The Major League Braves WON, shutting out the Indians 2-0…
Ace Wood: Alex Wood didn’t have his best stuff last night, that was obvious to anyone watching or anyone reading the 4 walks in the box score, but he was once again able to pitch around trouble and control problems and not only keep the Braves in the game, but shutout the Indians. He has got to be considered the steal of last year’s draft, and is already out-pitching previously higher drafted lefties like Minor and Gilmartin. His poise and awareness on the mound are fun to watch and easy to root for. I hesitate to say it, but he might be the ace of the Braves staff right now. In his 5 starts in August, the Braves are 4-1, and Wood has a 0.90 ERA and a .190 batting average against.
Elliot with the wrap: EJ takes a different approach to the post
game race interview:
You can find Tom Hart’s interview with Elliott Johnson, where he does his Haray Caray and Tim Kurkjian impressions here.
3-hit: Lost in the win last night was the fact that the Braves managed just 3 hits and 2 walks off the Indians pitching staff. Two of those hits came in the all-important 2-run 2nd inning, as well as one of the walks; the decisive blow being the Elliot Johnson 2-run, 2-out triple. Chris Johnson got a hit to lead off the 4th, then McCann collected his second walk, and then the Braves made 15 straight outs. Maholm is going to need more than 3 hits worth of help tonight…
Beachy okay: Good news on the injury front from yesterday was the news that Brandon Beachy’s elbow is just suffering through the normal fits of post-TJ surgery. They officially call it elbow inflammation. The best case scenario has him returning in mid-September. And as I said yesterday, I would imagine that he would return out of the bullpen instead of in the rotation.
Braves consistent bullpen: Here is one of the best representations of how consistently great the Braves bullpen has been over the past two years. Click here to read the full story.
AFL rosters announced: The Braves will have 8 players compete in this year’s Arizona Fall League — the premier off-season league for up-and-coming prospects. The position players include 2B Tommy La Stella, 3B Kyle Kubitza, SS Elmer Reyes, and OF Robby Hefflinger. The pitchers will be Aaron Northcraft, Shae Simmons, Juan Jaime, and John Cornely, all right-handed. Those players will join prospects from the Giants, Mets, Pirates and Yankees organizations on the Scottsdale Scorpions. I’ve written about most of these guys, and all but Reyes and Cornely are listed in my mid-season top-30 prospects. I will likely have a preview just before the season starts on October 8th.
Braves minor league scores…
Gwinnett lost 4-3 in 12 innings: Dan Uggla made his second (and probably last) rehab start for Gwinnett, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and 2 strikeouts. Indications are that he will be activated for today’s game in Atlanta. Gwinnett starter Sean Gilmartin had possibly his best start this season: 6IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 7SO, 1HR. Gilmartin has had a disappointing season in a year where he was supposed to establish himself as a leading candidate to assume a rotation spot in Atlanta in 2014. It’s important that Gilmartin finish strong. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Braves asked Gilmartin to pitch in a winter league this year. By the end of the regular season he will have thrown fewer innings this year than last because of a shoulder injury. If that injury is sufficiently healed, and I have to think that it is, then getting another 30-40 innings this winter might be very beneficial — remember how well that worked for Teheran, who was in a similar situation of under performing expectations.
Joey All-Star: Joey Terdoslavich was named to the 2013 International League Postseason All-Star Team for his great work at Gwinnett this year. This is simply an honor, there’s no game to play in or anything. But it’s a nice honor, and I’m sure Joey will take it.
Sip eyes the postseason: Mississippi won their final home game of the regular season 4-3 with an unearned run on a bad throw in the 8th inning. It was a banner year for the M-Braves, who finish 2013 with their highest home attendance for the season since 2008. It’s good to see folks in that area going out to the ballpark. In yesterday’s game, Tommy La Stella went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. Edward Salcedo was 2-for-4 with 2 stolen bases. With 5 games to play in the regular season, Mississippi finds themselves tied for the division lead with the Jacksonville Suns… and wouldn’t you know that the final 5 games of the season are in Jacksonville against the Suns. If you’re a Braves fan in the Jacksonville area, it’s time to make it out to the ballpark there and support the M-Braves.
Cats clobber Keys: Lynchburg won 11-0, and OF Josh Elander collected 5 hits. Elander came a triple short of the cycle while going 5-for-5, with a 2-run HR, 5 RBI, and 4 runs scored. I mentioned yesterday how good Elander has hit lately. Ryan Hinson started on the mound and put in some great work: 6IP, 4H, 0R, 1BB, 6SO — it was his 8th quality start in 9 total starts since joining the Braves organization from the independent league. The Hillcats are vying for a postseason berth of their own, and are now one win away from clinching the Northen Division Wild Card spot with 7 games left to play. RHP Navery Moore was activated from the DL and pitched a scoreless inning last night.
Rome romps Gnats: Lynchburg won big, but Rome won BIG, beating the Sand Gnats 14-1. Lucas Sims got some run support in another strong effort on the mound: 5IP, 4H, 1R, 2BB, 6SO, 3WP. The R-Braves spread their hits out, with everyone who had an AB getting a hit. Jose Peraza drove in 4 runs. Rome is one game away from being eliminated from the playoff race, so while it’s still possible they could make the postseason, it’s highly improbable.