Bummer: The Braves were hopelessly lost against Madison Bumgarner, who took a no-hitter into the sixth: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 10SO. Bleh. Kris Medlen, meanwhile, was also bleh. When Gregor Blanco led off the game with a home run, I had a bad feeling it would be a bad night. Meds gave up nine hits, five of them for extra bases. That won’t win.
Not so Beachy: The Braves announced that Brandon Beachy will not make his scheduled return to the Majors next Tuesday. He will be held back in his rehab because of tenderness in his reconstructed elbow. This is common in pitchers who have had Tommy John surgery, and with five effective starters in the rotation right now, there’s no reason to rush Beachy back.
Poveda?: In wondering who might get called up to make the start in the second game of the double-header this Tuesday, I’m going to guess that Omar Poveda will get the call. He’s been Gwinnett’s most consistent starter this season, and is putting together the best season of his career.
Flambéd: Gwinnett lost. Scroll down through the lines from the past few days and take a look at the lines from the Gwinnett starters. They have all been awful this past week, and last night was no different as Yohan Flande was not good: 4.1IP, 10H, 8R, 4BB, 0SO, 1HR. Joey Terdoslavich added a solo home run, his 13th of the season.
Pen saves ‘Sip: Mississippi won. The bullpen starred for Mississippi, with 5.1 innings of shutout pitching. Chasen Shreve, Juan Jaime, Ian Thomas, and Mark Lamm picked each other up through the final innings, and all bounced back with good performances after recent bad outings. Jaime, Thomas, and Lamm could all see the Majors in the next two years.
Graham update: The AJC gives us an update on top pitching prospect J.R. Graham, who has been out with a sore shoulder since he left a start early on May 13th. The Braves are apparently just being extra cautious and giving Graham all the time he needs to rest and rehab the shoulder.
Drought then deluge: Hillcats lost, then won: The Cats played two, and were 3-hit in game-1, thought they did manage a run thanks to Robby Hefflinger. Game-2 saw the offense erupt for seven runs, including a 4-for-4 game from Hefflinger with two home runs. His line on the day: 6-for-7, 2B, 2 HR, 3 runs, 3 RBI. He now has 18 homers on the season.
Pfisterer debuts: Rome lost. Like a Dick Trickle update on Sports Center, you’re going to know every time new Braves pitcher Eric Pfisterer makes it into a game. His pro debut last night was a good one: 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3SO. The Rome offense lost despite collecting 14 hits, including six guys with two or more hits.