Poor Med-icine: Every mistake pitch that Kris Medlen through Sunday was taken advantage of by the Phillies… and he threw quite a few mistake pitches. One of the big problems I see with Meds this year are the walks — he was super-human about limiting them last year. In fact, he already has more walks this season than he did last year in 30 more innings. That, and the alarming number of big and damaging 2-strike hits he’s given up this season: batters are slugging .500 against Medlen in 0-2 counts. Last year his opponents slugging in that situation was just .194. Announcers talk all the time about good situational hitting being a key to offensive success. Medlen has let poor situational pitching be his downfall this year.
Hale good: Gwinnett lost. David Hale had a good start against the top-scoring offense in the International League: 7.1IP, 6H, 1R, 4BB, 1SO, 1HBP. He got into trouble in the 8th before he was pulled and a run scored on a weak sac fly. Hale has been fantastic since returning from the disabled list a month ago.
Wild win for Sip: Mississippi won. The M-Braves tied the game in the ninth on a wild pitch with the bases loaded, then 2 strikeouts later Jamie Pedroza delivered a 2-run single to put Mississippi ahead. The Braves signed Pedroza last season off an independent league team, and he has been with the M-Braves ever since. He was originally drafted in the 9th round by the Dodgers in 2007. He was named to the Southern League All-Star team this year, the third time in his minor league career he’s been named to a mid-season All-Star team.
Double-dip sweep: Rome won and won. Lucas Sims started game one and was once again marvelous: 5IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 6SO, 1HBP. Game two starter Wes Parsons pitched good enough for the win: 6IP, 4H, 2R, 4BB, 5SO, 1WP. First baseman Edison Sanchez was 5-for-7 on the day. Eric Pfisterer gave up a home run in one inning of work.