Are those the brooms? YES! Yes, they are. Man it feels good to see you boys. How ya been? How are the bristles? Still bristly? Good to hear. It's been far too long. Far too long. Now that you're back, how about you stick around a while? Did you hear we have the Marlins coming into town? I wouldn't mind if you just kicked it for a few days and made yourself at home. There's beer in the fridge and a hot new dustpan I'd love for you to meet.
The Braves did what the Braves do when it's a big event weekend. They win ballgames at home. It was a lot of fun to watch them hit the ball well after almost a week of bad hitting. That's not to say they didn't strand runners yesterday, because they did. In fact, the Braves only went 1-9 with RISP. Make no mistake, I'm not going to ignore that fact all season. I still have my concerns, but it's always nice to see the long ball make a timely appearance. Those homers are what carried the day in a 6-2 Braves win on Sunday. I'm sure Paul Maholm was happy to see all the big bats come out to play. He's quietly been putting together a very solid record for the season, now 9-6 on the year. He did get the win despite working in and out of trouble over 6.2 innings, with 8 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks. There were a lot of Dback baserunners, but 3 double plays made short work of a few rallies.
McCann, Freeman, and Heyward all had mutli-hit games. McCann, Freeman, and Uggla all had homers for all 6 of the combined RBIs in the game. Justin had one of this worst days at the plate or the game would have been in the double digits. He went 0-for-5 with 3 Ks, and 0-2 with RISP. The layout of the lineup meant that the 3 guys who struggled to get key hits, BJ, Simmons, and Justin, ended up killing a lot of extra rallies. As a result the Braves stranded 10 runners, and we can't escape the fact that we're still not there with timely hitting yet. The good news is that we're 6.5 up in the standings and we're not even playing great baseball. In fact, this month of June has been pretty awful from a hitting standpoint, and we're still better off in the standings than when we started. The Braves went 16-12 over the month of June, buoyed by the sweep this weekend. Let's face it, that was a difference between a winning month and a losing one. Chipper should be proud of how the team showed up for alumni weekend.
We have another off day to slog through (seriously, we couldn't buy one of these a month ago and now we have 3 in a row), before we head into the July 4th weekend games with the Marlins. I know I want fireworks. I want to see the bombs bursting in air off the bats of Braves hitters. I have a wild dream that we could be the first team in the MLB to be 20 games over .500 at home. That would be fantastic at the end of the series with the Fish. So enjoy the off day. Hang out with the brooms. Encourage them to hang out for the holiday week. Series preview tomorrow for Miami.