Braves WON! in 14 grueling innings.
Zeros: For most of last night’s game there were a whole lot of zeros. For seven innings between the 7th and 13th the Marlins’ pitchers were perfect against Braves batters — 21 up, 21 down (23 in a row after the sac fly in the 6th). The Atlanta bullpen meanwhile tossed 7.1 innings of shutout baseball. Luckily the Braves finally ran into a Marlins pitcher that, while he threw in the mid-90s, wasn’t dominating hitters with the perfection that the four relievers before him had.
Let’s Go Pirates!: Last night’s game was the first Braves game to go 14 innings since the infamous 19-inning affair with the Pirates in July of 2011. Long live cup guy! (I was at that game… for the first 5 innings, got too drunk, went home, sobered up and watched the rest from my couch.)
Who’s voting for Freddie?: MLB released the first day(s) results from the All-Star Final Vote, and our own Freddie Freeman is leading Cuban-Jeff-Francoeur. Remember to VOTE! MLB also released a cool map showing who is the leading vote-getter in each county in the US. Cool:
McFire: Brian McCann was named last week’s Co-NL Player of the Week. He shared the honor with a guy who threw a no-hitter, Homer Bailey, so that’s pretty good company. McCann hit safely in every game (15-25), including 5 multi-hit games. During just last week he raised his batting average 54 points, from .250 to .304.
Tonight: Gwinnett won. The G-Braves plated 8 runs, but the real news out of Gwinnett yesterday was who will pitch tonight for and against the team:
M-Braves comeback falls short: Mississippi lost. The M-Braves tried to come back in this game, thanks to a 3-run 8th inning homer from Edward Salcedo to cut the lead to 2, but they couldn’t overcome the deficit created by Salcedo’s error in the first inning that led to 2 unearned runs.
Backwards K: Lynchburg lost. Starting pitcher Ryan Weber dug himself a 3-run hole in the first inning, but pitched well the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Hillcats offense struggled with a generous strike zone as the team struck out 12 times in the game — 10 of those strikeouts were called third strikes. Umpire must have had dinner reservations.
Remember to VOTE FOR FREDDIE!