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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Pache Drives in 4

Cristian Pache had two hits and drove in 4 runs as Mississippi cruised to a win. Tucker Davidson pitched 4 scoreless innings and Drew Waters also had two hits.

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(2-3) Mississippi Braves 9, (2-4) Mobile BayBears 4

Box Score

Drew Waters, RF: 2-5, 2 RBI, .333/.385/.417

Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, 2B, 4 RBI, .261/.250/.478

CJ Alexander, DH: 2-4, 2B, BB, RBI, .308/.438/.385

Tucker Davidson, SP: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA

Mississippi had a huge offensive night led by Cristian Pache’s four RBI, and that carried them to a 9-4 win. The first four innings of the game lacked action for either side, and CJ Alexander’s first inning double stood as the only hit for the Braves. Things changed quickly when Mobile put up three runs in the top of the fifth inning, but Mississippi was quick to answer in the bottom of the frame. Mississippi loaded the bases with nobody out on three consecutive singles, but two force outs at home had them in danger of squandering the opportunity. Drew Waters knocked a base hit to right field that scored the first two runs of the game, then Cristian Pache cleared the bases with a double that gave Mississippi a 4-3 lead. CJ Alexander tacked on one more with an RBI single to push the lead to 5-3 after five innings. Mississippi once again loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh inning, and Cristian Pache knocked in another run, this time on a sacrifice fly. Andy Wilkins later added a seventh run on a sacrifice fly to make it 7-4 Braves. An error on a Drew Waters ground ball scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, then Cristian Pache added his fourth RBI of the night on another base hit to make the Braves lead 9-4. Ray Patrick Didder was hit by a pitch today, his second in five games this season.

Tucker Davidson had a bit of a wacky start, but he turned in four hitless innings to keep the BayBears off the scoreboard. He got off to a strong start by striking out the first two batters of the game, but then walked the bases loaded, the last of those coming on a four pitch walk. Davidson struck out the final batter of the inning, and for the remainder of his start pitched in a much more contact-oriented style. After walking the first batter of the second inning, Davidson got three straight ground outs to end the inning. Davidson retired the final nine batters he faced, six of those on ground ball outs, to finish four scoreless innings. Jonathan Aro struggled in relief allowing three runs in the fifth inning, but was able to pitch a scoreless sixth to shut down Mobile after Mississippi had taken the lead. Josh Graham pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the Braves, and Jason Creasy closed out the game with a scoreless ninth to give Mississippi the win.

Next Game: 4/11 vs (2-4) Mobile BayBears @ 7:35 PM ET

Probable Starters

MIS: Ian Anderson (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

MOB: Jeremy Beasley (0-1, 9.00 ERA)

(4-3) Florida Fire Frogs 6, (2-5) Jupiter Hammerheads 5

Box Score

Jefrey Ramos, LF: 2-5, 3B, 2 RBI, .333/.333/.533

Riley Delgado, 2B: 3-4, RBI, .423/.483/.500

William Contreras, C: 2-4, BB, RBI, .333/.440/.476

Tristan Beck, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 7.00 ERA

A three run eighth inning gave the Fire Frogs a win to bring them back over .500 on the season. Florida got off to a quick start in the bottom of the first inning with the top of the lineup loading the bases, and Jefrey Ramos put them on top with a base hit to left field. A Drew Lugbauer groundout got the Fire Frogs to 2-0, but they couldn’t add more than that. Florida once again broke through in the fifth inning, with William Contreras singling on an 0-2 pitch and then scoring on Jefrey Ramos’s triple to bring them within a run of Jupiter. The Fire Frogs trailed 5-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, and Riley Unroe got them started quickly with a walk. Kevin Josephina then reached on an error and Florida took advantage, with Riley Delgado knocking his third hit of the game to make it 5-4. William Contreras singled to follow up Delgado and tie the game at 5-5. Once again the Hammerheads’ defense gifted the Fire Frogs a run, with another fielding error, this time on a Ramos ground ball, scoring the go-ahead and ultimately winning run in the game.

Tristan Beck’s second start of the season didn’t go the way he wanted, but he showed positive signs with strong peripherals. Beck went clean over the first two innings and struck out three batters, but immediately got into major trouble and allowed a big third inning. Four consecutive hits opened up the third to erase the Fire Frogs’ two-run lead, and two more singles brought in two more runs before Beck was finally able to work out of the nightmare with a batter lining into an unassisted double play to end the inning. Beck then settled right back in, allowing only one more hit in the next two innings of work. Beck only threw 72 pitches in the game despite that rough inning, and 50 of those were for strikes. Sean McLaughlin struck out four batters and allowed one run over two innings of work, and Daysbel Hernandez got the win with two hitless innings, striking out three and walking one.

Next Game: 4/11 vs (2-5) Jupiter Hammerheads @ 12:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

FLO: Freddy Tarnok (0-1, 10.38 ERA)

JUP: Will Stewart (NR)

(1-5) Rome Braves 0, (3-3) Columbia Fireflies 2

Box Score

Trey Harris, DH: 1-4, .300/.391/.450

Justin Dean, CF: 1-3, 2B, HBP .320/.370/.560

Nolan Kingham, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0.90 ERA

Victor Vodnik, RP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0,00 ERA

Rome’s hibernation offense was on display in this one, getting shut out by Columbia to drop their fifth straight game. Rome was able to get a small scoring opportunity in the first inning with a hit by pitch and base hit leading off the inning, but a double play wrecked that rally and they came away with nothing. Rome did not get another batter to second base until the seventh inning, at this point trailing 2-0. Two singles put runners at first and second with one out, but a strikeout and a fly out ended another scoring threat. Justin Dean doubled with one out and Andrew Moritz reached on an error (correction: Official scoring changed from an error to a hit. Moritz went 2-4 on the day) that gifted Rome a prime scoring opportunity in the eighth inning, but based on the final score you can guess what happened and they were once again unable to capitalize. Rome went 1-2-3 in the ninth and the game was iced. Rome is the only team remaining in the South Atlantic League that has not won a second game.

The pitching for Rome was strong in the game, with starter Nolan Kingham finishing five solid innings on fewer than 70 pitches. Kingham had a small rough patch with two singles to lead off the second inning and allow in a run, but was otherwise untouchable. Luis Mora struck out three batters in his only inning of work, but was predictably wild and walked three batters as well. Mora only threw 11 of his 28 pitches for strikes, though of those 11 strikes, seven were swings and misses, and only one batter managed to foul off a single pitch. Mora allowed the second run of the game when he balked with the bases loaded. Victor Vodnik finished out the game with two scoreless innings. In the seventh inning Vodnik walked the first batter he faced, but then forced a pop out and a double play to escape the inning. Vodnik struck out two batters in the 8th inning to end his day scoreless.

Next Game: 4/11 vs (3-3) Greenville Drive 7:00 PM ET

Probable Starters

ROM: Jasseel De La Cruz (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

GVL: Thad Ward (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

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