#185: Half-way Home, Let’s Hope We Are Not Caught In A Rundown.

Gil from Mechanicsville

27 Jun 2019

 

The Braves have completed the first half of the 2019 season and somewhat surprisingly, they are 4 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies who are maintaining the second slot.

The Washington Nationals have hit a soft spot in their schedule and are making a push towards the top but are one game under 500 and sit 7-1/2 games behind the 1st place Braves.

The Mets have taken a nose dive towards the cellar and look to vie with the Marlins for last place in the division. So, there is still a long way to go in the season and as we all know, any team is only one major injury away from having to cash it in for the season. That is, any team not named the Yankees or the Dodgers who are so deep they appear able to withstand just about anything other than a plane crash.

The Braves are currently in the middle of a 10 game road trip. They took two out of three from the Nats and split a four game series with the Cubs in Chicago. Perhaps more importantly, they have won the season series with the Cubs 5 game to 2. This could be important if the Cubbies manage to win the NL Central.

The Braves are now on their way to New York for three game date with the struggling Mets before heading home to finish up the first half prior to the All-star break. They will play 3 games against the Phillies and 3 with the Marlins.

That means the Braves have 9 games before they take a much deserved break. By tomorrow, we will learn which of the Bravos will be playing in Cleveland. I am pretty sure the Braves will be well represented, let’s hope none get hurt.

NL Standings as of 27 June 2019:

National League – East
1
Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves 48 34 .585 0 24-17 24-17 445 400 45 16-11 44-32
2
Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies 43 38 .531 4.5 27-17 16-21 391 387 4 20-17 38-35
3
Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals 39 40 .494 7.5 21-19 18-21 396 383 13 21-17 36-39
4
New York Mets
New York Mets 37 45 .451 11 20-14 17-31 390 423 -33 19-19 33-42
5
Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins 30 48 .385 16 13-27 17-21 273 350 -77 12-24 25-44
National League – Central
1
Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs 44 37 .543 0 29-16 15-21 411 348 63 13-11 37-31
2
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers 43 38 .531 1 25-17 18-21 399 405 -6 20-12 40-31
3
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals 40 39 .506 3 24-18 16-21 358 349 9 15-17 36-33
4
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates 38 41 .481 5 17-19 21-22 371 425 -54 12-14 28-37
5
Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds 36 42 .462 6.5 19-17 17-25 336 296 40 13-19 30-35
National League – West
  • 1
    Los Angeles Dodgers
    Los Angeles Dodgers 55 27 .671 0 34-9 21-18 425 300 125 24-10 54-24
    2
    Colorado Rockies
    Colorado Rockies 42 38 .525 12 22-15 20-23 444 424 20 18-16 35-34
    3
    Arizona Diamondbacks
    Arizona Diamondbacks 41 41 .500 14 17-22 24-19 423 376 47 14-25 32-37
    4
    San Diego Padres
    San Diego Padres 40 40 .500 14 21-20 19-20 361 388 -27 16-17 33-37
    5
    San Francisco Giants
    San Francisco Giants 34 45 .430 19.5 16-23 18-22 306 399 -93 18-22 28-38

 

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120 Responses to “#185: Half-way Home, Let’s Hope We Are Not Caught In A Rundown.”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady June 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Gil, I think you set a record with this one! Ask and you shall receive…. I did and I did!
    Thanks, Chief!! 😀

    Somebody else will have to “like” this to facebook since I’m locked out now. I still don’t know what “sin” I committed…..oh, well…

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  2. 2 tramz18 June 27, 2019 at 10:37 pm

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  3. 4 Gordon Lawrence June 27, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Would never trade CRISTIAN PACHE for anything less than MIKE TROUT.
    Never for an arm of any sort.
    ENDER INCIARTE, PACHE and MAX FRIED for TROUT and a raw rookie prospect in return.

    DREW WATERS, that’s another story altogether.

    I want WILL SMITH.
    No interest in BUMGARNER under any circumstance.

    ENDER INCIARTE, BRYSE WILSON, WES PARSONS, and RAFAEL ORTEGA for WILL SMITH alone.

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  4. 7 Gordon Lawrence June 27, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    FREDDY FREEMAN is in over JOSH BELL.

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  5. 8 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2019 at 6:42 am

    Yes, and Acuna Jr is the starting left fielder. I wonder if the NL will bat him lead-off… ? 🙂

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  6. 9 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Hey Ber, on my health… Not sure at this point, going for anti-biotic infusions everyday but their seems to be some confusion amonst the doctors as to who’s patient I am… ??? It is getting old however and it is weighing on Josie a bit.

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  7. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I hope B-Mac gets a call to play in the All-star game. I expect Realmuto will get the nod however. There still has to be a rep from each team and I believe the roster will be loaded with Dodgers and Cubs.

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  8. 11 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I expect the Nats will be represented by Max Schurzer but Rendon should also be tapped in my opinion.

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  9. 12 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2019 at 6:55 am

    I cannot believe the Nationals have such a small fan base, I guess everyone in the DC area is too busy to vote. They are busy trying to bad mouth Trump so there is that.

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  10. 13 Gordon Lawrence June 28, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Easy to do GIL if you look at him their way.

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  11. 14 Gordon Lawrence June 28, 2019 at 9:23 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (43-35)

    STRIPERS lose a second game to the KNIGHTS, 8-5.
    Four homers for Pops’ team to three for the good guys.
    The Natural must be on the KNIGHTS this season.
    G-Men’s bats try valiantly to keep up, but to no avail.

    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.304 BA/.993 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF ADAM DUVALL [.261 BA/.937 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [22], 2 RBI [58], 2 BB, 1 SO.
    SS LUIS MARTE [.245 BA/.623 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [20], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.210 BA/.788 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR [14], 2 RBI [29], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP SHANE CARLE [L3-2, 6.04 ERA/1.73 WHIP] 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 7p/4s.
    Shane faces four batters who all score.
    Enter relief arm ANDRES SANTIAGO who puts out the fire, then ignites one of his own in the third.
    RHRP ANDRES SANTIAGO [6.23 ERA/1.79 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 HR, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 62p/41s.
    And now, GRANT DAYTON as the STRIPERS manager desperately tries to find someone on the team who can get outs consistently.
    LHRP GRANT DAYTON [2.89 ERA/0.91 WHIP] 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 40p/23s.
    Another dinger, another reliefer, CHAD SOBOTKA who hurls two innings of four hit shutout ball.
    Finally, JOSE DePAULA [1.1 IP] who snuffs another KNIGHTS rally against SOBOTKA, and finishes out the game with no further damage .
    Talk about closing the barn door after all the horses have escaped………

    MISSISSIPPI (37-39)

    Dang! Double-header.
    Game one:
    PEARL CREW are one-hit and skunked while trying to even the season record @ .500.
    JACKSON GENERALS prevail 5-0.

    3B DAN LOCKHART [.236 BA/.615 OPS] 1-2, 1 SO.

    RHSP JASSEEL De La CRUZ [L 1-3, 3.62 ERA/1.29 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 80p/53s.

    Game two:
    PEARL Crew come back with a vengence and win 8-1.

    Lead-off LF CRISTIAN PACHE [.295 BA/.868 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B [6], 3 RBI [46], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    Good to see the BRAVES moving PACHE and WATERS around the outfield, giving them experience to all fields.
    3B RILEY UNROE [.294 BA/.728 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [8], 3 RBI [20], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.299 BA/.878 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [12], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.152 BA/.496 OPS] 0-1, 1 SF, 1 RBI [6], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.176 BA/.597 OPS] 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP CONNER JOHNSTONE [W 3-0, 2.48 ERA/1.14 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 55p/37s.
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [1.59 ERA/0.53 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R.ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 27p/18s.

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  12. 15 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    thanks Gil!
    For some reason, my computer has done…better with the blog loading, but the last week, all the pics would take so long to fill in, that I would be reading a post, then it would drop below my view, and I was staring at posts made a week ago :/ fun 😛

    well, everyone and their brother will be looking for pitching, and I read the tigers think they can get a haul like the ChiSox did for Quintana a few years ago, but the thing is Boyd has only been mediocre til this year, so…the Blue Jays and Giants will have more offers, if they don’t ask for the moon….I mean, you usually hear 1 top 100 prospect…then a mid level prospect….whatever that means…

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  13. 16 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    a mid level prospect….whatever that means…

    A prospect that was either drafter past the 10th round or a free agent that is still in A ball so they have 4 or 5 years before they have to make a decision on. Also looks better the more bodies you get in return for your guy.

    Sort of like playing a slot machine thinking the next quarter will hit the jackpot. Biggest return likely to be a couple of quarters to get two more plays.

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  14. 17 Carolina Lady June 28, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Incredible that it has been 3 years since our friend Paladin went on to clear the way for us. Miss him very much. We became good friends, exchanging email, etc. What a character. And a genuine military hero which he’d never talk about. Miss you, Street!
    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/longstreet-street-m-hull-obituary?pid=180558822

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  15. 18 Gordon Lawrence June 29, 2019 at 2:19 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (44-35)

    Three more dingers, and stingy pitching by KYLE WRIGHT produce an 8-1 romp for the STRIPERS.

    LF ADAM DUVALL [.265 BA/.967 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 2 HR [24], 6 RBI [64], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    ADAM has been on fire at the plate.
    Night after night, as steady as clockwork, dinger after dinger, after dinger.
    Sooner or later, a call-up, or a trade.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.211 BA/.799 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [15], 2 RBI [31], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.277 BA/.890 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [2B].
    2B LUIS MARTE [.245 BA/.620 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    P KYLE WRIGHT [.222 BA/.522 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.303 BA/.992 OPS] 0-1, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [W 5-4, 5.43 ERA/1.26 WHIP] 7.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 96p/63s.
    RHRP JASON CREASY [6.04 ERA/1.48 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 19p/13s.

