Despite having a 2-0 lead going into the latter stages of the game, the Braves snatched defeat from the jaws of victory for the 2nd day in a row, as bad pitching and managerial blunders helped contribute to what eventually became a 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Atlanta will continue their swing on the western side of the country with a trip to the land of purple mountain majesty, Colorado.
Evan Gattis has been doing a bit better at the plate lately, and he believes that it's because of some small changes that he made to his swing. Over his last six games, Gattis has been hitting .391/.462/.783 with 2 HR, 6 RBI, and 246 wRC+. That'll get the job done. From the man himself:
"My swing’s changed a little bit," Gattis said. "I’ve kind of gotten more up and down, better (bat) path, more vertical instead of side-to-side movement. That way, sometimes I can be right here and see it spinning and just (go straight down to the ball)."
Jordan Walden was supposed to make an appearance for the G-Braves on Saturday, but for some reason it was pushed to Sunday. Either way, the stint was a successful one for Walden, who went 1 inning with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Most importantly, Walden made sure to note that he had no issues with his hamstring, which means that Tuesday should be the day we see Walden come back to the bullpen.
B.J. Upton was a bit late getting to Chase Field on Friday night, but I think his excuse is a pretty valid one. In fact, it was time for congratulations for Melvin, as his fiancee gave birth to their second child, who was doing well as B.J. left to rejoin the Braves. B.J. marked his return to the lineup with an 0-5 game on Saturday.
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The Oakland Atheltics are a pretty good team this season, and they continued to prove that point by whooping on the Baltimore Orioles to the tune of 11-1. Unfortunately, the most noteworthy thing that happened was O's 3rd baseman Manny Machado continuing his 48-hour feud with the A's by escalating it to new heights. It's all fun & games until someone throws a bat, and Machado did just that. I'll eat my hat if he doesn't get suspended.
Felix Hernandez was at it again on Sunday, as he collected 15 strikeouts over 7 innings. However, the game was still in the balance until the 9th inning because nobody scored until then, which is when the Mariners got 5 runs to turn what was a pretty weird but close game into a complete walkover for the Mariners over the Rays.
In honor of Father's Day, MLB has decided to put their streaming service MLB.TV on sale for $49.99. Yes, that's 50% off. If there was ever a time to hop on a deal like that, now's the time. Seems like it'd be the perfect gift for the baseball-loving dad in your life...or for yourself if you're the greedy, self-serving type. I won't judge you, though.