The Atlanta Braves fell behind 4-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies and it seemed as if the Phillies were going to cruise to an easy win. That changed by the seventh inning, which is when the Braves scored four runs thanks to a Gordon Beckham bases-clearing three-run double and an RBI single from Jeff Francoeur. The game eventually went to extras, and that's when Cameron Rupp finally responded with a bases-clearing double of his own. That made it 7-4, and that's how it ended.
The Braves scored four runs last night, and nowadays that qualifies as an offensive explosion in these parts. When you combine the team's lack of power with their awful winless start to the season and their poor overall home record, you have the ingredients for some bad baseball. Now, the Braves probably won't be historically bad, but we've still got to endure a lot more pain as the season progresses.
Mallex Smith's rookie season has already been eventful. From getting a facial laceration in his very first game, to being involved in all sorts of replays, Smith has been in the middle of plenty of interesting events. As far as the replays are concerned, Smith says that he wants to keep replay officials busy by staying as active on the basepaths as possible.
"I'm going for the most replays of the season pretty much every year I show up," the Braves rookie outfielder joked. "Make things interesting (and) give those guys in New York something to do while they're up there. That's my plan."
Twenty-five games into his major league career, Smith has done his part. Of the 11 challenges that the Braves have been involved in -- eight of them issued by the team -- the 23-year-old has had a part in four.
The big question going into Thursday night's game between the Dodgers and Mets was whether or not Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw would be able to keep the Mets pitchers from hitting a home run -- namely Bartolo "Babe Ruth Jr." Colon. Well, Kershaw was up to the challenge and then some. He pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits, walking only one batter, and striking out 13 in the process.