    MISSISSIPPI (39-39)

    PEARL Crew pull even on the season with a magnificent combined pitching performance by IAN ANDERSON and JEREMY WALKER.
    A 2-0 win, only two walks, and two errors short of perfection.
    Hats off to ANDERSON and WALKER!!!!!!

    RHSP IAN ANDERSON [W 6-5, 2.94 ERA/1.20 WHIP] 7.0 IP, zeros, 2 BB, 14 SO, 103p/66s.
    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [Sv 6, 2.34 ERA/1.01 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean, 2 SO, 17p/12s.

    Lead-off CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.297 BA/.884 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [20], 1 HR [11], 2 RBI [47], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CRISTIAN has a night to match the pitching, and single-handedly carry the team across the finish line.
    SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.175 BA/.601 OPS] 0-1, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [11, throw].
    3B RILEY UNROE [.297 BA/.736 OPS] 1-2, 1 BB, 0 SO.

    FLORIDA (28-49)

    F-F-FROGS come up short in a combined 20 hit slug-fest 6-5 to the TAMPA TARPONS.

    SS RILEY DELGADO [.305 BA/.714 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B [11], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.318 BA/.938 OPS] 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B [4], 3 BB, 0 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.296 BA/.678 OPS] 2-5, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.252 BA/.688 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [35], 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [2B].
    3B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.278 BA/.699 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [4, fielding].
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.169 BA/.540 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [14], 1 RBI [24], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    DH JORDAN RODGERS [.247 BA/.615 OPS] 1-5, 1 2B [4], 1 RBI [8], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM [4.73 ERA/1.29 OPS] 8.0 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 4 R/ER, 0 BB, 8 SO, 94p/67s.
    Relief arm SEAN McLAUGHLIN [BS 1] blows the save, and WALTER BORKOVICH [L 0-2] loses the game.

    ROME (35-43)

    R-Braves win a tight 4-3 contest.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.279 BA/.814 OPS] 2-4, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB [20], 1 Outfield Assist [1B].
    Both Justin’s offense and his speed seem to be recovered since his injury.
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.455 BA/1.138 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 2 RBI [7], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    The first rounder has been most impressive offensively so far.
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.227 BA/.779 OPS] 1-5, 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 3 SO.
    3B ARIEL MONTESINO [.232 BA/.674 OPS] 2-3, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [5], 1 CS [1].

    RHSP ALAN RANGEL [ND, 4.94 ERA/1.49 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 94p/54s.
    LHRP TANNER LAWSON [2.50 ERA/1.24 WHIP] 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 26p/17s.
    RHRP RYAN SHETTER [W 2-0, 1.64 ERA/0.55 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 3 SO, 26p/18s.

    DANVILLE [6-4)

    3-2 win over PULASKI.
    Every time we play PULASKI, I’m reminded of my grandson’s 402 foot dinger his junior year in that park on his team’s way to the State AA Championship.
    Poured concrete seats and me without a cushion. 98 degree day.
    I’ll never forget it.

    Lead-off RF JOSE PALMA [.318 BA/.854 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [2].
    1B NIC VIZCAINO [.200 BA/.583 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B [2], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF CHARLES REYES[ .286 BA/.736 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [1], 1 RBI [3], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [1].
    2B JUAN MORALES [.211 BA/.581 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [3, throw].
    All these young men are placements from the back-lots and were International FA’s.

    RHSP ALEC BARGER [0.00 ERA/1.25 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 4 SO, 36p/25s.
    2019 Round 17.
    LHRP MIGUEL JEREZ [W 2-0, 4.50 ERA/1.25 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 42p/25s.

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  16. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville June 29, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Morning folks, great performance by Soroka and company last night against the Mutts. When I first saw the mound opponent for this game, I figured it would be a iffy game to win. Whoboy, did Austin Riley throw a monkey wrench into the works for DeGrome. Hey, Jacob pitched a good game, held the Braves to three runs but Soroka only game up two thanks to the continued good work by Swarzak in relief. I listened to the Mets broadcast for the most part last night to gain a prospective on their opinion of the young righty and the Braves. They were very high on both Soroka and the team. Kept talking about how young this team is and how it bodes well for their future.

    Of course Freddie was Freddie last night and Markakis came through with an RBI too. Camargo iced the cake in the ninth with a 3 RBI double off the base of the right centerfield wall. It is must see TV… 🙂

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  17. 21 Vox O'Reasoñ June 29, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    So nice to see the future blossoming in the present right before our eyes, and at the same time seeing Ian Anderson tossing 7 no-no innings down in AA.

    Ahhhh… feels pretty dang good.

    Oh, and added another game to the division lead too. Not a bad night.

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  18. 22 Gil in Mechanicsville June 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Maybe the Braves should send Folty and Julio to the same shrink, maybe group therapy for both….

    I wonder if the folks in London are wondering what all the fuss is about with baseball. 17-13… ridiculous

    That is some serious jet lag for the pitchers.

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  19. 23 Gil in Mechanicsville June 29, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Okay, bottom of the ninth, Red Sox down by four, think it is a safe lead?

    Rain delay in New York… Poo….

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  20. 24 Vox O'Reasoñ June 29, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Austin Riley is a man.

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  21. 26 Gordon Lawrence June 30, 2019 at 6:39 am

    How are the treatments going GIL?

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    • 27 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2019 at 7:19 am

      It seems like they are going forever…. Infusions are everyday but not always at the same time, like musical chairs… and add in seeing 4 different doctors now and they still don’t know the root cause of the problem. The incision from the surgery opened up yesterday and started draining. ICK!… Getting ready to leave now for St Mary’s for my daily infusion so there is always that to look forward to each day. 🙂

      Okay, at lest the Braves keep winning, it might just be their year.

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  22. 28 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Looks like the Phillies are going to win today, big lead on the Fish. Nats leading the Tigers 2-1 in the top of the 9th.

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  23. 29 berigan2electricboogaloo June 30, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    get the feeling the Mutts manager will be canned if they don’t win today….clearly it’s his fault that the vaunted rotation and bullpen have been terrible…wonder why he doesn’t just tell the pitchers to make better pitches???? 😕
    Gordon, I heard Buster Olney say that players were saying no one’s breaking pitches were breaking. They are wondering about the oddness of the shape of the stadium(semi-closed) had something to do with the issue…wind currents of the A/C, something like that….

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  24. 30 Gordon Lawrence July 1, 2019 at 12:55 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (46-35)

    STRIPERS take a third in a row from INDIANAPOLIS, this time 5-3.

    Lead-off 3B JACK LOPEZ [.302 BA/.781 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [29], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF RYAN LaMARRE [.298 BA/.819 OPS] 1-2, 1 BB, 0 SO,1 CS [5].
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.281 BA/.892 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [5].
    C ALEX JACKSON [.211 BA/.798 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [6, missed catch].
    1B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.281 BA/.783 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [12], 1 RBI [36], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [1].
    RF CONNER LIEN [.143 BA/.511 OPS] 1-2, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [1].
    2B LUIS MARTE [.260 BA/.655 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B [7], 1 RBI [22], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    PH ADAM DUVALL [.264 BA/.956 OPS] 1-1, 1 RBI [65], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP KOLBY ALLARD [ND, 3.64 ERA/1.37 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 91p/55s.
    KOLBY still has a way to go in the improvement department to succeed in the show.
    Of course, I said the same of TOMMY GLAVINE when he left RICHMOND for the bigs.
    He never came back, so there’s that….
    RHRP SHANE CARLE [W 4-2, 5.64 ERA/1.68 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 SO, 23p/16s.
    BEN ROWEN [H 2] starts a fire in the eighth which takes two more relief arms to quell, but ultimately, only one run scores, and the G-Men triumph.

    MISSISSIPPI (39-41)

    The PEARL Crew lose their second in a row after reaching the .500 mark on the season.
    This time it’s the BLUE WAHOOS on top 7-5.

    Lead-off LF CRISTIAN PACHE [.297 BA/.884 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 1 SF, 1 RBI [48], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF DREW WATERS [.324 BA/.873 OPS] 2-5, 1 2B [26], 2 RBI [29], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.298 BA/.878 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR [11], 1 RBI [39], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B LUIS VALENZUELA [.202 BA/.535 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B [9], 1 RBI [20], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    Every dog has his day in Baseball.
    3B DAN LOCKHART [.238 BA/.626 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [9], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [10, throw].
    It appears that DAN is not a chip off the old block [KEITH].

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [L 3-5, 2.00 ERA/1.24 WHIP] 3.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 79p/55s.
    TUCKER has plateaued this season.
    He’ll need to step up his consistency to advance.
    So, management is sure to advance him to AAA next week.
    RHRP JASON HURSH comes on in relief, puts out the fire, then starts on of his own the very next inning.
    He’s gashed for two runs, one earned, and gives way to RHRP BRAD RONEY for 1.2 IP.
    Then LHRP JORDAN HARRISON finishes out the game with no further damage.

    FLORIDA (29-50)

    TARPONS hang a tough 2-1 five-hit loss on the F-F-FROGS.

    LHSP PHIL PFEIFER [L1-6, 4.35 ERA/1.37 WHIP] 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 101p/75s.
    I know PHIL has had a rough campaign, but 11 SO’s…….he deserved better in this one.
    RHRP BRANDON S. WHITE [0.77 ERA/1.11 WHIP] 0.1 IP, clean, 4p/2s.

    DH JEFREY RAMOS [.255 BA/.692 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [10], 1 RBI [37], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS RILEY DELGADO [.304 BA/.709 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [1].

    ROME (37-43)

    R-Braves tally a six-spot in the seventh, and win 6-3.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.281 BA/.825 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.250 BA/.768 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.442 BA/1.083 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI [8], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.233 BA/.784 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [3], 2 RBI [8], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF HENRY QUINTERO [.266 BA/.678 OPS] 2-5, 1 2B [4], 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B DARLING FLORENTINO [.198 BA/.549 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 2 RBI [13], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [16, throw].
    RF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.199 BA/.503 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [W 6-6, 3.61 ERA/1.26 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 85p/53s.
    LHRP VIC CAVALIERI [Sv 1, 3.86 ERA/0.71 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 38p/27s.

