Found June 29, 2013 on Atlanta Bullpen:
The Braves finished the first half of the season with a 6.5 game lead Another late inning comeback lifts the Atlanta Braves over the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It was a big 8th inning that sent the Braves to an 11-5 victory on Saturday afternoon. Game 2 of this 3 game series was nothing more than a back and forth affair.  The Braves would take the lead; the D-Backs would answer.  That same pattern repeated itself until the Braves would put together a great 8th inning. In the 3rd inning, Justin Upton singled in front of Braves 1st baseman, Freddie Freeman.  Freeman sent a ball to dead center field, that cleared the wall for his 8th home run of the season.  Freeman’s 2 run homer put the Braves up 2-0. This would be the 1st time the D-backs would answer the Braves scoring.  It was just the next half inning when Arizona would answer with 2 runs of their own.  Miguel Montero doubled to deep left field that scored Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks 1st baseman. The Diamondbacks left fielder, Jason Kubel, then singled in Montero, to tie the game at 2. The Braves would claim the lead back in the 6th inning.  Dan Uggla drew a bases loaded walk that brought Jason Heyward in from 3rd.  A few batters later, B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to center, to score Freddie Freeman.  The Braves 2 run 5th gave them a 4-2 lead. Once again, the Diamondbacks would answer in the next half inning.  With Kubel on 1st, A.J. Pollock homered to center, to tie the game up at 4-4. It was the D-Backs turn to grab a lead in the 8th.  Miguel Montero homered to right to give the D-backs a 5-4 lead in the late innings. This time, it was Braves that would answer, and they answered in a huge way. With Andrelton Simmons and Reed Johnson on the bases after being hit by pitches, Jason Heyward doubled to left.  Reed Johnson scored, and Simmons was able to score on a throwing error by Jason Kubel.  The Braves then led the Diamondbacks, 6-5. A few batters later, Brian McCann singled past the shift to score both Justin Upton and Heyward.  It was then a Dan Uggla double that brought home Freddie Freeman.  The Braves padded their lead to 9-5.  However, the Braves were not done adding runs in the inning. A B.J Upton sacrifice fly, and Chris Johnson single both added 1 run a piece to the Atlanta total.  The 7 run 8th inning for the Braves gave them an 11-5 victory. Jason Heyward continued his great month of June.  His 2-4 day saw his June batting average improve to .308.  Justin Upton had a good day at the plate as well as he finished 3-4. Every one of the Braves hitters showed really good patience at the plate.  They also excelled in doing the little things right during Saturday’s game. The Braves go for a series sweep tomorrow afternoon as they send Paul Maholm to the mound. The post Braves Eighth Inning Explosion Buries Diamondbacks appeared first on Atlanta Bullpen.

Why is Justin Upton Struggling?

The difference between a decent hitter and a great hitter is consistency. It's a pretty simple concept that has held true through history, but that has not stopped us all from proclaiming a decent hitter as great during their streaks and pitiful during their slumps. The 2013 version of that player is Justin Upton. Upton started the season as the next big thing, hitting 12 home...

Atlanta Braves News: Optimism High Halfway Through Season

The Atlanta Braves have continued to play excellent baseball more often than not in the 2013 season, something that was obvious in the team’s three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks to stretch their lead in the NL East to 6 1/2 games, which is currently the largest division lead in all of baseball. Indeed, this latest series against the D-Backs was as good as it gets, as it...

Chopcast: Is Mike Minor still on All-Star pace?

ATLANTA -- After posting double-digit wins for the first time in 2012, Braves starter Mike Minor still has an opportunity to hit the 10-win plateau before the All-Star break this season. That's the type of improvement Atlanta has seen out of the young left-hander during the first half of the season -- not to mention his second-half run last year. But the question of whether...

Chopcast: Chipper Jones' number retirement ceremony

ATLANTA -- One of the overarching stories to come out of the Atlanta Braves' luncheon celebrating Chipper Jones' career is that the former third baseman is, amidts all of his accomplishments, a terrible golfer. That's acceptable, though, for one of the greatest third baseman and switch hitters in the history of baseball. Hall of Famers flocked to the luncheon -- the...

