Dansby goes crazy in win over Brewers; Sean Kazmar makes history down on the farm

Sunday, August 1, 2021

­-Clint Manry

We were able to see two of the Braves newest major league additions in its win over the Brewers last night. Also, there was some history made down on the farm. This morning I’ve got you covered on everything that happened within the Braves organization last night.

Here’s a recap of Saturday’s minor league action, with Atlanta’s game also included…

(52-53) Atlanta Braves

W, 8-1 vs. Brewers

  • SP, K. Muller – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • SS, D. Swanson – 3 for 4, 2 HR, 7 RBI
  • RF, J. Soler – 3 for 4, RBI, R
  • 2B, O. Albies – 2 for 5, 2B, R
  • CF/RF, J. Pederson – 1 for 4, 2B

Last night the Braves showed just how deep its offense can be as the lineup tallied a whopping eight runs from 13 hits in its win over the Brewers. Shortstop Dansby Swanson knocked in a career-high seven RBI, including two home runs for the fifth multi-homer game of his career.

Here’s the two-run dinger in the sixth…

Then the grand slam the very next inning to put Atlanta way out in front…

Also impressive was newly-acquired outfielder Jorge Soler, who finished his first game as a Brave with three hits. Sure, Soler hasn’t been himself in 2021, but as of late he’s scorching-hot. The 29-year-old is 11 for 34 (.324 AVG) during his last 10 games, which includes six homers. Manager Brian Snitker would be smart to keep Soler in the lineup and ride the hot hand.

Kyle Muller made his sixth major league start on Saturday night and was sharp, striking out seven across five innings and allowing just one run from four hits. The 23-year-old lefty has been a absolute boon for the Braves this season, and he currently sports a solid 2.43 ERA in 29.2 big league innings. Opponents are only hitting .184 versus Muller in 2021.

(40-37) Gwinnett Stripers

W, 2-1 vs. Memphis

  • SP, C. Johnstone – 2 IP, H, K
  • 1B, T. Snider – 1 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI
  • LF, D. Waters – 1 for 4, SB

It was a historic night for Gwinnett on Saturday as minor league veteran Sean Kazmar Jr. set the Braves Triple-A all-time record for career hits with a line-drive single in the second inning of the team’s win over Memphis.

That hit was Kazmar’s only knock of the game, but he’ll enter Sunday with 658 career hits as a member of the Braves Triple-A club, a team he has helped lead for going on eight seasons now. The 36-year-old infielder has played in 724 games with Gwinnett as part of a stint that dates back to the 2013 season.

Although it wasn’t just Kazmar that provided offense in this one, shortstop Yolmer Sanchez led the Stripers last night with two hits and first baseman Travis Snider paced the team with a pair of RBI to go with a double.

Gwinnett went with a bullpen game, starting Conner Johnstone before deploying a five-man bullpen. The Stripers held the Redbirds to just three hits altogether.

(44-33) Mississippi Braves

L, 5-0 vs. Pensacola

W, 8-1 vs. Pensacola

  • SP, S. Strider – (L), 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 K, 2 HR
  • SP, H. Deal – 4 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K
  • 1B, D. Lugbauer – 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBI
  • RF/DH, T. Harris – 2 for 5, 2 HR, 2 RBI
  • RF, G. Jenista – 1 for 2, HR, RBI, 2 BB

The M-Braves split its double header against Pensacola on Saturday as the offense couldn’t figure out the Blue Wahoos pitching in Game 1, only tallying three hits overall. Mississippi’s Spencer Strider tried his best to match the opposition’s stinginess on the mound, but Strider’s two runs allowed in the opening frame came back to haunt him and he took the loss despite striking out nine batters. The 22-year-old Strider has continued to punch out opposing batters while in Double-A, but his run prevention has taken quite a hit since moving up from High-A. In 28 innings with the M-Braves, the righty owns a 6.75 ERA, compared to a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 frames with Rome.

Game 2 yesterday featured a more normal M-Braves offense as the lineup produced five homers in the win. All but two batters in the Mississippi lineup finished with at least one hit and outfielder Trey Harris ended his night with his first multi-homer game of the season. Catcher Shea Langeliers was given Game 2 off.

(37-40) Rome Braves

W, 3-0 vs. Asheville

  • SP, D. Vines – (W), 7 IP, 2 BB, 9 K
  • CF, M. Harris – 1 for 4, 3B, R
  • 1B, K. Josephina – 1 for 4, 2B, R
  • 3B, B. Philip – 1 for 4, 2B, R

Rome nearly no-hit Asheville last night as the trio of Darius Vines, Trey Riley and Justin Yeager held the Tourists to only one hit in nine innings while striking out 10 and walking three. For the 23-year-old Vines, that’s two-straight strikeout-filled starts, giving him 17 punch outs in his last 12.1 innings.

There were no homers in this one, but prospect Michael Harris II came inches away from his first long ball at State Mutual Stadium when he belted a triple in the third.

In the fourth, Andrew Moritz extended his hitting streak to 16 consecutive games when he singled in a run to give Rome a 3-0 lead. And then in the sixth, Beau Philip added another XBH by slapping a one-out double.

(33-44) Augusta GreenJackets

L, 6-5 vs. Myrtle Beach

  • SP, C. Bryant – (L), 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • 1B, L. Stephens – 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI
  • 2B, V. Grissom – 2 for 3, HR, RBI
  • DH, B. Horne – 1 for 4, RBI, R, SB

Despite nearly coming back in the ninth that featured four runs by the Augusta offense, the GreenJackets couldn’t recover from a 6-1 deficit on Saturday. However, prospect Vaughn Grissom had himself a nice game by finishing 2 for 3 and belting his fifth homer of the season. Grissom is currently leading the offense with a .308 AVG and .866 OPS.

Chad Bryant got the start for the GreenJackets but needed a whopping 64 pitches to get through 2.1 innings, although he did manage to strike out five. Bryant has struggled this season, shown by his 7.17 ERA so far. A three-man bullpen finished the game for Augusta, but Myrtle Beach’s three runs against reliver Benjamin Dum put the Pelicans out of reach for good.

(9-12) FCL Braves

L, 10-5 vs. Rays

  • SP, R. Salinas – (L), 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
  • DH, J. Fernando – 1 for 4, 2 RBI
  • LF, C. Reyes – 1 for 3, HR, RBI
  • SS, C. Paraguate – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI

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