Dejecting and ejecting: A lot of helplessness in yesterday’s game. First off, the “Angles” were not on our side, and not enough of what the Braves swatted at fell in. There was a good comeback attempt against Cliff Lee in the seventh, but there was no life after that. The Braves have had trouble mounting multiple rallies the last few games. They seem to be able to put together “a” rally, but not more than one.
Chipper mad: Chipper Jones turned off the game last night because of the awful umpiring. Here is a good rundown of his tweets from last night. I completely agree with #10.
A hit for Terd: Joey Terdoslavich collected a solid hit, the first of his big league career, against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning last night. He now has one more hit than Papelbon, who has amazingly never even had an at-bat in his 9 year Major League career. In fact, Pap has never had a plate appearance in his 11 year professional career. In case you were wondering (I was) Craig Kimbrel doesn’t have a Major League plate appearance, but he has one in the minors in which he… wait for it… struck out.
No O for Martin: Gwinnett lost. Starting pitcher Cody Martin once again pitched great: 5IP, 5H, 1R, 4BB, 8SO. The G-Braves offense didn’t have any punch in it, and got shutout. Kris Medlen bobblehead giveaway tonight… see you there.
Heff homers for Sip: Mississippi won. OF Robby Hefflinger hit his first double-A home run, his 22nd on the season, a solo blast that gave the M-Braves the lead. He also stole a base, his third on the year. Reliever James Hoyt, an independent league signing this year, has now pitched 6.1 scoreless, hitless innings since giving up runs in his first double-A appearance. I’m keeping an eye on this interesting come-from-nowhere pitcher.
Hillcats lost. Not much happening in the Cats game. Starter A.J. Holland battled to stay in the game until the sixth when he got blown up.
Hursh debuts: Rome won. The Braves first round pick this year, RHP Jason Hursh, made his professional debut for the R-Braves last night: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3SO. A solid debut. He follows other advanced college starters the Braves have drafted in recent years who have begun their professional careers at Rome (Minor, Gilmartin, Wood).
Minor movement: With Hursh getting added to Rome’s roster, RHP Robert Fish moves up to Lynchburg. The Hillcats placed RHP Navery Moore on the disabled list. The M-Braves activated Michael Lee from the DL, and with Cory Gearrin returning to the Gwinnett roster, LHP Cole McCurry was released.