The Braves have now lost eight games in a row at Petco Park in San Diego. Their latest loss comes at the hands of San Diego's rookie Colin Rae (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 K), Matt Kemp (2-for-3 with a home run) and Yonder Alonso (2-for-4 with a home run and a double). On the Atlanta end of things, former Padre Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a home run, his tenth of the season. Williams Perez lasted 6.1 innings, but allowed four runs on seven hits and got tacked with the loss.
Good news, everybody! Monday brought along some updates on a pair of injured Atlanta pitchers, Mike Minor and Manny Banuelos. Prior to the 2015 season, Minor was shut down for the year following shoulder surgery. As The Atlanta Journal Constitution's David O'Brien explained on Twitter, signs point towards Minor making a return to the Braves in 2016, and that he might not be too far away from throwing again. Banuelos has been on the shelf since late July, but the Braves are hoping that he will be back by the start of September.
When Cameron Maybin came over to Atlanta from San Diego this past off-season, he didn't come close to headlining the mega-deal which looked like a salary dump on the Braves end. Now, just months later, he's cemented himself as one of the top bats in the lineup. Rolling into this series with the Padres, Maybin looks like a completely different player than he did during his San Diego tenure, and he may have earned himself a starting job come next season:
Right now, I think there’s a good chance the Braves go into next season with him as their center fielder. Team officials love him – both for how hard he’s worked to get his career back on track after a lot of injury-plagued seasons, and for how good a guy he’s been in the clubhouse and in the community, with fans and all.
Freddie Freeman update
#Braves rehabbing 1B Freeman 2-for-3 w/ double, 2 RBIs, 2 BB tonight for Gwinnett. Expected to rejoin ATL on Wed. for SD series finale.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 18, 2015
In baseball, one of the most frightening, gruesome and worrisome events one could witness is a pitcher getting struck in the face by a line drive. This was the case on Monday as an Eduardo Nunez comebacker hit New York's Bryan Mitchell near his right eye. He fell to the ground, and was promptly removed from the game. It was later determined that Mitchell suffered a small nasal fracture.
For those who missed it, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Friday that he had been diagnosed with Stage 1 Lymphoma. He will sit out the remainder of the season to undergo treatment. Part of his treatment is chemotherapy, and longtime friend and current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will be joining Farrell at his first chemo treatment. Farrell and Francona were former teammates with the Indians, and when Francona managed in Boston, Farrell spent time as his pitching coach.