The Braves played a dangerous game on Wednesday, allowing the Angels to hang around as the offense sputtered and wasted opportunities for the majority of the game. The lone Atlanta run in this one came on a Matt Kemp leadoff homer in the second, his tenth of the season. Jaime Garcia pitched an excellent game, going seven innings and allowing just an unearned run, which was enough to remove him from the decision. Arodys Vizcaino relieved Garcia and promptly allowed a leadoff homer to Eric Young, Jr. in the eighth, which would prove to be the decisive blow.
The MLB Draft is less than two weeks away, and on Wednesday Matt Powers released his top 100 draft prospects for this year. If you are excited for the draft, and specifically how the Braves may approach it, then this is a great read with plenty of insight into not only the prospect themselves but also where they could land come draft day.
As the Braves head to Cincinnati for a weekend series with the Reds, Mike Foltynewicz will be looking to improve upon his most recent road outing, which came in San Francisco on Saturday. Braves beat writer Mark Bowman spoke with Fotlynewicz following that start:
"Everything was up," Foltynewicz said. "After the first pitch, everything was up … fastball, slider, changeup. They were ready for everything that was in the zone, and they did what they had to do with it."
Foltynewicz has looked more comfortable on the road than at home this season. He's 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA at Atlanta's SunTrust Park, where hitters have posted a .919 OPS and .326 average against him. On the road, he's 1-3 with a 3.77 ERA, and he's limited opposing batters to a .737 OPS.
George Springer demolished a baseball and the Astros continued their winning ways, beating the Twins 17-6 to complete a sweep in Minnesota. The victory was Houston’s seventh straight, putting their season record at 38-16. The club certainly looks the part of baseball’s best team thus far, and with their crop of young talent this could be a sustainable contender for the foreseeable future.
In all fairness to Mr. Met, chances are the fan deserved to get the middle finger, but the Mets have enough problems right now without their mascot making headlines.