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Braves Minor League Recap: Kyle Muller shuts down Columbus

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Kyle Muller pitched a great game on Sunday, while some of the top prospect bats in the system had big days as well.

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Sunday saw a great start out of Kyle Muller along with big days at the plate from Drew Waters, Jesse Franklin, and Michael Harris as the Braves system split their four games played on the day.

Gwinnett Stripers 8, Columbus Clippers 2

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, RF: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB, .240/.337/.379
  • Johan Camargo, 3B: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, 2B, .312/.388/.516
  • Travis Demeritte, DH: 1-5, R, 3 RBI, HR, .294/.383/.620
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 3.07 ERA

Kyle Muller got the start and pitched a great game, even better than the final line of two runs on three hits and three walks over six innings would indicate. That’s because Muller shut down the Clippers through the first five before giving up both runs on two walks and a hit in the sixth and final inning of work. Thomas Burrows followed and pitched two scoreless frames, before Yoan Lopez finished this game off with a perfect ninth inning.

Offensively, the final line also doesn’t tell the whole story, as the Stripers were being shutout through five before putting up two in the sixth and a total of eight runs in the second half of this game. Johan Camargo and Drew Waters each had three hits, with Waters going 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI while Camargo was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. A three-run homer by Travis Demeritte and a two-run shot by Ryan Casteel would account for the rest of the Gwinnett runs in the win.

Montgomery Biscuits 8, Mississippi Braves 0

Box Score

  • Hendrik Clementina, C: 2-4, .211/.267/.414
  • Emmanuel Ramirez, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 8.51 ERA
  • Daysbel Hernandez, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 2.76 ERA
  • Brooks Wilson, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB. 2 K, 2.45 ERA

This game is another where the final line doesn’t indicate too much of what happened. Although Mississippi lost 8-0, this was a 3-0 game through the first seven innings on Sunday before Montgomery would tack on a few runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Matt Withrow got the start and gave up three runs in three innings. It is of note that Withrow started a triple play, a 1-6-3 double play with Braden Shewmake and Drew Lugbauer. Emmanuel Ramirez followed with two scoreless innings, before one each from Daysbel Hernandez and Brooks Wilson. Will Latcham would allow two runs in his inning of work, followed by three runs from Sean McLaughlin during his inning to help stretch this lead out for Montgomery.

Offensively things never got going as Mississippi managed just four hits while being shutout. A 2-for-4 game from Hendrik Clementina was the standout performance for the offense, while both Braden Shewmake and Drew Lugbauer would single in addition to being part of the triple play defensively.

Rome Braves 10, Asheville Tourists 5

Box Score

  • Michael Harris, CF: 1-4, 3 R, RBI, BB, 2B, 2 SB, .293/.361/.434
  • Jesse Franklin, DH: 2-3, R, 4 RBI, BB, 2B, HR, SB, .246/.320/.530
  • Vaughn Grissom, SS: 1-4, BB, .414/.550/.690
  • William Woods, SP: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 4.66 ERA

Sunday saw William Woods make a start, and he gave up a pair of solo homers on three hits through three innings. AJ Puckett was next and he also allowed three runs (two earned) over two innings of relief, before a scoreless inning from Jake Higginbotham and two from Trey Riley.

The Rome offense was led by the same two guys who have been leading it all year. Jesse Franklin would go 2-for-3 with a homer, double, walk, steal, and picked up four runs batted in. Michael Harris was 1-for-4 with a walk, double, and two steals and scored three runs in the win. Recent promotion Vaughn Grissom would walk and single in his five trips to the plate on the day.

Columbia Fireflies 7, Augusta GreenJackets 6

Box Score

  • Justyn Henry-Malloy, 3B: 1-3, R, 2 BB, .276/.405/.469
  • Christian Robinson, CF: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, .271/.316/.336
  • Cade Bunnell, SS/1B: 0-3, R, 2 BB, SB, .211/.367/.428
  • Dylan Spain, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

James Acuna got the start and allowed four runs in the first inning before turning this one over to the pen early on. Estarlin Rodriguez followed with the next three innings, but also allowed two runs, and Gabriel Rodriguez would allow a run in the next inning as well. Two scoreless from Miguel Pena and one apiece from Lisandro Santos and Dylan Spain, who is now up to 16.2 innings with his 0.00 ERA and 0.60 WHIP since being drafted, helped make this game look a little closer in the final score.

The bats were led by some of this year’s draft picks, though this wasn’t a game with any true standouts as Augusta managed their six runs on six singles and also drew seven walks. The best lines on the day came from Justyn Henry-Malloy, who went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks, and Christian Robinson, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, as the pair managed half of the GreenJackets hits and reached base a combined six times in this one. The other three hits came from Adam Zebrowski, Cam Shepherd, and Landon Stephens.