Cloud nine: It may have taken 12 innings, an extra bit of hustle from Dan Uggla, and a play at first that was so bang-bang I actually have to give props to the umpire, but the Braves extended their winning streak to 9 games. Yep, first base ump Kerwin Danley had perfect positioning and had his eyes in the right place — looking at the bag. We give umpires a lot of crap when they get a call wrong, but rarely do we salute them for getting one right (which they do far often than not).
A win on a bad night: Lost in the frenzy of last night’s win was how awful the Braves were with runners in scoring position: 1-for-14. The Braves were out-hit 7-to-5, but they did manage 8 walks. During the first 8 games of this 9-game winning streak, the Braves had been doing an other-worldly job with runners on base, but last night they really struggled. You know things are going good when you fail that badly to drive in base runners and you still win.
Gwinnett lost. Not much cracking as Gwinnett lost 11-to-3. Jordan Schafer was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI ground out in the first game of his rehab.
La Stella keeps streaking: Mississippi won. The M-Braves mounted a 4-run 9th inning comeback to win. Tommy La Stella was 3-for-4 with a 2B, a BB, and 2 RBI, and set a new M-Braves record for longest hitting streak at 21 games (he’s hitting .395 over that stretch). He wasn’t the only M-Brave streaking; Christian Bethancourt extended his on-base streak to 31 games, and center fielder Mycal Jones was 2-for-4 and is putting together a hitting streak of his own at 13 games. During those 13 games he’s hitting .400 with 8 stolen bases. This is great news for all of these players: La Stella because it confirms him as one of the top hitting prospects in the Braves system, Bethancourt because his bat may finally be showing signs of viability, and Jones because he’s a personal favorite whom I want to succeed. Starter Gus Schlosser had a great start: 5IP, 2H, 1R, 3BB, 5SO, 1HR.
Ross not perfect enough: Hillcats lost. Starter Greg Ross took a perfect game into the 5th and a shutout into the 7th, but he takes a hard-luck loss while still having a great start: 7IP, 4H, 1R, 1BB, 5SO. The Cats batters managed just 3 hits while getting shutout.
Sims with another good start: Rome won. Lucas Sims once again pitched great: 5.1IP, 7H, 1R, 3BB, 8SO. Sims benefited from two double-plays.