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  25. 32 Gordon Lawrence July 1, 2019 at 6:38 am

    DANVILLE (7-5)

    Twelve games into their season, the D-Braves are standing tall and looking good even without their two first round picks.

    Lead-off 2B CODY MILLIGAN [.244 BA/.643 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Our 9th rounder is slowly beginning to show some signs of life at the plate.
    SS BEAU PHILLIP [.167 BA/.602 OPS] 1-2, 2 R, 1 RBI [4], 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [1].
    Second round pick PHILLIP has struggled to date with professional ball.
    CF BRANDON PARKER [.194 BA/.458 OPS] 1-5, 2 RBI [3], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    10th round pick PARKER gets some traction at the plate.
    1B BRYCE BALL [.389 BA/1.337 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [13], 2 BB, 1 SO.
    24th rounder BALL is instrumental in seeing the advanced rookies off to a good start in the league.
    LF WILLIE CARTER [.229 BA/.712 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 4 RBI [10], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    A 34th round pick, CARTER gets his hit at a most propitious time……with the sacks jammed.
    RF JOSE PALMA [.346 BA/.914 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [3], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    Twice through the Dominican League, 2017 International FA pick PALMA is off to a great start in the U.S. of A.

    RHSP PEYTON WILLIAMS [ND, 3.00 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO,1 WP, 51p/30s.
    LHRP ALEX SEGAL [1.80 ERA/0.80 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean, 3 SO, 30p/20s.
    RHRP JUSTIN YEAGER [9.00 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 39p/25s.
    RHRP ALEX CAMACHO [BS 1, W 1-0, 1.80 ERA/1.00 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 52p/32s.

    GCL – No game scheduled

    DSL – No games scheduled for the league.

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  26. 33 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Well, I guess it was bound to happen, the Mutts could not continue to lose forever and the Braves bullpen was due to cave. Twas fun for a while though. They finish the road trip at 6-4 which is still pretty darn good. I guess the problem with winning is you expect to do it every night.

    So, looks like Calloway gets to keep his job one more day.

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  27. 34 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2019 at 7:26 am

    And yeah, the Braves still need to add a reliable starter and relief pitcher to be really formidable.

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  28. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Oh yeah, Chad Sobotka was nails last night. Looks like he has gotten straightened out by his stint in Gwennett. Looks like the kid who wowed us last fall. Newk seemed to lose his focus last night in giving up a long homer in the 8th. About Minter. He looks great, getting two strikes on a batter and then loses the zone…. I know he does not have to throw three strikes in a row but I see it a lot with the Braves pitchers, they don’t want to challenge a batter, they are always trying to trick the hitter into swinging at a bad ball and those balls are not close enough to look like a strike.

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  29. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Gordon, some good, and funny reporting! 🙂
    Gil, yeah…felt like the braves were going to sweep there for a bit… Minter reminds me a bit of….hmmm, you know, whatshisface…drat will have to look him up…Ian Krol! I was forever expecting Krol to turn it around, I mean,a lefty throwing 95, surely he will turn it around…never happened…sure hope Minter can figure it out..

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  30. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    If I could throw a 97 mph fastball, I think I would figure out hot to refine it so it was an unhittable 92 mph cutter… Find the happy zone where the ball moves. Maybe pay Greg Maddux to share his secret…

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  31. 38 Gordon Lawrence July 1, 2019 at 9:28 am

    O.K. LAWRENCE hauling has a contract to deliver two yards of mulch in POWHATAN this morning. Time to go to work. Later.

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  32. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2019 at 9:31 am

    For all the folks clammoring to bring back Mike Minor from Texas, don’t look now but I expect The Rangers to be buyers, not sellers this go round. They are not that far out of first in the AL West. SURPRIZE, SURPRIZE, SURPRIZE… 🙂

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  33. 40 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I know, espn and all that, but….interesting guy, they say may be the next Mike Trout. No pressure there! 😉 https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27078114/the-legend-martian-yankees-5-million-16-year-old-international-coup

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    • 41 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      There is always someone who is touted as the second coming of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds etal… Hector Olivera anyone??? So, we will see what we will see when they show up. $5 million dollar signing bonus sounds like a coup all right… for the 16 year old kid…

      A real coup is signing Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna for less than $200,000 combined.

      What they mean to say is this kid has real potential but the highways and byways are littered with loads of kids who never fulfilled said potential. Oh well, bad attitude this afternoon, spending all day with doctors will do that methinks. Time for a nap…

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    • 43 Vox O'Reasoñ July 2, 2019 at 9:02 am

      ESP… who?

      Like

  34. 44 Gordon Lawrence July 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Come on brother, get well.

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  35. 45 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Gordon, was DERIAN CRUZ a can’t miss guy at one point? I’d like to see this kid in the article, some footage of him…seems since he was 13, they have had an eye on him, and some of those folks say that he’s the best they have seen…hate to see the pressure, but then again, some guys thrive on it….

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  36. 47 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm
  37. 50 Gordon Lawrence July 2, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Scanning rosters for BRAVES homegrown positional players………..

    AAA
    1 – C JONATHAN MORALES – 24 years old, 2015 25th round.
    2 – C SAL GIARDINA – 27 years old, 2014 31st round.
    3 – OF CONNER LIEN – 25 years old, 2012 12th round.

    AA
    1 – C WILLIAM CONTRERAS – 21 years old, 2015 International FA
    2 – C CARLOS MARTINEZ – 24 years old, 2012 International FA.
    3- 3B C.J. ALEXANDER – 22 years old, 2018 20th round.
    4 – SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER – 24 years old, 2013 International FA
    5 – 2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR – 22 years old, 2013 International FA.
    6 -1B BRAXTON DAVIDSON – 23 years old, 2014 1st round.
    7 – CF DREW WATERS – 20 years old, 2017 2nd round.
    8 – CF CRISTIAN PACHE – 20 years old, 2015 International FA.
    9 – RF GRAYSON JENISTA – 22 years old, 2018 2nd round.
    10 – RF TYLER NESLONY – 25 years old, 2016 9th round.

    A+
    1 – C LOGAN BROWN – 22 years old, 2018 35th round
    2 – C ZACK SORIA 25 years old, 2017 18th round.
    3 – C RUSBER ESTRADA – 24 years old, 2018 24th round.
    4 – 3B BRETT LANGHORNE – 23 years old, 2018 10th round.
    5 – 3B JORDAN RODGERS – 24 years old, 2017 6th round.
    6 – SS RILEY DELGADO – 24 years old, 2017 9th round.
    7 – SS A.J. GRAFFANINO – 21 years old, 2018 8th round.
    8 – 2B DERIAN CRUZ – 20 years old, 2015 International FA.
    9 – 2B KEVIN JOSEPHINA – 22 years old, 2013 International FA.
    10 – 1B DREW LUGBAUER – 22 years old, 2017 11th round.
    11 – LF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL – 21 years old, 2015 International FA.
    12 – LF JEFREY RAMOS – 20 years old, 2016 International FA.
    13 – RF TREY HARRIS – 23 years old, 2018 32nd round.
    14 – RF ANDREW MORITZ – 22 years old, 2018 6th round.
    15 – RF GARRISON SCHWARTZ – 23 years old, 2017 16th round.

    A
    1 – C SHEA LANGELIERS – 21 years old, 2019 1st round.
    2 – C HAGEN OWENBY – 23 years old, 2017 12th round.
    3 – SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE – 21 years old, 2019 1st round.
    4 – SS JUAN MORALES – 20 years old, 2015 International FA.
    5 – SS CARLOS PARAGUATE – 18 years old, 2017 International FA.
    6 – 2B GREG CULLEN – 22 years old, 2018 15th round.
    7 – 2B BRAULIO VASQUEZ – 20 years old, 2015 International FA.
    8 – 1B GRIFFIN BENSON – 21 years old, 2016 23rd round.
    9 – 1B BRENDAN VENTER – 22 years old, 2018 13th round.
    10 – CF JUSTIN DEAN – 22 years old, 2018 17th round.
    11 – CF JEREMY FERNANDEZ – 21 years old, 2015 International FA.
    12 – RF JOSE BERMUDEZ – 21 years old, 2015 International FA.

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  38. 51 Gil in Mechanicsville July 2, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Okay, the Braves and I had a much needed night off from baseball Monday night. Back in the swing tonight against the Phillies. The Phightn’s are fresh off a win against the fish Sunday but they still managed to look bad against them.

    So, the Braves pen should be reset and ready to go for the week leading up to the All-star break. While I know it is a great honor for players to be chosen and participate, I am glad the majority of the team will have a 4 day break. The Bravos have a pretty stout road trip immediately after the break playing 3 in San Diego and then 3 in Milwaukee. Then come home for a 4 game set against the National who have had a bit of a resurgence of late.

    So, 162 game schedule is half over but it doesn’t get any easier I don’t think.

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  39. 52 Gordon Lawrence July 2, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    No report tonight.
    Bummer night down on the farm.
    Had to go all the way to the Dominican league to finally find a “W.”
    A couple tight one-run losses, but a loss is a loss, is a loss………

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  40. 53 berigan2electricboogaloo July 3, 2019 at 4:15 am

    whelp…that’s the best I’ve ever seen Aaron Nola look…tip yer hat time….

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  41. 55 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Yes, the Bravos ran into a buzz saw of a pitcher in Nola.

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  42. 56 Gordon Lawrence July 3, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Yesterday i posted all the minor’s position players who were drafted or initially signed by the BRAVES.

    So half-way through the season let’s look at a few and their results so far.

