Just as two of the 3 games in Miami had a theme of the other guys getting up early and staying up, this series had a theme: The Giants hit home runs like crazy. Yesterday, they hit two and managed to actually manufacture 1 run. In fact, that 1 solitary run was the only non-HR run of the series for the Giants, but the power was enough to send the Braves to their sixth straight defeat, and their longest since the 2012 season, which is when they lost 8 in a row during that May. In other news, Andrelton Simmons missed the game due to a personal family issue.
Word came out last week that Gavin Floyd would be activated on Sunday. That happened, and the man who had to go down to make room for Floyd was reliever Ian Thomas. Floyd may be making a start in place of Ervin Santana, who will miss his next start due to a thumb issue, but will be able to make his next scheduled start after that one. Meanwhile, Thomas will pitch as a starter in Gwinnett.
Meanwhile, the former leader of this great website who now writes for ESPN's Chop County had an interesting take on the Chris Johnson contract extension. Although the declaration that Johnson's contract extension was a mistake isn't exactly news, this description of the signing sent chills down my spine:
Overall my assessment of this contract is that it’s a "half-Uggla."
Although it's pretty hard to keep spirits up when you haven't won a game for a week now, Fredi Gonzalez is trying his best to make sure that morale stays high. DOB reports that during the hitters meeting before yesterday's loss, Gonzalez tried his best to get some laughs out of the guys before they took the field. Although it didn't result in a win, the Braves did manage to avoid a shutout...so progress?
Whenever there's something intriguing going on stats-wise in baseball, the guys at fangraphs are all over it, and recently they covered the Braves' rotation and their torrid start to April. Obviously, Mike Petriello realized just like most of us that this wasn't going to last (and most of the guys came crashing down to Earth after their last turn), but he also notes that what they did still counts, which means that even if Aaron Harang goes back to being...well, Aaron Harang, then it doesn't really hurt because he already helped bank a few precious wins for the Braves down the road. That's always a good thing.
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Dodgers star OF Yasiel Puig took a very nasty spill at the end of yesterday's game in Miami. As he was looking to make a catch on a Jeff Baker fly ball, he missed the catch and instead crashed into the wall, which is when the ball bounced off the wall and hit him in the head as well. Puig's been listed as day-to-day after the huge crash into the wall. As for the Marlins, it's another series win for them, as it appears that they've turned Marlins Park into a fortress of sorts to start the season.
Former Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens is attempting to make a comeback from knee surgery back in last September. Jurrjens spent 2013 in the Minor League systems of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers, and hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2012, which is when he made 10 starts for the Braves.
Thanks to Yadi Molina hitting a 2-run single to put the Cardinals ahead of the Cubs in the 9th inning, St. Louis was able to avoid a sweep at the hands of their rival Chicago by the score of 5-3. However, with the throwback uniforms that both teams were wearing, the winner was the viewer and the people who were at the game in person to witness the awesome uniforms.
They’re kicking it old school at Wrigley Field tonight. pic.twitter.com/2AlW7jbyLq— MLB (@MLB) May 5, 2014
The Rays beat the Yankees 5-1 yesterday to win a series in Yankee Stadium, and they did it with the help of a Wil Myers 3-run Inside-the-park home run. Granted, Myers hit it to the deepest part of Yankee Stadium without it actually going out, but after Ellsbury's admirable effort to make the catch, this was mostly on Carlos Beltran for deciding to watch most of the play instead of participating.