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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Cristian Pache slugs two home runs

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Pache powered Gwinnett’s doubleheader sweep

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Cristian Pache headed up a strong day on the farm by hitting a home run in both halves of Gwinnett’s doubleheader. Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa continued their rehab assignments for the Stripers but they were not the top pitchers of the day as Alan Rangel dominated for Mississippi. Rome won in 11 innings and Augusta topped off an organizational sweep with a blowout.

(47-38) Gwinnett Stripers 4, (55-29) Durham Bulls 3 Game 1

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 3-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, .254/.330/.438
  • William Contreras, C: 1-3, .351/.408/.681
  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-3, BB, SB, .256/.351/.421
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 8.44 ERA
  • Sean Newcomb, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2.70 ERA

Cristian Pache was a force in the lineup for the Stripers to open the doubleheader, driving in every single run for them. Gwinnett found themselves down early as Ian Anderson walked a couple of batters and allowed a bases loaded double that scored all three runs. The Stripers’ offense scuffled the next few innings, but Anderson was able to keep the game in hand. He only allowed one more hit over his next two innings and didn’t allow any runs, setting the stage for the comeback. That comeback got underway in the fourth inning with a one-out double by Johan Camargo. After William Contreras singled to put runners on the corners Pache came to the plate and delivered a three-run home run to tie the game.

Gwinnett’s bullpen held strong the remainder of the game to keep it tied. Thomas Burrows pitched two innings of hitless and scoreless relief with a couple of walks allowed and three strikeouts. Dylan Lee pitched a scoreless sixth inning and Sean Newcomb repeated that performance in the seventh. Phillip Ervin led off in the home half of the seventh with a double, putting the winning run on base with no outs. Ervin advanced to third on a ground out. After an intentional walk to Camargo, Contreras hit a bullet down to first base, but it was right at the first baseman and he was able to get Ervin breaking towards home. Pache would then step to the plate and made sure none of that mattered with a hard line drive to split the shift and bring home Camargo for the winning run.

(48-38) Gwinnett Stripers 5, (55-30) Durham Bulls 3 Game 2

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-2, HR, BB, RBI, .257/.335/.455
  • William Contreras, C: 1-3, .351/.406/.670
  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-3, .257/.351/.420
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .307/.379/.567
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 4.32 ERA
  • Victor Arano, RP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.09 ERA

Game 2 was in hand far earlier, with CPache and Orlando Arcia hitting back-to-back home runs in the first inning to put the Stripers up by two runs. This gave Huascar Ynoa a couple of runs to work with and Ynoa was lights out early on. Ynoa allowed a couple of hits through three innings, but never faltered and struck out three batters to send it to the third inning with Gwinnett on top. The Stripers then doubled their lead quickly. Pache grinded out a nine-pitch walk with two outs to start a threat. Arcia followed by crushing his second home run of the game to extend the lead to 4-0.

Ynoa came back from that inning and walked the first batter he faced but quickly made that irrelevant by striking out the next three to give him six on the day. Gwinnett tacked on an insurance run with Ryan Goins’s solo blast in the fourth inning. Ynoa came back out for the fifth and things started to go sideways. He walked two of the first three batters he faced then allowed a double and a single that scored three runs and brought the tying run to the plate. He stuck in there long enough to record one more strikeout before being pulled for Trevor Kelley. Kelley got a strikeout to end that fifth inning with no more damage, and the bullpen held strong for the rest of the game. Kelley recorded one more out in the sixth inning and then Victor Arano cleaned up the rest of the frame with two strikeouts. Yoan Lopez walked the bases loaded in the seventh inning, but two strikeouts and a shallow fly out made sure he was able to escape with the lead and the save.

Next Game: 8/12 vs (55-30) Durham Bulls @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

GWN: Jose Rodriguez (0-3, 8.44 ERA)

DUR: Tobias Myers (1-0, 8.56 ERA)

(50-36) Mississippi Braves 6, (32-54) Biloxi Shuckers 0

Box Score

  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 1-4, .251/.362/.493
  • CJ Alexander, 3B: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, .167/.229/.343
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 1-3, BB, .271/.345/.541
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 4.09 ERA
  • Indigo Diaz, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

Mississippi’s offense exploded in the early innings and the pitching staff turned in a dominant outing to ensure the win. Shea Langeliers led off in the second inning with a walk and after that it got quickly out of hand. Wendell Rijo doubled to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Jacob Pearson broke the scoreless tie with a two run single. Pearson was thrown out stealing but Greyson Jenista started another rally with a double. Riley Unroe followed with a double of his own to score Jenista and then CJ Alexander capped off the second inning with a two-run home run to put the game in the bag. Pearson knocked in another run in the third inning to cap Mississippi’s scoring.

