It was a tough night down in the Braves’ farm system as Rome was postponed due to rain and the other three affiliates all lost Friday evening. On top of that, there were not really any standout performances from significant prospects, either. Overall, just kind of a dumb night all around for Braves baseball....lets take a look.
(18-16) Gwinnett Stripers 3, (13-21) Memphis Redbirds 4
- Cristian Pache, CF: 0-1, Left after 2 innings, .333/.333/.708
- Orlando Arcia, SS: 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, .319/.383/.580
- Johan Camargo, 1B: 2-4, .304/.421/.494
- Kyle Wright, SP: 1 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 4.05 ERA
- Dylan Lee, RP: 1 1⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.93 ERA
- Yoan Lopez 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 3.38 ERA)
It was a fairly dumb rain-delayed game for Gwinnett as the conditions were bad and the result wasn’t awesome either as the bullpen faltered late and the Stripers fell by the score of 4-3 (sound familiar?). Kyle Wright got the start and this was not his finest effort as he failed to make it out of the second inning as he threw 60 pitches. In addition to the three walks on on his line, he hit two batters and had a guy reach on a throwing error which ultimately allowed an unearned run to score. Conditions were likely a factor as it was wet and gross last night, but overall not great for those looking for Wright to establish himself as a possible rotation candidate again. The bullpen held things down until the 7th where Thomas Burrows imploded culminating in a two-run double off the bat of old friend Juan Yepez. Yoan Lopez would not fair much better as he tried keep the game tied and ended up giving up the winning run in the bottom half of the eighth inning.
On offense, the biggest news was that Cristian Pache was pulled from the game after the second inning, although to our eyes, it doesn’t appear there is much to be concerned about. There wasn’t anything obvious that indicated an injury and it seems more likely that they decided the slippery conditions could cause a problem for him. That said, it will be worth keeping an eye on how much he plays over the next few games. Orlando Arcia connected for his first home run since May 25th and Johan Camargo had a multi-hit game as well.
Next Game: 6/12 @ (13-21) Memphis Redbirds @ 7:35 PM ET
GWN: TBD - likely Jasseel De La Cruz (0-1, 4.15 ERA)
MEM: Bernardo Flores Jr. (2-2, 5.48 ERA)
(18-16) Mississippi Braves 3, (13-21) Biloxi Shuckers 4 - F/10
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 0-4, .121/.168/.206
- CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .206/.250/.402
- Drew Lugbauer 1-4, HR, RBI, .256/.370/.436
- Jose Rodriguez, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1.62 ERA
- Josh Graham, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2.20 ERA
Another rough night for the bullpen as Mississippi had to rally late to force extra innings after Josh Graham gave up a two-run homer in the eighth inning, but that rally did not extend to extras as Biloxi walked off in the 10th by the final score of 4-3. It is hard to be too upset with the Mississippi pitching staff as they gave up just three hits on the evening. Jose Rodriguez got the start for the Braves and he was excellent through six innings with just an unearned run on his ledger to go along with eight strikeouts. Josh Graham certainly struggled with his command in his two innings of work as he allowed a runner to reach on a wild pitch strikeout right before the homer and the ninth inning was a bit of an adventure as well.
On offense, Shea Langeliers had the night off which already put Mississippi at a deficit offensively. However, Drew Lugbauer’s bat seems to be working just fine as he connected for his fourth home run of the year. Very quietly, Lugbauer has done well for himself this year as he has posted an .806 OPS and he has homered in back to back starts as well. Riley Unroe had a multi-hit game and CJ Alexander had an RBI double, but with both Langeliers and Trey Harris having the night off and Braden Shewmake still struggling mightily at the plate, Mississippi just didn’t have quite enough firepower to overcome Biloxi’s late rally.
Next Game: 6/12 @ (13-21) Biloxi Shuckers @ 7:35 PM ET
MIS: Nolan Kingham (2-1, 3.82 ERA)
BLX: Ethan Small (1-1, 2.60 ERA)
Rome Braves, Asheville Tourists
Postponed - Rain sucks
Next Games: 6/12 vs (14-18) Asheville Tourists @ 4:00 PM ET - Double Header
Probable Starters - Game 1
ROM: Alan Rangel (0-4, 6.86 ERA ERA)
ASH: Tyler Brown (1-2, 11.17 ERA)
Probable Starters - Game 2 - TBD
For Rome, it is likely to be Spencer Strider, whose start was pushed back because of this rainout.
(16-18) Augusta GreenJackets 2, (16-17) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6
- Cade Bunnell, 3B: 0-2, 3 BB, R, .220/.400/.450
- Brandon Parker, LF: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, .171/.352/.390
- Stephen Paolini, CF: 0-4, 2 K, .168/.292/.218
- Tanner Gordon, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.40 ERA
- Benjamin Dum, RP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.80 ERA
Myrtle Beach got to newly installed Augusta starter, Tanner Gordon, pretty early and tacked on some runs late while the Augusta offense struggled to get much going as they lost by the score of 6-2. After struggling in Rome for the better part of the season, Tanner Gordon was demoted to Augusta and looked pretty uneven for Augusta as well in his debut. After that, Zack Seipel, Ben Thompson, and Ben Dum came on in relief and each one of them gave up runs that allowed Myrtle Beach to extend their lead, although in Thompson’s defense...his run wasn’t his fault as that run on his watch was the result of a throwing error.
As for the offense, well...there wasn’t much to speak of. Both of Augusta’s runs came courtesy of a two-run double off the bat of Brandon Parker in the first inning and that is where the scoring for Augusta stopped. Cade Bunnell did his job at the top of the lineup as he drew three walks. In fact, the entire roster seems to enjoy drawing walks this year as they drew nine as a team. The biggest issue on Friday was making meaningful contact as Parker’s double was the only extra-base hit for Augusta on the night and they scattered just four singles over nine innings to squander all of those free baserunners. Braulio Vasquez did not play which is pretty much the only way to keep him from stealing bases as this point.
Next Game: 6/12 vs (16-17) Myrtle Beach Pelicans @ 6:05 PM ET
AUG: TBD (Jared Johnson was recently promoted and may fill this spot)
MB: Richard Gallardo (0-2, 5.48 ERA)