He is beauty, he is grace, he knocks baseballs into space.
(52-39) Gwinnett Stripers 9, (50-41) Charlotte Knights 3 GM 1
- Travis Demeritte, DH: 0-5, .296/.397/.592
- Adam Duvall, LF: 3-4, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, .263/.349/.599
- Ender Inciarte, CF: 1-5, .100/.182/.100
- Kyle Wright, SP: 6.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 4.86 ERA
Gwinnett poured on runs to take a win over the Knights and even up the series. They jumped on the board in the first inning with a home run off the bat of Adam Duvall, his 27th of the season to put him in second place in all of minor league baseball. The added another homer from Rafael Ortega in the second inning and had quickly jumped on a 2-0 lead. The teams traded some runs until the sixth inning, and the Stripers came to bat up 3-2. A single and a walk put two runners on base and Sean Kazmar extended the lead with an RBI double. The next batter, Pedro Florimon, made it three runs in the inning with a base hit that scored two runs and pushed the lead to 6-2. Doubles from Duvall and Ortega scored another run in the seventh inning and then Andres Blanco knocked the Stripers third home run of the game to make it 9-2. Ender Inciarte got a base hit on the first pitch he saw in the game but was then thrown out trying to steal second base and in subsequent at bats lined out, grounded out twice, and struck out. Alex Jackson didn’t answer his big game from last night very well, striking out three times in his four at bats. Demeritte had a similarly bad game striking out three times in his first game since the all star break. The nine runs for Gwinnett put them on top of the league with the most runs scored this season, edging out Durham who has scored one fewer run in one more game played.
Kyle Wright was up and down throughout his start, turning in a quality start but disappointing after it seemed he was on his way to dominating early. Wright struck out the side in order in the first inning, needing only twelve pitches to do it and striking out the last two batters on six consecutive pitches. Wright struck out another in a perfect second inning but then would only record one more strikeout through the remainder of his start. Wright allowed three hits in the second inning, including a double to Luis Robert that brought in the first Knights run of the game. Wright breezed through the fourth inning, then in the fifth a leadoff home run brought in the second run of the game. Wright walked the next two batters, but then got a double play from Robert and an infield pop up to work out of the frame. Wright allowed two men to reach in the sixth inning, but got his third double play of the game to end the inning. The Stripers brough him back out to pitch the seventh and he got off to a nice start with his first strike out since the second inning, but he then allowed a first pitch home run, a single, and hit a batter before being pulled from the game. Ben Rowen came in out of the bullpen and pitched 2 2⁄3 perfect innings of relief and struck out two batters.
Next Game: 7/13 vs (50-41) Charlotte Knights @ 7:04 PM ET
CHA: Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 3.12 ERA)
(42-48) Mississippi Braves, (39-51) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp PPD
Next Game: 7/15 vs (39-51) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp @ 6:35 PM ET
MIS: Tucker Davidson (3-6, 2.04 ERA)
JAX: Sixto Sanchez (3-4, 3.88 ERA)
(30-59) Florida Fire Frogs, (50-40) Clearwater Threshers PPD
Next Game: 7/13 vs (50-40) Clearwater Threshers @ 5:00 PM ET
FLO: Philip Pfeifer (1-6, 4.14 ERA)
CLR: Alejandro Requena (6-6, 4.35 ERA)
(42-49) Rome Braves 3, (40-50) Kannapolis Intimidators 6
- Shea Langeliers, C: 0-3, BB, .180/.282/.311
- Justin Dean, CF: 2-5, .285/.397/.438
- Braden Shewmake, SS: 1-4, .364/.398/.534
- Odalvi Javier, SP: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 3.66 ERA
Rome’s offense could not keep pace with Kannapolis’s scoring, and a couple of key errors put the game out of their reach. Rome opened up the scoring in the second inning with Jose Bermudez leading off with a double and then scoring on Jeremy Fernandez’s double. The Braves didn’t give themselves many scoring opportunities after that, and at the end of six they trailed 4-1. One runner reached on a walk in the seventh, but it was the eighth when they put in work to try to cut into the deficit. Justin Dean lead off the inning with a base hit up the middle, then a single from Braden Shewmake and walk to Shea Langeliers loaded up the bases with one out. Griffin Benson drew a run scoring walk to bring the game within two and then a sacrifice fly made it a one run contest after eight innings. Kannapolis then added two in the bottom of the eighth, and although Dean got another hit in the ninth the Braves never really threatened and went quietly for a loss. That seventh inning hit for Shewmake broke a streak of 16 plate appearances without reaching base. He hasn’t drawn a walk in his last eight games and has struck out nine times in that span. Shea Langeliers is going a bit i the opposite direction, as although the results haven’t shown and he still hasn’t hit another home run since his second game he has only struck out once in his last five games and has walked three times.
