Not much to write home about in last night’s Braves game. Maholm pitched great, but the offense seems to have been left behind in Atlanta. Maybe the Braves can break through tonight against the rookie pitcher Stephen Fife. At least Chip Caray will be able to make plenty of puns with his name.
Crushed: Gwinnett lost. In fact, they got crushed 11-0. Of course, all eyes will be on Gwinnett tonight as Brandon Beachy makes his second to last rehab start.
Marvelous Martin: Mississippi won. Cody Martin made another terrific start, and he even drove in the first run of the game with a third inning single. Meanwhile, second baseman Tommy La Stella picked up two more hits and continues to be one of the best hitters in the organization. He is now hitting .366/.432/.471 between A and AA this year. Move over Dan Uggla.
Bang, Bang, double, double: Hillcats doubleheader was rained out Friday, so they will play a makeup doubleheader Saturday and another doubleheader Sunday. Rest up guys!
All-star ‘Cats: Two Hillcats were named to the Carolina League All-Star team, outfielders Robby Hefflinger and David Rohm. While Rohm is having a solid season, Hefflinger is leading the league in home runs (16), slugging percentage (.585), extra-base hits (30), and total bases (127). Hefflinger and Rohm also boast the longest hitting streaks in the Carolina League this season as the only two players to compile streaks of 12 games. The Hillcats will also send manager Luis Salazar, pitching coach Derek Botelho, and athletic trainer Joe Toenjes to serve as the Carolina League field staff.
Mauricio roughed up: Rome lost. Pitching prospect Mauricio Cabrera got roughed up – 4IP, 8H, 6R, 4BB, 1HBP, 7K. The bullpen, though, pitched 5 scoreless hitless innings, giving up just 1BB while striking out 10.
Old-timers in LA: “The Old-Timers’ game will be played at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, and Dodgers.com will stream the game live starting at 5:20 p.m. PT. Former Dodgers and Yankees greats scheduled to appear include: Ron Cey, Rickey Henderson, Davey Lopes, Darryl Strawberry, Steve Yeager and Fernando Valenzuela. Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda and actor/comedian Billy Crystal will manage the two clubs.”