Jun 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) spits a drink out in the dugout prior to the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop

Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Julio Teheran pitched an incredible game Monday night  but the offense just couldn’t give him any run support.  The Braves were able to get one run in the 9th inning to tie the game but that was it.  Evan Gattis continued his hitting streak when he got a single in the 7th inning.  This is currently the longest consecutive hitting streaks for a Braves catcher in franchise history.

Jason Heyward RF 5 0 0 0 1 2 6 .250 .332 .379 .711
B.J. Upton CF 6 0 1 0 0 3 6 .209 .282 .345 .627
Freddie Freeman 1B 6 0 3 0 0 1 6 .280 .374 .492 .866
Evan Gattis C 4 0 1 0 1 2 5 .296 .350 .582 .932
   Jordan Schafer PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .255 .271 .526
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   David Hale P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .083 .091 .174
   Dan Uggla PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .164 .237 .238 .475
Justin Upton LF 6 1 2 0 0 0 6 .281 .355 .517 .872
Chris Johnson 3B 5 0 3 0 0 2 6 .276 .295 .352 .648
Tommy La Stella 2B 6 0 1 0 0 1 6 .387 .449 .419 .869
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 1 1 1 1 5 .252 .288 .376 .664
Julio Teheran P 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .114 .114 .143 .257
   Ramiro Pena PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .213 .276 .363 .638
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Shae Simmons P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200 .230 .271 .501
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Gerald Laird C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236 .321 .292 .613
Team Totals 48 1 12 1 3 14 52 .250 .308 .333 .641
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Generated 6/17/2014.
Julio Teheran 8 4 1 1 0 6 1 2.31
Luis Avilan 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.50
Shae Simmons 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.29
Jordan Walden 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.86
David Carpenter 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 4.23
Anthony Varvaro 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.77
David Hale, L (2-2) 1 3 5 2 3 0 0 3.11
Team Totals 13 12 6 3 4 11 1 2.08
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/17/2014.


CBS Sports

Phillies score five in 13th inning, defeat Braves

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Phillies are in last place in the NL East and are eight games under .500 but took it to the Braves in the 13th inning on Monday night scoring five runs.  Ryan Howard hit a solo homer off Julio Teheran in the 2nd inning but then went silent until the 13th inning.  The Braves on the other hand had multiple chances at scoring runs but just couldn’t come up with a timely hit.  The Braves did tie the game in the 9th inning to put the game into extra innings but that was the lone run for the Braves.

The loss left the first-place Braves (36-33) only a half-game ahead of idle Washington in the NL East. The Phillies (30-38) are in last place, but only 5½ games behind Atlanta.

Reid Brignac, who had three hits, including a two-run triple in the 13th, said the Phillies have ample time to climb back into the race.

“Absolutely,” Brignac said. “I saw Miami dropped one [to the Cubs] today, too. There’s still a lot of baseball left. We’re only [5½] out of first.”


Atlanta Braves

Pendleton, Smoltz: Gwynn’s passing ‘sad’ day

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Major League Baseball fans were in mourn Monday when they heard the news that Tony Gwynn had passed away.  Some of Gwynn’s closes friends are part of the Braves organization…they spoke on the great man that he was.

Braves first-base coach Terry Pendleton fought back tears as he sat in the dugout late Monday afternoon and discussed the passing of Tony Gwynn, an iconic Hall of Fame player and beloved friend to so many.

“He was just always there for you,” Pendleton said. “When you got to San Diego, if you needed to talk to Tony about anything, he was always available for you. That was just special.”

Shock and sadness were felt throughout the baseball world on Monday morning, when it was learned that cancer had claimed Gwynn’s life at the age of 54. The first-ballot Hall of Famer dazzled with his bat and used his vibrant, generous personality to keep those around him happy.


Lindy’s Sports

Braves’ La Stella making name for himself

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The 2nd basemen for the Atlanta Braves, Tommy La Stella has been hitting the cover off the baseball and Braves fans are loving it.  He holds an above .400 batting average and even when he gets out, they are usually line drive hits.  Something we aren’t  used to seeing from the guy who used to manage that spot.

La Stella — pronounced phonetically as it appears and not like la-steya — has solved much of the team’s offensive problems at the position. In his first 17 games since being recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, La Stella has 24 hits in 62 at-bats; incumbent Dan Uggla had 20 hits in 39 games and 121 at-bats before La Stella won the job.

“He’s got a good idea of the strike zone,” said Hall of Famer Don Sutton, now an Atlanta broadcaster. “You know he’s going to give you a quality at-bat. He’s wise beyond his experience.”

La Stella, a left-handed batter, is also showing he can hit against left-handed pitching. On Monday against Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, he hit a rocket that was speared by second baseman Chase Utley and turned into a double play. But on the next at-bat, he went the other way with a pitch and lined it into left for a single.


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  • Mushy Peas

    I realize this didn’t happen last night, but I still don’t understand why Fredi continues to put Ramiro in as a defensive replacement in the late innings- unless it’s to give Peña a little extra playing time? If that’s the case, then why don’t put Schafer in as a replacement for BJ when available? He said he wants more playing time. I realize Jordan’s defense is, perhaps, only marginally better, but Peña hasn’t demonstrated any greater defensive skill set than Tommy. It also baffles me because Fredi never did that with Uggla who’s defense is consistently bad and has cost them valuable runs. With the exception of a single game, Tommy’s defense has been fantastic. Sure he’s going to make his share of errors, but so far, it seems his defensive skills have been very underrated. He has shown good range, soft hands, makes quick and accurate throws, and goes all out to make every play he can. He is quickly becoming a favorite. He has such a quiet confidence about him and just looks like a guy who there to do a job. A true professional. In that respect, he reminds me a little of good ol’ Mark Lemke- a former favorite of mine.

    • fireboss

      The thing to understand about Fredi is that he’s slow to change. The scouting report for La Stella has always been that his glove was his weakest area and having been told and read it for so long it’s ingrained as a fact even if it isn’t what he sees. A “by the book” guy like Fredi say well, La Stella isn’t good defensively and I have a good defense/no hit guy on the bench so a defensive substitute is what I do in order not to screw up. He did it with CJ for a while then stopped. If TLS continues to make good plays he will stop.

      Uggla was “the power bat” and he would never take a proven game changer out for defense. Now he isn’t that guy and the defense is worse so he sits him. While he has taken Gattis out it’s been when he wanted a runner. It wasn’t a good move because currently Gattis the game changer he thought Uggla was but his mind still says slow catcher. Last night he burned two players – one his last catcher – on a runner that didn’t count. It didn’t cost the game that time but if that foul ball had made Laird unable to continue he’d have been answering questions.

      Fredi isn’t dumb but he isn’t quick or shrewd and he doesn’t seen the big picture in game action. That’s why he gets out managed in tactical situations by most of he managers in the league.

      • Mushy Peas

        I really questioned that move as well- pinch running Schafer for Gattis. I thought it was a pretty poor decision. The run didn’t matter! I also had a strange intuition that they wouldn’t do anything more than tie it up in the ninth and most likely would go through the line up once more in extras. Well, that’s exactly what happened and they’ve got their hottest hitter out of the game. And like you said, if Gerald can’t continue, what then? Just alot of odd and poor decisions by Fredi. I realize managers/ballplayers like to talk about taking it one day at a time, one game at a time, but if you can’t also look at the big picture, logic suggests you won’t be very successful. Almost makes me feel like Fredi has been rather lucky in his managerial career to have escaped alot of these poor decisions relatively unscathed allowing him to maintain a winning record.