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Atlanta Braves Minors Recap: Ozzie Albies Hit Parade Continues

The 20 year old recorded 3 hits, and has a .946 OPS since returning from the DL.

Ozzie Albies

(39-39) Gwinnett Braves 5, (35-42) Toledo Mudhens 12

Box Score

  • Ozzie Albies, 2B: 3-for-5, RBI, SB(19), .277/.325/.436
  • Dustin Peterson DH: 0-for-3, 2BB, .247/.325/.315
  • Rio Ruiz, 3B: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, .278/.324/.456
  • Mauricio Cabrera, RP: 0.2IP 4H 4ER 2BB 1K

The good: Ozzie Albies registered his seventh multi-hit game since returning from the DL and has a .946 OPS since the return from the DL. He also collected his fourth stolen base over his last 15 games and has 19 on the season to just one caught stealing. Unfortunately, it was not enough for Gwinnett who got pounded 12-5. Andrew Albers started the game for Gwinnett and had a very easy 1-2-3 first inning, but then faltered in a tough second inning when he yielded four runs on five hits including three singles, a double, and one triple. Gwinnett then countered with an outburst of their own in the fourth inning, scoring five runs thanks to six hits, including an RBI single by Ozzie Albies that drove in Anthony Recker. The 5-4 lead was short lived as Toledo manufactured a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game back up at 5-5. Toledo went on to score runs in the final three innings including four runs in the 8th off of Mauricio Cabrera who struggled mightily. The flamethrower gave up four runs on four hits (three doubles), a wild pitch, and walked two. The four run inning pushed Cabrera’s ERA up to 8.06 on the season, with his WHIP closer to 2.000 than it is to 1.000. Enrique Burgos ended the brutal inning recording the final out. Enrique since joining Gwinnett has been lights out, to the tune of giving up just one hit, and zero runs, in 10 outings for Gwinnett.

Quick notes: Rio Ruiz had his second straight multi-hit game for Gwinnett. Carlos Franco collected three hits, but after obliterating the ball for Mississippi has just a .682 OPS in AAA.

(48-29) Chattanooga Lookouts 4, (37-40) Mississippi Braves 1

Box Score

  • Ronald Acuna, CF: 0-for-4, .309/.362/.461
  • Travis Demeritte, 3B: 0-for-4, .228/.310/.420
  • Kade Scivicque, C: 2-for-3, .288/.337/.390
  • Max Fried, SP: 2.1IP 4H 3ER 3BB 2K

Whew. Tough to win a game when your top four hitters go 0-for-15 with one walk. The lone run scored by Mississippi came in the sixth when Omar Obregon doubled and scored on a fielding error three batters later. Other than that, the Mississippi offense looked flat, stranding three runners, and going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Max Fried labored, needing 72 pitches to get through 2.1 innings, and simply has not looked the same since his promotion to AA this year. Fried made the jump to AA after an impressive 2016 campaign, but has struggled with his curveball many times this season. After struggling early in his return to action for the first time in what have must felt like forever, Jesse Biddle has hit a groove putting up a 2.0IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K line from tonight. Some of his peripheral stats: 9.8 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 1.28 WHIP. Biddle has been going multiple innings nearly the entire season, and could likely merit a move to Gwinnett soon, with Mauricio being sent to Mississippi.

(29-44) Florida Firefrogs 3, (36-39) Jupiter Hammerheads 1

Box Score

  • Anfernee Seymour, CF: 0-for-2, 2BB, .272/.337/.313
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-for-4, .252/.311/.410
  • Alex Jackson, DH: 0-for-2, BB, .280/.355/.516
  • Brett Cumberland, C: 0-for-4, .100/.217/.150
  • Braxton Davidson, LF: 2-for-3, 3B, 2RBI, .221/.366/.337

Florida needed just one hit in the seventh inning to score three runs and steal the win away from Jupiter. Florida collected just three hits during the game, two by Braxton Davidson and one by Austin Riley, but it was the triple by Braxton in the seventh inning that scored two runs that gave the win for Florida. The pitching staff of Oriel L Caicedo, Andres Santiago, and Adam McCreery scattered seven hits across nine innings with Jupiter scoring just a single run - which also happened to be in the first inning. After quickly getting the first two hitters out in the first inning, Oriel L Caicedo gave up back-to-back doubles to put Jupiter on top 1-0. Those were the two hits he gave up over 4 innings, putting up a solid line of 4.0IP 2H 1ER 0BB 4K. Andres Santiago scattered four hits across 3.2 innings, but also struck out three, and Adam McCreery picked up his first save of the season after going 1.1IP 1H 0R 0BB 3K.

The Firefrogs scored their three runs in a most unusual way. Didder walked to lead off the inning, went to second on a ground out, stole third (18th), and scored on fielders choice by Tyler Neslony. An error by the third baseman allowed Alex Jackson, who had walked earlier, to go from first to third, and Neslony took second. Brett Cumberlad then struck out for the second time in the game, but Braxton Davidson had a big 2 out triple to score Alex Jackson and Tyler Neslony to seal the game 3-1.

(5-3) Danville Braves 2, (2-5) Burlington Royals 0

Box Score

  • Isranel Wilson, CF: 0-for-3, .208/.367/.500
  • Derian Cruz, SS: 1-for-4 HR, RBI, .214/.241/.429
  • Drew Lugbauer, 3B: 0-for-4, .217/.308/.652
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 5.0IP 2H 0R 2BB 3K

Danville got off to a quick start with a Derian Cruz homer in the first inning to put them up 1-0. That would be all the help Kyle Muller would need as he yielded just two singles over five innings and walked two. Those would be the only two hits the Danville staff would give up - Connor Simmons, Landon Hughes, and Raymar Navarro combined for four innings of no hit baseball, while walking just one.

Danville would add in an insurance run in the fourth inning courtesy of Hagen Owenby - his second of the season. William Contreras contributed a multi-hit game of his own, and was the lone player on both teams to do so. Derian Cruz’s struggles in the field, and most importantly at shortstop, continued as he committed his second error with Danville. The 18 year old has now committed 18 errors in 32 games.

(39-38) Charleston Riverdogs, (41-36) Rome Braves - POSTPONED

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