16: The Atlanta Braves were off yesterday, but since the Cubs destroyed the Nationals, the Braves gained a half game in the standings. Their lead now stands at 16 games — their largest division lead of the season. It’s the largest lead they’ve had in the NL East since 2002. That year they had a 21.5-game lead at one point and finished the year with a 19-game lead, winning 101 games; the then-Expos finished second in the East.
Braves minor league scores…
Gwinnett lost 6-0, getting 1-hit by the Med Hens’ Blaine Hardy — a four-A pitcher having a great year with the Tigers triple-A team. He faced one batter over the minimum, with shortstop Sean Kazmar getting the only hit of the day for the G-Braves in the 3rd inning.
Double-header split for ‘Sip: Mississippi lost game one 5-4 and won game two 4-0. Ian Thomas had a meh start in game one: 4IP, 6H, 3R, 1BB, 2SO, 1HR, 1HBP. Gary Moran pitched great in game two: 5IP, 1H, 0R, 1BB, 3SO. Christian Bethancourt hit his 12th home run, his 4th HR in his last 6 games. Tommy La Stella hit safely in both contests, and is now hitting .343 on the season.
Hillcats bash at the beach: Lynchburg won 10-0, beating the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Seven guys in the lineup had 2 hits each, with the team totaling 15 hits. Greg Ross had a great start: 6IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 5SO. If you read these lines every day, you know how much I like to point out independent league players: RHP Brandon Cunniff pitched a scoreless inning in this game with a HBP and 2 SO. Since being plucked out of the Frontier League earlier this year, Cunniff has posted a 1.90 ERA and .190 BAA (nice symmetry). He’s walking a few too many guys, but he’s also missing bats and striking people out. Originally drafted by the Marlins in the 27th round in 2010 he’s bounced all over the place but has always put up good numbers — only one season with an ERA north of 3.00 (3.28). Just another curious reliever that the Braves are collecting. Great story here about how he made it back from the independent league.
Rome won 5-3. Mauricio Cabrera had a meh start, but he got the win: 5.1IP, 6H, 2R, 3BB, 2SO, 2WP. It was his 4th decent outing in a row. He’s put in good work this year for Rome; he’s been spectacular at times, and horrible at times. He struggled early in the year with consistency, but lately he seems to have found a groove. Still, he’s not dazzling like one would expect a top prospect to, but on the other hand, he’s pitching great at a high level for a 19-year-old.