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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Bryce Elder strikes out 9

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Bryce Elder strikes out nine while going seven innings for the fifth start in a row

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As we creep closer, and closer to the 2021 draft class beginning to make their appearances within the organization August 3rd marks likely one of the last times you’ll see some names in the organization, as well as the debuts of others. Tonight, the Braves organization had a full night of games but much like the rest of the season rain played a factor. The day got started with the FCL Braves double-header, that needed to happen because of postponed games, was postponed due to rain. It was followed by the Augusta Greenjackets getting rained out and the debut of Braves draftee Justyn-Henry Malloy being pushed back. That being said, on tap for tonight were Jasseel De La Cruz for Gwinnett, Bryce Elder for Mississippi, and AJ Puckett for Rome.

(28-50) Charlotte Knights 4, (42-37) Gwinnett Stripers 6

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, .708 OPS
  • Orlando Arcia, SS: 2-for-4, R, RBI, .933 OPS
  • Travis d’Arnaud, C: 0-for-4, .222 OPS
  • William Contreras, DH: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R, 1.143 OPS
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2K, 6.22 ERA

Box Score

Great resiliency by the Stripers in this one as they overcame a poor start by Jasseel De La Cruz who gave up four runs over 3 1/3 innings of work. Gwinnett turned to six different relievers who gave up just three hits over their 5 2/3 innings of work.

Gwinnett got their first run of the game in the first inning thanks Cristian Pache scored on a fielders choice by Travis d’Arnaud. They would go on to score another three runs to tie the game in the third innings. Orlando Arcia got it started with an RBI single, and William Contreras added a two RBI single of his own to tie the game 4-4. Gwinnett would tack on a run in the sixth inning, and another one in the eighth inning when Philip Ervin tripled in Yolmer Sanchez to give Gwinnett the 6-4 lead which would end up being the final score.

(45-34) Mississippi Braves 7, (42-36) Birmingham Barons 4

  • Bryce Elder, SP: 7 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 3.68 ERA
  • Indigo Diaz, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, .847 OPS
  • Trey Harris, LF: 1-for-4, RBI, BB, .669 OPS
  • Wendell Rijo, 2B-SS: 3-for-5, HR, 3 R, .788 OPS
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI, R, .785 OPS

Bryce Elder was on the mound for Mississippi and had a fascinating game going seven innings and striking out nine, but also gave up a pair of homers. Elder got into some immediate trouble, giving up a up a solo homer in the first inning, but Mississippi quickly responded with a homer of their own courtesy of Wendell Rijo to tie the game. After the Barons responded with a run, the Mississippi offense got going and scored four in the third to take a 4-2 lead. In that inning, Shea Langeliers hit his 10th double of the season that scored Braden Shewmake to tie the game, and then Greyson Jenista connected on his 13th homer to give Mississippi the 5-2 lead.

After giving up a pair of runs in the fourth, Elder would settle in and pitch another three scoreless frames before being pulled after yet another seven innings of baseball, his fifth straight game doing so. Mississippi would tack on two more runs in the game, taking a 7-4 lead into the 9th inning where Brooks Wilson would work into, and out of trouble picking up his second save of the season and giving Mississippi the 7-4 win.

(37-42) Rome Braves 1, (40-38) Greenville Drive 5

  • Shean Michel, RF: 2-for-4 2B, R, .634 OPS
  • Michael Harris II, CF: 1-for-4, .778 OPS
  • Jesse Franklin V, LF: 1-for-4, .862 OPS
  • AJ Puckett, SP: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3.38 ERA
  • Zach Daniels, RP: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.56 ERA

Box Score

AJ Puckett was on the mound for Rome and pitched a solid game giving up just two earned runs over five innings of work while striking out five. His first run of the game came in the bottom of the third inning when he gave up an RBI single to Cole Brannen to give Greenville the 1-0 lead. After pitching a scoreless fourth, he gave up his second earned run in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 2-0. The Rome Braves quickly responded with a run of their own in the the sixth inning when a Kevin Josephina single scored Shean Michel to trim the lead to 2-1.

Unfortunately, Davis Schwab struggled and gave up three earned runs in his single inning of work giving Greenville the 5-1 lead that they would not relinquish. The trio of Brandon Walter, Dylan Sparcke, and Brendan Cellucci limited the Rome offense to just seven hits while striking out fifteen. The lone extra base hit came from Shean Michel who went 2-for-3 with a double, and run scored.

(34-44) Augusta Greenjackets, (54-23) Charleston Riverdogs - PPD/Rain

This game will be made up tomorrow, August 4th, as a part of a double header.