Atlanta Braves Snap 12-Game Losing Streak, Beat Phils 7-2


It’s over Braves fans! The Atlanta Braves snapped their 12 game losing streak on Monday night by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies by a final score of 7-2.

Before Monday’s contest, the Atlanta Braves had dropped 19 out of their last 20 games, but Williams Perez turned in an impressive performance to keep the Braves 2 games ahead of the Phillies for the worst record in baseball.

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Perez pitched 7.0 innings while allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and striking out 7. Monday’s victory was Williams Perez’s first win since June 20th. After an incredibly rough month of August where Perez owned an 8.44 ERA in 5 starts, it is great to see Perez turn in a great performance like he did on Monday.

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  • The Atlanta Braves began the game the with the lead, as Freddie Gonzalez promptly hit a two-run homer off of former Braves pitcher Aaron Harang, scoring Nick Markakis to the give the Bravos and Williams Perez an early 2-0 lead. Harang now is 1-12 in his last 16 starts.

    The Phillies would draw closer to the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the 3rd inning as left-fielder Aaron Alther hit a sacrifice fly to score Cesar Hernandez, making the score 2-1. Williams Perez would eliminate any further threats in the inning.

    The Atlanta Braves would lengthen their lead in the top of the 4th inning, as Andrelton Simmons drove home Jace Peterson off an RBI double, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead. Though Williams Perez pitched an excellent game, Hector Olivera may have an argument for being the Atlanta Braves MVP on Monday. Olivera increased the Braves lead in the 4th, doubling home both Andrelton Simmons and Nick Markakis to make the score 5-2 in favor of Atlanta.

    Williams Perez gave up a solo shot to Brian Bogusevic in the bottom of the 5th, but that would be the extent of the damage he would incur tonight against the Phillies. With the Atlanta Braves starting pitching especially struggling recently, Perez’s performance was one that Braves fans have not seen in a while.

    We are beginning to see flashes of why John Hart and the Braves front-office are so crazy about Hector Olivera. With 1 out in top of the 9th inning following a Nick Markakis double, Hector Olivera hit his first career homer, a two-run off a curveball clearly outside the strike-zone to give the Atlanta Braves some more insurance, increasing the lead to 7-2. Arodys Vizcaino pitched a scoreless bottom of the 9th inning to pick up his fourth save.

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    August 24th against the Colorado Rockies was the Atlanta Braves last victory and August 2nd was their last road win. I know this is one game and it was against the Phillies, but as a fan I feel as if the Braves have just won the World Series. Seeing Williams Perez pitch well and Hector Olivera record 4 RBI’s is the icing on the cake.

    Since Olivera was traded to the Atlanta Braves, he has been underwhelming at the plate, yet we have constantly heard about how the Braves rave about his bat. It is finally great to see him show signs of life offensively, giving us a glimpse of what our new third-baseman may be capable of for the rest of this season and next year. It’s also good to see Arodys Vizcaino get some work out of the bullpen, as he has not been able to throughout this losing streak.

    The Atlanta Braves will try to make it two in a row tomorrow against the Phillies with their starter yet to be determined, and will oppose Phillies’ rookie Aaron Nola. GO BRAVES! 

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