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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 6/7: Mike Soroka Proving He’s Ready & Huascar Ynoa Dominates Again

Huascar Ynoa with back to back 75 gamescore pitching performances. Meanwhile, Mike Soroka has another successful rehab start.

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Gwinnett Stripers 1, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5

Box Score

Michael Reed, CF: 2-4, K

Carlos Franco, 1B: 2-4, HR, RBI 2-K

Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-3, BB, K

Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, BB

Mike Soroka, SP: 4.1IN, 3H, 1ER, 1BB, 7K

Evan Phillips, RP: 1.2IN, 1H, 0ER, 1BB, 1K

Gwinnett Stripers are off to a poor start in June having lost their 4th game in a row (hint, they’ve only played 4 games in June). The offense just isn’t scoring many runs, and with Austin Riley now on the DL, someone is going to have to step up. Michael Reed has been a nice presense since his promotion and he adds another 2 hits today. However, Carlos Franco’s last minute home run in the 9th inning kept this from being a shut out.

Mike Soroka got the start in what should be his final rehab start and he was typical Soroka only allowing 1 run in 4.1 innings of work. While Philip Pfeifer hasn’t been very good this year as his ERA climbed to 8.10 it was Evan Phillips who allowed all 3 inherited runners to score.

Mississippi Braves 4, Montgomery Biscuits 6

Box Score

Travis Demeritte, LF: 0-5, 3-K

Alex Jackson, C: 1-5

Tyler Marlette, 1B: 3-3, RBI, 2-BB

Alay Lago, DH: 2-5, 2B, RBI, K

Tyler Neslony, RF: 2-5, RBI

Andres Santiago, SP: 6IP, 12H, 5ER, 1BB, 2K

Chad Sobotka, RP: 2IN, 3H, 1ER, 0BB, 3K

The Braves managed 16 total base runners, but just couldn’t get those runners in scoring position home for the most part. Tyler Marlette led the way with a perfect night getting on base all 5 times. Connor Lien also contributed with a double and home run. And just when you think Travis Demeritte was turning things around he goes on a 6 game hit-less streak where he’s piled up the strikeouts.

Alex Jackson still has a ways to go on defense, but he’s really improved this year. He threw out 3 runners today out of 4 tries. He’s now thrown out more runners than all of last season in about 13 the chances. He has a 44% caught steal rate. Now, if only his offense would pick up because AJax has struggled all year where he’s hitting a paltry .176.

Andres Santiago didn’t have it tonight, and I’ll leave it at that. Chad Sobotka and Corbin Clouse both did a solid job in relief.

Florida Fire Frogs 3, Bradenton Marauders 2

Box Score

Ray Patrick Didder, SS: 2-4, HR, RBI

Raysheandall Michel, LF: 2-4, 2B, 2-RBI

Cristian Pache, CF: 0-5, 2-K

Tucker Davidson, SP: 5IP, 6H, 2ER, 1BB, 2K

Troy Bacon, RP: 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 2K

Thomas Burrows, RP: 2IN, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 4K

Florida mounted a nice comeback to win this game, scoring all 3 runs from the 7th inning on. Ray Patrick Didder got things started with a solo shot, and then after a single, Shean Michel doubled in Jordan Rodgers to tie the game. Once again in the 9th, with a runner on 2nd, Michel comes through with the single to put the Fire Frogs on top for good. Unfortunately it wasn’t a good day at the plate for Cristian Pache as he went 0 for 5 with a couple of strikeouts.

This was one of the better pitching performances from Tucker Davidson, but he still hasn’t captured that pitching magic he showed last year. Once Davidson left, the relief efforts of Troy Bacon and Thomas Burrows were utterly dominant and the Marauders didn’t stand a chance.

Rome Braves 7, Asheville Tourists 1

Box Score

Isranel Wilson, RF: 2-3, 2-RBI, 2-BB

Drew Waters, CF: 1-4, 2B, BB, K

Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B: 3-5, 2-3B, 3-RBI, K

William Contreras, C: 1-5, 4-K, 2-CS

Drew Lugbauer, DH: 3-4, 2B

Derian Cruz, 2B: 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, K

Huascar Ynoa, SP: 6IP, 4H, 0ER, 2BB, 11K

Hayden Deal, RP: 3IP, 2H, 1ER, 0BB, 3K (S)

Where to start with this game. Huascar Ynoa just pitched his 2nd game game in a row going 6 innings of shut out baseball, and with a gamescore of 75. Ynoa was a wild card trade last year and he has the stuff to be very very good, but he’s so inconsistent with his control. He might be on a hot streak or figuring things out, but he’s been the best pitching prospect over the past couple of weeks. In the 6th inning, he struck out the first batter and quick flyout, and you can tell Ynoa was starting to tire because he hit the next batter and walked another to put 2 men on. Then a passed ball put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 out. He was then facing Casey Golden who’s hitting over .300 and already has 13 home runs on the season (also 23 years old). The impressive thing is that Ynoa didn’t let that get to him. He ended up striking Golden out to end the inning.

On offense, it was just silly good. 5 players had multi hit games including some of the bigger names like Isranel Wilson, Drew Lugbauer and Jean Carlos Encarnacion. Derian Cruz now has 4 home runs on the season and has hit a home run in back to back games now. On defense, while William Contreras had a passed ball he also threw out both runners trying to steal today. On the season Contreras has a 31% caught steal rate (Lugbauer has a 40% CS%).

DSL Braves 5, DSL Athletics 9

Box Score

Javier Ciriaco, RP: 3.1 IN, 2H, 0ER, 1BB, 5K

Kimberling Encarnacion, 1B: 2-4, 2B, BB, 2-K

Yandri Lara, 3B: 2-4, 2B, 2-RBI, K, SB

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