The Atlanta Braves minor league system was full of strong performances on the last day of June, starting at Gwinnett where Bryse Wilson had a marvelous start and Orlando Arcia crushed another home run. Mississippi took a loss behind a shaky outing from Spencer Strider, but Shea Langeliers had a good day and Braden Shewmake kept his good play going. Rome had the big performance with a grand slam from Michael Harris headlining a 13-3 win.
(23-26) Gwinnett Stripers 2, (32-17) Durham Bulls 1
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-3, BB, RBI .234/.300/.406
- Drew Waters, LF: 0-4, .224/.335/.329
- Orlando Arcia, LF: 1-4, HR, RBI, .306/.373/.549
- Bryse Wilson, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 3.97 ERA
- Jacob Webb, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 2.08 ERA
A strong start from Bryse Wilson and a late run was enough to push the Stripers to a win over Durham. Orlando Arcia opened the scoring in the third inning by crushing his 12th home run of the season, capping off his June in a big way. While his power numbers weren’t as eye popping, Arcia still was fantastic, hitting .298/.362/.479 (123 wRC+) with an 11.4% strikeout rate. Gwinnett’s offense didn’t do much for the remainder of the game, and in the 8th inning, Durham was able to get a run to tie it at 1-1. Alex Jackson led off the ninth with a double into right field, and pinch runner Terrance Gore advanced to third with one out on a fly out from Drew Waters. Cristian Pache followed that with a go ahead single to put the Stripers in the win column. Drew Waters went 0-for-4 with a strikeut, capping off an abysmal June in which he battled injury while going 1-for-32 over his final nine games. His overall numbers for the month were gruesome as he hit just .188/.307/.219 with a 40% strikeout rate. If there is a positive to take he did finish the month with a 14.7% walk rate and has stolen a base now five straight times without being caught stealing.
Arcia air-mails his 12th home run of the year onto the 2nd level of the building in left field!!!— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) June 30, 2021
Stripers: 1 Bulls: 0 pic.twitter.com/3ZQTKsEh7J
Bryse Wilson wrecked the Durham lineup with a fantastic start. His highlight inning came in the second, when he struck out the side in order. There was no inning in which he was particularly in deep trouble as he commanded the game throughout and retired 13 consecutive between a hit in the third inning and a two-out single in the seventh. He finished off the start with his seventh strikeout, and finished seven full innings for the first time this season. Reliever Dylan Lee was brought in to maintain the lead for Wilson, and he did the exact opposite by giving up a game tying home run to the first batter he faced. He then retired the next three and the Stripers took the lead the next inning so he got the win in the scorebook. Jacob Webb allowed a single to the first batter he faced, but mowed through the next three with two strikeouts and a routine fly out to close out the Bulls.
Next Game: 7/1 @ (32-17) Durham Bulls @ 6:35 PM ET
(30-20) Mississippi Braves 3, (23-25) Montgomery Biscuits 6
- Trey Harris, RF: 1-4, .248/.328/.293
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-4, RBI, .190/.243/.335
- Shea Langeliers, C: 2-3, HR, BB, SB, RBI, .254/.354/.563
- Spencer Strider, SP: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5.40 ERA
- Matt Withrow, RP: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2.20 ERA
Mississippi played most of this game from behind, and every time they scratched through and threatened to take the lead, the Biscuits offense was able to put up runs and keep them at arms length. Shea Langeliers had the first hit of the game with a seeing-eye single to lead off the second inning. He then swiped the first base of his professional career, but he was stranded at second base. Mississippi tied the game in the fourth inning on a triple from CJ Alexander that banged off the wall and then a double from Jalen Miller to score Alexander. Langeliers hit his 13th home run of the season to retake the system lead over Arcia, This brought Mississippi within a run, but that was the closest they would get in the game. Langeliers walked in the 8th inning and scored on a Braden Shewmake triple that made the game 6-3. After Alexander walked, the Braves did bring the tying run to the plate, but Miller was rung up on strikes to end the threat. Shewmake finished June hitting .260/312/.460 (112 wRC+) with 3 home runs, and a .290 BABIP. He struck out 16.2% of the time while walking 6.5%.
BASEBALL DESTROYED!— Mississippi Braves (@mbraves) July 1, 2021
Another @Langeliers23 and it's a 3-2 deficit now in Montgomery in the 6th inning.
That's his league-best 13th on the season, and he's homered in back-to-back games.
⚡️ 112 mph pic.twitter.com/dmpnZi2Ht8
Spencer Strider wasn’t fully himself in this start and gave up three runs in less than four innings. It was clear early in the first inning he was having trouble getting adjusted to the mount in Montgomery and his command struggled as a result of that discomfort. He threw 30 pitches and issued a walk and a bunt single away from the shift was the only hit against him in the inning. A balk with a runner on third because he stumbled on the mound brought a run home. Strider came out in the second and began dominating with two strikeouts in the frame and added two more in the third inning. He allowed runners to reach second and third with one out in the fourth inning, but a strikeout had him one out away from escaping with no more damage. Luck however was not on Strider’s side as the hitter reached for a ball in the other batter’s box and was able to bloop a pop up a few feet over the head of the first baseman to score two runs.
