Can’t complain about the weather: There was a lot of bad luck in yesterday’s Braves game, in fact there was a lot of bad luck in the whole series. Maybe the Braves need inclement weather to perform better. This road trip was through beautiful and sunny Southern California and they go 2-and-6. At least they’re coming home to hot and humid Atlanta, GA.
Can’t complain about making $1.5 million: The AJC prints some harsh quotes from third catcher Gerald Laird, who is not happy that he’s not getting enough playing time. I wonder what Evan Gattis would say about that. Evan Gattis doesn’t need to talk, because his shirts talk for him. #GattisFacts.
Streaks: Hillcats won. Infielder Elmer Reyes now has a 15-game hitting streak, hitting .444 (24-54) over that span. Some people consider him a prospect, but I don’t. OF Will Skinner homered twice, which gives him 5 HR in his past 5 games, and 11 HR on the season. Though he’s only hitting .207; 39% of his hits have been home runs. LHRP Ronan Pacheco continues to discover new life as a reliever. The hard throwing lefty worked two spotless innings, striking out one and inducing five ground-outs. He now has a 1.65 ERA on the season, and has the best ground-ball percentage in the entire Atlanta organization (67.5%).
Ubiera debuts: Rome won. Recently recalled Dominican teenage prospect Andry Ubiera had a great full season debut: 3.1IP, 0H, 1R, 4BB, 2SO, 1WP. The run scoring only after Ubiera had been lifted in the fourth; I imagine he was on a pretty strict pitch count. The other Rome pitchers allowed just 2 hits the rest of the way — the second game in a row that the Rome pitching staff has surrendered just 2 hits.
Beachy up: Gwinnett and Mississippi were off yesterday. Brandon Beachy will make his last rehab start for the G-Braves tonight at 7pm in Rochester. Meanwhile, the Hillcats play another double-header today, their third in the past six days.