Atlanta rallies in DC, while Kyle Wright and Victor Vodnik pitch well down on the farm

Saturday, August 14, 2021

-Clint Manry

The Nationals jumped out in front with two first-inning runs on Friday, but thanks to four combined runs during the second-half of the game by the offense, the Braves pulled ahead and won its 60th game last night. Atlanta’s win and Philadelphia’s loss put the teams in a two-way tie for first-place in the NL East. Although the Braves have a chance to be all by itself with a win over the Nats tonight plus a loss for the Phillies (vs. CIN).

Folks, catcher Travis d’Arnaud is BAAACK…

d’Arnaud’s long ball put Atlanta on the board in the fifth, and from there, the Braves offense scored in each of the sixth, seventh and ninth. Dansby Swanson also continued his impressive 2021 season with another homer last night – his 21st of the year…

Swanson is in the midst of ridiculous stretch of hitting, now up to a .365 AVG and 12 XBH over his last 22 games. I’ve already written about him being deserving of an extension, and his play of late is just confirmation that this is the REAL Swanson.

Today’s recap is a little shorter…

(60-56) ATLANTA BRAVES

W, 4-2 vs. Nationals

SP, C. Mortin – (W), 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

SS, D. Swanson – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

C, T. d’Arnaud – 2 for 4, HR, RBI

3B, A. Riley – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

2B, O. Albies – 1 for 4, HR, RBI

(50-38) GWINNETT STRIPERS

W, 6-4 vs. Durham

SP, K. Wright – (W), 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 K

2B, R. Goins – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

RF/CF, C. Pache – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, SB

1B, J. Camargo – 3 for 4, 3B, 3 R

DH, S. Kazmar – 1 for 4, 2 RBI

(52-36) MISSISSIPPI BRAVES

W, 4-1 vs. Biloxi

SP, V. Vodnik – (W), 5 IP, BB, 9 K

CF, J. Pearson – 1 for 2, HR, 4 RBI

2B, J. Miller – 1 for 4, 2B

SS, B. Shewmake – 1 for 3, BB, SB

(39-49) ROME BRAVES

W, 5-4 vs. Hickory

L, 11-0 vs. Hickory

SP, D. Vines – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, HR

SP, C. Huntley – (L), 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 K, 2 HR

1B, B. Langhorne – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

CF, M. Harris – 2 for 6, RBI, SB

3B, L. Waddell – 1 for 3, 2 R, BB

(bold = 2021 draftee)

(38-50) AUGUSTA GREENJACKETS

W, 5-2 vs. Kannapolis

SP, A. Hoffmann – 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K

SS, C. Bunnell – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI

DH, V. Grissom – 2 for 3, 3B, BB

CF, S. Paolini – 2 for 4, R

2B, C. Shepherd – 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

(14-14) FCL BRAVES

W, 2-0 vs. FCL Rays

SP, D. Florentino – 3 IP, 3 K

RF, T. Collins – 2 for 4, SB

CF, K. Morton – 1 for 4, 2B, R

C, A. Zebrowski – 1 for 3, RBI

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