There was no Major League Braves game last night, but there was at least one Major League Braves player trying to see his way back. Braves minor league scores…
This is not the droid you’re looking for: I also could have gone with “Wave off, pattern full,” or some type of yikes! remark. Newly acquired starting pitcher Freddy Garcia made his Gwinnett Braves debut and got shellacked: 3.2IP, 7H, 8R, 5BB, 1SO, 1HR, 2WP. It’s a good thing the Braves only gave up cash to get him. Hopefully if the Braves need an extra arm in September it won’t be this guy. As I mentioned yesterday, the three Gwinnett starters who pitched over the weekend all had quality starts — use one of them in September instead of Garcia.
Uggla rehab: Dan Uggla had his first rehab game for Gwinnett last night and went 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts and a GIDP. The G-Braves actually grounded into 4 double plays in the game which helps you reconcile the fact that they had 2 walks, 13 hits, and only 1 run… they were even 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
How about Schloss: In looking for extra pitching the Braves needn’t look any further than their own system. Gus Schlosser had an impressive start last night: 7IP, 3H, 1R, 1BB, 7SO, 1HR. In true Schlosser fashion he had 10 ground outs to 3 fly outs. Outfielder Mycal Jones returned from the disabled list to hit his 4th home run of the season. Reliever Juan Jaime struck out the side in the 8th, though he also walked 2. Closer Ryne Harper struck out 2 in the 9th for his 10th save. Jaime and Harper are two guys we should be talking about as options in the Atlanta pen in the coming year.
Gary Moran named Pitcher of the Week for the Southern League. Moran went 1-0 and did not allow a run in two games, one start, while giving up just four hits in eight innings pitched. Moran, 28, is 3-2 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 games (six starts) with the M-Braves this season. He started the year with the M-Braves and made two starts before being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Moran rejoined the M-Braves in early July and has bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation. He’s older, repeating double-A, but has some potential to be more than just an organizational arm.
Cats can’t come back: Lynchburg tried to mount a comeback in the ninth inning, but fell short. Starter Williams Perez is meeting the regression monster after a hot start in the Carolina League: 5.2IP, 7H, 4R, 2ER, 4BB, 5SO, 1HR. First baseman Trenton Moses stays hot with a 2-for-4 night. He is hitting .390/.468/.585 in his past 13 games.