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Braves Daily News Digest: 7/8

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Avilan, Umps Have Bad Night As Braves Lose

With the Braves up 1 in the bottom of the 8th, Fredi Gonzalez decided to hand the ball to Luis Avilan. Avilan's had a pretty bad year. This was another one to file in the "Bad Year" folder for Avilan, as he gave up a game-tying solo HR to Curtis Granderson. The game eventually went to extras, but before it did, apparently the Neighborhood Play magically became reviewable in MLB's replay system, because a Neighborhood Play got reversed. Wow. Anyways, the Mets eventually won the game 4-3 thanks to a walk-off double from Juan Lagares.

Fredi Highly Displeased With Replay Reversal

If it wasn't obvious from the fact that Fredi got the hook immediately after the Neighborhood Play was somehow reviewed and overturned last night, Fredi further expounded to Dave O'Brien on exactly how he felt about that call from the umpires. Here's a hint: He ain't pleased.

"It’s one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen," said Gonzalez, who argued at the time and said again after the game that it was a neighborhood play. "Luckily it didn’t cost us the game there. But whoever interpreted it in the headquarters for video replay … it may be one of the worst calls.

Gattis Probably Won't Return From Back Injury Immediately

After being diagnosed with a bulging disc and enduring an epidural, this left the Braves hopeful that Gattis would eventually be feeling spry enough to the point where he could be activated from the DL after a quick recovery time. Unfortunately, Gattis has yet to be cleared for baseball activities, which means that a July 18th call-up is looking less and less likely.

Teheran Will Go To All-Star Game, But Won't Pitch

Last week, this was noted as a possibility: The fact that Julio Teheran's next go-around could come on the Sunday before the All-Star Game, which would make him ineligible to pitch in the Mid-Summer's Classic according to MLB rules. Now that Teheran has been penciled in to make the start on Sunday against the Cubs, that makes it official: Teheran is still going to Minneapolis for the game, but he won't be pitching.

J-Up Hopes To Make It Two Final Vote Wins In A Row For Braves

Last season, Freddie Freeman was relegated to the Twitter/text spam-a-thon that is the MLB All-Star Game's Final Vote segment. Fortunately he won and was able to make the trip to the game. Now, another Brave is in there, and this time it's Justin Upton. Quite obviously, Justin's hoping that Braves fans can do what they did with Freddie last season and help propel him into the game. From the article:

"Obviously Freddie’s been here a long time and he’s kind of the face of our franchise. It’ll be interesting to see how Braves Country reacts to me. I’m hoping it’s the same way."

Mets Series Serves As Homecoming For TLS

A trip to New York to face off against divisional rivals in the middle of the summer might feel like just a normal road trip during the course of the regular season, but for Tommy La Stella, it was a pretty big deal. That's because this is his very first trip to New York to play the Mets, which means that he was able to return to his New Jersey home and bring some of his family and friends to the game as well.

No Decision Yet On Braves Stadium Bonds

So, Cobb County still has yet formally approve the usage of $397 Million that will go towards building the stadium. In front of some concerned Cobb County citizens, Judge Robert Leonard announced that he hadn't made a ruling yet on the bonds. The longer this drags on, the more there's a possibility that the stadium may not be ready for Opening Day '17. It's a small possibility, but it's still there.


Angels Reach .500 All-Time Record For First Time Since 1961

The Los Angeles Angels picked up a pretty routine victory on Monday night, as they rode a strong long-relief performance from spot starter Matt Shoemaker (who was on 3 days rest, no less) to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Although the Angels are well above .500 for the 2014 campaign, the special part about this victory was that it gave the Angels an all-time record of 4272-4272-3, which means that the Angels are now at .500 all-time for the first time since their inaugural season of 1961. The win also made them the only team from the Expansion Era with a .500 or better record.

Altuve Has 124 Hits Before All-Star Break

The Houston Astros have a new pre-All-Star Break Hit King (I don't know if that's an official term. If it isn't, then I'm making it one), and his name is Jose Altuve. Altuve collected his 124th hit this season, which is a new pre-All-Star Break record for the Astors and it broke Bob Watson's old club record. Altuve's 2-5 game at the plate played a small role in what ended up being a laugher of a victory for the Houston Astros, who trampled the Texas Rangers 12-7. Also, don't look now but the Astros are 2 games back -- of the Texas Rangers for 4th place. They're still 20 games back in the AL West, but the rebuild project is still on course, so that's all that really matters here.