The Atlanta Braves were off last night, but begin a 3-game home stand with the Marlins tonight, before heading on the road to Philly and then to Miami to see the Fish again. Let’s keep rolling.
Missin’ Jose: The Marlins are actually one of the hotter teams in baseball, winners of 8 of their last 10. While the Braves play them twice in the next nine days they will miss their hottest pitcher, rookie Jose Fernandez, in both series. That’s a big dodge, and one the team needs to take advantage of.
Talking with the enemy: Click here for a good Q&A that Tomahawk Take did with Marlins Maniac about the upcoming series.
Let’s duel for 16: A great historical snippet from The Hardball Times:
Fifty years ago today, one of the greatest and most famous pitching duels in all baseball history took place, a marathon match up featuring Hall of Fame studs Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves and Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants. It was a 16-inning game with both hurlers going the distance. And why not? Not a single runner crossed the plate until the bottom of the 16th.
This is exactly what you’d want in an all-time great pitchers’ duel. Not only was it a never-ending double shutout, it featured two clearly deserving Hall of Fame pitchers.
Good Hale: Gwinnett won. David Hale had the best start of his season (maybe his career): 7IP, 5H, 0R, 1BB, 4SO. Since coming off the disabled list he has made significant strides as a starter. Ernesto Mejia hit another home run. The Caramel Bear now has 21 for the season.
Sip can’t solve Zona: Mississippi lost. While the Atlanta Braves were sweeping the Diamondbacks, the M-Braves have lost three straight to the Arizona double-A team. That’s pretty much all there is to say about this game, as Mississippi got shutout on four hits.
Web-ber!: Hillcats won. Ryan Weber had been struggling lately in the Lynchburg rotation, giving up four runs in three straight starts, but he rebounded quite well last night: 8IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 7SO, 1HBP. The Cats offense broke out the patience, with 10 walks in the game, as they scored 10 runs, but only collected 4 RBI — lots of errors and wild pitches.
10 steals for Rome: Rome won. The two speedy guys at the top of the R-Braves lineup were off to the races. Leadoff man Kyle Wren made it on base 3 times and stole 3 bases. The second batter, Jose Peraza, also made it on base 3 times and stole 4 bases. Felix Marte added 2 steals, and Casey Kalenkosky joined the part with a stolen base of his own. Eric Pfisterer picked up his first professional save: 2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2SO.
Danville lost. Andry Ubiera had a tough start: 4.2IP, 4H, 2R, 4BB, 3SO, 1WP, 1Balk. He’s a young kid still figuring it out.