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Braves Recap: August 3

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Padres 4, Braves 2

Adam LaRoche, .164 WPA. A homer and a walk in three trips, and Roachy is 4-for-9 since joining the Braves.  Maybe there really is something in the second-half Atlanta air.  If he does his .900-OPS-after-the-break thing, it would be a huge boost.
LVP: Garret Anderson, -.180 WPA. Struck out twice and grounded out, but the big blow was a flyout with men on the corners and one out in the first after the Braves had taken a 1-0 lead.
MIP: Kevin Kouzmanoff's RBI double in the first to tie the game at one.
UotG: Offense.  Kawakami didn't have a great start, but it was of the quality variety (6 IP, 3 ER), and the 'pen didn't embarrass itself either.  Bats need to manage more than two runs.


Barbaro Canizares tripled and formerly famous John Halama tossed seven innings of one-run ball.  Move on, there's nothing to see here.

Mississippi: We are all getting used to reading about Heyward and Freeman, but they were 1-for-8 across both games of the M-Braves' doubleheader.  Heyward left the game, reportedly in noticeable pain, after striking out in Game 1, but he returned to pinch-hit in Game 2, so I'm not too worried.  Highlights come from the bottom of the order: outfielder Concepcion Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a walk in five trips in the games, and Eric Campbell homered and singled in four at-bats in Game 1 before sitting out the nightcap.  Jose Ortegano shined in his second start at Double-A in Game 1, shutting out Tampa Bay affiliate Montgomery for six innings while walking one and striking out seven. Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect seventh for his first save in the Southern League (remember, minor-league doubleheaders only go seven innings).

Myrtle Beach: Every offensive starter had a hit in this game, but only Gerardo Rodriguez had more than one hit (he had two, including a double).  He hasn't missed a beat since being promoted to the pitcher-friendly Carolina League, as he's now hit .289/.336/.482 in his first 29 games there.  Cole Rohrbough's promise continues to evaporate; he gave up six runs in five innings with only one strikeout.  Fortunately some of the lesser-known arms in the organization (like Jose Ortegano and Edgar Osuna) have stepped up, because Rohrbough has been downright awful.  His ERA stands at 6.30.  In other six-plus ERA news, Rudy Darrow allowed a run in his inning of work to raise his ERA to 6.91 (pitching across three levels as he tries to get healthy).  He looked like a semi-promising prospect when he was acquired for Josh Anderson in March, but he certainly hasn't shown it yet, and he's already 25, so the future is now.

GCL: Dominican Summer League import Daniel Falcon went 3-for-4, and Layton Hiller homered, but the rest of the fireworks (eight runs on 14 hits) were spread out among many players, most of them non-prospects.  Recently-demoted Zeke Spruill started and allowed three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings while striking out seven.  I've read that he's working with Braves instructors on adding some new pitches to his arsenal; hence the demotion.  We still don't have official word on why he moved down after pitching so well in the Sally League, though.

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