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Aug 3, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro (38) reacts after giving up a home run during the eighth inning to San Diego Padres first baseman Tommy Medica (background) at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop and Box Score 8/4

 

CBS SPORTS

Cabrera’s hit in 10th gives Padres win over Braves

Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note:  Well, I’ll apologize now for adding the below sentences but Braves fans, we must face reality.  Last week the Braves were swept by the LA Dodgers….OK, we can accept that, the Dodgers are one of the best teams in baseball.  But over the weekend, the brooms hit us hard in the face when the San Diego Padres swept us.  In a tight NL East battle, we really need to win the games versus the lower talented teams.  Monday will be a much needed off day for the Braves.

The San Diego Padres‘ previously inept offense has become resurgent and it’s leading to more victories.

Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Padres won their second straight extra-innings game with a 4-3 victory over the reeling Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

”Any time you can walk off two times in a row, it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.” said Tommy Medica, the team’s hottest hitter.

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Fansided

Atlanta Braves are falling apart, have lost six straight games

Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note:  While I do agree this Braves team is difficult to watch at times and yes the wheels could be coming off…I don’t believe we should write this team off just yet.  The Braves roster is a very  talented group of ball players and if they all get hot in these last few months, we could see a deep run in the post season…that’s only if they wake up though.

When this Braves roster as currently constructed first entered the consciousness of baseball fans, it was discussed almost like it was some sort of science experiment. What happens when you put a bunch of guys with pop who are prone to striking out too much in the same lineup? Is there some sort of risk in that strategy?

While on this six game losing streak, the Braves have scored more than two runs twice: last Tuesday in an 8-4 loss and on Sunday. It is understandable to struggle at the hands of the Dodgers’ pitching staff, and lesser teams than these Braves have fallen victim to a West Coast road trip. But for a team with high aspirations this season, they still ought to be able to create enough opportunities to score runs to not fall into their current hole

Fox Sports South

Twins claim Schafer off waivers from Braves

 

Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note:  Jordan Schafer is no longer an Atlanta Braves player.  Once a top prospect for the Braves, Schafer has had a wild ride in Atlanta’s organization.  He will now make his home with the Minnesota Twins and could have a chance at the starting position.  Best of luck to Jordan!

The Minnesota Twins were thin at center field after trading Sam Fuld to Oakland earlier this week. They addressed that Sunday with a roster move.

The team announced Sunday that they claimed outfielderJordan Schafer off waivers from Atlanta. He’ll be added to the 25-man roster prior to Tuesday’s game against San Diego, and a corresponding roster move will be made to free up space for him on the roster.

Schafer, 27, has spent parts of five seasons in the major leagues. In 63 games with the Braves this year, he batted just .163 with 15 stolen bases and two RBI. In 395 career games, Schafer is a .222 hitter with an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .611.

 

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