Open thread, 8/2, #Braves vs. Will Smiths

So last night was a good one for Braves fans. Tyrell Jenkins tossed another quality start for Gwinnett, striking out 8 in 6 IP — a very encouraging sign. He has a 2.03 ERA in 5 appearances, though command (12 walks in 31 IP) remains an issue.

Teammate Mallex Smith added two hits and is slowly emerging from his Triple-A funk. Despite a .231 BA he’s stolen 15 bases in 32 games with the G-Braves. Hopefully Fredi will let him run once he gets to Atlanta.

And Touki Toussaint rebounded from his worst start of the year with a quality outing for the Rome Braves.

(Speaking of minor league Braves, here’s a nice piece on Mike Hessman’s bid for the all-time minor league HR record. He’s at 432 and counting.)

No need to recount last night’s embarrassment in Philly. August road trips have not been kind to to the Braves, who, one year ago today, lost the second of a three-game series in San Diego en route to an 0-8 trip that effectively ended their playoff hopes. Future Padre Craig Kimbrel gave up a game-winning single to Will Venable after walking the bases loaded in the 12th.

Today all eyes will be on Julio, coming off perhaps his worst start of the year. I haven’t read about this in any of the local outlets, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported Teheran has clashed with Roger McDowell. I’d be interested to know if John Hart dangled Julio in the Dodgers trade.

The line-up, minus Andrelton, awaiting an MRI on a sprained thumb though the Braves don’t think it’s serious. August sucks.

Maybin, Perez, Freeman, CJ, Gomes, Peterson, Lavarnway, Castro (SS), Teheran

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