Tomahawk Take Editor Notes: The Atlanta Braves win streak with B.J. Upton in the leadoff spot ended on Sunday with a 3-1 loss to the Arizona D-Backs. Upton went 0-4 and ended his career high 11 game hit streak. The bottom of the order continues to get on base but we just can’t get those guys in with our big hitters. Alex Wood pitched well enough to win but didn’t get the offense.
|B.J. Upton CF||4||0||0||0||0||3||4||.211||.275||.342||.616|
|Andrelton Simmons SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.265||.303||.368||.671|
|Freddie Freeman 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.294||.385||.501||.886|
|Justin Upton LF||2||1||0||0||2||2||4||.273||.349||.503||.852|
|Jason Heyward RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.242||.336||.364||.700|
|Chris Johnson 3B||4||0||1||1||0||2||4||.277||.299||.355||.654|
|Tommy La Stella 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||4||.294||.379||.365||.744|
|Christian Bethancourt C||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.292||.320||.333||.653|
|Alex Wood P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000||.111||.000||.111|
|Dan Uggla PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.163||.243||.233||.476|
|Jordan Walden P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Anthony Varvaro P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Luis Avilan P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ryan Doumit PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.213||.245||.337||.582|
|Alex Wood, L (6-7)||7||3||2||2||3||2||1||3.14|
Wade Miley, Diamondbacks snap Braves’ 9-game win streak
Tomahawk Take Editor Notes: The win streak is over Braves fans but like we always say, tomorrow starts a new one! The Braves now take on the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Braves are currently in an “easy” part of their season so wins before the All-Star game are necessary. The Braves bats continued to struggle when Alex Wood was on the mound and only put up one run in the 4th inning from Chris Johnson’s bat.
Goldschmidt ripped an inside pitch from Alex Wood toward the left-field seats in the third inning. He said he immediately figured it had home run distance. He was just hoping the ball would stay fair, and it hit the foul pole for his 16th homer.
“I wasn’t sure,” Goldschmidt said. “I knew it probably had the distance but it started fair and was going, so that was one of the few times I was watching to see what was going to happen. I saw it hit the pole and come down. I was pretty happy.”
Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Shae Simmons Key To Unloading Dan Uggla
Tomahawk Take Editor Notes: The 23-year-old right-hander, Shae Simmons, has thrown 15.2 innings since being called up to the Atlanta Braves and has struck out 15 batters with a 1.15 ERA. This guy looks to be a true stud for the Braves so I’m doubting they trade him. I think they know they have something special with this kid and won’t let him walk for cheap. The Braves usually make some sort of move prior to the deadline but I do not think it will be Shae.
The MLB trade deadline is July 31st, and it had been looking like the Atlanta Braves were doomed. Braves trade rumors seemed helpless and aimless. Finally, the team decided to bench Uggla and call up second baseman Tommy La Stella. Since then the team has been on a tear. Even B.J. Upton is hitting. Before losing on Sunday, the Atlanta Braves had won nine in a row and were looking offensively competent for the first time in two seasons.
But, Shae Simmons could be the last minute answer to Atlanta’s problem.
Although there have continued to be concerns over the pitching depth, Braves pitchers continue to perform, especially Shae Simmons. Since being called up earlier this season, Simmons has pitched 15.2 innings and struck out 15 batters. His ERA is 1.15 and his WHIP is.83. Shae Simmons also resembles another Atlanta Braves star, Craig Kimbrel. It is becoming increasingly obvious that Shae Simmons is a future closer.
Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) still unsure on timetable for return
Tomahawk Take Editor Notes: Not having Evan Gattis in the lineup is frustrating for all (especially opposing pitchers) but the Braves were able to go on a hot streak. Christian Bethancourt has stepped up nicely in the catcher position and seems to be proving himself both behind the plate and in the batters box. Bethancourt is hovering around the .300 batting average range.
Braves catcher Evan Gattis said he’s feeling better five days after he got an epidural injection for his injured back but still doesn’t have a timetable for his return to the lineup.
Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list June 29 with a bulging thoracic disk. He’s yet to be cleared for any physical activity other than stretching.
“No baseball activity, no jogging, no nothing,” Gattis said before the Braves played the Diamondbacks Sunday at Turner Field. “It’s frustrating. I’m trying to do the best I can, watch what I eat.”