Apr 21, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) celebrates a walk off two run home run in the tenth inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 4/22

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Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: Braves took the victory 4-2 against the Miami Marlins on Monday night.  The home run by Simmons, great game by Teheran, blown save by Kimbrel, Heyward’s attempt to bunt and homer by Gattis reflected how the game went last night.  Uggla should of turned another double play, but lets forget about that one.

Jason Heyward RF 4 0 1 1 1 0 .176 .574
B.J. Upton CF 2 0 0 0 3 2 .203 .586
Freddie Freeman 1B 5 0 0 0 0 1 .370 1.125
Justin Upton LF 4 0 1 0 1 3 .315 .975
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .264 .669
Dan Uggla 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 .232 .642
Evan Gattis C 4 1 2 2 1 0 .302 .950
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 2 2 1 0 0 .299 .817
Julio Teheran P 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .333
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 .150 .340
   Tyler Pastornicky PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .933
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Schafer PH-LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 .273 .727
Team Totals 36 4 9 4 6 10 .250 .817
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Generated 4/22/2014.
Julio Teheran 7 5 1 1 1 8 1 1.80
Jordan Walden, H (2) 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.45
Craig Kimbrel, BS (1) 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 3.68
Anthony Varvaro, W (1-0) 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.69
Team Totals 10 9 2 1 3 12 1 0.90
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Generated 4/22/2014.


The Washington Times

Gattis homers in 10th, Braves beat Marlins 4-2

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis crushes a line drive over the left field wall to cap off another night full of surprises and unpredictable coaching decisions.  Dan Uggla led off the 10th inning with a single up the middle and Gattis followed with a bomb to put the score 4-2.  Gattis may have won the game for the Braves in extra innings but Craig Kimbrel blew the save in the 9th when the Braves already had the lead 2-1.  

Apr 21, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) pitches in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Kimbrel failed to hold the lead, a second straight shaky outing for the closer who was yanked in his previous appearance when he couldn’t get three outs in a non-save situation against the Mets. This time, Gattis contributed to the troubles – called for catcher interference when a swing ticked his glove – before pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich lined one off the wall in left-center for a game-tying double.

But, with runners at second and third and no outs, Kimbrel struck out the side to keep the game 2-2.

“I didn’t do my job, but we came back to win the game,” he said. “If we lose the game, it hurts a lot more.”


Atlanta Braves

Braves still deciding Minor’s return date

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: The Atlanta Braves seem to currently have a solid group of pitchers filling out their starting rotation.  Well, now one of their best pitchers is ready to be put back into the rotation.  Mike Minor looks to come off the DL and be inserted into the rotation as early as Saturday against the Reds.  The move will probably let the Braves move David Hale back to Triple-A Gwinnett.

After watching Mike Minor complete a bullpen session on Tuesday, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell will determine how their starting rotation will shape up over the course of the next week.

As Minor spent the past few weeks making Minor League rehab starts, the plan was for him to make his regular-season debut in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Mets. But this plan was altered when rain prevented him from making his most recent rehab start last Friday.


Gwinnett Braves

Cunningham Slam Propels G-Braves Past Knights, 6-3

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: Braves prospect and centerfielder for the Gwinnett Braves hit a grand slam to help Gwinnett beat Charlotte 6-3 on Monday.  This win pushed the Braves to tie a franchise mark with their seventh straight victory.

With the score still tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the G-Braves broke it open with four runs.Tommy La Stella started the inning with a walk and back-to-back singles by Ernesto Mejia and Terdoslavich loaded the bases for Cunningham. After working the count in his favor against reliever Ryan Kussmaul, Cunningham turned on a 3-1 fastball and deposited it over the right field fence for a grand slam.

“I got ahead of the count,” said Cunningham. “Obviously with a 3-1 pitch, I knew he had to throw a strike and I just happened to barrel one up.”

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  • Sealift67

    Possible Hale moves to the pen as he has more experience and has been
    a steadier hand versus Schlosser who seems to need more seasoning?
    As an aside Tommy LaStella is raking it at Gwinnett and fielding well.