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Braves Minor League Recap: Anderson and Conteras continue hot streaks

Friday saw another strong start for Ian Andsrson in his breakout season, while William Contreras followed up Thursday’s big game with another similar big game on Friday.

Ian Anderson
Photo Credit: Jeff Morris

Friday saw some interesting things down on the farm, as Ian Anderson’s hot two month stretch continues and William Contreras followed up his three extra base hit night with two more yesterday. Then there is a two double game from Cristian Pache, bringing his total to 20 on the year, and Greyson Jenista bringing his average in Rome over the .350 mark.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 9, Gwinnett Stripers 3


  • Danny Santana, CF: 1-4, HR, .279/.299/.541
  • Alex Jackson, DH: 1-4, 2B, .240/.412/.600
  • Wes Parsons, SP: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2.89 ERA

If there is one pitcher who doesn’t deserve much blame in this blowout loss it is Wes Parsons, who gave up three runs(two earned) over his six innings of work. Parsons didn’t have his best night, but he was still able to have a solid evening on the mound. The same can’t be said for the bulllen, as they just imploded. Fernando Salas followed Parsons, and gave up three runs in his inning and a third, as did Miguel Socolovich in his two thirds of an inning. When Parsons left the game at the start of the bottom of the seventh, the Stripers had just tied this game up at three apiece.

The offense was fairly quiet overall, as a Danny Santana solo homer was the big moment for the Stripers. Alex Jackson continues to hit better since the promotion as he doubled. Obviously a short sample size warning, but with the way he hit in Mississippi it is still a promising sign. The rest of the hits in this game were a Luis Marte double and Sean Kazmar single, as no one else managed to get a base hit. While Austin Riley was hitless in his three at bats, he did manage to record an RBI via a sac fly.

Next Game: Saturday 7/28 visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ 6:35 PM. Probable Starters: Gwinnett-Lucas Sims, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre-Justus Sheffield

Mobile BayBears 3, Mississippi Braves 2


  • Daniel Lockhart, 3B: 2-4, .245/.326/.375
  • Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-4, SB, .220/.306/.401
  • Bruce Zimmermann, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 3.14 ERA

Bruce Zimmermann started and pitched well, bouncing back from a rough start in his previous outing. Though he only struck out two hitters over seven innings, Zimmermann gave up only two runs that came on a home run. Rex Brothers struggled through his inning of work, but kept Mobile off the board. That put a hot Corbin Clouse in the game for the ninth inning of a tied game, and Clouse gave up a run on three hits to break the tie.

There wasn’t a lot of offense in this one as the Braves scored just two runs on six hits, and didn’t record an extra base hit. Daniel Lockhart was the only guy with more than one hit, as he had two singles. Travis Demeritte singled and stole a base to help him score one of the team’s two runs. Luis Valenzuela had a single and a walk, and also picked up an RBI.

Next Game: Saturday 7/28 hosting Birmingham @ 7 PM. Probable Starters: Mississippi-Bryse Wilson, Birmingham-Tanner Banks

Bradenton Marauders 5, Florida Fire Frogs 4


  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, 2 2B, .287/.311/.435
  • Riley Delgado, SS: 2-4, .275/.351/.294
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 2.79 ERA

Ian Anderson kept his strong streak going, the time pitching five innings of one run baseball. To show you how strong Anderson has been, he hasn’t given up more than two owned runs in a start since back in May. Justin Kelly was touched for two runs in his third of an inning, but Josh Graham picked up from there and went an inning and two thirds of scoreless baseball. Dan Lietz finished it off, but battled his command and allowed a pair of runs himself.

Cristian Pache had a pair of hits, both of them being doubles, to bring his total on the year to 20. Riley Delgado is the other guy with more than one hit, as he singled twice. Other than those two there wasn’t much offense by the Fire Frogs, as the rest of the team combined for three singles.

Florida Fire Frogs Game 2- Postponed

More rain in Florida. Who could have predicted this?

Next Game: Saturday 7/28 hosting Bradenton @ 6:31 PM. Probable Starters: Florida-Jeremy Walker, Bradenton-Blake Weiman

Rome Braves 7, Lexington Legends 3


  • William Contreras, DH: 2-4, BB, 2B, HR, .299/.364/.470
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 2-5, RBI, .351/.391/.481
  • Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 3B: 2-4, 2B, .289/.315/.467

Jasseel De La Cruz got the start and struggled his way through three innings. De La Cruz gave up theee runs on six hits and three walks, though did strike out five batters. This brings his ERA up to 5.16, as he hasn’t been the same guy since getting hurt early in the year. The rest of the way was six scoreless frames by the pen, as Kelvin Rodriguez went two and two third, while Daysbel Hernandez went three and a third.

The offense was clicking. After a big night the day before, William Contreras homered and doubled to give him five extra base hits over his last two games. Greyson Jenista’s two hits brought his average up to a very impressive .351 mark with Rome, and Jean Carlos Encarnacion added a pair of hits including a double.

Next Game: Saturday 7/28 visiting Lexington @ 6:35 PM. Probable Starters: Rome-TBD, Lexington-TBD

Danville Braves 7, Johnson City Cardinals 5


  • Andrew Moritz, CF: 2-5, 2 RBI, 3B, SB, .282/.358/.385
  • Nolan Kingham, SP: 3 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 3.09 ERA
  • Connor Simmons, RP: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 5.93 ERA

Nolan Kingham got the start and was limited by a small workload after a long college season. Kingham pitched three solid innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk. He was replaced by Ryan Shetter, who allowed three runs and struck out three, over his three innings of work, The game was finished by Connor Simmons, who gave up a run of his own while striking out four.

The offensive MVP was Andrew Moritz, who went two for five with a pair of RBI’s, as he tripled and stole a base. Moritz was one of just two Braves with multi-hit games, joining Henry Quintero after he went three for four with two RBI. A third Brave had two RBI, as Zack Soria also accomplished that feat.

Next Game: Saturday 7/28 visiting Johnson City @ 7 PM. Probable Starters: Danville-Matt Rowland, Johnson City-TBD

GCL Braves 14, GCL Pirates 0


  • Jeremy Fernandez, CF: 2-4, HR, .305/.358/.558
  • Darling Florentino, 3B: 2-5, HR, .207/.250/.317
  • Filyer Sanchez, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 5.14 ERA

A great game by Filyer Sanchez and Alex Camacho shut out the GCL Pirates. Sanchez got the start and went six innings, giving up four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. Sanchez had struggled for much of this year, but a strong start like this could help to get him going. Camacho came in and finished up the combined shutout by going three innings and allowing a pair of hits with a pair of strikeouts as he earned his first career save.

After a strong showing with some big innings all week the GCL Braves offense scored 14 runs to close out the week. Included in those 14 runs were four homers- Jeremy Fernandez hitting his fifth of the year, while Darling Florentino, Braulio Vasquez, and Logan Brown all hit their second of the season. They also got a double from Vasquez, as well as Ray Hernandez, Christian Zamora, and Michael Mateja. The Braves cranked out 17 total hits and every starter was in on the action, with Brown’s three leading the way.

Next Game: Saturday 7/28 visiting GCL Tigers West @ 10 AM. Probable Starters: GCL Braves-TBD, GCL Tigers West-TBD

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