Monday, May 13 - GreenJackets 11, Braves 8
The GreenJackets jumped out to a big lead and held it, which is something they seem to do fairly often when they put up big numbers in a game. They scored six in the first two innings and had 10 after five.
Eric Sim is seeing the ball and is on top of it right now, and it's resulting in shots the other way. He had three singles to right field in this game, and he has five hits in his past 11 at-bats. Sim is capable of some pop, but his game is best served in the gaps, and power will come with it.
The 2-5 in the Augusta order should provide some runs this season, now that they're all healthy. Shayne Houck and Matt Duffy have been excellent at getting on base, and Joe Rapp and Mitch Delfino have already proven to be run producers.
Martin Agosta had another solid effort, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. Agosta has struck out seven or more in six of his seven starts this season. He added eight swinging strikes, getting more outs through the air in this start than I've seen from him in the past.
But Agosta continues to nibble with hitters at times, resulting in high pitch counts when he should be getting through seven innings fairly regularly. Mike Goff has mentioned more than once that the biggest thing with Agosta right now is maximizing his pitch counts, and with a huge lead, it was true again in this game. Otherwise, there's nothing negative you can say about the right-hander. His fastball was a true plus pitch, showing more cutting action than I've seen in the past, and his slider was downright nasty at times.
I'll mention more on the Braves as I see more of their plate appearances.
Notable Augusta lines:
Martin Agosta: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 8 swinging strikes
Stephen Johnson: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Eric Sim: 3-4, RBI
Mitch Delfino: 2-5, RBI
Matt Duffy: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
Joe Rapp: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Notable Rome lines:
Frank Lafreniere: 4 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
Felix Marte: 2-5, 2 RBI
Joey Meneses: 2-4, 2B, 3B
Trenton Moses: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Carlos Franco: 2-4, RBI
Jose Peraza: 1-5, 2B, RBI
"It was nice. Execution tonight with situational hitting, getting guys in scoring position, was very good. It’s probably the best we’ve been at that all season so far.
"When (Sim) is going good, that’s what he’s doing. He’s staying on the ball, not trying to hook stuff. He took one swing tonight that was a little long, but everything else was staying inside the ball beautiful. Great job moving a runner along with a base hit to right field, I think three base hits to right field. It’s nice to see him get hot.
"It’s nice to take a little pressure off him. It’s where he belongs. Rapp hit one ball really good tonight. He just missed a couple others. I thought one through nine was pretty good tonight.
Agosta gave us a good effort. I’d like to see him minimize his pitch count a little bit, especially when he’s got a lead. He was at 70 pitches in four-plus innings. When you get a six-run lead, you’ve got to attack hitters and maximize your pitch count. That’s something he’s got to learn to do to pitch at high levels. He still gave us six innings, which was huge for our bullpen.
Giving away a nine-run lead would have been tough to swallow for a few days. Stephen Johnson was pumping strikes and they were just finding holes and squaring the fastball up. That’s baseball, sometimes it happens. As long as you aren’t walking the guys, I’ve got no problem with it."
"I’ve been trying to pull the ball a lot, trying to do some damage, but I’ve been coming up empty all the time. Just trying to see the ball and go the other way and I was successful doing that today. I’m seeing the ball amazing, so just trying to keep it that way.
"(Lafreniere) made some good pitches. He got ahead pretty good, but at the same time when I got two strikes on me, I tried to shorten up and put the ball in play. I was able to do that on all fastballs."