ATLANTA BRAVES CLOSE OUT FIRST HALF WITH LOSS TO CINCINNATI REDS
The injury-riddled Atlanta Braves lost to the Cincinnati Reds 8-4 in the closer of a four game series at Turner Field, the last before heading into the All Star break.
The Braves’ roster was minus Freddie Freeman, along with outfielders Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and BJ Upton, all of which were afflicted by injuries over the weekend.
One highlight for the Braves in yesterday’s game was the return of Evan Gattis to the line-up a little sooner than expected. Gattis went 0-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list.
Both Dan Uggla and Andrelton Simmons homered late in the game.
Uggla’s solo shot in the bottom of the eighth was his 18th homer of the season. Simmons’ solo home run came in the bottom of the ninth.
Unfortunately, those homers were too little, too late for the Braves, and they ended up falling to the Reds, again, by a final score of 8-4. Julio Teheran was charged with the loss for Atlanta; he allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks in five and a third innings of work.
The Braves head into the MLB All Star break at the top of the National League East with a total of 54 wins and 41 losses for the first half of the 2013 season, six games ahead of the Washington Nationals.
The Braves will begin the second half of the season this Friday in Chicago as they open a three game interleague series against the White Sox.
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