The only way the Braves would have had a winning homestand would have been to sweep the Blue Jays. Sure enough, they did, completing their third three-game sweep of the season and their first at home; they have now won four in a row. Here are some notes from the series.
Tim Hudson pitched the way we all know he can Monday, shutting out the Jays on two hits in eight innings and inducing 14 groundouts; he even hit a long home run for the only runs of the game. Watch it again.
Mike Minor pitched his best game of the season by far, striking out eight in seven innings and holding the Jays to one run in Tuesday's 5-1 win.
Brandon Beachy returned from the DL with a bang, striking out 11 Jays hitters in Wednesday's 5-1 victory. The 11 strikeouts set a career high.
Brian McCann was 4 for 7 with 2 HR and is now 7 for his last 16 with 4 HR; he raised his average to .305.
Uggla watch: 2 for 12, 1 HR, 2 runs, 3 strikeouts, .177 avg. overall.
The Braves offense batted .267 (24 for 90) in the series with 10 extra-base hits: five doubles, five home runs. The Jays offense hit .138 (13 for 94) with four extra-base hits.
Chipper Jones returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing four games with a strained adductor muscle. He was 1 for 7 in the series.
Bautista entered the series having reached base in 24 straight games. That streak ended Monday.
Jordan Schafer hit the ball hard in each of his four at-bats Wednesday, but had only one hit to show for it and was robbed of a home run by Bautista in the seventh inning. He was 3 for 11 in the series.
The Braves starting pitching: 21 IP, 11 hits, 2 runs, 4 walks, 27 strikeouts.
The bullpen was used heavily in the Braves' previous series (13.2 IP, 12 hits, 4 runs), but was given a much-needed lighter workload in this one (6 IP, 2 hits, 0 runs).
After a day off Thursday, the Braves start a six-game game road trip in San Diego on Friday.