Crappy game, but we only lost one player to injury, so I guess that’s a win (Gerald Laird, hit by pitch). There was a lot of weak contact for our hitters, and Constanza wasn’t even in the game. Luckily the Phillies and Nationals are cooperating with us and losing as well, so the Braves lead remains at 6.5 games.
Low and slow for Loe: The Braves called up Kameron Loe from triple-A, and expect him to serve as the long reliever in the Atlanta bullpen. I saw Loe pitch at Gwinnet a few weeks ago and was surprised by how tall he is, and then surprised by how slow he throws. Of course, now that I learn he was throwing sinkers the whole time I guess I realize why those high-80s pitches were effective.
Trying to be like Atlanta: Gwinnett lost. The G-Braves tried their hardest to imitate the Atlanta offense. They got nine hits, all singles, same as Atlanta. They scored a lone run, and got great starting pitching, same as Atlanta. Rain cut this game short (imagine that), so the G-Braves didn’t have a chance to come back.
Cats did it right: Lynchburg won. The Hillcats did it right; they got good starting pitching and they won. After pitching kind of “meh” at Rome, starting pitcher Williams Perez put together his second consecutive terrific start since being promoted to Lynchburg: 6IP, 4H, 1R, 2BB, 8SO, 1HR. Carols Perez also pitched well in relief: 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3SO.
Rome walks off: Rome won. The R-Braves tied the game in the eighth and then walked off in the ninth to win. Two of their three eventual runs reached base via bunt hits — Kyle Wren in the first inning and Dan Carroll in the eighth. Their team speed was the difference in the game, and because of that they’re a pretty fun team to watch right now. Starting pitcher Mauricio Cabrera pitched great in a no-decision: 6IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 5SO, 1WP.
Caratini hits first one out: Danville won. The best prospect at Danville, 2013 2nd-rounder Victor Caratini, hit his first professional home run. It was a long wait, as it took 27 games for him to homer, but his swing is geared towards line drives which have generated twice as many doubles as anyone else on the team. As he grows as a hitter those doubles should turn into more home runs. He’s put up one of the better pro debuts we’ve seen from a hitter in recent Braves drafts: .323/.417/.500. Starting pitcher Andry Ubiera also had a good game: 5IP, 3H, 1R, 3BB, 6SO.