Sep 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; General view of Philadelphia Phillies bats and batting gloves prior to a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 9/16


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Padres’ Smith strikes out 10 Braves to earn first win

May 17, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Burch Smith (26) throws during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Burch Smith is learning how to pitch without trying to strike out every batter he faces.

“It’s funny how it works,” he said. “I get the most when I’m not trying to strike guys out. I just try to keep it simple, just execute the pitch.”

Smith struck out 10 in seven innings to earn his first major league victory,Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered, and the San Diego Padresbeat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Sunday.

The Braves lead the NL East by 10 games over Washington. Atlanta opens a three-game series at Nationals Park on Monday night, and can clinch the division by winning twice there.

 

Miami Herald

Braves’ offense flat in 4-0 loss to Padres

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is ready for his team to snap out of an offensive funk.

“Looking into the next few weeks, that’s what we’re looking for,” Gonzalez said. “We need to get back to swinging the bats and scoring some runs.”

Atlanta had just four hits and Julio Teheran couldn’t make it through the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Despite scoring only five runs in losing two of three to San Diego, the Braves lead the NL East by 10 games over Washington.

They open a three-game series at Nationals Park on Monday night and can clinch the division with two wins.

“I think it’s kind of been the idea around this place the whole year,” catcher Evan Gattis said. “It’s kind of, ‘We’re coming at you.’ We lost a game today. We’ll play tomorrow.”

McNair Academy staffers honored on field by Atlanta Braves

Several staff members from the McNair Academy in Decatur were honored Sunday afternoon by the Atlanta Braves for their role in helping prevent tragedy at the charter school last month.

Principal Brian Bolden and his staffers helped escort hundreds of children to safety after a gunman broke in and began firing off rounds on Aug. 20. DeKalb police said Michael Brandon Hill was eventually arrested peacefully and charged in the incident, but only after heroic efforts from several of the school staff members helped every child get out unharmed.

Sunday, the Braves invited those school staffers onto the field before the game to be recognized for their efforts.

“I’ll remember these moments for the rest of my life, and so will all my other staff and students and parents that are here as well. Just phenomenal,” said Bolden.

The Braves also invited all McNair Academy students to the game, handing out hundreds of free tickets.

 

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Atlanta Braves – Turner Field

The Deal

Games, Dates, and Seating Options

Against the San Diego Padres on Sunday, September 15, at 1:35 p.m.:

  • $8 for one Upper Box ticket (a $16 value)
  • $18 for one Field View ticket (a $30 value)
  • $25 for one Club Reserved ticket (a $38 value)
  • $53 for one Dugout ticket (a $67 value)

Against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, September 23; Tuesday, September 24; or Wednesday, September 25, at 7:10 p.m.:

  • $6 for one Upper Box ticket (a $12 value)
  • $15 for one Field View ticket (a $25 value)
  • $20 for one Club Reserved ticket (a $30 value)
  • $46 for one Dugout ticket (a $58 value)

Against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, September 26, at 7:10 p.m.:

  • $8 for one Upper Box ticket (a $16 value)
  • $18 for one Field View ticket (a $30 value)
  • $25 for one Club Reserved ticket (a $38 value)
  • $53 for one Dugout ticket (a $67 value)

Against the Phillies on Friday, September 27, at 7:30 p.m., or Sunday, September 29, at 1:35 p.m.:

  • $11 for one Upper Box ticket (a $22 value)

  • $24 for one Field View ticket (a $40 value)

  • $32 for one Club Reserved ticket (a $48 value)

  • $66 for one Dugout ticket (a $82 value)

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