Braves WON… today.
Freddie freekin’ Freeman: If you stayed up into the wee hours of last night slash this morning, then you were treated to a Freddie Freeman 2-run walk-off home run against Mets starter Dillon Gee. Tim Hudson’s post-game quote said it best:
“He’s like the Little Leaguer who shaves already,” Hudson said. “He’s Kelly from the Bad News Bears.”
Steady Freddie: Freeman still has not had back-to-back hit-less games all season. That is an amazing display of consistency. I’ve pointed this out before, but I continue to marvel at it, as I can’t remember a Braves player who has done something like this. Even Chipper was pretty streaky at times.
Weird year for Huddy: In his first seven starts, Tim Hudson was 4-1, with one bad start, but overall he was having a good start to the season. Then it turned ugly for four starts. But his past four starts, including last night (this morning), have been terrific. In each of those past four starts he’s gone at least seven innings, given up six hits or less, and has lowered his ERA by over a run, from 5.37 to 4.17. Of course, he doesn’t have any wins to show for it, but he’s pitching like a top-of-the-rotation starter should, and giving the team a chance to win.
Bear don’t bite when he starts: Evan Gattis is 1-for-23 this month in the 7 games he has started. In the 3 games he’s been used as a pinch-hitter, he’s 1-for-1 with a 3-run home run and 2 walks. Brian McCann is only 8-for-34 in the 10 games he has started in June. As a pinch-hitter this year, McCann is 0-for-4 with 3SO. (Gerald Laird is 1-for-2 with a home run in his only June start.)
Let’s play three: The 1:22am blast from Freeman secured the first game of this 5-game series against the Mets that includes a double-header today. First pitch is at 1pm for game-one, second game is at 7pm. Rain is in the forecast the entire day, so this could be another game(s) with a lot of starts and stops and/or long delays.
Speaking of young (former) Braves pitchers: Randall Delgado will make his first Major League start for the Diamondbacks today. He has not had a good year at triple-A, with a 5.91ERA and 1.625WHIP — both higher this year than any other year at any level he’s pitched.
Po-veda: Gwinnett lost. Starting pitcher Omar Poveda succumbed to the G-Braves losing ways lately, and some of the bad starting pitching that has plagued the club: 7IP, 9H, 4ER, 3R, 3BB, 5SO, 1WP, 1HR.
Sip stumbles to end first half: Mississippi lost. The M-Braves needed a win and some help to win the first half of the season, but an error on the pitcher was enough to end their hopes of securing a first-half playoff berth. Reliever Juan Jaime once again pitched really well, and had his strikeout magic working: 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5SO.
One more Star for Rome: The Hillcats and Rome Braves are beginning their All-Star break, and one more Rome Braves player was added to the Sally League All-Star team. Infielder Eric Garcia was a late addition, joining INF Levi Hyams, RHRP Shae Simmons, and OF Josh Elander. Both the Carolina League and Sally League All-Star games are today.