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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 4/25: Déjà vu For Dustin Peterson

Dustin Peterson and Isranel Wilson both go deep, while Bruce Zimmerman shined for Rome with a stellar pitching performance.

Minor League Baseball: Arizona Fall League-Scottsdale Scorpions at Salt River Rafters Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

(7-11) Gwinnett Stripers 3, (7-9) Rochester Red Wings 8

Box Score

Dustin Peterson, RF: 3-5, 2B, HR, 2RBI .277/.329/.446

Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-4, 2K .246/.297/.362

First game for the Stripers without Acuña, and it wasn’t pretty. Philip Pfeifer, Luke Jackson and Jason Hursh all got tagged for multiple runs. And like the Braves, the walks were a big problem. Every Braves reliever issued at least 1 walk and gave up a total of 10 free passes.

On offense, there wasn’t much outside of Dustin Peterson. This was actually his 2nd straight game with a double and HR. Peterson is starting to look more dialed in now as all of his extra base hits have come in the last 7 games after collecting none in his first 9. If he keeps hitting like this, it’ll be tough to keep him down.

Next Game: 4/26 Off day

(10-9) Mobile BayBears 2, (8-12) Mississippi Braves 1

Box Score

Austin Riley, 3B: 0-4, 2K .352/.410/.718

Alex Jackson, C: 0-1, BB, HBP .211/.340/.342

Tyler Marlette, DH: 1-3, 2B

Enderson Franco, SP: 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 2BB, 3K

Devan Watts, RP: 1.1IN, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K

If not for Marlette’s double, the Braves would have been no hit in this one. There’s nothing to talk about on offense outside that this was only Riley’s 3rd game going hitless.

On the pitching side, Franco did a good enough job despite 3 walks. However, Josh Graham served up 5 walks in less than 2 innings of work. I really don’t know what’s going on with walks in this organization, but this virus has spread. Devan Watts is one of my favorites, but he did come in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th and gave up a single to allow a runner to score.

Next Game: 4/25 @ (15-4) Jackson Generals @ 8 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Kyle Wright (1-2, 2.45 ERA)

JXN: Jon Duplaintier (1-0, 3.60 ERA)

(6-13) Florida Fire Frogs 2, (14-5) Daytona Tortugas 11

Box Score

Cristian Pache, CF: 0-4 .272/.280/.358

Omar Obregon, 2B: 1-4, 2B, RBI .286/.310/429

Ian Anderson, SP: 2.2IN, 7H, 5ER, 2BB, 2K

The offense is a dumpster fire right now. They scored 2 runs late, but the game was already over by then. The Fire Frogs have six starters batting under .220. That means the pitching staff is going to have to throw gems, and that definitely did not happen.

Ian Anderson just didn’t have it today as he got pounded for 7 hits including a home run. He’s given up 3 or more runs in 3 of his 4 starts and is now sporting a 7.07 ERA. Not exactly what you want from a former top pick, and this was probably his worst start. Hopefully he’ll figure out what went wrong and have a terrific bounce back game.

I like Chad Sobotka and he was cruising until then the wheels fell off for him in the 5th inning. With 2 outs no less he gave up a couple of walks and singles allowing 3 runners to score. Then in comes Burrows to replace him who immediately walks the first 2 batters and then gives up 2 singles. All told, those two gave up 6 runs in the 5th inning. A lot of us, myself included, wondered by Burrows was still on the Rome squad. Well, now that he’s in High-A he’s given up runs in 4 of his 7 appearances. Not really rewarding management for bumping you up a level. Also, this was another game where Braves pitchers gave up 6 walks. Not going to win many games giving so many free passes.

Next Game: 4/26 @ (14-5) Lakeland Flying Tigers 6:30 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Bryse Wilson (0-1, 0.68 ERA)

LAK: Anthony Castro (1-0 0.54 ERA)

(10-7) Rome Braves 4, (10-8) West Virginia Power 3

Box Score

William Contreras, C: 1-3, RBI, 2K, E (pickoff) .143/.143/.143

Isranel “Izzy” Wilson, CF: 1-3, 2B, 2R .151/.258/.189

Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 3.2IN, 3H, 3ER, 1BB, 4K

Brandon S White, RP: 1IN, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 1K

Derian Cruz was the hero in this game as he singled in Izzy Wilson in the top of the 7th that ended up winning the ball game. Izzy Wilson has not gotten off to a great start, but he did reach base twice and scored two of the four runs.

Jasseel De La Cruz has been a pleasant surprise to start the season. While he didn’t have the best results, he only allowed 1 walk and struck out 4. I’d say those are still encouraging signs for the young pitcher. Brandon White had a clean inning to earn his 2nd save of the season.

(11-7) Rome Braves 2, (10-9) West Virginia Power 0

Box Score

Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-5, RBI, SB

Isranel “Izzy” Wilson, CF: 1-4, HR, 3RBI, BB, K

Luis Mejia, 2B: 2-3, 2B, 2R, RBI

Bruce Zimmerman, SP: 6IP, 3H, 0ER, 1BB, 8K

This was a terrific pitchers duel. Zimmerman and Peichota both went 6 innings giving up 3 hits while issuing 2 walks, although Zimmerman doubled Peichota’s strikeout total. Zimmerman has been fantastic to start the season. Outside one start where he gave up 7 runs, the other three starts he’s pitched 16 innings without giving up an earned run.

In the top of the 8th, the Braves scored the first 2 runs of the game and immediately gave them back in the bottom of the 8th. However, that 8th inning got the offense going and the Braves piled on in the 9th, scoring 6 runs. 3 of those runs came on Izzy’s first home run of the season. Izzy has struggled early in the season, so it was great seeing him get his first home run and hopefully this jump starts his bat.

Jefrey Ramos collected 2 hits to improve his average to .263. He’s been struggling a bit, but Jean Carlos Encarnacion has been ice cold. JCE went 0-5 and now has just 2 hits in his last 5 games while the strikeouts have been mounting.

Next Game: 4/25 @ (10-8) West Virginia Power 7:05 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: TBD

WV: Gavin Wallace (2-0, 4.76 ERA)

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