Mike Minor got dinged early, and despite some offensive life in the seventh inning the Braves couldn’t mount another rally against the Royals bullpen. It seems like a broken record, but the offense needs to wake up. There are too many batters struggling right now, and no one to carry the offense. We’re starting to miss the White Bear.
No more MMP: Utility infielder Ramiro Pena will miss the rest of the season after he undergoes surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He’s been a quiet contributor to the team all year, and his versatility around the infield has allowed the Braves to keep three catchers on the roster. He will be missed. But with every injury comes an opportunity for someone, and it would seem that both Paul Janish and Tyler Pastornicky have a chance to prove their worth in a utility role.
Gwinnett can’t hold on: Gwinnett lost. A 3-run, 3-hit, 3-error first inning from the G-Braves offense couldn’t hold up, as they got just two hits the rest of the night. It was a good start (again) by David Hale: 6IP, 6H, 3R, 1BB, 6SO, 1HR. Three of those hits he gave up were doubles to the opposing leadoff hitter, Kevin Pillar, who had four doubles in the game, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch by reliever Wirfin Obispo.
Mississippi won. LHP Ian Thomas made his second start of the season, as the organization seems to be moving him from the pen to the rotation. I’m not sure if this is a move out of necessity, or if they want to see how effective he can be as a starter. Yesterday, he was effective: 4IP, 3H, 1R, 3BB, 4SO, 1HR.
Cats fall short: Lynchburg lost. A ninth inning rally by the Hillcats fell one run short. OF Will Skinner hit another home run, his 5th in the past 10 games, and 14th on the year. He is assembling one of the strangest lines this year: In 51 games, 14HR, 7BB, 56SO, .219BA, 25 of his 35 hits have gone for extra bases.
Rome walks off: Rome wins. With Rome down by one, Casey Kalenkosky singled in two runs with two outs in the ninth inning. Eric Pfisterer picked up the win with solid relief: 3IP, 2H, 1R, 0BB, 4SO.
No relief for Danville: Danville lost. Another good start by Andry Ubiera: 5IP, 6H, 3R, 1BB, 6SO, 2HR. But errors and poor late inning relief pitching blew the game wide open. Kyle Wren was 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and Victor Caratini was 2-for-3 with 2 walks. Both players are hitting above .400, and as advanced college hitters need to get moved up a level to face tougher competition.