    GWINNETT

    C SAL GIARDINA ……………23g, 078ab, 09r, 019 h, 06 2b, 00 3b, 01 hr, 05 rbi, 04 bb, 22 so, .260/.353/.384/.737
    C JONATHAN MORALES….13g, 043ab, 13r, 013 h, 01 2b, 00 3b, 02 hr, 06 rbi, 06 bb, 08 so, .302/.380/.465/.845

    MISSISSIPPI

    C WILLIAM CONTRERAS…20g, 058ab, 06r, 011 h, 01 2b, 00 3b, 00 hr, 03 rbi, 06 bb, 11 so, .190/.277/.207/.484
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR.73g, 265ab,18r, 059 h, 07 2b, 01 3b, 02 hr, 14 rbi, 09 bb, 68 so, .225/.262/.282/.544
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE……….77g, 292ab, 42r, 086 h, 21 2b, 06 3b, 11 hr, 48 rbi, 26 bb, 73 so, .295/.356/.521/.877
    CF DREW WATERS…………80g, 319ab, 46r, 103 h, 26 2b, 08 3b, 05 hr, 29 rbi, 20 bb, 97 so, .323/.367/.502/.869

    FLORIDA

    C LOGAN BROWN…………..10g, 038ab, 03r, 010 h, 01 2b, 00 3b, 00 hr, 03 rbi, 04 bb, 10 so, .263/.333/.289/.623
    C RUSBER ESTRADA………43g, 140ab, 11r, 018 h, 02 2b, 00 3b, 01 hr, 11 rbi, 13 bb, 52 so, .129/.233/.164/.397
    2B KEVIN JOSEPHINA……..62g, 218ab, 27r, 060 h, 11 2b, 02 3b, 01 hr, 21 rbi, 19 bb, 48 so, .275/.333/.358/.691
    SS RILEY DELGADO………..79g, 310ab, 30r, 095 h, 11 2b, 03 3b, 00 hr, 26 rbi, 19 bb, 30 so, .306/.352/.361/.714
    LF JEFREY RAMOS……….. 76g, 289ab, 31r, 072 h, 10 2b, 04 3b, 07 hr, 37 rbi, 15 bb, 70 so, .249/.291/.384/.675
    RF TREY HARRIS……………22g, 079ab, 13r, 024 h, 04 2b, 00 3b, 03 hr, 12 rbi, 09 bb, 18 so, .304/.396/.468/.864
    RF ANDREW MORITZ………12g, 046ab, 05r, 014 h, 02 2b, 00 3b, 00 hr, 02 rbi, 03 bb, 07 so, .304/.347/.348/.695

    ROME

    C SHEA LANGELIERS……..09g, 035ab, 05r, 007 h, 03 2b, 00 3b, 01 hr, 08 rbi, 05 bb, 12 so, .200/.310/.371/.681
    2B GREG CULLEN…………..78g, 285ab, 47r, 071 h, 17 2b, 04 3b, 05 hr, 30 rbi, 41 bb, 67 so, .249/.373/.389/.763
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE…12g, 050ab, 11r, 021 h, 06 2b, 00 3b, 01 hr, 08 rbi, 02 bb, 07 so, .420/.453/.600/1.05
    CF JUSTIN DEAN……………..58g, 224ab, 45r, 63 h, 13 2b, 05 3b, 04, hr, 23 rbi, 35 bb, 59 so, .281/.389/.438/.826

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  43. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Okay folks, I wish I could make the trek to DC tomorrow to see the fireworks but I will just have to laugh at the Democrats for saying how much money is wasted. Funny thing, I never in my lifetime ever heard anyone complain about the cost of a 4th of July celebration until this year. TDS is strong among them…

    Actually got some chores done today, not so much as far as chores go but a gold star and a cookie for me…

    Now baseball, I look for Bryce Wilson to have a good game tonight. Braves need to break out the bats. I saw on Twitter that the Braves are 2-8 after a day off… hummmmm….

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  44. 58 Gordon Lawrence July 3, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    GIL:
    If i were you I’d say off politics on this forum.

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    • 59 Vox O'Reasoñ July 3, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Meh… I think it falls under the heading of “stuff”. Or @#$%^&. Or both.

      But seriously, most politics on this forum are fairly lighthearted. It doesn’t hurt that we are all adults here and understand the concept of respecting others’ opinions. We also understand that a difference of opinion is not a personal attack. That’s a concept that’s lost on the current culture. Speaking for me personally, I don’t take anything personally.

      Unless you talk bad about Bobby Cox.

      Ha ha… just kidding. You can talk bad about Bobby if you want. Of course, I can’t understand why anyone would. 😉

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    • 60 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Hah, on this blog, everyone is entitled to espouse their views on politics. Just doesn’t happen much anymore.

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  45. 61 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Now baseball… Isn’t Bryce Wilson pitching a gem tonight? Okay, gave up a homer to Harper (solo shot) but into the 6th inning. So, two outs and Bryce is tiring a bit but it has been a great show. I hope Folty is watching….

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  46. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Phillies score twice with two outs but it is still Bryce’s game to win. C’mon bullpen, hold em.

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  47. 63 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Austin back in the swing with a 3 run homer and now the dam has burst. Flowers with an RBI double and now Matt Joyce with a homer to the chop House… wheeeee… now 9-2

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  48. 64 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I love it when the Braves young stud pitchers challenge opposing hitters rather than nibble around the edged of the plate and relying on the umpires to help them out.

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  49. 65 Gordon Lawrence July 3, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Well, politics cuts both ways folks.
    I don’t care to comment on my liberal take on today’s politics because I understand the sensitive nature of things in the country currently.
    Religion and politics should both be left to personal taste, and not be “stuff” subject to discourse on a baseball blog.
    That’s my take.

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    • 66 Gil in Mechanicsville July 4, 2019 at 7:01 am

      See, even a liberal can find love in the commonality of baseball… It is what makes sports so great, it is a true melting pot. 🙂

      Now about the game… That was more like it, it seems it takes a day or two for the Braves to unpack their bats after a day off. That said, the big news to me has to be the awakening of young Bryce Wilson. I thought he was stellar last night.

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  50. 67 Gordon Lawrence July 4, 2019 at 12:08 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (48-36)

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [W 6-4, 4.92 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 5 H, zeros, 8 SO, 2 WP, 91p/62s.
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [H 2, 5.21 ERA/1.68 WHIP] 1.2 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 21p/18s.

    Lead-off 3B JACK LOPEZ [.293 BA/.769 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.257 BA/.788 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [17], 1 BB, 3 SO.
    DH TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.300 BA/.989 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF ADAM DUVALL [.259 BA/.938 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [25], 3 RBI [68], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.282 BA/.893 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [22], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.220 BA/.809 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 2 RBI [33], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    SS PEDRO FLORIMON [.219 BA/.623 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [4], 2 RBI [28], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI (39-44)

    A 36 hit slugfest in PENSACOLA tonight.
    7 2b, 1 3B, and 5 HR’s by the PEARL Crew are not enough tonight.
    BLUE WAHOOS score in the bottom of the eighth, and the PEARL Crew can’t in the top of the ninth.
    IAN ANDERSON got the start, but was lifted after 1.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 17p/11s.
    There should be news behind that.
    My fingers are worn out.
    Maybe the lines tomorrow.
    They are impressive, offensively at least.

    FLORIDA (29-53)

    A 12-11 loss to the BLUE JAYS farmhands. Only 24 combined hits in this one. Pitchers ERA’s go a-glimmering.
    NOLAN KINGHAM has a stinker of a start. Almost time for a fourth complete game shutout.
    ENDER INCIARTE has been lead-off in a couple games now. Not batting his weight at the moment.

    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM [5.14 ERA, 1.37 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 WP, No pitch count.
    RHRP LUKAS YOUNG [4.95 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    Surprising to find some solid pitching amidst such offensive carnage.
    RHRP TROY BACON [L 2-3, 5.57 ERA/1.53 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.

    RF ANDY MORITZ [.333 BA/.755 OPS] 3-5, 3 R, 1 RBI [3], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [1].
    SS RILEY DELGADO [.307 BA/.713 OPS] 2-6, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TREY HARRIS [.301 BA/.866 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [13], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.173 BA/.550 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B [15], 1 HR [8], 1 SF, 5 RBI [32], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.275 BA/.691 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [22], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.279 BA/.642 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    ROME (38-45)

    Must be something in the air or the water.
    R-Braves come out on top of another offensive outburst by both teams.
    29 combined hits, 17 for the good guys as ROME tops KANNAPOLIS 13-11.
    The home team plates four in the bottom of the ninth, and comes within a whisker of overcoming a six-run deficit.
    SS DARLING MONTESINO commits three throwing errors [10] that all but do in the visitors.

    RHSP ALAN RANGEL [W 7-4, 4.74 ERA/1.48 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 91p/64s.
    RHRP KASEY KALICH puts in an inning of air-tight work [H 1, 0.00 ERA/1.50 WHIP].
    2019 4th round pick.
    RHRP LUIS MORA and LHRP VIC CAVALIERI are savaged by opposing bats, however.
    LHRP JAKE HIGGENBOTHAM [SV 2, 3.48 ERA/1.40 WHIP] 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 17p/10s.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.286 BA/.840 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [22], 1 CS [6].
    2B GREG CULLEN [.259 BA/.781 OPS] 4-5, 4 R, 1 2B [18], 2 RBI [32], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    DH BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.436 BA/1.093 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B [7], 2 RBI [10], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.219 BA/.710 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B [18], 2 RBI [44], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    LF JEREMY FERNANDEZ [.275 BA/.707 OPS] 3-6, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 4 RBI [12], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.206 BA/.512 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 SB [8], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.227 BA/.576 OPS] 1-5, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS DARLING MONTESINO [.218 BA/.622 OPS] 0-3, 2 SF, 2 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO, 3 E [10, all throwing].
    3B JUAN MORALES [0.00 BA/.000 OPS] 0-4, 1 SF, 1 RBI [1], 0 BB, 3 SO.

