Atlanta’s magic number is down to two following a late inning rally after Wood and Freddi G. were ejected. Uggla’s solo HR (22) and J-Up’s 2- run blast (26) were enough. Kimbrel got save # 48. Braves look to clinch division title in Chicago this weekend.
The Braves got just four hits vs. San Diego on Sunday. Theran gave up two HR’s. Atlanta didn’t get a hit until the 6th. That’s about it.
The Braves got just enough offense Saturday night. In the 4th, J-Up and Freeman singled. After a Gattis flyout and McCann pop out, C. Johnson brought home Upton with an RBI single. Freeman added to the lead with a solo HR (21) in the 6th.
Medlen got his 14th win, going 7.1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 k’s. Kimbrel allowed the Pads’ only run in the 9th on a solo HR. He got his 47th save. Theran looks to give Atlanta the series win Sunday afternoon.
On a rare off night, the Atlanta bullpen allowed four runs Friday night. The blemish wiped out a stellar start by David Hale, starting in place of Maholm. He went 5 IP, allowing 4 H, 1 BB, and 9 strikeouts. Atlanta had given him a 4th inning lead thanks to a J- UP solo HR (25), Freeman single, and BMac 2-run HR (20). Oh well. Even a dominant bullpen like Atlanta’s proves it’s human from time to time.
Freddy Garcia got his first win as a Brave as Atlanta stormed past Miami in the early innings. In the 3rd, Gattis and C. Johnson each hit 2- run doubles. Freeman concluded the Atlanta scoring an inning later with a booming 2- run HR (20). Atlanta heads back to the Ted to play the Padres on Friday night.
Braves’ offense didn’t do much. Jose Fernandez, the Marlins pitcher, hit a HR and nearly started a brawl. That was the highlight of the game.
The Braves scored just enough offense early. In the 1st, Freeman singled with two outs and Gattis doubled him home. McCann followed with an RBI double. In the 3rd, Upton and Freeman singled and Gattis hit an RBI single. C. Johnson added a 1- out RBi single to cap the scoring.
Theran had a gutsy outing, going 6.2 IP, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 k’s. He now has 12 wins. The Atlanta bullpen did the rest, getting out of a 7th inning bases loaded jam. Kimbrel closed it with a flourish for his 46th save. With 2 outs and a runner on second, he threw a wild pitch. The ball caromed right back to McCann, who threw to third. C. Johnson got the runner caught in a rundown and Uggla tagged him.
Minor goes for the series win on Wednesday night.
The Braves got all their runs in the 4th. Gattis hit a 2- run double, E. Johnson and Chris Johnson also had RBIs. Medlen went 6 strong, allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits and 6 k’s. Kimbrel locked down the 9th. for his 45th save. Braves look to get another win tonight.
Gattis was Atlanta’s whole offense, hitting two solo HR’s (17, 18). Not a great day for Atlanta sports teams.
Freeman and Simmons did all they could do to carry the Braves to victory on Saturday night, but it wasn’t meant to be. Freddy Galvis’ solo HR won it.
Freeman gave Atlanta a 2-run lead with a 3rd inning 2- out 2-run bases loaded single. Then Philly tied it and went ahead by two. C. Johnson cut that lead in half with a 6th inning RBI double. Simmons tied it with a dramatic 2 out 2-run HR (15) off Papalbon. What a tough last two games. Too bad we couldn’t pull it out. Maholm tries to salvage a win in Sunday’s series finale.