Sunday ended in victory for both the Atlanta Braves and the Gwinnett Stripers.
However, neither win happened without a bit of drama.
The Braves won 5-4 despite the Atlanta bullpen struggling on back-to-back days for the first time in quite a while. The Stripers won via a game-winning hit off the bat of Travis d’Arnaud, in what hopefully will be his final bat anywhere other than Atlanta this season.
Overall, it was a successful week for the Braves. They won five of their six games, are now within two games of new NL East leader Philadelphia, and got major contributions from their trade deadline additions. However, the Braves bullpen has allowed six runs over the past two days. While they were fortunate to hold onto the lead Sunday, the hope is that Atlanta’s relief unit can get back on track soon to keep the winning ways going strong.
With an off day today, Atlanta’s arms will get some needed rest. However, another bit of news many are anticipating is the return of Travis d’Arnaud to Atlanta. A roster move is highly anticipated before Tuesday’s game. The return of d’Arnaud has been needed for weeks. Since the start of June, Atlanta’s backstops are last in the OPS in the majors and have more strikeouts (63) than hits and walks combined (58). Though the lineup as a whole has been better as of late, d’Arnaud would be a significant boost to make the lineup even deeper over the stretch run.
- Though not as dominant as his last time out, Max Fried once again was highly effective. He allowed only one run over six innings and did more than enough to put the Braves in a position to win. Furthermore, he also had another hit and run scored to contribute to the offensive success.
- After an early exit on Saturday due to an illness, Freddie Freeman was not in the starting lineup on Sunday. Fortunately, he did enter the game in the seventh inning of yesterday’s game, and with the team having the day off today, will hopefully be close or back to full health once Atlanta returns to the field tomorrow.
- Sunday’s game also featured yet another home run from a deadline addition for the Braves. Both Jorge Soler and Adam Duvall have hit timely long balls all week long and hopefully will keep the good times rolling into this week.
- Cristian Pache had a home run and a double for the Stripers on Sunday. He was featured as one of the best prospect performers of the day over at MLB.com.
- An emotional day at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia ended on another positive note for the Phillies. As the team honored the legacy of Roy Halladay, the Phillies swept the Mets for their eighth straight win. With how well the Phillies are playing, Atlanta certainly has to consider it a positive to be within two games of the division lead.
- The Blue Jays achieved a memorable 9-8 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday. For one, they were able to come back after being down by as many as five runs in the game. More importantly, it was an inspiring come back victory in front of their home fans in Toronto after recently being able to return to their home city to play games.
- It was a fun weekend for the Orioles’ Adley Rutschman. Baltimore’s top prospect was officially named MLB’s top prospect. Furthermore, he received a promotion to AAA, leaving him one step away from the bigs.
- As many teams are well within the final third of their season, MLB.com looks at the player from each team with the most left to prove along the way. For the Braves, Ian Anderson’s return from injury to hopefully bolster the starting staff is viewed as a highly needed development for Atlanta’s playoff hopes.