Major League Braves lost…
Beachy serves up a beach ball to Byrd: Big games can come down to small moments, as was the case last night when Brandon Beachy hung too much of a changeup to Marlon Byrd, who deposited it into the seats to add to the Mets lead. That blow was made even bigger because the Braves scored 3 the next inning. But that was it for Atlanta, as they couldn’t manage anything else off the Mets bullpen.
Fightin the Bear: Evan Gattis is really fighting it at the plate. Since returning from the disabled list (possibly too soon) he hasn’t been the same player he was to begin the year; hitting just .227/.269/.295 in July and August. The lack of power is the most distressing, and un-Oso Blancoish, part of his slump. We have to ask ourselves, though, is this just a slump or is something else going on.
Braves minor league scores…
Gwinnett blanked again: Gwinnett lost 5-0, getting shutout for the second day in a row. At least third baseman Joe Leonard hasn’t committed an error in those two games. Sean Gilmartin did not have a good start, in his second start back from the DL: 4IP, 7H, 4R, 0BB, 6SO, 1HR.
Mississippi got beaten in the 9th inning on a walkoff HR to lose 3-2. That ruined a good start from Aaron Northcraft: 6IP, 4H, 1R, 2BB, 6SO, 1WP.
Cats mount huge comeback in 9th: Lynchburg won 6-3: Down by 2, the Hillcats rallied for 5 runs in the top of the ninth to comeback and win. The Cats loaded the bases on 3 straight walks, after a pitching change Emerson Landoni singled up the middle scoring one run. Kyle Kubitza struck out for the second out of the inning, then with David Rohm at the plate a passed ball scored the tying run, so Rohm was then intentionally walked to face Josh Elander. Mistake. Elander hit an opposite field bases clearing double to give the Cats the win. That capped a 3-hit game for Elander, who currently has a 7-game hitting streak, and is finally putting it together at high-A after struggling soon after he was promoted.
Rome won 4-2. Starting pitcher Jason Hursh had a quick outing: 2IP, 1H, 2R, 0ER, 0BB, 0SO, 1HR, 1WP. The runs became unearned because of an error to start the second by Hursh. The Braves have had him on a bell curve of an innings limit this year — starting him off with just a couple of innings before building him up to a 5 inning start at the beginning of August, then tapering his innings off towards the end of the season. He will probably get about two more starts, but it looks like they will only be two inning outings. Kyle Wren was 2-for-4 with his 29th stolen base in just 44 games.