In the Braves first win on a Wednesday, it was the Bills who delivered a gem. With the pitching-rich system the Braves have developed, one wouldn’t predict that Williams Perez would provide one of the most dominant pitching performances of the season, but that’s exactly what happened. He gave the bullpen a rest with 8 innings and only one run, keeping the ball down and in the strike zone by giving up only two hits and no walks. He started the day as a member of the Gwinnett squad until Jhoulys Chacin was traded to the Angels, forcing an emergency start. I guess this is one of the good things about the Braves re-shuffling the locations of their affiliates. At any rate, Jhoulys Chacin is gone, and another live arm has been added to the fold.
It was another performance where the Braves out-hit their opponents. Even though we’re historically awful, it’s astonishing how many times we’ve collected more hits than the other team. Freddie Freeman hit another home run, and he’s up to 6 now. No one has more than one. Wow. Markakis, Pierzynski, Beckham, Aybar, and Mallex all had one hit, and Kelly Johnson had two hits. Kelly is starting to turn it on as he’s increased his OPS about 100+ points since the beginning of May.
We don’t get these wins very often, so it’s nice to see a well-played game. Tomorrow is Aaron Blair vs. Vince Velasquez. Their future vs. our future. Enjoy it, folks.