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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Michael Harris homers on a rough night in the minors

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Tough night down on the farm as Michael Harris’ three-run homer was the highlight.

Michael Harris takes a swing for the Rome Braves during a day game. Camera is looking down the third base line at the left handed swinging Harris. Harris’s foot is lifted in anticipation of the pitch and the catcher has his glove out to receive the ball.
Michael Harris is still a bad man.
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It was not a banner night down in the Braves’ farm system as all four affiliates lost in pretty convincing fashion. It didn’t help matters that this wasn’t exactly a star-studded night on the starting pitching side of things, but at least Michael Harris hit a homer which is always nice.

Gwinnett Stripers 0, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 5

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 0-3, BB, 2 K, .780 OPS
  • Travis Demeritte, RF: 2-4, 1.175 OPS
  • Connor Johnstone, SP: 2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 5.92 ERA
  • Tanner Roark, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 5.59 ERA

It was not a great night down in Gwinnett as the Stripers were shut out by Jacksonville by the score of 5-0. Connor Johnstone got the start for Gwinnett and it did not go well as he got torched for four runs in the second inning. The Stripers then turned to one of the Braves newer acquisitions in Tanner Roark who did well to stop the bleeding and give Gwinnett three scoreless innings. The results have been a mixed bag so far with Roark, though, so don’t expect him to come up and save the day soon or anything. After Dylan Lee gave up a run in his relief appearance. Jesse Chavez finished the game out for the Stripers with another scoreless appearance.

The offensive summary is going to be a short one because, well, the Stripers didn’t do much of anything on offense. Drew Waters drew a walk but was otherwise held in check thanks largely to his inability to lay off breaking balls thrown at his back foot. Travis Demeritte did have a couple of singles which was nice, but Gwinnett failed to record an extra base hit in the game and had just six singles total. In short, not great.

Next Game: 6/5 vs. Jacksonville at 6:05 PM. Probable Starters: Both TBD

Mississippi Braves 1, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, C: 0-3, BB, 1.033 OPS
  • Justin Dean, CF: 3-4, RBI, 2B, SB, .736 OPS
  • AJ Puckett, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3.18 ERA
  • Chris Nunn, RP: 1.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 9.82 ERA

Another tough game as Mississippi fell to Pensacola by the final score of 4-1. AJ Puckett was coming off a nice start at the end of May and he pitched pretty well in this one, too, but sadly he had to work pretty hard to get through three innings on 63 pitches so he gave way to the bullpen. This proved to be unfortunate as Chris Nunn gave up a long ball in the fifth that gave Pensacola the lead for good and Sean McLaughlin had a relief appearance that could best be described as an adventure as he was fortunate to only give up a run in his 1.1 innings of work. Hat tip to Josh Graham who has quietly put together a nice season in the Mississippi bullpen so far with a 1.35 ERA in nine appearances this season.

Again, not a banner night on offense for the most part other than Justin Dean who had himself a nice day at the plate that he really needed. After a really rough ending to the month of May, Dean has now hit safely in three straight games including his three hit game last night and appears to be comfortable at the plate. With that comes stolen bases a-plenty as he stole number nine on the season Friday evening as well. The rest of the Mississippi offense, well, was not prolific as they collectively managed just three singles in the game. It is worth mentioning that Braden Shewmake, who has been struggling mightily this season, did not play in this game.

Next Game: 6/5 @ Pensacola at 7:05 PM. Probable starters: Mississippi - Jose Rodriguez, Pensacola - Max Meyer

Rome Braves 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, .862 OPS
  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 2-4, R, .767 OPS
  • Tanner Gordon, SP: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 5.82 ERA
  • Zach Daniels, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.19 ERA

The good news here is that Michael Harris connected for a three run bomb early in this game for Rome, but that is where the good news ended as the Braves fell to Bowling Green by the score of 7-3. Tanner Gordon got the start for Rome and he did not escape the third inning that was littered with hard contact and command issues. A home run off of Jake McSteen which scored an inherited runner didn’t help his overall line, but the vast majority of the damage was self-inflicted. No other runs scored for the rest of the game oddly enough as Zach Daniels (who is have a nice little season in his own right) and Davis Schwab held down the fort for Rome in hopes that the offense would come back.

Sadly, that comeback was not to be. Michael Harris continued his onslaught on high-A with a pair of hits including his third home run of the season. He now ranks second in the league in batting although the walk rate definitely leaves something to be desired especially when you factor in his occasional issues with pitches outside. After that initial three run homer, though, the Rome offense never really got anything going as they scattered nine hits in the game and struck out 13 times.

Next Game: 6/5 @ Bowling Green at 7:35 PM. Probable Starters: Rome - TBD, Bowling Green - Jayden Murray

Augusta GreenJackets 3, Charleston RiverDogs 8

Box Score

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, .706 OPS
  • Stephen Paolini, CF: 1-3, 2B, BB, .509 OPS
  • Tyler Owens, SP: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 7.07 ERA
  • Justin Yeager, RP: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 5.56 ERA

If you are sensing a trend, you would be correct as Charleston jumped on Augusta early and never took their foot off the gas while the GreenJackets’ offense fizzled in route to a 8-3 loss to the RiverDogs. Tyler Owens has had a forgettable start to his 2021 season and while the three runs that came in on his watch were unearned, he still struggled with his command and is going to require some time to get right. Lisandro Santos struggled in relief which allowed Charleston to put together a healthy lead after Augusta got back into the game and while Justin Yeager stitched together a nice scoreless relief appearance with four strikeouts, James Acuna’s outing did not go nearly as well and just like that, Charleston had eight runs and Augusta had decidedly less.

On the plus side, we did see Vaughn Grissom get an extra-base hit in the form of a two-run triple. That was just his fourth extra-base hit of the season and we definitely want to see more that out of him. Stephen Paolini has now hit safely in six of his last eight games as he looked to get his season on track after a....tough start. After that, well the good news ended as Augusta managed just three runs on the evening which equaled the number of errors they made in the game. Just a rough night all around for Braves affiliates.

Next Game: 6/5 vs. Charleston at 6:05 PM. Probable Starters: Augusta - Alec Barger, Charleston - Taj Bradley