Braves Notes

Williams Perez pitched well for the Braves, but he got no run support in Tampa Bay.

Williams Perez pitched the first complete game this season by a Braves pitcher not named Shelby Miller Tuesday night, but like Miller all season, he got no run support as the Braves lost 2-0 to Tampa Bay.

In his 11th start of the season, Perez lowered his ERA to 4.21 by allowing just two runs on four hits in eight innings, with four walks and no strikeouts. It was Perez's best start since he returned from the disabled list. It was also the first time Perez has pitched past the seventh inning.

Perez has now allowed 68 hits in 68.1 innings. He will likely get eight or nine more starts this season.

The Braves have now scored only one run in the last two games, with nine hits. The are now 51-62 on the season.

* Cameron Maybin was 1-4 on Tuesday night. He is now hitting .208 (20-96) since the All-Star Break with no home runs and four runs batted in. Are Maybin's struggles making the Braves wonder even more if they should deal him before the August 31 roster deadline, or is it killing his trade value?

* Kelly Johnson is hitting just .158 with the Mets since his trade from Atlanta. Johnson has hit one home run and two runs batted in. Expect the Braves to try and bring Johnson back this winter. He hit .275 with the Braves.

* Two more hits for Christian Bethancourt Tuesday night as Gwinnett lost in Charlotte 3-2. Bethancourt's average is now up to .319 in Triple-A. Regardless of how A.J. Pierzynski is doing in Atlanta, it's time for the Braves to promote Bethancourt back to the big leagues. They need to test Bethancourt to see if he is the catcher for 2016. How is that going to happen with Bethancourt in Gwinnett? It's the one thing the front office has done that goes against their long-range process that is in place. Bethancourt was expected to be the starting catcher coming out of spring training. He needs one last chance to show the Braves something - one way or the other - before the end of the season.

* Tyrell Jenkins took the loss Tuesday for Gwinnett, but he pitched well. Jenkins allowed just three runs on six hits in six innings, with two walks and five strikeouts. Jenkins now has allowed 38 hits in 41.2 innings in Triple-A. He's now made 23 starts overall this season - a career high - and has allowed 122 hits in 136.2 innings.

* Peter Moylan pitched another scoreless inning of relief for Gwinnett. Moylan has now made 26 appearances in Gwinnett. He's allowed just 21 hits in 27 innings, with nine walks and 23 strikeouts. Expect the Braves to promote Moylan to the big leagues when the rosters expand in September.

* A good start for Lucas Sims Tuesday night as the Mississippi Braves beat the Shuckers 10-3. Sims allowed just one run on four hits in six innings, with there walks and six strikeouts. Sims continues to work on getting his control under control, as he has now allowed 19 walks in his 23 innings in Double-A. For him to have those control issues, it certainly seems like Sims is working on something that may be costing him some base on balls.

* Austin Riley had another hit Tuesday for the Danville Braves. His average in the Appy League is now up to .323 (9-28), while his overall average is now .267 (36-134). Riley has eight home runs and 26 RBI in his 156 plate appearances, with eight doubles. It's early, but for a team looking for good hitting prospects, Riley is getting a lot of love from scouts who love his potential - and rightfully so.

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