Winning and hugging: By now you should know that the Braves have the huggiest team in baseball (history?). After home runs, they hug. After first hits, they hug. Before the game starts, they hug. You get it, they hug A LOT. Of all the Hug-related photos and fan-altered photos, this one below might be the best. Observe how content Chris Johnson looks. Hilarious!
Freebomb(s): That photo above came from Twitteratti member Ricky Mast after Freddie Freeman’s second home run last night. Those Freeman homers were both no-doubters, and both came with two outs. It’s rather uncanny how Freeman has been better the more outs there are: with 0 outs he’s hitting .236 with 3 home runs, with 1 out he’s hitting .333 with 4 home runs, and with 2 outs he’s hitting .339 with 6 home runs. Hugs.
Good wood: It started out looking like it would be a bad day for Alex Wood. He gave up 3 runs in the first 3 innings, and it seemed like a blister had popped as he was wiping blood off his finger and onto his uniform. (This is apparently a result of his knuckle curve.) But he turned things around on the mound, got his blister or callus under control, and allowed just 3 hits over the next five innings keeping his team in the game. Remember this start, and remember that turnaround. Something clicked for Wood between the second and third innings and he grew up as a pitcher right there in front of us. His final line looks great, and something the Braves would be happy with every time out: 7IP, 6H, 3R, 1BB, 7SO, 1HR.
Re-Upton: Gwinnett was off on Tuesday, but when they return home today they will have a new addition. Outfielder B.J. Upton will begin his minor league rehab assignment with Gwinnett. They have a three game home stand, and that is all B.J. is expected to need to get ready; he could be activated in time for the Sunday night game in Philly. Jordan Schafer shouldn’t be too far behind Upton, but with Schafer’s history of coming back from injury too fast and not being fully healthy, the Braves will probably give him more time.
Birthday boys come up big: Mississippi won. Three M-Braves celebrated their birthdays yesterday; Barrett Kleinknecht and Christian Marrero each celebrated by hitting home runs. Meanwhile Edward Salcedo was only a home run short of hitting for the cycle with a 3-for-4 day. Both Tommy La Stella and Christian Bethancourt extended their hitting and on-base streaks respectively.
Hillcats pitching allows only 2 hits: Hillcats won. Starter Jarrett Miller was terrific: 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6SO, 1WP. Reliever Carlos Perez was equally brilliant: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 1SO. And closer John Cornely surrendered a solo home run which broke his personal 14 consecutive innings scoreless streak. Back to Perez, who has been virtually unhittable since being promoted to Lynchburg; in 6 games: 10.2IP, 2H, 1R, 4BB, 12SO.
Parsons good: Rome lost. Wes Parsons had another good start, but didn’t get any help from his offense: 7IP, 8H, 2R, 0BB, 6SO, 1HR, 1WP. Eric Pfisterer has been unscored upon in his past 10.2 innings spanning seven games, as he once again pitched a scoreless frame.