A couple of scorching hot teams came to play against Braves minor league teams as the 67-win Charleston RiverDogs take on the Augusta GreenJackets, and the 67-win Bowling Green Hot Rods host the Rome Braves. All the while the surging Mississippi Braves host the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, and the 55-win Gwinnett Stripers take on the Nashville Sounds.
On the mound for each team, from Triple-A to Low-A, are Ian Anderson, Spencer Strider, Jake McSteen, and Rainiery Rodriguez respectively.
(56-41) Gwinnett Stripers 3 vs. (52-45) Nashville Sounds 1
- Drew Waters, LF: 0-for-4, R, .732 OPS
- Eddie Rosario, CF: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, .692 OPS
- Cristian Pache, RF: 0-for-4, .758 OPS
- Johan Camargo, 1B: 1-for-4, RBI, .906 OPS
- Ian Anderson, SP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 3.68 ERA
- Victor Arano, RP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2.86 ERA
It was a beautifully pitched game for the Gwinnett Stripers pitching staff starting off with an absolutely fantastic start by Ian Anderson who struck out nine of five innings of work. His three pitches all looked plus with his changeup looking absolutely dazzling. He overpowered the Nashville offense with a healthy barrage of MLB quality pitches - the ones he threw last year in that incredible first season campaign of his.
Victor Arano came in for Ian and worked two hitless innings, striking out two and walking one. Dylan Lee, and Jacob Webb worked a pair of scoreless innings themselves to keep the Sounds at just one run.
For the Stripers offense it was a lot of Eddie Rosario who went 3-for-4, with a one run single in the 6th inning, and then a winning homerun in the top of the ninth inning.
☢️ ROSARIO 9TH INNING NUKE ☢️— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) August 25, 2021
Eddie Rosario sends a solo shot over the fence to give us the lead in the 9th inning. Rosario is now 3-4 on the night
Stripers: 2 Sounds: 1 pic.twitter.com/pBVlP6xrSN
Johan Camargo would extend the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single that scored Orlando Arcia. Jason Kipnis also had a nice game going 2-for-3, including his seventh inning, and a walk and his OPS is now up to .834 on the season.
(50-47) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 1 vs. (58-39) Mississippi Braves
- Shea Langeliers, C: 0-for-3, ,848 OPS
- Trey Harris, RF: 1-for-3, BB, .653 OPS
- Drew Lugbauer, DH: 0-for-3, ,819 OPS
- Spencer Strider, SP: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 5.22 ERA
- Corbin Clouse, RP: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1.93 ERA
Mississippi lost despite a dominating start by Spencer Strider who struck out 10 over five innings of work. He featured his slider plenty, and paired it with his fastball which looked explosive. He made one mistake in the top of the fourth to Chris Chinea who hit his third homerun of the season - that one run would be the deciding factor.
After five innings it was up to the bullpen and they were just as effective as Spencer - Corbin Clouse, and Will Latcham struck out eight over their 2.2 innings of work to keep Mississippi in it.
Unfortunately for Mississippi the offense was completely held in check as they had just four hits and Jefrey Ramos was the only one with an extra-base hit. The top 6 of the lineup went 1-for-19, including Drew Lugbauer’s rough 0-for-3 game with three strikeouts.
(43-53) Rome Braves 5 vs. (67-30) Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
- Michael Harris II, CF: 3-for-4, R, RBI, .804 OPS
- Jesse Franklin V, LF: 0-for-3, BB, .847 OPS
- Luke Waddell, SS: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, .664 OPS
- Drew Campbell, RF: 2-for-4, 1.250 OPS
- Ruben Estrada, C: 2-for-3, HR, BB, 2 R, RBI, .800 OPS
Jake McSteen got the start and performed quite well for Rome putting up a line of 4.2IP 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 7K. He was relieved by Marrick Crouse who gave up a run himself, but struck out four over 1.1 innings of work. Tyler Ferguson and Justin Yeager pitched the final three innings and struck out a combined five hitters to give the Rome offense a chance to come back which it did.
Rome was trailing 4-1 into the seventh inning until Luke Waddell decided to get Rome back on the board by hitting his first professional homerun.
Two hitters later Ruben Estrada closed the game to 4-3 by going deep himself.
Michael Harris II, who had a fantastic game going 3-for-4, hit his seventh homer of the season to tie the game at 4-4 on a changeup low and showed off his big time strength.
Rome would add another run in the eighth when Luke Waddell hit his second homerun of the day giving Rome the lead. They would add on to the lead in the ninth inning on an RBI double by Drew Campbell.
(67-30) Charleston RiverDogs 3 vs. (41-56) Augusta GreenJackets 6
- Cal Conley, 2B: 3-for-5, 2 R, 3B, .802 OPS
- Vaughn Grissom, SS: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, .872 OPS
- Justyn-Henry Malloy, 3B: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, .822 OPS
- Rainiery Rodriguez, SP: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6.21 ERA
It took a strong pitching performance and timely hitting, two things the Augusta GreenJackets had, to beat an extremely good Charleston team that were searching for their 68th win of the season. Rainier Rodriguez got the started and gave three earned runs over 6.2 innings. Alec Barger was called for in the seventh and worked an additional inning and putting up a great line of 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K to keep Charleston at three runs and would pick up the win. Peyton Williams came in and slammed the door shut picking up his third save of the season with a perfect ninth where he struck out two.
The offense gave Charleston fits throughout the game including a dynamite game from the top two in the order: Cal Conley, and Vaughn Grissom. Cal set the table and went 3-for-5, scoring two of the six runs and his OPS is now up to .802 on the season. He scored those two runs because Vaughn Grissom went 2-for-3, with an RBI single, and walked once with the bases loading. Justyn-Henry Malloy kept his hot heating going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs himself - coming way of an RBI double in the ninth inning.