Braves 6 (27-22), Pirates 3 (20-30)
WP: Medlen (2-1)
LP: Burres (2-3)
SV: Wagner (6)
Solid, hard fought win for the Braves...team came down from 3-1 to plate 5 unanswered runs and get Kris Medlen the victory. Medlen had himself a quality start, though it wasn't the best game he could have pitched. It was a bare minimum quality start (6 IP, 3 ER) with 9 hits, 2 walks and 4 strikeouts mixed in there. Just enough for the team to win. The bullpen did what they did after Medlen left...shut suckas down! The holy trinity of Peter Moylan, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner threw 3 perfect innings while striking out 6 of the 9 batters they faced. This is how it was drawn up this spring....just not with Medlen as the starter. Oh well, I'll take it.
The Braves offense...I guess "consistent" would be a good word. All 8 starters got a hit aside from...Yunel Escobar, of course. The top of the lineup continued to roll...Martin Prado had a couple hits and 3 RBI, all of which came after the 6th inning. CLUTCH HITTING! Jason Heyward hit his 10th homer of the year in the first inning, and added a double later on. He leads the NL in OPS by 38 points, and is second in OBP...as a 20 year old. How can you not love this man?!?! The old guard on the team delivered too, as Chipper singled and walked twice, and Troy Glaus had the game tying 2 run double in the 5th. The rest of the offense is still struggling...but at least the entire lineup isn't struggling anymore. Thats a big first step.
Braves look for the series sweep tomorrow at 1:35, with Paul Maholm taking on Kenshin Kawakami. And why yes, I'll be blacked out of the game yet again! Thats 6 of the past 9 games...I'll be blacked out of the Philly series too, but at least I can watch those games on TV, albeit with the inferior Philly announcing...yes, there is announcing inferior to Chip Caray. Shocking, but true.
No transactions from throughout the system today...in fact, it was a rather ugly day for the organization, with Mississippi getting rained out, and Rome only getting 5 innings in. A positive note: 8 shutout innings from JJ Hoover down in Myrtle Beach. Welcome back JJ! Tomorrow in the weekly prospect report, we will also welcome the Dominican Summer League to the party...their season opened up today, and new organizational stud Edward Salcedo is there, and made his debut today. 1 for 3 with a walk. Solid enough. But I'm stopping with the teasers, you're gonna have to come back tomorrow night for more prospect fun.