Sunday saw all four of the Atlanta Braves minor league affiliates pick up victories thanks to some strong pitching performances led by Kyle Wright and Spencer Strider. At the plate Vaughn Grissom hit his first homer of the year, while Michael Harris, Shea Langeliers, and Drew Waters had big games at the plate.
Gwinnett Stripers 5, Memphis Redbirds 0
- Drew Waters, CF: 2-5, R, SB
- Abraham Almonte, LF: 2-3, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI, HR
- Travis Demeritte, RF: 1-3, BB, R, 2 RBI, HR
- Kyle Wright, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
- Jacob Webb, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Kyle Wright combined with three other pitchers to shutout Memphis. In his six innings, Wright allowed six hits and a pair of walks while striking out three hitters. Victor Arano, Jesse Chavez, and Jacob Webb finished off the shutout as each pitched a perfect inning of relief. The Stripers didn’t allow a base runner after the sixth inning.
The offense was led by Abraham Almonte and Travis Demeritte who both homered. Almonte ended the day with a second hit and a pair of walks to reach base four times. Demeritte added a walk and drove in another run with a ground out. Drew Waters recorded a multi-hit game going 2-for-5 with a pair of singles and a run scored. Ryan Goins went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk and drove in two runs.
Next Game: 6/1 vs Jacksonville @ 7:05 PM ET
Gwinnett: TBD, Jacksonville: TBD
Mississippi Braves 2, Montgomery Biscuits 1- 10 innings
- Shea Langeliers, C: 3-5, RBI
- Jalen Miller, DH: 2-4
- Jose Rodriguez, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K
- Chris Nunn, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
- Daysbel Hernandez, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Mississippi’s pitching staff turned in a solid performance of their own and were just an unearned run away from recording a shutout. Jose Rodriguez got the start and went five innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five. Will Latcham threw a perfect inning in relief. Vhros Nunn followed with two more scoreless innings. Coming in for the save in the ninth, Daysbel Hernandez allowed the lone unearned run, but picked up the win after pitching a scoreless tenth inning.
Shea Langeliers continued his torrid start at the plate going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He would also show off the big arm throwing out an attempted steal at third base. Jalen Miller went 2-for-4 and combined with Langeliers, accounted for five of the Braves eight hits. The other three hits were a Wendell Rijo double and singles from Tanner Pearson and Braden Shewmake,
Next Game: 6/1 at Pensacola @ 7:35 PM ET
Mississippi: TBD, Pensacola: TBD
Rome Braves 7, Greenville Drive 6- 10 innings
- Michael Harris, CF: 3-5
- Logan Brown, C: 3-5, R, 3 RBI, HR
- Kevin Josephina, 3B: 4-6, 2 R, RBI, SB
- Shean Michel, RF: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 3 2B
- Kasey Kalich, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Rome’s pitching struggled out of the gate in this one but rebounded later in the game. Tanner Gordon lasted 3 1/3 , giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and three strikeouts. Gordon was followed by Davis Schwab, who allowed a pair of runs on four hits and two walks over an 1 2/3 innings. That’s when things would calm down as Zach Daniels and Kasey Kalich each worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, combining for six strikeouts. Jake McSteen came in for the 10th and allowed an unearned run, but managed to get the win.
Michael Harris continued his excellent month going 3-for-5 to raise his average to .360 on the season. Logan Brown provided the biggest hit of the game connecting for a three-run home run in the 9th to send the game to extras. Brown was 3-for-5 in the game. Kevin Josephina was 4-for-6 and stole a base while Shean Michel would go 3-for-4 with three doubles. Bryce Ball finished 1-for-5 and picked up a pair of RBIs.
Next Game: 6/1 at Bowling Green @ 7:35 PM ET
Rome: TBD, Bowling Green: TBD
Augusta GreenJackets 5, Columbia Fireflies 3
- Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 1-5, R, RBI, HR
- Willie Carter, RF: 2-3, R, RBI, SB
- Stephen Paolini, CF: 1-3, R, BB
- Spencer Strider, SP: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K
- Ben Thompson, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
The big story here was that Sunday was arguably the worst start in Spencer Strider’s season, but it was still a very fine overall outing. Strider struggled early, but rebounded and finished the day giving up one run on three hits and a pair of walks over four innings while striking out six. Ben Thompson followed and pitched two scoreless frames, striking out three while not allowing a hit. Ben Dum would be next and he gave up a run over two innings, while Justin Yeager allowed a run in his inning of work.
The big news at the plate is talented young infielder Vaughn Grissom connected for his first homer of the season. Grissom had been having a fine season to this point but had been waiting to start showing off more of his power. Another guy having himself a season is Willie Carter, and he continued it Sunday with a 2-for-3 game to raise his average to .329 on the year while adding a run, RBI, and stolen base. Stephen Paolini finished 1-for-3 with a walk and Landon Stephens went 2-for-4 with a triple and scored a pair of runs.
Next Game: 6/1 vs Charleston @ 7:05 PM ET
Augusta: TBD, Charleston: TBD