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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Shea Langeliers homers three times

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Shea Langeliers had a career night in Mississippi and Joey Estes sparkled in his start in Augusta.

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

Shea Langeliers had a career night to lead a Mississippi win and his offensive success this season is opening eyes around the league. Gwinnett got a win behind a strong offensive showing and another good Kyle Muller start, while Joey Estes continued his dominance down in Augusta. It was an exciting day for the Atlanta Braves system with many prospects putting up great showings at every level.

(15-11) Gwinnett Stripers 11, (15-11) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 3

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 2-4, BB, RBI, .273/.373/.432
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 2-4, BB, 2 RBI, .327/.397/.607
  • Alex Jackson, C: 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, .259/.344/.815
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 5.33 ERA
  • Yoan Lopez, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.50 ERA

Gwinnett kicked off a roaring minor league night with a five-run first inning and they did not let up in an 11-3 win. Drew Waters reached on a fielding error to lead off the game and the inning quickly snowballed with two more hits to score a run and a walk to load the bases. Alex Jackson hit a sacrifice fly for the second run and then Phillip Ervin came through with the big hit. Ervin smashed a three-run home run to center field, his first as a Striper, and Gwinnett never looked back from that five-run lead. Waters singled again in the second inning and scored on a base hit from Orlando Arcia to extend the lead. Waters also added another RBI single and a walk before striking out in a ten pitch at bat to end his day, though it’s worth mentioning none of his batted balls were particularly hard hit. Jackson had an RBI double in the fifth inning on a line drive down the right field line, and in his few games since being demoted, he has hit nearly everything hard and looks good at the plate. Jackson tripled, you read that right, as the right fielder fell down on a bloop hit and that led off a two-run inning in the seventh that extended the lead to 10-3.

Kyle Muller mostly built on his last strong start, and outside of a hiccup in the second inning was utterly dominant throughout this start. He got through the first inning on seven pitches, all strikes, and looked ready to cruise once again with decent enough control of the fastball and a good slider. Unfortunately it seemed like the long layoff as the Stripers offense went crazy in the bottom of the inning got him a bit cold, as he needed 36 pitches to get through the second inning. He allowed a run on a bases loaded walk to the pitcher, and in total allowed two walks and two hits but managed to get out of it with minimal damage done. After that he only allowed two more hits in the game and threw 41 pitches over the final three innings. Thomas Burrows struggled out of the bullpen allowing two runs on two hits and two walks with the big hit being a two-run home run. The rest of the bullpen was strong as Chasen Bradford, Yoan Lopez, and Jay Flaa combined to strike out six batters and allow three baserunners over the final three innings. Bradford has been particularly effective this season as the veteran reliever has a 0.79 ERA.

Next Game: 6/3 vs (15-11) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: TBD

JAX: TBD

(13-13) Mississippi Braves 9, (16-10) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 4

Box Score

  • Shea Langeliers, C: 4-5, 3 HR, 3 RBI, .284/.407/.642
  • Trey Harris, RF: 4-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, .259/.355/.309
  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 2-5, 2B, .222/.282/.444
  • Hayden Deal, SP: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 3.97 ERA
  • Troy Bacon, RP: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

Shea Langeliers put on a show for Mississippi, exploding in a career game that put him on top of many major offensive categories in the league. Langeliers first made impact in the top of the first inning by crushing a home run over the left field wall for the first run of the game.

In the second inning, Mississippi added to the lead with some help from Trey Harris, who also had a fantastic day with four hits. He singled to lead off the inning and got to third with two outs, then Mississippi went to work with consecutive singles from Greyson Jenista, Jefrey Ramos, and Justin Dean to score two runs and push the lead out to 3-0. Langeliers led off the third inning by going out to the deep part of the left field gap for his second home run of the game, tying him for the league lead with six homers. After Pensacola came back with a couple in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the lead in half, it was time for Shea again, and this time he settled for a leadoff single to spark another Braves rally. CJ Alexander, who has an .830 OPS over his last 16 games, then followed with a ground rule double and Mississippi was in serious business. Harris brought them both home with the first of his two doubles on the day and Mississippi was out to a 6-2 lead. Jenista tacked on a third run in the inning with a two out single to score Harris

Langeliers was due up third in the inning in the sixth, and after Dean and Shewmake went down quickly it was time for him to step to the plate again with two home runs on the day. Guess what he did next.

On the first pitch he saw, Langeliers put one over the fence in the left field corner for his third homer of the evening. Langeliers left the game leading the league in home runs with seven, slugging percentage at ,642, OPS at 1.049, isolated power at .358, and wRC+ at 187. Harris added the Braves ninth and final run later in the inning, ripping another RBI double to score Alexander.

