It was a big night for some notable Braves prospects including the likes of Drew Waters, and Cristian Pache. Also making their presences known included William Contreras, and Touki Toussaint who has put together back-to-back fantastic outings - and that’s just in the Gwinnett game. Jared Shuster returned to action, and impressed, but the Rome offense was blanked. And finally, Augusta hung in there with a very impressive Charleston team but came up just short in their efforts.
(27-34) Gwinnett Stripers 5, (25-34) Charlotte Knights 3
- Drew Waters, LF: 2-for-5, R, .765 OPS
- Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-4, R, RBI, BB, .693 OPS
- William Contreras, DH: 1-for-3, RBI, BB, .929 OPS
- Alex Jackson, C: 0-for-3, BB, .972 OPS
- Travis Demeritte, RF: 1-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI, 1.101 OPS
- Touki Toussaint, SP: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 4.32 ERA
Tonight was a very nice night for big named prospects and organizational player for Gwinnett with back-to-back really good outings by Touki Toussaint. Toussaint surrendered just two earned runs over six frames of work and struck out 7 - against a Charlotte Knights team that featured Yermin Mercedes, and Eloy Jiménez. As a matter of fact, one of Touki’s strikeouts came on a beautiful curveball against Eloy.
Touki allowed a home run to lead off the fifth. Finished with this curve pic.twitter.com/Li7ZuXwlNg— Atlanta Braves Farm System Updates (@BravesMILB) July 14, 2021
Touki was given a two run lead in the first inning via bases loaded walk by William Contreras and a single by Ryan Goins that scored Cristian Pache. Gwinnett would add another run in the second inning when Cristian Pache grounded out to short allowing Yolmer Sanchez to score from third. Touki slipped just a bit in the fourth when he got absolutely barreled by Yermin, and then again in the fifth when he gave up a homerun to Luis Gonzalez to make the lead 3-2.
Gwinnett immediately responded in the top half of the next inning when Ryan Goins scored on a passed ball by the catcher Yermin. Gwinnett would add a fifth run in the ninth when Travis Demeritte obliterated this ball to left field.
Travis Demeritte crushes a no doubter for his 8th home run of the season. He has a 1.101 OPS in 28 games for Gwinnett. pic.twitter.com/7IDjEOn1sT— Atlanta Braves Farm System Updates (@BravesMILB) July 14, 2021
Charlotte would add a run of their own in the ninth before Tanner Roark finished off his second inning of work and picked up the save for Gwinnett.
(38-23) Mississippi Braves 11, (24-33) Tennessee Smokies 4
- Justin Dean, CF: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, .747 OPS
- Trey Harris, RF: 2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, .695 OPS
- Shea Langeliers, C: 2-for-4, 2B, BB, .861 OPS
- CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-for-4, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, .538 OPS
- Hayden Deal, SP: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4.03 ERA
The surging Mississippi Braves continued their winning ways with yet another blow out. Hayden Deal pitched six effective innings giving up three runs only after he was staked to a 7-0 lead. Those seven runs came a variety of ways but none were as majestic as this massive two run homerun by CJ Alexander that left the park.
After Tennessee scored those three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Mississippi responded yet again with a three spot in the sixth inning including this solo homerun by Greyson Jenista.
Unfortunately for Tennessee the scoring didn’t stop there as Trey Harris connected on his fourth homer of the season to extend the lead to 11-3.
Tennessee would add a run in the bottom half of the inning but Brandon White came in and slammed the door close pitching the final 1 2/3 innings of the game where he struck out two and surrendered just one hit.
(36-25) Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, (32-29) Rome Braves 0
- Cody Milligan, 2B: 1-for-3, BB, .708 OPS
- Michael Harris II, CF: 0-for-4, .784 OPS
- Jesse Franklin V, RF: 0-for-3, BB, .890 OPS
- Bryce Ball, 1B: 0-for-3, .726 OPS
- Jared Shuster, SP: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.89 ERA
Jared Shuster, making just his first second start since June 24th pitched very efficiently needing just 42 pitches to make it through four innings and threw 32 strikes. He showcased that beautiful changeup many times to the absolute dismay of many hitters and overall looked dynamic. When healthy, Shuster has been absolutely dynamic for the Rome Braves with a 2.89 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and .162 batting average against - it’s pitching regularly that has been his biggest opponent.
He and Jake McSteen kept the Greensboro Grasshoppers in check for eight straight innings, with McSteen putting together four scoreless innings himself. It wasn’t until the top of the ninth inning when Greensboro got going, as Justin Yeager gave up a lead off walk, retired two batters in a row, and then gave up a game winning homerun to Aaron Shackelford.
Of course, if the Rome Braves offense had shown any signs of life it might have been a different story, but Rome combined for just 1 hit - an infield single by Cody Milligan in the bottom of the eighth inning. Hitters 2 through 8 in the lineup combined for 11 strikeouts, and 3 walks. Milligan, Jesse Franklin V, Beau Philip, and Shean Michel were the only hitters to reach base via walk, and Franklin V picked up his 14th stolen base of the season.
(28-32) Augusta Greenjackets 5, (41-18) Charleston RiverDogs 8
- Cade Bunnell, SS: 1-for-4, BB, R, .864 OPS
- Bryson Horne, 1B: 2-for-5, RBI, .753 OPS
- Willie Carter, RF: 1-for-4, RBI, .814 OPS
- Brandon Parker, LF: 2-for-4, 2 R, .663 OPS
- Jared Johnson, SP: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 8.10 ERA
The Charleston Riverdogs offense was just too much for Jared Johnson and the rest of the Augusta pitching staff tonight as Charleston picked up their 41st win of the season by collecting 12 hits, seven which were extra-base hits. Jared started and surrendered four earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched including two homeruns. The game was actually tied at 4-4 when he came out, thanks to a four run fifth innings which included runs scored via a wild pitch, bases loaded walk, ground out, and finally a single by Willie Carter that scored Cade Bunnel.
Unfortunately for the Greenjackets the RiverDogs responded with three runs over the next two innings to give them the 8-5 lead. Alec Barger gave up three runs, one of which was earned, in 1.2 innings of work. He was followed by Estarlin Rodriguez who gave up a run of his own over two innings of work. James Acuna worked a perfect ninth inning, lowering his ERA to 2.74 on the season to give Augusta a shot in the top of the ninth inning, and had the bases loaded but Bryson Horne struck out to end the game.