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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Jared Shuster goes six innings for Rome

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Jared Shuster gave Rome the longest start of his career in a win

Atlanta Braves prospect Jared Shuster delivers a pitch
Atlanta Braves 2020 first round pick and top pitching prospect Jared Shuster delivers a pitch for the Rome Braves
Image Credits: Mills Fitzner

With the rain out in Mississippi we only have three games to talk about on the Atlanta Braves farm system tonight, but they were able to deliver two wins. Cristian Pache stayed hot for Gwinnett with a couple of hits and Travis Demeritte went yard and had four hits and 4 RBIs to lead them to a win. Down in Rome Jared Shuster was solid over six innings in their win, and Vaughn Grissom had an RBI double for Augusta.

(55-40) Gwinnett Stripers 10, (37-57) Louisville Bats 4

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-5, 2B, .257/.332/.439
  • Travis Demeritte, 1B: 4-4, HR, 4 RBI, .286/.387/.558
  • Drew Waters, RF: 1-5, .250/.348/.403
  • Jose Rodriguez, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 6.02 ERA
  • Yoan Lopez, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3.04 ERA

Gwinnett rolled to their fifth straight win, slugging out a couple of home runs and dropping a 10 spot on the Bats. The Stripers fell behind by a run after the first inning but got it back in the next. Eddie Rosario led off the inning with a single and after two more hits loaded the bases a double play brought home Rosario to score the tying run. The fourth was the breakout inning for the Stripers. Orlando Arcia led off the inning with a walk and Rosario followed with a double, which put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Travis Demeritte crushed a big three run home run well out of the park in center field, putting Gwinnett up by 3. They extended that lead in the fifth inning with Drew Waters and Cristian Pache leading off the inning with singles and Rosario bringing both in to score on an RBI double. Demeritte followed with his fourth RBI of the game to put Gwinnett up 7-1. Louisville was able to climb back into the game in the bottom of the fifth with a three run home run of their own, and it stayed locked at that score until the 8th. The leadoff hitters in the inning did work again, with Demeritte recording his fourth hit of the day and Sean Kazmar following with another single to get a rally started. With two outs in the inning Travis Snider delivered the dagger with a three run home run to put the Stripers in front by the final score.

Jose Rodriguez made one bad pitch in the game that went for a big home run, but otherwise pitched a solid outing that kept Gwinnett on top throughout. He got off to an inauspicious start with a walk to Ender Inciarte and then a double to score the game’s first run, but quickly settled down and struck out the final two batters of the inning. Following the run he retired 13 of the next 14 batters through two outs in the fifth, but Ender Inciarte was a thorn in his side all start. He had the lone hit during that stretch then in the fifth started a two out rally with a base hit. The next batter also had a hit and then Rodriguez made a poor 3-1 pitch and allowed a three run home run to cut a 7-1 lead down to three runs. That was the last hit he allowed in the game and after six he turned it over to the bullpen. Jesse Biddle needed just 8 pitches to get through a scoreless seventh inning, and Yoan Lopez repeated that trick with an eight pitch perfect eighth. That turned the ball over to Chasen Bradford to close out the game, and despite allowing two hits he was able to pitch a scoreless inning.

Next Game: 8/22 @ (37-57) Louisville Bats @ 1:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Tanner Roark (4-1, 2.52 ERA)

LOU: Nick Lodolo (0-1, 6.35 ERA)

(57-37) Mississippi Braves, (50-43) Montgomery Biscuits PPD

Next Game: 8/22 @ (50-43) Montgomery Biscuits @ 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Alan Rangel (2-1, 4.24 ERA)

MTG: TBD

(42-52) Rome Braves 4, (50-44) Greenville Drive 2

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 0-3, BB, .297/.347/.435
  • Jesse Franklin, LF: 1-3, RBI, .248/.320/.533
  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 2-4, .252/.333/.309
  • Jared Shuster, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3.59 ERA
  • Zach Daniels, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1.58 ERA

Jared Shuster delivered his deepest outing of the season, setting a career high in innings and pitches thrown while leading Rome to a win. Rome’s offense struggled early and went 9 up and 9 down through the third inning, but a leadoff hit from Cody Milligan sparked a rally to put them in the lead. After Shean Michel walked the big hitters in the order both struck out, but a fielding error on a routine Beau Philip ground ball kept the Braves alive and brought in Milligan to score. A passed ball then snuck to the backstop to bring home Michel and extend the lead to 2-0. This lasted all of one out as Shuster gave up two in the top of the fifth to tie it. Milligan and Michel were back in action with hits in the 6th inning to spark a rally and a wild pitch gave Rome the lead again at 3-2. After a Michael Harris walk the Braves finally drove in one of their runs with Jesse Franklin grounding one through the right side of the infield for a single. This was the last offensive for the Braves offense as the next 8 batters were retired, but it was all they needed as the bullpen held on for the win.

