Great win, great crowd: Mike Minor gave up an early dinger, but the Braves came right back and Minor dominated through the seventh inning. The crowd looked like a sellout and made for a great atmosphere throughout the game. Yes, there were a lot of Cardinals fans in attendance, but Minor and the Braves found the best way to keep them quiet.
Freeman fighting it: Freddie Freeman had only struck out more than twice in any one game two times prior to July. With last night’s 4 strikeouts, he now has three games this month with more than two strikeouts. This is kind of nitpicking with him, and there are probably some other small samples I could point out, but the wrist injury he suffered in the July 13th game before the break seems to be slowing him a bit. Justin Upton got a day off yesterday, Jason Heyward the day before; it would be nice if Freeman could get a day off soon. This might be Fredi Gonzalez’s plan, to selectively rest his hobbled players.
Braves targeting starting pitching: The many rumors around the interwebs lately are pointing to the Braves going after starting pitching. Tomahawk Take has a great graphical post of all the possible starting pitching trade candidates.
Hale getting closer: Gwinnett won. David Hale had another good start: 7IP, 6H, 1R, 4BB, 3SO. In the 12 games since he returned from the disabled list early in the season he has posted a 2.05 ERA. Cory Rasmus picked up his 14th save. He got hit hard in the first game after he was demoted from the Majors, but in the subsequent 11 games he hasn’t allowed a run while collecting 7 saves.
Mississippi lost. Sip did some hitting, including Tommy La Stella extending his hitting streak, but nothing else of note really happened.
Williams wonderful again: Lynchburg lost. Williams Perez had another brilliant start: 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1BB, 8SO, 1HBP, 2WP. In three games with the Hillcats he has a 0.95 ERA and a .149 average against. He’s been awesome, seemingly out of nowhere.
Vroooom: Rome lost. Jose Peraza stole three bases, and got caught once. He stole home in the first inning on a double steal. Peraza now has 45 stolen bases in 54 attempts this season. He’s a good prospect, and while he’s got some growing to do, his skill set is better than most.