Where’s the offense?: Oh, there it is. Look Braves, don’t score all the runs in one game. Spread them out. After all, this is a Braves team that has been shutout 11 times this season.
All-Star Kimmy: Craig Kimbrel is the Braves lone representative at the All-Star Game, though Freddie Freeman is in the final vote. After the first few weeks of the season, when All-Star voting began, the Braves and their fans thought they would be well represented in the game, but Justin Upton has seen his offense evaporate, Mike Minor has struggled the past month, and Evan Gattis went on the shelf with an unfortunate injury. Remember, the All-Star game is a nice-to-have, but for a playoff team it’s much nicer to have their players rest over the break, get healthy, and get ready for the second half.
Loe and behold: Gwinnett won. Starting pitcher Kameron Loe pitched brilliantly: 5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2SO. He’s done surprisingly well since moving to a starting role for the past 3 appearances: 1.29 ERA, .196 BAA. Seeing him in person yesterday he’s also much taller than I thought, and in looking up his height, yep, he’s 6’8″ tall. Reliever Mark Lamm had a great triple-A debut: 2IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3SO.
No help for Ian: Mississippi lost. Ian Thomas had his best start since moving to the rotation four appearances ago, but his mates didn’t give him any offense, and committed 2 errors in the 3rd inning when he surrendered all his hits and runs: 6IP, 3H, 2R, 0BB, 8SO. Aside from that 3rd inning, he was perfect, completing five perfect 1-2-3 innings.
Ross is boss: Lynchburg won. The best start of the season for Greg Ross: 6IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 6SO, 1HBP. He had been relegated to the bullpen to start the second half of the season, but when Navery Moore went on the DL he rejoined the rotation, and comes out with this strong start.
Rainy Rome: The R-Braves double-header was rained out, but LHP Carlos Perez was finally promoted to Lynchburg. He’s found a renaissance in the bullpen and hopefully that continues. Rome adds RHP Jeremy Fitzgerald to their roster.