8th inning ERUPTION: It’s always good when your team’s 8th inning goes like this: PO6, HBP, HBP, 2B, 1B, BB, 1B, 2B, SF9, 1B, GO6-3. That’s how seven runs were scored by the Braves to come from behind and get the win. It was the Braves NL-leading 23rd come-from-behind win.
Other: In that 8th inning for Atlanta, Reed Johnson pinch-hit for the pitcher, and since the Braves batted around, he came up for a second at-bat. There’s a funny quirk about that at-bat — it’s position-less. On Baseball-Reference the defensive position is not listed as pinch-hitter, it’s listed as “other.” Eric Hinske has an “other” appearance in 2011.
Marvelous Martin: Gwinnett lost. Cody Martin had yet another terrific start: 7IP, 3H, 2R, 3BB, 11SO, 1HR. In three starts since being promoted to triple-A, Martin has gone seven innings each time out, compiling these numbers: 21IP, 11H, 3R, 5BB, 24SO, .153BAA. He’s exceeding just about everyone’s expectations.
Mississippi lost. Reliever Juan Jaime ran into some trouble in the ninth, taking the loss. Utility infielder Barrett Kleinknecht had another good game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. He’s turned it up a notch the past six games, going 8-for-19.
Minor movement: With OF Robby Hefflinger moving up to double-A, OF Kyle Russell was released from the organization (AA). He was signed as a minor league free agent this past off-season, originally a 3rd-round pick by the Dodgers in 2008. Another minor league free agent, RHP Michael Lee, was placed on the Mississippi disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis. 2B Tommy La Stella was activated from the Mississippi DL.
Sims good again: Rome won. Lucas Sims once again showed why he’s the organization’s top pitching prospect with a solid performance: 6IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 5SO, 1HBP. He’s dominating the Sally League at age 19.