Opposite that offensive showing Hayden Deal was doing his work, going 5 2/3 innings while allowing two runs. Deal had to work around two hits in each the first and third innings, but danced around it deftly to keep the Braves in the driver’s seat. His luck ran out a bit in the fourth as he allowed a two-run single, but he pitched a clean fifth and then left the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Troy Bacon kept up his phenomenal start to the season with another scoreless outing, and he is now up to 12 2/3 scoreless innings on the season. Sean McLaughlin pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Braves and they turned it over to Brandon White who had been fantastic on the season. White had major struggles in his outing, and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk before being pulled with one out in the inning. Chris Nunn was brought in to put out the fire and struck out the two hitters he faced on eight total pitches to finish the game out.

Next Game: 6/3 @ (16-10) Pensacola Blue Wahoos @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Odalvi Javier (1-0, 1.76 ERA)

PNS: Jeff Lindgren (2-1, 2.91 ERA)

(15-11) Rome Braves 4, (15-11) Bowling Green Hot Rods 14

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 0-4, .340/.356/.464
  • Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-3, BB, .211/.356/.408
  • Beau Philip, SS: 1-3, HR, BB, RBI, .219/.318/.370
  • Jared Shuster, SP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. 2.25 ERA
  • Davis Schwab, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 10.50 ERA

Rome spoiled the vibes a bit with a bad loss as the bullpen had a rough day. Rome jumped out to a lead in the first inning thanks to leadoff hits from Cody Milligan and Kevin Josephina, actually scoring the run when Josephina was thrown out trying to steal and Milligan trotted home on the throw. Rusber Estrada led off the second inning with a huge home run to make the lead 2-0, but that lead wasn’t long for this world. By the time the Braves scored again Bowling Green had dropped eight runs on them, and a Kevin Josephina home run was inconsequential. Beau Philip added a solo home run in the sixth inning, to cut the deficit from 11 runs to 10.

Jared Shuster made his third start for Rome and once again a severe pitch count limit held him to only two innings. His command in that time was shaky at best, but he did strike out four batters and only allowed one walk. The bullpen was the story for Rome, as Alan Rangel gave up a two-run home run to the third batter he faced to erase their early lead. After allowing two runs in the fourth inning, Rangel departed with the bases loaded, and the first pitch from Mitch Stallings was deposited over the outfield wall for a grand slam to extend the deficit to 8-2. Stallings had a clean fifth inning, but in the sixth, walked three batters and left the bases loaded for Merrick Crouse. Crouse then walked in two runs himself on consecutive hitters, before a two-run double and a wild pitch really put the game into embarrassing territory. Crouse pitched a scoreless eighth and Davis Schwab a scoreless ninth to end this game so we can move on to better things.

Next Game: 6/3 @ (15-11) Bowling Green Hot Rods @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Bryce Elder (1-0, 3.51 ERA)

BG: Peyton Battenfield (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

(12-14) Augusta GreenJackets 7, (15-11) Charleston Riverdogs 4

Box Score

  • Cade Bunnell, 2B: 3-5, 2 2B, .227/.408/.480
  • Willie Carter, RF: 2-4, RBI, .351/.457/.494
  • Vaughn Grissom, 3B: 1-4, 2B, BB, RBI, .257/.354/.329
  • Joey Estes, SP: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1.29 ERA
  • Miguel Pena, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 6.30 ERA

Despite their best efforts to do otherwise, Augusta came away with a win, and now have a three game winning streak. The GreenJackets were ready in the first inning and Javier Valdes gave fans something to cheer about with a two out, two-run double to score Cade Bunnell and Willie Carter. Bunnell led off the third inning with a double and then scored when Landon Stephens singled into center field. Augusta broke it open in the fifth inning with Bunnell again delivering the spark, this time with a one out double. Vaughn Grissom followed him with an RBI double, and Willie Carter singled to score Grissom. Valdes knocked in his third run of the game by doubling to score Carter and the GreenJackets had the lead out to 6-0. Valdes dropped a fourth RBI on seventh inning sacrifice fly, and all of these runs played a factor as the game got away a bit in the top of the eighth.

Joey Estes was again marvelous for the GreenJackets, this time with a seven strikeout performance that was one off his career high. Estes started out by striking out the first two batters he faced swinging then got a ground out to end an easy and dominant first inning. Estes allowed two hits in the third, a double and a single, but three strikeouts in the inning stranded the runners at second and third and allowed Augusta to hold on to a 2-0 lead. Estes had another strikeout in a perfect third inning and then worked around a two out double and walk to finish off a scoreless game. Miguel Pena was the first person out of the bullpen and in his two innings on the mound the only runner he allowed to reach was a hit batter. Estarlin Rodriguez worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh to keep the game scoreless, but his eighth inning went off the rails. Rodriguez recorded only one out in the inning, and allowed a hit and two walks to load the bases. Kenny Wells got a strikeout for the second out, but then allowed a two-run double that put Charleston on the board. Then next batter knocked in two more runs and the inning was set to keep going, but Brandon Parker threw out the batter trying to stretch the hit to a double to stop the bleeding. A clean ninth kept the lead intact and Augusta came away with a win.

Next Game: 6/3 vs (15-11) Charleston Riverdogs @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

AUG: Roddery Munoz (0-0, 4.76 ERA)

CSC: Cole Wilcox (0-0, 2.05 ERA)