The calendar flipped Julio Teheran actually got into some jams and the Rockies pitched a rookie the Braves had never seen before Thursday night a typical red flag for the Braves. But the momentum of this homestand was way too much for any of that to matter. On the first day of August Justin Upton played like it was April launching a pair of home runs to start and finish the Braves’ 11-2 win over the Rockies. His three-run shot in the eighth inning just put the put the finishing touches on the Braves’ perfect 7-0 homestand. The Braves went undefeated in a homestand of seven or more games for the first time since April of 2000 and only the second time since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966. “We had one of the younger teams so I feel like everybody is just hitting their stride now coming together jelling really nice” Jason Heyward said. Heyward hit one of the Braves’ three home runs Thursday night. They also had only three strikeouts. That and the 40 runs the Braves scored in four games against the Rockies is a pretty good indication of how far this offense has come. When Upton got off to his scorching start with 12 home runs in April he was carrying the Braves. For the past four days hitters up and down the lineup have gotten into the act. Chris Johnson had multi-hit games in each of the seven games of the homestand while going 16-for-29 (.552). He went 3-for-5 Thursday to raise his batting average to .346 which trails only Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera (.359) in the majors. Heyward is 8-for-24 (.333) with two homers nine runs and seven RBIs in six games since manager Fredi Gonzalez moved him into the leadoff spot. Brian McCann hit a pair of three-run homers in the series. Freddie Freeman continued to pound Rockies pitching going 8-for-17 (.470) with two home runs and six RBIs. And Upton who went 2-for-5 with five RBIs Thursday after a three-hit game Wednesday is starting to cook again. “For some reason he thinks he has to go find his power again” Heyward said of his lockermate Upton. “But I don’t really think he has to look too far. Really happy to see him do what he’s capable of relax be comfortable and have some fun.” The Braves hit .336 this homestand while averaging 7.3 runs per game. Their pitchers had a 2.25 ERA even with Brandon Beachy struggling (seven earned runs) in his first start back from Tommy John surgery. The streaking Braves headed for Philadelphia with an 11 ½ game lead in the NL East their largest division lead since Sept. 21 2003.
Braves complete 7-0 homestand with 11-2 romp of Rockies
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Aug 2