If you want joy, scroll down to the Augusta recap and read this one. If you want a reflection of the current Atlanta Braves season, well why not enjoy the chaos of the other three games in the system. It was quite the day around the farm....plus Jesse Franklin delivered yet another home run.
(26-34) Gwinnett Stripers 0, (37-22) Nashville Sounds 7
- Cristian Pache, CF: 0-4, .243/.302/.383
- Sean Kazmar, 3B: 2-4, .193/.246/.361
- Alex Jackson, C: 2-4, .269/.333/.672
- Nolan Kingham, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9.49 ERA
- Sean Newcomb, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.60 ERA
The third batter of the game homered for Nashville, and it never really got better from there for the Stripers. Gwinnett’s offense was abysmal in this one, with the best scoring chance coming in the second inning. Ryan Goins led off with a walk and Sean Kazmar singled, and after they pulled off a double steal the Stripers had runners on second and third with two outs. With the pitcher batting. Kazmar’s fourth inning single was the last Gwinnett hit on the day as they were thoroughly dominated. Cristian Pache had played well coming into this one and had only three strikeouts in his past six games and four consecutive multi hit games, but he went 0-4 with three strikeouts on the day.
Nolan Kingham’s adjustment to Triple-A has not gone smoothly and he had another fairly rough outing. The third batter he faced was our old friend Matt Lipka, who sent an 0-1 pitch over the fence in left field for a solo home run. Otherwise Kingham had a solid first inning with two swinging strikeouts and an infield pop fly. Two singles in the second brought in another run off of Kingham before he finished off the inning with his third strikeout. His third inning got off to a rough start with a double, but he was able to work around it by forcing three ground ball outs and he then put up a 1-2-3 fourth inning as he began to settle down. That lasted one inning until he loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth. Miraculously he escaped with only one run allowed, getting a couple of fly outs and a ground out to finish his start. Trevor Kelley cruised through the sixth inning with a couple of strikeouts, but the seventh inning was the dagger in this game. Ty Tice allowed a three run home run with two outs, and with a six run deficit the story was all but set for this game. Chasen Bradford allowed another solo home run in the eighth inning, and it took Sean Newcomb in the ninth to give the Stripers their second clean inning. A forgettable afternoon for all.
Next Game: 7/13 @ (25-32) Charlotte Knights @ 7:04 PM ET
(37-23) Mississippi Braves 4, (34-26) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 10
- Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 3-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, .295/.411/.511
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-4, .216/.259/.379
- Shea Langeliers, DH: 0-4, .243/.335/.514
- Spencer Strider, SP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 6.91 ERA
- Brooks Wilson, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.78 ERA
Drew Lugbauer has been a star at the plate for Mississippi this season, and he once again carried a huge load for them in this loss. Mississippi was down 5-0 before they even took an at bat, but they actually climbed right back in the game immediately. Justin Dean led off the inning with a walk and then Lugbauer crushed his seventh home run of the season to put two on the board. A Braden Shewmake base hit and Jefrey Ramos triple brought in another run, and after a double from Jalen Miller the Braves were suddenly within a run. Then they didn’t score again in the game. Well Lugbauer had a big day at the plate with his three hits, including that home run and a double. Jefrey Ramos has come around fine at the plate after a horrendous start to the season and in July he is hitting .280/.367/.720 with as many extra base hits (5) as strikeouts.
Spencer Strider, I was really hoping you would deliver as the biggest prospect on the bump today. Man, did that not happen at all. Strider got the first batter to ground out, but his control was just not going to cooperate and he walked the next five batters in a row before a sacrifice fly ended his outing. He threw 34 pitches and only got 11 in the strike zone in what we will assume is going to be the low point of his professional career. Kurt Hoekstra wasn’t all that much better, allowing two inherited runners to score and only throwing 22 of his 45 pitches for strikes while allowing two runs over 2 ⅓ innings. Emmanuel Ramirez allowed two runs, one earned, as he was able to give the Braves a couple of innings of relief. He walked none and struck out three batters. Sean McLaughlin mopped up for two innings and allowed only one run, then the Braves brought in their best reliever in Brooks Wilson who pitched a scoreless inning while striking out two. Will Latcham finished it out with a scoreless ninth inning despite hitting the first batter he faced in the game. Another forgettable day. Maybe Rome will be better.
