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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Stunning Collapses Edition

A pair of huge collapses remove the shine from some big prospect nights

(David Schofield/Rome Braves)

First and foremost let me preface this by saying no, I don’t actually care about wins and losses when it comes to minor league baseball - however the magnitude of these losses is noteworthy.


(4-4) Gwinnett Braves 3, (1-7) Norfolk Tide 2

Box Score

Ozzie Albies, SS: 2-for-3 2B, 2R, BB, SB .297/.308/.432

Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-for-4, .235/.278/.324

Matt Wisler, SP: 6.0IP 5H 2R 1ER 2BB 5K

Matt Wisler rebounded from his terrible first start of the year, with a rather solid game that kept the game winnable for Gwinnett. He allowed just one earned run over six solid innings of baseball. Wisler also forced six grounders to go with his five strikeouts, a nice change of pace for him. He has struggled keeping the ball in the park for his career, easily seen by his elevated HR/FB (12.2%), so limiting balls in the air is a definite plus. He was relieved by Caleb Dirks who worked a great 1.2 innings of baseball where he gave up only one hit and one walk, and the door was slammed closed by Sam Freeman who absolutely pounded the strikezone and needed just 11 pitches (10 strikes) to retire the final four batters of the game and preserve the come from behind win for Gwinnett.

It look like road team was off to a fast start with Ozzie Albies leading off the game with a double. The GBraves played station-to-station ball to get the lead as Ozzie was then bunted over by Sean Kazmar, and scored on a groundout by Mel Rojas Jr. Norfolk Tides pitcher Chris Lee then buckled down and gave up just one more double the rest of his start and the GBraves failed to produce any kind of threat until the 8th. Just like the 1st inning Ozzie got on base (walk), moved to second via a Sean Kazmar single, stole 3rd, and scored on another sacrifice fly by Mel Rojas Jr. Matt Tuiasosopo then followed that up with a double to score Sean Kazmar and gave Gwinnett the lead 3-2 in the 8th.

Next Game 4/14 @ 7:05 PM ET

GWI: Sims (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

DUR: Yarbrough (0-1, 6.00 ERA)

(4-3) Mississippi Braves 7, (3-4) Tennessee Smokies 8

Box Score

Travis Demeritte, 2B: 2-for-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB, .308/.400/.577

Kolby Allard, SP: 5.0IP 3H 0R 2BB 3K, 1-for-2

Connor Lien, CF: 2-for-4 2(2B), R, RBI, .241/.290/.414

Jared James, LF: 2-for-4 HR, 3RBI, BB, R, .167/.304/.389

This is one of the most epic collapses I’ve ever seen - Mississippi lead this game 7-0 in the 9th, following a very efficient start by Kolby Allard who needed just 71 pitches to get through five, but yielded eight runs in the 9th(!!!!) to lose with five runs scoring with two out.

Here is how it happened:

There really isn’t much else to say as this part of the game was just insane. Travis Demeritte had another multi-hit game and did not strike out and is hitting .308/.400/.577 through the seasons first seven games. Connor Lien extended his hit streak to four games which has seen him raise his batting average from .077 to .241. Kolby Allard had his first professional hit - an opposite field single and now has more hits this season than starting catcher Armando Araiza who has started 4 games and is sporting a .000/.000/.000 line.

Next Game 4/14 @ 7:00 PM ET

MIS: Withrow (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

TEN: Clifton (1-0, 3.60 ERA)

(4-4) Florida FireFrogs 2, (3-5) St. Lucie Mets 6

Box Score

Ronald Acuna, CF: 1-for-3 K, SB(6), .233/.281/.300

Austin Riley, 3B: 1-for-4, RBI, .233/.303/.433

Alex Jackson, DH: 2-for-3 HR(3), BB, RBI, R, .323/.344/.677

Drew Harrington had a night to forget - yielding six runs on 12 hits in just 4.1 innings of play. Florida actually lead this game in the first following Ronald Acuna singling, stole second, and then scored on an Austin Riley single. That was pretty much all the offense until the 6th when Alex Jackson hit his third homerun of the season with two out. The team had just four at-bats with runners in scoring position despite seven hits.

Luckily, like the intro states, wins and losses don’t really matter in minor league baseball and the big Braves prospects did well in this game.

Next Game 4/14 @ 6:30 PM ET

FLO: Sanchez (0-1, 9.82 ERA)

STL: Dunn (0-0, 6.75 ERA)

(6-2) Charleston Riverdogs 14, (6-2) Rome Braves 8

Box Score

Derian Cruz, SS: 2-for-5 2RBI, R, 2SB(3), .240/.310/.360

Cristian Pache, CF: 1-for-4 BB, .240/.296/.320

Lucas Herbert, C: 0-for-5, .190/.190/.333

Rome lead this game 8-3 after the 3rd. Every pitcher (Walker, McCreery, Custred, White) yielded at least one earned run in this game, with Brandon S. White yielding one earned, but five runs in his final 1.2 frames. There is nothing positive to say about the pitching so lets move onto the position players.

Anfernee Seymour went 1-for-3 with a walk and stole two more bases. He is now hitting .348/.423/.522 at the plate and looks different far better at the plate this year - no longer just getting on base courtesy of a ball hit straight into the ground and using his speed to get on. Randy Ventura continues to sizzle collecting two more hits last night, along with collecting two more stolen bases (6 on the season) and is now hitting .409/.480/.455 at the plate.

Next Game 4/14 @ 12:00 PM ET

CSC: Orozco (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

ROM: Anderson (0-0, 1.93 ERA)

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