The Braves followed up their first two wins against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a third to complete the sweep. The Braves didn’t need any late inning rallies this time, leading the game from the bottom of the third until the end, where the dust settled and Atlanta had a 6-2 win.
McCann got the Braves on the board in the first with a solo shot, Freeman grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third with a three-run blast, and Uggla provided some insurance with his two-run dinger in the fifth.
Paul Maholm had a nice outing, going 6.2 innings while allowing just two runs. He worked around eight hits and two walks to avoid giving up any big damage. Three strikeouts and three batters forced into double plays would also help him out of the game with limited damage done.
Jason Heyward continued his incredible month of June with another multi-hit game, going 2-5. During the month Heyward has .308/.364/.500 with four homeruns and eight doubles.
I can’t leave Freddie Freeman out, as he has been the team’s most consistent hitter the entire year. His June was also impressive, as he put up a .286/.391/.421 slash, three homers, and five doubles. He also scored 12 runs while driving in 16.
Heading into July the Braves are in good position (but should be a lot better really) sitting with a 6/7 (depending on the Washington game) game lead in the National League East. The pitching looks great and it also looks like the offense is getting better. With Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman leading the batters, I am feeling pretty confident.
Series recap to come later.