The Braves may be leaving Philadelphia and returning to Atlanta with a series victory over the Phillies, but they won't be leaving with a sweep after Philadelphia cruised to a 5-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. Jerad Eickhoff pitched seven shutout innings for Philly, while the Phillies were able to hit Casey Kelly hard and often.
Speaking of the Phillies, they've been dealing with lack of production from right field this season. As such, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that they (and the Royals, who are in a similar situation) may be interested in trading for Nick Markakis. Personally, I doubt it'll happen and if it does, the return won't be anything spectacular.
We're getting closer and closer to what figures to be one of the most important dates on the Braves' calendar this year: The MLB Draft. As such, it's time to start getting serious about looking at players the Braves may be targeting, which means it's time to start paying attention to mock drafts from people such as Jim Callis, Keith Law, and our friends at Minor League Ball.
Ever since Fredi Gonzalez was fired as manager of the Braves, there have been a slew of names coming up in speculative talks. One of those names is Chipper Jones. Although it'll probably be a long shot to see the future Hall of Famer take on the managerial role in Atlanta, Chipper didn't rule out possibly throwing his name in the hat when it comes to possibly interviewing for the role.
Back when current interim manager Brian Snitker was managing the G-Braves, he suggested that the big league Braves add Chase d'Arnaud to the major league squad in order to help the team. Now that d'Arnaud has been called up, he's been making the best of his opportunity at the major league level, and he's doing it with his former AAA manager currently in the major league dugout.
D’Arnaud collected a career-high three hits during the Braves’ 2-0 victory against the Phillies on Saturday. Since the Braves promoted him on May 2, d’Arnaud has reached base safely in nine of 11 games played while hitting .394 (13-for-33) with a .459 on-base percentage and slugging .576.
After Saturday’s game Snitker said he’d probably use a lineup that didn’t include d’Arnaud for Sunday’s series finale but ended up giving d’Arnaud another start at third base. It was d’Arnaud’s fifth start at third and he’s also played three games at second with solid defense at both positions.
"I feel really good right now," d’Arnaud said. "I feel locked in. I’m just in self-preservation mode. Hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the season."
Nearly six hours after the first pitch was thrown in San Diego between the Padres and Dodgers, the game finally ended with LA beating San Diego 9-5 after 17 long innings of baseball. The man responsible for driving in the runs that eventually broke the extended deadlock was Yasiel Puig. His two-run single started what was eventually a four-run rally for LA, and it was also redemption for a bit of a dumb move (or lack thereof) that he made earlier in the game. Never a dull moment with Puig.