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Braves minor league recap: Ian Anderson returns; William Contreras racks up three more hits

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The young Atlanta Braves weren’t able to walk away with a victory Thursday night. Let’s take a look at how it went down on the farm.

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All four of the Atlanta Braves farm teams lost on Thursday night. Despite the rough night, there was some big news: Ian Anderson made his first rehab start for Gwinnett to begin his road back to Atlanta.

Here’s a look at how it went down Thursday night for the Braves minor-league squads.

(43-38) Gwinnett Stripers 6, (29-51) Charlotte Knights 10


  • Ian Anderson, SP: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • William Contreras, DH: 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, .366 BA, 1.147 OPS
  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, .255 BA, .773 OPS
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, .237 BA, .695 OPS

Ian Anderson made his first rehab start after a stint on the IL with shoulder issues. He was able to throw to a familiar face behind the plate in Travis D’Arnaud, who is also in Gwinnett working his way back from injury. Anderson wasn’t at his best, but there were certainly positives in his brief appearance, including this strikeout:

Anderson was a bit wild, landing just 24 of his 47 pitches for strikes and walking three. Connor Johnstone closed out the third before Nolan Kingham came on in the fourth where his struggles in Triple-A continued. He allowed seven runs on two home runs in three innings of relief, falling to 0-4 with a 9.99 ERA. Victor Arano and Mitch Horacek pitched an inning of shutout ball each.

William Contreras is still swinging a hot bat. After hitting three singles on Thursday, Contreras now has six hits in three August games. With D’Arnaud in Gwinnett rehabbing, Contreras started at DH before moving behind the plate later in the game. D’Arnaud finished the night with a single and run scored. Yolmer Sanchez put the Stripers up early with his sixth home run of the season, a two-run blast in the second inning, but the lead was short lived.

(45-36) Mississippi Braves 2, (44-36) Birmingham Barons 7


  • Braden Shewmake, SS: 3-for-4, 1 RBI, .245 BA, .703 OPS
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, .200 BA, .766 OPS
  • Jaden Miller, 2B: 2-for-5, .212 BA, .683 OPS

Alan Rangel’s long-awaited Double-A debut did not go as he wanted. He allowed an early run and struck out three through two solid innings of work before former Brave farmhand Tyler Neslony took Rangel deep for a grand slam in the third. That would be more than the Barons needed. Matt Withrow allowed two runs over an inning while Sean McLaughlin and Troy Bacon tossed two scoreless innings.

There was no Trey Harris or Shea Langeliers in the lineup on Thursday, and the bats we somewhat quiet. Braden Shewmake had three singles, including a bases-loaded RBI for the M-Braves first run. It was his 32nd RBI of the season. He now has six hits over his last three games. The momentum has certainly carried over after a strong July in which he slashed .357/.379/.643. Greyson Jenista drove in a run in the top of the ninth to make it a little closer, but it was too little too late. Jaden Miller had a pair of hits and Wendell Rijo added a hit, run and stolen base on the night.

(37-44) Rome Braves 0, (42-38) Greenville Drive 4


  • Jake McSteen, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 8 K
  • Kevin Josephina, 1B: 1-for-3

The Boston Red Sox injury-plagued, former top pitching prospect Jay Groome picked up his first win since 2018, shutting down the Rome bats for five innings. The Rome offense struck out 13 times on Thursday night — six of which were by Groome — mustering just one hit, with a softly hit single by Kevin Josephina in the second.

Jake McSteen was solid through six innings, striking out eight and allowing just one run on a Christian Koss home run. Koss would homer off each of the three Rome pitchers on the night — McSteen, Marrick Crouse and Trey Riley — to account for all the run scoring in the game.

(34-47) Augusta GreenJackets 4, (57-23) Charleston Riverdogs 9


  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 3-for-4, 1 R
  • Bryson Horne, DH: 0-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 BB
  • Willie Carter, RF: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBIs

Rainiery Rodriguez started this one, but rains sent the game into a delay and ended his night after just 0.2 innings. Rolddy Munoz came in for the next two innings and allowed two runs while striking out three and was followed by Miguel Pena, who threw 3.2 innings allowing two runs of his own. Ben Thompson looked to keep it close in the bottom of the eighth but imploded to allow four runs while serving up two home runs, putting the game out of the GreenJackets reach.

Vaughn Grissom remained hot with three more hits. He does such a good job of putting the ball in play, often in tricky spots that fielders simply can’t get. He came around to score on Willie Carter’s three-run blast in the top of the eighth to pull Augusta within one. Carter also contributed from the field, throwing out a runner at home. Bryson Horne went hitless but did get the scoring started with a sacrifice fly in the first. The Braves sixth-round draft pick, Justyn-Henry Malloy, is still searching for his first hit, going 0-for-2 for the second night in a row.