Major League Braves lost…
Tip your cap: As cliche as that is, it’s true in this game. Hamels pitched really well and got enough offense to win. Teheran made a couple of mistakes; one to Hamels that probably would have been caught if not for the rain, and one to Asche on the 3-run homer where the pitch might have had too much movement on it to put it back over too much of the plate. The Atlanta bats were 1-for-9 with RISP, but as I said, tip of the cap to Hamels.
And Maholm makes 6: Paul Maholm threw a 6-inning simulated game yesterday to Paul Janish and Joey Terdoslavich… so I’m guessing his confidence is mighty high. Word is that he could make a rehab start this weekend, then be ready to return to the Braves rotation the following weekend. Between then and the end of the season Atlanta only has 3 off-days, so I’m guessing that the Braves begin a 6-man rotation for the rest of the year. There is a lot of youth in the rotation, and sparing them the inning is important (especially with an eye towards hoping to throw a lot of innings in October). They could send down Terdo for a week, then call him back up when rosters expand in September.
Expanded rosters: It’s still more than two weeks away, but I am already looking forward to expanded rosters, if for no other reason than to call up someone else to play second base (La Someone…). Pastornicky, Cunningham and Constanza could also help some, and I’d love to see Ernesto Mejia (aka Caramel Bear) get a shot (yes, he is on the 40-man roster). That’s it though, unless the Braves add someone to the 40-man, I don’t see anyone else getting called up, and there are probably no pitchers who could help in the bullpen. If I was making the decision I’d add RHP Mark Lamm and 2B Tommy La Stella to the 40-man and call them up.
Minor league Braves…
Gwinnett won 5-4: They mounted enough of a rally in the 8th inning to push across a run and secure the win. Todd Cunningham went 2-for-4 with a SB in his second game back. Tyler Pastornicky went 2-for-3 with a walk, and is only hitting .218/.368/.236 in 17 games since moving down from Atlanta. Starter Omar Poveda scuffled early before settling down: 6IP, 8H, 4R, 0BB, 5SO.
More quality Hinson: Lynchburg won 3-2. Starter Ryan Hinson threw his sixth straight quality start to begin his Braves career: 6IP, 6H, 1R, 2BB, 6SO. David Rohm went 3-for-3 with his 28th double. Some have considered Rohm a prospect, and right now he’s hitting almost .300, but he’s repeating this level and doesn’t have much power for a corner outfielder.