Today was a very “interesting” day for the Atlanta Braves organization. First off the legendary #6 was inducted into the Braves HOF and had his jersey number retired. After the game had started we realized the surprises were just beginning. In the 5th inning, after giving up back to back homeruns to Freeman and Uggla, Carlos Zambrano intentionally threw two inside fastballs to Chipper Jones. After getting ejected and arguing with fans that were making gestures to him, Zambrano decided to go to the lockers and pack up his stuff. His teammates told media that he had decided to retire. Who knows what will happen with this situation, but all i know is that Zambrano’s career is coming to an end soon.
Later in the game, word came in that the great Ernie Johnson Sr. had passed away. This man meant so much to the Atlanta Braves organization and played an enormous role in bringing the Braves to every television in America. The Braves will wear a patch on their uniforms for the rest of this season to commemorate this awesome human being. R.I.P. Ernie…….
The Gwinnett Braves played Pawtucket and Coolray field tonight. They lost 5-3 because of a 3 run 9th inning by Pawtucket. Brian McCann started his rehab assignment by serving as the team’s DH. He went 1-3 with an RBI single. He will be catching the game tomorrow, hoping to return to Atlanta’s lineup early next week. Julio Teheran continued to impress scouts with his usual performance. He pitched 7 innings giving up only 2 earned runs and striking out 5. Brandon Hicks also played a large role in tonight’s game going 3-5 at the plate.
Tonight the past, present, and future all came together for the Braves and made it a very memorable night.
By: Kyle Chambers
Gwinnett- Won 1-0 over Scranton
Wil Nieves- 3-3
Brandon Hicks- 1-3, 1 HR (15), 1 RBI (40)
Randall Delgado-7.0 IP, 3 H, 6K
Cory Gearrin- SV, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER
Mississippi- Loss 4-2 to Mobile
Donnell Linares- 1-4, 1 RBI (58)
Cory Harrilcheck- 3-4
Lynchburg- Won 4-1 over Wilmington
Todd Cunningham- 3-5, 1 R
Phil Gosselin- 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI (63), 1 3B
Andrelton Simmons- 2-5, 1 RBI (48)
Dimasther Delgado- 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6K
Rome- Won 4-2 over Asheville
Evan Gattis- 3-4, 1 R
Matt Lipka- 0-2, 1 RBI (29)
Sean Gilmartin- 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4K
Sean Gilmartin made his first start for Rome and was obviously on a pitch count. The Braves number one pick this year looks like he is still a couple years out of competing for a spot on the big league team. Meanwhile Randall Delgado continues to impress everybody that he faces. In his first two starts at Triple- A Gwinnett he has thrown 13 straight scoreless innings. We can understand why Frank Wren was not going to include him in any deal made at the trade deadline.