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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/22: Kyle Wright - The Two Way Player

Kyle Wright and Alex Jackson stole the show in a night with a pair of walk off wins for Braves affiliates.

Kyle Wright Photo Credit: Garrett Spain

(42-29) Toledo Mud Hens 6, (32-38) Gwinnett Braves 7

Box Score

  • Dustin Peterson, LF: 3-for-5, 2RBI, .237/.286/.382
  • Kolby Allard, SP: 6.0IP 7H 3ER 2BB 8K
  • Evan Phillips, RP: 1IP 3H 3ER 2BB 0K

The game got off to a rocky start for Kolby Allard who gave up a pair of runs before recording his first out but then settled in for a pretty solid performance. The three runs were tied for the most he’s given up in a game this season - just proving how strong he has been this year. The game opened up with a single and a homer to put Gwinnett down 2-0 to start, but he battled the rest of the way - giving up just a solo shot in the second third inning as his other earned run. Gwinnett was then sitting pretty, up 7-3 going into the ninth inning with Evan Phillips on the mound but the righty struggled - giving up three runs and blowing his first save of the season. It was the first time Evan has given up an earned run since June 1st and just the ninth earned run he’s given up all year.

With the team down 3-1 entering the bottom of the fourth inning Dustin Peterson lead off the inning with a single and went on to score via a Phil Gosselin double to make the score 3-2. After a Sal Giardina ground out Tyler Smith hit his third homer of the season to put Gwinnett up 4-3. They went on to add on another two runs in the seventh inning thanks to a Carlos Franco sacrifice fly and Dustin Peterson single. We then fast forward to the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and Dustin Peterson walked it off with a single to right scoring Danny Santana and giving Gwinnett the win.

(28-41) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2, (30-41) Mississippi Braves 11

Box Score

  • Kyle Wright, SP: 7.0IP 7H 2R 1ER 0BB 8K. 1-for-3, 3B, 2RBI, R
  • Travis Demeritte, 2B: 1-for-5, RBI, 2B, ,221/.324/.371
  • Alex Jackson, C: 4-for-4, 2(2B), 2R, RBI, .200/.288/.349

Kyle Wright shined in an absolute blow out for the Mississippi Braves. Not only did he strike out eight over seven great innings, he helped himself going 1-for-3 and picking up a triple while knocking in a pair of runs himself. Mississippi lead 2-0 in the second inning before Wright gave up a pair in the third, but Mississippi countered with EIGHT runs in the third inning to put the game out of reach. The team went 6-for-12 with runners in scoring position, had five extra-base hits, and walked four times. Alex Jackson had a huge night with the bat going a perfect 4-for-4 while hitting a pair of doubles and driving in a run. Luis Marte is the other Mississippi Braves hitters to record a multi-hit game and he drove in three runs himself.

Kyle Wright had a fantastic night striking out eight over seven strong innings. The seven innings is tied for the deepest he’s gone in a game and his 70 game score is the fourth highest one he’s had this season. Elian Leyva worked around a pair of hits in the eighth inning to keep the score at 11-2, and Sean McLaughlin finished up the game with a perfect ninth inning.

(38-29) Dayton Tortugas 2, (29-38) Florida Fire Frogs 1

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 0-for-4, .275/.300/.400
  • Brett Cumberland, DH: 2-for-4, .234/.354/.391
  • Joey Wentz, SP: 4.0IP 1H 0R 1BB 2K

The bad news: the offense was essentially silenced as five players had hitless games. The good news: Joey Wentz is back. Wentz returned from some time off and looked like the Wentz of the beginning of the season. It’s known that Wentz had a mechanical issue that plagued him enough that the Braves sat him for nearly a month. Whether that issue was injury related remains to be seen, but the good news is that Wentz looked like the pitcher that dominated hitters to start the season. He induced five groundouts in four innings and struck out two. He left the game with a 1-0 lead but unfortunately it did not last too long as Daytona scored a run off of Justin Kelly in the eighth before eventually losing the game in the 10th.

There really isn’t much to right about the offense. The one run was scored in the second inning after Alejandro Salazar grounded into a double play that scored Braxton Davidson. Brett Cumberland went 2-for-4 and picked up his 10th double of the season and now has a .745 OPS on the season. It was the lone extra-base hit for the Fire Frogs who now fall to 29-38 on the season despite a pretty solid 3.90 team ERA. They unfortunately have scored the second fewest runs in the league (242) and their team OPS is now sitting at .642.

(40-30) Rome Braves 1, (38-31) Augusta Green Jackets 6

Box Score

  • Drew Waters, CF: 1-for-4, 3B, .304/.355/.532
  • William Contreras, C: 1-for-4, .299/.370/.426
  • Drew Lugbauer, C: 1-for-3, HR, BB, .244/.319/.394

Fresh off their clinching of first half division champs, Rome had a stinker following the all-star break. The team struggled getting runners on board, and more importantly runners in scoring position, as they had just three at-bats in such a situation and went 0-for-3. Drew Waters picked up his fifth triple of the season last night and is continuing his very strong 2018 campaign. Wilson Contreras contributed a single in his 1-for-4 night. The lone run, which actually put Rome up 1-0, came when Drew Lugbauer connected on his eighth homerun of the season. The rest of the offense fell flat with Riley Delgado and Jefrey Ramos being the only other two hits in the game. It was a particularly rough game for Derian Cruz who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and picked up his 17th error of the season.

Odalvi Javier picked up the start but lasted just one inning. Hayden Deal picked up his first loss of the season - giving up four over four innings of work while striking out three. The recently acquired Tyler Watson made his Rome Braves debut and went two innings while striking out five.

(1-2) Pulaski Yankees 4, (2-1) Danville Braves 5

Box Score

  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 0-for-4
  • Carlos Baerga, DH: 2-for-4
  • Nicholas Shumphert, SS: 1-for-4
  • Jose Montilla, SP: 6IP 8H 2ER 1BB 4K

No position players pitched in tonight’s game, however last nights winning pitcher, Carlos Baerga, did DH and went 2-for-4 in Danville’s walk off win. It was a rather interesting way to win as a wild pitch scored Greg Cullen to secure the win for Danville.

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