The Braves had a very good stretch of home games as they hosted the Mets and Padres at SunTrust Park. Atlanta would go 5-6 their return to SunTrust Park before heading out for a quick two game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Braves split their series with the Blue Jays and traveled back to Atlanta for a home stand against Baltimore and Cincinnati. This will be a good opportunity for the Braves to try and gain more ground in the NL East as they will head out on a tough road trip after this home stand. They will face the Cardinals, Yankees, and Brewers for the toughest stretch of games they’ve played in a while. Let’s get into a quick recap of the Braves series with the Padres and Blue Jays.
Braves vs. Padres
Game 1: Braves win 4-2
The Braves picked up a win in the series opener behind a strong pitching performance from Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez went 7 scoreless innings only allowing only 4 hits while striking out 6 batters. Albies and Inciarte provided the majority of the offense in this game. Albies went 1-3 with an RBI and a walk while Inciarte was 2-3 with 2 RBIs including a home run in the fifth inning.
Game 2: Braves lose 9-3
Padres pitcher Clayton Richard proved to be tough on the Braves once again as he only allowed 2 earned runs across 6 innings of work. Brandon McCarthy struggled to reach the 6th inning as he went 5 2/3 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 8 hits with 4 strike outs. The seventh inning proved too tough for the Braves bullpen as they walked two batters and allowed 5 earned runs in the inning.
Game 3: Braves win 1-0
This game featured a great pitching match up between Sean Newcomb and Jordan Lyles. Newcomb went 6 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits while striking out 7 batters. Lyles went 7 innings for San Diego and allowed just 1 earned run on 5 hits while striking out 6 batters. That 1 earned run came thanks to a solo home run from Charlie Culberson in the 5th inning. It was nice to see Atlanta win a close game behind good pitching.
Game 4: Braves win 4-1
Julio Teheran flirted with a no-hitter as he went 6 innings and struck out 11 batters in that frame. Julio may have gone an extra inning of work but was taken out due just coming off of the disabled list and throwing 95 pitches. However, the Padres would eventually rack up 6 hits off of the bullpen. It was encouraging to see Teheran have so much success and his velocity was back up. Johan Camargo and Tyler Flowers accounted for all of the runs for Atlanta. Camargo had a 2-run double and Flowers smacked a 2-run home run to give the Braves a couple of insurance runs.
Braves at Blue Jays
Game 1: Braves win 11-4
Mike Soroka returned to his native home of Canada to face the Blue Jays in front of his family and friends. It seemed that nerves may have gotten to Soroka a little bit as he was only able to complete 4 2/3 innings of work. Mike allowed 4 earned runs on 8 hits and struggled to hit some of his spots. Luckily, Mike didn’t suffer the loss thanks to an offensive outburst by the Braves. Johan Camargo had one of the best games of his career. Camargo went 4-5 in the game with 5 RBIs. He notched his first ever grand slam in the MLB, a double, and two singles. Ender Inciarte had a great day at the plate as well as he went 3-4 with 3 RBIs including 2 doubles.
Game 2: Braves lose 5-4
J.A. Happ had the Braves number in this game as he struck out 8 of them. The veteran pitcher hit his spots perfectly and nearly went all 9 innings. The Braves late inning rally chased him from the game. Anibal Sanchez pitched fairly well for the Braves but he only completed 5 innings allowing 4 earned runs and striking out 7 batters. Kurt Suzuki had a great game as he went 2-4 with a home run and 2 RBIs. The Braves had 2 runners on with 2 outs in the top of the 9th and were within one run of winning the game but came up just short.
The Braves travel back home to SunTrust Park to take on the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds before heading out on a tough stretch of games on the road. Hopefully Atlanta can capitalize on these games and make their lead in the East a bit higher. Probable starters and game times are listed below.
Braves vs. Orioles
Game 1: Newcomb (8-2) vs. Cobb (2-9) at 7:35 pm
Game 2: Teheran (5-4) vs. Bundy (5-7) at 4:10 pm
Game 3: McCarthy (5-3) vs. Hess (2-3) at 1:35 pm
Braves vs. Reds
Game 1: TBD vs. Mahle (6-6) at 7:35 pm
Game 2: Sanchez (3-1) vs. Harvey (2-5) at 7:35 pm
Game 3: Newcomb (8-2) vs. Castillo (4-8) at 12:10 pm
-Mike Soroka was placed on the 10-day DL (retroactive to June 20th) with right shoulder inflammation. Atlanta will announce who will take his spot in the next couple of days.
-Jose Ramirez was transferred to the 60-day DL from the 10-day DL for his right shoulder tightness. We likely won’t see Ramirez at all this season for Atlanta.
-Ronald Acuña Jr. was sent to AAA Gwinnett to begin his rehab stint and will be re-evaluated after his assignment before the Braves decide to place him back in the starting lineup.