Series Recap: Braves Stay Hot at Home with Sweep of Diamondbacks

Daniel Shirey

This was an exciting weekend for the Braves and their fans. Chipper Jones had his number retired and Martin Prado received a deservedly warm reception on his return to Atlanta. Oh yeah, the Braves also swept the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.

On the day the Braves retired #10, Julio Teheran only thought it appropriate to strike out 10 D-backs en route to a 3-0 win. In shutting out the D-backs, Atlanta is the first team to do so this season.

Tim Hudson, though, continued his run of misfortune. He pitched well in June (2.45 ERA), but remained winless since May 5 when he was pulled from his start Saturday immediately after giving up a game-tying home run in the sixth.

Freddie Freeman continues to stay hot as the most productive hitter in the Atlanta lineup. He had four hits and five RBI in the series and is now hitting .307 for the season. His RISP avg. is now .422; with RISP and two outs, he's hitting .419.

Atlanta was 5-for-11 RISP in the 11-5 comeback win; all five hits occurred in the eighth inning, driving in six of the seven runs that scored. Also, the seven runs scored in the inning were the most the Braves had scored in any one inning this season. In the other two games, the Braves were a combined 3-19 RISP with 21 LOB.

"We do need to get better at situational hitting, and I’m leading the pack with needing to get better in situational hitting." -Dan Uggla

Jason Heyward had six hits and three runs scored in the series, and may be the most disappointed to see June end. Heyward hit .312 with four home runs and nine RBI in June, raising his average from .146 to .232 in the process.

Dan Uggla also had a productive June. While he didn't have Heyward's success, he hit .250 and had four hits in the Arizona series with four RBI including a homer, bumping his season average up to .205. Ever since the series finale in Milwaukee, Uggla has eight hits during a six-game hitting streak. His OBP is now up to .330 for the season. In addition, Brian McCann had four hits and three RBI in the series with a homer.

Andrelton Simmons had his worst month average-wise, hitting just .225 with a .268 OBP. It's been repeated ad nauseam, but Simmons is NOT a leadoff hitter. He was just 2-13 in the series.

Finally, let's look at the Uptons. B.J. Upton showed massive improvement even though the average might suggest otherwise. He hit just .238 in June, but that raised his batting average 32 points; he had two hits and two RBI in the series. That's better than what his brother Justin did. While he did have four hits in the series, the younger Upton hit just .226 in June with one home run among a total of three extra-base hits in 93 June at-bats. A .280 slugging percentage for the month is definitely not Upton-esque, and one has to wonder if there's something physically wrong with him.

As for Prado, he was 4-11 with a walk in the series. Not surprisingly, he hasn't struck out since June 17 (31 at-bats).

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