Chris Johnson, the man who's recently expressed his willingness to be traded out of Atlanta, smashed three hits for two RBI in the Braves' 4-3 win. Juan Uribe and Nick Markakis each tacked on a pair of hits. Alex Wood took to the mound and pitched 6.2 innings of three-run ball to earn the win, wile Jason Frasor, Luis Avilan and Jim Johnson combined for 2.1 perfect innings to shut down the Dodgers. The Braves are now just four games under .500 at 45-49.
Good news for the Braves' lineup: Freddie Freeman's return is just around the corner. Per David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Freeman is off to Florida where he will continue to rehab. The plan is for Freeman to see some time in the minors before joining the Braves next Thursday in Philadelphia.
Freeman: "I'm pretty pumped. Now its just the waiting game, got to go through the rehab process" #Braves— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) July 21, 2015
Don Sutton has been calling Braves games since 1989 (aside from a two year span from 2007-08 where he was with the Nationals' broadcast team). Now, he's being honored by landing a spot in the Braves' Hall of Fame. This of course isn't the only Hall of Fame that Sutton is a member of; the 324 game-winner was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1998.
"I can’t wrap my head around it," Sutton said. "I can’t. … I feel like I’ve had the best seat in the house. I sit and watch the best people be good."
Philadelphia's highly touted prospect Aaron Nola took the mound Tuesday for his first carer start, He pitched six innings, gave up just one run and struck out six. Good enough for the win, right? Not when your team gives you zero run support. The Tampa Bay Rays shut the Phillies out in a 1-0 victory. To make maters worse, Nola's one earned run came off of the bat of Nathan Karns - Tampa Bay's pitcher.
The trade deadline is baring down upon us - just nine days remaining. The New York Mets, who have been reportedly looking to add a bat to their lineup, don't seem t understand that it's going to take money to do so. New York is reportedly not winning to pay the $3 million that Ben Zobrist is due, if a trade with the Oaklan Athletics were to be worked out. It's just a head-scratcher. Sports Illustrated has all the updates on Cueto, Hamels and more in their rumore tracker.