Atlanta Braves News
The Braves suffered another disappointing loss Saturday night as A.J. Minter allowed three runs with two outs in the ninth to allow the Colorado Rockies to force extra innings where they eventually won 5-3. The late collapse spoiled another fine outing by Mike Foltynewicz who allowed just four hits over seven shutout innings.
Minter was not happy after the game and described his performance as “pathetic.”
“Just pretty pathetic on my part,” Minter said after the game. “I was coming in to get three outs ... with a three-run lead -- and couldn’t get the job done. I’m going to have to wear that one.”
Touki Toussaint had another strong start for Gwinnett on Saturday and could be back in the major leagues as soon as next week’s series against the Marlins. Mike Foltynewicz has thrown 110+ pitches in two straight outings and the Braves may opt to give everyone an extra day of rest with a Toussaint spot start.
Pressed into emergency relief duty Friday night, Charlie Culberson relished his opportunity to pitch and is hoping he will get another opportunity at some point.
“I knew my ball had some carry to it,” Culberson said. “This is the big leagues. There are guys who do this as a living and work really hard at it. I’m not downplaying pitching because it’s not easy. But I know that if I worked at it, I’m not saying I’d be as good as these guys. But I honestly wouldn’t mind being a guy help mop up an inning or so.”
Atlanta cleared a 40-man roster spot on Saturday when they announced that RHP Chase Whitley had been outrighted to Triple-A Gwinnett. Whitley battled through a staph infection during spring training and has dealt with various injuries all season. He has made just one appearance in the majors allowing two runs in one inning of work.
After just one start since returning from the DL, Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale is headed back to the 10-day disabled list due to shoulder inflammation.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the nationals have placed a number of players on revocable trade waivers including Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. While not terribly surprising since virtually every player will be through trade waivers in August, this does give the Nationals the opportunity to work out a trade before the August 31 waiver trade deadline.
With a 7-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday, the Oakland A’s are now tied with Houston atop the AL West standings. Oakland was a mere 11 1/2 games back two months ago but has surged to the top by winning 40 of their last 53 games.