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Cristian Pache homers twice in Gwinnett doubleheader; Joey Estes strikes out 10 for Augusta

Cristian Pache homers twice in Gwinnett doubleheader; Joey Estes strikes out 10 for Augusta

Thursday, July 22, 2021

-Clint Manry

Wednesday featured a five-game slate, although only one of those games included a win as the Braves minor league system had a bit of a rough day. I’m still on the road for work so today’s daily report is a bit shortened. 

(33-35) Gwinnett Stripers 

L, 2-1 vs. Norfolk

W, 4-3 vs. Norfolk 

SP, K. Wright – (L), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, HR

SP, T. Burrows – IP, 3 BB, 2 K

CF/DH, C. Pache – 2 for 6, 2 HR, 2 RBI

1B/3B, J. Morales – 2 for 5, 2B, RBI

C, W. Contreras – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

LF/CF, D. Waters – 1 for 7, 2B, RBI

Gwinnett lost both its games yesterday, and there really wasn’t any one player that just played exceptionally well, other than Cristian Pache who slugged a homer in each contest. His first one in Game 1 came off a down-the-middle fastball…

And Pache’s long ball in Game 2 was off a breaking ball…

The home runs were Pache’s first since way back on July 8. In fact, up until Wednesday, the Braves top prospect had only three XBHs in his last 15 games, so the power stroke is certainly welcomed. 

After getting some rest in the first game, William Contreras stayed hot with a deep homer in Game 2, giving him four long balls so far in just 10 games with the Stripers. Contreras is crazy-hot at the plate right now.

Kyle Wright started Game 1, and though he earned the loss, he pitched much better than he did his last time out with the Stripers. The homer he allowed in the second inning was really the only blemish, but Gwinnett’s offense just couldn’t produce much on offense, even though they out-hit Norfolk by a count of 7-5.

(40-28) Mississippi Braves 

L, 14-3 vs. Biloxi 

SP, V. Vodnik – (L), 1 ⅔ IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR

2B, J. Miller – 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2 RBI 

DH, D. Lugbauer – 2 for 4, 2 2B, R

SS, W. Rijo – 1 for 3, 2B, R

The M-Braves were blown out by the Shuckers last night as Biloxi tallied 20 hits versus Mississippi’s pitchers. Unfortunately, since returning from his injury, righty prospect Victor Vodnik just hasn’t seemed like himself, at least results-wise. Vodnik didn’t make it through the second inning, given his pitch-count was already up 53 after facing only 12 batters. And to make matters worse, the M-Braves bullpen imploded by allowing another 10 runs.

After going hitless in his last eight at-bats, second baseman Jalen Miller provided a bit of a spark by doubling twice in Wednesday’s loss.

(33-35) Rome Braves

L, 4-3 vs. Bowling Green

SP, J. Shuster – 3 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K

RF, S. Michel – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

C, R. Estrada – 3 for 3, 2 2B, R

RP, C. Huntley – 3 IP, BB, 6 K

Rome dropped another to Bowling Green last night, and unfortunately Jared Shuster’s pitch-count got a little high, keeping him from going too deep into his start. As last year’s first-round pick, the Braves have kept a pretty short leash on him all season so far. 

The R-Braves offense wasn’t led by its usual batters on Wednesday, but Shean Michel and Rusber Estrada both had solid games as they combined to finish 4 for 6 with three XBHs at the plate. Each of Beau Philip and Riley Delgado also contributed with an RBI apiece. 

As shown above, righty Coleman Huntley pitched a terrific relief appearance last night. The 28-year-old entered to start the sixth and quickly punched out all three batters he faced and then flew through the seventh and eighth in hitless fashion. Huntley is having a solid season with Rome as a reliever/starter. 

(28-38) Augusta GreenJackets 

L, 7-5 vs. Columbia 

SP, J. Estes – (L), 5 ⅓ IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 10 K

C, V. De Hoyos – 1 for 3, 2B, 3 RBI

SS, V. Grissom – 1 for 5, 2B, R

1B, B. Horne – 2 for 5, R

RF, W. Carter – 2 for 4, R, BB

Despite a big game from catcher Victor De Hoyos, including a three-run double in the sixth to put Augusta within one run, the GreenJackets lost last night. 

Righty Joey Estes got the start on Wednesday, and though he allowed four runs from eight hits, the former 16th round pick tallied 10 punch outs (the second-highest total in a start for him this season). Estes is currently striking out the opposition at a rate of 11.2 K/9. 

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