The Braves get an early jump on the All-Star Break with an off day Sunday. They are still in first place with a 49-38 record, 4.5 games up on Durham in the International League's South Division. Richmond kicks off the second half Thursday in Toledo.
The Braves are off on Sunday as Pearl prepares to host the Southern League All-Star Game Monday night. Eight Braves' players will play for Phillip Wellman, who will manage the South squad. The Braves are 8-12 in the second half after winning the first half title. They resume play Thursday in Montgomery against the Biscuits.
Right-hander Jairo Cuevas will try to continue his solid work when he starts for the Pelicans Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 6:05 at Coastal Federal Field. Cuevas is 5-0 in his last six starts with a 1.18 ERA. He's allowed only 23 hits in his last 38 innings, five earned runs, 15 walks, and 43 strikeouts. He'll face lefty Rowdy Hardy, who at 10-2 and a 1.87 ERA leads the Carolina League in both wins and ERA. The Pelicans are 9-8 in the second half, a game and a half back of Kinston in the Carolina League's Southern Division.
The Braves continue the series at home against Columbus with a 2:00 pm start. Jeff Lyman (3-8) will face Rome nemesis Jeremy Hellickson, who is 6-2 overall but 4-0 this season against the Braves with a 1.03 ERA. Rome is 5-11 in the second half.
Danville will send Chad Rodgers (0-0, 1.50) and Thomas Palica (2-0, 0.90) to the hill Sunday afternoon in Bluefield. The Braves are 11-6 on the season and tied for first place with Princeton in the Appalachian League's East Division.
The Braves are off on Sunday. They resume play Monday at noon in Lakeland against the Tigers. The Braves have won two in a row and are now 4-11 on the season.
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 email@example.com.