Braves WON in Simba walkoff fashion in the 10th. Andrelton said it was his first ever walkoff.
Celebrate: “It was a nice feeling,” Simmons said. “It was weird seeing everybody run and chase me down. It’s kind of an awkward feeling. I didn’t know what to do. I think [Jason Heyward] carried me a little bit. He showed me where I had to go. I was kind of lost.”
The sub-Mendozas getting it done: The three Braves regulars who are hitting below .200 — Heyward, Uggla, and B.J. — had a combined 5 hits, 4 runs, and 2 RBI in last night’s game. The rest of the team combined for 5 hits.
All top-5: The Braves are represented in the top-5 vote totals at every position for 2013 MLB All-Star voting. The only Braves players listed on the ballot not represented among the top-5 at their position are B.J. Upton (13th) and Jason Heyward (not among top-15 in OF voting). Justin Upton is second in total votes behind Buster Posey.
Return of the Baby Braves?: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Braves lead the NL with 11 players on their active roster who are age 25 or younger. The original Baby Braves year, 2005, was the year that Andruw Jones hit 51 HR, but only hit. 207 with runners in scoring position. Justin Upton, with his team-high 14 HR, is hitting just .176 this year with RISP (0-for-4 last night).
Stranded in Gwinnett too: Gwinnett lost. The big league Braves were just 2-for-14 with RISP, and the G-Braves didn’t fare any better, 1-for-11 with RISP.
New guy gets in: Mississippi lost. Not much to write home about in the ‘sip game, but Thomas Keeling, acquired in the Juan Francisco trade, pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two.
Bullock is back: Hillcats lost. RHP Billy Bullock has finished serving his 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. It was his second violation, and it was not a PED, but a “drug of abuse.” Though he was in Mississippi last year, he joins the Hillcats, and will have to work his way back up. Bullock threw a scoreless inning last night, with one hit and one strikeout. To make room for him on the roster the Braves released catcher Luis De La Cruz.
Rome All-Stars: Three Rome Braves players were named to the Sally League All-Star team; reliever Shae Simmons, infielder Levi Hyams, and outfielder Josh Elander.
Look what I caught: Rome won, then lost. LHP Robert Fish was added to the Rome Braves active roster. He was a Rule 5 pick by the Braves last year from the Angels, but never pitched for Atlanta, instead having Tommy John surgery on June 21st. Information about him has been scant since he was drafted, and he hasn’t pitched since he was in the Angles system at double-A in 2011. He could be a relief option down the line in Atlanta, but we’ll have to monitor how his comeback goes. He made it into the second game of the Rome doubleheader last night: 2IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 5K.
Nooner today: The Braves will wrap up their season series with the Bucs today at 12:10 on SportSouth. Julio Teheran toes the mound, facing Wandy Rodriguez.