Some quick lines this morning…
Tommy La Stella (Atlanta): 2-for-4 || Obviously all the news yesterday was about TLS, as it should have been. His ascendance to the Braves lineup was long overdue. His two hits last night match Dan Uggla’s total number of hits in May (in 24 at-bats, .083BA). Let’s hope that Fredi keeps running Tommy out there and he keeps getting hits…of course, plenty of walks should also be forthcoming.
Meanwhile in Gwinnett: The G-Braves offense missed La Stella, as they collected just 3 hits. Newly signed reliever Kameron Loe gave up 3 runs in 0.1 inning of work.
J.R. Graham (Mississippi): 5.1IP, 2H, 2R, 1BB, 6K || Graham had his best start of the season, giving up just 1 hit through the first 5 innings while facing the minimum. A leadoff walk then a single in the 6th chased Graham, and the reliever allowed the runs to score. This is a very positive sign for JR.
Mycal Jones (Mississippi): 3-for-5, double, BB, RBI || Mycal Jones might have finally figured out how to hit consistently. He collected his 12th multi-hit game in 29 starts for Mississippi, and is now hitting .322/.435/.470. One thing we’ve learned about Jones over the years is that he’s an extremely streaky hitter, but this may constitute the longest continuous stretch of good hitting in his career. He’s also walking more than he has in any other season of his career, another positive sign for a guy that profiles as a leadoff hitter.
Lucas Sims (Lynchburg): 6IP, 6H, 4R, 2BB, 3K, 1WP, 1HBP || A big 3-run home run in the 2nd inning could have spoiled Sims’ day, but he regrouped and settled down. In what to me is a big sign of maturity for a pitcher, Sims allowed only 1 hit after the home run.
Johan Camargo (Rome): 5-for-5, double, triple, RBI, CS || It was a big day for the young Panamanian shortstop, who raised his average from .215 to .246. Camargo started out the season hot at the plate, but went into a long slump through late April and early May. He’s hitting .471 (16-for-34) in his last 9 games.