As if being swept by the Padres isn't bad enough, losing the final game of the series in the 10th inning just puts the icing on the cake. Aaron Harang took the mound for Atlanta, going six innings, allowing two runs, while walking four. Tyson Ross took the hill for San Diego, and like Harang, went six innings while giving up two runs. The game went into extras tied at three, until eventually losing in the 10th. On the offensive end, Jason Heyward came up just a homer shy of the cycle. After the game Harang had a few words to share on the Padres:
"They're a pesky team over there," said Harang, a former Padre. "I got to play over there. That's their philosophy. They have a lot of guys who make the starter throw a lot of pitches and raise the pitch count real quick. They never let you get in a groove."
On Sunday, the Minnesota Twins picked up often-criticized outfielder Jordan Schafer from the Braves. Minnesota was thin at the center-field position, and Schafer is a cheap option to plug in there. In 63 games with Atlanta, Jordan posted a disappointing, and downright depressing, .163 batting average.
Venters, who is in the midst of a comeback from Tommy John Surgery, threw an encouraging bullpen session on Friday at Petco Park. The lefty threw 15 pitches, at around 70-80 percent. While this is encouraging, Freddi Gonzalez preaches patience:
"I assume everything went fine," Gonzalez said. "But again, it’s only a light pen. I don’t want to put any undue pressure or undue expectations on Jonny by talking about it every time he throws a pen. I don’t think it’s fair to him. He’s battling second-time Tommy John and he’s had some setbacks."
After being struck in the left hand by Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri on Friday night, it was announced that Diamondbacks' star Paul Goldschmidt had suffered a fractured hand that will likely keep him out the rest of the season. Before the injury, Paul was leading the Diamondbacks in home-runs, doubles, RBI's, and WAR.
On Sunday, facing the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants star Madison Bumgarner shined with one of the best outings of his career. Striking out ten and only allowing two hits, MadBum brought his A-Game against New York. The Giants' offense was no slouch either, scoring nine-runs to secure the win for two-time NL All-Star Bumgarner.
During Saturday's Reds-Marlins game, a young girl ran into the outfield, and was eventually chased down by security. If you're looking to see a little girl get laid out by security, this probably isn't for you. But if you want to check out something cute to drown out the sorrow of watching the Braves losing six games in a row, I highly recommend this.