Braves WON! But they really tried their hardest to lose. At least they did win in a really fun way… with El Oso Blanco rekindling his late-innings zeal for dramatic home runs.
It was actually the first career walk-off home run for Gattis. All those other big home runs last year came prior to the final at-bat of a game.
Start, continue: The Braves got yet another terrific start from one of their starting pitchers. Julio Teheran tossed this gem: 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1BB, 8K, 1HR. Julio continued to use his slider more than his historic norms, something I pointed out last week.
Good matchup tonight: The Marlins young ace Jose Fernandez takes the mound against Alex Wood. Fernandez has been great this year with a 2.11 ERA. Of course, four of the Braves five starters have an ERA better than that.
Cunningham slam: Gwinnett won. The G-Braves came back in this game in a grand way. With no outs and the bases loaded in the 7th inning, Todd Cunningham sent a 3-1 pitch over the right field wall. It was the first homer of the year for Cunningham. Ernesto Mejia stayed hot with a 2-for-5 game, raising his average to .379. Tommy La Stella was 2-for-3, and is now 8-for-his-last-12, raising his average from .250 to .346. Cody Martin got the start, and it was another good on: 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1BB, 5K.
Wrong kind of streak for Sip: Mississippi lost. The M-Braves lost their 5th straight game. Jason Hursh was a little wild on the mound, and off the mound: 4.1IP, 7H, 5R, 2ER, 3BB, 3K, 2HR, and 1 error in the field. Not much happening with the M-Braves offense, which has been pretty pedestrian this season.
At lease Wren is fast: Hillcats lost. Not much happening for L’Burg last night. Kyle Wren was 2-for-4 with his league-leading and organization-leading 13th stolen base. Those 13 swipes are more than any player in any league above High-A. There are two players in Low-A with more steals. Greg Ross got the start, and it was okay, good enough for a win most days: 6IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 3K. It’s worth mentioning reliever Brandon Cunniff, who pitched another scoreless inning. He has not been scored upon this season in 11 innings, spanning 6 relief appearances. During that span he’s struck out 12 and only allowed 2 hits, though he’s walked 6–something he had trouble with last season. Atlanta signed him off an independent league team in the middle of last season.
Double Schrader: Rome won. Jacob Schrader’s bat awoke big-time last night. He was 3-for-5 with two 3-run home runs and 7 RBI. Victor Reyes was 2-for-4, and is now hitting .317 on the season. The other Victor’s bat was also hot, Caratini was 3-for-4. Blake Brown was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. The defense was a bit spotty, and it affected the line on starting pitcher Chuck Buchanan: 4IP, 6H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 0K, 1WP.