Donovan Solano hasn't exactly been the star of the Miami Marlins this season, but you wouldn't believe it with the way he killed the Braves last night. Solano hit a HR in the 2nd inning (his 4th of the season. This is starting to become a theme), and had an RBI single that made it 3-0. The Marlins ended up scoring 4 runs on the night, but they may as well have only scored 1 because the Braves were not looking any type of likely to score last night, and they didn't.
On a happier note, Craig Kimbrel notched save #40 of the season back on Friday night when the Braves beat the Marlins. What seemed like another ho-hum performance by Kimbrel ended up being another milestone that the Alabama fireballer has reached. From the AJC's article:
Friday night, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel collected his 40th save, pitching a scoreless ninth against Miami and passing a milestone that he has turned into a routine. He is the first closer in Major League history with 40 or more saves in each of his first four seasons.
Our friends at MLB Daily Dish decided to take a look at the Braves and their playoff chances, while also trying to explain why they're so far behind the Nationals in the divisional race. Although the problem (strikeouts) and solution (Phil Gosselin and Emilio Bonifacio getting on base a lot) seem a bit simple for my tastes, it does appear that the writer is a firm believer that if the Braves make it into the Postseason and draw the Nationals, this team could (and maybe even should) beat the Nationals.
Meanwhile, another person who has a rosy outlook on the Braves and their Postseason chances is Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy, who was back in Georgia for a bit to make a public appearance. He was asked about the Braves' chances to play October baseball and as expected, the Murph was a bit vague, but seemed to imply that a good September should vault Atlanta into the playoffs.
"They've been through Septembers. The good September's and the not so good September's, as we all remember. They know what it's going to take. I think they went through their bad stretch, their tough stretch. It's amazing what kind of momentum you can get going in September,"
Jake Peavy pitched an absolute gem last night. Anytime that your night can be summed up with "He nearly threw a no-hitter," it's bittersweet; Bitter in that you missed out on completing the no-no, but sweet in that it's still a doggone good night of pitching. Also, don't look now but the Giants have a 5-game win streak. Gee, isn't that just swell?
Yeah, that's the headline I went with because I've got nothing and I think that MLB's twitter account handled it well. Anyways, Matt Holliday had a huge game during the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader with the Cubs. After going hitless as the Cardinals lost to the Cubs in Game 1, he more than made up for it in Game 2 as he blasted 2 HRs into the St. Louis night sky as the Redbirds routed the Cubbies 13-2.