikeout and Jacob Webb made his first Gwinnett appearance of the season with two strikeouts and no walks in a scoreless ninth inning.
Next Game: 5/27 vs (8-12) Memphis Redbirds @ 7:05 PM ET
MEM: Zack Thompson (0-1, 7.50 ERA)
(8-12) Mississippi Braves 0, (8-11) Montgomery Biscuits 2
- Shea Langeliers, C: 2-4, .213/.373/.447
- Trey Harris, RF: 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, .238/.333/.270
- Justin Dean, CF: 0-4, .237/.400/.407
- Hayden Deal, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.24 ERA
- Matt Withrow, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0.69 ERA
Trey Harris showed up to play for Mississippi and reached base four times, but the rest of the offense was quiet and the Braves could not get a run across. Harris came up in the first inning and drew a walk with two outs and the first Shea Langeliers hit of the day put runners on the corners with two outs for CJ Alexander. Alexander struck out on three pitches and Mississippi came up empty handed. Harris doubled with two outs in the third inning and was stranded, then a leadoff walk to Alexander led to nothing again in the fourth inning. Trey Harris led off the sixth inning with a single into right field, but stuck at first base until a two out single from Riley Unroe moved him into scoring position. A strikeout stranded the pair on the bases. Mississippi had one final good chance to tie the game up as Harris walked to lead off the 8th and Langeliers followed him with a hit. Unfortunately Langeliers was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double and the rest of the lineup stranded Harris at third base.
Hayden Deal had a strong outing for Mississippi, with his first scoreless game of the season. Deal retired the first five batters of the game including three consecutive strikeouts from the third to fifth batter before he allowed a double and hit a batter with a pitch in the second inning. That turned to nothing against him however as he quickly got a ground out to end the second inning. Deal went 1-2-3 in the third inning then retired the first two batters of the fourth inning before he ran into some real trouble there. A two out double put a runner in scoring position and then Deal loaded the bases on a walk and another hit batter. Deal settled in after a mound visit and delivered a strikeout on a 3-2 count to keep the game scoreless through his fourth inning. The bullpen immediately gave the lead to Montgomery in the fifth inning as Sean McLaughlin allowed a run in his inning of work, then Chris Nunn stayed cold by allowed a run again in the sixth inning. Will Latcham pitched a scoreless seventh inning before Matt Withrow came in and allowed a third run in the eighth inning. Troy Bacon allowed a couple of hits in the ninth inning but he stayed scoreless on the season and forced three ground outs to get around the trouble.
Next Game: 5/27 vs (8-11) Montgomery Biscuits @ 7:35 PM ET
(11-9) Rome Braves 3, (9-11) Greenville Drive 9
- Michael Harris, CF: 1-4, 2B, .347/.368/.514
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, .189/.362/.415
- Logan Brown, C: 0-4, .206/.239/.333
- Ricky DeVito, SP: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. 3.12 ERA
- Lisandro Santos, RP: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.72 ERA
Rome’s pitching had a brutal outing in this one allowing nine runs and never giving the offense an at bat in even a tied game. Ricky DeVito’s command was just too far off and he gave up some walks and a bunch of hits. The first three batters of the game all had hits off of DeVito to score the first run, then a double steal scored the second run before DeVito got out of the inning with his second and third strikeouts. DeVito worked around a leadoff single in the second inning and recorded his fourth strikeout but allowed a two run home run in the fifth inning that put the game well out of hand. DeVito allowed a walk with two outs in the fourth but it was his only hitless inning before he turned the ball over to the bullpen. Davis Schwab escaped two walks by the skin of his teeth in the fifth inning, but couldn’t repeat that in the sixth inning as he allowed two walks and a hit before departing the game with one out. Lisandro Santos then walked in a run and allowed a bases clearing double to put the game out of reach. Santos struck out the next two hitters, then struck out three more in the seventh inning around a leadoff single and a hit batter. Gabriel Noguera walked the bases loaded with no outs in the eight inning, then walked in a run with one out but also didn’t allow a hit and had two strikeouts. Coleman Huntley got some contact in the ninth inning but escaped with a 1-2-3 inning, then only one for the Braves in this game.
Rome’s offense scraped and clawed in three runs, but were not nearly effective enough given the disastrous outing from the pitching staff. Bryce Ball led off the second inning with a double and came in to score on a ground out and a wild pitch to cut Rome’s deficit at the time to 2-1. After that double from Ball, the next twelve batters of the game were set down in order before Kevin Josephina led off the seventh with a single. Michael Harris followed with a double, but Rome only managed one run as Ball brought in a runner with an RBI ground out and Harris was doubled off of third base on a line out. Rome loaded the bases on a couple of hits and an error, then Ball walked to score a run and the Braves actually had somewhat of a rally going. Unfortunately, a couple of strikeouts and an infield pop out quickly doused whatever flame was left burning and Rome took the loss.
Next Game: 5/27 vs (9-11) Greenville Drive 7:00 PM ET
ROM: Alan Rangel (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
GVL: Chase Shugart (0-1, 6.10 ERA)
(9-11) Augusta GreenJackets 0, (12-8) Columbia Fireflies 4
- Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 2-4, .286/.368/.306
- Willie Carter, RF: 1-4, .322/.452/.458
- Braulio Vasquez, 2B: 1-4, .220/.391/.320
- Joey Estes, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.59 ERA
- Ben Thompson, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1.50 ERA
Augusta’s offense turned in a brutal performance in a 4-0 loss. Augusta looked like they were on their way to a good day in the first inning as the first three batters of the game singled to load the bases. The next two batters then struck out and a ground out ended the inning and the only real threat the GreenJackets would post in the game. A two out double in the second inning went to waste and Augusta once again stranded the leadoff hitter in the third when Vaugh Grissom got his second hit of the game. After that Grissom hit the next twelve GreenJackets went without reaching base before a Ricardo Rodriguez single lead off the seventh inning. The next batter grounded into a double play. Augusta went hitless over the final two innings to take a shutout loss.
The Augusta pitching staff was not able to avoid timely hitting, but Joey Estes was nice through two innings with only one baserunner allowed. Then he walked the first batter of the third inning, threw away a pickoff throw, then threw away a ball on a sacrifice bunt to score the game’s first run. Estes allowed two hits in the inning to score a second run before he finally got out of the inning on a fly out. Estes made his third error of the game in the fourth inning but escaped the frame with a strikeout. Estes dominated in the fifth with two strikeouts to end his day nicely. Ben Thompson threw eight straight balls with one out in the sixth inning, then allowed his lone run of the day on a base hit. Benjamin Dum allowed one run in his inning of work and struck out a batter.
Next Game: 5/27 vs (12-8) Columbia Fireflies @ 7:05 PM ET
COL: Adrian Alcantara (1-2, 6.75 ERA)