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    Braves take series in Flushing, begin split-series with Jays

    Despite a bizarre weather-induced suspension in the 8th inning of game 1, the Braves were able to play the remainder of game 1 prior to game 2 and won both. The Braves took another series, this one within the division, before heading north to face off against the AL Toronto Blue Jays.

    Game 1:

    Somewhat lost in the absurdity of suspending the game in the 8th after the Braves ‘pen gave up the tying runs was the fact that Medlen got the no decision yet again. He is now 1-5 with a 3.16 ERA in his 10 starts. His ERA is in great shape, but he has been the recipient of all of the hard luck of the pitching staff.

    Evan Gattis did what Evan Gattis does best–he was clutch. He now leads the Braves with 29 RBIs in just 122 at bats. He hit a pinch hit blast that should have been a game-winning RBI, instead it became the 3rd potential game-winning RBI that was wiped out by the bullpen blowing the lead. Of course, the ‘pen blew the lead in the middle of the 8th due in part to terrible weather that was preventing any sort of grip on the baseball.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
    Braves 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 7 10 2
    Mets 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 10 0

    W: Varvaro (2-0) L: Lyon (1-2) SV: Kimbrel (15)

    Game 2:

    The story of game 2 truly was Mike Minor. In addition to pitching a true gem, Mike Minor was 2-for-3 at the plate with his first career home run. He is the first Atlanta pitcher to have at least 10 strikeouts and a home run in a start since Kevin Millwood during the 1999 season. Minor went 7 1/3 innings, allowing no runs, 2 walks and 10 strikeouts. On the matter of pitch counts, Minor threw 113 pitches. This is in line with the number of pitched both Teheran and Maholm have been allowed to throw in recent outings.

    Jason Heyward’s contributions to the team since returning from the disabled list cannot go without note. J-Hey is hitting .267 with 2 doubles, 6 walks and 4 K’s in 30 AB’s since he came off the DL following his emergency appendectomy in Denver. Through game 2 of the series, the Braves had gone 8-0 since his return.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Braves 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 6 11 0
    Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

    W: Minor (6-2) L: Gee (2-6)

    Game 3:

    Rookie Julio Teheran surrendered more walks in his outing than he had in his previous 5 outings. He left the game with a 2-1 lead after 6 2/3 innings pitched. Teheran gave up 5 hits, 1 run and those 3 walks, while striking out 5 on 93 pitches.

    Strikeouts were once again an issue for Braves hitters against Shawn Marcum. Marcum matched his career high of 12 strikeouts against Atlanta. His season high had been 7 strikeouts prior to Sunday’s game.

    Dan Uggla hit a 2-run blast to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead in the 7th. For Uggla, it was his 10th home run. At that point in the game, Uggla had both of the Braves 2 hits off Marcum. Uggla appears to be seeing the ball well and heating up. His bat is a welcome addition to the hot-and-cold offense.

    The story for the Braves once again was how inconsistent the Braves’ bullpen is and how much they are struggling to bridge from the starters to closer Kimbrel. Gearrin gave up 3 runs in the 8th, blowing the lead that Atlanta had when Teheran left the game.

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 1
    Mets 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 x 4 9 1

    W: Hawkins (1-0) L: Gearrin (1-1) SV: Parnell (7)


    In one of the strange scheduling quirks of the 2013 season, the Braves will fly to Toronto to face the Blue Jays for 2 games and then the Blue Jays will follow them south to Atlanta for 2 games. The split-series will give the Braves the opportunity to insert both Evan Gattis and Brian McCann in the lineup without having to play Gattis in left field. Gattis and McCann will each get a start behind the dish and a start as designated hitter on the short road trip.

    An update on injuries: Jordan Walden threw a side session Sunday and will get in a rebab appearance before his anticipated return on Wednesday. That is assuming that he doesn’t encounter any setbacks. His arm is certainly needed in the ‘pen, especially without a true setup man for Craig Kimbrel.

    At the Rogers Centre, game 1 of the split-series against Toronto will feature Hudson (4-3, 4.98) vs. Buehrle (1-3, 5.90). Game 2 will feature Maholm (6-4, 3.38) vs. Morrow (2-3, 5.50). The Braves and Blue Jays will then relocate to the Ted where game 1 will feature Rogers (1-2, 4.56) vs. Medlen (1-5, 3.16). And game 2 at the Ted, the final game of the split-series will feature Dickey (4-6, 4.85) vs. Minor (6-2, 2.47).

    Tara Rowe is an independent historian and beat writer for BravesWire.com. Follow Tara on Twitter @framethepitch" href="https://twitter.com/#!/framethepitch">@framethepitch.