The Braves at times seemed baffled by the pitching thrown at them by New York in the 5-game series at Turner Field. They faced Matt Harvey who didn’t allow a hit until the 7th inning of his outing and found themselves scuffling for hits until the final game of the series when they managed to put 13 hits on the board in the loss. The only starting pitcher for the Braves to walk away with a win in the 3-loss series was Medlen who scratched out a win with the 5 runs the Braves put on the board–3 or 4 runs more than he has become accustomed to getting in support of his outings.
Line scores from the 5-game set against the Mets:
W: Carpenter (1-0) L: Gee (5-7)
Game 2 (1st of doubleheader):
W: Harvey (6-1) L: Wood (0-1) SV: Parnell (10)
Game 3 (2nd of doubleheader):
W: Wheeler (1-0) L: Maholm (7-6)
W: Medlen (4-7) L: Marcum (0-9) SV: Kimbrel (20)
W: Hawkins (2-0) L: Minor (8-3) SV: Parnell (11)
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The Braves announced during the New York series that Dan Uggla has been dealing with vision issues. He is now trying new contacts. Whether or not his vision has anything to do with his poor productivity is a question that can’t be answered right away. Uggla, of course, has been on an offensive slide since leaving the Florida Marlins. His productivity has not been what the Braves had hoped when they signed him, even though Uggla is a notoriously streaky hitter. As Uggla works through the vision issue, Tyler Pastornicky has stayed with the big league club (he was called back up when Evan Gattis went on the disabled list) and will be getting some playing time. Pastornicky has hit .309 in 57 games with Triple-A Gwinnett this season.
No timetable has been set on when Brandon Beachy will be getting a shot at his first start since Tommy John surgery. The inflammation in his elbow remains a concern for the Braves.
Friday night’s game against Milwaukee featured Teheran vs. Peralta. The second game of the series features Hudson (4-6, 4.17)vs. Hand (0-0, 3.38). The final game of the series features Maholm (7-6, 3.57) vs. Figaro (1-1, 3.88).
Tara Rowe is an independent historian and beat writer for BravesWire.com. Follow Tara on Twitter @framethepitch.