Off the rocker: What looked like it would be a long and disappointing game — after Tim Hudson gave up two runs in a 30 pitch 2-run first inning — turned into a surprisingly good game for the Braves, and a pretty amazing effort from Hudson — the dude can battle. That’s why I’m trying to give him the nickname: The Old Battle Hatchet. If the taller and more imposing Chipper was The Old Battle Axe, then the shorter and less imposing Hudson is a Hatchet …think on it for a while.
You did this Twitter: The Braves Twitterverse was amazing yesterday, rocketing Freddie Freeman to victory in the All-Star final vote:
In fact, the 19.7 million votes Freeman received were more than any Final Vote candidate has ever collected since the competition began. […]
“It’s just an amazing thing,” Freeman said. “I didn’t even know fans knew about me. I just try to stay low and play baseball. To get this much love and support from everybody is just unimaginable.”
That’s why we love you Freddie! Also, he went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI in last night’s game. I like the comparison of Freeman to John Olerud… read more here.
Hey-no: Jason Heyward slid into third base in the second inning last night and rolled over in agony grabbing his leg. I grabbed my head with both hands and there was an audible gasp from everyone in the park around me. It was announced that he had a strained right hamstring and is day-to-day. I imagine the Braves will keep him out for the remainder of the series and let him rest and recuperation from now until the end of the All-Star break, and reevaluate him then. No need to put him on the DL now.
Hang ten again: Gwinnett won. The G-Braves scored 10 runs for the second straight game, this time with help from 2 Ernesto Mejia bombs, his 23rd and 24th on the season. It was announced the other day that Mejia would be participating in the International League All-Star Home Run Derby… yeah, that seems appropriate.
La Stellaaaa: Mississippi won. Second baseman Tommy LaStella broke out the whipping stick at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. He’s one of the better hitting prospects in the Braves system right now, and after being slowed by injuries in late June, he finally seems healthy again and is starting to rake.
No-hit in Rome: Rome lost. The R-Braves were no-hit last night by three pitchers from the Lakewood BlueClaws. They did have 5 walks in the game; 4 of those walks were to Ross Heffley. The other walk was issued to Jose Peraza, who stole 2 bases and made it as far as third base in the third inning (he now has 34 steals on the year). The Rome pitchers did a good job, holding the Claws to one run. Jason Hursh made the second start of his pro career: 2IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 1SO. Eric Pfisterer also pitched well (and will always be mentioned regardless): 2.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2SO.