Mah-awful: Paul Maholm did not have it Wednesday afternoon. Not at all: 4.1IP, 7H, 4R, 5BB, 3SO. Quite clearly nothing was working for him, not even his post game quotes:
“It is what it is,” Maholm said. “You move on after you have starts like that.
…and try to get better, right? You move on and try to get better, that’s what you want to say, and then leave it there. Unfortunately, he kept going…
I’ll probably have another like it at some point during the year, maybe two. So you move on and get ready for the next one.”
I can’t wait for your next bad start(s), Paul.
Where would you hit your Johnson: The good news in the game was that we learned Chris Johnson can hit outside of the 8th spot in the lineup: 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and a run scored while batting… wait for it… FIFTH. It can be done! Please note: we the fans knew this all along, but it’s important for Fredi Gonzalez to find this out. I fear though that CJ will be hitting 8th tonight.
McCann’s many faces: I do love the crazy faces that Brian McCann makes. A fan on Twitter has put together a chart to help you identify what each face Mac is making means.
Not so Martin: Gwinnett won. Starter Cody Martin had his worst triple-A outing: 3.2IP, 8H, 5R, 6BB, 3SO, 1HR, 1HBP. He had posted four terrific outings since being promoted from double-A, but this was the first time he was facing a team for the second time. The G-Braves offense bailed out Martin with 10 runs. They also got HBP four times. Of course, they were facing Eddie Gamboa, who converted to a knuckleball pitcher this season.
Beth and Heff homer: Mississippi won. Christian Bethancourt and Robby Hefflinger hit solo home runs as the M-Braves rolled to victory. Bethancourt has shown signs of offensive life lately. Possibly the most encouraging sign is that he’s walked 5 times in his past 9 games, an improvement after only walking 5 times in his first 45 games. Reliever Ronan Pacheco had a scary double-A debut, loading the bases in the 9th inning, but escaped without giving up a run.
No knuck tonght: Hillcats lost. Mother nature didn’t cooperate with knuckleballer Blaine Sims. After striking out the side in the first inning, Sims battled through falling rain in the second, and failed to record an out, allowing 8 runs. He’ll have to figure out how to work through the elements — just another new challenge with his new pitch. There would end up being two different rain delays in this game, so I’m not even going to take any of the other stats that seriously. Let’s just say that it got bad enough to where third baseman Matt Weaver got to pitch an inning.
Minor movement: The Rome Braves placed OF Chris Edmondson on the disabled list after he collided with the outfield wall in the first inning of Tuesday’s game. Reports from the game indicate that he was favoring his left side. OF Blake Brown was sent back to Rome from Danville to fill the roster spot. RHP Williams Perez was promoted from Rome to Lynchburg, and RHP Rafael Briceno was activated from the Rome DL.
Not Mo’s night: Rome lost. Mauricio Cabrera had a rough start, though he didn’t get much help from his defense: 5IP, 7H, 7R, 4ER, 3BB, 5SO. He’s had an up-and-down season, but he’s shown flashes of greatness, and he’s only 19.
Best Braves deadline deal ever: I wrote a post for the ESPN SweetSpot Blog about the best trade deadline deal the Braves ever made. Check it out.
#VoteFreddie: From 10am to 4pm Eastern time today you should tweet #VoteFreddie as much as you can, as twitter votes will count towards the All-Star final vote.