For a while there, the Braves struggled to win 2 games in a row. Now, they've won 2 in a row against one of the better teams in the league (who just happens to be going through a pretty rough patch at the moment), as they picked up a 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics last night. Julio Teheran may not have been spectacular, but he was solid over 6 innings of work, and he did his part to keep Oakland's offense from really blowing up, while the Braves offense steadily produced 4 runs over the night. Now, the Braves have a shot at a sweep against the A's. Who would've thought?
Also, the Braves took advantage of a rare visit by the A's to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 1914 World Series Champion Boston Braves. The Braves swept the Philadelphia A's in that series, and they properly got into the spirit of things by beating the A's last night. Although most uniform nerds (like myself) were a tad bit disappointed at the uniforms not being perfectly historically accurate, there was still a fun time to be had as the entire ballpark got in on the act. From the scoreboard, to the photographers, to the PA annoucner, to the organist basically being the only form of music in the arena, everybody got into the act and kept things as 1914 as possible.
Although it seemed like many people found it humorous that the Braves stuck to the 1914 gimmick to the point where Craig Kimbrel entered to an organ rendition of "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses, not everybody was totally into the throwback feeling; Namely Freddie Freeman, who expressed such feelings below:
"My issue is when, I don’t mind using the uniform, I love the throw-back uniform, but when the atmosphere is taken out of the game," Freeman said. "Fans are coming here to have an experience and there is nothing on the Jumbotron, no music is playing. I’m looking in the stands and people’s heads are down.
I can't decide who I'm more disappointed in: Freddie Freeman for being a total Buzz Killington, or the anybody with their heads down who didn't appreciate the Braves organist getting all the way turnt up with an organ. Come on, you can't hate on that!
Meanwhile, we have more news concerning a man who seemingly has not pitched since 1914. Back in the spring, it seemed as if June or July would be a likely time for Venters to make his return. Now, we're getting to the point where Venters may not return at all in 2014. However, Venters is optimistic that he can return, even if "time is getting short" for the reliever who is fighting to return from a second Tommy John surgery.
The Braves made a minor transaction yesterday as they signed infielder Donnie Murphy to a minor league deal. Murphy's your typical unremarkable career minor leaguer, so I wouldn't expect him to see the big leagues unless a catastrophe concerned. If anything, the Braves adding an infielder to their AAA squad probably means that recent call-up Phil Gosselin could be with the Major League squad for the foreseeable future. That's just speculation, though.
Earlier, I noted that the A's have been struggling as of late. They've now lost 6 of their last 7 games, which would make this by far one of their roughest patches of the season. Meanwhile, the team in the suburbs of Los Angeles has taken advantage of this by playing some of their best baseball of the season, as the Angels are now tied with the A's for 1st Place in the AL West. While the A's have been sputtering, the Angels have won 5 of their last 6, including a 5-4 win over the Rangers yesterday.
A lot of baseball players aren't talented or fortunate enough to hit 400 home runs in their entire career. After last night, David Ortiz now has 401 with one team. Big Papi hit his 400th and 401st home runs in a Red Sox uniform last night, and his 6 RBI were extremely valuable as the Red Sox edged the Houston Astros.
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Saturday night was supposed to be a festive night in Denver, as the Rockies were slated to honor team legend Todd Helton by retiring his jersey. Unfortunately, instead of joy overflowing, there was water. A water main broke near Coors Field, and this flooded a good chunk of the nearby area, which obviously meant that this was no place for over 40,000 people to congregate. The game against the Reds will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader today.