This was a great weekend to be a Braves fan. It could've been a sweep, but taking two of three from the Phillies is always good especially if one of those two was Roy Halladay. Here are some notes from the Civil Rights Weekend series.
Friday's strike zone: If not for a single pitch in the seventh inning, the Braves might have won that game. Eric O'Flaherty's 0-2 pitch with two outs to Shane Victorino was clearly in the strike zone, but the rookie umpire didn't call it as such. Victorino got another chance and drove in the tying run; the Phillies went on to win the game.
Cristhian Martinez: he came in after Brandon Beachy injured an oblique muscle Friday and flat out dominated. He pitched four perfect innings and even had his first major-league hit and RBI. He deserves a big fat steak dinner. It's a shame he didn't earn the win.
Martin Prado: he was 6 for 12 in the series and raised his average to .296. Sunday's 1 for 3 performance snapped a streak of five straight multi-hit games. He's raking.Dan Uggla: May is typically Uggla's best month, but was only batting .196 for the season before Sunday. However, he likes facing Roy Halladay. He was 7 for 19, 2 HR against Halladay in his career and was 2 for 3 with the game-winning HR against him Sunday. Let's hope this breaks his slump.
Back-to-back homers: Prado and Nate McLouth hit back-to-back home runs to start the game Saturday. This was the first time since May 28, 2003 that the Braves started a game with back-to-back home runs when three in a row were hit.
Chipper Jones: he sat out Sunday's game with a slightly torn meniscus in his right knee. If he requires surgery, he could be out at least two weeks.
The Braves finish their home stand with two games against Houston starting Monday.