July 8, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Martin Prado (14) center fielder Michael Bourn (24) and right fielder Jason Heyward (22) celebrate after final out during game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
There's no better way to enter the all-star break than coming off of a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. Some notes:
We'll start with the bad news. Atlanta suffered a big loss on Sunday, as Andrelton Simmons broke the fifth metacarpal in his throwing hand. He's scheduled to see a hand specialist on Monday, and we'll soon know a timetable for his return. Hopefully, he'll only miss a couple weeks.
Now, the good news: Brian McCann appears to be on the right track back to hitting well. After working with his brother and father on his mechanical issues in his swing, he's launched home runs in four straight games. For the series, he was 5-13 with three home runs, eight runs batted in, and a walk.
Tim Hudson showed a ton of #want on Friday, gutting through pain from the bone spurs in his ankle to throw seven shutout innings. He didn't strike out a single batter, but his sinker was on point as he coaxed 14 ground ball outs.
Freshly named All-Star Michael Bourn continued his torrid hitting. He went 5-12 with three walks and two stolen bases.
Not a single Phillie had a hit in all three games of the series.
Craig Kimbrel's line for the series: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K. He needed 21 pitches to do so. Incredible. He now has 25 saves on the season.
Happy All-Star break, everyone!