Braves minor league recap: Vaughan Grissom has two hits

The organization went 2-1 on the day with 11 runs allowed in one game with one of the organization’s minor league games being rained out. One of the team’s key young talents shone again today, while another struggled mightily.

(18-15) Nashville Sounds 11 , (12-21) Gwinnett Stripers 3

  • Von Grissom 2-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
  • Eli White 1-4
  • Dylan Dodd, SP, 3 ⅓ IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

The Stripers took the lead in the first innings. Eli White hit a leadoff double and Nick Solak singled to score. After that, he struggled to string anything together. He got a guy on second through fourth with one out or less, but couldn’t get him into scoring position. From the fifth to the seventh, at least came to the plate due to a double play. They tried to fight back in the eighth with a two-run homer from Vaughn Grissom and a solo shot from Chadwick Tromp, but it was too late.

Dylan Dodd struggled badly in this one as shown with the box score. 51 of his 75 pitches were strikes, which is a good ratio, with a lot of negatives outside of that. He allowed back-to-back home runs in the first game with three batters reaching in that inning. Then in the second he allowed four-straight batters to reach, allowing three to score. After a 1-2-3 third, he allowed his third homer of the game, this time a two-run shot before he was pulled. After a quiet fifth, two more runs came in the sixth when Monte Harrison stole third and scored on a throwing error. The other was via an RBI single by former top prospect Keston Hiura.

(14-14) Chattanooga Lookouts 1, (10-18) Mississippi Braves 3

  • Cal Conley 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Justin Dean 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Scott Blewett, SP, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K

Despite scoring two in each of the first two innings and one in the third, the Braves didn’t score their first run until the fifth inning, where they scored three runs. He scored his first two batters in the frame with a single and a walk. Jesse Franklin IV, who had an RBI double in the inning, also came around to score on a wild pitch. The Braves did little on offense, allowing just two batters to reach safely over the final three innings.

After retiring the first six batters of the game, Scott Blewett ran into some trouble in the third as he allowed a two-out single that put runners on the corners. He was able to retire the next batter he faced to prevent any damage. However, in the fourth, he allowed the first two batters to reach in the inning, with one coming to open the scoring. Miguel Pena and Victor Vodnik shut out the Lookouts over the final three innings to secure the victory.

(9-16) Asheville vs. (12-14) Rome

Rome and Asheville stayed out of the rain and will play a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

(10-18) Charleston Riverdogs 3, (13-14) Augusta Greenjackets 8

  • Ambioris Tavarez 1-4, 1 K
  • David McCabe 2-4, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Cedric de Grandpe, SP, 5 IP, 2 H, 5 K

The bats came early and often for the Greenjackets, who pushed across eight runs in the first three innings. They scored all three of their runs in the first with two outs on an Ethan Workinger three-run home run after back-to-back singles. In the second following a strikeout to start it, seven of the next eight Greenjacket batters reached base, including a bases loaded walk to get four runs across the dish in that span. He scored in the third on a Dawson Dimon leadoff homer. After the third though, the GreenJackets didn’t do a whole lot. They threatened to put a runner in scoring position in each of the fifth, seventh and eighth innings, but were unable to drive them in.

Starter Cedric de Grandpe dominated the game, tossing five scoreless frames with only three batters reached. The only batter to get into scoring position against him was due to a wild pitch but he retired early for the next batter to work around it. De Grandup’s ERA is now down to 2.16 on the season. Nolan Martinez came on to start the sixth inning, pitched the final four frames and earned the save since he finished the game’s final three-plus innings. After a quiet sixth, he allowed a solo shot to start the seventh and then back-to-back singles before an RBI groundout. In the ninth he allowed another run after two singles in the frame. Overall, he struck out just two and allowed five hits.

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