Friday, September 2, 2016

Tough Loss

Unless they collapse, the Braves are looking good for the South Division

Game 140, 1 September, Cool-Ray Field, Lawrenceville, Georgia
Durham Bulls: 0
Gwinnett Braves: 1
11 innings
Wrap, Box, Gwinnett Daily Post

Game Score: Eveland 52; Season Avg 52 (1 start, 3 innings)
Tm OPS: Game .238; Season .677; Difference -.439

Playing to an empty stadium (1,175 paid, most left before the end), the Gwinnett Braves are within a game or so of clinching the South Division title. I've never understood why the Braves do so poorly. Doesn't auger well for the new major league stadium also going in north of Atlanta.

Starting the game was reliever Dana Eveland, who improved his already stellar ERA to 0.32. The downside of Eddie Gamboa being called up was punching a hole in the Bulls rotation. The Bulls used six relievers. Sure hope the Rays put Gamboa to work soon.

However, the Bulls could only come up with 2 hits over the 11 innings. For the 11th inning, we got to see the Bulls pull in an outfielder to set up a 5-man infield after the bases were loaded with no outs. Didn't work.

This was the 18th shutout of the season for the Bulls hitting crew.

Outside the game —
  • Added to the roster was right-handed reliever Brad Schreiber. He has 51 innings in 39 appearances this year at Montgomery and Charlotte (Stone Crabs). [stats]

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