When I checked the box scores Saturday and Sunday during my vacation, I noticed Ryder Jones wasn't in the lineup consecutive days. I assumed he was dinged up or would go on the disabled list for rest, and I planned to ask when I returned from vacation Monday.
I never got to ask, because Jones was in Salem-Keizer by the time I returned. The thought of a demotion to short-season ball at this time of the season never crossed my mind.
Tuesday, July 29 - 7 p.m.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (68-40)
RHP Jose Adames (2014 A: 11.1 IP, 16 H, 7 R/ER, 2 BB, 10 K; 2014 SS: 27.1 IP, 1.32 ERA, 2.64 FIP, 25 K%, 9.8 BB%, .356 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (51-55)
RHP Joan Gregorio (22.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 4.24 FIP, 25.5 K%, 12.3 BB%, .391 BABIP)
Monday, July 28 - Augusta 7, Greensboro 3
The GreenJackets rebounded well from a rough Sunday loss to claim two leads and an eventual win Monday night, all backed by a tremendous night from catcher Ty Ross.
Ross has made great strides at the plate over the course of the season. After plodding along the first few months, he started to pick up steam around the All-Star break. He turned on the jets in July, and it's been his best stretch over the past 18 games.
Monday, July 28 - 7 p.m.
Greensboro Grasshoppers (68-39)
LHP Chris Sadberry (2014 SS: 11 IP, 13 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 11 K)
Augusta GreenJackets (50-55)
LHP Steven Messner (2014 A: 75.1 IP, 4.54 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 16.6 K%, 7 BB%, .379 BABIP)
After a rough stretch that saw the GreenJackets lose six of seven, they were set to win a third straight game Sunday until a five-run eighth inning by Greensboro changed their fortunes quickly.
Thursday, July 24 - Savannah 2, Augusta 1
A late home run by Colton Plaia overshadowed what was a solid overall night for Tyler Horan. Plaia hit a solo homer in the ninth for Savannah's go-ahead and eventual winning run.
Augusta is now 6-10 against Savannah this season. The GreenJackets have lost six of their past seven.
Thursday, July 24 - 7 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (64-33)
RHP Logan Taylor (2014 A: 11 IP, 3.27 ERA, 5.13 FIP, 28 K%, 10 BB%, .321 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (48-53)
LHP Luis Ysla (2014 A: 84.2 IP, 2.34 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 23.7 K%, 9.9 BB%, .277 BABIP)
Wednesday, July 23 - Savannah 7, Augusta 2
The first game of a three-game set between two in-state opponents featured the story of an individual comeback and getting back in the groove on the mound.
Wednesday, July 23 - 7 p.m.
Savannah Sand Gnats (63-33)
RHP Robert Whalen (2014 A: 20 IP, 1.80 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 26.3 K%, 8.8 BB%, .255 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (48-52)
RHP Joan Gregorio (2014 A: 25 IP, 3.24 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 27.7 K%, 8.9 BB%, .242 BABIP)
After losing three of four at Charleston, Augusta returns home for a week-long homestand against two of the toughest teams in the South Atlantic League.
A fun storyline often mentioned during Braves games this season is Freddie Freeman's ineptitude against Marlins pitching. It obviously isn't fun to Freeman. But the fact that such a good hitter is struggling this much against one team raises eyebrows.
Games of July 14-21:
Jose Peraza, Braves AA: 3-6, RBI, SB
Kyle Kubitza, Braves AA: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Luke Dykstra, Braves GCL: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Mario Lisson, Giants AA: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Brandon Bednar, Giants A+: 3-5
Travious Relaford, Giants SS: 3-5, 2B, RBI