Braves WON! Is that 14 in a row, I’ve lost count.
Boom-sticks: The Braves scored their runs last night exclusively via the home run. Justin Upton regained the team lead with his 22nd home run in the first inning. It was his 6th home run in 8 August games, matching the 6 homers he hit in the first 8 games of April. Chris Johnson followed later in the first inning with a 3-run bomb, and Brian McCann added a solo shot in the third inning. It was McCann’s 17th bomb; he has the best home run rate on the team at 14.6 AB/HR. That is by far the best HR rate of his career; way better than his 22.5 career AB/HR prior to this year. McCann continues to make people forget that he missed the first month of the season, and is setting himself up for a big payday this off-season.
Well-attended: Last night’s attendance of 37,424 was the 17th-largest crowd to see a Marlins game this season — the top-22 have all been road games. For the Braves it was only their 34th-largest crowd.
Rehab 0-fers: Gwinnett lost. Jordan Schafer went 0-for-4 in his final rehab game, and Gerald Laird went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game. Schafer was recalled for today’s game in Atlanta, and Jose Constanza was sent down to Gwinnett. Jordan was only 2-for-32 in his 8 rehab games. Let’s hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come, I want that pre-injury Schafer back.
Mississippi won. The M-Braves scored 11 times, with Christian Marrero driving in 5 of those runs. Mycal Jones got back to his hitting ways after taking a couple of games off, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
Lynchburg lost. Kyle Kubitza went 3-for-3 with 2 walks, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Chase Anselment went 0-for-5 in his return to Lynchburg, having just been recalled from Rome.
Parsons fantastic again: Rome won. Starting pitcher Wes Parsons has truly been a find for the Braves scouting department as an undrafted free agent. His line last night: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 8SO. He’s got a hint of Hudson in him with a good sinker that generates a lot of ground balls. He will most certainly find his way onto my next prospect list. LHP Sean Gilmartin will pitch tonight for the R-Braves, as he continues to work his way back from injury.