Braves WON! Actually, they won, then lost, then WON with an exclamation point. That was an exciting game last night. If you missed it, then shame on you.
Uggla SLAM: There are a lot of great videos floating around which chronicle the reaction of a handful of Phillies fans to Uggla’s 9th inning grand slam last night. This one at Deadspin is the best. Enjoy.
Luis the Vulture: It was a rough night for Luis Avilan, and yet somehow he remained in to finish the entire inning (I’m looking at you Fredi). He also picked up his league leading 3rd win of the season… vulture style. I can’t remember a game when a reliever, even a closer, was left in the game in the late innings with a lead to surrender that many runs. Here is an interesting tweet along those lines:
ESPN Stats/Info: L Avilan is first pitcher credited with a W, allowing 5 ER in an inning or fewer since Jack Knott of the '34 STL Browns
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) April 15, 2014
Kimbrel’s velocity: Craig Kimbrel did’t pitch in the a save situation last night, though that is apparently nothing to worry about, just some shoulder soreness. In watching Kimbrel this season I have noticed that his velocity isn’t that 98-99 mph we’re used to; it is more in the 95-96 mph range. I had the same concern about his velocity last April. So I did some research, and had friend-of-the-blog @BarrettSelf put together this infographic that we can all reference from time to time early in the season to reassure ourselves that all will be fine with Kimmy:
Upton of the week: Justin Upton was named National League Player of the Week for the work he did against the Mets and (mainly) the Nats last week. Upton was the hottest hitter in baseball last week, leading everyone with a .591 batting average (13-for-22), 1.227 slugging percentage, .654 on-base percentage and 27 total bases. He tied for the most home runs last week with Adrian Gonzalez. Below is a heat map of that performance courtesy of ESPN.
Frenchy pranked: If you haven’t seen the video of the month-long prank that Jeff Francoeur’s teammates pulled on him, then go here and watch it immediately.
Minor League transactions: There are a few transactions to catch everyone up on. Nothing major, just the usual Braves organization movement and injury swapping. RHP Lay Batista to the DL with right triceps strain, RHP Aaron Northcraft and SS Elmer Reyes activated for Mississippi. INF Barrett Kleinknecht from Mississippi to Lynchburg. LHP Matt Marksberry to the DL with a hamstring injury, RHP Alex Wilson promoted from extended spring training to Lynchburg.
Unearned in Buford: Gwinnett won. Catcher Christian Bethancourt picked up some much-needed hits with a 2-for-4 performance. Meanwhile Ernesto Mejia continued his hitting ways with a 2-for-3 performance and a HBP; he is now hitting .325 on the season. Four of the five G-Braves runs were unearned thanks to 3 opponents’ errors.
Mississippi was rained out.
Cats win in extras: Lynchburg won. Kyle Wren came through once again late in the game to drive in the winning run, this time with a sac fly in the top of the 12th inning. Starting pitcher Lucas Sims got bit by the home run ball, otherwise it was a solid start: 6IP, 3H, 3R, 1BB, 4SO, 2HR. First baseman Edison Sanchez was 3-for-5 with a double; it was his 7th straight game with a hit, his 4th straight multi-hit game.
Rome has fallen: Rome lost. It wasn’t pretty for the R-Braves. Not pretty at all. They lost 17-0, while only getting 4 hits all night on offense. Starting pitcher Francois Lafreniere had a night to forget: 2.1IP, 7H, 10R, 8ER, 1BB, 0SO, 1HBP.