Jun 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) and catcher Evan Gattis (24) react after recording the final out against the Los Angeles Angels at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Angels 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop

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Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Have the Braves bats finally woke up?  We continue to get glimpses of what this team can possibly be with the offense but then it evaporates in the next few games.  Maybe, just maybe the boys can continue this hot hitting.  It was great to see Freddie Freeman get two hits yesterday and go to the opposite field.  Tommy La Stella fella…TLS!!

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG
Jason Heyward RF 4 1 1 1 1 0 5 .255 .336 .386
B.J. Upton CF 4 2 1 0 1 1 5 .210 .284 .350
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 4 .275 .371 .481
Evan Gattis C 4 1 2 1 0 0 4 .297 .348 .589
Justin Upton LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 4 .280 .356 .517
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 .270 .287 .348
Tommy La Stella 2B 3 1 3 2 1 0 4 .411 .476 .446
   Ramiro Pena 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .215 .279 .367
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .252 .286 .378
Mike Minor P 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .167 .167 .167
   Dan Uggla PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .165 .239 .240
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Schafer PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .208 .255 .271
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .203 .233 .275
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 34 7 12 6 3 5 38 .353 .395 .500
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Generated 6/16/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Minor 5 11 3 3 1 6 2 4.42
Anthony Varvaro, W (2-1) 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.88
Jordan Walden, H (4) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.11
David Carpenter 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.39
Craig Kimbrel, S (20) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.98
Team Totals 9 12 3 3 1 14 2 3.00
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Generated 6/16/2014.

 

ESPN

La Stella stays hot, Braves drop Angels, 7-3

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Mike Minor started the game but the bullpen stepped up huge on Sunday night.  Anthony Vavaro threw two complete innings to close out the game.  Minor matched his career high in hits with 11 and gave up three runs in five innings.  Jason Heyward had a huge game when he made two spectacular catches in right field and added a home run at the plate.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Tommy La Stella is playing as if he is looking for another promotion. That’s how comfortable the rookie second baseman has looked in his first three weeks in the major leagues.

La Stella had three hits, including a two-run double in Atlanta’s four-run sixth, and the Braves beat Hector Santiago and the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Sunday night.

La Stella is hitting .411 with at least two hits in nine of his 16 games.

“I think La Stella thinks there’s another league, the way he carries himself,” Gonzalez said. “So it doesn’t surprise me that he feels this comfortable right away.”

 

San Garbriel Valley

Los Angeles Angels can’t hold off Atlanta Braves

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Mike Trout continued his amazing season during the series and added three hits for Los Angeles on Sunday, including a home run.  Erick Ayber had to leave the game for the Angels when he experience a sore left hip.  The Braves will now take on the Phillies starting on Monday with the Braves sending out Julio Teheran for game 1.

Santiago (0-7) allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander, who was acquired from the White Sox in a three-team trade in December, struck out four and walked two.

“Hector, really, for five innings was really on top of things,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Things unraveled a bit but I still think Hector pitched a really strong ballgame.”

With one out in the sixth, Santiago walked B.J. Upton. The Braves then scored four runs on five consecutive hits that left Santiago feeling as if he was battling more than the Atlanta hitters.

“Luck turned their way,” Santiago said. “I feel like the better pitch I made the luckier they got. I made some really good pitches right there. I can’t do anything about that.”

 

ESPN

Braves sign pick Braxton Davidson

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  I believe David O’Brien was the first to report this but the Braves have had major discussions on signing their first round selection in the 2014 draft, Braxton Davidson.  I’m not sure if ESPN has jumped the gun on this or not but every thing I’ve read so far is that he hasn’t signed just yet but will.

The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Braxton Davidson, the team’s first-round pick in last week’s draft.

Davidson, from TC Roberson High School in Arden, North Carolina, was the No. 32 overall selection in the draft.

The 17-year-old Davidson (6-3, 205) was regarded as one of the top power-hitting prospects in the draft. He turns 18 on Wednesday.

 

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