Freddie on Fire: Freeman was 2-for-4 last night, missing a grand slam by inch(es). He has not had back-to-back hitless games all season — an amazing level of consistency. In his last 10 games he’s hitting .405/.419/.690.
BJ deja vu: BJ quote after last night’s game: “Still got some work to do. But definitely feeling a lot better up there, and hopefully it only gets better.” Don’t get too excited yet. On May 21st he went 2-for-4 in a 10-inning game, then 1-for-4 the next day with a solo home run. Then he went 0-for-11 in four games and got four games off. And in the last two games he’s gone 2-for-4 in a 10-inning game, then 1-for-4 the next day with a solo home run. Sound familiar? Don’t get too excited. Yet.
Lead: “The Braves’ 6.5-game lead in the NL East is more than twice as large as any other 1st-place team’s division lead.”
More Pena: “Ramiro Pena has more home runs (3) in 2013 in 77 ABs than he had in his first 4 years in the Majors combined (2) in 313 ABs.” It’s probably the power of that number 14 on his back.
Rehabbing: Relievers Cristhian Martinez and Luis Ayala are both working out with the team before the game; the first time they’ve been back in a while.
From the ashes: 36-year-old Lefty reliever Joe Beimel, whom the Braves signed to a minor league deal a couple of weeks ago, has finally joined the Gwinnett Braves roster from extended spring training. Beimel had Tommy John surgery on May 1st of last year and did not pitch in the Majors in 2012. His line from Sunday’s game was reminiscent of someone who hasn’t pitched in a year (1IP, 3H, 2R, 1BB, 1HR).
Thanks, but: To make room for Beimel on the G-Braves roster, 35-year-old starter Tim Corcoran was sent to extended spring training even though he won the International League Pitcher of the Week just one week ago, and has given up a total of just two earned runs in his last three starts. It’s hard being a minor league journeyman.
Terd shines again: Gwinnett won. 3B Joey Terdoslavich hit his 9th home run, going 3-for-5.
This is not the trade we’re looking for: Mississippi Braves RHP Erik Hamren was traded to the Rays, and will join their double-A club. Hamren, 26, was signed by the Braves as a minor league free agent on April 18th. There was no note about the Braves receiving anything in return, but a Rays writer tweeted that it was “future considerations” — that’s like a baseball IOU.
Strike them out like a Lamm: Mississippi won. RHP Mark Lamm saved his sixth game while striking out the side. He has a 1.36 ERA and sub-1.40 ERAs to both left-handed and right-handed batters. He’s repeating double-A, so he should be figuring it out, but he was only drafted in 2011 and was promoted quickly, so he’s on schedule. He could be an Atlanta bullpen option late this year.
Werth hurts Braves… in minors: Hillcats lost. Jayson Werth tagged the Braves A-ball team for two 3-run home runs. Better there than in the Majors. Hillcats OF’er Robby Hefflinger hit his 16th home run, tied for the most in all of minor league baseball.
Next Beachy watch: Rome won. Non-drafted free agent RHP Wes Parsons (5IP, 5H, 1R, 1BB, 5K) picked up his first professional win for the Rome Braves. He was signed at the end of July last year from an independent league team. RHP Williams Perez has been transferred from Rome to Extended Spring Training.
Capmania: MLB has been pumping out the alternate merchandise this year. The 4th of July caps are next. At least with these alternate caps, the proceeds will go to charity.
A case of the Medlen’s: Kris Medlen will face A.J. Burnett at 7:10 on SportSouth Monday night. Medlen has the lowest run support on the team, with the Braves scoring an average of just 1.5 runs per game in his 11 starts.