Kyle Wright strikes out 11 in Gwinnett’s win while Landon Stephens homers twice for Augusta

Monday, August 2, 2021

-Clint Manry

As has been the case all season, the Braves failed to win two in a row as they dropped its game versus the Brewers on Sunday, despite a nice outing by starting pitcher Charlie Morton. Think about this: yesterday was the eighth consecutive loss that immediately followed a win as Atlanta has been going back and forth in the win and loss column since July 17 and 18. So frustrating…

As usual, I’m traveling at the moment, currently in Indianapolis for work, so today’s recap is shortened a bit. I have blurbs for the games I was able to pay attention to on Sunday, with the rest featuring just scores and stats.

(52-54) Atlanta Braves

L, 2-1 vs. Brewers

  • SP, C. Morton – (L), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 K, HR
  • CF, G. Heredia – 1 for 4, 2B
    3B, A. Riley – 2 for 4, RBI

(41-37) Gwinnett Stripers

W, 4-2 vs. Memphis

  • SP, K. Wright – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 11 K, HR
  • 3B, J. Camargo – 3 for 5, 3B, 3 RBI
  • RF, P. Ervin – 1 for 2, RBI

After a rough month of June, Kyle Wright has had himself a solid July and Sunday was another strong start. The 25-year-old allowed a triple in the first and a solo-homer in the fourth, but other than that he was nearly unhittable as he ended up striking out 11 for the day. That’s three-straight outings in which Wright has lasted at least six innings, and he now has 21 punch outs in his last 20 frames.

This triple by Johan Camargo gave Gwinnett a 2-0 lead in the first, and later on in the ninth he added another RBI when he singled, giving him three hits in the win. Why Camargo continues to just absolute rake in the minors but constantly struggle in the majors just makes no sense. WHY CAN’T HE BE A GOOD BIG LEAGUER?!

Cristian Pache and Drew Waters each tallied a hit and walked once. I think it’s safe to say that both will probably spend the rest of 2021 in Triple-A where they can continue to improve their approach at the plate. I think we all went got a little too excited about each of them making big league contributions in 2021.

(44-34) Mississippi Braves

L, 11-3 vs. Pensacola

  • SP, V. Vodnik – (L), 1.1 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, K, 2 HR
  • CF, J. Dean – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
  • LF, J. Ramos – 2 for 4, 3B

(37-41) Rome Braves

L, 14-6 vs. Asheville

  • SP, H. Ynoa – (L), 2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 2 K
  • 3B, B. Philip – 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI
  • LF, M. Harris – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

Huascar Ynoa’s rehab start was pretty rough as Asheville touched him up for six runs, five of which came in the opening inning. I didn’t actually watch his outing so I have no idea if this was a case where Ynoa was simply working on something, but eight hits allowed in a High-A start is never a good thing. Reports indicated that Ynoa’s velo was 96-98 MPH.

Rome might’ve gotten routed but at least Beau Philip is warming up at the plate. The former second-round pick has struggled as a pro, but on Sunday he hit his second homer in three days to put the R-Braves within three. Prospect Michael Harris also contributed with a double.

(34-44) Augusta GreenJackets

W, 8-6 vs. Myrtle Beach

  • SP, J. Estes – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K
  • RF, L. Stephens – 3 for 4, 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • CF, S. Paolini – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI

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