Phils Complete Turner Field Sweep Of Braves With 10-5 Win

Braves May Be Forced To Make Changes In Rotation

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Aaron Harang has posted a 5.46 ERA since giving up a total of three runs in his first five starts of the season
Aaron Harang has posted a 5.46 ERA since giving up a total of three runs in his first five starts of the season
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA --Aaron Harang surrendered nine runs -- seven of which came in the game's first two innings and eight of which were earned -- as the Braves fell to the Phillies, 10-5, and took a third sweep in their past seven series. Atlanta remained tied for second in the NL East by virtue of Miami's loss to the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon.

Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, but a strong offensive showing was not enough for an Atlanta pitching staff that entered Wednesday with a 4.
52 ERA in June.

As left-hander Alex Wood stretches out at Triple-A Gwinnett to rejoin the starting rotation, his anticipated return on June 28 provides some hope. Harang, Ervin Santana and Mike Minor have all struggled mightily in recent weeks.

Harang is not the same pitcher who enjoyed a dominant stretch to begin the season, Santana has a 6.17 ERA in his past seven starts and Minor has been inconsistent.

Julio Teheran and Gavin Floyd have been Atlanta's lone reliable starters in the past month, and Floyd is only a little more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Harang has 12 quality starts in 15 outings, but the Braves need more from him.

Harang surrendered a season-high 13 hits, seven of which came with two outs. He also issued two two-out walks, each resulting in a run. Philadelphia's big inning was the second, in which the club scored five runs after making two quick outs.

The frame was especially deflating given the way the Braves rallied back from the two runs Harang surrendered in the top of the first. Atlanta tallied four runs, boosted by Gattis' 16th home run, which tops among all Major League catchers.

It took Gattis 285 plate appearances to smack his 16th homer last season, on Sept. 3. He has reached the total this season 78 plate appearances, and 77 days, earlier than he did as a rookie.

The Braves put together a first inning of three walks and three hits to open up a lead after watching their opponent score first for the seventh time in a span of eight games, but the advantage was short-lived.

Harang gave up six consecutive two-out hits in the top of the second, a barrage that included an RBI double from Ryan Howard. The Phillies first baseman finished the three-game series 5-for-12 with a double, two homers and six RBIs.

Philadelphia's sweep was its first at Turner Field since it took three straight from Sept. 26-28, 2011, and it put the Braves in a tough spot. The Phillies entered Atlanta sitting in last place in the National League East, and they left town only 3 1/2 games behind the second-place Braves.

------ Source: MLB.com


PHOTOS: Chattanooga FC Defeats Miami United For South Region Crown

Lookouts Fall To Jackson Generals Friday, 3-2

Jackson, Tenn. - Tyler O'Neill was the difference maker in the Jackson Generals 3-2 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts  on Friday  night at The Ballpark at Jackson in front of 2,960 fans. O'Neill hit a three-run blast in the third, his 18 th  of the season. The slugger's 18 homers lead all active Southern League players while his 73 RBI are the most in the league ... (click for more)

Man Who Spent Most Of His 20s Behind Bars Headed To Federal Prison For 58 Months At Age 30

A man who spent most of his 20s in Georgia state prison is headed to federal prison at age 30. Leighton L. Dunn on Friday was sentenced by Judge Travis McDonough to serve 58 months for being a felon in possession of a gun during a carjacking. Dunn told the judge, "I was released in March (2015) and was doing good, then I fell in that same rut. Before I knew it I was caught ... (click for more)

Man Arrested For Confronting Southside Grocery Employee With Gun

Brandon Jamal Appleberry, 27, was arrested on Monday after an altercation with an employee at Southside Grocery on West 38 th Street, officers said. Marty Witt, 44, told police that the suspect confronted him with a gun in his hand. Officers said security video from the store clearly showed Appleberry arguing with several people outside while holding a gun. The defendant ... (click for more)

Lock Her Up?

It's concerning that the Republican Party elite attending the recent convention would indict, convict and jail a political opponent, when the FBI found no criminal intent to compromise national security and no other law violations were found. This "lock her up" mob mentality is third world, over-the-edge behavior that has no place in a country based on the rule-of-law, where ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Double Travesties

Back when we were kids the old guys taught us how to throw a one-two punch. It’s pretty impressive if you do it right, which is to jab your left fist into the thug’s face and then, as though it was a symphony, complete the combination as you deliver a powerful right cross to the same nose. If the thug has a gun, it doesn’t work as well. But, boy, did our community ever get clobbered ... (click for more)