Sigh: Not much to write home about in yesterday’s double-header loss. The bullpen didn’t fare terribly well, but the offense could come up with a big hit, especially in game two when the Braves were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Sigh.
Heat: “Matt Harvey’s pitch to fan Heyward in 1st was fastest by a starting pitcher this season: 100.1.”
I jinxed Freeman: For the first time this season Freddie Freeman went hit-less in consecutive games. Though he did collect four walks between those two games.
Oso enfermo: The Braves placed Evan Gattis on the disabled list Tuesday morning with a right oblique strain. This Twitter account put it best.
Darkness hovered over the south, water flowed from the saddened skies, for Gattis to the DL hath went.
Rev returns: To fill the gaping hole left in Atlanta’s roster with Gattis going on the DL, Tyler Pastornicky was recalled from triple-A. Rev has been mainly playing second base at Gwinnett, as well as a couple of games in center field. He was hitting .309/.351/.429 at triple-A.
Marvelous Martin: Gwinnett won. Starting pitcher Cody Martin made his triple-A debut, and continued to show why he is one of the fastest rising starting pitching prospects in the Braves system: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 7SO, 94 pitches, 59 for strikes. He is a command and control pitcher much like Sean Gilmartin, but unlike Gil, Cody has some velocity behind his fastball, and can use it to strike people out when he needs to get a strikeout. He is now most certainly a top-10 prospect in the Braves system.
Kubby’s clubbin: Hillcats third baseman Kyle Kubitza was named the Carolina League Player of the Week. Kubitza hit .409 (9-for-22) during the week with 4HR, 9RBI, and 9BB. He raised his average from .269 to .282, and raised his OPS almost 100 points from .809 to .900. He’s turned his season around, raising his average from .219 with a .689OPS one month ago.
Young Braves star in Carolina League All-Star game: Carolina League won, and was managed by the Hillcats staff, including Luis Salazar. Outfielder Robby Hefflinger paced the Carolina League All-Stars to victory, earning game MVP honors by going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles. Heff also won the home run derby, which preceded the game. Ronan Pacheco pitched well in relief, working a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, and David Rohm was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI.
Hyams homers in Sally League All-Star game: Box. Second baseman Levi Hyams hit a home run in the first inning which proved to be the only run for the South Division All-Stars. Josh Elander walked and stole a base, Eric Garcia was 0-3 with an error, and Shae Simmons pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.