The Jesse Franklin V show continued its programming tonight as the right fielder had another three hit game.
(15-26) Tennessee Smokies 2, (25-18) Mississippi Braves 0
- Justin Dean, CF: 2-for-5, .780 OPS
- Trey Harris, RF: 1-for-5, .603 OPS
- CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-for-4, .590 OPS
- Shea Langeliers, C: 0-for-3, BB, .872 OPS
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 0-for-3, BB, .495 OPS
- A.J. Puckett, SP: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.59 ERA
The good: Mississippi was able to draw six walks. The bad: Mississippi went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, left 11 men on base, and picked up just four hits, all singles, in a tough loss. Starting pitcher A.J. Puckett gave up six hits but allowed just two earned runs and picked up the loss. The quartet of Troy Bacon, Will Latcham, Chris Nunn, and Daysbel Hernandez combined for five innings of no-hit relief where they struck out eight and walked two.
A strong performance worthy of offensive support that unfortunately just never came. Justin Dean was the only player to register a multi-hit game for Mississippi and has seven hits in his last four games. The top three hitters in the lineup of Dean, Harris, and Alexander went 4-for-14 while the rest of the lineup hit 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts.
(21-20) Rome Braves 14, (23-18) Aberdeen IronBirds 0
- Jesse Franklin V, RF: 3-for-4, HR(7), 2 R, 5 RBI, .869 OPS
- Logan Brown, C: 1-for-4, GS, 4 RBI, .639 OPS
- Kevin Josephina, DH: 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 4 R, .763 OPS
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-for-2, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB, .713 OPS
- Bryce Elder, SP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K, 2.60 ERA
All Rome, all game. Rome managed 14 runs on 12 hits, while also walking eight times in an absolute slaughter of the Aberdeen IronBirds. The offense scored five runs in the top of the first inning to set the tone for the game including this Michael Harris double that just missed getting out. Michael would then steal third, and score on a throwing error for the games first run. Jesse Franklin V decided that might be a little too much work and instead hit a three-run homer - his seventh of the season and month of June.
Jesse Franklin V's torrid month of June has continued. 1-for-1 HR(7). OPS up to .853 thanks to a June where he has hit .426/.481/.957 and all seven of those homers. @TheRomeBraves lead 4-0 pic.twitter.com/PX3HlAxZ0O— Gaurav (@gvedak) June 22, 2021
Rome would pick up another four runs in the seventh inning thanks to this Grand Slam by Logan Brown
As for the other side of baseball Bryce Elder pitched a solid game giving up just two hits over five innings of baseball. The 22 year old is having a great season for Rome and is likely going to be heading to Mississippi sooner than later should a roster spot become available. Davis Schwab, Trey Riley, and Marrick Crouse would finish off the game for Rome and preserve the shut out. The trio combined for four innings of one hit baseball and each one of them have really settled in after some rocky starts to the season.
(19-23) Augusta GreenJackets 5, (27-14) Charleston RiverDogs 7
- Cade Bunnell, 2B: 2-for-4 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, .849 OPS
- Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 2-for-4, 2 R, .757 OPS
- Willie Carter, RF: 2-for-4, R, RBI, .864 OPS
- Joey Estes, SP: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.52 ERA
Augusta drops to 4 games under .500 after this loss to the RiverDogs. The Fireflies scored three in the top of the first highlighted by a Willie Carter RBI single which scored Vaughn Grissom. Vaughn would then follow that up with this nice play at third in the bottom of the inning - really showcasing his defensive prowess at the plate and cementing him at third as a prospect:
The offense would end up collecting ten hits but also managed to not draw a single walk - not something you see too often in the minors. Cade Bunnell continued his great 2021 season by going 2-for-4 and hit his fifth homer of the season, and twelfth double of the season. Brandon Parker was the only other GreenJacket to collect an extra-base hit, and Victor De Hoyos was one of the four GreenJackets to have multi-hit games.
Joey Estes struggled with his command and lasted just three innings while giving up six hits and three earned runs. Not his finest start of the season but still didn’t allow a single walk, and knew he didn’t have his best stuff and still battled and kept it at three runs. Miguel Pena and Lisandro Santos unfortunately combined for four runs (two earned) and swung the momentum back to the RiverDogs allowing them to complete the comeback. James Acuna pitched the final 2.1 innings and didn’t give up a hit while striking out two.