Rain delay: It stormed at the Ted last night, luckily the Braves had scheduled an off-day. Hopefully everyone out there stayed safe. The Old Battle Axe dodged a tree.
The best meds: Kris Medlen still has the best ERA in baseball since the 2012 All-Star break at 1.81. Of course, one of his worst starts of this season came against the Giants, whom he’ll face today: 5.1IP, 8H, 5R, 3ER, 5BB, 1SO, 3HR — it was not pretty. Let’s hope tonight’s effort is a better drug.
Score first and win: The Braves are 26-5 this season when they score the first run in a game.
Strand them better than Kimbrel: Craig Kimbrel is really good at stranding runners, and so far he’s been better this season than in any previous season in his career. But the reliever on the Braves with the best LOB% is David Carpenter. His 96.4% is just a smidge better than Kimbrel’s 96.3%. Carpenter has the highest walk percentage on the team, so he’s certainly giving himself a lot of opportunities to get out of jams and strand runners.
Not so Beachy: Gwinnett lost. Brandon Beachy made his final rehab start, and it did not go so great: 3IP, 3H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4SO, 1HR. A report said that Beachy looked uneasy on the mound, and was behind in every count. We’ll see what happens next Tuesday.
Cody Ks, Ryan saves: Mississippi won. Cody Martin made possibly his best start of the season: 6.1IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 11SO. It was also his longest start of the season. Martin has given up more than two runs in just two of his 16 games. He’s inching his way closer and closer to my top-10 Braves prospects; of the many pitching prospects ahead of him on the list, he has a real chance to stick as a starter. Ryne Harper got the save, his 4th of the season. Harper has once again pitched very well in relief, and deserves consideration among the Braves top bullpen prospects.
Cats don’t like water: The Hillcats had a double-header scheduled against Salem, but both games got rained out because the tarp was somehow dislodged from the field and soaked the infield beyond repair. It was Salem, so we can only assume it was witches! (Or wind.) The two games will be made up this weekend as double-headers on Friday AND Sunday. This will be the second weekend in a row that the Cats have played two double-headers.
Not Parsons’ night: Rome lost. Wes Parsons had put together a couple of good starts, but two bad innings cost him last night: 6IP, 7H, 4R, 1BB, 6SO, including 3 doubles and a triple.
Minor movement: The Rome Braves swapped out some pitchers. RHP Mauricio Cabrera and LHP Carlos Perez were sent from Rome to Danville. Going the other way were RHP Ernesto Silva and LHP Eric Pfisterer. Yep, that’s his name (don’t tell Chip Caray). Pfisterer was signed by the Braves last year as a non-drafted free agent from Duke University. He was a 15th-round draft pick in 2008 by the Reds, but he went to Duke, was one of their top starters for a few years, then poof… I can’t find any news on him. As for the guys going down — Cabrera and Perez — I’m a little surprised to see them getting demoted. Perhaps it’s just a “need fresh arms” in Rome type of thing and not a demotion for lack of performance.