And now the changeup by Spencer Strider. He might be my favorite pitcher in the organization and he's done it in less than half of a season pic.twitter.com/jp4NATQMpM— Gaurav (@gvedak) July 1, 2021
Next Game: 7/1 @ (23-25) Montgomery Biscuits @ 7:35 PM ET
MIS: Hayden Deal (1-3, 3.02 ERA)
(26-22) Rome Braves 13, (22-26) Wilmington Blue Rocks 3
- Michael Harris, CF: 2-6, HR, 7 RBI, .320/.341/.477
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 1-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI, .199/.345/.368
- Jesse Franklin, RF: 1-3, 3B, BB, 2 RBI, .268/.323/.503
- Alan Rangel, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K., 4.32 ERA
- Marrick Crouse, RP: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5.19 ERA
Michael Harris’ big day at the plate was the story for Rome. He drove in the game’s first run with an RBI ground out in the first inning. He then broke the game open in the fifth with a grand slam to put Rome up 5-0. Three batters later Jesse Franklin extended the lead with an RBI triple. Harris drove in his sixth run of the night an inning later with an RBI single. Rome scored five runs again in that inning to expand their lead greatly out to 11-0. An RBI ground out in the seventh inning netted Harris his 7th RBI of the game, and Bryce Ball brought in the final run of the evening with a bases loaded walk. All in all, Michael Harris scored or drove in eight of Rome’s 13 runs, and on the season he has accounted for 25.7% of all of Rome’s runs either by scoring or driving them in. Jesse Franklin had a phenomenal June, hitting .338/.412/.757 (202 wRC+) with eight home runs and six stolen bases.
Alan Rangel pitched a pretty good game, and by pretty good I mean that he retired the first 15 batters in a row while Rome’s offense backed him up with that big fifth inning. After another long wait in the sixth he came out much less sharp and allowed a hit to the first batter he faced to break up his no hitter. He still got out of the inning with no runs scored and was brought out for the seventh inning. The seventh got away in a hurry as the first three batters of the inning reached base and he was pulled for Marrick Crouse. Crouse got a double play, but then allowed a couple of hits to bring the game within only 10. Crouse finished off the seventh and then a scoreless eighth, and Zach Daniels worked around three walks to finish out a scoreless ninth inning.
Next Game: 7/1 @ (22-26) Wilmington Blue Rocks @ 7:05 PM ET
ROM: Jared Shuster (1-0, 3.79 ERA)
(22-27) Augusta GreenJackets 1, (25-21) Columbia Fireflies 0
- Bryson Horne, 1B: 1-3, BB, .269/.313/.442
- Willie Carter, RF: 1-3, .318/.415/.435
- Cade Bunnell, SS: 1-3, 2B, BB, .219/.407/.437
- Tanner Gordon, SP: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 2.79 ERA
- Estarlin Rodriguez, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6.57 ERA
We had a pitcher’s duel in Augusta and the GreenJackets came out on top, getting the one run they needed to win. Augusta’s offense had baserunners in four of the first five innings, but never strung together more than one and never threatened to seriously score. That changed in the bottom of the sixth when a double from Cade Bunnell and a single from Cody Birdsong had runners at the corners with no one out. Unfortunately Bunnell was thrown out at home trying to score on a ground out, but Augusta was not done. Willie Carter got hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Landon Stephens lifted a sacrifice fly that got Augusta their one run. Cade Bunnell’s double is part of a pretty interesting theme for him, as he had more doubles (10) than singles (7) in the month of June. Overall on the season he has 13 singles and 20 extra base hits and is second in the system in extra base hits behind Orlando Arcia.
Tanner Gordon had the system’s most impressive pitching performance as he struck out 10 batters over 5 2/3 innings. Gordon was dominant throughout the start and after a leadoff hit in the second inning, he retired 13 consecutive batters with nine of those coming via strikeout. A one out double in the sixth broke that streak but he bounced back with a strikeout for the second out that finished off his day. Lisandro Santos got a fly out to end the inning, then pitching with the lead went scoreless in the seventh to send it to Estarlin Rodriguez. Estarlin closed out the game with two phenomenal innings in which he struck out three of the six batters he faced and didn’t allow a baserunner.
Next Game: 7/1 vs (25-21) Columbia Fireflies @ 7:05 PM ET
AUG: Jared Johnson (0-2, 4.66 ERA)
COL: Delvin Capellan (1-2, 3.48 ERA)