Jul 13, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) greets third baseman Chris Johnson (23) after scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop

Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Julio Teheran pitched great for five innings but then gives up two runs in both the 6th and 7th innings.  Luis Avilan, who has struggled tremendously in 2014, came in for the 8th inning but gives up two walks, a hit and ultimately two runs while not getting an out.  Avilan now has a 4.85 ERA in 2014.  If you’re going through the box score below, check out our hitters four through eight…have to love that production.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
B.J. Upton CF 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 .215 .277 .341 .618
Andrelton Simmons SS 2 2 0 0 3 0 5 .265 .309 .363 .671
Freddie Freeman 1B 5 0 0 0 0 2 5 .295 .384 .495 .878
Justin Upton LF 4 2 2 0 1 0 5 .278 .349 .495 .844
Jason Heyward RF 5 2 2 1 0 1 5 .255 .342 .375 .718
Chris Johnson 3B 4 3 3 3 1 0 5 .277 .301 .378 .679
Tommy La Stella 2B 5 1 3 3 0 2 5 .292 .371 .357 .729
Gerald Laird C 5 0 1 2 0 0 5 .235 .310 .304 .614
Julio Teheran P 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 .114 .133 .136 .270
   Jordan Schafer PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .174 .250 .232 .482
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Shae Simmons P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 38 10 11 10 6 7 44 .289 .386 .447 .834
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Generated 7/14/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Julio Teheran, W (9-6) 7 7 4 4 2 6 2 2.71
Luis Avilan 0 1 2 2 2 0 0 4.85
Shae Simmons 0.1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1.42
Jordan Walden, H (11) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.67
Craig Kimbrel, S (29) 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.91
Team Totals 9 9 7 7 5 8 2 7.00
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Generated 7/14/2014.

 

CBS Sports

Braves 10, Cubs 7

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Braves take a 52-43 record into the All-Star break with the victory on Sunday.  Atlanta holds a half game lead over the Washington Nationals in the NL East.  The offense appeared in bunches on Sunday as the Braves totaled 10 runs.  The Cubs batted back late in the game scoring two runs in the 6th inning, two runs in the 7th inning and three runs in the 8th.  Luckily we have Craig Kimbrel to shut the door in the 9th.

Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and theAtlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 10-7 on Sunday to keep pace with Washington at the top of the NL East.

Johnson hit a long drive to straightaway center field for a three-run shot in a four-run third inning against Travis Wood (7-8). Johnson also went deep twice in the Braves’ 11-6 victory at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

”The biggest thing for me is the fact I’m swinging at strikes,” he said. ”When I swing at strikes, I can do some good things.”

 

 

 

MLB

Braves suspend Uggla one game, add Gosselin

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Another turn in this tough situation for the Braves and Dan Uggla.  Dan supposedly arrived at the field only a hour before the 3pm game on Saturday.  Philip Gosselin was added to the Braves roster for the final game of the first half of the season.  Uggla has a .162 batting average and .472 OPS for the 2014 season and a .074 average with a .242 OBP since May 6th.

While it may not be the first time Uggla has arrived late, Gonzalez did not provide any answers. Uggla, who was not permitted to be at Wrigley Field on Sunday, was unavailable for comment.

“I’m not gonna say anything, other than it’s an internal matter,” Gonzalez said. “That’s the way I like to handle stuff, and that’s the way the Atlanta Braves like to handle things and that’s it.

“You can ask me that question 400 ways and my answer is gonna be that we’ll handle it internally.”

 

Call To The Pen

Evan Gattis nearing return to Atlanta Braves

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Gattis has been a huge part in the lineup for the Braves this season and his return will be well accepted.  Though Christian Bethancourt has been a great fill in for Atlanta, it will be nice to have Gattis’ power back.  Bethancourt has batted .256/.304/.279 in his young Braves season.  Once Gattis’ returns, I’m thinking the Braves move Christian back to Gwinnett.

Evan Gattis has taken the first steps towards returning to the Atlanta Braves, but the organization doesn’t seem quite ready to declare when he’ll be activated from the disabled list. He’s eligible to come off the DL as soon as the season’s second half begins. Gattis has been sidelined since June 28 with a bulging disk in his upper back.

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, team doctors evaluated Gattis on Thursday and gave him the go-ahead to start swinging the bat again. He hit some balls off a tee Friday, before taking batting practice on the field. He has yet to begin a rehab assignment and while the team doesn’t seem to have a formal plan in place, that could potentially begin as early as Tuesday.

 

 

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