Chippa: The Braves retired #10 for Chipper Jones last night, and inducted the Old Battle Axe into the Braves Hall of Fame with an afternoon ceremony. Click here for my review of the HOF ceremony.
Teheran wins battle of best friends: Julio Teheran bested his best friend Randall Delgado with a terrific performance: 6IP, 4H, 0R, 1BB, 10SO. Just an awesome performance by Julio in somewhat of a pressure game, facing his friend on a big night as the Braves retired Chipper Jones — there’s a lot of pressure to win a game like that. Delgado, for his part, also had a good game, but the Braves poked across a run in the first and that was enough.
Shutout: While the Braves have been shutout 11 times this season, last night was the first time this season (in 79 games) that the Diamondbacks were shutout. More evidence of how dominating Teheran was against a team that doesn’t get blanked.
The trade, the trade: There were five players in yesterday’s game who were involved in the trade this past off-season between the Braves and Diamondbacks. For Atlanta, Justin Upton and Chris Johnson were the players the Braves received in the trade. For Arizona, three of the five players they received participated: Randall Delgado, Martin Prado, and Zeke Spruill.
BJ up: BJ Upton was 2-for-3 last night with 2 doubles and a walk. His average is up to .180 — the highest it’s been all season. His .276 OBP and .322 SLG are also the highest they have been all year. Since the middle of June in the past 13 games he is hitting .273/.347/.523 — I’ll take that the rest of the way. Let’s hope the worst is behind us… nobody likes a bad BJ.
No luck for Po’veda: Gwinnett lost. There was no offensive support for the good starting performance by Omar Poveda: 7IP, 7H, 3R, 2BB, 4SO. Former G-Brave starting pitcher Todd Redmond was on the mound for the opponent, and struck out 9 en route to the win.
The lisp rehabs: Mississippi lost. Reliever Cristhian Martinez threw a scoreless relief inning with a walk and a strikeout. Not much else of note going on, starter Aaron Northcraft had a bad start, and a Sip comeback fell short in the late innings.
A knuckle in progress: Lynchburg lost. Lefty knuckleball pitcher Blaine Sims is still fighting through consistency with his newly learned knuckleball: 4IP, 6H, 6R, 6BB, 5SO, 2HR. I interviewed Blaine last week in Lynchburg, and will have his story on the site early next week. Newly promoted outfielder Josh Elander was 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
MO-ricio & Wren-sanity: Rome lost. Starting pitcher Mauricio Cabrera has his best start of the season: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 8SO. He’s one of the better pitching prospects at the lower levels for the Braves. OF Kyle Wren was 2-for-4 including a bunt single — something he excels at. He has made professional ball look easy in his first week-plus in the Braves system since being drafted out of Georgia Tech.