It was a strong night for the Atlanta Braves’ affiliates. The boys on the farm went 4-1, with Augusta earning a doubleheader sweep. Cristian Pache had a monster day at the plate, while a plethora of pitchers had scoreless outings across all levels.
Here’s how it went down on Thursday, June 10.
Gwinnett Stripers (18-15) 9, Memphis Redbirds (12-21) 0
- Connor Johnstone, SP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
- Ty Tice, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R 0, BB, 1 K
- Cristian Pache, CF: 3-for-5, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
- Orlando Arcia, SS: 3-for-4, 2 R
- Johan Camargo, 1B: 4-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
This one was all Gwinnett right out of the gates. A Jason Kipnis RBI-single followed by a Johan Camargo bomb put the Stripers up 3-0 in the first and they never looked back. Pache had his first Stripers home run, and started the five-run rally in the seventh with an RBI single and then homered again, leaving the ballpark in the eighth.
Cristian Pache HAMMERED this baseball for his second home run of the day and his third hit. THIS is the swing. His OPS is 1.087 in his 6 games in Gwinnett pic.twitter.com/NfPOQltecW— Atlanta Braves Farm System Updates (@BravesMILB) June 11, 2021
Johnstone, Tanner Roark, Jesse Biddle, Ty Tice, Chasen Bradford and Victor Arano combined for a two-hit shutout. Roark allowed one of the Redbirds’ hits, but also got one of his own at the plate. The newest Brave, Ty Tice pitched a perfect frame, striking out one, one of seven strikeouts for the Stripers on the night.
Mississippi Braves (18-15) 6, Biloxi Shuckers (12-21) 4
- AJ Puckett, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- Matt Withrow, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- Brandon White, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
- Shea Langeliers, C: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI
- Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
- Trey Harris, RF: 1-for-4, 1 R
That’s four in a row for Mississippi. And per usual, The Shea Langeliers Show continued Thursday night. He now has 12 hits in his last 10 games and has 17 RBIs on the season, most on the team. While the swing adjustments and bat have spoken loudly, let’s not forget that he was one of the best defensive catchers in the MLB draft. Langeliers threw out two base runners and picked one off at first on Thursday. He’s now thrown out 15 of 26 base runners. Why even try to run?
The pitching did well. Puckett’s last three outings, although not very long, have been solid. And Brandon White has been very effective out of the ‘pen, picking up his sixth save of the season. This was another disappointing outing from Daysbel Hernandez though. He allowed two hits and two walks that allowed two runs to score. It was another outing where Hernandez appeared to not know where his stuff was going. It would be very beneficial to the Braves if he found consistency, because when he’s on, his stuff looks sharp.
Asheville Tourists (14-18) 6, Rome Braves (17-16) 5
- Michael Harris, CF: 2-for-3, 2 RBIs
- Shean Michel, LF-CF: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 3 R, 1 RBI, SB
- Jesse Franklin V, RF: 1-for-3, 1 BB, SB
- Trey Riley, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
- Indigo Diaz, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Jesse Franklin’s bat is officially alive. He may be hitting only .240, but he was hitting .200 at the end of May. With his hit on Thursday, he now has nine hits — four of which are home runs — in eight June games. He also swiped his eighth stolen base, second on the team to Michael Harris. Speaking of Harris, the Braves wunderkind had another two hits and two RBIs, but did leave the game early. It seemed like a minor tweak quickly getting back to first and we are hoping it was more precautionary than anything. Shean Michel had quite the evening, including a ninth-inning home run to close the gap to one run, but Rome fell just short.
Trey Riley had another strong appearance, going two shutout innings. He was followed by Indigo Diaz. High-A hitters continue struggle with Diaz. He came in and pitched another perfect frame, striking out the side in the eighth. The ninth wasn’t as friendly, but he allowed two lightly hit singles to allow just his second run of the season. While there were no velocity readings, you can tell he was pumping, and when he pulls the string on the breaking ball it’s effective, many times freezing opponents. He now has 37 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched.
Augusta GreenJackets (15-17) vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-16)
Let’s play two!
Game 1: Augusta 14, Myrtle Beach 6
- Roddery Munoz, SP: 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Vaughn Grisson, 3B: 2-for-3, 3 R
- Stephen Paolini, CF: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 RBI
Munoz wasn’t as bad as the stat line reads, but he also wasn’t at his best. He allowed just three earned runs through his first five innings, but went the deepest into a ballgame he had all season. In that sixth inning, he did record an out, but was tagged for three more runs. He landed 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes, and induced eight ground balls.
Grissom had a two-hit game, his third in a row. He now has a .289 average and .381 on-base percentage, both very good numbers. He’s also struck out just four times in 26 June at bats, really seeing the ball well now.
Vaughn Grissom is 2-3 with a walk today for Low-A Rome. He is hitting .289/.381/.378 on the season with a 9.4% BB rate and 14.2% K rate. Only four prospects in all of MiLB age 20 or younger have a lower strikeout rate than Grissom pic.twitter.com/jnV4Xbxgbq— Atlanta Braves Farm System Updates (@BravesMILB) June 10, 2021
Game 2: Augusta 8, Myrtle Beach 7
- Willie Carter, RF: 1-for-4, 2 RBI
- Victor De Hoyos, C: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
- Justin Yeager, RP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
Get the brooms out. The Jackets swept a doubleheader on Thursday, thanks to a five-run comeback, four of which came in the fourth inning. Carter, as he has most of the season, delivered the big blow driving in the tying runs. He also flashed some leather in the field.
Justin Yeager had quite the sixth inning. He loaded the bases and fired fastball after fastball to strikeout the side and preserve the 8-7 lead. Vaughn Grissom just missed blowing the game open with an angry rip that was inches shy of a grand slam before landing foul. That said, he finished his day strong, going 1-for-2 with three runs scored, another RBI and two walks. Grissom is really looking like a top prospect in the system of late.
And naturally, Braulio Vasquez failed to get a hit... but somehow stole yet another base this season. It was his 24th of the year. Kenny Wells stranded the bases loaded to lock up the sweep for the Jackets.