Richmond is off today as the International League plays the Triple-A All-Star Game tonight against the Pacific Coast League. The Braves start the second half Thursday in Toledo against the Mud Hens. Richmond is 49-38 in the International League's South Division, four games up on the Durham Bulls.
With the All-Star Game now over in Pearl, the Braves start the unofficial second half of the season on the road in Montgomery against the Biscuits. Mississippi is 8-12 in the Southern League's South Division, seven games back of the Jacksonville Suns.
The Pelicans start a four-game series against Winston-Salem tonight at Coastal Federal Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Tommy Hanson (0-0, 1.80) will get his second start for the Pelicans against Warthogs right-hander Derek Rodriguez (9-2, 3.66). Myrtle Beach is 9-9 in the second half, two games back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
It seems like Rome has played Savannah a million times so far this season, and they start another series against the Sand Gnats tonight at 7:00 at State Mutual Stadium. Right-hander Kyle Cofield starts for the Braves, who are 6-12 in the second half of the season.
After a couple of days off Danville starts a series at home against Johnson City. It's the start of a six-game home stand. Jeff Locke (1-1, 6.28, 19 strikeouts in 14.1 innings pitched) gets the start for the Braves. Danville is 11-7 on the season, a half game up on Burlington in the East Division of the Appalachian League. Third baseman Adam Coe has been on a tear recently. He was the Appy League's Offensive Player of the Week last week after hitting ..462 with six doubles, one home run, and six runs batted in.
The Braves have a rare night game tonight at 7 pm as they play the Phillies in Clearwater. The GCL team is 4-13 on the season, seven games back in the GCL North Division.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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