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.
Sunday, July 6 - Augusta 10, Greenville 5
Greenville has committed 10 errors in the past two games after committing six Sunday. Three were by shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin, who also committed three Saturday. In the span of five batters over the two games, Lin committed five errors. The Drive have lost 13 in a row.
Sunday, July 6 - 2 p.m.
Greenville Drive (37-49)
LHP Trey Ball (2014 A: 48.1 IP, 6.52 ERA, 4.84 FIP, 13.7 K%, 7.3 BB%, .379 BABIP)
Augusta GreenJackets (41-44)
LHP Carlos Diaz (2014 A: 70 IP, 4.11 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 17.6 K%, 7.3 BB%, .301 BABIP)
Saturday, July 5 - Augusta 6, Greenville 5
Greenville is inventing new ways to keep a losing streak alive. It continued Saturday when shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin, who entered having committed 10 errors in 66 games, committed three errors in two consecutive plays. They directly led to three runs, including the game-winning run for Augusta in the bottom of the ninth.