Gwinnett Braves 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders 7
- Ronald Acuna, LF: 1-5, 3B, run, .347/.426/.574
- Dansby Swanson, SS: 1-1, 2B, RBI
- Luiz Gohara, SP: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 5 K, 5.17 ERA
Luiz Gohara struggled with his command in this one and that combined with a couple of players on offense making early exits led to the Braves falling by the score of 7-2. Since joining Gwinnett, Gohara has struggled with giving free passes as he has now walked just one less batter in three starts at Triple-A than he did during his entire tenure in High-A this season (7 starts). Strike zones do become a bit tighter and hitters are certainly more patient as you climb the minors, so he will need to make the necessary adjustments....but given how well he has pitched this season, there is no reason to worry about such a small sample size just yet.
On offense, things did get a little weird. Ronald Acuna had an early triple to extend his hitting streak to eight games and was promptly driven in by a Dansby Swanson double to get things going for Gwinnett. However, not long after that, Johan Camargo hurt himself jogging onto the field (that is still a cringeworthy, peak Barves thing to have to write) and Dansby was immediately pulled from the game. It seems likely that he will get called back up to Atlanta to at least fill in while Camargo heals. Dustin Peterson also left the game early, but this was unrelated to any roster moves as he was hit by a pitch in the knee. Kyle Kubitza hit a ball into orbit for his fifth homer of the year, but beyond that the Gwinnett offense was largely quiet.
Mississippi Braves - DH Cancelled
Florida Fire Frogs 2, St. Lucie Mets 4
- Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 1-4, .228/.333/.323
- Anfernee Seymour, DH: 2-3, RBI, .259/.323/.311
- Ricardo Sanchez, SP: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 4.98 ERA
The Florida offense continues to struggle to put runs up and creating scoring chances as the Fire Frogs fells to St. Lucie 4-2. Ricardo Sanchez had a good but not great start as he pitched into the sixth inning while giving up four runs (three earned) and striking out four batters. The walks have begun to creep back up for Ricardo as 25 of the 46 walks he has given up this season have come in his past ten starts dating back to the middle of June.
On offense, Anfernee Seymour had a pair of hits, which is a welcome sign given that his bat has really cooled off as the season has progressed. Ray-Patrick Didder’s hitting streak may have ended, but he got right back on course with another hit in this one. Braxton Davidson’s hitting streak came to an end in this one and he has seemed more comfortable at the plate of late, although the walks are down and the strikeouts are still REALLY high.
Rome Braves 4, Augusta GreenJackets 0
- Isranel Wilson, RF: 2-4, RBI, .257/.337/.338
- Kurt Hoekstra, 3B: 2-4, 3B, run, .254/.317/.339
- Bryse Wilson, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K, 2.48 ERA
Bryse Wilson went beast mode and put together one of his best starts of the season as Rome shutout Augusta by the score of 4-0. At this point in time, the only thing that is likely keeping Bryse and rotation mate Joey Wentz off of top 100 prospect lists is the fact that they haven’t completed a full season of ball yet doing what they are doing. Wentz has some lingering concerns regarding his previous issues with dead arm that would be answered with a strong finish and Bryse, who some thought was destined to be a reliever, has simply surprised folks and they want to make sure he can maintain this pace for a full season. That said, all the guy has done is make huge improvements throughout the year in particular with the development of his changeup, throw tons of strikes, miss bats, and put up result after result. In 13 of his 21 starts this season, he has given up one earned run or less...and he has done this while putting up a 1.01 WHIP and striking out better than a batter an inning.
On offense, Marcus Mooney, Izzy Wilson, and Carlos Martinez all drove in runs for Rome. Four different players had two hit games as Rome manufactured some runs and had some timely hits to take advantage of their scoring chances. Drew Lugbauer was held hitless, although given his track record this year that could just be a box score malfunction. Cristian Pache was held hitless for the sixth time in his last eight games as he has looked gassed at times and has really struggled at the plate in the second half of the season.
Danville Braves 5, Bristol Pirates 0
- Drew Waters, CF: 2-4, 2B, RBI, run, .270/.357/.365
- Jeffrey Ramos, LF: 2-3, 2B
- Bruce Zimmermann, Jacob Belinda, and John Curtis, Ps: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Danville Braves 1, Bristol Pirates 4
- William Contreras, DH: 1-3, RBI, .345/.431/.509
- Justin Smith, LF: 1-3, .309/.368/.485
The Danville Braves split their doubleheader with Bristol by the scores of 5-0 and 1-4, but the real story here is that in the first game Bruce Zimmermann, Jacob Belinda, and John Curtis combined to throw a no-hitter. All three players were drafted in 2017 and while they are not heralded prospects, all three sport ERAs under 3 and have pitched well all year so it was nice to see them get some attention in what is a loaded farm system. Drew Waters recorded hits in both halves of the doubleheader as he has rebounded nicely from a rough start to his time in Danville. Of note, Kevin Maitan did make his return to the field in the first game of the twin bill and went 0-3.