D-backs, Upton renew acquaintances in Atlanta

Last month, the Diamondbacks hosted their former cornerstone, as Justin Upton returned to Phoenix in an Atlanta Braves uniform. This weekend, it's Upton's turn to play host as the D-backs meet the Braves for three games. Upton has cooled off since a red-hot start that had D-backs fans lamenting the trade of its young franchise player. On the D-backs side, starting pitcher...

Three Cuts: Heyward, Braves rally past D-backs

ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 11-5 win over theDiamondbacks a come-from-behind triumph that nearly featured an equal amount of runs (11), hits (11)and offensive ********* batsmen (10) for Atlanta. 1. The Diamondbacks handed this one to the Braves on a silver platter, pure andsimple Let's start out by acknowledging the pink elephants in the...

Braves infielder Pena to miss rest of season

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says infielder Ramiro Pena has undergone season-ending surgery to repair a tear in the back of his right shoulder. Pena, a three-year veteran in his first season with Atlanta, will be out until the start of spring training next year. He had surgery Thursday. Pena played in 50 games this year and hit .278 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 97 at-bats...

Braves cap alumni weekend with sweep, welcome Marlins

Hudson continued to struggle in his Saturday start at Turner Field. He walked away with a no-decision. With alumni weekend closing and the remnants of the number retirement ceremony for Chipper Jones still on the field, the Atlanta Braves finished Sunday with a sweep of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a brilliant weekend for the offense and for young Julio Teheran. However...

Braves rally in 8th to beat D-backs

Jason Heyward hit a tying RBI double and Andrelton Simmons scored the go-ahead run on the same play in a seven-run eighth inning that gave the Atlanta Braves an 11-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. The Braves rallied for their 23rd comeback victory, tops in the National League. Atlanta has won two straight and four of five to lead Washington by 6 1/2 games in...

Cahill, D-backs look to salvage finale with Braves

The Braves' bats are springing to life, and they might continue to do so against a pitcher having trouble figuring out what's wrong. Atlanta will try to extend Trevor Cahill's woes and complete a three-game sweep of a fellow division leader in Sunday's matchup with the visiting Diamondbacks. Through June 5, the Braves topped the NL with 81 homers and were among the...

Braves vs Dbacks 6-29-13 Gallery

gameday post

Cahill, D-backs dominated as Braves finish sweep

ATLANTA (AP) -- Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann homered, powering Atlanta Braves past the Diamondbacks 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep in the matchup of division leaders. Paul Maholm (9-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 23 innings for the Braves, who improved to a big league-best 28-11 at home. Trevor Cahill (3-10) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 13 innings...

Braves retire Chipper's No. 10

Chipper Jones has been greeted with a long ovation as the Atlanta Braves retired his No. 10 jersey Friday night. Jones, the 1999 NL MVP and an eight-time All-Star, was honored before Atlanta's game against Arizona. The former third baseman retired after last season's playoff loss to St. Louis having played his entire 19-year career with the Braves. Wearing a gray suit and...

Daily Rundown: Braves Rally with 7-Run 8th

The Atlanta Braves overcame a 5-4 eighth inning deficit on Saturday with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning to top the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5. Jason Heyward’s double helped by a throwing error put Atlanta ahead for good, but Heyward was followed with a two-run single from Brian McCann. Dan Uggla, Chris Johnson [...]

Weekly fantasy baseball: Brandon Beachy and Michael Pineda on comeback trail

Note: This is a guest column courtesy of daily and weekly fantasy baseball site Here are some pitchers to consider for later on this season if you play season-long, daily or weekly fantasy baseball: Brandon Beachy, SP - Atlanta BravesBrandon Beachy last pitched for the Braves in June 2012 and has been out since then after undergoing Tommy John surgery.  But he...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.