Swanson's home run helps complete two-game sweep of Blue Jays
May 17 2017
While this will likely not be a surprise to baseball fans (since Freeman is meant to be the face of the franchise), his strong offensive performance through 35 games this season has been impressive even by his own standards.
The home run came in the fifth inning off of Marco Estrada to extend the Braves' lead to 5-2. Catch every Blue Jays game, marquee Major League Baseball matchups, the 2017 Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, the playoffs and entire World Series. He got support early as the Giants scored four quick runs off Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman (2-2), who left after an inning with a sore neck, and three in the second off Barrett Astin. Travis reached first on an infield hit and took second on Swanson's throwing error.
The third baseman has been out of the lineup since April 13 due to a strained right calf.
"We're down a run, get a guy at third base, contact and maybe score at least the tying run", Gibbons explained.
The Blue Jays (17-23) had won five consecutive games when they opened the series against the Braves (18-22).
Markakis singled to score Kemp, who had doubled with two outs for his third hit of the game.
Luckily for the Braves, who faced Danny Barnes to start the seventh, this happened.
The 26-year-old will make his third start of the season and the third of his major league career. So far, however, the former first overall pick has not been able to find consistent production at the plate. Pillar hit just seven homers all of last season. "I was disappointed with it previous year". (Travis hit two doubles in this game, two doubles last night, and two doubles in his game prior to that, despite having a 43 wRC+ coming into the game). put the tying run in scoring position.
His teammate at second base is having a hard time in the month of May as well. Bolsinger hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch with one out.
Ryan Tepera (3-1) pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win. This dip in production could perhaps still be caused by a groin injury that Phillips sustatined in late April, which sidelined him for a few games but did not send him to the disabled list.
The Braves bullpen gave up three runs in four innings of relief between Krol, Motte and Collmenter, but Atlanta's offense had provided plenty of padding throughout the game.
"(Freeman) just prepares to play the games, doesn't get too high or too low", Snitker said. "Like I said, the team puts up six runs for you, I think you should come out of the game with a W". Andriese (3-1) struck out five and allowed four hits and four walks in five innings as Tampa Bay won the rubber match of its three-game series in Boston.
He was 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA in four outings (two starts) with Triple-A Buffalo this season. Robinson Cano didn't play in a single game and Kyle Seager went 3 for 17 with six strikeouts and no extra-base hits. Letting Colon continue to start implies that the Braves care more about keeping veteran talent around than making the moves they need to win.
Though more production from Matt Kemp is encouraging, the Braves must not exclusively rely on his offense to win games. "Either way, I would have been okay, but it would have been nice to pitch, especially here".