All about Chipper: It was an off-day for the Atlanta Braves, but today is a big one for Chipper Jones and his fans. The team will induct the Old Battle Axe into the Braves Hall of Fame at a luncheon, and then retire his number at a pre-game ceremony tonight. I will be at both events, live tweeting @gondeee so that everyone who can’t be there can follow along. I will also try to have a post tomorrow reviewing the events.
Phenom face-off: It might be Chipper’s night, but the two guys starting on the mound are best of friends and both former top prospects for the Braves. Atlanta will start Julio Teheran against the Diamondbacks’ Randall Delgado. Yep, Delgado has started two games for the Snakes, and actually hasn’t done that bad in either start. In their Major League careers Delgado has 8 more starts than Teheran.
Gwinnett won. A good start by recently signed independent league pitcher Joe Bisenius: 6IP, 7H, 1R, 1BB, 4SO. It was a good offensive night too, especially Ernesto Mejia, who hit his 19th home run, Todd Cunningham stole two bases, and Joey Terdoslavich was 2-for-3 with a walk. Rehabbing Atlanta reliever Luis Ayala threw a scoreless inning with a hit and a strikeout.
Still pitching in ‘Sip: Mississippi won. Once again it was the pitching that held the opponent in check for the M-Braves. Starter Gus Schlosser had another good start: 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2BB, 7SO, 1HR, 1HBP. It was the 13th straight game that Schlosser had allowed 2 earned runs or less. The M-Braves bullpen was also terrific, as James Hoyt, Andrew Russell, and Mark Lamm combined for 4IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 2SO.
Heff to AA: Hillcats outfielder Robby Hefflinger has gotten the call to double-A. He was hitting .286/.339/.579, with 21 home runs at Lynchburg. He was a 7th-round pick in 2009 out of Georgia Perimeter College who was languishing in A-ball for the past three seasons, but last year at Rome he figured something out, and that has carried over into this season. If he can continue to rake at Mississippi, then he could be talked about as a potential prospect.
Lynchburg lost. Not much happenin in the Burg last night. Reliever Matt Chaffee struck out 5 in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.
More new faces: The Braves signed OF Chris Edmondson from the Rockland Boulders of the CanAm League, where he was hitting .413 (second in the league) with 8HR and 35RBI in 36 games. He was drafted in the 43rd round by the Cardinals in 2010, and made it to high-A before being released at the end of last year. He was added to the Rome Braves roster along with OF Kyle Wren, who was promoted from Danville. OF Blake Brown was sent back down to Danville after struggling mightily all year. And finally, OF Josh Elander got a long deserved promotion to Lynchburg.
Wren still wrakin: Rome lost. New R-Braves outfielder Kyle Wren, was most of the offense, going 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, and an outfield assist. It was only his 6th professional game since getting drafted, and he has hit safely in 5 of those 6, and has had multiple hits in 4 of those games.
Not much crackin as Danville lost. OF Connor Lien went 2-for-3 with a HR and a BB, but that was the only bright spot. Michael Flores didn’t have a good start, after a great start his last time out.