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


Smokies' Hurlers Limit Lookouts To Four Hits Sunday In 5-1 Win

The Lookouts drew six walks, but only managed four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Tennessee Smokies Sunday in front of a crowd of 5,356 fans at AT&T Field.    Chattanooga's loss drops them to 22-28 through 50 games in the Southern League North Division. Tennessee starting pitcher Brad Markey was lights out early for the Smokies, carrying a no-hitter into ... (click for more)

Harrison Sparks Lookouts To 3-2 Win Over Smokies

For the second straight night Travis Harrison delivered in the clutch for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Tonight the third baseman drove in all three runs in the team's 3-2 win over the Tennessee Smokies before a crowd of 4,765 at AT&T Field. Harrison kicked off his night in the third inning with an RBI single to bring home Zack Granite who reached on a walk. Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Strong Thunderstorm Causes Damage, Power Outages In Dalton

Shortly before  5 p.m. , a strong thunderstorm went through downtown Dalton, knocking down numerous trees, causing power outages and also causing damage. At this time, no injuries have been reported.  The Dalton Fire Department and Dalton Police Department responded to multiple reports of damage. The DPD closed several roads due to downed trees and power lines. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Don't Squander The 2016 Election Opportunity

This is what I don't understand. Christians refusing to vote for anyone who is not squeaky clean and who doesn't live up to our standards. I'm not bashing Christians. I proudly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior.  But If we made our voice known more we could have a lot greater influence than we have. And I don't mean just boycotting. I specifically mean the last two ... (click for more)