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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Spencer Strider gets his groove back with 12 strikeouts

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It was an interesting night down in the Braves’ farm system with Spencer Strider leading the way.

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The Braves’ farm affiliates had a perfectly reasonable night on Friday night as they combined to go 2-2 with rehab appearances by Huascar Ynoa and Travis d’ Arnaud and strong performances from Spencer Strider and Trey Harris highlighting the evening. Lets get into the games.

Gwinnett Stripers 4, Charlotte Knights 3 - F/11

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 0-4, BB, 4 K, .764 OPS
  • William Contreras, DH: 1-3, 2B, R, 1.149 OPS
  • Huascar Ynoa, SP: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 2.45 ERA

The Stripers played small ball and stitched together a solid pitching performance overall to secure a 4-3 extra inning win over Charlotte. Huascar Ynoa made another rehab appearance and he pitched better than his overall line...at least for the most part. Things got away from him in the fourth inning as a homer after an error scored two runs and a sac fly scored a third a few batters later. He is definitely still knocking the rust off, but no cause for alarm just yet. Gwinnett would then use six relievers who combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief including old friend Sean Newcomb who threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts to close the game out.

If you are looking for a big hit to point to from the Gwinnett offense in this one, prepare to be disappointed as the team only managed five hits in the game total and only one of the, a double from William Contreras, went for extra bases. They just slowly chipped away as the game went on and in the 11th inning, Jonathan Morales singled to allow Gwinnett to somewhat miraculously get the walk-off win.

Mississippi Braves 12, Birmingham Barons 0

Box Score

  • Trey Harris, RF: 2-5, Grand Slam, 5 RBI, BB, .680 OPS
  • Riley Delgado, 3B: 4-5, 3 R, .431 OPS
  • Shea Langeliers, C: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, .849 OPS
  • Spencer Strider, SP: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, 5.50 ERA

Spencer Strider got back to being his electric self and the Mississippi Braves destroyed Birmingham by the score of 12-0. If you were getting a little worried about some of the off starts that Strider has had in Double-A, you are probably feeling pretty good after this start as he struck out 12 batters and looked like his normal dominant self. Will Latcham and Indigo Diaz combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to lock the game down. Why Indigo was used in a 12-0 game is hard for me to understand unless he was scheduled to throw regardless, but here we are.

On offense, there was a lot to like as six different M-Braves drove in runs for Mississippi on the evening. There were also six different players (Justin Dean, Trey Harris, Shea Langeliers, Jalen Miller, Jacob Pearson, and Riley Delgado) that had multi-hit games for Mississippi. Overall, a very fun night. The big knock in the game came off the bat of Trey Harris to close out the victory as he connected for a grand slam to center field in the top of the ninth. Jalen Miller hit his eighth home run of the season as well. For those wondering, Braden Shewmake had the night off and unfortunately missed out on all of the fun.

Rome Braves 3, Greenville Drive 4

Box Score

  • Beau Philip, SS: 2-4, .582 OPS
  • Michael Harris, CF: 1-4, 2B, .768 OPS
  • Rusber Estrada, C: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, .834 OPS
  • Darius Vines, SP: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 3.95 ERA

Darius Vines threw a couple of pitches in the fourth inning that he probably wishes he could have back as Rome fell in a close game by the score of 4-3. Vines honestly had another good game for Rome although his command was off most of the night. That proved to be problematic in the fourth inning as he left a couple pitches fat over the plate and they got hit for homers that accounted for three of the four runs scored off of him. He seemed to settle in pretty well after that and he ended up pitching into the sixth inning, but the damage had been done. The bullpen kept the game close with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, but unfortunately the offense didn’t quite catch up.

The Rome offense got a couple doubles from Michael Harris and Rusber Estrada, but largely had limited scoring opportunities and they were unable to capitalize on the opportunities they did have. They did chip away at the lead with an RBI groundout from Jesse Franklin in the sixth and a RBI single from Shean Michel in the seventh, but that was all the damage they could muster. The top of the eighth was particularly brutal as Michael Harris led the inning off with a double and Rome had two runners on with one out only to have Beau Philip ground into an inning-ending double play.

Augusta GreenJackets 4, Charleston RiverDogs 9

Box Score

  • Cal Conley, 2B: 1-3, RBI
  • Bryson Horne, 1B: 1-3, 2 BB, R, .713 OPS
  • Jared Johnson, SP: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 7.04 ERA

It was a tough night for the GreenJackets’ bullpen as they gave up six runs in what turned out to be a convincing 9-4 loss to the RiverDogs. Jared Johnson got the start Friday evening and while he got knocked around a bit, he limited the free passes which was good and was largely effective at limiting the damage done. He still has to figure out how to miss more bats and keep hitters from seeing his pitches so well, but he did pretty well on Friday considering some of the other starts we have seen out of him. Unfortunately, that was were the good feelings about the pitching staff ended as Kenny Wells, Alec Barger, and Malcolm Van Buren each gave up two earned runs a piece to turn the game into a bit of a blow out.

The Augusta offense did that thing again where they were not very good, but ended up putting together a decent amount of offense thanks to walking a bunch. The team combined for just five singles including ones of the bats of 2021 draftees Cal Conley and Tyler Tolve, thanks to eight walks they were able to stitch together some runs. It wasn’t the finest night at the plate for Vaughn Grissom who has been excellent of late. He went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.