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  51. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville July 4, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Happy Independence Day everyone. Something we can all agree on… Either that or we would all be speaking with a stiff upper lip… 🙂

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    • 69 Gordon Lawrence July 4, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Makes me remember yesterday’s convo with my wife as we bing-watched WIMBLEDON tennis.
      She says, “Will the games be suspended tomorrow for INDEPENDENCE DAY?”
      Well, she’s Cuban after all.
      The significance of from whom we won our independence was lost on her for a moment.
      A quick rejoiner from me and she understood.

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  52. 70 Gordon Lawrence July 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Let’s look at the results from MISSISSIPPI’s loss last night. 36 hits combined…..wow!

    LF CRISTIAN PACHE [.299 BA/.886 OPS] 3-6, 2 R, 2 2B [23], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF DREW WATERS [.324 BA/.879 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 27], 1 3B [9], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TYLER NESLONY [.278 BA/.871 OPS] 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B [6], 1 HR [4], 4 RBI [17], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    The outfielders were hitting on all cylinders last night!
    I know we has an eye-test report on PACHE and WATER’s progress at the plate earlier in June.
    That blogger said PACHE looked to be the more accomplished hitter at the time.
    However, off stats alone, it does appear WATERS has the bigger major league bat potential going forward now.
    PACHE has come a long way mind, but was not as advanced at the plate as WATERS starting out.

    C CARLOS MARTINEZ [.202 BA/.512 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B [2], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS RILEY UNROE [.292 BA/.726 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [9], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.298 BA/.907 OPS] 4-5, 4 R, 1 2B [13], 3 HR [14], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    What a night at the plate! A double and THREE HOME RUNS in five AB’s.

    DH GRAYSON JENISTA [.156 BA/.522 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [8], 1 BB, 3 SO.

    On the defensive side, five relief arms were absolutely tattooed by BLUE WAHOO bats. All gave up multiple earned runs except the last…………
    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [L 1-6, 2.45 ERA/1.04 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 27p/18s.
    ………who gave up the winner in the eighth.

    Imagine for a moment the situation from the manager’s perspective.
    You put in your most reliable relief arm hoping for a hold to the offensive onslaught only to see a good performance ruined by a run.
    But thinking you have three outs to score as the bats have done all night only to have the opposing arm shut down the offense for the half inning.

    What a bummer.

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    • 71 Vox O'Reasoñ July 4, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      PACHE looked to be the more accomplished hitter at the time. However, off stats alone, it does appear WATERS has the bigger major league bat potential going forward now.

      The great thing is that we’ll have both in a couple of years.

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  53. 72 Vox O'Reasoñ July 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Simply gives the Braves an extra bullpen arm for the next 4 games preceding the All-Star break.

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  54. 73 berigan2electricboogaloo July 4, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Didn’t Bryce Wilson pitch a whale of a game? I wonder if the braves pitching coach told him to watch Nola very carefully, once it was clear how good he was against the braves…
    it was so much fun to see 2 3 run homers in one inning….
    Bryce may, just may be ready…’bout time, he is after all…21 😛

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  55. 75 Vox O'Reasoñ July 4, 2019 at 7:10 pm

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  56. 76 Vox O'Reasoñ July 4, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Literally just a few miles from where we are this week…

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  57. 77 Gil in Mechanicsville July 5, 2019 at 8:45 am

    It appears that the current edition of the “Bash Brothers” reside in Atlanta. Yes, good pitchers can get them out, marginal ones, not so much. 5 bombs in the game last night by the good guys. It’s a shame not all of you can watch this team on a nightly basis.

    Soroka just did not have it going last night giving up 4 runs in the first inning on 6 singles. He recovered a bit going 4 2/3rds total when it looked like he would not make it out of the first. The offense picked him up however.

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  58. 79 Gil in Mechanicsville July 5, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Okay, here is hoping “Good Julio” makes his appearance tonight. Need to leave a good impression on the home folks leading into the A/S break. That and staying ahead of the hard charging Nits. I recall the National announces opining after getting beat 2 out of 3 by the Braves that the current stretch of their schedule was an opportunity to make some gains in the east. Well, mission accomplished as they have got back to .500 and have caught and passed the Phillies. The Braves face a tough schedule post All-Star break in facing the Padres in San Diago for 3 (never an easy task for the Bravos) and then back to Wisconsin to take on the Brewers who are currently in first place in the NL Central.

    The Nationals still have a stout lime up of starters and they appear to be getting their relief corps in order. John Sholtz has often said that the first 10 games following the break was super important as to how a team will fare in the 2nd half.

    I still think the Braves need to add a veteran starter to the mix. While the kids are good, in order to be considered elite, you need an ace to lead the staff. That and young arms start to show signs of wear and tear come August and September.

    Not saying that is what happened with young phenom Soroka last night but his velocity was a good 3 mph slower than it has been this season. I would be good with Roberts leaving young Matt on the bench in the All-Star game in Cleveland.

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  59. 80 Gordon Lawrence July 6, 2019 at 2:34 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (48-38)

    Face-plant by the offense while KOLBY isn’t great, just O.K. and the G-Men experience a no-hit shut-out by three BULLS hurlers, 5-0. Three STRIPERS base-runners are stranded by the hex on the good guy’s bats.

    LHSP KOLBY ALLARD [L 6-4, 3.83 ERA/1.39 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 102p/72s.
    RHRP JASON CREASY [5.40 ERA/1.39 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO, 31p/18s.

    MISSISSIPPI (39-46)

    PEARL Crew have now lost seven in a row after reaching .500 for the season.
    Another face-plant by the offense, but this time our pitching was superb.
    The Crew is limited to three hits in a 3-0 loss by BILOXI.

    WATERS, UNROE, and JENISTA have a single apiece while nary a walk was coaxed from the opposition.

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [L 3-6, 2.04 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 96p/73s.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [3.18 ERA/1.26 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 30p/16s.

    FLORIDA (29-55)

    5-3 loss to BRADENTON. F-F-FROGS are two hit.
    Well, at least the F-F-FROGS scored. That’s a distinct improvement.
    Welcome back 3B C.J. ALEXANDER and RHSP KEVIN GAUSMAN who have both been on the injury list, ALEXANDER since the very first game of the season. At least, there’s some good news.

    Lead-off CF ENDER INCIARTE [.111 BA/.311 OPS] 0-3, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    CF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL [.199 BA/.585 OPS] 0-1, 1 RBI [5], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [4, fielding].
    DH C.J. ALEXANDER [0.00 BA/.400 OPS] 0-3, 1 RBI [1], 2 BB, 1 SO.
    SS RILEY DELGADO [.299 BA/.698 OPS] 0-4, 1 RBI [27], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.249 BA/.684 OPS] 1-1, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 SO.
    3B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.275 BA/.690 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.177 BA/.516 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP KEVIN GAUSMAN [L 0-1, 5.40 ERA/1.20 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 3 R.ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 72p/54s.
    LHRP PHILLIP PFEIFER [4.14 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 E [1, throw], 57p/38s.

    ROME (39-46)

    Finally, a 5-1 win over “Crash” DAVIS’ favorite team, the ASHVILLE TOURISTS.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.289 BA/.840 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [25], 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB [24].
    2B GREG CULLEN [.262 BA/.785 OPS] 1-1, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.438 BA/.1.096 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 2 RBI [12], 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [2, throw].
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.209 BA/.672 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [9], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    LF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.209 BA/.519 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 SB [10].

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [W 7-6, 3.28 ERA/1.17 WHIP] 9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 85p/58s.
    Great complete-game effort by the 20 year-old. One unearned run mars an otherwise fantastic outing.

    DANVILLE (8-9)

    Hard-luck 5-4 loss to PRINCETON, W.VA. RAYS tally all their runs in the second. D-Braves try playing catch-up, score two in the second, and again in the fifth, but fall one short overall.

    CF CONNER BLAIR [.250 BA/.500 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [2], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH CHARLES REYES [.367 BA/1.006 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 SB [2].
    19 year-old Dominican 2016 International FA.
    RF WILLIE CARTER [.267 BA/.799 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C MITCH CALENDRA [.250 BA/.609 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP PEYTON WILLIAMS [L 0-1,10.80 ERA/2.00 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 6 H, 2 HR, 5 R/ER, O BB, 2 SO, 43p/34s.

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  60. 82 Gordon Lawrence July 6, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Looking over last night’s line-up, searching for offensive prowess.
    I’ve ranked them in three lists. The first according to OBP. The second list by SLG. Third by OPS.

    OBP – 11 batters

    11 – JULIO TEHERAN .121
    10 – JOHAN CAMARGO .271
    09 – AUSTIN RILEY .320
    08 – BRIAN MacCANN .341
    07 – OZHAINO ALBIES .342
    06 – NICHOLAS MARKAKIS .352
    05 – JOSHUA DONALDSON .361
    04 – CHARLES CULBERSON .362
    03 – RONALD ACUNA Jr. .373
    02 – FREDERICK FREEMAN .394
    01 – MATTHEW JOYCE .407

    SLG – 11 batters

    11 – JULIO TEHERAN .152
    10 – JOHAN CAMARGO .372
    09 – NICHOLAS MARKAKIS .433
    08 – BRIAN MacCANN .455
    07 – OZHAINO ALBIES .472
    06 – JOSHUA DONALDSON .485
    05 – RONALD ACUNA Jr. .500
    04 – MATTHEW JOYCE .506
    03 – AUSTIN RILEY .564
    02 – CHARLES CULBERSON .571
    01 – FREDERICK FREEMAN .594

    OPS – 11 batters

    11 – JULIO TEHERAN .273
    10 – JOHAN CAMARGO .643
    09 – NICHOLAS MARKAKIS .785
    08 – BRIAN MacCANN .796
    07 – OZHAINO ALBIES .814
    06 – JOSHUA DONALDSON .846
    05 – RONALD ACUNA Jr. .873
    04 – AUSTIN RILEY .884
    03 – MATTHEW JOYCE .913
    02 – CHARLES CULBERSON .933
    01 – FREDERICK FREEMAN .984

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  61. 84 Gil in Mechanicsville July 6, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I watched last night’s game until the rain delay, work up for about 1 minute after the game resumed. I saw this morning that B-Mac had a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth for the 1-0 win.

