11: With last night’s clubbing of the Rox and the Tigers clubbing of the Natinals, the Braves now have an 11 game lead in the NL East, and are on a 6-game winning streak. This run reminds me of the way the Braves started the season — where every break was going their way, and enough guys were getting key hits to cover up for the guys who weren’t getting hits (and of course the pitching was spotless). Enjoy it while it lasts; we’ll eventually run into a streak where we strike out every third at-bat and strand a small army on base. This team is fire and ice.
Big inning: Last night was the Braves 3rd straight game with at least a 6-run inning (7 in 3rd yesterday). This is the first time the Braves have done that since 1900!
Ace: Lost in the 9 run outburst last night was the superb job that Mike Minor did on the mound: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6SO. It was possibly his best start of the year, and the third time he has shut out an opponent. I’m going to go ahead and call it his best start this season.
A good MLB start deserves a good AAA start: Gwinnett lost. G-Braves starter Cody Martin tossed a terrific game: 8IP, 5H, 1R, 2BB, 7SO. Martin is establishing himself as one of the top starting pitching prospects in the Braves system, as he continues to improve on the mound even while moving to a higher level. He could complete for a rotation spot next year. B.J. Upton made his first rehab start last night in Gwinnett, and… it was very BJ: 0-for-3 with a strikeout. BJ’s quotes after the game sounded like a guy playing it safe (as he probably should):
“I felt good out there,” said Upton. “Felt like I could have gone the whole game, at least at the plate but they want me to ease back into it. I could have turned it up a little bit more but I’ll stay on the safe side right now and crank it up tomorrow.”
Welcome back: RHP Kameron Loe passed through waivers and rejoined the Gwinnett Braves yesterday. The G-Braves also signed free agent outfielder Greg Golson. He represents needed depth on the team (a warm body) with all the recent promotions of players to the Majors. Golson had cups of coffee in the Majors in each year from ’08 to ’11. He started the year with Colorado’s triple-A team, before getting released in mid-July. He replaced B.J. Upton in the game last night and drew a walk in his first and only plate appearance.
La Stella on cusp of record: Mississippi lost. Second baseman Tommy La Stella went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a walk in a losing effort, and in doing so extended his hitting streak to 19 games. That streak is one game shy of the M-Braves record for longest hitting streak, set by Carl Loadenthal in 2007.
Hillcats sweep: Hillcats won. Lynchburg swept a series of their own behind another good start from Williams Perez: 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 2SO. In four starts at the ‘Burg, Perez has a 0.75 ERA and .155 average against.
Rome lost. Not a lot of hitting going on for Rome. Jose Peraza did swipe his 48th base.