As of right now, it’s the top of the sixth inning between Atlanta and San Francisco. They are all tied at 2. A quick check of the standings shows just how big this four-game tilt is for both teams. The Giants are four games behind Atlanta in the wild card. Yes, they are two back of Arizona in the NL West, so the division crown is still there, but SF wants to pull Atlanta back to them in case the pennant chase does not go well and they are forced to rely on a back up. Atlanta is nine games behind the Phillies. This lead has stayed constant for the last few weeks, and the wild card edge has fluctuated in the three to five range. After the four game series with the Giants, Atlanta finishes the ten day homestand with a weekend set with those Diamondbacks. It’s a very big week, and it started out with some fireworks when the Cubs came to town last weekend. Chicago took two of three, with Carlos Zambrano providing most of the attention. I won’t go into detail (honestly, there’s nothing else to be said), but the big news was the ending of Dan Uggla’s 33-game hitting streak on Sunday. It was an Atlanta record, breaking the mark set by Rico Carty in 1971, but it was not the franchise record. Tommy Holmes still has that one. Dan started a new streak with a double against the Giants. His average rose to almost .230 after batting .180 when things started. Sunday’s loss to Chicago had another scare. Chipper Jones jammed his left knee when hitting first base after running out a ground ball in the eighth. This is the knee that has been surgically repaired. An MRI showed no damage, but he was kept out of the lineup tonight as a precaution. Brian McCann is back in after his disabled list stint, and tonight he hit his 19th home run of the season. (I’ve checked the score, and the Giants have gone back up 3-2.) In other injury news, reliever Peter Moylan threw live batting practice. He’s coming back from herniated disc surgery, and looks to finish his rehabilation by the end of the month.
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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.