Gattis Only Bright Spot As Braves Fall To Phillies
Cole Hamels carved up every Braves hitter not named Evan Gattis, allowing only two hits over eight innings as the Phillies beat the Braves, 3-2. Both hits that Hamels allowed were monster home runs to Gattis, including a 484-foot bomb to centerfield that is the longest homer in the major leagues this season.
Paul Maholm started the game for the Braves and looked extremely shaky early. Maholm hit the leadoff hitter and was lucky to pick him off which limited the damage for the first inning. Maholm followed up his pickoff with a walk and then a double by Chase Utley put the Phillies up 1-0. A Ruf single increased the lead to 2-0 and things looked like they might get out of hand early but Maholm managed to settle down and escape the first. Maholm pitched six relatively effective innings and didn’t allow another run despite 3 walks and a HBP against 5 strikeouts.
2013 MLB Playoffs: 5 Playoff Series the Baseball World Wants to See
Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Last year, the Braves-Cardinals play-in game was decided by an infield fly rule call. On a ball that was in middle-depth left field. Let’s see what these two teams can really do when the umpires don’t get in the way.
They’re two great, winning franchises in the National League, and for that alone it would be a treat to see these teams go head-to-head in the postseason.
Atlanta Braves’ Slugger Dan Uggla Still Can’t Hit
Uggla has played 10 games since he returned on Aug. 28. Since his return he’s posted a much worse than hoped for .143 BA with no home runs. In 28 at-bats he’s only gotten four hits. The interesting thing, though, is his OBP which has been .368 since his return to the lineup. Though he still can’t hit, Uggla continues to find a way to be productive for the Braves. Despite his low BA, his decent OBP this season has provided the Braves with 59 runs and 53 RBI. Braves fans might want to accept that Uggla will never hit for average again, but they should recognize that despite the poor appearance of his statistics, he’s been more productive than he’s given credit for.
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