Braves end Rockies series with a bang; Spencer Strider tosses two-hitter for Mississippi

Monday, September 6, 2021

-Clint Manry

It’s Labor Day today so I’m going to keep today’s report brief. The Braves fortunately ended its series versus the Rockies on a good note on Sunday, and they’ll have an off day today before starting a series with the Nationals tomorrow. Still barely hanging on to the division lead!

Here are you scores and stats from yesterday’s Braves action…

(72-64) Atlanta Braves

W, 9-2 vs. Rockies

SP, C. Morton – (W), 7 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

RF, J. Soler – 2 for 5, 2B, 2 R

3B, A. Riley – 1 for 2, HR, 3 RBI

2B, O. Albies – 1 for 5, HR, RBI

CF, A. Duvall – 1 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

C, T. d’Arnaud – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

The Braves offense finally woke up during this series and broke out with four homers in Sunday’s win over the Rockies. Save for Dansby Swanson, every Atlanta batter in the starting lineup recorded a hit, with Jorge Soler finishing with two. The win was very much-needed as the Braves were able to maintain its two-game lead in the division (the Phillies also won yesterday).

Austin Riley just continues to rake. Among third baseman in the majors, Riley’s 3.7 fWAR is tied with Manny Machado for fourth. The Braves star at the hot corner may not actually win NL MVP, but this has been such an incredible season for him… and one I admit I never saw coming. Riley is currently hitting .305 with 29 homers and 76 RBI, good for a 141 wRC+.

(61-47) Gwinnett Stripers

L, 4-3 vs. Memphis

SP, C. Johnstone – 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K, HR

1B, J. Camargo – 2 for 4, RBI

2B, J. Kipnis – 1 for 3, HR, RBI

3B, Y. Sanchez – 1 for 2, HR, RBI

RF, D. Waters – 1 for 4, R, SB

Despite a couple of homers – one each coming from Yolmer Sanchez and Jason Kipnis – Gwinnett dropped its game versus Memphis on Sunday.

Conner Johnstone got the start, and pitched well, allowing just a couple of hits in four innings of work. But Jay Flaa and Thomas Burrows combined to allow three runs, spoiling Johnstone’s effort. Drew Waters and Cristian Pache also contributed with a hit apiece, and Johan Camargo tacked on an RBI with a 2 for 4 performance. Also noteworthy, Waters tallied his 24th stolen base of the season.

(61-40) Mississippi Braves

W, 7-2 vs. Biloxi

SP, S. Strider – (W), 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K

RF, T. Harris – 2 for 5, 2B, 3 RBI, R

1B, D. Lugbauer – 1 for 2, 2B, RBI, 2 BB

2B, J. Miller – 1 for 5, 2B, R

As usual in a Spencer Strider start, this game was all about Strider. The prospect pitcher threw 50 of 79 pitches for a strike on Sunday, and a single in each of the second and third inning was all Biloxi could muster against the righty. If not for a walk in the fourth, Strider would’ve have set down the final seven batters he faced in the outing.

(51-56) Rome Braves

W, 3-2 (F/11) vs. Winston-Salem

SP, M. Stallings – 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K

RF, S. Michel – 1 for 5, HR, RBI

3B, R. Delgado – 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, BB

This one was excruciatingly boring, but the R-Braves wound up with the extra-innings win. Drew Campbell – a 23rd round pick from the 2019 MLB Draft – provided the walk-off sac-fly in the eleventh…

Campbell is definitely someone worth paying attention to. He started the season in rookie ball and has since made it all the way to High-A, where he’s currently hitting .242 with four XBH in just eight games so far. The kid played college ball at Louisville, and though he wasn’t a huge talent there, he ended up finishing with a career .310 AVG and .810 OPS in 121 total games. Not too shabby.

(45-63) Augusta GreenJackets

W, 8-6 vs. Fayetteville

SP, J. Estes – IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, HR (23 pitches)

RP, D. Spain – (W), 2 IP, H, 4 K

3B, J-H. Malloy – 2 for 5, HR (GS), 2B, 4 RBI

DH, B. Vasquez – 3 for 5, HR, 2 RBI

SS, C. Shepherd – 2 for 4, RBI

C, T. Tolve – 2 for 5, 2B, R

The video isn’t the greatest, but here’s Justyn-Henry Malloy’s go-ahead grand slam from yesterday.

Malloy has certainly enjoyed pro ball so far. The kid is currently hitting .275 with seven XBH (three HR) in 25 games with Augusta. His plate discipline has been solid as well, shown by 16 walks and 20 strikeouts.

As far as I know, there’s nothing wrong with Joey Estes, who only threw 23 pitches on Sunday for the GreenJackets, exiting after just one inning. Maybe that was the plan all along, but it does seem odd that he came out that quick. Anyways, here’s an interesting tweet from the guys at Outfield Fly Rule…https://twitter.com/OFRSports/status/1433802044364689418?s=20

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