Braves Minor League recap: Wake up bats across the system

The Atlanta Braves minor league system had a solid day at 3-1, and narrowly lost a 4-0 day. In their only loss, their bats were choked out by one of the best prospects in the game. However, in their three wins, they combined for 27 runs.

(11-16) Gwinnett Stripes 10, (12-16) Charlotte Knights 2

  • Braden Shiomaki – 0-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • Eli White – 3-4, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Beau Burrows – SP, 5 ⅔ IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K

The Stripers gave themselves some breathing room early on, scoring 3 across the first two frames. The first half would have been significantly better as they tied the game on four passes, one of which scored a run, but they went 0-3 at the half. In the second after back-to-back walks to lead off the inning, Eli White’s single loaded the bases. Then Shewmake sac fly put in, and Nick Solak’s RBI single hit the strip for a 3-0 lead. After a 12-game winning streak, Eli White pulled off seventh with a double. Shewmake, the next batter was retired, but 7 of the next 8 batters hit the plate, resulting in 6 runs. They scored another in the 8th after five of the first six batters in the inning reached by walking or hitting a pitch.

After a solid three run by rookie Bo Burrows, the Knights got him in the fourth by scoring 2. Oscar Colas had a double on one before Carlos Perez knocked him down on a two-out run. Burroughs then silenced the Knights during his last 1 innings retiring the last five batters he faced. Over the next 2 innings, Brian Moran, Joe Harvey, Grant Holmes, and Ty Tice, who closed the game, combined for 3 innings to shut out the game.

(8-14) Mississippi Braves 1, (12-10) Pensacola Blue Wahoo 2

  • Drew Lugbauer – 0-2, 1 HP, 1K
  • Justin Dean – 0-4, 1k
  • Tanner Gordon SP, 7 IP, 4 H, 5 K

The Braves faced one of the best prospects in the game Eury Perez in this game and he showed his raison d’être. Through the first five innings, he struck out 11 of the Brave hitters, though they were able to get him in the fifth by a run by Arden Pabst, who was one of three runners to get that distance. The fifth was Perez’s final inning but the power pitch didn’t stop there. Over the last 4 frames, 3 Pensacola pitchers combined for 4 hitless innings.

The Braves were able to take on Yuri Perez on the bump as Tanner Gordon lined up Jewel’s 28th in the organization. Gordon struck out 5 and allowed 4 baserunners across 7 scoreless innings requiring only 75 pitches to do so. He worked some trouble in the sixth on an error and a walk but retired the next three batters to escape trouble. Unfortunately, though, Jake McStine blew the guard and picked up the loss almost in the ninth inning. After things quickly turned south. Victor Mesa Jr.’s attempt to hit the sack actually landed him on first and the tying run to reach third on a throwing error by Beau Phillip. The next batter then reached on a throwing error by McSteen, an error that resulted in two crossing the plate, ending the game.

(9-12) Roma Braves 6, (9-11) Bowling Green Hot Rods 3

  • Ignacio Alvarez – 1-3, 2 BB, 1 K.
  • Kevin Kilpatrick Jr. – 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • Tyler Owens SP, 3 IP, 2 H, 1 K

The Braves started well at the plate scoring three runs over the first two innings. In the first inning, they scored with a two-run home run by Kilpatrick Jr.. Then in the second period, Brindolle Mezquita scored on a Caddon Morton double after leading off the first period with a walk. Then Drake Baldwin later drove in Mezquita two batters later. After three uneventful innings, Roma pulled off two more runs in the sixth, courtesy of Drake Baldwin’s two-run home run. They scored a final insurance run in the 8th by Kilpatrick Jr.’s second single run of the game.

The Braves for wickets called some trouble in the first five innings allowing one double in the third and fourth. Although they were able to get around him in both frames, they retired the next two batters after the doubles. In the 6th though they allowed 3 runs, all of which were unearned. First baseman Bryson Horn missed a throw that saw one of the batters cross the plate on that play, which was ground end Patrick Heligans. Rob Griswold came on and immediately allowed a sack fly and an RBI single tying the game for the moment. He then kicked a scoreless seventh before Jonathan Hughes put up two scoreless frames to catch the ball.


  • Ampures Tavarez – 0-4, 3k
  • David McCabe – 0-2, 3 BB, 2 K.
  • Cedric de Grandpre – SP, 4 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 4 K

After two uneventful first innings, the GreenJackets’ bats came into the first when Jair Casanova hit two home runs with Tyler Collins next on a single and a stolen base before Tavarez grounded out. They scored two more runs in the fourth. After David McCabe led off the inning with a walk, Jeremy Celedonio followed it up with a two-run homer. They again had the runner-up in the scoring position with two teams, but another touchdown pass ended that run. In the sixth, they scratched 2 more runs across the board. After consecutive singles to lead off a Dawson Damon sacrifice fly off the sack, and Jair Casanova’s RBI single, the GreenJackets regained the lead. In the top of the 10th, they exploded offensively and scored 6 runs with 9 hits reaching the plate. 2 walks, 2 hits from throwing pitches and 2 single lead into the massive inning. The GreenJackets scored a run on five consecutive at bats in the inning.

After a shaky first inning where he allowed 3 baserunners, one of whom scored and another reached by a hit on the field, De Grandpre settled. 9 of the last 11 batters he faced have retired, and four of those batters were struck out. In the fifth, De Grandpre pulled for Adam Shoemaker who struggled badly. After making the lead man out, he allows a single, hits it with a pitch, double, single, and then walks. Mixed in there also was a stolen base and a tackle, all in all it was good for a 3-time tire. In the 8th, Landon Harper blew the lead on a two RBI run off Johnabiell Laureano’s batter. After a scoreless ninth, he allowed two runs in the tenth, although one of those runs was unearned because he was a Ghost runner. Despite his surprising save, he ended the game in favor of the GreenJackets.

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