Growns up: Julio Teheran is growing up before our eyes, and last night was an amazing growth spurt. His composure in pitching through two bases loaded jams and coming away unscathed was impressive: 6IP, 7H, 0R, 1BB, 8SO. The offense had some key hits, and it was nice to see them get over the slump that had plagued them last week.
Finicky with free passes: Another amazing component to Teheran’s game is his lack of walks. Young pitchers usually give up too many walks, but Teheran seems to be the exception to the rule. His 1.7 BB/9 rate is the lowest among Braves starters, and the seventh-lowest rate among qualified starters in the National League. (Mike Minor is right behind him at 1.8 BB/9.)
Tuesday Wood: The team has apparently announced that Alex Wood will move over from the bullpen to make the spot start in game one of Tuesday’s double-header. Now we just have to wonder which reliever the Braves will call up as their allowed 26th man during the double-header.
Gilmartin gashed again: Gwinnett lost. Starting pitcher, and one of the top prospects in the Braves system, Sean Gilmartin, had yet another terrible outing: 4.1IP, 9H, 6ER, 3BB, 2SO, 3HR, 1WP. He’s been walking way too many people and giving up a ton of hits. This was a fear about Gilmartin when he was drafted, as he’s a (relatively) low velocity control pitcher, and when he’s not fooling hitters his stats start looking foolish. He’s given up 19ER in three starts this month. Something is wrong.
Pitching shines for M-Braves. Mississippi won. The Sip pitchers did some great work starting with starter Gus Schlosser: 6IP, 6H, 1R, 2BB, 4SO. Thomas Keeling, Ryan Harper, and Mark Lamm followed with three innings of one-hit shutout ball.
Another double-dip split: Hillcats won, then lost. The Cats split their fourth double-header in the past nine days. The Cats offense managed a comeback in game one after some rough starting pitching. Lefty knuckleballer Blaine Sims had mixed results in game two, but early runs cost him, as the Cats offense couldn’t bail him out.
Rome runs out of offense: Rome lost. A great start by Lucas Sims: 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0BB, 6SO. But it was spoiled by the R-Braves running game and their bullpen, which gave up five runs. Rome was successful in just 2 of their 7 steal attempts, and got picked off twice. That’s 7 outs on the basepaths.