The Major League Braves WON 3-2 last night…
Maholm avoids the 3rd time blues: I’ve chronicled the issues that Paul Maholm has had going through an opponent’s batting order for the third time, but last night he didn’t seem to have an issue. He kept his ground ball working and was able to get 5 of his 6 third-time-through outs on the ground, including a key double-play in the 6th. They made mention of Maholm’s good start on the post-game show last night, that he and the other Braves starters are undergoing a bit of a secret competition to see which ones will get to be in the postseason rotation. With the Braves lead at 13 games, and the magic number at 18, it’s small battles like that which will keep the Braves players focused down the stretch.
Remembering the 95 World Series with baseball cards: Chipper Jones was at the game last night, giving the team a chutzpah boost. Any time the Braves and Indians meet it will conjure up memories of the 1995 World Series — good memories for Braves fans. Trader Crack’s Card Blog remembers the matchup in a special insert set of baseball cards that was photographed by supermodel Christie Brinkley. Check out the other cards here.
Minor league Braves scores…
Hale flounders: Gwinnett lost 5-1, and David Hale did not have a good start, encountering trouble from the first inning: 5.1IP, 7H, 5R, 4BB, 2SO, 1HR. Being on the 40-man roster, Hale could be an option to get a call-up in September as a long reliever or spot starter. His future with the Braves is likely in the bullpen, and when he pitches in relief he can apparently run his fastball into the high-90s. Even with this less-than-stellar outing he still might get a September cup of coffee, as the Braves likely need an extra arm in the pen, and we all know how poorly Freddy Garcia pitched two days ago. At least with Hale’s fastball, velocity is not a problem. People have asked me what other pitchers might get called up in September, and Hale is the only one on the 40-man I see getting a call. Hopefully they don’t go with Garcia, though I could see them going with Kameron Loe again — he’s actually continued to pitch well in Gwinnett.
It’s Evan Gattis bobblehead night tonight in Gwinnett.
Cats comeback thwarted: Heading into the 6th inning of the first game of a double-header the Hillcats were down 11-6. A sac fly got across the first run in the 6th, then Kyle Kubitza launched a 3-run HR, and David Rohm followed with a solo HR to tie the game. Kubby finished the game with 4 RBI. Things unraveled in the final inning, as the Cats 4th error of the game helped load the bases, before the wildness of Nate Hyatt pushed across the winning run on a HBP. I ranked Hyatt 28th on my mid-season prospect list. I wrote then that his inconsistency makes him a hard prospect to read. Hopefully he’ll keep getting chances and straighten out that inconsistency. If he does, he could be a quality bullpen arm. Game two of the double-header was rained out, and will be played today. Their magic number to clinch a wild card playoff spot is still at 1.
The undrafted free agent Parsons and Pfisterer show: Blog favorites Wes Parsons and Eric Pfisterer had terrific games. Parsons started and worked through a bit of wildness to put up a good line: 5IP, 6H, 0R, 0BB, 5SO, 1WP, 2HBP. Eric Pfisterer followed with unbelievable work: 2.2IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 5SO. At 11.9 K/9 Pfisterer has one of the top strikeout rates in the system as well as one of the lowest BB/9 rates. These two guys will make the next prospect list, as there’s a lot to like about both of them. The speed demons at the top of Rome’s lineup were off to the races. Kyle Wren was 3-for-4 with a walk and his 34th stolen base of the season. Jose Peraza was 2-for-4 with his 60th stolen base.