Braves take early lead, then hold off Phillies
ATLANTA — The Braves and Phillies endured a rain delay of one hour and 48 minutes for the second time in three days, and both watched players leave Wednesday night’s game to knee injuries, but it was the Braves who built the biggest head start to overcome the adversity.
The Braves got the early momentum when Jason Heyward led off a game with a home run for the first time in his career. That put the Braves on their way to building a five-run lead on John Lannan.
So when Heyward collided with Tyler Pastornicky in right field in the third inning, knocking Pastornicky out of the game with a sprained left knee shortly thereafter, and Brandon Beachy looked to be tired in the sixth, giving up a two-run homer, the Braves had enough going to hold on for a 6-3 win.
Cops: Fan alone before fatal fall
On the upper deck concourse at Turner Field, curious fans stood next to a railing overlooking a parking lot, wondering how a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan could have fallen to his death.
While it’s not clear why he fell, police said Ronald Lee Homer Jr.’s death Monday night appeared accidental and didn’t involve foul play. At least four witnesses told police no one else was near him.
Standing next to the 42-inch high railing before Tuesday night’s game, Braves fan Larry Bowman said he felt safe.
“I can’t figure out what would have happened,” said Bowman, of Fairdale, W.Va. “It’s almost chest high. You would have to … well, I don’t know.”
Homer, 30, knew the stadium well. He attended three or four games a month. At 6-foot-6, the railing would have come up to his midsection.
He was by the railing at a fourth-level smoking area, waiting out a rain delay. He’d told his mother on the phone he was about to head to his seat for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies and shortly afterward, he fell about 85 feet onto a parking lot.
“He said `I love you mom, and I said `I love you too’ and that was it,” his mother, Connie Homer, told The Associated Press on Tuesday morning.
Meet Craig Kimbrel And Rest of Atlanta Braves’ MLB-Best Bullpen
The Atlanta Braves‘ bullpen has been the best in baseball this year. Even with the loss of their top two setup men, Johnny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty, the Braves have posted a MLB-leading bullpen 2.37 ERA. With a nearly 40 point margin between the Braves and the second-best Kansas City Royals, the bullpen in Atlanta is far and away top dog.
After the injuries to Venters and O’Flaherty early on, with both needing Tommy John surgery this year, Braves’ GM Frank Wren had to put something together if the Braves hoped to be postseason contenders.
Bump Him Up Your ’14 Lists: Freddie Freeman
When I think about potential names for my first-born, naturally, the first thing I do is look to those impactful on my fantasy team: Miguel Schwartz…doesn’t really roll off the tongue nicely; Matthew (Harvey)…maybe; Freddie?! My wife said yes if it wasn’t for Freddie Kreueger.
If you read my Ballsy Forecast and my recent Review, you know I have a man crush on him. And here’s why…
Eno Sarris on FanGraphs points out (ironically on Freddie Freeman), we should see max ISO for at least another year (age 24 to 25), and while previous data dictates that, we see more and more elite hitters continuing to mash into their late 20’s. He’s only 23! Freddie Freeman will continue to lift the ball, hit more HR/FB and should improve his contact rate – in fact, look at his 2013 relative to ’11 & ’12: