The Braves brought the lumber on Monday, with five home runs aiding their efforts in scoring 13 runs. Ronald Acuña, Jr. led off the Braves scoring with a grand slam in the second inning, and was followed with blasts from Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies (twice), and Nick Markakis. Unfortunately Kevin Gausman was terrible once again, but was relieved by Sean Newcomb, who went 4 2⁄3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Josh Donaldson got brushed on the jersey by Joe Musgrove. He then took issue with the right-hander and the entire Pittsburgh roster, initiating a brawl that saw both players and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle ejected.
Dallas Keuchel was excellent, and by all accounts looked very sharp, in his Braves debut with Low-A Rome. The left-hander went seven innings, striking out nine batters while allowing just one hit. Keuchel is expected to make at least one more minor league start before joining the major league club. This was quite obviously an encouraging start for Keuchel as he ascends toward contributing in Atlanta.
Statcast unveils a new metric that measures outfielders jumps on fly balls, which features a prominent name in Braves defensive lore: Ender Inciarte. It can be difficult to grasp the effectiveness of a player with only average speed who grades out as a plus defender in center field, but this metric gives some evidence as to the value of jumps off the bat.
Prayers up for Big Papi as he recovers from a shooting in the Dominican Republic.
This is relevant, if uninformative.
You really hate to see this happen to the Phillies.