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Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.
- What’s next: Today through Sunday vs. Hickory.
- Rome Braves release 2022 season schedule, including April 8 start and home for Independence Day. Expanded release.
- Roster moves: The Rome Braves announce three roster moves.
Catcher Carlos Martinez has been promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett. Martinez, who was added to Rome’s active roster from Double-A Mississippi’s Developmental List on Aug. 10, hit .272 with one homer and 14 RBI in 23 games with the R-Braves. The Cartagena, Colombia, native has spent time with Rome, Mississippi, and Gwinnett this season.In corresponding moves, catcher Cesar Rodriguez has been activated from Rome’s Developmental List and right-handed pitcher Dylan Spain has been promoted from Low-A Augusta.Rodriguez, a 20-year-old backstop from Venezuela, signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves in June. He joined High-A Rome on Aug. 11 before being transferred to the Developmental List on Aug. 17. Rodriguez has not played in a game since an Aug. 7 contest with the FCL Braves.Spain, Atlanta’s tenth-round pick this summer out of Hawaii-Hilo, advances to High-A after playing for the FCL Braves and Low-A Augusta. He has yet to allow a run in eight appearances with Atlanta affiliates this season. Spain was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings pitched with the GreenJackets.The Rome roster now has 30 active, 4 injured, and 0 inactive players.
Rome Braves weekly player honors:
- Starting Pitcher of the Week: Right-hander Darius Vines continued a string of strong outings last week, and for that he has been named the Rome Braves Starting Pitcher of the Week. The Cal State Bakersfield product got the start in Thursday’s extra-innings victory. Vines allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks in five innings pitched. He finished with a WHIP of 1.10 and struck out six Tourist batters.
- Relief Pitcher of the Week: Jake Higginbotham earned the title of Relief Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against the Tourists. The Buford, Ga., native had two relief appearances for the R-Braves last week. Higginbotham received credit for a hold on Wednesday after surrendering just one walk and one hit in 1 2/3 innings. He returned on Sunday to strike out the side in the seventh inning and give Rome’s offense a chance to battle back in the series finale. Higginbotham denied Asheville any runs in those two appearances and finished with six strikeouts, a perfect 0.00 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.75.
- Offensive Hitter of the Week: Vaughn Grissom’s fantastic week in Asheville allowed him to take home Offensive Hitter of the Week honors. The 20-year-old infielder hit played in all six games against the Tourists. He hit .400 with two doubles, one home run, six RBI, and nine runs. Grissom was also walked seven times in North Carolina. His on-base percentage of .536 and slugging percentage of .650 combined to make for an outstanding OPS of 1.186. The Orlando, Fla., native and 2019 eleventh-round pick is now hitting .414 in nine games with High-A Rome since getting promoted from Augusta on Sept. 2.
The Atlanta Braves edged by Rockies, 5-4. Media release: Considering how Touki Toussaint pitched in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night at Truist Park, it might not be comforting for Braves fans to realize that their team needs to use the fifth spot of its rotation three more times this season.
But it may be encouraging to know Toussaint might not get another start.
“At this point in time, everybody is an option,” manager Brian Snitker said.
Toussaint’s inability to extend the success he created in late July and August has created reason to wonder whether he should have been given the rotation spot that opened when Drew Smyly was removed at the start of this month.
Perfection and dominance certainly aren’t expected from the back end of the rotation. But as the Braves attempt to win a fourth straight NL East race, they certainly could use some stability from the fifth spot of the rotation. They did at least gain some assistance from the second-place Phillies, who remain 4 1/2 games back after losing to the Cubs on Tuesday.
- What’s next: Host Rockies through Thursday.
- Roster: RHP Chris Martin is beginning his major league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett.
- Class 6A Number 8 Rome (2-1, 0-0) at South Paulding (2-1, 0-0)
- Heritage of Catoosa (2-0) at Class A Private Number 10 Darlington (2-1)
- Temple (0-2) at Pepperell (0-3)
- Southeast Whitfield (1-3) at Armuchee (2-0)
- Praise Academy (2-1) at Unity Christian School (2-1)
- Cherokee (2-2) at Class 5A Number 3 Cartersville (3-0)
- Ridgeland (1-3) at Cass (2-2)
- Woodland (1-3) v. Chamblee (3-1) at North DeKalb Stadium
- Class 5A Number 7 Calhoun (2-1) at Woodstock (0-4)
- Rockmart (2-1, 1-0) at Sonoraville (2-0, 0-0)
- Gordon Central (0-3) at Gordon Lee (1-2)
- Class 4A Number 6 Cedartown (2-0) at Heard County (3-1)
- Cedar Bluff (Ala.) (2-0) at Trion (3-0)
- Chattooga (0-2) at Heritage of Newnan (0-2)
- Off this week: Adairsville (3-0), Coosa (0-3), Model (1-3)
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