Jul 22, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (3) tags out Atlanta Braves center fielder Jordan Schafer (17) out at second during the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Marlins won 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop

Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Mike Minor continues to struggle on the hill in 2014.  He now holds a 5.32 ERA and his record is now 3-6.  The bullpen pitched another great game as they went six innings without giving up a run and only allowing two hits.  Andrelton Simmons had three strikeouts in route to a 0-4 night and now sits with a slash line of .257/.302/.386 in 2014.  Simmons also committed his team high 10th error. 

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
B.J. Upton CF 3 2 1 0 0 1 4 .212 .277 .337 .614
Tommy La Stella 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .287 .359 .362 .721
Freddie Freeman 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 .283 .374 .473 .847
Justin Upton LF 3 2 1 1 1 0 4 .284 .354 .507 .861
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 2 3 0 0 4 .258 .345 .381 .726
Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .286 .339 .545 .884
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 .279 .302 .386 .687
   Jordan Schafer PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .169 .253 .225 .479
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .257 .302 .352 .654
Mike Minor P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .267 .433
   David Hale P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .067 .063 .067 .129
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Tyler Pastornicky PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 .211 .318 .263 .581
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .206 .243 .320 .562
Team Totals 32 5 7 5 3 8 36 .219 .306 .344 .649
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Generated 7/23/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mike Minor, L (3-6) 3 10 6 6 2 1 0 5.32
David Hale 3 2 0 0 2 2 0 2.74
David Carpenter 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.04
Anthony Varvaro 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.29
Team Totals 9 12 6 6 5 5 0 6.00
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Generated 7/23/2014.

 

Miami Herald

Jacob Turner leads Miami Marlins in tense victory over Atlanta Braves

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Braves had few answers for Jacob Turner on Tuesday night as he went five innings only allowing two runs off four hits to pick up his third victory of the season.  The Braves made it interesting in the 8th inning scoring three runs off reliever Mike Dunn but came up short to lose 6-5.

Turner, starting for the first time since being exiled to the bullpen in June, led the Marlins to a 6-5 victory Tuesday night over the Braves and their first three-game winning streak in a month and a half.

“We believe in the guys we have in our rotation,” manager Mike Redmond said. “It’s an opportunity for them to solidify spots in the rotation. We’re looking for them to step up. I’ve been talking about that for a while, probably all year.”

Sure, Turner received plenty of help in the form of the Marlins’ highest scoring output since July 6. Donovan Solano had his first four-hit game, Christian Yelich scored three times, and nearly everyone in the lineup — Turner included — contributed with the bat in some manner.

 

Sports Illustrated

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez upset by Justin Upton‘s lack of hustle

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Fredi Gonzalez told the media “That’s not the way we play the game.  I’m going to mention something to him about that.”  Fredi usually stays quiet about situations like these or keeps the words inside the clubhouse but for some reason he spoke out on this matter.  It will probably be nothing more than ‘look guys, we’re not playing the best baseball all around, we need to hustle every ball out.’

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was upset with outfielder Justin Upton ​after Upton failed to hustle on a ground ball during Monday night’s game against the MiamiMarlins.

With one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Upton hit a grounder to Marlins second baseman Jordany Valdespin, who bobbled the ball but still threw out Upton in plenty of time.

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Venom Strikes

Trade Rumors: Atlanta Braves have interest in Oliver Perez

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The July 31st date seems like it’s right around the corner and the Braves haven’t made any moves yet to improve their team.  The team has been rumored to be shopping for a left-handed bullpen pitcher but few are out there.  Oliver Perez from the Arizona D-Backs could be an option for the Braves.

One name that is getting traction in the market but isn’t getting a lot of attention in the media is left handed reliever Oliver Perez. Perez was acquired by the Snakes in early March to add another southpaw in the pen along with Joe Thatcher who was traded to the Angels on July 6th.

After struggling early in the year, Perez has been a nice surprise for the Snakes. In 36.0 innings spanning 40 appearances he has a 2.00 era. He has great control striking out 40 and walking 13. He also keeps the ball in the ballpark allowing only one home run this season.

 

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