Alan Rangel was filthy on the mound for Mississippi, delivering one of the best starts of the season for any Braves minor leaguer. Rangel allowed a bunt single to start the game, but but would allow just one more hit the rest of the way. Rangel retired 11 straight batters after that bunt single with seven of those outs coming via strikeouts. A single broke up the streak in the fourth, but Rangel got a ground out to end the inning. Rangel struck out three of the next five batters before a two-out walk in the sixth and then got a ground out to end his fabulous day and turn it over to an equally dominant bullpen. Corbin Clouse made his season debut for the Braves and struck out three batters in a scoreless inning with only a one-out walk to break up the dominance. Will Latcham held down the eighth with a 1-2-3 inning and recorded two strikeouts of his own. That brought out Indigo Diaz for the ninth inning and it was all over as he went 1-2-3 as well with two strikeouts.

Next Game: 8/12 vs (32-54) Biloxi Shuckers @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Spencer Strider (2-5, 5.50 ERA)

BLX: Noah Zavolas (4-6, 4.94 ERA)

(38-48) Rome Braves 5, (39-46) Hickory Crawdads 4

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, RF: 1-4, BB, RBI, .293/.341/.443
  • Luke Waddell, SS: 1-4, BB, RBI, .222/.333/.278
  • Jesse Franklin, CF: 0-5, .244/.311/.544
  • Jake McSteen, SP: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 4.75 ERA
  • Zach Daniels, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1.64 ERA

Rome staged a late comeback against Hickory and then won the game in the 11th inning. Rome’s offense struggled through most of this game and they didn’t record their first hit until the sixth inning where Luke Waddell singled with two outs. Another scoreless inning passed in the seventh and the Braves went into the eighth down 2-0. A Rusber Estrada walk led of the eighth and when Cody Milligan reached on an error, Rome finally had an opportunity with two runners in scoring position. Waddell grounded into a fielder’s choice with one out, scoring a run to cut the deficit to 2-1. Michael Harris delivered with a knock to tie the game.

Jake McSteen had a solid outing on the mound for Rome, filling up seven full innings and keeping them in the game with only two runs allowed. He opened up by retiring eight consecutive batters but a two-out home run in the third inning broke that streak and put Rome behind. McSteen stayed locked in however, allowing only one more hit through six innings and keeping the game at 1-0. A leadoff double in the seventh inning put him in trouble and he wasn’t able to prevent the run from scoring as a bunt and a sacrifice fly added extra insurance for the Crawdads. Matt Hartman locked down the rest of regulation without allowing a hit.

Two walks in the top of the tenth inning had the Braves in prime scoring position with the bases loaded, but they also had two outs and Riley Delgado at the plate. Delgado hit a ball into right field that the right fielder made an error on, scoring two runs before Beau Philip was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. This put Rome in prime position to take the win, but it wasn’t meant to be just yet. Zach Daniels allowed two runs to score in the bottom of the tenth inning, sending it to the 11th inning to repeat. This time Rome scored a bit more conventionally with a run-scoring single from Andrew Moritz to retake the lead. Daniels struck out the first batter he faced and then got two ground outs to end the inning and the game.

Next Game: 8/12 @ (39-46) Hickory Crawdads @ 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Darius Vines (1-4, 3.95 ERA)


(36-50) Augusta GreenJackets 12, (26-60) Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 3

Box Score

  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 0-4, BB, .296/.394/.421
  • Tyler Tolve, C: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, .250/.330/.438
  • Jusyn-Henry Malloy, 3B: 1-3, 2 BB, RBI, .200/.333/.267
  • Rainery Rodriguez, SP: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 6.23 ERA

This was a tight contest for most of the game before the Greenjackets offense got on track. Vaugnn Grissom had a walk in the first and then scored the game’s first run when Landon Stephens ripped his 12th double of the season. This did not hold long as Kannapolis came back with two in the third to take the lead. Stephens came through again in the third with a two-run home run to give Augusta back the lead. The offense went quiet over the middle innings and Kannapolis tied it up in the seventh, but the fun was just getting started. Stephen Paolini and Tyler Tolve led off the home half of the seventh with consecutive singles. Two ground outs moved the runner over to third and scored the go ahead run. A walk loaded the bases and then chaos broke loose. In true Low-A fashion, a hit batter and then two walks all with the bases loaded brought in three runs and put Augusta up 7-3. A single from Christian Robinson scored two more runs and a sac fly made it 10-3 with seven runs scoring in the inning. Tyler Tolve capped off the barrage with his second hit of the inning, drilling a two-run home run over the left field wall.

Rainery Rodriguez gave the GreenJackets a quality start and only needed 75 pitches to get through seven innings. Rodriguez retired the first six batters he faced in the game but a home run to lead off the third tied the game. He allowed one more run in the inning on a couple of hits before retiring the side. Rodriguez cruised through the middle innings with three shutout frames and was brought out in the seventh in a one run game. He allowed two hits to lead off the inning and the tying run later scored on a sacrifice fly. He finished the seventh with another fly out and then exited. Alec Barger walked a couple of batters in the eighth but was able to get out of it thanks to a double play. Lisandro Santos worked a scoreless ninth inning to end the game.

Next Game: 8/12 vs (26-60) Kannapolis Cannonballers @ 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters