Atlanta Minor League Braves recap: Augusta dominates behind Tanner Gordon
If you want some joy, scroll down to Augusta’s recap and read this one. If you want a reflection of the Atlanta Braves’ current season, why not take advantage of the chaos of the other three games in the system. It was all day around the farm … and Jesse Franklin delivered another home run.
(26-34) Gwinnett Stripers 0, (37-22) Nashville Sounds 7
The score of the box
- Cristian Pache, FC: 0-4, .243 / .302 / .383
- Sean Kazmar, 3B: 2-4, .193 / .246 / .361
- Alex Jackson, C: 2-4, .269 / .333 / .672
- Nolan Kingham, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 9.49 ERA
- Sean Newcomb, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 3.60 ERA
The third batter of the game scored for Nashville, and it never really got better from there for the Stripers. Gwinnett’s offense was appalling in this one, with the best scoring chance in the second inning. Ryan Goins started with a walk and Sean Kazmar scored a single, and after hitting a double steal the Stripers had runners in the second and third with two strikeouts. With the pitcher at bat. Kazmar’s fourth single was Gwinnett’s last hit of the day as they were completely dominated. Cristian Pache had played well before this one and had only had three strikeouts in his last six and four consecutive multi-hit games, but he went 0-4 with three strikeouts that day.
Nolan Kingham’s adaptation to triple A didn’t go well and he had another rather difficult outing. The third batter he faced was our old friend Matt Lipka, who sent a 0-1 pitch over the fence into left field for a solo homerun. Otherwise, Kingham had a solid first inning with two strikeouts and a pop end from the infield. Two singles in the second took Kingham to another point before he finished the inning with his third strikeout. His third inning got off to a rough start with a double, but he managed to work around that problem by forcing three outs on the ground, then scored a fourth inning 1-2-3 as he began to settle. It went on for one inning until he charged up the goals without an out in the fifth. Miraculously, he escaped with just one cleared run, getting a few fly outs and a ground out to complete his start. Trevor Kelley came through the sixth inning with a few strikeouts, but the seventh inning was the dagger in this game. Ty Tice allowed a three-run homerun with two strikeouts, and with a six-point deficit, history was almost set for this game. Chasen Bradford allowed another solo homer in the eighth inning, and it took Sean Newcomb in the ninth to give the Stripers their clear second inning. An unforgettable afternoon for all.
Next game: 7/13 @ (25-32) Charlotte Knights @ 7:04 PM ET
GWN: to be determined
CLT: to be determined
(37-23) Mississippi Braves 4, (34-26) Pensacola Blue Wahoos 10
The score of the box
- Drew Lugbauer, 1B: 3-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, .295 / .411 / .511
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-4, .216 / .259 .379
- Shea Langeliers, DH: 0-4, .243 / .335 / .514
- Spencer Strider, SP: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 6.91 ERA
- Brooks Wilson, RP: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1.78 ERA
Drew Lugbauer has been a star for Mississippi this season, and he once again carried a huge load for them in this loss. Mississippi were down 5-0 even before they took a hit at bat, but they actually came back into the game immediately. Justin Dean started the set with a walk, then Lugbauer crushed his seventh homer of the season to put two on the board. A hit from Braden Shewmake and a triple from Jefrey Ramos brought in another run, and after a brace from Jalen Miller, the Braves were suddenly within range. Then they did not score again in the match. Well, Lugbauer had a big day at home with his three hits, including this home run and a double. Jefrey Ramos has done well at bat after a terrible start to the season and in July he hits .280 / 0.367 / 0.720 with as many extra hits (5) as strikeouts.
Spencer Strider, I was really hoping you were the biggest hope on the bump today. Dude, didn’t that happen at all. Strider got the first hitter out on the ground, but his control just wasn’t going to cooperate and he walked the next five hitters in a row before a sacrifice ball ended his outing. He threw 34 shots and got just 11 in the strike zone in what we’ll assume to be the low point of his professional career. Kurt Hoekstra wasn’t much better, allowing two legacy runners to score and throwing just 22 of his 45 shots for catches while allowing two runs in the 2 ⅓ inning. Emmanuel Ramirez allowed two runs, including one deserved, as he was able to give the Braves a few innings of relief. He walked none and struck out three batters. Sean McLaughlin mopped up for two innings and allowed just one run, then the Braves brought in their best reliever in Brooks Wilson who pitched a scoreless inning while striking out two. Will Latcham finished with a scoreless ninth inning despite hitting the first batter he faced in the game. Another unforgettable day. Maybe Rome will be better.
Next game: 7/13 @ (24-32) Tennessee Smokies @ 7:00 p.m. ET
MIS: to be determined
TNS: to be determined
(32-28) Braves de Rome 3, (39-21) Hot Rods Bowling Green 5
The score of the box
- Logan Brown, C: 3-4, HR, RBI, .234 / .265 / .345
- Brett Langhorne, 1B: 3-4, 2B, .200 / .333 / .294
- Jesse Franklin, LF: 1-4, HR, RBI, .268 / .332 / .568
- Alan Rangel, SP: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4.08 ERA
- Davis Schwab, RP: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 4.44 ERA
Rome were certainly better, but allowing three runs in the ninth inning is never a perfect way to lose a ball game, is it? Rome sent the minimum of twelve hitters over the first four innings and trailed 2-0 with Jesse Franklin leading in the fifth inning. You can absolutely guess where this is going, and Franklin hit another home run. Fast forward to the eighth inning and it was still a 2-1 game, but Brett Langhorne had something to say about it and started with a brace. He was third with two strikeouts when Cody Milligan pulled a single in the middle to tie the game two. Then the Braves gave up three runs almost immediately and we’ll get to that oddity in a second because they ran out of pitchers. Either way, in the ninth inning, down three points, Logan Brown gave the Braves a home run with a home run to reduce the deficit to two points. Beau Philip and Brett Langhorne then scored a single consecutively to give Rome a chance to equalize and … the game ended in a double play. Uh.
⬇️5️⃣ At this point, you just need to sit down and respect the greatness. @ JJessefranklin8 MASHES one at Home Run Hill, putting Rome on the chessboard in the fifth! He is now tied for 2nd in the league with 14 HR.
Rome 1 | Bowling Green 2 pic.twitter.com/1bQ8w861ro
– Braves of Rome (@TheRomeBraves) July 11, 2021
Rome Braves legend Alan Rangel was on the mound and delivered his signature mark of baseball’s five average innings. Rangel allowed a run in the second inning on a few hits and a walk, then allowed a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but otherwise provided decent innings for Rome. Rangel handed the ball to Davis Schwab after a walk in the sixth inning, and Schwab was fantastic. He struck out all five batters he faced and struck out two to send him to the eighth inning still at 2-1. Luis Mora had to throw in the eighth, and things got a lot more complicated when he had to leave the game with an injury after registering the first two strikeouts. Due to a heavily taxed reliever box, Coleman Huntley was eighth and had a few strikeouts in the ninth, but he just couldn’t complete this round. Huntley started and pitched 56 shots in five innings three days ago, so when he ran out of shots he had to be called out. The Braves brought in Garrison Schwartz, and you might be a little confused because he’s the right outfielder. And it’s a one-point game in the ninth inning. The Braves were completely out of guns and had to use them out of desperation, and Schwartz did his best, but it wasn’t pretty. He walked the first three batters he faced to bring in a few runs before getting a strikeout to end the frame. Those three strikes were the only three strikes he threw on his exit. A very weird way to lose a game, and hopefully some reinforcements are brought in to spell those pitchers this week.
Next game: 7/13 vs. (35-25) Greensboro Grasshoppers at 7 p.m. ET
ROM: to be determined
GBO: to be determined
(28-31) Augusta GreenJackets 11, (26-33) Myrtle Beach Pelicans 0
The score of the box
- Cade Bunnell, SS: 1-4, 2B, RBI, .240 / .400 / .469
- Bryson Horne, 1B: 3-5, 2B, RBI, .270 / .305 / .447
- Landon Stephens, DH: 1-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, .247 / .354 / .420
- Tanner Gordon, SP: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1.95 ERA
- Lisandro Santos, RP: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 5.19 ERA
Augusta brought the wood to end us with a win, and what a spectacle it was. The Greenjackets won six runs, six backs in the first two innings, but a mistake in the second inning opened the floodgates for the offense. Cam Shepherd followed that up with a scoring single to put Augusta in the lead, and Cody Birdsong extended the lead to two points with another single. Landon Stephens then delivered the big hit with a three-run homerun that opened the game and almost settled it. Augusta still had a few quiet rounds, but round six was a big round with Stephens starting with a walk. Victor De Hoyos called with a single and the ball was rolling. Connor Blair hit in the sixth point of the game with a single base loader, then Cam Shepherd followed with the same to make it 7-0 Augusta got help from the Pelican pitching staff with a scoring run a wild throw and a recoil before Cade Bunnell ends the round with a sacrifice fly. Bunnell doubled up and came in to score on a single from Bryson Horne in eight innings, offering the last inning of that massacre.
As good as Augusta’s sticks were, the pitch was perhaps more dominant, allowing just two hits in the game on the way to a shutout. Tanner Gordon walked the roster the first time around, clocking a perfect nine for nine strikeouts with three strikeouts. The only real problem of the whole game came in the fourth when he allowed a single and a walk to start the set, but he scored the next three, then threw two more scoreless innings with no more hits. . Lisandro Santos came on to relieve Gordon, and while he didn’t provide totally clean innings, he managed to get around a batter in the seventh and a single in the eighth to send him to the still scoreless last inning. Ben Thompson was up to the task and struck out all three hitters he faced to cap off an incredible performance from the GreenJackets as a team.
Next game: 7/13 @ (39-18) Charleston Riverdogs @ 7:05 p.m. ET
AOT: to be determined
SCC: to be determined