Major League Braves WON!…
Finally Beachy against Phils: Brandon Beachy finally beat the Philadelphia Phillies… after 9 tries. One-fifth of all of his Major League career starts have come against Philly, including his first Major League start, and 3 of his first 5 starts. He hasn’t pitched bad against them either: 3.67 ERA, .262 BAA — considering how many starts he had early in his career against them, that’s pretty darn good.
Bat: Paul Janish finally put in some good work with the bat last night…
Paul recorded his first hit of the season last night, playing in his 27th game — the bat was good luck. That’s somewhat deceiving though, as he’s only had 14 plate appearances in those 27 games, being used by Fredi Gonzalez to mainly defend the infield against small winged mammals. In fact, it was Janish’s first hit since August 31st of last year; a span of 37 games and 34 plate appearances between hits.
Rev roughed up: Jason Heyward and Tyler Pastornicky collided in the 4th inning of last night’s game on an pop-up on the right side of the infield… (well, at least the right infield fly “area”). It looked as though they were both calling for it at the same time, and Pastornicky may not have heard Heyward. Rev left the game with a sprained knee, and will have an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage. I don’t wish Pastornicky any injury and I hope he’s okay, but if he has to be disabled I would love to see second baseman Tommy La Stella called up from double-A, where he’s hitting .339/.412/.463. This kid has hit at every level he’s been at, compiling great career minor league numbers: .325/.408/.495. He looks like a miniature version of Adam LaRoche when he’s at the plate, he uses the whole field, and can have surprising power to the alleys. He’s an on-base machine who could ease into the Majors in the 8th spot in the lineup for Atlanta. Do it Braves!
Minor League Braves scores…
Gwinnett won 6-2. The G-Braves have now won 3 in a row — that’s pretty good for them. Yohan Flande once again dominated Durham: 7IP, 3H, 2R, 0ER, 4BB, 7SO. Reliever Mark Lamm had a spotless frame with 2SO. Lamm has had one really bad outing since getting promoted to Gwinnett, outside of that he has been terrific. He’s one of the guys who could be in consideration for a September call-up. Even though he’s not on the 40-man roster he’ll get protected on there this off-season for sure, so there’s no wasting of a space.
Sean Gilmartin finished his injury rehab assignment at Rome and has rejoined Gwinnett. He will make his first start tonight for Gwinnett since mid-June.
A wild win in 14: Mississippi won 3-2 in 14 innings. ‘Sip starter Gus Schlosser was totally in control with his best start of the year: 6IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4SO. In true Schlosser fashion he had 9 ground outs to 1 fly out. His successful craftiness is why I ranked him 17th on the mid-season prospect list. His good work was undone by the bullpen as Shae Simons encountered his first rough outing in double-A. Tommy La Stella hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning to send the game into extras. Then a bases loaded wild pitch in the 14th inning brought in the winning run.
Lynchburg lost 6-4. Not much to write about in the ‘Burg game. Elmer Reyes and Josh Elander were both 2-for-4 with a double.
RHP Ryan Weber was activated from the Hillcats DL. LHP Carlos Perez, who has struggled lately, was placed on the DL.
Can’t touch Hursh or Pfisterer: Rome won 3-2. Jason Hursh only went 3 innings in this game: 3IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 0SO, 2WP. He was good, but Eric Pfisterer was better in relief: 4IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 3SO. Pfisterer gave up a couple of runs the last time out, but still has a 1.36 ERA and a .174 batting average against. He’s an undrafted free agent from Duke.