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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Drew Lugbauer powers impressive Mississippi offense

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Drew Lugbauer’s impressive season continued with his 15th homer of the season - this one a grand slam.

Sean Newcomb's personalized glove, and apparently non-personalized shoes.
Sean Newcomb’s personalized glove, and apparently non-personalized shoes.
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Atlanta Braves minor league affiliates went 2-1 Tuesday night. Ian Anderson continued his rehab assignment for Gwinnett while Drew Lugbauer, Shea Langeliers and the Mississippi offense continued to roll.

(51-40) Gwinnett Stripers 4 vs. (37-53) Louisville Bats 2

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-for-4, .766 OPS
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI, .918 OPS
  • Johan Camargo, 1B: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, R, .927 OPS
  • William Contreras, C: 0-for-4, .984 OPS
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Box Score

Gwinnett picked up their 51st win of the season after a strong start by a rehabbing Ian Anderson who went 4 1/3 innings and struck out six. He threw 60% of his pitches for strikes and was taken out after 76 pitches. He wasn’t overwhelming, as he worked out of a couple of jams, but looked solid and more importantly, threw the ball effortlessly. He lasted two innings more than his counterpart and one of baseball’s top prospects, Hunter Greene, who was ejected from the game after throwing a 102 MPH fastball behind Johan Camargo who had homered off of him in the first inning.

Ryan Goins and Orlando Arcia both homered off of Greene as well and it looked like the Stripers were going to run away with it. To their credit the Louisville bullpen really hunkered down and tossed 6 1/3 innings of HITLESS baseball to keep them in the game but ultimately the four runs scored from those three homers were all the damage that the Stripers needed.

Gwinnett was leading 4-0 into the seventh inning, after Thomas Burrows picked up 1 2/3 innings of one hit baseball himself, when Jay Flaa came in and made it a little close giving up two runs himself to close the game to 4-2. However, Yoan Lopez worked a perfect eighth inning, while Newcomb worked a perfect ninth inning to close the door.

(54-37) Mississippi Braves 9 vs. (50-40) Montgomery Biscuits 3

  • Justin Dean, CF: 3-for-5, 3 R, 3B, .704 OPS
  • Trey Harris, LF: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, .666 OPS
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 2-for-4, 2 R, .879 OPS
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 1-for-5, GS, 4 RBI, R, .825 OPS
  • Alan Rangel, SP: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 4.24 ERA

Box Score

The Alan Rangel special season continued as the journeymen continued to embrace Double-A, this time throwing six innings while allowing three earned with zero walks and six strikeouts. He kept the Mississippi Braves offense in the game, despite trailing 3-1, and gave them a chance to crack back at that lead. After Justin Dean scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 3-2, Drew Lugbauer gave Mississippi the lead with a grand slam for his 15th homer of the season.

That’s all Mississippi would need as Oldavi Javier, Indigo Diaz, and Matt Withrow tossed scoreless innings to preserve the win. This was Indigo’s 10th outing in Double-A and he has yet to give up a single run. As a matter of fact, the single that he gave up was just his fifth hit surrendered and his WHIP now stands at 0.57.

Trey Harris doubled in a run in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 7-3, and would later score on a single by Braden Shewmake to make it 8-3. Justin Dean scored on another wild pitch in the eighth to make it 9-3 to round out the scoring.

(40-51) Augusta Greenjackets 4 vs. (54-37) Carolina Mudcats 10

  • Cal Conley, 2B: 2-for-5, .675 OPS
  • Willie Carter, DH: 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, 766 OPS
  • Justyn-Henry Malloy, 3B: 2-for-4, .686 OPS
  • Stephen Paolini, CF: 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI, R, .541 OPS
  • Rainiery Rodriguez, SP: 5.0 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 6.85 ERA

Box Score

Tough loss for Augusta as they got walloped by the Carolina Mudcats. Starting pitcher Rainiery Rodriguez was in and out of traffic during his five innings of work, giving up 12 hits and five earned runs. This happened despite being staked to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a Willie Carter double drove in the first run of the game, and Ricardo Rodriguez drove him in with an RBI single. The lead was erased in the bottom half of the inning and Carolina would put up 10 straight unanswered runs.

After the six runs given up by Rainiery, Kenny Wells came into the game and surrendered four of his own (three earned) in the sixth and seventh inning. Peyton Williams followed Kenny and worked around a pair of singles to end the game.

The Greenjackets offense was held in check after scoring two runs in the first inning. Willie Carter, Stephen Paolini, and Christian Robinson had the only extra base hits of the game for the Greenjackets with Robinson’s coming in the ninth inning. He was scored on Paolini’s double, and then Cade Bunnell would later drive in Paolini to make it 10-4 but that’s all she wrote for Augusta.

(47-42) Greenville Drive vs. (40-49) Rome Braves - PPD