The Atlanta Braves bounced back to take the final two games against the Philadelphia Phillies to come away with a much-needed series win. Shelby Miller shined in a 99 pitch complete game shutout on Tuesday while Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons did most of the heavy lifting in Wednesday's 7-5 win. Atlanta is back at the .500 mark and hit the road for nine straight beginning with a three-game set in Washington on Friday.
Sugar Ray Marimon allowed two hits in six shutout innings on Thursday while helping the Gwinnett Braves to a 5-0 win over Scranton. Marimon lowered his ERA to 0.47 for the season.
Jose Peraza has found his stroke at Triple-A Gwinnett and that has many members of the fan base rumbling about a potential callup. MLB.com's Mark Bowman tackles the question in this week's mailbag:
Though Peraza has batted .400 (24-for-60) over his past 16 games, the urge to rush him to Atlanta has been subdued as Jace Peterson has raised his batting average from .182 to .286 while batting .424 (14-for-33) over his past 10 games. The Braves may transition Peterson to third base to make room at second base for Peraza, who's ranked by MLB.com as Atlanta's No. 1 prospect and the No. 38 prospect in baseball. But for now, it seems the club is simply planning to evaluate how the highly-regarded Peraza fares over the next few weeks.
The Atlanta Braves have played 28 games and have deployed 28 different lineups in each of them. Atlanta is the only team in the major leagues not have duplicated a lineup at least once so far this season. According the AJC's Michael Cunningham it has become a bit of a running joke with Fredi Gonzalez who talked about the lineups:
"Sooner or later it's got to happen," Gonzalez said. "But you know what? It's worked. It's worked to keep guys fresh and facing who they should be facing, putting them in a situation where they are going to be successful. That's what we try to do as managers."
Alex Rodriguez moved into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time home run list Thursday night launching No. 661 in the bottom of the third inning against the Orioles.