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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Logan Brown continues hot start, Griffin Benson homers again

Gwinnett Stripers 2, Louisville Bats 3

Box Score

  • Rafael Ortega, CF: 1-4, HR, RBI, .368/.400/.763
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4, RBI, .194/.256/.389
  • Andres Santiago, SP: 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 3.38 ERA

Rafael Ortega homered again and the Stripers’ bullpen day held the Louisville offense mostly in check, but Gwinnett could not muster quite enough offense in their 3-2 loss on Saturday. Andres Santiago got the start on the mound in the place of Touki Toussaint who was called up to the majors earlier and gave up three runs although just two were earned. The rest of the bullpen was excellent as Elian Leyva, Shane Carle, and Jacob Webb combined for 5.1 scoreless innings of relief while giving up just one hit and two walks against six strikeouts. It may take a while for Carle to regain the confidence of the big league club after a rough start to the season (and not so great second half of 2018), but Webb is an arm to watch.

On offense, Rafael Ortega led off the game with his second home run in as many games. Ortega has never had a double digit home run season in his minor league career and has been inconsistent at best up to this point as a pro, but he is off to a fine start with Gwinnett. Austin Riley has struggled to start the season, but did get a hit and drove in one of Gwinnett’s two runs so one hopes that he is turning a corner. Overall, four of Gwinnett’s seven hits went for extra bases which was a good sign, but they were mostly scattered throughout the game and the Stripers simply couldn’t put together any sustained offense.

Mississippi Braves, Mobile BayBears - Postponed

Rain sucks

Florida Fire Frogs 1, St. Lucie Mets 11

Box Score

  • Riley Unroe, SS: 2-4, 2B, run, .323/.447/.419
  • Riley Delgado, 3B: 1-4, .359/.405/.410
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 1-4, 2B, .219/.316/.281
  • Keith Weisenberg, SP: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 6.75 ERA

We won’t linger here for long as it was a rough night for the Fire Frogs as they got beat up by St. Lucie with the final score being 11-1. Starter Keith Weisenberg got tagged for five runs in three innings of work and the bullpen of Troy Bacon, Daysbel Hernandez, and Jon Kennedy struggled as well in giving up six runs altogether, although just four runs were earned. Florida made a pair of errors on the evening (from Drew Lugbauer and Daysbel Hernandez) and those combined with some less than timely walks led to some tough innings.

There isn’t much to report on offense. Riley Delgado has hit safely in eight of his first ten games and one of his hitless appearances, he didn’t have an official at-bat. All his does just continue to hit. William Contreras had a hitless evening to break a five game hitting streak for him. Greyson Jenista has had a rough start to the season, but did have a double in this game and has been drawing walks. Also, a hat tip to Greyson for an outfield assist on a play at home plate. In short, Florida only had five hits (two of them for extra bases from Jenista and Riley Unroe). Sometimes, it just isn’t your night

Rome Braves 5, Greenville Drive 6

Box Score

  • Justin Dean, CF: 1-4, RBI, 2B, BB, .333/.400/.556
  • Griffin Benson, 1B: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, .167/.242/.500
  • Logan Brown, C: 3-4, run, 2B, .474/.500/.737
  • Trey Harris, LF: 3-4, run, .375/.429/.563
  • Trey Riley, SP: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 7.27 ERA
  • Jake Higginbotham, RP: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA

Trey Riley had a rough start for Rome and he did not get bailed out by Alan Rangel who came on in relief which led to a five run 4th inning that doomed Rome in its 6-5 loss on Saturday. Riley was doing well until the 4th where he walked a pair of batters in addition to giving up a single and a soft double. Attempting to stop the bleeding, Rome brought in Rangel who promptly gave up three straight hits that blew the game open. Jake Higginbotham came in after Rangel and struck out five batters in his two innings of work. He has yet to give up an earned run this season and we would not be surprised if he was given an opportunity to start at some point.

The Rome offense has been fascinating as it always seems like it is a collective effort. Griffin Benson connected for his third home run of the season while both Logan Brown and Trey Harris both had three hit games for Rome. Brown, Harris, and Justin Dean have all been important cogs on a Rome roster that may not have the name recognition, but is playing well together on offense right now.

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