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Braves drop Game 2 to Giants; Rome’s Luke Waddell stays scorching hot

Braves drop Game 2 to Giants; Rome’s Luke Waddell stays scorching hot

Sunday, August 29, 2021

-Clint Manry

Unfortunately the Braves offense just couldn’t figure out the Giants’ Logan Webb last night as the 24-year-old righty tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out six. Webb allowed just five hits, all of which were just singles, and San Francisco cruised to a shut-out win (5-0) on Saturday.

For Atlanta’s Huascar Ynoa, it was only his third start since coming off the injured list, and overall he pitched really well. The righty totaled 96 pitches over six innings, allowing two runs from just three hits to go with three walks and three strikeouts. Ynoa did allow a homer to the second batter of the game, Tommy La Stella, but other than that the 23-year-old pitcher limited the damage. Relievers Richard Rodriguez and Chris Martin allowed three runs combined as the former allowed a homer to Mike Yastrzemski in the seventh and the latter surrendered both an RBI single (by Darin Ruf) and an RBI double (by Yastrzemski) in the ninth.

The Braves division lead has now shrunken to just 4.5 as both the Phillies and Mets won on Saturday. Philly and New York are currently in the midst of some pretty easy series, with the former facing the D’Backs and the latter going up against the Nationals. However, given the news regarding a special somebody in the starting rotation, Atlanta has a chance to push that NL East advantage back to 5.5 games. It was reported on Friday that righty Ian Anderson would be back with the Braves on Sunday. And today Anderson will start Atlanta’s day game (1:20 PM) against the Giants, facing a solid righty in Anthony DeSclafani.

With how great Anderson has thrown the ball in Triple-A Gwinnett, he should be able to keep the Giants contained so that hopefully the Atlanta lineup can get going.

And I didn’t plan on doing any writing on the Braves minor league action from yesterday. However, I have to say something about one of the Braves 2021 draft picks, fifth-round shortstop Luke Waddell.

Waddell homered again for Rome on Saturday night, giving him five long balls in the last five games. Thanks to a current five-game stretch in which he’s hitting .526 with a 1.316 OPS, Waddell is hitting .245 in 15 total games as a pro this season, and looks like a damn good-hitting shortstop. I didn’t include Waddell in my latest Braves 2021 Top 30 earlier this month, but now I’m wondering if I should have. Keep an eye on this kid.

But anyways, here are scores and stats from Saturday’s Braves action down on the farm…

(69-59) Atlanta Braves

L, 5-0 vs. Giants

SP, H, Ynoa – (L), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR

2B, O. Albies – 2 for 4, SB

3B, A. Riley – 2 for 4

1B, F. Freeman – 2 for 4

(58-43) Gwinnett Stripers

L, 2-1 vs. Nashville

SP, J. Rodriguez – 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K

C, W. Contreras – 1 for 3, 2B

CF, C. Pache – 2 for 3, BB

1B, J. Camargo – 2 for 4, RBI

(58-39) Mississippi Braves

Cancelled (COVID-19)

(45-55) Rome Braves

W, 4-3 vs. Bowling Green

SP, D. Vines – (W), 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 6 K, HR

SS, L. Waddell – 2 for 3, HR, 2 RBI

LF, A. Moritz – 2 for 5

DH, C. Milligan – 1 for 3, 2B, BB

RF, D. Campbell – 1 for 4, HR, RBI, SB

(42-59) Augusta GreenJackets

L, 6-2 vs. Charleston

SP, D. Dodd – (L), 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K

3B, C. Bunnell – 2 for 5, R

C, A. Zebrowski – 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

RF, L. Stephens – 1 for 2, RBI, BB

(21-20) FCL Braves

PPD vs. FCL Rays

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