Jul 30, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner (10) slides into home plate to score the winning run in the 10th inning as Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) watches at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Braves 2-1 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop and Box Score 7/31

Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  With both the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves losing on Wednesday, the Braves stay 1.5 games behind the Nats.  Justin Upton had a great game as he went 3-4 with a solo homer in the 9th inning to tie the game and give us extra baseball.  Though, Matt Kemp would eventually ruin this.  Jason Heyward will probably rest another day with the lower back injury meaning we will have to see another game of Jordan Schafer or Ryan Doumit in right field.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS
B.J. Upton CF 4 0 0 0 1 4 5 .215 .282 .333 .615
Tommy La Stella 2B 4 0 1 0 1 1 5 .295 .372 .365 .737
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .282 .372 .477 .849
Justin Upton LF 4 1 3 1 0 0 4 .287 .354 .511 .865
Evan Gattis C 4 1 1 0 0 2 4 .287 .345 .546 .891
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .275 .298 .386 .684
   David Hale P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .067 .063 .067 .129
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 .256 .303 .350 .653
Jordan Schafer RF 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 .163 .256 .213 .468
Alex Wood P 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .045 .125 .045 .170
   Philip Gosselin PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .143 .143 .143 .286
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ramiro Pena 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .206 .270 .324 .594
Team Totals 34 2 6 2 3 14 38 .176 .243 .324 .567
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Generated 7/31/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Alex Wood 7 6 1 1 2 8 1 3.30
Jordan Walden 1 2 1 1 2 3 0 2.48
David Hale, L (3-3) 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 2.76
Team Totals 9 11 3 3 4 11 1 3.00
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Generated 7/31/2014.

 

CBS Sports

Dodgers beat Braves 3-2 for 5th straight win

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Both starting pitchers, Alex Wood and Zack Greinke were on their game Wednesday night.  Wood lasted seven innings giving up six hits, one runs and two walks.  He added eight strikeouts.  His lone run was off the bat of maybe the hottest hitter in baseball right now, Matt Kemp.  Kemp went 3-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs a walk and a homer.  The Braves bullpen went two complete innings (10th inning didn’t record an out) and gave up two runs.  Jordan Walden allowed a run in the eighth inning and David Hale gave up the winning run in the 10th inning.

Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning after homering in consecutive games for the first time in over a year and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.

”Boy, is he locked in right now,” Atlanta starter Alex Wood said.

Los Angeles leads San Francisco by three games.

Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and departed with the lead, but didn’t factor in the decision. He is 14-3 at Dodger Stadium with a 2.27 ERA in 23 home starts with the team.

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Bleacher Report

Last-Minute Buzz Ahead of the Deadline

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The 2014 trade deadline will come to a close today at 4pm ET…will your Atlanta Braves make any moves?  We will soon find out.  With plenty of rumors floating around, something must come of it…right?  The Braves are in the process of a possibly being swept by the Dodgers (with Clayton Kershaw on the mound Thursday), will the Braves front office pull something off?  Stay with Tomahawk Take as we’ll have it covered.

With an impermeable front office, the Atlanta beat writers who cover the team on a daily basis are generally devoid of any solid rumors. What rumors they do report are usually ones that have already been reported on by writers in other cities or national writers.

This makes for an awkward Braves rumor mill, as writers for other teams get the scoop on the most believable Braves rumors.

One current rumor has New York Post columnist Joel Shermantweeting about the Braves’ interest in Padres outfielder ChrisDenorfia.

 

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