    Good Julio on the mound last night. Not perfect mind you but good enough to keep the fish from scoring. Marlins pitcher Yamamoto was stellar.. 6 innings of 2 hit ball and only one of those hits was of the hard hit verity.

    This afternoon’s game should be a little bit easier sledding for the Bravos. Max Fried will once again ascend the hill for the Braves, Caleb Smith, a 27 year old lefty acquired from the Yankees and just reactivated from the IL will pitch for the Marlins.

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  62. 85 berigan2electricboogaloo July 6, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Gil, same here…chronic insomnia (is it insomnia to fall asleep ok, but back to sleep 3-4 hours later when you have to use the restroom?) caught up to me…was dozing much of the game, and once it started to pour, and saw how long the 5mph storms rained on my side of town, decided enough was enough.
    glad they won , so weird to see this offense almost shut out 2 nights in the same week.
    Saw highlights after Yamamoto’s first game where he went 7 innings in a win against the cards. he got all choked up talking about sacrifices family had made, and what a dream come true to make it to the bigs…so, when not pitching against the braves, will root for him. Finally some positive comes out of the terrible trade the Marlins made with the Brewers for Yelich….but, the Marlins and especially their fans, both of them, are so happy with all the money they saved not having him in their outfield

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  63. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville July 6, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Home run derby this afternoon at Sun Trust.

    Ber, welcome to the 4am club…:-)

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  64. 87 Gil in Mechanicsville July 6, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    SIGH!… Alright, give that one to the fish… Braves had their chances. Tough to win them all, even if you think they should.

    So, win Sunday and enjoy the break.

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  65. 88 Gordon Lawrence July 7, 2019 at 1:17 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (50-38)

    STRIPERS come up aces 7-3 over DURHAM.

    Lead-off 2B ANDRES BLANCO [.264 BA/.802 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 HR [12], 4 RBI [38], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.297 BA/.972 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.256 BA/.919 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [16], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.283 BA/.889 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    RF RYAN LaMARRE [.295 BA/.819 OPS] 2-4, 3 RBI [38], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C JONATHAN MORALES [.309 BA/.844 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.272 BA/.759 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS LUIS MARTE [.269 BA/.683 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP PATRICK WEIGEL [W 2-1, 3.18 ERA/1.21 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 89p/59s.
    Slow improvement coming back from TJ surgery. Takes some longer than others.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA [6.0 IP, 2.00 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 44p/26s.
    Our former infielder has a rough introduction to AAA.
    RHRP SHANE CARLE [5.13 ERA/1.59 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 13p/8s.

    MISSISSIPPI (39-47)

    Make it eight losses in a row, as the PEARL Crew lose to the SHUCKERS 3-1.

    RF TYLER NESLONY [.286 BA/.798 OPS] 2-4, 1 RBI [19], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    PH/LF DREW WATERS [.328 BA/.886 OPS] 1-1, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP JOEY WENTZ [ND, 4.52 ERA/1.32 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 104p/68s.
    Super outing goes by the wayside without PACHE and WATERS in the line-up.

    FLORIDA (30-55)

    F-F-FROGS’ bats hop on BRADENTON starter in the fifth and win 2-0.

    Lead-off ENDER INCIARTE [.077 BA/.220 OPS] 0-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Wow, ENDER must not want to go back to ATLANTA. Now 1-13 as a FROG. He’s turning into a toad.
    1B C.J. ALEXANDER [.286 BA/.730 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TREY HARRIS [.284 BA/.808 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    DH DREW LUGBAUER [.173 BA/.567 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [10], 1 RBI [34], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    3B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.275 BA/.667 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B JORDAN RODGERS [.219 BA/.542 OPS] 2-3, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [9], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP TRISTEN BECK [W 1-1, 5.40 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 1 BB, 5 SO, 85p/58s.
    Our 2018 fourth rounder finally has a good outing [5s].
    RHRP SEAN McLAUGHLIN [H 1, 22. ERA/.1.52 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 2 SO, 34p/23s.
    RHRP DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ [SV 1, 1.72 ERA/1.34 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 13p/8s.

    ROME (39-47)

    R-Braves are skunked 4-0 on six hits by a bunch of Tourists.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.290 BA/.849 OPS] 1-3, 1 3B [5], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.236 BA/.585 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.218 BA/.703 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [20], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.433 BA/1.099 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [8], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    This year’s first round pick has had a great three weeks [16g] of pro ball.

    RHSP ODALVI JAVIER [3.66 ERA/1.21 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 2 BB, 4 SO, 99p/65s.
    JAVIER has improved considerably this season.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [L 2-6, 2.72 ERA/1.08 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [2, throw], 32p/18s.

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  66. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville July 7, 2019 at 7:08 am

    So, Ender is making it easy for the Braves to ignore him. Duval is still playing solidly.

    1 o’clokish game today for the Braves, getting it out of the way early. Dallas on the mound for the Bravos.

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    • 91 Gordon Lawrence July 7, 2019 at 12:07 pm

      Come on DALLAS.
      Need a good taste in your mouth going into the All-Star break.
      Let’s kick some azz today BRAVES.
      I want to see that home run total soar.

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  67. 92 Vox O'Reasoñ July 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    DK looks sharp thus far. This is the guy I wanted on this staff. If he continues like this through his next handful of starts I wouldn’t mind hearing that he and the team are both open to an extension.

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  68. 93 Gil in Mechanicsville July 7, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Wooo, what a game. Solid outing by DK, not so much by Sobatha but wow, did Charlie clutch make the play of the game with catch and outfield assist to prevent the fish from stinking up the game. Tough loss for the Marlins but would have been tougher for the Braves.

    Now, take a few days off and come back refreshed….

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  69. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville July 7, 2019 at 5:20 pm

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  71. 96 Gordon Lawrence July 7, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Well, the homer totoal only increased by one, but a win is a win.
    “Charlie Clutch” to the rescue.
    Kutch pitched well.

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  72. 98 Gordon Lawrence July 8, 2019 at 12:12 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (51-38)

    G-Men stomp the BULLS 7-0, a six-hit shutout.
    Both DEMERITTE and DUVALL get a free steak by hitting the bulls-eye, TRAVIS twice.
    Just kidding of course as the game was in LAWRENCEVILLE.

    Lead-off 3B JACK LOPEZ [.283 BA/.745 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.261 BA/.798 OPS] 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.301 BA/1.005 OPS] 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR [18], 4 RBI [64], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    DH ADAM DUVALL [.259 BA/.930 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [26], 3 RBI [72], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP HUASCAR YNOA [W 2-2, 5.20 ERA/1.65 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 4 SO, 98p/68s.
    The 21 year-old seems to be overcoming his jitters from being rushed up to AAA.
    I have thought all along this kid has what it takes to be successful in MLB.
    RHRP WES PARSONS [1.96 ERA/1.28 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 2 SO, 47p/31s.
    Mr. slow but steady continues to improve this season.

    MISSISSIPPI (40-47)

    Stung by eight losses in a row, the PEARL Crew break the losing streak in dramatic fashion behind eight innings of air-tight pitching, slaughtering the SHUCKERS 10-1 on 17 hits.

    Lead-off SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.173 BA/.578 OPS] 2-5, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF DREW WATERS [.335 BA/.899 OPS] 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B [29], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [11].
    RF TYLER NESLONY [.297 BA/.833 OPS] 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B [8], 1 3B [4], 1 RBI [20], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.290 BA/.879 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI [46], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B DAN LOCKHART [.227 BA/.602 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [10], 3 RBI [13], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B RILEY UNROE [.298 BA/.742 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [22], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF GRAYSON JENISTA [.97 BA/.607 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 4 RBI [12], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Progress……..at last.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.171 BA/.442 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    P JASSEEL De La CRUZ [.111BA/.222 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP JASSEEL De La CRUZ [W 2-4, 2.92 ERA/1.24 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 4 H, zeros, 2 BB, 10 SO, 99p/66s.
    RHRP ANDRES SANTIAGO [3.38 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 BB, 3 SO, 41p/25s.
    LHRP JORDAN HARRISON [3.33 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 32p/19s.

    FLORIDA – Rainout

    ROME (40-47)

    Score tied after three, 1-1.
    BRAVES tally three late, and the pitching is outstanding in a 4-1 win against ASHEVILLE.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.288 BA/.847 OPS] 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 0 SO, 2 SB [26].
    3B BRAULIO VASQUEZ [.167 BA/.458 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [1].
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.437 BA/1.122 OPS] 2-4, 2 2B [10], 2 RBI [14], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.213 BA/.679 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [,220 BA/.712 OPS] 1-2, 1 2B [21], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    GRIFF’s starting to hit and that’s a good thing. He’s raised his BA about seventy-five points in the past month.
    RF DREW CAMPBELL [.176 BA/.476 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2019 23rd round. His fifth game.

    LHSP DILMER MEJIA [W 5-1, 2.07 ERA/1.02 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 71p/52s.
    RHRP WILLIAM WOODS [Sv 2, 4.41 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 27p/18s.

    DANVILLE (9-10)

    BURLINGTON ROYALS 3-1 over the D-Braves.

    Lead-off 2B CODY MILLIGAN [.254 BA/.699 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [1].
    2019 9th round.
    RF BRANDON PARKER [.245 BA/.663 OPS] 2-5, 1 2B [3], 1 RBI [7], 0 BB, 3 SO.
    2019 10th round.
    LF WILLIE CARTER [.308 BA/.903 OPS] 2-3, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [5].
    2019 34th round.

