The Braves played a poor game Saturday night, losing to the Cubs 8-4 in front of 49,781 fans in Atlanta. The only real positive of the night was Dan Uggla. He extended his hitting streak to 33 games with a single in the first. He followed that with a solo homer to dead center (27 HR, 61 RBIs) in the 4th to tie the score at 1-1. The night went downhill from there.
Derek Lowe had another disappointing outing. He went 6 innings, allowing 10 hits, 5 runs (3 earned), and 6 Ks to bring his ERA to 4.77. Once again he would get close to getting out of trouble then give up a crucial hit. The killers were Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney (are those real names?) who both went 4-5.
Chipper Jones went 3-4 with 2 doubles (25) and a RBI (53) to raise his average to .273. Freddie Freeman went 2-5 to bring his average to .297. Uggla has been hitting .375 during his hitting streak but his season average is still only .232 (of course he started in the .170’s!).
News and Notes: Lots of things going on today. First of all, Brian McCann has been reactivated and will start today. Scott Linebrink is also coming off the DL. Tommy Hanson has been put on the 15 day DL and the Braves called up Randall Delgado to make Hanson’s start Tuesday vs the Giants. The Braves hope Hanson will then make his next start. The Braves sent Anthony Varvaro back to AAA Gwinnett.
Ex-Braves: The Marlins released former Brave Wes Helms. The Yankees signed former Brave Scott Proctor to a minor league contract. Good luck with that.
Today’s Game: Cubs RH Matt Garza vs RH Brandon Beachy at 1:35 on Fox SportSouth.
Standings: The Braves remain 8 1/2 games behind the Phillies. We lead the wild card by 5 games over the Giants and by 6 games over the Cardinals. Go Braves!