Next Game: 7/13 @ (24-32) Tennessee Smokies @ 7:00 PM ET
(32-28) Rome Braves 3, (39-21) Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
- Logan Brown, C: 3-4, HR, RBI, .234/.265/.345
- Brett Langhorne, 1B: 3-4, 2B, .200/.333/.294
- Jesse Franklin, LF: 1-4, HR, RBI, .268/.332/.568
- Alan Rangel, SP: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4.08 ERA
- Davis Schwab, RP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.44 ERA
Rome was certainly better, but giving up three runs in the ninth inning is never an ideal way to lose a ball game is it? Rome sent the minimum twelve batters to the plate across the first four innings and trailed 2-0 with Jesse Franklin leading off in the fifth inning. You can absolutely guess where this is going, and Franklin hit another home run. Flash forward to the eighth inning and it was still a 2-1 game, but Brett Langhorne had something to say about that and led off with a double. He was standing at third with two outs when Cody Milligan ripped a single up the middle to tie the game at two. Then, the Braves gave up three runs almost immediately and we’ll get to that weirdness in a second because they ran out of pitchers. Anyways, ninth inning, down three runs, and Logan Brown gave the Braves a one out home run to cut the deficit to two runs. Beau Philip and Brett Langhorne then singled consecutively to give Rome a chance to tie it and....the game ended on a double play. Ew.
⬇️5️⃣ At this point, you’ve just gotta sit back and respect greatness. @JJessefranklin8 MASHES one to Home Run Hill, putting Rome on the board in the fifth! He’s now tied for 2nd in the league with 14 HRs.— Rome Braves (@TheRomeBraves) July 11, 2021
Rome 1 | Bowling Green 2 pic.twitter.com/1bQ8w861ro
Rome Braves legend Alan Rangel was on the mound and he delivered his signature brand of the most average five innings in baseball. Rangel allowed a run in the second inning on a couple of hits and a walk, then allowed a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but otherwise provided some decent innings for Rome. Rangel turned the ball over to Davis Schwab after a one out walk in the sixth inning, and Schwab was fantastic. He retired all five batters he faced and struck out two to send it to the eighth inning still at 2-1. Luis Mora was brought in to pitch the eighth, and things got far more complicated when he had to leave the game with an injury after recording the first two outs. Due to a heavily taxed bullpen Coleman Huntley finished out the eighth and got a couple of outs in the ninth, but he just could not get through that inning. Huntley started and threw 56 pitches over five innings three days before this, so when he ran out of pitches he had to be pulled. The Braves brought in Garrison Schwartz, and you may be a bit confused because that is the right fielder. And it’s a one run game in the ninth inning. The Braves ran completely out of arms and had to use him out of desperation, and Schwartz did his best, but it was not pretty. He walked the first three batters he faced to bring in a couple of runs before he got a strikeout to end the frame. Those three strikes were the only three strikes he threw in his outing. A very bizarre way to lose a game, and I hope that reinforcements will be brought up to spell these pitchers this week.
Next Game: 7/13 vs (35-25) Greensboro Grasshoppers @ 7:00 PM ET
(28-31) Augusta GreenJackets 11, (26-33) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0
- Cade Bunnell, SS: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .240/.400/.469
- Bryson Horne, 1B: 3-5, 2B, RBI, .270/.305/.447
- Landon Stephens, DH: 1-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, .247/.354/.420
- Tanner Gordon, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1.95 ERA
- Lisandro Santos, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5.19 ERA
Augusta brought the lumber to finish us out with a win, and what a sight it was. The Greenjackets went six up, six down through the first two innings, but an error in the second inning opened up the floodgates for this offense. Cam Shepherd followed that with a run-scoring single to put Augusta on top, and Cody Birdsong extended the lead to two runs with another single. Landon Stephens then delivered the big hit with a three run home run that broke the game wide open and all but settled it. Augusta had a couple of quiet innings again but inning number six was a big one with Stephens leading off with a walk. Victor De Hoyos followed with a single and the ball was rolling. Connor Blair knocked in the game’s sixth run with a bases loaded single, then Cam Shepherd followed him with the same to make it 7-0 Augusta got help from the Pelican’s pitching staff with a run scoring wild pitch and balk before Cade Bunnell capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly. Bunnell doubled and came in to score on a single from Bryson Horne in the eight inning, providing the final run of this massacre.
As good as Augusta’s bats were, the pitching was perhaps more dominant, allowing just two hits in the game on the way to a shutout. Tanner Gordon rolled through the lineup the first time around, going a perfect nine for nine on outs with three coming on strikeouts. The only real trouble in the entire game came in the fourth when he allowed a single and a walk to leadoff the inning, but he set down the next three and then pitched two more scoreless innings with no more hits allowed. Lisandro Santos came in to relieve Gordon, and while he didn’t provide any totally clean innings he did work around a hit batter in the seventh and a single in the eighth to send it to the final inning still scoreless. Ben Thompson was up to the task and retired all three batters he faced to cap off an incredible performance from the GreenJackets as a team.
Next Game: 7/13 @ (39-18) Charleston Riverdogs @ 7:05 PM ET