    RHSP ALGER HODGSON [9.82 ERA/2.45 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 53p/27s.
    The numbers don’t improve in his fourth game, first start.
    2016 International FA.
    RHRP ALBINSON VOLQUEZ [7.71 ERA/1.63 WHIP] 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 63p/35s.
    2016 International FA.
    RHRP ALEX AQUINO [1.86 ERA 1.09 WHIP] 3.1 IP, clean 3 SO, 36p/26s.
    2014 International FA.

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  73. 99 Vox O'Reasoñ July 8, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Luke Jackson

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    • 100 Vox O'Reasoñ July 8, 2019 at 9:07 am

      But to be fair…

      Hit #1 was weak contact that bled slowly into no-man’s-land between pitcher, 3B and SS. Hit #2 was a ground ball single that was only about 2 inches toward 2B from being a double play. Hit #3 was a bunt that was popped up over the charging infielders and pitcher. The only real hard hit ball in the inning was the line drive that resulted in Charlie’s phenomenal catch/throw.

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      • 101 Gil in Mechanicsville July 8, 2019 at 9:17 am

        Yes, one of the reasons I said the loss of the game would have been more devastating to the Braves. Luke is not your prototypical strike out closer. He lives for ground balls and weak contact. He got the ground balls but they were hit where they weren’t…

        No question to me the play made by Clutch was one of the best I have ever seen, it ranks up there with the “Catch” made by Otis Nixon on VanSlyke’s home run ball. If the throw had not been perfect and I mean even an inch or two either way from where B-Mac caught it, the game would have been tied with runners on 2nd and 3rd and only one out.

        That play cements Culbertson’s place in Braves lore if you ask me. Or at least until the next amazingly clutch thing he does…

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        • 102 Vox O'Reasoñ July 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

          He should be a Brave for the rest of his career…

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          • 103 Gil in Mechanicsville July 8, 2019 at 2:44 pm

            Methinks it belongs with “Sid Slid”, “The Catch” by Otis Nixon and Francisco Cabrera’s clutch single which drove Sid in to win the 1992 NLCS… All are huge for Braves fans. For sure deserves at a minimum a bobble-head to commemorate the event.

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  74. 104 berigan2electricboogaloo July 8, 2019 at 9:51 am

    sorry I missed the game, but glad for mlb’s quick pitch so I could see that AMAZING throw (and for once, the best play of the day, was actually ranked #1, I saw a completely crazy throw from some 3rd baseman a few weeks ago, not Nolan, and it didn’t even make their top 5) not bad play at all for a SS 😛

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  75. 105 berigan2electricboogaloo July 8, 2019 at 9:53 am

    In case you were wondering about Folty…1st start for Gwinnett, not bad, 2nd, Meh… https://www.ajc.com/sports/foltynewicz-gives-eight-hits-five-innings-gwinnett/PHCTM7DtANzn2i4EkUhk7H/

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  76. 107 Vox O'Reasoñ July 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Just musing…

    “All Star” catcher JT Realmuto’s 2019 numbers:
    .273/.328/.438, 10 HR, 42 RBI, $5.9M salary

    BMac & Tyler Flowers combined 2019 numbers:
    .254/.334/.442, 15 HR, 47 RBI, $6M salary

    All in all, not terribly dissimilar…

    Well, except that the Phillies gave up top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, young southpaw Will Stewart, and young major league catcher Jorge Alfaro to obtain JTR’s services through 2020. Oh yeah, there was also some int’l slot money sent as well. Sanchez is a big 19-year-old righty already throwing in triple digits. He was their #1 prospect. Stewart was their #18. (For perspective, that’d be like the Braves’ Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa.)

    And Jorge Alfaro? How about .274/.317/.436, 10 HR, 30 RBI batting in the middle of an otherwise lean 2019 Marlins lineup.

    I’m glad to have BMac and Flow. I’ll keep them along with Anderson, Ynoa and what was rumored to have been Austin Riley for he Braves. Props to AA for knowing when to say “NO”. As the old adage goes, some of the best deals a GM makes are those he doesn’t make.

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    • 108 Gil in Mechanicsville July 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Of course Realmuto has a better rate of throwing out potential base stealers but maybe not as important as it once was because the majority of stolen bases are on the pitcher, not the catcher. I think the intangibles on B-Mac are through the roof. Much more important to the Braves than Realmuto to the Phillies.

      But to be honest, I would not have minded so much having Realmuto in a Braves uni. Maybe in 2021 when his contract is up with the Phillies if one of the young Braves prospects is not knocking on the door.

      So, Homerun Derby tonight… I entered the contest with little real expectations of winning anything but if you don’t buy a ticket, there is zero chance of it.

      Hint… always go for the guy who has been there before because they tend to be less nervous about it. Heck, I thought Freddie put up a good fight last year considering that home runs are not his forte. His just happen…

      Did anyone watch/see the futures game last night? Naw, me neither other than a couple of outs. Too much yapping by the crew…

      Sigh, another day gone…. This running to the doctors/infusions/hospitals is really getting old…. I wish they would do whatever they are going to do and let me get on with my life… It is getting to be hard on the wife if you know what I mean. On the bright side, trying out some restaurants I might not normally frequent. I did not realize the west end of Richmond had built up so much. It is like a completely new entire city…

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  77. 111 Vox O'Reasoñ July 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Maybe not Opening Day 2020, but some time next year…

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  78. 112 Gordon Lawrence July 9, 2019 at 1:05 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT – No league games.

    MISSISSIPPI (40-48)

    PEARL Crew get the most out of their three hits, scoring three runs, but fall back into the loss column 4-3 against BILOXI.

    3B DAN LOCKHART [.229 BA/.604 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    IB RYAN CASTEEL [.293 BA/.895 OPS] 1-1, 1 R, 1 HR [15], 2 RBI [48], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [L 3-2, 2.49 ERA/0.92 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 E [1, throw], 68p/43s.
    RHRP BRAD RONEY [7.04 ERA/1.83 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 39p/30s.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [2.92 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 3.0 Ip, 2 H, zeros, 2 SO, 32p/28s.

    FLORIDA – Rainout

    ROME – No league games.

    DANVILLE (10-10)

    D-Braves make the most of their five hits, five walks, hit the jackpot, and come up a winner 6-4 over the ROYALS.

    1B BRYCE BALL [.373 BA/1.303 OPS] 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR [7], 3 RBI [21], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2019 24th round.
    LF CHARLES REYES [.394 BA/1.093 OPS] 2-3, 1 RBI [12], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2016 International FA.
    RF CONNER BLAIR [.167 BA/.397 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2019 15th round.

    Five pitchers, four go 2.0 IP each, and the last 1.0 IP.
    None pitch badly. There are no mistake HR’s amongst the group.
    They give up a total of 3 ER, 3 BB, and register a strong 9 SO on 143 p.
    For rookies that’s not terrible.

    GCL – Rainout

    DSL (14-18}

    Three BRAVES pitch a tight game.
    Legs and bats eek out a single run in a 1-0 victory over the A’s farmhands.

    Lead-off 2B GERALDO QUINTERO [.224 BA/.657 OPS] 1-2, 1 Sac, 1 RBI [8], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [10].
    2019 International FA.
    3B JOSE DILONE [.236 BA/.638 OPS] 2-3, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [11].
    2018 International FA.
    RF JEREMY CELEDONIO [.157 BA/.673 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [2].
    2019 International FA.
    LF NELSON CELESTON [.171 BA/.489 OPS] 2-3, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2019 International FA.

    RHSP RAINIERY RODRIGUEZ [W 3-0, 2.59 ERA/1.19 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 5 H, zeros, 2 BB, 4 SO. 40p/30s.
    2018 International FA.
    LHRP RAMON LINARIES [H 1, 1.35 ERA/0.60 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean, 4 SO, 14p/14s.
    2019 International FA.
    RHRP RONALDO ALESANDRO [Sv 1, 4.80 ERA/1.60 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 9p/8s.
    2018 International FA.

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  80. 114 Gil in Mechanicsville July 11, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Good morning all, I hope everyone is enjoying the break. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to stay awake for the Padres’ series. Perhaps I shall watch delayed telecast but you cannot stay up past midnight and get up for 8 AM treatments.

    A few comments about the Home-run Derby and the All-Star game.

    You cannot compare what transpired Monday night with previous HRDs. Use to be you were allow only so many none home runs. Now, it is how many you can hit in 4 minutes. To be truthful, I was most impressed by Vlad Jr. and Joc Pederson by the shear numbers but Alonso was smart. He did not hit any more than he had to.

    To me, Acuna Jr. was most impressive by his spray chart. Hitting baseballs to all fields. Amazing….

    As for the All-Star game itself. Happy it no longer “counts”. It allows for me to just enjoy the game and root for everyone. I thought Soroka was most interesting pitcher of the night. He did not strike out anyone but did what he does, allows at’em balls and weak contact.

    So, until fans get past the fantasy league mentality, the Sorokas of the world face an upward battle for recognition. “Just Win Baby”…

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  81. 115 Gordon Lawrence July 12, 2019 at 7:12 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (51-39)

    A combined 32-hit slug-fest ends in a nightmare 15-12 loss to POP KNIGHTS as “the Natural” LUIS ROBERT goes on a two homer, 3-5, game tear with seven RBI’s.
    ENDER INCIARTE arrives in AAA with a resounding thud as he face plants in the lead-off slot with only one BB to show for five AB’s.
    RHSP BRYSE WILSON [L 4-7}, relief LH THOMAS BURROWS, and RH JEREMY HERNANDEZ are absolutely destroyed by CHARLOTTE bats, especially ROBERT.
    RH’ers WES PARSONS and Rafa De PAULA finish out the night holding the KNIGHT’s offense at bay for 2.1 IP, while waiting for the offense to catch up.
    One STRIPER run scores in the ninth, but it’s too little, and too late.

