The demise of Bartolo Colon has been a steep one this season, which would have been tough to predict given how effective he had been up this point. Last night he continued the trend of awful performances, going four innings and allowing six runs on eight hits. Colon also walked three and struck out just two. It has become difficult to watch the guy pitch, and the end appears to be near as his Braves career is concerned. Offensively, things were pretty quiet as no Brave had a multi-hit game, though Nick Markakis did reach three times on a hit and two walks. Matt Kemp’s two-run single was the biggest offensive event of the night, but it was not enough to overcome the Padres, who won 7-4.
Naturally Flowers get injured on the same day that I write about how deserving he is of an All-Star Game invite. Luckily the ailment appears to be minor and should only keep Flowers out for one game according to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman.
Freddie Freeman is feeling good about his upcoming move to third base, and while he may have a lot of doubters (rightfully so), the 27-year-old is excited to give it a shot as soon as this weekend.
"I was really encouraged today," Freeman said. "I was really in my head the past couple of days, wondering if it was going to work. I still don't [know], but my confidence has grown a lot more over the past week. I felt like a first baseman playing third base for a few days. Now I'm getting everything going and getting all of the angles right. I think it's going to be good."
Freeman plans to work out again at Petco Park and then fly to Atlanta on Friday to begin what could be a four-game Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. His current plan is to play Saturday afternoon in Charlotte and rest on Sunday. He would then play the first of three straight days on Monday, when Gwinnett begins a homestand.
Major League umpire John Tumpane was out for a run on Wednesday in Pittsburgh when he noticed a woman standing on the wrong side of the rail, overlooking the Allegheny River from the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Tumpane approached the woman and talked her off the ledge, comforting her until authorities arrived to intervene and give her proper care. It was certainly a scary situation for all involved and a heroic moment for Mr. Tumpane.
Today is the last day for fans to vote on this year’s All-Star Game participants, and Richard Justice of MLB.com is urging supporters to do just that. Justice gives his ten reasons for why fans should participate on the final day of balloting.