A change in scenery didn't change the result, as the Braves once again lost to the Boston Red Sox, this time in the cozy confines of Fenway Park. The Braves had a golden opportunity to score in the top of the 7th, but a Freddie Freeman ground-out with the bases loaded ended that threat and ultimately whatever chance the Braves had at winning this game.
It finally happened: 2nd Baseman Tommy La Stella was called up AAA Wednesday afternoon, and Tyler Pastornicky was sent back down to the suburbs in Gwinnett. La Stella went 2-4 in his MLB debut, and although nobody is expecting TLS to light the world on fire, he still figures to be a vast improvement over what we've been seeing from the 2nd base position so far in 2014.
One of the people who was directly affected by the call-up of La Stella is Dan Uggla, who went into this season with a tenuous-at-best hold of the position of starting 2nd baseman and only lasted a bit over a month before being replaced by Tommy La Stella. So what plans does Fredi have for this crew? From an interview with David O'Brien:
"I’ll give (La Stella) a chance and pop Danny in there every once in a while," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Short, but sweet. You might want to get ready to see TLS at 2nd for the foreseeable future.
In yesterday's news digest, I said that Evan Gattis would probably miss last night's game with a wrist injury while the encouraging news surrounding Andrelton Simmons' nagging ankle injury also had me thinking that maybe Simmons would play through it. To show you how much I know about baseball and/or being a doctor, I got both of those wrong. Gattis played and went 1-4 with a K at the plate, while Andrelton Simmons sat the game out.
In relatively small news, the Braves got "new" batting helmets today. I put the "new" phrase in quotation marks because it's still the same helmet, just with a different logo on the front; One that matches what the players wear on their caps and just about every other piece of Braves gear. This came after the guys at ESPN's Uni-Watch pointed out the discrepancy. If you noticed this, congratulations! You have what's called an "Eagle Eye (and you are one of 12 people who actually care about this sort of thing, but I digress)." However, if you don't know, then now you know.
League Wide News
I'm gonna take a wild guess and say that approximately 495689221 pitchers have had to go under the knife of Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John Surgery in 2014. This is a bit of an epidemic, and just as with any other epidemic, doctors have to have something to say about it. Along with a Dr. Glenn Feiseg, the two men worked together to come up with a "position statement" on the matter. The article above sifted out the highlights, which I suggest that you read.
Four Teams Win In Walk-Off Fashion On Wednesday
If you like walk-off victories, then you were probably in hog heaven last night, as there were a whopping 4 walk-off victories in baseball, and 3 of them occurred within a 45-minute span of each other.
- The Blue Jays beat the Rays 3-2 thanks to a throwing error from Juan Oviedo, which allowed Kevin Pillar to score to give the AL East-leading Blue Jays their 9th straight victory.
- Perhaps inspired by Ruthian slugger Ben Revere, Ryan Howard hit a walk-off 3-run homer for the Phillies as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the hands of the Rockies.
- After a bit of a managerial blunder in the top of the 9th (The White Sox intentionally walked Jason Giambi to face Yan Gomes. Yes, this is 2014 and Jason Giambi is getting intentionally walked) nearly blew it for the Chicago White Sox, Moises Sierra came through in the bottom of the 9th with a walk-off single to give the White Sox a 3-2 victory over Cleveland.
- Scott Kazmir threw a complete game for the Athletics last night, and it appeared that the performance would go in vain. Fortunately for him and the rest of the fans who showed up at the Coliseum in Oakland, Josh Donaldson came through in the clutch with a walk-off 3-run dinger that gave the A's a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.