Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Alex Wood (40) pitches during the second inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves preview: Alex Wood aims for the sweep


The Atlanta Braves continue to mow down the opposition. After an unsightly first inning on Saturday afternoon, the team responded behind Aaron Harang and some balanced, potent offense to proceed to a lopsided victory, and in the series finale, Fredi Gonzalez and company will send Alex Wood to the hill aiming for a tenth consecutive victory.

In his last outing, the 23-year-old Wood had his “worst” performance in quite some time, as he allowed three earned runs to the New York Mets during a win last week. Still, the left-hander was electric at times in route to seven strikeouts in six innings, and Alex Wood is more than capable of silencing a struggling Arizona offense. In addition to that, it is entirely possible that we will see a reduced lineup from Arizona as they play an afternoon game for the second consecutive day, and that could allow for a feast from Wood.

The Diamondbacks will send 27-year-old left-hander Wade Miley to the hill, and he has been battered by the Braves in four career appearances. In those four outings (three starts), Miley has suffered to a 7.64 ERA in 17.2 innings, and while he is a significantly better pitcher than that (3.76 career ERA), it will be interesting to see how he responds to a suddenly hot Atlanta lineup.

Here is a look at the particulars for Sunday:

Date: July 6, 2014

Start Time: 1:35 pm ET

TV Channel: Fox Sports South

Radio: 680 AM/106.7 FM (Local in Atlanta), Full list of Local Affiliates

Live Stream: MLB.tv (Click Here, $)

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