Post-apocalyptic outfield leads Braves to win: The Braves outfield of Jose Constanza, Reed Johnson, and Joe Terdoslavich collected 7 hits yesterday, keying the team’s victory. That’s more hits in a single day than the starting outfield of Upton, Upton and Heyward collected on any day this season. Who knew? Don’t expect this to be the norm, though.
A Minor Hudson: Mike Minor’s start last night was reminiscent of Tim Hudson’s start on Thursday, where both pitchers ran into trouble in the early innings and ran up high pitch counts, but hang in there, straightened things out, and went on to go deep into the game — each going seven innings and ultimately collecting the win.
Gattis back, Freeman?: Gwinnett lost. In his second rehab game with Gwinnett, Gattis was 1-for-4 with a 9th inning double. The big news this morning is that Evan Gattis has been activated from the DL and is starting the game at first base. No corresponding move yet, but Freddie Freeman looked like he jammed his wrist on a swipe tag at first base early in yesterday’s game. The injury seemed to plague him the rest of the game as he struck out three times — it was only the 4th time this year he had collected more than 2 strikeouts in a game.
Warming up in Sip: Mississippi won. The M-Braves won their 4th straight game with great pitching from starter Gary Moran and relievers Ronan Pacheco, James Hoyt, and Pat Egan. I continue to be amazed by the great relievers that have come out of nowhere at Mississippi.
Chat with Ian: M-Braves radio man Kyle Tait did a quick interview with Mississippi starting pitcher Ian Thomas.
Base running dooms Cats: Lynchburg lost. The Hillcats were 2-hit in 11 innings, and the runners they did get on base did not have a good day on the base paths — 2 caught stealing, 1 pick off, and the most devastating was Kuubitza, who was thrown out by 15 feet at home on an infield grounder in the 11th inning. Recently promoted reliever Carlos Perez struck out 4 of the 6 men he faced in relief.
Wren back for Rome: Rome lost. Outfielder Kyle Wren returned after missing 11 games (likely with a small injury) and promptly hit his first professional home run. Shortstop Jose Peraza had another terrific game, going 2-for-5 with a triple and stolen base. He’s hitting .394 with a .524 OBP and 11 stolen bases in his past 10 games.
Everybody stay healthy today, please.