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.
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|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|
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|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|
|David Hale, L (2-2)||1||3||5||2||3||0||0||3.11|
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.”
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.
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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