In what seemed like a must win game for the Braves, sitting 8.5 games back from the Nats, they sent Sean Newcomb out on the mound looking for his second career victory. The rookie was trying to bounce back after getting routed in his last outing by the outstanding bats from Houston.
However, going through Washington’s lineup is no easy task either, and it becomes a lot harder when you start walking people. That is how the game would start, as Newcomb walked the Nats first two hitters of the game leading into the heart of Washington’s lineup. That is a recipe for disaster, and Rendon would put the icing on the cake with a two-run, two-out double to give the Nats a early 3-0 lead.
Newcomb and the Braves would settle down, and a familiar face would come up in a run scoring situation in the top of the 3rd for Atlanta. Freddie Freeman stepped up to the plate with two runners on, two out and did not disappoint again, launching a three-run homer into the left-center field gap. The game was tied at three, but that would be the last bit of good news for Atlanta on the day.
The Nationals would tack on another run against Newcomb in the fourth, which would be his last inning. Ian Krol relieved him in the fifth and continued his run of poor outings. He allowed two more runs in just a third of an inning, stretching the Washington lead to 6-3.
The Braves would scratch back in the sixth with two runs behind Johan Camargo’s first home run of the season. Camargo would add a hit later in the game, giving him back-to-back three hit games. That would be the last of the offense for Atlanta though. Washington would tack on four more and send the Braves home with a disappointing series split by a score of 10-5.
All of Major League Baseball will get a breather for the next couple of days for the All-Star break. The Home Run Derby will take place tonight and the All-Star game will be tomorrow night. The Braves will return to action on Friday the 14th for a three-game set with the Diamondbacks.
The Hawks had their second summer league game of the circuit yesterday afternoon and showcased a lot of promise. Unlike many NBA teams, a lot of these players on the Atlanta summer league team will be seeing huge minutes for the Hawks during the season.
Atlanta has their very own Big 3 in summer league, led by Taurean Prince, who started and thrived for the Hawks as a rookie in the postseason last year. Prince finished the game with 17 points in 27 minutes.
But the stars of summer league have been the other two, DeAndre Bembry and John Collins. Bembry led the Hawks in scoring their first game with 22 points. He backed up the performance with an even better one on Sunday, finishing the game with 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and an incredible 6 steals. Bembry has yet to develop a consistent three-point shot, but the rest of his game is so polished for a young player.
Collins took over the game yesterday with 22 points on 9 of 11 from the field. He was unstoppable in the post and even showed the ability to stretch the floor with his mid-range game. Collins also pitched in 10 rebounds, giving him a double-double in just 24 minutes.
Diamond Stone, who the Hawks recently acquired in their sign-and-trade deal with the Clippers and Nuggets, also looked impressive off the bench, recording 11 points and 5 rebounds in just 14 minutes.
It’s dead time for the Falcons this time of the year with not much going on, but yesterday Falcons’ fans got the chance to celebrate one of the best days of the year yesterday. July 9th, also 7-9, is a day where we as ATLiens get to laugh at the mediocre organization to our West. So if you didn’t already, remind all of your Saints buddies what their record will be once again next year.
— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) July 9, 2017