Series Recap: Atlanta Braves vs. Kansas City Royals

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Atlanta's first trip to Kansas City resulted in a split of the two-game set.

Both teams made sure that Atlanta's first series in Kansas City was a memorable one as Atlanta held on to win a thriller in game one of the series, and Alex Gordon walked things off for the Royals in the tenth inning of game two.

  • Reliever Jordan Walden has basically been un-hittable since coming off the disabled list. With 2.1 scoreless innings over the two games, he's put up a line of 12.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, and 12 K since May 29th.
  • It was a good series for Jason Heyward, who went 3-8 with a double and a go-ahead home run in game one. He drove drove in three runs and walked once. His only negative was a base-running miscue in game two.
  • The same goes for Justin Upton, who rebounded from a couple days off due to a hurt hand to have an encouraging series. He roped a double in game one to go along with a two-run single in game two. He also walked once. Hopefully this was a sign that Upton is healthy and getting back on track.
  • Kris Medlen pitched well in the series opener, firing seven innings of work while giving up three runs (earned), one walk, and five strikeouts.
  • Mike Minor got hit hard at times during Wednesday's start, but he battled and held things together well enough to keep the Braves in the game. June hasn't been great for Minor, but if this is as bad it gets, then it bodes well for both him and the Braves going forward.
  • For the Royals, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez both had big series'. Perez recorded four hits, while Gordon had four of his own including a home run in game two of the series.
  • Jordan Schafer continued to hit well, recording three hits including a double. He also swiped a base, his ninth of the season. Playing left field, Schafer made a fantastic throw home in an attempt to nail Billy Butler at the plate in game two. Unfortunately, Gerald Laird couldn't hold on to the throw while trying to make the tag.
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