Rally falls short: The Braves got another ANOTHER pinch-hit home run from El Oso Blanco in the ninth inning, as well as a homer from J-Hey to pull the game to within one, but they ran out of outs.
Gattis the king of pinch: Evan Gattis now has four pinch-hit home runs this season. That’s more than Brooks Conrad had in either of his magical pinch-hitting season. It’s also more than Eric Hinske had in any one season with the Braves. It’s not even the All-Star break yet! If I’m NL All-Star Manager Bruce Bochy, I put Gattis on the team just so I can use him in the ninth if I need to.
Can’t wait until 10:10?: The Atlanta Braves game is not until 10:10pm tonight, but in the mean time you can watch the Gwinnett Braves on MLB Network at noon. Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to pitch against the Braves, while the G-Braves best starter this year, Omar Poveda will toe the mound.
Oso on IT: The Braves appearances on TV keep coming. Evan Gattis will be on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar at 5pm.
Beachy in Gwinnett: Lauren over at “Love My Bravos” posts a pictorial of Brandon Beachy’s last rehab start with Gwinnett. Beachy’s final rehab start will be this Thursday.
Buchter Ks: Gwinnett lost. It wasn’t a pretty game for Gwinnett, or starting pitcher David Hale: 3.1IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, 0BB, 5SO, 1HR. But reliever Ryan Buchter continued his good work out of the pen, striking out five in two innings of work. He now has 47 strikeouts in 28.2 innings and a .162 average against, holding both lefties and righties under .200. The problem is that he walks far too many people, 24 on the season. If he can straighten that out then he could certainly be a left-handed bullpen option for Atlanta.
Sip walks off TWICE with help from the Christians: Mississippi won and won, both in walkoff fashion. Game one was a continuation of Sunday’s suspended game. The M-Braves waited until the ninth inning to score five runs, including a game-tying pinch-hit 3-run home run from Mycal Jones, and a game-winning walk-off 2-run homer from Christian Marrero (video below). In game two, Christian Bethancourt tied the game in the sixth, then hit a go-ahead double in the final inning to complete the double-header sweep and the second walk-off of the day.
Rohm Q&A: Hillcats outfielder David Rohm did a Q&A with with the blog “Atlanta Bullpen.”
Cats come back: Hillcats won. The Cats overcame a 5-run deficit to win the game, getting great work from their bullpen, especially converted outfielder Wilson Rivera: 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1BB, 5SO, 1HR. He was an outfielder who never got above the GCL until the Braves moved him to the mound in 2011. Since then he’s put together a 2.11 ERA with 152 strikeouts in 115 innings pitched. He should see Mississippi soon.
Sims shines in Rome: Rome lost, but starting pitcher, and last year’s top draft pick Lucas Sims, was terrific: 6IP, 3H, 1R, 0BB, 7SO, 1HR, 1HBP. Since moving into the rotation Sims has struck out 26 in 19.1 innings over four starts while only walking five. He is really finding a rhythm on the mound, and he’s doing it faster than I thought he would.
Who has signed?: Do you wonder which 2013 Braves draft picks have signed? I’m keeping an updated list on the right sidebar of the main page. Check there for the latest. That list is put together by researching news stories about players who have signed, or who are about to sign, as well as perusing the players’ Twitter accounts for tweets that they’ve signed; or in some cases, photos of them signing their contracts: