Braves News: Chad Sobotka making a good impression

Braves News: Chad Sobotka making a good impression

Atlanta Braves News

Braves drop second straight to Rockies 11-5

Not much to be happy about in this one as Sean Newcomb struggled again while the Braves offense was held in check by Kyle Freeland.

Adam Duvall settling in with Braves, slump notwithstanding

New Braves outfielder Adam Duvall talked with the AJC’s Gabriel Burns about how he is settling in since his arrival in Atlanta. Duvall has struggled since his arrival but says being in the heat of a pennant race has him energized.

“For sure (I’m feeling energized), especially this time of year when you’re playing for something,” he said. “It gives you a little extra push in your step. … That’s what makes this time of the year fun. When both teams have something to go out there and try to win. It’s exciting. It’s fun. It’s a great atmosphere to be in. We’re all just trying to chase some wins.”

Sobotka impressing in big league showings

Braves reliever Chad Sobotka has made a solid first impression during his short stint with the team.

MLB News

Urena plans to appeal suspension for HBP

Marlins’ pitcher Jose Urena plans to appeal the six-game suspension that was given to him for nailing Ronald Acuña Jr. with a first pitch fastball earlier this week.

“The reaction is pretty sad for me,” Urena said. “I just tried to go out there … and tried to attack the hitter, a righty, so I go inside. I just tried to secure a good plan. That was pretty sad, pretty tough for me.”

The Redisappearance of Matt Kemp

FanGraphs’ Dan Szymborski examines the second half swoon of Dodgers’ outfielder Matt Kemp.

Mariners Select Gordon Beckham, Designate John Andreoli

Gordon Beckham is back in the major leagues after the Mariners selected his contract on Friday. Beckham will provide some infield depth while shortstop Jean Segura is away from the team on paternity leave.

Cubs Place Mike Montgomery On 10-Day DL

The Chicago Cubs placed left-hander Mike Montgomery on the 10-day disabled list Friday due to shoulder inflammation. Tyler Chatwood will replace Montgomery in the Cubs’ rotation.

Diamondbacks To Re-Sign Randall Delgado

Randall Delgado is returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks after agreeing to a minor league contract with the club on Friday. Arizona designated Delgado for assignment on July 25. He has spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from an oblique injury.

Desmond's 5 RBIs help Rockies rout Braves, 11-5

Desmond's 5 RBIs help Rockies rout Braves, 11-5

Ian Desmond drove in five runs Friday, and Kyle Freeland struck out nine batters as the visiting Colorado Rockies earned an 11-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Desmond had a three-run triple in the third inning and a two-run single in the eighth. Charlie Blackmon had a two-run triple in a four-run sixth inning and scored three runs. Blackmon, Desmond, DJ LeMahieu and Trevor Story each had three hits for Colorado.

Freeland (11-7) gave up one run on three hits over six innings with four walks while winning for the fifth time in his last six decisions.

Ozzie Albies had three hits for the Braves, who lost consecutive games for the first time since a four-game losing streak July 24-28. The Braves fell to 11-6 in August and 14-6 over their last 20 games.

The Braves took an early 1-0 lead on Nick Markakis’ first-inning sacrifice fly. Desmond’s bases-clearing triple in the third inning gave the Rockies the lead for good. Desmond is now 4-for-6 with two outs and the bases loaded, giving him 10 of his 65 RBIs on the season in that situation.

Chris Iannetta had an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Rockies in front of Blackmon’s two-run triple. Blackmon scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. LeMahieu added an RBI single in the eighth.

Braves starter Sean Newcomb (10-6) gave up seven runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings, with three walks and five strikeouts. Newcomb lost for the first time since July 14 and has given up a combined 12 earned runs over his last two starts.

Freddie Freeman and Markakis, who entered first and second in the National League batting race, were a combined 1-for-8 for the Braves, but did drive in three runs. Infielder Charlie Culberson pitched the ninth inning for Atlanta, giving up a run.

The Braves scored three runs in the ninth inning off Rockies reliever Chris Rusin. The Rockies are in search of their fourth consecutive series victory at Atlanta.

In was the second time this season that Freeland and Newcomb have matched up in a game. On April 8 at Colorado, Newcomb was the winner, going six scoreless innings for his first victory of the season.

Freeland, who improved to 10-3 with a 2.59 ERA since the start of May, earned his first career victory against the Braves in four starts.

—Field Level Media

Colorado cruises in win over Braves

Colorado cruises in win over Braves

ATLANTA — Ian Desmond tripled and drove in five runs, Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings and the Colorado Rockies coasted to an 11-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

The Rockies have won six of seven, and they’re 28-14 since June 28, tops in the NL over that span. And they’ve done it without the benefit of many blowouts: Friday’s game snapped a franchise-long, 25-game streak in which the Rockies scored six runs or fewer.

