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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Jesse Franklin and Drew Waters stay hot, Bryce Elder turns in a gem

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The 4th of July saw Drew Waters and Jesse Franklin have huge games while we got a great start out of recently promoted Bryce Elder.

Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

The Braves system had a big day on the July 4th with three hit games from the red hot Jesse Franklin and Drew Waters, plus a very strong start from the recently promoted Bryce Elder. If that’s not enough, Shea Langeliers also had a multi-hit game on Sunday. Let’s get to it!

Durham Bulls 5, Gwinnett Stripers 4

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, LF: 3-4, 2 R, 2 SB, .239/.342/.365
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-4, .213/.276/.363
  • Johan Camargo, 3B: 2-4, R, RBI, .309/.400/.500
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 1 K, 7.18 ERA
  • Jay Flaa, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.93 ERA

Jasseel De La Cruz got the start and turned in arguably his worst outing of the year as he failed to make it out of the first inning while giving up four runs. De La Cruz’s command wasn’t right as he walked four batters and landed just 11 of his 33 pitches for strikes in this game. He hasn’t been quite the same of late, but this definitely is the low point of the season for him. A positive for the pitching staff is the bullpen pitched exceptional, actually giving the Stripers a chance to win this one. They went scoreless until the bottom of the ninth led by an inning and a third from Victor Arano, two each from Tanner Roark and Jay Flaa, and an inning and two thirds from Mitch Horacek. Yoan Lopez came in and got the final out in the eighth but couldn’t get anyone out in the bottom of the ninth before allowing the winning run to come across.

Offensively Drew Waters stayed hot with a 3-for-4 game and two stolen bases. This gives Waters six hits over his last three games at a .500 batting average. Johan Camargo went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Ryan Goins hit a two-run homer to cap off the offense for the Stripers. Cristian Pache went hitless in four at bats with three strikeouts.

Next Game: 7/6 vs Nashville @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

Gwinnett-TBD, Nashville-Ethan Small

Mississippi Braves 6, Montgomery Biscuits 2

Box Score

  • Tyler Neslony, CF: 2-5, R, 2 RBI, 2B, .184/.273/.286
  • Shea Langeliers, DH: 2-4, R, RBI, .253/.350/.539
  • Wendell Rijo, 2B: 1-3, BB, HBP, R, RBI, HR, .248/.345/.441
  • Bryce Elder, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 5.00 ERA
  • Daysbel Hernandez, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.20 ERA

Sunday was Bryce Elder day and he put up his best performance since his recent promotion to Double-A. Elder allowed just one run on two hits and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts. He did this against a Montgomery team with a few quality Rays prospects on the team, so it was a good sign for him. Once again the bullpen was excellent as they got scoreless frames from Brooks Wilson, Troy Bacon, and Daysbel Hernandez while Brandon White allowed one run in his inning of work.

The stars at the plate were Tyler Neslony, who doubled and singled while picking up a pair of RBI, and Wendell Rijo who walked, was hit by a pitch, and homered. Shea Langeliers went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Greyson Jenista, CJ Alexander, Braden Shewmake, and Jefrey Ramos all doubled in the win.

Next Game: 7/6 vs Pensacola @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

Both TBD

Rome Braves 9, Wilmington Blue Rocks 4

Box Score

  • Jesse Franklin, CF: 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, HR, .287/.343/.573
  • Cody Milligan, 2B: 3-5, 2 R, 2B, .297/.358/.374
  • Kevin Josephina, DH: 3-4, 2 R, BB, RBI, 2B, .293/.346/.420
  • Freddy Tarnok, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 4.74 ERA
  • Indigo Diaz, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0.75 ERA

Freddy Tarnok got the start and struggled with the longball, giving up four runs on three homers over five innings. He did strikeout four and only allowed one hit and one walk outside of the homers so it wasn’t all bad. Zach Daniels threw two scoreless frames, allowing just one walk and was followed by two perfect innings from the unhittable Indigo Diaz, a candidate for promotion at any time now.

Jesse Franklin continued his most recent hot streak, going 3-for-5 with a double, homer, and four RBI on the day. Kevin Josephina, Cody Milligan, and Andrew Moritz all had three hits including a double while Logan Brown and Shean Michel finished with two hits each.

Next Game: 7/6 vs Bowling Green @ 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

Both TBD

Augusta GreenJackets 3, Columbia Fireflies 1

Box Score

  • Landon Stephens, 1B: 2-4, R, RBI, HR, .242/.341/.418
  • Jake McSteen, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.59 ERA
  • Alec Barger, RP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 4.64 ERA
  • Estarlin Rodriguez, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 6.23 ERA

Jake McSteen was the guy to get the start and he turned in a great effort, throwing six shutout innings with five strikeouts. Alec Barger followed and gave up a run in his inning and two thirds, but did strike out three of the five outs he recorded. Estarlin Rodriguez finished it off with a scoreless inning and a third.

There wasn’t much offense from Augusta outside of a Landon Stephens 2-for-4 day that included a solo homer. In fact the GreenJackets managed just two hits beyond the two put up by Stephens, both singles. One was by Ricardo Rodriguez, who picked up the other Augusta RBI, and Braulio Vasquez had the fourth hit of the game.

Next Game: 7/6 vs Myrtle Beach @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

Both TBD