What do Drew Waters, Cristian Pache, Trey Harris and Jesse Franklin V all have in common? They were part of the young core of Atlanta Braves outfield prospects who homered on Thursday. It was a busy day on the Braves farm, with Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright utterly dominating, a few game-winning hits and seven games played.
And with all that baseball, the young Braves went 6-1 on the night. With that much action packed into one night let’s get right to it.
Gwinnett Stripers vs. Nashville Sounds
Let’s play two!
Game 1: Gwinnett Stripers 7, Nashville Sounds 2
- Drew Waters, LF: 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 R, SB, .720 OPS
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, R, .634 OPS
- Johan Camargo, 1B: 2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, R, .901 OPS
- Touki Toussaint, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 5.06 ERA
Game 1 was everything we needed to see. Touki Toussaint had his best start by far of his rehab tour, which is perfect timing after tossing his worst start last week. He landed 49 of his 81 pitches for strikes, which is not great, but when you’re striking out 11 batters, your stuff is certainly working. It’s also worth noting that he allowed four ground outs and no fly outs, so not much was hit hard off him all night.
Drew Waters had a big game, racking up a double, triple and a stolen base. When he and Cristian Pache can pile up hits in the same game, good things will happen in Gwinnett. Jason Kipnis and Sean Kazmar, Jr. added the fireworks with a home run each.
Game 2: Gwinnett Stripers 6, Nashville Sounds 0
- Drew Waters, LF: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .733 OPS
- Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, .695 OPS
- Kyle Wright, SP: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K
Remember up there in the Game 1 recap when I said good things happen when Waters and Pache pile up hits? Well, see for yourself:
And Drew Waters with the opposite field homer for himself! What a day for the Gwinnett Outfielders pic.twitter.com/iJOl95IhGr— Gaurav (@gvedak) July 9, 2021
While the Braves outfield duo certainly stole the headlines, Kyle Wright threw a complete game, one-hit shutout. Most impressively, he walked just one and landed 53 of his 86 pitches for strikes. It was Wright’s first start allowing less than four runs in his last six outings.
Mississippi Braves vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos
How about two more?
Game 1: Mississippi Braves 4, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 3
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, .658 OPS
- Trey Harris, RF: 2-for-3, BB, R, .656 OPS
- Jefrey Ramos, DH: 2-for-3, HR, RBI, .512 OPS
- Hayden Deal, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3.98 ERA
Game 1 was a continuation of the rain-shortened game on Wednesday. Braden Shewmake — or, I should say, the red-hot Braden Shewmake — started the scoring with a two-run home run and then ended the scoring, knocking in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. That extended his hitting streak to 11 and was his seventh multi-hit game of the streak.
Hayden Deal kept Mississippi in the game and Sean McLaughlin and Will Latcham closed the door, combining for four shutout innings of two-hit baseball.
Game 2: Mississippi Braves 9, Pensacola Blue Wahoos 5
- Trey Harris, DH: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, .679 OPS
- Shea Langeliers, C: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR, .898 OPS
- Wendell Rijo, SS: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
- Brooks Wilson, RP: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Get the brooms out — the young Braves sweep not one but two double headers in the upper levels of the minors. Odalvi Javier started and went five innings allowing four runs. Emmanuel Ramirez tossed a scoreless inning, striking out one and Brooks Wilson closed it out despite allowing a run and seeing his ERA balloon up to a whopping 1.85.
At the plate, Trey Harris and Shea Langeliers hit two of the M-Braves three home runs. Harris had a tremendous day, piling up four hits in the two games. The third homer was hit by Wendell Rijo who is on a nice little tear. It was his sixth home run in his last 11 games, and he now has eight homers on the season. Jefrey Ramos had a solid “night” with three hits, including a triple and a home run, driving in four in the doubleheader. Justin Dean drove in two and scored a run himself as part of the strong outfield barrage on the evening.
Rome Braves vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods
We know, we know.
Game 1: Rome Braves 2, Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
- Jesse Franklin V, RF: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, .900 OPS
- Michael Harris II, CF: 0-for-2, BB, R, .812 OPS
- Coleman Huntley, SP: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Coleman Huntley — he of DII baseball lore — has been on a bit of a run of late. Keep in mind, he is a bit older than the competition, now 28 years old, but he has been effective having not allowed an earned run in his previous six appearances in relief. He was a starter on Thursday, and pitched a solid five innings against a very good Hot Rods lineup. Gabriel Noguera closed it out with two innings of shutout ball.
Problem was that the Rome bats were held in check by Bowling Green. That is until the bottom of the seventh when Jesse Franklin came to bat. Franklin smashed a walk-off homer to lead Rome to victory and continues one of the most absurd tears in the minors right now.
The Rome Braves were held hitless and down to their final strike in the game. That one hit? A walk off 2-run homerun for none other than Jesse Franklin V - his 12th of the season. .900 OPS on the season now pic.twitter.com/6qnk5Ks1jA— Gaurav (@gvedak) July 8, 2021
Game 2: Rome Braves 0, Bowling Green Hot Rods 7
- Andrew Moritz, RF: 1-for-2, .625 OPS
- Indigo Diaz, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Mitch Stallings started the nightcap and allowed two runs early on a pair of home runs. He went 4.1 innings, allowing six earned runs, four of which came via home run. After not allowing a home run in his first two seasons, he’s now allowed six this season. Marrick Crouse tossed 1.2 innings allowing one run and Indigo Diaz pitched yet another scoreless inning striking out two. He now has a 0.72 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 25 innings.
It wasn’t a very good day at the plate in Rome. The lineup mirrored Game 1, recording just one hit. This time it wasn’t a game-winning home run, though. Andrew Moritz’s single was the lone base knock on the night.
Augusta GreenJackets 6, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5
- Bryson Horne, 1B: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR, .748 OPS
- Ricardo Rodriguez, C: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB, .832 OPS
- Stephen Paolini, CF: 2-for-2, 2 R, SB, .528 OPS
- James Acuna, RP: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R (unearned), 1 BB, 4 K
- Alec Barger, RP: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
- Justin Yeager, RP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Myrtle Beach actually jumped out quickly, scoring four runs in the second off Chad Bryant. But the GreenJackets rebounded in the bottom half, with Ricardo Rodriguez leading the charge behind his fourth home run of the year. Cade Bunnell drove in a run and then Stephen Paolini stole home, his ninth stolen base of the year.
When Myrtle Beach took the lead in the top of the third, Bryson Horne answered.
Horne hit .318 in June with five home runs and now has his first in July. Cam Shepherd drove in Paolini to go ahead for good in the fourth. That was thanks to a lock down performance from James Acuna, Alec Barger and Justin Yeager who combined for seven innings of one-hit ball, allowing one unearned run and striking out nine. Acuna, from DII Azusa Pacific, picked up his first win of the season and Yeager notched his second save.