Braves vs. Orioles Series Recap

The Braves brought their momentum home from the road trip and took two of three from the Baltimore Orioles, although the series could've easily been a sweep. Here are some notes from the series.

When Scott Proctor gave up the two-run home run to Mark Reynolds Sunday, it was the fourth time in his last seven games he had given up a run (4 ER in 5 IP) after allowing only two runs in his first 10.2 innings. One has to wonder how long Fredi Gonzalez will continue to put faith in him. He has become very unreliable, in my opinion.

Jair Jurrjens proved on Friday that he deserves every bit of his All-Star selection. He dominated the Orioles, tossing his first career shutout and allowing only one hit.

The Braves came from behind in a big way on Saturday when David Ross belted his second career grand slam in a five-run fourth inning. Is there any doubt that Ross is the best backup catcher in all of MLB right now? It was so awesome, I'd like to watch it again.

Jason Heyward hit a two-run home run in Friday's win; it was his first home run since April 29. Since returning from the DL June 15, he's batting .258 (17 for 66) with six RBI.

Uggla-watch: 1 for 12 although that hit could've easily been an error, six strikeouts. .175 avg.

Nick Markakis entered the series with a 19-game hitting streak, but that came to end Friday. In the next two games, 8 for 10, including a career-high five hits Sunday.

Brian McCann was only 2 for 7 in the series after being awesome in Seattle. Still, he definitely deserves his All-Star starter nod.

Braves hitters seemed noticeably more patient in this series, especially Sunday when they put that four-run rally together. I hope this is a sign of a turnaround.

Chipper took two pitches that could've been in the next county and both were called strikes to end the game. He got royally hosed.

NEXT UP:

The Rockies come into town for a four-game series starting Monday.

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