The Nationals won't be celebrating ten straight victories over the Braves, as Atlanta finally put their foot down and won a game against Washington. In the fourth inning of the contest, A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe hit back-to-back homers to make it 3-0, then Matt Wisler added to the tally with his first career RBI. Speaking of Wisler, he went 5.1 innings, struck out six, and didn't give up any runs in what was a solid effort from the rookie.
While the Braves may have started off July on the right foot, it wasn't exactly a continuation of good times from June. In fact, June was filled with bad time as the Braves started to slip away from the top of the NL East. While the bullpen was to blame for many of the problems at the beginning of the month, offensive struggles held the team back at the end of the month. Freddie Freeman, we miss you dearly.
The Braves' pitching staff will see yet another new face added to the squad today, and this time it's another prized prospect. Manny Banuelos will be making his debut today, and he'll be facing the Nationals and he'll be opposite of their ace, Matt Scherzer. Talk about being thrown into the fire!
Our friends over at Tomahawk Take were able to get an interview with currently-suspended but soon-to-be-reinstated reliever Andrew McKirahan. They talked with him about what he's been up to during his suspension, when he's expecting to re-join the Major League squad, and the support he's received from the team while he's been on the sidelines. It's definitely worth a look!
Cleveland pitcher Carlos Carrasco pitched the best game of his career last night against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was so good that he was able to get within one strike of giving Cleveland their first no-hitter in 34 years. Unfortunately, Tribe fans will have to keep on waiting, as Carrasco was unable to get the final out to secure the no-no. Fortunately for Cleveland, Austin Adams was able to get the out to win the game for Cleveland, but I'm sure that they would've liked to have ended their long no-hitter drought as well.
The Astros have been having a great season so far, and one of the guys who's been leading the way for Houston has been George Springer. Springer's been hitting .264/.365/.457 with 13 home runs and 133 wRC+. Unfortunately, it appears that he'll probably be spending some time on the DL after he got hit on the wrist by a pitch. Amazingly, Springer stayed in the game and even slid head-first into third base. Springer eventually scored and then left the game, and that'll probably be the last time we see Springer play until he comes off the DL.