The young Atlanta Braves affiliates had a losing night on Saturday. Gwinnett lost to Mother Nature as rains didn’t allow the Stripers to play, while the other three teams combined to go 1-2. We still had some notable performances with Michael Harris II hitting a big home run and an MLB draft pick making his pro debut.
Here’s how it went down on the Braves farm Saturday night.
Gwinnett Stripers vs. Charlotte Knights — PPD.
Rain, rain go away. Kyle Wright will have to wait to see if he can keep his hot streak going. The game will be made up Sunday, August 8 as part of a double header.
Mississippi Braves 1, Birmingham Barons 0
- Victor Vodnik, SP: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3K
- Shea Langeliers, C: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 R, .258 BA, .851 OPS
- Hayden Deal, RP: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3K
After the bats exploded for a 13-run output on Friday, the M-Braves had to rely on pitching to eke out a victory on Saturday. Victor Vodnik started and gave the M-Braves four solid innings. He was effectively wild, landing just 42 of his 72 pitches for strikes and walking four. He did also strike out three while only allowing two hits. Trainers came out to check on him in the fourth. He looked as if he was going to work through it, but alas, his night was cut short.
Hayden Deal came on in relief and pitched 2.2 scoreless and Brandon White set up Brooks Wilson with 1.1 innings on no-run baseball. Wilson stuck out two and lowered his ERA to 1.87 in picking up his third save of the season. Shea Langeliers extended his hitting streak to nine games with his 12th double of the season. He came around to score the lone M-Braves run on a Jalen Miller single.
Rome Braves 3, Greenville Drive 11
- Michael Harris II, DH: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI, .294 BA, .785 OPS
- Andrew Moritz, LF: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB, .302 BA, .694 OPS
- Jesse Franklin V, CF: 1-for-4, 1 R, .238 BA, .832 OPS
Michael Harris got the scoring started in the first inning, drilling a solo home run to deep centerfield to put Rome up 1-0 early. Unfortunately, Coleman Huntley couldn’t hold off the Greenville offense, allowing four runs to score in the bottom half of the inning. The bullpen failed to provide much relief as Gabriel Noguera allowed two more across next and Matt Hartman got just one out in allowing four runs to score.
Harris also added his 18th double of the year in a multi-hit performance. Andrew Moritz had himself a multi-hit evening as well, connecting for his seventh double of the season. Moritz saw his July 16-game hitting streak come to an end earlier in the week, but this is a good way to get back on track. Jesse Franklin V added his 17th double of the year and scored one of the R-Braves three runs.
Augusta GreenJackets 2, Charleston RiverDogs 4
- Andrew Hoffman, SP: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- Justyn-Henry Malloy, 3B: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, .125 BA, .472 OPS
- Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-for-5, .298 BA, .826 OPS
The GreenJackets jumped out early in this one, scoring two in the second, but Charleston chipped out one run in the second, third, fourth and fifth to take its fifth game of the series. Andrew Hoffman, the Braves 12th-round draft pick from this year’s MLB draft made his pro debut, getting the start Saturday night for Augusta. He had a nice first inning, striking out the first batter he ever faced and fielding his position very well on a high chopper back to the mound. He has an interesting delivery, with a double toe-tap and a hesitation before he drops his leg kick, but the pitches move. He did allow a home run in the second, but was very ground ball heavy, mainly because his pitches have some sink to them.
The #Braves 2021 12th-round #MLBdraft pick Andrew Hoffman has faced one batter as a pro. He now has one strikeout as a pro.— Wayne Cavadi (@UofDWayne) August 7, 2021
Interesting delivery for the big righty out of Illinois. pic.twitter.com/3WtyadQzEO
Justyn-Henry Malloy, another Braves draft pick, also contributed on Saturday. The third baseman out of Georgia Tech picked up his first hit and first RBI of the season in the second inning to put Augusta up 2-0. Landon Stephens drove in his 41st run of the season and Bryson Horne recorded yet another multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on the night.