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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Darius Vines has another strong start

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Darius Vines keeps overmatching Low A hitters, while Braden Shewmake homered on Sunday.

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Braden Shewmake
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Sunday saw another very strong game from Darius Vines in Augusta, while Braden Shewmake might be starting to turn his season around in Mississippi. Justin Dean, Jacob Pearson, and Jesse Franklin each had very strong days as well.

Memphis Redbirds 7, Gwinnett Stripers 6- 10 innings

Box Score

  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 1-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR .320/.384/.585
  • Johan Camargo, 1B: 2-4, R, RBI, BB .322/.433/.506
  • Phil Ervin, CF: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HR .192/.354/.295
  • Jason Kipnis, 2B: 2-5 .256/.396/.326
  • Tanner Roark, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K 3.95 ERA

Sunday was a bit of a struggle for a Gwinnett pitching staff that had to piece together a game using seven pitchers. Connor Johnstone got the start in an opener role and allowed a run over two innings, before Tanner Roark pitched a pair of clean innings of relief. After Roark, things went downhill as Chasen Bradford allowed three runs over his two innings. Trevor Kelley pitched a scoreless inning as the next man up, followed by Jacob Webb allowing a pair of runs while only recording two outs. Jesse Biddle was next, and didn’t allow any runs over his inning and a third of work. Jay Flaa came on for the 10th and allowed the winning run to come in after picking up the first two outs.

Even without top prospects Cristian Pache and Drew Waters the Gwinnett offense didn’t have any problems with production on Sunday. Orlando Arcia hit his 10th homer of the season and knocked in a pair of runs. Phil Ervin reached base three times and homered. Johan Camargo also reached base three times on the day, while Jason Kipnis finished with two hits. Eight of the nine spots in the lineup had at least one hit in the game, and the one who didn’t (Jonathan Lucroy) drew a walk to ensure every spot in the order reached base.

Next Game: 6/15 vs Nashville @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters- TBD for both

Mississippi Braves 11, Biloxi Shuckers 2- 7 innings

Box Score

  • Jacob Pearson, LF: 2-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB, 3B, HR .176/.263/.392
  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, HR .135/.186/.243
  • Justin Dean, CF: 4-5, R, 3 RBI, 2B .237/.365/.386
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-5 .265/.379/.592
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 3 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K 3.64 ERA

Hayden Deal got the start and while he did allow an unearned run to score, didn’t give up a hit over three innings. Deal did struggle a bit with his command and walked three guys however. He was followed by a scoreless inning from Troy Bacon before Brooks Wilson allowed the other Biloxi run to score. Chris Nunn and Daysbel Hernandez each followed up with perfect innings out of the pen, with Hernandez picking up two strikeouts.

The two loudest performances at the plate had to be Jacob Pearson, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, triple, and a homer while scoring three times and knocked in three runs as well. Justin Dean went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI of his own. Just behind them was Braden Shewmake, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a homer and he looks like he may be turning things around during this past week. Trey Harris, Greyson Jenista, and Drew Lugbauer all had two hits on the day with Lugbauer and Jenista having doubles included. Shea Langeliers had a quiet game compared to his recent hot stretch, going 1-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Next Game: 6/15 vs Birmingham @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters- TBD for both

Asheville Tourists 9, Rome Braves 0

Box Score

  • Jesse Franklin, RF: 2-4, 2B .252/.296/.449
  • Michael Harris, CF: 0-4 .339/.362/.479
  • Shean Michel, DH: 2-4 .211/.265/.329
  • Bryce Elder, SP: 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K 2.93 ERA

Bryce Elder was back on the mound Sunday and had a mixed performance. He allowed four runs, though only three earned, over six innings and was mostly solid outside of the first and fourth innings. Gabriel Noguera followed and really struggled giving up four runs while recording just one out breaking this game wide open for Asheville. Mitch Stallings gave up a run in his inning and a third before Coleman Huntley pitched a scoreless frame to end it.

There wasn’t much positive from the lineup as the three Tourists pitchers shut Rome down outside of a 2-for-4 game from the recently hot Jesse Franklin. Shean Michel also had a 2-for-4 game, but the team managed just five hits and only Riley Delgado managed to join Michel and Franklin in the hit column. Bryce Ball went hitless in his two at bats, though he did draw a pair of walks.

Next Game: 6/15 vs Bowling Green @ 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters- TBD for both

Augusta GreenJackets 4, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2

Box Score

  • Vaughn Grissom, 2B: 1-4, BB, R, 2B .288/.390/.375
  • Cade Bunnell, SS: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B .220/.388/.440
  • Willie Carter, RF: 1-3, RBI, BB .336/.439/.455
  • Darius Vines, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K 2.10 ERA
  • Alec Barger, RP: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K 5.19 ERA

Darius Vines got the start and pitched a gem, giving up just one run over six innings. Vines allowed two hits and two walks while picking up eight strikeouts as he continues to show he is too advanced for Low-A hitters. Alec Barger was next and pitched really well for an inning and two thirds, striking out three and allowing just one hit. Justin Yeager followed with an inning and a third of scoreless ball to finish this one off.

Cade Bunnell was the top performer at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of RBI. Vaughn Grissom doubled and walked in his five plate appearances as the Augusta offense cranked out 12 hits. Landon Stephens, Victor De Hoyos, and Cody Birdsong all had two hits in the win, while Willie Carter went 1-for-3 with a walk and picked up an RBI.

Next Game: 6/15 @ Columbia @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters- TBD for both