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Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: William Contreras has a big day

Sunday saw a big game out of William Contreras as well as a strong outing from Ian Anderson.

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Sunday saw a lot of action in the Braves system, led by a huge afternoon from William Contreras and a strong start by Ian Anderson to snap out of a slow stretch (by his standards at least). Of course not everything was positive, as Kyle Wright’s recent struggles are becoming more of a concern.

Toledo Mudhens 15, Gwinnett Stripers 4

Box score

  • Adam Duvall, DH/LF, 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, 1.035 OPS
  • Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, BB, 2B, .812 OPS
  • Kyle Wright, SP: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 11.81 ERA

Kyle Wright had his worst start of the season and gave up eight runs in less than two innings of work, as he battled command and base hits against him. Elian Leyva gave up three more runs over his three and a third innings of work, and Thomas Burrows followed by allowing a run in his inning and a third. The only pitcher who made it through without giving up a run was Corbin Clouse, who went an inning and two thirds. This game was so out of hand that the ninth inning was pitched by second baseman Jack Lopez, and even he was tagged for three runs.

The offense struggled nearly as much as the pitching in this one, as three of the four runs came in the eighth inning on an Adam Duvall homer. Austin Riley walked and doubled, as did Rafael Ortega. Lopez, who pitched the ninth, doubled twice.

Probable 4/29 Starter: TBD

Mississippi Braves 6, Mobile BayBears 0

Box score

  • Ray-Patrick Didder, SS: 2-4, 3 RBI, 2 HR, .601 OPS
  • Cristian Pache, CF: 2-4, 2B, R, .906 OPS
  • Ian Anderson, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 3.52 ERA

Ian Anderson bounced back in a big way from what was a cold stretch by his high standards, pitching six scoreless innings and striking out eight as he allowed just two hits and a pair of walks. Jordan Harrison, Jason Hursh, and Josh Graham each went a scoreless inning in relief to complete the shutout of Mobile.

The big star at the plate is Ray-Patrick Didder, who homered twice in the win for his first two homers of the season. Didder isn’t known for his power, but certainly has a little in there as this game proved. Cristian Pache singled and doubled in his four at bats, while Ryan Casteel also went two for four. Drew Waters went one for four on the day.

Probable 4/29 Starter: Kyle Muller

Florida Fire Frogs 3, St. Lucie Mets 2

Box score

  • William Contreras, C: 4-4, BB, 2 2B, .857 OPS
  • Riley Delgado, 3B: 3-4, RBI, .770 OPS
  • Jasseel De La Cruz, SP: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 1.50 ERA

Jasssel De La Cruz’s first start in High A is a memorable one, as he went six innings of one run ball and allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out six. The promising right hander seems to be getting back to where he was last spring before going down with an arm injury and not pitching quite as effectively upon returning. Walter Borkovich came in and pitched two innings of one run ball, and was followed by Brandon White for the save after a scoreless ninth inning.

William Contreras had a huge day at the plate, going four for four with a pair of doubles, and adding a walk to allow him to reach base in all five plate appearances. Riley Delgado, playing third base in order to gain some defensive versatility, went three for four and moved his batting average up to .330 on the season while collecting one of the three RBI. Another RBI came in the form of an Izzy Wilson solo homer, his second of the season. The final RBI came from Shean Michel, who singled in Brett Langhorne- after he went two for four with a triple.

Probable 4/29 Starter: Off

Kannapolis Intimidators 7, Rome Braves 6

Box score

  • Andrew Moritz, LF: 2-5, R, RBI, SB, .580 OPS
  • Griffin Benson, DH: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, .677 OPS
  • Greg Cullen, 2B: 1-2, 2 BB, R, RBI, .733 OPS

Jose Olague got the start and didn’t make it out of the second inning, giving up five runs(two earned) in an inning and two thirds. Three and a third scoreless innings from Dilmer Mejia and three more from Lukas Young to follow helped get the Braves back into the game, but Kurt Hoekstra gave up a pair of unearned runs in his inning of work and blew the save for the first time this year.

Griffin Benson was a big part of the offense, doubling, tripling, and batting in three of the team’s six runs on the day. Andrew Moritz added a pair of singles and a stolen base in his five trips to the plate, while Greg Cullen singled and walked twice in his four times up.

Probable 4/29 Starter: Off

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