The Braves are somehow in danger of being swept by the lowly Diamondbacks, thanks to a frustrating loss on Tuesday night. And with this week being a little different in the minors, due to Memorial Day on Monday, only two of Atlanta’s affiliates played last night. Here’s a look at the action from Tuesday…
AA – Rome (27-19)
W, 6-0 vs. Bowling Green
(P) Roddery Munoz – (W), 6 IP, H, 7 K
(P) Lisandro Santos – (S), 2 IP, BB, 5 K
(3B) Beau Philip – 2 for 4, 2 RBI
(SS) Vaughn Grissom – 1 for 4, SB
(1B) Cade Bunnell – 1 for 4, HR, 2 RBI
(CF) David Campbell – 1 for 4, 2B, R
Rome took care of its series opener against Bowling Green on Tuesday, winning a 6-0 shutout, thanks to six innings of one-hit ball from starting pitcher Roddery Munoz. The R-Braves righty had his best stuff last night, as he didn’t allow a hit until there was one out in the sixth, when the Hot Rods finally mustered a harmless single. Munoz was dominant, tallying five strikeouts just in the first two innings, on his way to seven punch outs overall. The 22-year-old hadn’t tossed a shutout outing since his season-opening start back on April 13, and coming into Tuesday, his season ERA sat at 4.67. The strong showing gives the Dominican righty a much more manageable 3.98 ERA for 2022.
The first-half of this game was very exciting. Neither team managed a run until Rome scored two in the fifth – a two-run home run from Cade Bunnell.
The quietness returned for the sixth and seventh innings. But then in the eighth the R-Braves rallied, sending eight batters to the plate, resulting in four runs, which was capped off by a bases-loaded two-run single by Beau Philip to give the team a 6-0 lead. Overall, Bowling Green only totaled one hit as a team on Tuesday.
He had a nice lead to work with, but reliever Lisandro Santos appeared in the eighth and was unhittable, striking out five and walking one in his multi-inning appearance. All in all, the R-Braves pitchers accumulated 13 punch outs on the day.
A – Augusta (24-22)
W, 10-4 vs. Kannapolis
(P) Kris Anglin – (W), 5 IP, H, BB, 5 K
(C) Adam Zebrowski – 2 for 5, 3 RBI
(SS) Cal Conley – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
(LF) Stephen Paolini – 2 for 4, 2 R, BB
(1B) Mahki Backstrom – 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, R, BB
(2B) Caleb Durbin – 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Augusta finished up May on a positive note, thanks to a six-run eighth inning that secured a win over Kannapolis on Tuesday.
Prospect infielder Cal Conley had a big game last night, and he started the GreenJackets scoring in the first when, following a lead-off walk by Caleb Durbin, slapped an RBI single right to go up 1-0. Then, two batters later, Adam Zebrowski made it a two-run lead when he knocked in Conley with a single of his own.
Augusta’s 2-0 advantage would last on into the fifth, until they added to the lead. Once again, Conley came through, doubling to center to score Kadon Morton.
The Cannon Ballers finally got on the board in the top-half of the sixth, due to a throwing error by Zebrowski from behind the plate. But a fourth run by Augusta in the bottom-half of the inning, followed by an offensive explosion in the eighth gave the GreenJackets all it needed to win the ballgame. In that six-run eighth, Augusta drew six walks, to go with a two-run double and a two-run single.
The two-hit night for Conley was his second in a row, as he’s now 5 for his last 11 over his last three games. It’s been a bit of an inconsistent year so far for the former fourth-round pick, but Conley carries a decent .656 OPS and six homers into Wednesday’s Game 2. For starter Kris Anglin, who normally works out of the bullpen for Augusta, Tuesday’s outing was quite the success. Anglin, a 16th-round pick by the Braves last year, lasted a season-high five innings last night, and the shutout slashes his season ERA from 4.60 down to 3.48.