    3B JACK LOPEZ [.290 BA.771 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR [7], 2 RBI [34], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.290 BA/.771 OPS] 2-5, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF ADAM DUVALL [.257 BA/.925 OPS] 0-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.287 BA/.894 OPS] 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B [25], 1 RBI [42], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF RYAN LaMARRE [.295 BA/.816 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI [39], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B PEDRO FLORIMON [.226 BA/.632 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI [29], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS LUIS MARTE [.265 BA/.673 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [25], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.229 BA/.847 OPS] 4-5, 3 R, 1 2B [6], 2 HR [17], 6 RBI [39], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [7, throw].
    Nights like this are the reason JACKSON is a BRAVE.
    Unfortunately, these games are few and far between.
    His inconsistency at the plate is frustrating.

    MISSISSIPPI (42-48)

    PEARL Crew begin the slow climb back toward .500 after their eight game swoon.
    Tonight they score a 3-1 victory over JACKSONVILLE.
    Tight pitching.
    Just enough hitting.

    RHSP KEVIN GAUSMAN [ND, 0.00 ERA/0.50 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 91p/75s.
    RHRP JONATHAN ARO [3.42 ERA/1.06 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO, 12p/9s.
    LHRP JORDAN HARRISON [W 2-2, 3.10 ERA/1.24 WHIP] 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 26p/15s.
    RHRP JASON CREASY [Sv 2, 1.29 ERA/1.23 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 12p/8s.

    Lead-off LF CRISTIAN PACHE [.294 BA/.873 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 2 SO.
    CF DREW WATERS [.338 BA/.896 OPS] 3-5, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [12].
    3B RILEY UNROE [.303 BA/.752 OPS] 0-4, 1 SF, 1 RBI [23], 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB [7].
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.186 BA/.575 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C CARLOS MARTINEZ [.195 BA/.507 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.217 BA/.522 OPS] 1-5, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    P KEVIN GAUSMAN [1.000 BA/1.000 OPS] 1-1, 1 BB, 0 SO.

    FLORIDA (30-59)

    Slugbauer does it again in back-to-back games.
    Even through the bats come alive with 11 hits, it’s not nearly enough against the STONE CRABS.
    ERA’s and WHIP’s suffer severely as CHARLOTTE makes their ten hits count, and win 11-4.

    RHSP BROOKS WILSON [L 1-2, 2.50 ERA/1.11 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 95p/58s.
    Rh’d relief DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ, and KURT HOEKSTRA are roughly handled as well.

    Lead-off CF ANDY MORITZ [.315 BA/.723 OPS] 1-5, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS JORDAN RODGERS [.236 BA/.566 OPS] 3-4, 1 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.276 BA/.771 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B C.J. ALEXANDER [.235 BA/.585 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [2].
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.243 BA/.670 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [11], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B DREW LUGBAUER [.182 BA/.599 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [12], 1 RBI [37], 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [9, fielding].
    Now that his bat has begun to stir, SlugBAUER is being tried at other positions than 1B.
    So far, he’s been found wanting.
    Well, actually, not so hot at first either.
    However, a necessity as FREEMAN is going nowhere for the balance of a very long career.
    2B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.264 BA/.665 OPS] 0-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [3], 1 E [6, fielding].
    C ZACH SORIA [.152 BA/.484 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [6], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    ROME (42-48)

    R-Braves limited to three hits, but drwa six walks, and plate a very efficient three runs to beat the RIVER DOGS 3-1. Our pitching is aces.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.283 BA/.835 OPS] 0-3, 1 RBI [29],1 BB, 2 SO.
    RF DREW CAMPBELL [.167 BA/.447 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.210 BA/.526 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [14], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN, C SHEA LANGELIERS, and 1B GRIFF BENSON all have O’fers at the plate, but draw a collective four BB’s thus being on base when the others get hits. Each has a run scored apiece.

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [W 8-6, 3.15 BA/1.16 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 95p/55s.
    The 20 year-old seems to be on top of things in A-ball.
    LHRP MATT LAWSON [Sv 1, 2.25 BA/1.16 OPS] 2.0 IP, clean, 17p/14s.

    DANVILLE (10-12)

    RH’s starter PEYTON WILLIAMS [L 0-2] is cuffed around in an inning and a third, before exiting stage left.
    Then, three relief arms hurl 7.2 innings of one-hit shutout ball at the REDS waiting for the bats to catch up.
    They almost do, scoring three in the bottom of the ninth, but fall two short of victory.
    6-5 GREENEVILLE wins.

    2B CODY MILLIGAN [.253 BA/.698 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF BRANDON PARKER [.241 BA/.690 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB [2].
    SS BEAU PHILLIP [.148 BA/.536 OPS] 0-3, 1 RBI [8], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [4, fielding].
    1B RAY HERNANDEZ [.140 BA/.504 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    3B CODY BIRDSONG [.186 BA/.465 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B [3], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    LF MIKE MATEJA [.239 BA/.718 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 1 RBI [6], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C MITCH CALANDRA [.275 BA/.676 OPS] 2-4, 2 2B [3], 2 RBI [4], 0 BB, 0 SO.

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    • 116 berigan2electricboogaloo July 12, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Wow, Alex Jackson has 17 HR’s and 39 RBI’s? Homer number is impressive, esp. for a catcher….
      ADAM DUVALL….can’t believe some team desperate for an outfielder hasn’t asked the braves….you know, offer some raw A ball pitcher for him…his numbers seem to be going downhill as the year goes on…well, B.A. I mean….has to be hard to have played several years in the bigs, then play more than half the year in AAA playing meaningless games, so to speak.

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  82. 117 Vox O'Reasoñ July 12, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Well, the unofficial second half begins tonight and the Braves are certainly in the catbird seat as they sit on a 6 game lead over the rival Nats in the surprising NL East. But alot can change over the next 3 weeks as the season’s sole trade deadline looms on July 31. Now that the All-Star break is over, the front office action should begin to heat up all across the baseball landscape. Of course, we all know that the real frenzy won’t occur until the last 72 hours as all sellers will hold out for the best deal in the last days unless blown away by an over pay early.

    A-Train has his radar firmly fixed on pitching as the Braves already have a a potent and deep lineup, and arguably the best bench in baseball. At the same time, the rotation is still in flux and is rife with question marks despite the recent addition of Dallas Keuchel. And God bless young All-Star Mike Soroka.

    So who is available? Well, we’ve all heard the Madison Bumgarner rumors since the offseason. And while I believe there are still some pros with MadBum, he’s a 2nd half rental that will still carry a hefty prospect cost. Zack Wheeler is also churning through the rumor mill. Alex went after him last season, but he’s now also a half season rental, on a division rival, and the prospect cost would be heftier than MadBum. Said mill is also churning out the obligatory Marcus Stroman connection, and a hot rumor yesterday morning said the Jays and Braves were in discussions. That was subsequently denied by both sides though. Still… he is a pretty good “fit” and has a long connection with his former GM. The hot young name, and the latest to be directly tied to Los Bravos, is Detroit youngster Matthew Boyd. My fear with him is that he’s their latest version of Michael Fulmer and they will try to extract a premium return while his value is at its peak. And what of Michael Fulmer today..? My money is on the guy we haven’t heard of yet. It’s AA’s modus operandi. Name to not sleep on: Zack Greinke. Once again an All-Star, the enigmatic Greinke is a major salary drag on the non-contending Snakes. A connection here might be a way for Thoppy to lessen the acquisition cost in prospects and utilize some of the club’s infamous “financial flexibility”. The more money he is willing to cover, the less prospect capital would go the other way.

    A quick glance at the bullpen might give cause to place it as a priority over the rotation, but the reality is that since the arrival of Anthony Swarzak from Seattle, the Braves bullpen has been among the best in baseball. That’s a little misleading, though, as most bullpens in baseball have alot of needs and the Braves are no different. Luke Jackson is “getting by” as the defacto closer, but he’s no closer. And the Braves still need a guy they can count on to slam the door in the 9th.

    Possibilities? The Giants’ Will Smith is the biggest available name, but will also be the subject of the biggest bidding war. The Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez has been mentioned, but I’m not sure the Bucs view themselves as sellers. The guy that seemingly makes the most sense is the Jays’ Ken Giles, a former top closer having a strong comeback year. He is a good fit in a similar vein to his teammate Stroman. One possible name to watch for is SD’s Kirby Yates. He’s a pretty good veteran closer signed only through 2020 on a team that is not poised to overtake the mighty Dodgers anytime soon. They’d be foolish not to listen to offers on him.

    As much as we will begin to hear the beloved local ballclub connected to a myriad of names over the next 29 days, I defer to a quote from our new Homeboy Upstairs himself, who says (and I’m paraphrasing), “If you’ve heard us connected in a rumor, then you can pretty much count it out.” He runs the tightest front office among fellow GM’s, and any accurate rumor would have to come from the other side.

    Still… it ought to be fun trying to keep up. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. 😀

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    • 118 Gordon Lawrence July 12, 2019 at 9:41 am

      As far as starters, we don’;t need another one in my estimation.
      KEVIN GAUSMAN, and DALLAS KEUCHEL
      MIKE SOROKA, and [can’t believe I’m saying this JULIO TEHERAN is a solid rotation.
      SEAN NEWCOMB as a part-time starter, long-relief, and MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ traded in the WIL SMITH deal.
      Yes, I’m saying KEVIN GAUSMAN will be all the way back to last year in the stretch run.
      As far as the pen goes, ]I’m all in on WIL SMITH.
      With a legitimate closer this pen would look quite different, a solid asset rather that a get by one.

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  83. 119 Gil in Mechanicsville July 12, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Vee, your opine was too good to waste in the comment section, I have posted it as a new lead to get more wide spread views…

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