MLB’s 2014 postseason awards started in full swing with the presentation of the Gold Gloves. The Braves were represented on the GG squad, by a repeat winner.
SS Andrelton Simmons (Lynchburg, 2011) won his second straight Gold Glove by turning in another solid season defensively. He did make 14 errors, the same as a season ago, but posted a still solid .978 Fielding Percentage, and he led all NL SS with 99 Double Plays turned, as well as a 3.9 Wins Above Replacement on defense.
This was the second straight Gold Glove for Simmons, who played 131 games for Lynchburg in 2011 when coming up in the Braves system.
One of the longest-tenured franchises in all of minor league baseball, much less the Carolina League, will have a new parent club in 2015. The Lynchburg Hillcats have parted ways with the Atlanta Braves after four years, and will now become the High-A Carolina League affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians chose not to renew their affiliation with the Carolina Mudcats (formerly the Kinston Indians), a franchise partnership that dates back to 1987, a 25-year affiliation, and decided to go in a different direction, hooking up with a full-season affiliate that is the furthest from Cleveland, 480 miles apart from homeplate at Progressive Field. The deal between the Indians and Hillcats runs through 2018.
Meanwhile, the Braves chose not to re-up after just 4 years in Hillcity, a partnership in which the Hillcats won the 2012 Carolina League championship and current Atlanta Braves stars Evan Gattis, Andrelton Simmons, and former UVA star Phil Gosselin played here.
The Potomac Nationals are headed back to the Mills Cup Championship series!!!!!!!!!!
The Potomac Nationals, the High-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats last night, 4-3, thanks to a solid all-around team effort. Isaac Ballou (Smithfield) had a solo HR in the first, part of his 2-hit, 2-run, 2-RBI night, Brian Rauh allowed 3 hits and one solo HR over 6 innings, and Gilberto Mendez got a 4-out save. Brandon Miller, the only Potomac starting batter to not get a hit all night, unleashed a no-bounce peg from his position to throw out the tying run at home plate to end the 7th inning. Lynchburg never threatened the last 2 innings, and Potomac will play for the Carolina League title.
It is unclear who they will play, as the Salem-Myrtle Beach series will go to a 3rd and deciding game tonight.
The Carolina League playoffs are all set. In the Northern Division Championship Series. Potomac will take on Lynchburg in the NDCS. All games are in Woodbridge, Game 1 is Wednesday September 3 at 7:05 PM. Game 2 is the following night, and if necessary, Game 3 is Friday night.
The Braves star slugger and Chesapeake native celebrates his 27th birthday today.
Something I missed last night. Braves OF Justin Upton (Chesapeake) went 0-4 with 2 SO, ending his hitting streak at 13 games.
The Washington Nationals may appear to be in the drivers seat for the NL East division title, but do not tell that to Braves OF Justin Upton (Chesapeake), who is doing everything he can to keep the Braves in the running for that title.
Last night in Cincinnati, after the Braves Mike Minor lost a no-hitter in the 8th inning and eventually allowed the Reds to tie the game and send it into overtime, Justin Upton’s 2-run homer, his 25th of the season, handed the Braves a 3-1, 12-inning win.
Upton is now on a 13-game hitting streak, durting which time he has gone 19-46 (.413), hit 5 homeruns and driven in 20 runs. He has driven in at least one run in 11 of these 13 games.
Game 2 is washed out in Lynchburg, makeup tomorrow.
Travis Henke gets the win in relief as Potomac won their 4th straight, beating their closest competition for the second half title.
Braves OF Justin Upton (Chesapeake) hit his 21st homerun of the season last night vs. the Nationals. This homerun was his 1000th career hit and also was his 500th RBI.