The Atlanta Braves finally get back on the field tonight in Chicago against the White Sox. Maybe the Braves can start off this half of the season like they started off the first half of the season.
Braves playing golf: The American Century Golf Championship is going on right now, and there are a bunch of former Braves players in the tourney. The pairings today include recently retired Derek Lowe with Tim Wakefield and Mark Mulder. John Smoltz with John Elway and Jerry Rice. The super trifecta of Braves includes David Justice, paired with Greg Maddux and Chipper Jones. Other Braves also playing are Troy Glaus, Kenny Lofton, Fred McGriff, and Jermaine Dye.
Bobble… arm: Bobblehead alert for Braves fans. The Rome Braves will be giving away a Craig Kimbrel Bobblearm tonight — a different take on a bobblehead. Read more.
Good Wood: Gwinnett won. Alex Wood made his first start since being sent down to return to the rotation. It was also his first appearance in triple-A, as he was promoted to the Majors directory from double-A last month: 5IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 5SO, 3WP, 2HBP. Another good Braves starting pitching prospect, Cody Martin, finished out the game: 4IP, 4H, 2R, 0BB, 2SO, 1HR. Great work from two guys who could be key members of the Braves staff for years to come. Speaking of future aces, Brandon Beachy starts tonight for Gwinnett.
Mississippi lost. Reliever James Hoyt had his first bad outing in a month. He had gone 8 straight appearances spanning 10.2 shutout innings allowing only 1 hit until last night: 1.1IP, 3H, 4R, 1BB, 1SO, 1WP. The damage came in his second inning of work. Second baseman Tommy La Stella was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2SO at the plate, and is once again streaking, having hit in six straight games.
Lynchburg lost. If you’ve seen my mid-season top-30 Braves prospect list you’ll know that I really like relievers, and tend to rank a ton of them. One guy that I considered, but didn’t rank was John Cornely. He was having a rough season, posting a 6.20 ERA in the first half, though he was still striking people out with regularity. He’s straightened things out lately, and with a scoreless inning last night he now has 7 straight scoreless outings spanning 9 innings with 14 strikeouts. It’s good to see him turning his season around.
Rough patch for Sims: Rome lost. Lucas Sims encountered his first bad outing: 4IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 1SO, 1WP. It’s all part of the development process for him. Meanwhile, Kyle Wren returned to en fuego form, going 2-for-5 with 3 stolen bases. He now has 8 SB in 11 games for Rome. As a professional he has yet to be caught stealing — a perfect 11-for-11.
Danville smushed: Danville lost and lost. It finally stopped raining long enough for the Danville Braves to play a game, so they played two, and got smushed. The pitching staff gave up 20 runs between the two games of the double-header — and keep in mind they only play 7-inning games in minor league double-headers, and since the home team was ahead in both games, the D-Braves staff only pitched 6 innings each game. Yoinks!