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The Daily Chop: New Lineup Looks Great, Bullpen Game a Success, Plus More

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Braves continue to drive in runs in the desert.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves’ bats and bullpen were ready and productive on Tuesday.

Three more home runs and a great performance from Atlanta’s relief corps were more than enough to allow the Braves to earn their third straight victory and maintain a three game lead over the Phillies in the NL East. Jesse Chavez, Drew Smyly, and others did a great job of keeping Arizona’s bats silent.

It was the Braves bats that provided the fireworks for the evening.

Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies, and Jorge Soler each went deep on Tuesday evening. Soler has looked good from the leadoff spot so far, while Albies and Riley bats have come alive once again in Arizona. Riley’s home run was his 30th of the season. He is only the second third baseman in franchise history with at least 30 home runs, 90 RBIs and 280 total bases in a season at 24 years old or younger. The other is Eddie Matthews, who accomplished the feat four times between the ages of 21-24.

Braves News

  • Though he did give up the lone run to Arizona, Drew Smyly looked decent in earning his 10th win of the season. Though its unlikely he will be relied upon again as a full-time starter, Smyly at least has a positive outing to build on moving forward.
  • The Braves made a roster move on Tuesday, claiming catcher Chadwick Thomp off waivers from the Giants. The move is meant for organizational depth after Stephen Vogt’s hip injury early this month, as Thomp was optioned to Triple A.
  • Both the Gwinnett Stripers and the Mississippi Braves are in the postseason. While the Stripers were off, Mississippi got off to a less than ideal start with a 7-1 loss to Montgomery.
  • For the latest on everything happening on the Braves farm as seasons wrap up, check out the latest Road to Atlanta Podcast.

MLB News

  • The Phillies are having a bit tougher time than many expected at home versus the Orioles. After being shut out Monday night, Philadelphia was able to earn a win in their last at-bat thanks to J.T. Realmuto and remain within three games of the Braves.
  • A unique incident certainly caused some stir around baseball on Tuesday afternoon. The Rays Kevin Kiermaier picked up a strategy card that the Blue Jays Alejandro Kirk accidently dropped during a play at the plate on Monday night and the Rays did not return the card. Kiermaier shared his side of the story after the game.
  • The Padres have certainly struggled over the month, to the point that they are highly unlikely to make the postseason. Over the weekend in St. Louis, a heated argument occurred between stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. Both Machado and Tatis Jr. addressed that moment on Tuesday and stated that it was done and behind them.
  • Last week, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers injured his rib but was hoping to play through the pain. However, though it still remains likely his ailment is of the short term variety, Bellinger was placed on the 10-day IL on Tuesday so the injury can have time to heal.