Odalvi Javier pitched around quite a bit of trouble in his five innings as he allowed ten baserunners, but he held Kannapolis to two runs and kept the Braves in the game. Javier loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but a pop up to the catcher kept the game scoreless. He allowed two more baserunners in the second and a single in the third, but both times got around the trouble with no damage done and the Braves had a lead after three. Javier’s problems only bit him in the fourth inning, when he allowed two singles and then a two out double that scored both runners and gave Kannapolis a 2-1 lead. Javier walked the leadoff batter in the fifth but then retired the next three men to end his start. Will Woods was brought on to pitch the sixth and he struck out the first two batters he faced, but after a two out single Braden Shewmake made a big throwing error that put two runners in scoring position. This brought up the third overall pick in Andrew Vaughn, who laced a single into center field to score both runs and put Kannapolis firmly out in front. Woods pitched in the seventh and struck out three more batters, then in the eighth he was pulled after a two out double. This brought in Victor Cavalieri, who allowed an RBI double to Vaugn and then a single to the next batter but was mercifully rescued from the inning when the runner tried to stretch the hit into a double and was thrown out. The inning could have been worse because Shewmake made another throwing error to lead off the inning, but Woods was able to pick the runner off to erase that damage.
Next Game: 7/13 vs (40-50) Kannapolis Intimidators @ 7:00 PM ET
ROM: Dilmer Mejia (5-1, 2.07 ERA)
KAN: Jason Bilous (2-6, 3.92 ERA)
(10-13) Danville Braves 0, (10-13) Greeneville Reds 10
- Willie Carter, RF: 1-3, 2B, BB, .302/.400/.476
- Beau Philip, SS: 0-5, .136/.239/.254
- Mitch Stallings, SP: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 2.03 ERA
What can I say but “Yikes”. Danville did not score in the game, but I have been told that they tried but couldn’t take advantage of their eight hits in the game. Trailing by a run in the second inning Danville got an early scoring opportunity with a couple of one out singles, but a weak fly out and a pop out to the infield ended the threat. The Braves then loaded the bases in the third, which brought up the go ahead run as they trailed 3-0, but Cody Birdsong grounded into a double play to end the inning. The Braves got two more on in the fourth and then another hit in the fifth, but no luck came their way and they came to bat in the sixth trailing 4-0. Michael Mateja walked with one out in the inning, but was caught stealing. Brandon Chapman followed that with a base hit but the Braves couldn’t get him off of first base and in the seventh the Reds broke things open with a five run inning that made it 9-0. The bottom of that seventh inning was the first time the Braves did not get a single runner on base. In the eighth Willie Carter led off with a double, but the final six Danville batters were retired and the team took a big lump in a 10-0 loss. The 34th rounder Carter has played out of his mind as of late, having hit safely in eight of his last nine games with four multi-hit games. His 15 RBIs are second on the team only to the even more ridiculous Bryce Ball (who did not play in this one) and he has a team leading five stolen bases.
Mitch Stallings allowed three runs over his five innings, but got bit by BABIP luck and had a better start than what shows on paper. The first of his runs came due to a throwing error and then a wild pitch and a single to bring him in to score. The rest were on Stallings, with two singles to open the third inning with both runners coming in to score to extend the deficit to 3-0. Stallings struck out three batters over his final two innings, but allowed his fourth run on a double and then run-scoring double play. Stallings’s six strikeouts brings his total to 30 on the season, which is tied for the Appalachian League lead. Stallings also leads the league in innings pitched and has the fourth lowest ERA of qualified pitchers. Deyvis Julian allowed four runs over an inning and a third of work, with the Reds taking advantage of him allowing three walks. Alex Segal struck out four batters and walked none over 1 2⁄3 innings, but also allowed a run on three hits.
Next Game: 7/13 vs (9-8) Burlington Royals @ 6:30 PM ET
DAN: Alec Barger (0-0, 1.80 ERA)