Jun 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) celebrates with catcher Evan Gattis (left) after hitting a two run home run during the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. The Braves won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: Afternoon Chop


 

Baseball Reference

The Atlanta Braves have won one, and lost one in the current series against the visiting Los Angeles Angels, with last night’s game featured free baseball for many extra innings.   The rubber match will be this evening.  Check out the box scores for both hitting and pitching from yesterday’s loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 7 1 2 2 0 1 7 .255 .334 .376 .711 27 18 4 0
B.J. Upton CF 6 1 2 2 1 2 7 .209 .282 .351 .633 31 18 4 1 3B
Freddie Freeman 1B 5 0 1 1 2 3 7 .272 .369 .476 .846 45 23 13 1 2B,IW
Justin Upton LF 7 0 0 0 0 3 7 .280 .357 .522 .879 35 23 1 0
Evan Gattis C 5 1 3 1 1 1 6 .293 .345 .591 .936 21 12 7 1 HR,IW
   Dan Uggla PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .241 .242 .482
   Gerald Laird C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .239 .325 .296 .621 1 1 0 0
Chris Johnson 3B 5 0 0 0 0 3 6 .266 .284 .345 .629 17 14 2 3 SH,GDP
Tommy La Stella 2B 4 1 2 0 2 0 6 .377 .441 .396 .837 28 15 3 7 IW
Andrelton Simmons SS 6 1 1 0 0 1 6 .256 .290 .385 .675 21 17 4 4
Gavin Floyd P 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 .133 .133 .133 .267 7 5 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Schafer PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .213 .260 .277 .537 3 2
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 .203 .236 .275 .511 2 1
   Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ramiro Pena PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .215 .279 .367 .646 3 3
   David Hale P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .083 .091 .174 2 2 1 0
   Shae Simmons P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 52 6 15 6 6 15 59 .288 .362 .404 .766 243 154 39 18
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/15/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Gavin Floyd 6.1 7 4 4 0 4 2 2.98 26 87 56 28 9 19 10 11 2
Luis Avilan 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4.64 2 8 3 2 0 1 0 1 0
Anthony Varvaro 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.13 2 13 9 7 0 2 0 1 1
Jordan Walden 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 4.40 4 17 9 6 0 3 2 2 2
David Carpenter 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.44 4 22 14 9 3 2 2 0 0
Craig Kimbrel 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.03 5 17 12 7 2 3 1 3 3
David Hale, L (2-1) 2.1 3 5 5 2 0 0 2.78 13 42 23 15 2 6 4 6 2
Shae Simmons 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.35 2 3 2 2 0 0 2 0 0
Team Totals 13 16 11 10 4 7 2 6.92 58 209 128 76 16 36 21 24 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/15/2014.

 


Fangraphs

I love this article!  David Laurila of Fangraphs has put together some player memories of their fathers.  This is a fitting tribute on Father’s Day, and there are a number of Atlanta Braves’ players memories shared.  Check out David’s tribute piece.

Sunday Notes: Father’s Day Edition

Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves catcher: “I have to admit I cried when I was signed up for tee ball. But after that it was just what we did. At the side of the house there were these two little worn out places where my dad and I would play catch. There’s just so much love I have for my dad and for baseball. He still plays catch, too. If I ever go to home run derby, he wants to throw to me.”

 


ATL All Day

Brad Rowland of our sister site of the FanSided Network, ATL All Day, shares his recap of last night’s marathon loss by the Atlanta Braves to the Los Angeles Angels. Check out Brad’s thoughts.

Atlanta Braves fall to Los Angeles Angels in 13-inning marathon

Through eight innings at Turner Field on Saturday night, the Atlanta Braves looked to be utterly helpless at the plate, thanks in part to a dominant outing from Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards, and in serious trouble on the scoreboard. However, there was no quit in the offense, as the Braves put together a mighty comeback in the ninth inning to tie the game to force extra frames. Unfortunately, though, Atlanta came up short in the end, as the Angels put up a crooked number in the 13th inning to claim an 11-6 decision.

 


Rants Sports

David Miller of Rant Sports opines that the Atlanta Braves showed post-season fighting spirit in last night’s loss the the Los Angeles Angels.  Well, that’s one way to put it. Check out David’s thoughts on the game.

Atlanta Braves Show Postseason-Worthy Fighting Spirit in Loss

In the wonderful game of Major League Baseball, not every win is a win and certainly not every loss is a loss. For the Atlanta Braves, the loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday evening was most certainly a win in many ways. Several things about the game went against the Braves including the final score but when you look closely, you see a postseason-worthy fighting spirit in this team that didn’t seem to be there just a few short weeks ago.

 


AJC

David Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution wonders out loud in this article whether it’s time to drop Freddie Freeman in the current Atlanta Braves’ lineup?  Perhaps that’s as good a question as some, but I doubt it’s the most important lineup question to ask for this team.  Whatever your most pressing question, check out David’s thoughts.

Is it time to drop Freeman in batting order?

Freeman has been one of the team’s best and certainly most consistent hitters since 2011. He was the team’s best player a year ago, hitting .319 with 23 homers, 109 RBIs and a team-leading OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of .897. When he hit .397 in the first 18 games this season, all seemed well. Then came weirdness with a .227 average in 48 games and .188 in the last 23 before Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Angels.

 

 

 

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