Braves lines from Friday

Braves WON!

Good game last night: I’ll let Buck Belue give you his Twitter recap, a good concise recap in 140 characters:

Braves Hudson now pitching like top rotation dude. Featured curve. Pitched into 8th! McCann’s big blow huge! Got lead to Kimbrel! Nice win!

Wren in Rome: The Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren was in Rome, Georgia, last night to watch his son, Kyle Wren, play for the Rome Braves. So what does the GM do when his big league club is playing at the same time?

Braves GM Frank Wren watches the Atlanta Braves on his iPad while at the Rome Braves game

Braves GM Frank Wren watches the Atlanta Braves on his iPad while at the Rome Braves game

That’s good Mac: Kevin McAlpin tweets this tidbit about Brian McCann’s recent performance:

Over his last 17 games, Brian McCann is hitting .400 (26-for-65) with 6 home runs and 18 RBI. He’s homered in 3 straight games.

Just about every player in the Braves lineup has the ability to put the team on their back and carry them for a week or two. It looks like it’s Mac’s turn.

Good start for Beach: Gwinnett won. Brandon Beachy had another good start for Gwinnett (and actually got the win this time, not that it really matters): 5IP, 5H, 1R, 1BB, 3SO. Beachy had this to say after the game:

“I felt like I took a little step forward,” said Beachy about his latest outing.  “I definitely felt more comfortable with my mechanics.  I had command of my fastball, felt like my weight was back and I was throwing strikes.”

Errors outshine homers for Sip: Mississippi lost. Catcher Christian Bethancourt hit two solo home runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome five errors from the Mississippi squad which led to all four runs in the game being unearned. All the pitchers in the game threw well, but couldn’t cover up for their team’s defense.

Hillcats won. Two early doubles from Matt Lipka helped the Cats get out to a 5-run lead after two.

Wes Parsons pitches for Rome

Wes Parsons pitches for Rome

Good Parsons: Rome lost. I got to watch Wes Parsons start for the R-Braves last night, a guy I had wanted to see for a while. The Braves signed him as a non-drafted free agent last year. He was wild to start yesterday’s game, allowing the first 3 opposing batters to reach, including a 2-run home run. But then he settled down and retired the next 18 batters before issuing a leadoff walk in the 7th inning. He worked around the walk, retiring the next three batters to put up this line: 7IP, 3H, 2R, 1BB, 5SO, 1WP. He looked great, with a fastball sitting around 91-92, and a good change and slider (at least what I think was a slider). On the right is a tinny iPhone photo of him that I took last night.

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