It’s brawl over: The retaliation expected to come against the Braves came early in the game on Saturday, as Stephen Strasburg plunked Justin Upton in the first inning. Then Strasburg threw two pitches behind Andrelton Simmons in the second inning. If his intention was to hit Andrelton in more retaliation it was weird and poorly pulled off. It was probably too early in the game to risk being thrown out, and there was already a runner on base — you don’t want to put two runners on base. Strasburg couldn’t even hit Andrelton, instead missing him wildly, allowing Jordan Schafer to work his way around and score. After the second pitch went behind Andrelton, Strasburg was thrown out of the game… in the second inning. What a great way to tax your bullpen for poor retaliation… especially after you had already retaliated. Unless he was really just missing wildly and tried to play it off as though he was throwing at someone. At any rate, hopefully that’s the last of it. Maybe we turned Strasburg into Rick Ankiel — for one at-bat it sure looked that way.
Minor rotation change: because of the need to use Kris Medlen during the 15 inning game, the Braves will skip his turn in the rotation on Tuesday, instead moving Brandon Beachy up to Tuesday on regular rest because of the off-day today. Alex Wood will follow, then Mike Minor, then Medlen, and finally Julio Teheran. For Minor, Saturday was the shortest start of his career, and follows a meh outing against Miami. Hopefully Minor is not tiring. If he is though, the Braves may be best served by DL’ing him when Paul Maholm returns.
DeWitt out, Greene in: In order to add backup infielder depth to their system after Pastornicky was lost for the year, the Braves signed utility infielder Tyler Greene. He saw some time with the White Sox this season, and was recently released from their double-A club. Greene has five years of Major League experience as a backup infielder. With his signing that makes Blake DeWitt expendable, so he was released to open up a 40-man roster spot. DeWitt only played in a handful of games, and has been out for most of the year with a back injury.
The yips continue for Leonard: Gwinnett won 4-2 and 7-3. Third baseman Joe Leonard made 2 more errors Saturday and another error on Sunday. That gave him 8 errors in the past 4 games, after only committing 1 error in his first 101 games this season. Wow! I really feel bad for the kid, it sounds like he’s fighting some serious yips. Ernesto Mejia paced the offense this weekend with 3 doubles. New Braves infielder Tyler Greene went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double in his Gwinnett debut on Sunday.
Both Mississippi games were rained out this weekend.
Lynchburg split a pseudo double-header on Saturday, then won on Sunday. Not much going on, though the pseudo part of the double-header was actually a continuation of a game that was suspended by rain 6 weeks ago. The starter then, A.J. Holland, actually took the loss on Saturday without making an appearance. Emerson Landoni had 2 home runs in the game… separated by 6 weeks. He had a 2-run shot in the first (6 weeks ago), then a solo blast in the 6th (last night). This from a guy who only has 3 HR the entire year.
Rome won 6-2 and 5-4. Paul Maholm made the start on Saturday, pitching well: 5IP, 4H, 1R, 0BB. 6SO. The R-Braves stole 8 bases in that game. Kyle Wren stole two, was caught once and picked off twice. Jose Peraza stole 2 bases Saturday, then two more Sunday to give him 58 steals on the year. Eric Pfisterer ran into some trouble Sunday, but still managed to strike out the side: 1IP, 1H, 2R, 2BB, 3SO.