I braved the heat yesterday to see the Danville Braves, and I'll be braving it again today when the 4pm start will make it even hotter. Lucky I get here on the two days when Danville breaks records for highest temps in the city's history.
My Braves minor league losing streak did come to an end, though. I believe Braves minor league teams were 0-for-4 the last four times I'd seen them. The D-Braves finally broke my streak with a win, though Tyler Stovall tried all he could to keep the streak going. He was all over the place -- hitting batters, walking batters. He had absolutely no control. Sad to watch.
Kyle Farrell started the game and pitched really well, and was pretty much in total control all seven innings he pitched. I sat behind the radar guns for an innings and he wasn't throwing harder than 88 mph, but his off-speed stuff was in the mid-to-low 70's, so the separation of velocity was good and he was effective even though his fastball wasn't that impressively fast.
The lineup has some decent looking kids in it. Andrelton Simmons is a wirey kid who would remind me of Ramon Martinez (the old Dodgers pitcher) if he were pitching, but he was playing shortstop, and he showed off his gun of an arm on several plays. The final play of the game was his best as he gunned a throw to first on a slow infield hit that just did get the runner.
Jay Mowry hit his first pro homerun (photo below) in a key situation in the game. He had a good day at the plate, though I'm not sure what kind of player he is, so I'm not getting too excited.
Joe Terdoslavich, David Rohm, and Barrett Kleinknecht all sort of blend together. I'm going to have to get a better idea of them today. Kyle Mertins has both impressive and not-impressive in his relief stint, so I'll err on I wasn't impressed, as I had hoped for a bit more out of him.