Jared Shuster was able to stay fairly efficient in this game and for the first time completed six innings to top his career high of five. Shuster was tremendous in the early stages of the game and needed just six pitches to get through the first inning with a strikeout and two fly outs. He retired the first nine batters he faced in the game on 27 total pitches and struck out three of those batters. His bid for perfection ended on a fielding error by Milligan to lead off the fourth, and the next hitter had a base hit. This put Shuster in some serious trouble, but he completed the inning without allowing a run and recorded his fourth strikeout. Finally in the fifth the Drive were able to break through, with a leadoff double and Shuster’s only walk of the game putting him in serious trouble. A throwing error from the catcher on a sacrifice bunt made the situation even worse and brought home Greenville’s first run. Then Rome had some trouble with pickoff plays, the first of which picked off the runner at first base, allowing the runner at third to steal home to tie the game with the other runner advancing to second on the throw home. After Shuster recorded his first out he allowed another hit to put runners at the corners. Shuster picked off another runner at first base and while the run didn’t score from third this time they allowed the runner to escape the tag in the rundown and scamper back to first. Shuster finally ended the inning by forcing a double play. They went to Shuster again in the sixth inning and he was rock solid in the final frame of his start with two ground outs and his fifth strikeout. Emmanuel Ramirez was brought in as the first reliever and he struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Zach Daniels closed out the game in the ninth inning and lowered his ERA to 1.58.

Next Game: 8/22 vs (50-44) Greenville Drive @ 2:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Jake McSteen (1-3, 4.53 ERA)

GVL: Jay Groome (2-7, 4.84 ERA)

(40-55) Augusta GreenJackets 6, (58-37) Carolina Mudcats 15

Box Score

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-5, 2B, RBI, SB, .307/.402/.443
  • Cal Conley, 2B: 1-3, BB, SB, RBI, .265/.327/.347
  • Ricardo Rodriguez, C: 3-4, RBI, .256/.351/.388
  • Chad Bryant, SP: 2 IP, 2 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 1 K, 6.61 ERA
  • Rolddy Munoz, RP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 5.29 ERA

The good vibes end with Augusta as they got trounced by the Mudcats, with the pitching staff allowing 15 walks and the defense committing four errors. Augusta seemed to have a good thing going early on, with a walk to Cal Conley, an error, and then an RBI single from Bryson Horne giving them an early lead. A double play lessened the impact of the inning but brought in another run to score to make it 2-0 GreenJackets. Carolina wasted no time in clawing back to tie it in the bottom of the first and then scored six in the second to put the game basically out of reach from the beginning. Vaughn Grissom drove in the next run of the game, ripping an RBI double down the line to score Ricardo Rodriguez but a baserunning blunder led to Cal Conley being thrown out after rounding third too far. Augusta didn’t do much of anything else until late, with an eighth inning rally granting them three meaningless runs. A base hit from Ricardo Rodriguez drove in the first run of the inning, then Stephen Paolini had a base hit that brought in the fifth of the game. Cal Conley capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Vaughn Grissom’s double early in the game was his fourth double over his last four games and his fifth extra base hit in his last six games. He had not had an extra base hit in August before these past six games.

Chad Bryant walked the first three batters of his start to load the bases, and that was just how it was going to be on the day. He worked out of that with relatively little damage on a couple of sacrifices, but he could not limit the damage as he walked the world in the second inning. He walked a batter with one out and then an error put two runners on for first round pick Sal Frelick. Frelick doubled in both runners and then Bryant allowed two more walks to load up the bases. A sacrifice fly brought in the fifth run of the game and a three run home run capped off the bloodbath to make it 8-2. Rolddy Munoz had a bit better luck but wasn’t good at all, walking four batters over 2 1⁄3 innings on his way to allowed three runs. Kenny Wells allowed two runs and walked two batters over 1 2⁄3 innings to extend the deficit out to 13-3. Ben Thompson pitched a scoreless eighth inning, working around three walks to keep Carolina from making it too much more embarrassing. Peyton Williams finished out the game without allowing a walk in the eighth, but he did allow a solo home run and two total runs. Mercifully, Augusta was the away team so we didn’t have to see the ninth.

Next Game: 8/22 @ (58-37) Carolina Mudcats @ 1:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

AUG: Dylan Dodd

CAR: TBD