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Braves daily news digest 5/7: Freddie Freeman is firing on all cylinders

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The Braves offense is currently on fire (yeah, seriously). Naturally, one of the big reasons for this is Freddie Freeman.

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Braves clinch series victory over Phillies with 7-5 win

The Braves' offense had a second consecutive night of offensive fireworks, as they built up a big early lead that was eventually enough to win. The majority of the offensive production came from the top of the order as both Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman went 3-4 (including a homer from Simba), while Nick Markakis had himself another good night in the leadoff spot. In addition, Mike Foltynewicz added another RBI to his record thanks to a sacrifice fly (and he also had a good night on the mound as well, but who cares about that since he's clearly the second coming of Babe Ruth?), and Jace Peterson also contributed to the victory. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard hit his 50th career homer against the Braves in this contest, and I'm shocked that it's only 50.

Williams Perez gets called up

Before Wednesday's contest, the Braves made yet another minor league call-up, and once again it was for a pitcher. 23-year old Williams Perez was called up from the suburbs to the Major League squad, where he'll be part of the bullpen. Perez has been in the Braves' system since 2010, and his first appearance in the bigs will be his Major League debut. Meanwhile, Michael Kohn's most recent stint in the majors turned out to be a short one, and he's the one who will be going down to Gwinnett.

Freddie Freeman's is on the hot track

As I mentioned earlier, Freddie Freeman was one of the big reasons why the Braves won last night (and many other nights in the future, I'm sure), and it seems like he's 100% on the right track right now after getting off to a bit of a slow start.

Freeman leaves town with a modest four-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting .563 (9-for-16), with three multi-hit games in his last four. The three RBIs on Wednesday gave him seven in those four games. He finished hitting .462 (18-for-39) for the homestand, with nine RBIs, raising his season average to .301 -- 66 points higher than when the homestand began. At Turner Field, he is hitting .344 (21-for-61), having driven in 11 of his 17 runs.

That's a far cry from where he was on April 15 following an 0-for-3 against Miami that dropped his average at home to .136 and his season mark to .229.

Could Shelby Miller become the Braves ace?

Hey, with the way that Shelby Miller has been pitching lately, he's definitely making a lot of Braves fans and writers believe that he could potentially become the ace of the Braves' rotation. Recently, Shelby Miller talked to the AJC's Dave O'Brien about what he's been doing to evolve as a pitcher, and it mostly has to do with the addition of a new pitch to his arsenal.

"About halfway through the year I started mixing in a sinker, at the All-Star break," he said. "I felt like that really took me to the next level as far as pitching, mixing that pitch in. And this past year (2014), just recognizing what you did right and wrong and what you can get better at.

"In the back of my head I know what I need to do in 2015 to be more successful and just go out and there and try to be the best I can. I think I’ll definitely bring that to the table and be the best the best pitcher I can be, more than a thrower. I’m here to pitch; I’ve been a thrower in the past."

An ode to Kelly Johnson

On Tuesday night, Kelly Johnson joined the 1,000 hit club, and it was a pretty cool moment to see one of the old Baby Braves come back and reach the milestone in a Braves uniform. KJ's a pretty popular guy here in Braves country, as evidenced by this piece from our friends over at the Braves General Store.

Check out our Minor League Report for today


Despite amazing performance by Joc Pederson, Dodgers lose to Brewers

Dodgers CF Joc Pederson went absolutely ham on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. In the field, he made a fantastic catch to steal an extra-base hit from the opposing pitcher (because that's just what a pitcher needs, right? An even tougher time getting a hit!), and at the plate, he mashed two homers for Los Angeles' cause. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, it wasn't enough as the currently-in-turmoil Brewers were able to snatch a 6-3 victory at home.

Twins rookie Eddie Rosario hits the first pitch he sees for a homer

Wednesday night was a lovely night for the Twins, as they absolutely demolished the Athletics by the score of 13-0. However, the best moment of the game came in the first inning, which is when Twins rookie OF Eddie Rosario made his first career plate appearance while his family watched on. He definitely didn't disappoint, as he hit the first pitch he saw into the left field seats for a homer. Just like that, Rosario became the first Twin ever to accomplish the feat of hitting his first career Major League pitch for a homer and he set the tone for what would be a great night for the Twins.

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Bryce Harper hits three dingers in Nats victory over Marlins

Yeah, we can't forget about ol' Bruce Hooper. We especially can't forget about him when he has an outstanding day like he had yesterday. The linchpin of the Washington Nationals lit up the scoreboard yesterday, as he mashed three homers against the Miami Marlins. Washington ended up needing all three of those dingers as they eked out a 7-5 victory in the matinee affair.

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