May 11, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) and shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) react after defeating the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Cubs 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Sweep The House For Mother's Day

May 11, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Aaron Harang (34) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves won some needed games this weekend as they swept the Chicago Cubs with a 5-2 score on Sunday - Thanks to quality pitching from Aaron Harang and a little offensive support.  Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis both went yard on Sunday and Harang threw six complete innings with giving up just two runs.

“It’s always fun to watch him hit homers,” said Harang. “He put a charge into that one and Jason put another charge into that two-run homer later in the game.  That was huge and it was nice to get us back in a rhythm getting ready to go on the road.”

A great Mother’s Day present!

The bullpen was another shinning star on Sunday as Anthony Varvaro, Alex Wood, Ian Thomas and David Carpenter all threw great.  Between the four pitchers, they combined the last three innings, only giving up three hits and striking out five.

After the game Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he didn’t want to use Craig Kimbrel three straight days so he went with Carpenter and he picked up the save.

“We were going to give Kimbrel a day, so you’ve got to try to piece it together,” Gonzalez said.  “Our bullpen did a nice job.”

All in all, the pitching staff recored 14 strikeouts on Sunday and Harang had nine of them.  Aaron picked up the victory as he’s now 4-3 for the season with a 2.98 ERA.

“It was nice to finish the homestand with a little momentum,” said Fredi. 

On another positive note, it sounds like Justin Upton will only miss one game and will probably be in the lineup on Monday.

“I expect him to play tomorrow,” Gonzalez said when asked about Upton after the game.

Braves take on the Giants again starting Monday as it seems like just yesterday they were sweeping us.  We’ll see the same pitchers in this series so hopefully we hit a little better.

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