What a walk-off!: The Braves were stuck in struggle mode for most of the day, but kept it close with help from B.J., who was 2-for-4 with 2HR and 3RBI. They finally got some life in the ninth. Maybe that will spark them to start a winning streak. Mike Minor had a better start than his line: 6IP, 7H, 5R, 4ER, 1BB, 7SO. While his fastball was flat and easy to hit, the Giants were dinking balls all over the place.
Romo mad: “Sergio Romo had gone 176 straight games without issuing multiple walks, which was the longest streak in MLB.”
Breathe easy: “Beachy had an MRI this morning which showed no structural damage in elbow, just some fluid in there and needs some rest.”
Gwinnett sets tone for minors: Gwinnett lost, in fact, every Braves minor league team lost last night. Cory Rasmus had a really weird inning of relief, allowing a run on no hits while striking out the side… but he walked four. It actually got uglier the next inning for the G-Braves pen, as they blew a four-run lead. It might be time to promote some of those relievers from Mississippi. The major/minor league journey-men in Gwinnett are not getting it done.
Sip slips, but Salcedo stars: Mississippi lost. Edward Salcedo had a great night, going 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run.
No bite for Cats: Hillcats lost. The Cats offense couldn’t come through, and starting pitcher Navery Moore had his worst outing in a month: 3.2IP, 6H, 6R, 4BB, 5SO.
More All-Stars for Cats: Hillcats RHP Ronan Pacheco was added to the Carolina League All-Star team, joining outfielders Robby Hefflinger and David Rohm and the entire Hillcats coaching staff. The game will be Tuesday in San Jose, California, against the Cal League. I talked about Pacheco as an emerging threat in the bullpen on Thursday.
Rough track: Rome lost. There were seven unearned runs between Rome and Kannapolis, unfortunately Rome didn’t come out on top of the slop-fest.