A pair of debuts were on tap for tonight with Nolan Kingham making his Triple-A debut, and Bryce Elder making his Double-A debut. Shea Langeliers and the Mississippi offense broke out for seven runs, including three homers, to pick up their impressive 30th win of the season.
(22-26) Gwinnett Stripers 3, (32-16) Durham Bulls 8
- Drew Waters, RF: 0-for-4, BB, R, .682 OPS
- Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-4, .650 OPS
- Jason Kipnis, DH: 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, .818 OPS
- Nolan Kingham, SP: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 16.20 ERA
- Jesse Biddle, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.38 ERA
Nolan Kingham’s Triple-A debut didn’t quite go to plan as the he lasted just three innings and gave up six runs. The Bulls were able to put together high quality at-bats and take advantage of Kingham’s fastball that didn’t get quite low enough to induce that weak contact he does so well. The bullpen did a decent job keeping the damage there, outside of Jay Flaa who surrendered two runs in just 2/3 of an inning. The trio of Thomas Burrows, Jesse Biddle, and Victor Arano combined for four innings of one hit baseball, and struck out seven hitters.
Unfortunately, despite the fantastic effort of those three, the bats couldn’t overcome the eight runs allowed. Jason Kipnis had the lone extra-base hit, his third of the season, with a double. The rest of the offense combined for just six singles. Drew Waters went 0-for-4 but did get on base via walk, stole his 12th base of the season, but also struck out four times.
(30-19) Mississippi Braves 7, (22-25) Montgomery Biscuits 6
- Justin Dean, CF: 2-for-5, .748 OPS
- Shea Langeliers, C: 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (12), RBI, .883 OPS
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 2-for-4, R, .567 OPS
- Drew Lugbauer, DH: 2-for-4, HR (6), 3 RBI, R, .900 OPS
- Bryce Elder, SP: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Bryce Elder made his Double-A debut tonight and while the line doesn’t look incredible, he was very solid outside of a pretty unlucky first inning. He showed his great Fastball-Slider combination as the game went on, and impressed David Lee:
Excellent 3rd for Elder. He started spinning solid SLs in the 2nd and spotted up the FB in the 3rd, especially glove-side. Ended with a strong SL. The FB is tough when it runs back.— David Lee (@David11Lee) June 30, 2021
The final four pitchers that came into the game for Mississippi gave up just one hit over the final four innings, including a spectacular final 1 1/3 innings by Brooks Wilson who struck out three of the four hitters he faced.
Brooks Wilson since June 5th— Atlanta Braves Farm System Updates (@BravesMILB) June 30, 2021
7 GP, 11 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 18 K
0.82 ERA, 0.57 FIP
He struck out three in a four out save tonight and has a 1.61 ERA (1.96 FIP) on the season with 35 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings pic.twitter.com/iBvGqDD1C2
The offense had the long ball going with homers by Shea Langeliers, Greyson Jenista, and Drew Lugbauer. The Langeliers homer was an absolute tank shot, with an exit velocity of 112 MPH while traveling 462’.
Langeliers’ mastery of Double-A was also displayed on defense, with yet another caught stealing as well. Also, special shoutout to Drew Lugbauer who is having a fantastic season - including a 2-for-3 performance with his sixth homer of the season. He now has an OPS of .900 and is looking more and more like big bat the Braves drafted back in 2017. Though his position is a bit unclear, it’s been a great season for him.
(25-22) Rome Braves 6, (22-25) Wilmington Blue Rocks 2
- Cody Milligan, 2B: 2-for-5, R, .671 OPS
- Michael Harris, CF: 1-for-4, 2B, R, BB, .805 OPS
- Riley Delgado, DH: 3-for-4, R, BB, .628 OPS
- Freddy Tarnok, SP: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 3.86 ERA
- Indigo Diaz, RP: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 0.82 ERA
Rome used a six-run first inning to cruise to a 6-2 win over Wilmington. The festivities started up with a Michael Harris double that scored Cody Milligan and the flood gates just opened with the Braves collecting another five runs including a two-run single by Beau Phillip. Cody Milligan and Riley Delgado were the only two players to have multi-hit games so despite the six runs, they had just eight hits for the game.
The real star of the game was Freddy Tarnok who was staked to a six run lead and didn’t waiver at all, striking out eight over five innings of work. Tarnok now has 27 strikeouts in 14 innings of work. He’s shown a great fastball, curveball combination so far on the season and with it has shown the promise that the Braves believed in when they selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft.
Also of note, Indigo Diaz struck out the side in the ninth inning but actually gave up a walk, and a hit which is very un-Indigo like. Diaz has been absolutely dominant this season showing a stellar 0.82 ERA, 19 K/9. and 2.9 BB/9 rate. You would have to imagine he’s destined for Mississippi in the near future.
(25-20) Columbia Fireflies 5, (21-27) Augusta GreenJackets 6
- Cade Bunnell, 2B: 0-for-1, R, 3 BB, .838 OPS
- Bryson Horne, 1B: 2-for-3, HR(5), 2 RBI, R, .751 OPS
- Willie Carter, DH: 1-for-4, HR (4), R, RBI, .850 OPS
- Cam Shepherd, SS: 2-for-4, 2B, R, .496 OPS
- Jake McSteen, SP: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2.16 ERA
Despite losing Vaughn Grissom to the injured list, Augusta picked up a great win against a good Columbia Fireflies team. Jake McSteen put up a great start giving up just two earned runs while striking out six and walking zero. He was very efficient throwing just 78 pitches in those seven inning. Gabriel Rodriguez came in, in relief and gave up three runs, two earned, in 2/3 of an inning, but Benjamin Dum closed out the game with a perfect final 1 1/3 innings to pick up his second save of the season.
Augusta was down 2-0 heading into the sixth inning before Bryson Horne, and Willie Carter decided enough was enough and tied up the game. They went on to score four runs in the next inning, highlighted by a Cody Birdsong double that scored a pair of runs.