No home runs?: The Braves matched their season high in runs (11), which they have done two other times, and recorded a season high 16 hits. Surprisingly, none of those runs came by way of home run.
NL least: The Braves improved their lead in the NL East to 7 games over Washington. All the other division leaders in baseball have leads that total 8 games, with the Red Sox having the next largest lead at 3.5 games. It’s probably more of a representation of how poor the rest of the NL East has been this year, but give the Braves credit for taking advantage of a weak division and separating themselves from the rest of the pack.
Bad Juan lately: Mississippi lost. Reliever Juan Jaime had his third bad outing in a row: 0.2IP, 3H, 4R, 2BB, 1SO, 1WP. I’m starting to worry. Robby Hefflinger picked up his first hits at double-A, including a double and an RBI, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the damage caused by Jaime.
A-fraud: Rome lost. The highlight of this game was the appearance of Alex Rodriguez. Yes, THE Alex Rodriguez. He is on a rehab assignment for a few days with the Yankees A-ball club. Starter Williams Perez has the pleasure of striking A-Rod out looking in the third, and inducing a double-play from him in the first. The speedsters at the top of the Rome Braves order tested A-Rod early and often, as both Kyle Wren and Jose Peraza dropped down bunt singles in the first three innings while A-Rod was in the game. The bunt to lead off the game from Wren elicited this comment from A-Rod after the game:
“That’s a ‘Welcome back’ for me,” Rodriguez said with a smile. “That was a heck of a bunt.”
Not much else was happening around the minors. Gwinnett and Lynchburg got rained out, and the GCL team got rained on before the game was called (it’s been really rainy in the GCL this year). Third-round pick RHP Carlos Salazar did make it into his first professional game in the GCL before it was called.