Sunday was a tough day for bats on the farm, as three of the four teams in the system failed to generate any type of offense. Still we got another big game from Michael Harris, a Bryce Ball homer, and another good start from Joey Estes.
Norfolk Tides 4, Gwinnett Stripers 2
- Drew Waters, RF: 1-4, R, SB, .237/.348/.348
- Orlando Arcia, SS: 3-4, SB, .312/.378/.548
- Cristian Pache, CF: 0-3, BB, .211/.274/.386
- Johan Camargo, 1B: 1-3, R, BB, .307/.409/.488
- Jacob Webb, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2.35 ERA
This was actually a very strong pitching performance by the Gwinnett staff. Jose Rodriguez got the start and turned in a scoreless first inning before giving up four runs in the second. Everyday Connor Johnstone followed and picked up three quick outs. Chasen Bradford and Trevor Kelley each threw a pair of scoreless innings, before Jacob Webb had one of his own to finish this game off. If you take out one bad inning from Rodriguez, the Stripers gave up only three hits and one walk without allowing a run.
As well as the Stripers pitched, their offense was equally poor on Sunday. They managed just seven hits- only four if you take out Orlando Arcia, and none of them for extra bases. Arcia was the leader, going three for four and stealing a base, while Drew Waters had one of the other three hits in the game, stole a base as well, and scored a run. The other two singles came from Sean Kazmar Jr and Johan Camargo- who also drew one of the team’s two walks in the game to reach base twice in four plate appearances. Cristian Pache went hitless in three at bats, but did draw a walk.
Next Game: 6/29 @ Durham @ 6:35 PM ET
Tennessee Smokies 2, Mississippi Braves 1
- Justin Dean, CF: 1-5, R, .252/.376/.371
- Shea Langeliers, DH: 1-3, BB, RBI, .237/.340/.519
- AJ Puckett, SP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2.10 ERA
- Troy Bacon, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.80 ERA
- Brandon White, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.50 ERA
AJ Puckett turned in arguably his best start after his in-season promotion to Double-A, going one out shy of six innings and giving up just two unearned runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Of course while each run was unearned, Puckett contributed heavily as both runners were moved into scoring position after errors on his pickoff throws allowed them to move up. Troy Bacon followed and recorded strikeouts with three of the four outs he produced. Brandon White finished this one off with a pair of scoreless frames.
Of course as good as the pitching was, like Gwinnett the offense failed to get much going. The star at the plate had to be Shea Langeliers, who singled and drove in a run in three at bats, while also drawing a walk. As a team there were only six hits, all singles with the exception of a Tyler Neslony double. Nelsony also walked, and joined Langeliers as well as Greyson Jenista (1-3, BB) as players to reach base multiple times. Justin Dean went one for five and scored the lone run.
Next Game: 6/29 @ Montgomery @ 7:35 PM ET
Rome Braves 8, Aberdeen IronBirds 4
- Michael Harris, CF: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B, .321/.339/.463
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-5, R, 3 RBI, HR, .198/.335/.374
- Beau Philip, SS: 2-4, R, .189/.273/.307
- Andrew Moritz, LF: 2-4, 2 R, .234/.287/.243
- Kasey Kalich, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1.59 ERA
Mitch Stallings got the start and had a tough outing, giving up three runs in three innings before coming out of the game. From there the Rome pitching staff was nearly flawless until the bottom of the ninth. The Braves got two scoreless frames from Coleman Huntley and one apiece from Zach Daniels and Trey Riley. Kasey Kalich got to finish this one off by pitching two innings, and had a mixed outing. Kalich allowed a run, but also three hits and a walk, though did strike out four among the six outs he recorded.
Rome was the exception on Sunday as they were the only offense in the system to do some damage. It shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point that Michael Harris was the star of the game, going two for five with a double, run scored, and a pair of RBI. Bryce Ball went just one for five, but that one was a three-run homer - the only homer by the Braves farm system on the day. Beau Philip and Andrew Moritz each went two for four to join Harris with multi-hit games.
Next Game: 6/29 @ Wilmington @ 7:05 PM ET
Charleston RiverDogs 3, Augusta GreenJackets 0
- Jose Bermudez, LF: 2-3, SB, .267/.267/.333
- Stephen Paolini, CF: 1-4, .155/.254/.216
- Joey Estes, SP: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 2.85 ERA
- Alec Barger, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 4.50 ERA
Joey Estes got the start and had another solid performance against a quality Charleston lineup. Estes allowed a run in each of the first three innings as he gave up three in total over 5.1 innings on six hits and a walk to go with five strikeouts. Alec Barger was next and didn’t allow any hits or runs in his inning and a third, walking one and striking out two. Justin Yeager also didn’t give up any runs over his inning and a third, but did allow one hit to go with his pair of strikeouts.
As much as the offense struggled in Gwinnett and Mississippi, no one had a tougher game than Augusta on Sunday. The GreenJackets managed just four singles off the four Charleston pitchers. Two of those four hits came from Jose Bermudez, who also stole a base. Landon Stephens also reached base twice as he had one of the other two base hits, and drew one of the two walks GreenJackets hitters received. The only other hit came from Stephen Paolini.
Next Game: 6/29 vs Columbia @ 7:05 PM ET