Colorado took an early 4-0 lead on Atlanta, but the Braves bats won the altitude battle the rest of the way and won, 9-6. Atlanta scored 3 in the third, 2 in the fifth, and four in the seventh. Each rally was punctuated by a long ball, as Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, and Brooks Conrad went deep in those respective innings. Tommy Hanson pitched six strong innings to get win number 11, and then the set bullpen came on. They managed to get to the ninth, where the combination of Ventners and Kimbrel held off Colorado. Kimbrel bagged save #30. Altanta is four back of Philly in the NL East, and remain comfortably on top in the NL Wild Card. Colorado tried to get revenge for their being swept at the Ted a few weeks ago, but will have to settle or a split. Atlanta closes out the road trip with three in Cincinnati, and the encounter a Big Red Machine that is in danger of becoming an afterthought in the volatile NL Central. They are currently in fourth place, and four games out. (That four number certainly pops up a lot).
Anyway, Chipper Jones was supposed to begin a rehabilitation series in Class-A Rome this weekend. (Rome, GA is about an hour NW of the city) That may still happen, but people aren’t sure if he will be strictly a DH or will play some in the infield. That debate is holding up the specific introduction. It’ll probably happen, but nobody is sure exactly when. He’s due to get off the DL Sunday.
Dan Uggla strained his calf Wednesday and sat out today’s contest. He wanted to be in, as he is riding a 12 game hitting streak, batting .333 in that stretch. His offensive troubles are well publicized, so his frustration at having to sit is understandable. But coaches prevailed upon him that he shouldn’t aggravate it. He might be out tomorrow’s game as well, but should be back for the weekend. Also, Jordan Schafer sat out as well after jamming his finger. Braves coaches thought it was a lot worse, but again, he sat as a precaution and hopes to back tomorrow.
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Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.