For the second night in a row, the pitching for the Braves failed the rest of the team, and this time most of the blame was squarely on the bullpen. After Aaron Harang got the Braves into the 7th with the lead, Anthony Varvaro and Luis Avilan came on and allowed 4 runs to the Red Sox, turning a 3-2 lead into a 6-3 deficit that would eventually be the final score.
The Braves had to deal with a couple of injury concerns last night. Andrelton Simmons had to leave the game after the 7th inning due to an ankle injury that has apparently been bothering him for most of the season. Simmons has officially been listed as day-to-day and most are hopeful that he'll be able to suit up later this evening at Fenway.
The other injury concern was Evan Gattis, as for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, Gattis was taken out of the lineup just mere minutes before first pitch. This time, it was due to a strained right wrist. Gattis is also listed as day-to-day, though unlike Simmons who at least has a pretty decent chance of playing today, Gattis probably won't be in the lineup.
Following a bit of an internet kerfuffle after Braves President John Schuerholz basically admitted that the deal concerning the new Braves stadium in Cobb County probably wouldn't have gotten done if it was in the public eye (because people love hearing about their tax money going to sports facilities), Cobb County commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 to approve their part of the funding for the new stadium. This was basically the last hurdle for the Braves to clear, and it now basically guarantees, if it hasn't before, that the stadium will get built.
In other stadium news, the Braves picked out the team who will officially oversee the development of the new stadium and the surrounding facilities. 4 firms based in cities such as Birmingham, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Atlanta as well, have teamed up to form American Builders 2017. The group had a multitude of experience when it comes to building stadiums, which is definitely going to be a pretty big benefit when it comes to the overall aesthetics of the new stadium in Cobb County.
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It took 5 years and over 1,500 plate appearances, but it finally happened: Phillies OF Ben Revere hit the first home run of his Major League career. The Phillies lost, but nobody cares when you have groundbreaking achievements like this happening. If you don't believe me or what you read in the article above, here's visual proof of the magical occasion:
You probably don't want to be the guy who gave up Ben Revere's first home run. You definitely don't wanna be the guy who gave up a walk-off hit to a pitcher. Unfortunately, for T.J. McFarland, he was that guy as Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo came off the bench out of necessity (the Brewers had run out of position players to pinch-hit) and delivered the double that gave the Brewers a 7-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Granted, Gallardo is one of the better-hitting pitchers in all of baseball...but dude. You can't let a pitcher be the guy who beat you at the plate. To cap it all off, Gallardo will be the starting pitcher for the Brewers tonight.
In other rare news, the Houston Astros are on a winning streak. Yep, "Houston Astros" and "winning streak" were just used in the same sentence. Thanks to a fantastic pitching performance from Colin McHugh and a good night at the plate from Jason Castro, the Astros beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 to win their 4th straight and are 9-6 over their past 15. Someone break up the Astros!