Braves WON! …and SWEPT the D-Backs in Atlanta.
100 dingers: “Brian McCann’s 2nd inning homer was the 100th of the season for the Braves in their 82nd game (quickest to 100 since 2003; 63rd game).”
Pinch me: With his pinch hit last night Reed Johnson now has 8 pinch hits on the season, most on the team, which matches the most pinch hits that any one Braves player had last year (Eric Hinske had 8 all season). Oso Blanco alone has matched the number of pinch hit home runs (4) that were hit by the Braves all of last season.
Louie, Louie: Reliever Luis Avilan has not allowed an earned run since May 21st, a span of 16 innings in 18 games. During that time he has only given up two hits (.043 BAA) and four walks. He may not get the press that Jonny Venters or Eric O’Flaherty got, but Avilan is every bit as dominant right now.
Poor Francoeur: Joe Posnanski has a good article on the unfortunate demise of Jeff Francoeur, who was DFA’ed by the Royals this weekend.
Ay-yuck: Gwinnett lost. Rehabbing reliever Luis Ayala did not have a good outing: 0IP, 3H, 5R, 2BB, 0SO. His defense let him down a bit, but the walks didn’t help, and he apparently was in trouble from the start. More rehab for you.
Mississippi lost. Yohan Flande was sent down from Gwinnett to make a fill-in start and did not do well. Reliever Ryne Harper had another good outing: 2.1IP, 1H, 0R, 3SO, 1WP. Harper also hit a double and scored a run at the plate. James Hoyt and Mark Lamm also continue to pitch well in relief.
Less: Hillcats lost. One of the worst lines of the year comes to us in this game via game-one starter Navery Moore: 4IP, 10H, 10R, 2BB, 5SO, 2WP, 1HBP. Ug-ly. Game two was suspended in the third inning because of rain and will be made up in August.
Rome lost. Starting pitcher Wes Parsons had his best professional start: 6IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 9SO, 2HBP.
Danville lost. Victor Caratini has been fighting it the past few games, and last night struck out four time in four at-bats.
Once again, every Braves minor league team lost yesterday.