Mets suck: …and yet the Braves still managed to lose in a really pitiful way. Mike Minor gave up three solo home runs — his second kinda-bad start in a row. But hey, they were solo home runs, and you look on the scoreboard and see that the Braves got 13 hits, and they should have gotten some runs, right? Twelve singles and poor hitting with runners in scoring position (again) ain’t gonna get it done.
Bobble-homer: “Ever wonder how many MLB players have homered on their bobblehead night? I did, and here’s what I found – Chipper Jones, Eric Hosmer, Ryan Zimmerman, Aramis Ramirez, Nick Markakis, Matt Kemp, Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, Cody Ross, Jayson Werth, Chris Young, Carlos Lee, Adrienne Beltre, Hanley Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Freddie Freeman.” Sadly, B.J. did not find encouragement in a bobbling doll of his likeness. He was 0-for-5 with 2 srikeouts.
Hale yeah: Gwinnett won. Starting pitcher David Hale had his best start of the season, and second consecutive scoreless appearance: 6IP, 7H, 0R, 0BB, 3SO, 1HBP. He might finally be catching up to the speed of triple-A and figuring things out. Ernesto Mejia hit his 17th home run of the year.
Sip walks off: Mississippi won… in walk-off fashion in the ninth inning. With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the ninth, Jose Martinez delivered a walkoff single up the middle for the win. The M-Braves lineup the past few games has been a weird collection of minor league journey-men, stalled or failed prospects, and Edward Salcedo. That only real prospect in the lineup hit his 9th home run of the year.
Minor movement: RHP Mauricio Cabrera and LHP Carlos Perez return to Rome from their temporary exile in Danville (the R-Braves needed some fresh arms before the break). The two guys they had called up, RHP Ernesto Silva and RHP Andry Ubiera, go from Rome to Danville. Infielder Levi Hyams gets rewarded for his good work in the first half (.317/.378/.407) with a promotion to Lynchburg, while INF Ross Heffley (.218/.272/.315) gets demoted from Lynchburg to Rome.
Not much happenin in Rome: Rome lost. Starting pitcher Wes Parsons had an outing that should have gotten him a win instead of a loss: 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 7SO. Reliever Eric Pfisterer had a scoreless inning-and-a-third with a hit allowed and a strikeout.
Good start for Danville: Danville won. Following up on the great start he had last week filling in for the R-Braves, Andry Ubiera had a great start to open the season for the D-Braves: 5IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 3SO, 1HR. Meanwhile a couple of 2013 draft picks got off to hot starts at the plate. Victor Caratini was 4-for-4, a home run short of the cycle, with 2 doubles and a triple — promote him! Kyle Wren went 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot with a stolen base. Great start for the D-Braves. Maybe this is another one of those years where they crush the Appy League.
Roadtrip!: Finally, as I said way back in my introductory post, sometimes this blog will go on hiatus, and that time has come for the next week… probably. At least the Daily Lines will probably go on hiatus. I’m traveling up to Lynchburg today to see the Hillcats (and to get me an Andrelton Simmons bobblehead). From there I’m headed to Hickory for a Chipper Jones bobblehead (yes, I’m a bobbling head addict). And finally I’m staying with my parents in the internetless mountains of North Carolina, and will be popping over Roan Mountain and into Tennessee to see some Danville Braves games at Johnson City. I might try some mobile posting if I have time, but for the most part I’ll be on the road or at games. See everyone next Thursday.