Wednesday, July 16 - Augusta 3, Kannapolis 2
For the second consecutive game, Augusta rallied in the eighth inning to win by one run. The GreenJackets got a little help this time.
Two consecutive singles opened the inning for Augusta, down 2-1. With runners on the corners, Chris Lofton grounded to the hole between shortstop and third base for an RBI single to tie the game at 2. On the same play, Kannapolis shortstop Tyler Shryock threw the ball into right field attempting a force out at second base.
Wednesday, July 16 - 7 p.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators (43-50)
RHP Brandon Brennan (2014 Rk: 19.2 IP, 3.20 ERA, 5.41 FIP, 15.2 K%, 8.9 BB%, .268 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (46-48)
RHP Joan Gregorio (2014 A: 19.2 IP, 3.66 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 26.9 K%, 9 BB%, .208 BABIP)
A combination of a huge, timely hit and strong bullpen work gave Augusta the series opener over Kannapolis in 12 innings Tuesday night.
When you ask scouts or other evaluators about Augusta's Ray Black, and the responses range from positive expletives to just pure giggling, you know there's something special on the GreenJackets roster.
The scouting response to Black has been tremendous this season. I sit behind home plate among scouts during most of his home outings. At the beginning of the season, Black would throw his first fastball and the usual reaction from scouts was an expletive, followed by confusion as to who the guy is, followed by scrambling to write perfect notes.
Tuesday, July 15 - Augusta 7, Kannapolis 6 (12 innings)
Hitting big grand slams must be a Giants thing.
Rafael Rodriguez hit a game-tying grand slam in the eighth inning to come back from a 6-0 deficit just one inning earlier. I don't have WPA to help me, but I feel confident saying the slam was Augusta's biggest win expectancy swing this season. The GreenJackets went from a 6-2 deficit with one out in the eighth, to a 6-6 tie with one swing.
Tuesday, July 15 - 7 p.m.
Kannapolis Intimidators (43-49)
LHP Jeffrey McKenzie (2014 A: 15.1 IP, 5.28 ERA, 5.77 FIP, 12.7 K%, 4.8 BB%, .327 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (45-48)
LHP Steven Messner (2014 A: 64.1 IP, 4.06 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 17.9 K%, 7.2 BB%, .363 BABIP)
The Atlanta Braves have signed Georgia and Greenbrier product Rich Poythress to a minor league contract and assigned him to Double-A Mississippi on Thursday.
Poythress will join his home state's organization, his third team after getting drafted in the second round in 2009 by the Seattle Mariners. He anchored the middle of the Georgia lineup in 2008-09, hitting 25 home runs as a junior in 2009. Before that, he starred at Greenbrier, where he led the Wolfpack to a Class AAAA state championship in 2006.
I was asked on Twitter last night what happened to Jason Heyward's power. I've devoted so much time focusing on B.J. Upton's swing, I failed to notice Heyward's .118 Isolated Power is well off his career .173, and nearly 100 points lower than 2012. He only has eight home runs, and he's slugging a career-low .365, which is much lower than a corner outfielder with above-average power should possess.
One of the keys to Braves starter Julio Teheran's success is his ability to establish the fastball to his arm side. Considering many pitchers choose to work away more often to batters, it's a bit rare to find a pitcher like Teheran who isn't afraid to pump inside fastballs to right-handed batters.
Umpires aren't perfect. No one expects them to be perfect. Bang-bang plays are sometimes called incorrectly, and that's when review is helpful.
When umpires are forced to judge whether a play is reviewable, and the ruling creates more confusion than actually helps, something must be done to clarify the rule.