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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Trey Riley, Sean Newcomb Pitch Well. Cristian Pache Continues to Hit

Cristian Pache’s performance in AA continues to make our hearts so happy.

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(10-8) Indianapolis Indians 6, (10-9) Gwinnett Stripers 7

  • Ryan LaMarre, CF: 3-for-3, RBI, R, HR, .975 OPS
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 0-for-4, .627 OPS
  • Adam Duvall, LF: 1-for-3, 2BB, 2R, .861 OPS
  • Travis Demeritte, RF: 1-for-3, BB, R, .723 OPS
  • Sean Newcomb, SP: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

Box Score

Sean Newcomb threw an absolute peach of a game - limiting a solid Indianapolis team to just two earned runs over seven innings while striking out seven and walking none. Newcomb needed just 88 pitches (61 strikes) before giving way for Elian Leyva who promptly gave up three more runs of his own and brought the score all the way to 7-5. Thomas Burrows pitched the nine and picked up his fourth save of the year - giving up a hit and an unearned run. That’s four straight appearances with zero earned runs for Thomas, but more importantly he hasn’t walked a single hitter during that stretch either.

The LaMarre show continued on tonight as he had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3, with an RBI, run, his first homer of the season (lead off homer) and his fourth stolen base of the season. He now has a .975 OPS on the season. After allowing Indianapolis to tie the score in the second inning, Andres Blanco put up Gwinnett for good with a two run homer in the fifth. Gwinnett added on three more runs in the sixth highlighted by a Raffy Lopez double that scored Adam Duvall. Raffy added another RBI in the seventh when his second double of the game scored Adam Duvall again to put Gwinnett up 7-2 in the seventh.

(11-8) Montgomery Biscuits 6, (9-9) Mississippi Braves 4

  • Drew Waters, RF: 1-for-4, 3B, .863 OPS
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-for-4, BB, R, .923 OPS
  • Kyle Muller, SP: 5.1 IP, 5H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Box Score

It wasn’t the prettiest of starts for Muller, but it was an improvement from his last outing where he walked six players and lasted just 1.2 innings. Muller has struggled with walks a lot to start the season - shown by his 10.3 BB/9, but then also has a 13.5 K/9 which shows how good his stuff is but he’s just struggling with his command. Jordan Harrison came in relief for Muller and pitched an effective 1.2 innings allowing just one hit while striking out two. The game was put away by Montgomery in the eighth when Michael Mader gave up three runs (two earned). Josh Graham worked a perfect final inning and lowered his ERA to 1.74 on the season.

Mississippi was held in check for a majority of the game but there was some good news as Pache collected another multi-hit game and now has a .923 OPS to start the season. Drew Waters collected his first triple of the season as well and continues his strong season. Ryan Casteel hit his second homer of the season but it just wasn’t enough of as Mississippi fell to the Biscuits 6-4.

(7-13) Florida Fire Frogs 1, (8-12) Clearwater Threshers 13

  • William Contreras, DH: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R, .704 OPS
  • Greyson Jenista, RF: 0-for-4, .534 OPS
  • Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 1-for-4, .503 OPS
  • Riley Delgado, 2B: 1-for-4, .741 OPS
  • Keith Weisenberg, SP: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Box Score

Florida at one point lead this game 1-0 but then it got ugly fast. Weisenberg gave up five runs, Cutter Dyals with six, Walter Borkovich with two of his own, and Sean McLaughlin worked a perfect final two innings in the loss.

It was not much better offensively as not a single player had a multi-hit game and just four hits total. Williams Contreras picked up the lone extra base-hit with his fourth double of the year. A single by Kevin Josephina in the second inning that scored William was the only run scored by the Fire Frogs. I don’t think there’s is too much to talk about from this game.

(6-14) Lakewood Blueclaws 0, (7-12) Rome Braves 1

  • Justin Dean, CF: 0-for-4, .726 OPS
  • Andrew Moritz, LF: 0-for-4, .523 OPS
  • Darling Florentino, 3B: 2-for-3, 2B, .599 OPS
  • Trey Riley, SP; 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Box Score

Tonight was the Trey Riley show as the fifth round draft pick was dynamite - not allowing a single run over six great innings of work. Our very own Matt Powers went to the game and had this to say about Trey “he seemed like he was in command of his pitches and while he did not rack up strikeouts he had his way with a very strong Lakewood lineup. I really loved the way he went down 3-0 on Bohm and managed to strike him out by painting the corners with called strikes. [...] the slider was sharp. It wasn’t the nastiest it’s ever been but it was still sharp. [...] the fastball looked good but it looked like he took a little something off to command it better.” So despite not showing off the double-plus fastball, and not having his greatest slider - Trey still had a fantastic outing which shows some tremendous growth in his development. Claudio Custodio tacked on two effective, scoreless innings himself before former position player turned pitcher Kurt Hoekstra picked up his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning where he struck out two.

There wasn’t much going on offensively for Rome outside of Darling Florentino who had the lone multi-hit game. A Carlos Paraguate double in the eighth inning score Florentino to give the Braves the lead.

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