Braves WON! It’s an amazing game when both Uptons and Dan Uggla get hits. Naturally with that contribution the Braves eviscerated Strasburg. It was good to see Julio Teheran pitch so well and get the win despite not having his best stuff. He still seems unable to control his slider consistently, though he threw his slider less in this start as opposed to his first start. He relied much more on his fastball in yesterday’s start.
Last week in his Opening Day start Julio threw 39 fastballs and 28 sliders. Yesterday he threw 84 fastballs and 20 sliders. He also cut back on his number of changeups and curve balls thrown from his first to his second start. His reliance on his fastball increased as the game went on, and that pitch alone was pretty much unhittable in the final inning he pitched — 12 of 14 pitches thrown in the 7th inning were fastballs. Curiously these were not wicked fast fastballs, but well controlled well placed pitches ranging from 88 to 92 mph — an average of about 2 mph slower than his first start. Our little Julio is wising up to control over velocity.
MVFree: Freddie Freeman was on base all 5 times to the plate last night — single, double, 3 walks. This season he has now made it on base in 13 of his 21 trips to the plate. That’s a pretty good start to the season.
Double Upton: B.J. and Justin had just 2 combined hits (1 each) coming into Saturday’s game. They each had 2 hits on Saturday.
Braves own Stras like none other: The Braves are the only major league team that Stephen Strasburg has a losing record (3-and-5) against (in more than 3 games started).
Wood’s got this: As you root for the Braves to sweep the Nats today, keep in mind that today’s starter Alex Wood has a 0.82 ERA in 2 starts against the Nats in his career.
HD-Rod: Gwinnett won. Hector Daniel Rodriguez had a terrific start: 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 9SO. The bullpen trio of Wirfin Obispo, Ryan Buchter, and Juan Jaime threw 4 innings of scoreless relief, with Jaime picking up the save. Buchter walked 2 in 1.1 innings for those keeping track of his control issues. Ernesto Mejia hit his 4th home run, but journeyman Mark Hamilton hit the decisive 3-run blast. Edward Salcedo picked up a golden sombrero with 4 strikeouts.
Good pitching in Sip: Mississippi won. Williams Perez got things off on the right foot with a solid double-A debut: 4IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 4SO, 1WP. He keeps sneaking up on me, though I don’t think he’s a prospect just yet. After some unimpressive years in rookie ball he raced through the system last year from Rome to Lynchburg. The Mississippi relief corps was strong and Shae Simmons closed it out for his first save of the year. The journeymen hitters were the starts on the offensive side again. Seth Loman was 2-for-4 with a HR, and SS Gustavo Nunez was 3-for-4. J.R. Graham on the mound today.
A walk-off Wren: Lynchburg won. The comeback Cats are at it again. They had 7 walk-offs last year, and two already this season. First of all, in the top half of the 9th, Hillcats closer Nate Hyatt struck out the first 2 batters, but a double and single/error later he had blown the save. Never fear, the top-of-the-order duo of Jose Peraza and Kyle Wren got this. Peraza singled with one out in the bottom of the 9th, then stole second. Kyle Wren then delivered a bouncer up the middle for the walk-off win. On the mound Wes Parsons had a decent start: 4.1IP, 4H, 2R, 2BB, 4SO. Favorite on the blog, Eric Pfisterer, made his season debut and was Pfabulous: 3.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5SO, 1WP. He’s picked up right where he left off last year — hard to hit, walk averse, lots of Ks.
Offense found: Rome won. The R-Braves finally found their hitting shoes, and topped off a good offensive night with a 3-run 9th inning comeback win. It was a team effort, but 1B Jacob Schrader had the go-ahead 2-run double. He was a 27th-rounder last year out of the University of Tampa, who struggled in his pro debut last season at Danville. Rome collected 17 hits in the game, after having only 8 hits in their first two games. Victor Caratini and Joey Meneses each had a home run, and OF prospect Victor Reyes was 4-for-5. The starting pitching was not so hot. Carlos Salazar was very wild: 2IP, 3H, 5R, 7BB, 3SO, 2WP — seven walks! His replacement, Michael Flores, was a bit better: 4IP, 4H, 3R, 0BB, 3SO, with all the damage coming on a 3-run home run allowed. Richie Tate pitched well in relief: 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2SO.