Coming into the series, most of us would have been satisfied with a series split against the Reds, and after everything that happened in the series, I think we all feel a little lucky the Braves walked out of there with 2 wins.
The big stories from the weekend were all the injuries. Jason Heyward started things off on Thursday as he strained his hamstring taking third base on a groundball to third base. It was an impressive display of baserunning as Heyward started on first and took third because no one was covering, but his hamstring tightened somewhere along the way. Friday night saw both Uptons get injured. B.J. Upton was hurt first as he awkwardly dove to catch a knuckling line drive from Todd Frazier, but as a result of the nasty spill, he's now on the DL. Brother Justin Upton strained his calf trying to beat out a groundball. If that wasn't enough, Fan Vote-winner Freddie Freeman injured his thumb Saturday, and while he probably won't miss any more games, he won't be playing in the All-Star Game.
The reserves did okay in their stead. Reed Johnson was 4-for-14, Jose Constanza was 3-for-9 with all of his hits coming in Saturday's win, and Joey Terdoslavich was 2-for-11 with a walk while also getting his first major-league starts.
Andrelton Simmons went 4-for-16 with two walks and his 8th home run of the season as he's been a bit better - though not spectacular - over the past few weeks.
Mike Minor had easily the best start of the series, going 7 innings while striking out 7 and giving up only 2 runs. Tim Hudson also went 7 innings, but he gave up a few more runs while probably deserving to give up a couple more. Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran had a couple of their worst starts of the season.
The Reds were led by their offense. Shin-Soo Choo was an absolute terror in the series, going 8-for-16 with 2 walks, 2 stolen bases, a double, and a home run. Joey Votto went 4-for-12 with 4 walks. Brandon Phillips went 5-for-16 with 7 RBIs. Jay Bruce added a home run and 4 RBIs.
All of the offense was helpful for the Reds because they really only got one good start, which was Bronson Arroyo's 7-inning-3-hit effort on Friday. Mat Latos, Homer Bailey, and Tony Cingrani won't be bragging to anyone about their performances this weekend.