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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 7/16: Kolby has a strong start, Pache stays hot

Some strong performances on both sides of the ball highlighted the work in the minors as well as a fair bit of rain.

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Gwinnett Stripers 4, Indianapolis Indians 3

Box Score

  • Michael Reed, CF: 2-4, SB, run, .371/.479/.603
  • Dustin Peterson, RF: 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, .264/.327/.415
  • Kolby Allard, SP: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2.85 ERA

Kolby Allard threw seven strong innings as Gwinnett took down Indianapolis by the score of 4-3. Kolby didn’t rack up the strikeouts, but was efficient (90 pitches in seven innings of work) and worked out of jams well. Rex Brothers came out of the bullpen and did his absolute best to throw the game away as he gave up two runs without recording an out, but Andres Santiago and Jacob Webb came in and restored order with a pair of scoreless innings of relief to secure the win.

After a brief hiatus, Michael Reed is back in Gwinnett and still hitting well as he had two more hits and a stolen base in this game. One has to wonder when he will be given an opportunity in the majors on the bench over Danny Santana because...well, Danny Santana isn’t very good. Dustin Peterson had his best game of late with three hits including his ninth home run of the year. While this year hasn’t been awesome for DPete, he has been doing some work of late as he is batting .368 over his last 10 games with three homers. Since returning to Gwinnett, Austin Riley has played in five games and has hit safely in four of them. Spoilers: he is still quite good.

Mississippi Braves - Postponed

Rain sucks

Florida Fire Frogs 2, Dunedin Blue Jays 5

Box Score

  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, .288/.315/.441
  • Isranel Wilson, LF: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, .283/.350/.453
  • Jeremy Walker, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 4.68 ERA

Cristian Pache extended his hitting streak to eight games, but the Fire Frogs fell to Dunedin by the score of 5-2. Jeremy Walker pitched reasonably well for Florida as he went five innings and gave up just a pair of runs, but Troy Bacon had a really rough relief appearance that saw him give up three runs in less than an inning of work which ultimately cost the Fire Frogs the game.

As for the offense, Cristian Pache just keeps hitting and hitting. He has had some slumps this year, but it feels like he has figured this out and is not just getting a solitary hit here and there, he is starting to string together big games and make a real impact which is great to see. It is also worth noting that Josh Norris from Baseball America was on hand and noted just how good Pache looked in center field. Isranel Wilson connected for his second home run in high-A and it was apparently crushed.

Rome Braves - Postponed

Rain sucks

Danville Braves 3, Bluefield Blue Jays 6

Box Score

  • Ricardo Rodriguez, C: 2-4, RBI, .333/.435/.436
  • Nick Shumpert, SS: 2-4, 2B, run, .250/.313/.409
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1.59 ERA

Danville had four players with multi-hit games (Justin Dean, Brett Langhorne, Ricardo Rodriguez, and Nick Shumpert), but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Bluefield by the final score of 6-3. Most of the pitching staff performed well with the notable exception of Luiz Gamez who gave up six runs (three earned) in less than two innings of work, although a pair of errors in the 5th inning did not help his cause. Ryan Shetter has made three multi-inning appearances for Danville and has yet to give up an earned run. I am very proud of myself for not committing the most unfortunate of typos while tell you all about him.

GCL Braves 5, GCL Phillies West 7

Box Score

  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, .292/.325/.542
  • Darlington Florentino, 3B: 2-3, run, .140/.206/.246
  • Miguel Jerez, SP: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 2.31 ERA

Jeremy Fernandez is on a bit of a warpath for the GCL Braves, but unfortunately the pitching couldn’t back him up as the GCL team lost 7-5. Fernandez is a name to keep an eye on out of the GCL as he appears to have the potential to be an impact bat that also doesn’t seem to have the usual swing and miss propensity that many players in rookie ball have. He connected for his fourth home run of the season and drove in four runs for the Braves. Defense was certainly an issue for the GCL Braves as they committed five errors in the game which led to five unearned runs.

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