Home is supposed to be a happy place, but this is definitely not a happy house for the Braves right now and they are not having fun. Despite another good start from Matt Wisler (8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 2 BB), the offense never really came to life and the Phillies were able to scrounge together enough runs to pick up the win. But hey, at least Ender Inciarte is still fun to watch, right?
One of the few bright spots on the Braves has been the emergence of Hunter Cervenka. Although it's still extremely early days in his career, Cervenka is off to a fantastic start as he's thrown 14 scoreless innings to start off his time as a major leaguer. He's still got a long way to go before he can get the record, but he's expressing plenty of confidence and showing it whenever he takes the mound.
...Since making his debut on April 12 against the Nationals, and after allowing a single to Daniel Murphy, the first batter he faced, [he] hasn't given up another since over a string of 34 batters and 9 2/3 innings.
That's included reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper, the Marlins' since suspended batting champ Dee Gordon, the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez and the Mets' Curtis Granderson (twice), all of whom struck out swinging. He got the Red Sox's David Ortiz to ground out with a runner in scoring position and the Braves up 5-2, and in his last outing against Arizona, ended the seventh by fanning David Peralta, the NL's leader in triples.
"I've just had this attitude that no one's better that me and I'm going to go out and compete and make you hit it," Cervenka said. "I'm not trying to finesse anybody. I'm going out there and 'here it is. hit it.'"
The Braves have had to depend on Cervenka since he's currently their best lefty reliever, and as such the Braves need a bit of help in that department. They're hoping to get at least a little bit of help from Ian Krol, who Atlanta called up to the major league squad yesterday.
Last year, the Kansas City Royals wore some lovely throwback KC Monarchs uniforms in their Salute to the Negro Leagues day. They'll be doing the same for this season (albeit slightly different), and the Atlanta Braves will be participating as well by wearing Atlanta Black Crackers throwbacks. You can check out both uniforms below:
The Rangers have had some major trouble trying to beat the White Sox as of late, and it seemed like even Mother Nature was against them as a rain storm rolled in and washed out Derek Holland's control. The White Sox proceeded to beat up on Holland and Texas' relief corps after the rain delay and it seemed as if they were going to cruise to victory, but then the Rangers went crazy in the later stages of the game and eventually did this:
There were further late-game heroics in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers and Mets went down to the bottom of the 9th inning. It was 2-2 at that point, but it ended 3-2 in that frame thanks to a walk-off homer from Trayce Thompson.