Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves Series Recap: Braves Get a Mini-Sweep

Brian McCann proved yet again during this series why many say he is the best catcher in baseball. Sorry Posey.

Atlanta came into the Houston series on a roll after taking two of three from Philadelphia and the roll will continue as they head west after earning a (mini-) sweep of the Astros. With only a two-game series, instead of doing the good, the bad, and the ugly, I'll just list some tidbits from the series.

Eric Hinske - Big Damage as he has so aptly been nicknamed lived up to the name in the series against Houston. Hinske played left field in game one and first base in the second game, showing solid defense at both positions. At the plate, Hinske went 4-8 with an RBI and two runs scored along with a walk. 

Tommy Hanson - After a rough start to the season, Hanson has caught fire and is looking like the ace of this Atlanta staff. Against Houston, Hanson had a line of 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. You'll be hard pressed to find many pitchers throwing better than Hanson is right now.

Getting healthy - Atlanta came into the Houston series with two of their key players, Chipper Jones and Jason Heyward, out with injuries. Heyward made an appearance in game one and both started in game two of the series. Heyward showed no ill effects from his shoulder injury while Chipper looked to be moving just fine over at third.

The rest after the jump..

O'Ventbrel - The trio of Eric O' Flaherty, Jonny Venters, and Craig Kimbrel have been lights out for the most part all season long. For the series, the trio threw a combined four innings, allowing one hit while striking out eight and walking only one batter. Kimbrel recorded a save while O' Flaherty recorded a hold.

Astros closer issues - Houston has been struggling to find a dependable closer all year, and that search continues. New closer Mark Melancon blew a save Tuesday afternoon, the 11th blown save on the season for Houston. 

Struggles with runners on base - While Atlanta won both games of the series, Atlanta failed to capitalize multiple times after getting runners on base. For the series, Atlanta left a combined 43 runners on bases, a statistic that luckily didn't come back to bite the Braves.

Brian McCann's big day- Tuesday was quite an "off day" for McCann. After David Ross got the start to give McCann a rest, McCann hit a game tying pinch hit homer in the ninth and a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th.

Ugly Uggla - After looking like he was starting to heat up toward the end of the Philadelphia series, Dan Uggla went back to struggling against Houston. For the series, he went 0-7 with 2 BB, 1 K, and 3 runners left on base. He's now hitting .196 and that isn't going to cut it. It should be noted Uggla started to hit better when he was wearing the loose throwback jerseys and not his usual size smedium ones. 

Cory Gearrin - Tough luck struck for Gearrin after Tuesday's game. He won the first game of his major league career, but was sent back down to AAA to make room for Julio Teheran on the major league roster. It's safe to say he deserves to come back soon.

Up next:

Atlanta heads out west to take on Arizona in another quick, two-game series. Braves prospect phenom Julio Teheran makes his second major league start in the opening game of the series against Joe Saunders

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