It was a rainy night for the Braves organization with two games being rained out. The other two featured a pair of losses by Braves teams but a particularly fantastic night for Odalvi Javier of the Mississippi Braves, and Logan Brown for the Rome Braves.
(20-45) Biloxi Shuckers 1, (40-27) Mississippi Braves 0
- Justin Dean, CF: 1-for-3, BB, R, .748 OPS
- Trey Harris, RF: 0-for-4, .690 OPS
- Shea Langeliers, C: 1-for-3, .843 OPS
- Odalvi Javier, SP: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2.93 ERA
- Daysbel Hernandez, RP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.43 ERA
The Mississippi offense was held to just three hits thanks to some masterful pitching by the Biloxi pitching staff, which wasted an absolute gem of a performance by Mississippi’s Odalvi Javier who lowered his ERA on the season down to 2.93. Riley Unroe was the lone Mississippi hitter to have an extra-base hit, a triple. Unroe, Shea Langeliers, and Justin Dean were the three Mississippi hitters to register a hit and Dean was then caught trying to steal which ended that threat.
As previously stated it was the pitching that was key this game and Odalvi Javier turned in another absolute gem. While he is not considered a marquee prospect he’s had a wildly successful season with a 2.93 ERA, and near 9 K/9 (8.95). His 2.93 ERA is the lowest he’s had since 2015 when he was pitching in rookie ball, and his 3.44 FIP is the lowest he’s had since rookie ball in 2016. He’s on pace for another season where he’s provided key innings and kept the team in the game and has, by all accounts, been absolutely wonderful for the organization.
After seven innings from Javier, Daysbel Hernandez kept the dominance going with a pair of perfect innings himself. The issue with Hernandez has always been the command of his talented two-pitch mix - which can easily be seen by his 5.79 BB/9 rate in 2021, but last night was pure dominance. Over his last seven appearances, Hernandez has a 1.69 ERA, and .499 OPS against (.135/.256/.243), 13.5 K/9, and 4.2 BB/9 further illustrating his pure dominance and struggles at the same time.
(33-34) Rome Braves 4, (46-21) Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
- Andrew Moritz, DH: 2-for-4, BB, .710 OPS
- Logan Brown, C: 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, R, RBI, .599 OPS
- Riley Delgado, 2B: 2-for-4, R, RBI, .578 OPS
- Michael Harris II, CF: 1-for-5, .758 OPS
- Darius Vines, SP: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 3.52 ERA
It was a tough start for Darius Vines who looked good at times, but also struggled with command on his pitches especially his changeup. It is currently being theorized by some of the Talking Chop crew that the Rome pitching staff is asking Vines to throw his changeup more right now to get lots of work on it because it’s a key pitch in his development and if that’s the case you can throw basically all stats in the trash. Encouragingly, he had no walks despite the added emphasis on a pitch and has overall solid numbers for Rome. Most of the damage Vines gave up came in in the third inning when he allowed three runs - all via single.
The three runs came in the bottom of the second inning, after the Rome offense came out with three runs of their own in the top half of the inning. A caught stealing error allowed Logan Brown to score the first run of the game, a Riley Delgado double made it 2-0 after scoring Brett Langhorne, and a Shean Michel double of his own extended the lead to 3-0. But like previously mentioned, Bowling Green came back to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning.
The two pitchers dueled with competing zeroes until the bottom half of the sixth inning when Vines gave up a two-run home run to give Bowling Green the 5-3 lead. Gabriel Noguera replaced Vines and closed out the game with a scoreless final two frames. In the top of the seventh inning it was Logan Brown again that doubled in Jesse Franklin V to cut the deficit to just one run, however that’s all the offense Rome could muster as they fell to one game below .500 on the full season.