Braves WON! and dealt the Nats their first loss of the season. Atlanta’s 13-and-6 head-to-head record last year against Washington was a big reason the Braves won the NL East. They are off to a good start in that department again this year.
Hale yes! This so-called patchwork starting rotation received another dominant performance from its fourth starter yesterday. David Hale put up this impressive opening line: 5IP, 5H, 0R, 2BB, 4SO. He was bailed out by a lot of sloppy Nats baserunning, but overall it was an effort you would take from him every time out… and so far in the Majors that’s the kind of start he’s given the Braves every time out.
Schultz’s Short Takes… kind of like gondeee’s lines, but with more CAPS LOCK. Imitation –> flattery, thank you Schultzy, it’s an honor.
A shaky Santana? Gwinnett won. With the third starting pitcher rehab start in the past two days (Minor and Floyd on Thursday), Ervin Santana ran into some rough patches. His line looked like this: 5.1IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 4BB, 3SO, 1HR, 1WP. That looks bad, but like Minor and Floyd the day before, it wasn’t quite as bad as it looks in the box score. The first run came on a solo home run, but most of the other hits were dinks and dunks and well placed bunts. The 4 walks are troubling, but remember that this is a rehab start for Santana, and he may have been working on some things. I’m being optimistic about it. The Caramel Bear, Ernesto Mejia, slugged two homers — he now has 3 in 2 games. Everyone else in the G-Braves starting lineup hit safely, including Joe Terdoslavich (3-for-5), Tommy La Stella (2-for-4, BB), and Edward Salcedo with a 2-run home run. Daniel Rodriguez takes hill today.
Bullpen collapse in Sip: Mississippi lost. In the season preview I praised the strong pen of Mississippi, but last night they fell apart, to the man. Carlos Perez, James Hoyt, and Ryne Harper all surrendered runs in the final two innings to cough up the lead. Jason Hursh deserved better with a good start: 4IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 1SO, he threw 70 pitchers, and it looks like the organization is keeping him on a strict pitch count like they did last year. Hursh also picked up his first hit as a professional ballplayer in what was his first ever at-bat as a pro. Journeyman minor league slugger Seth Loman was 2-for-4, as was journeyman minor league shortstop Gustavo Nunez. Williams Perez takes the mound today against former M-Braves pitcher Mike Lee.
First to a W: Hillcats won… and with that win have the honor of being the first Braves minor league team with a W this season, and they did it in comeback then walkoff fashion. With the team down a run in the 9th, the GM’s son Kyle Wren singled in the game-tying run from second with two outs. In the 10th, shortstop Daniel Castro hit the first pitch he saw for a two-out walkoff single to score the runner from second. Castro was 3-for-3 on the day. He played half a season for Lynchburg last year after returning from an assignment in the Mexican League. He’s got a good batting eye and a little bit of pop in a small frame, and might be worth keeping an eye on. Mauricio Cabrera started for the Cats and pitched good: 4IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 5SO, 1WP. The third member of the “big three,” Wes Parsons, make his first start of the season today.
Blown in the 9th: Rome lost. Lefty Chuck Buchanan pitched a whale of a game: 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5SO. He’s an 18th-round pick from last year’s draft, and was a 5th year senior reliever from Cal State Bakersfield. He only threw a few innings for Danville last year, so he’s new to me. As an experienced college pitcher he should be doing well at Rome, but if he keeps this up he could enter prospect status. After Blake Brown doubled in the game’s first run in the 8th, reliever Tyler Brosius allowed a couple of baserunners in his second inning of work before Race Parmenter (another good name) in relief of Brosius gave up a go-ahead double. Nothing happening on the offensive side of the ball for the second day in a row.