Sean Newcomb struggled for his second straight start as Atlanta’s NL East lead dropped to one-half game over Philadelphia. Colorado began the night 11/2 games out of the West lead.

Ronald Acuna Jr. reached on an infield single in the first against Freeland and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was all Atlanta could muster against him.

Freeland (11-7) gave up three hits and four walks and struck out four, improving to 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 12 starts since June 16. Freeland’s 2.96 season ERA leads all NL left-handers with enough qualifying innings.

Newcomb (10-6) struck out Freeland to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second, but he wasn’t as fortunate with bases full in the third as Desmond tripled into left-center to make it 3-1.

Desmond helped get the Rockies on the board again in the four-run sixth. He singled, stole second and scored on Chris Iannetta’s single. Charlie Blackmon’s two-run triple chased Newcomb, who gave up nine hits, seven runs and three walks in 51⁄3 innings.

Newcomb had gone 8-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 starts following an Atlanta loss, but he was coming off a no-decision last Sunday against Milwaukee in which he gave up five runs and a single-game career-high 12 hits in four innings.

The Braves have lost 21 of their last 28 games against the Rockies, including eight of the last 10 in Atlanta.

Dansby Swanson had an RBI double for Atlanta in the seventh. DJ LeMahieu added an RBI single and Desmond had a two-run single in the eighth.

LeMahieu drove in a run off Charlie Culberson, a utility man making his first career pitching appearance, in the ninth. The Braves added three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

STREAK INTACT

Acuna was credited with a hit in his first at-bat even though shortstop Trevor Story fielded the hard grounder and threw wildly to first. Acuna has reached safely in eight straight plate appearances leading off a game, with three homers, two singles, one walk and a hit by pitch over that span.

STRUGGLING

Adam Duvall went 1 for 4 and stranded two runners in eighth. He’s hitting .120 in 25 at-bats since Atlanta acquired him in a trade with Cincinnati last month.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Manager Bud Black said LHP Mike Dunn, on the disabled list with a shoulder inflammation, looked good in a simulated game and will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days. … RHP Scott Oberg was reinstated from the paternity list. LHP Harrison Musgrave was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Braves: LHP Max Fried began a rehab assignment Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett, allowing three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’s been out 11 games with a left groin strain.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 4.56 ERA) will be reinstated from the disabled list and make his seventh start. He is 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA in three starts and six relief appearances on the road.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-7, 2.86 ERA) will make his 24th start. The first-time All-Star is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three starts this month.

Desmond, Freeland pace Rockies' easy win over Braves

Desmond, Freeland pace Rockies' easy win over Braves

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Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon high-fives teammates after scoring on a wild pitch by Atlanta Braves reliever Chad Sobotka during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Atlanta, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

ATLANTA (AP) — Ian Desmond tripled and drove in five runs, Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings and the Colorado Rockies coasted to an 11-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

The Rockies have won six of seven, and they’re 28-14 since June 28, tops in the NL over that span. And they’ve done it without the benefit of many blowouts: Friday’s game snapped a franchise-long, 25-game streak in which the Rockies scored six runs or fewer.

Sean Newcomb struggled for his second straight start as Atlanta’s NL East lead dropped to one-half game over Philadelphia. Colorado began the night 1 1/2 games out of the West lead.

Ronald Acuna Jr. reached on an infield single in the first against Freeland and scored on a sacrifice fly, but that was all Atlanta could muster against him.

Freeland (11-7) gave up three hits and four walks and struck out four, improving to 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA over 12 starts since June 16. Freeland’s 2.96 season ERA leads all NL left-handers with enough qualifying innings.

Newcomb (10-6) struck out Freeland to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second, but he wasn’t as fortunate with bases full in the third as Desmond tripled into left-center to make it 3-1.

Desmond helped get the Rockies on the board again in the four-run sixth. He singled, stole second and scored on Chris Iannetta‘s single. Charlie Blackmon‘s two-run triple chased Newcomb, who gave up nine hits, seven runs and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.

Newcomb had gone 8-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 starts following an Atlanta loss, but he was coming off a no-decision last Sunday against Milwaukee in which he gave up five runs and a single-game career-high 12 hits in four innings.

The Braves have lost 21 of their last 28 games against the Rockies, including eight of the last 10 in Atlanta.

Dansby Swanson had an RBI double for Atlanta in the seventh. DJ LeMahieu added an RBI single and Desmond had a two-run single in the eighth.

LeMahieu drove in a run off Charlie Culberson, a utility man making his first career pitching appearance, in the ninth. The Braves added three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

STREAK INTACT

Acuna was credited with a hit in his first at-bat even though shortstop Trevor Story fielded the hard grounder and threw wildly to first. Acuna has reached safely in eight straight plate appearances leading off a game, with three homers, two singles, one walk and a hit by pitch over that span.

STRUGGLING

Adam Duvall went 1 for 4 and stranded two runners in eighth. He’s hitting .120 in 25 at-bats since Atlanta acquired him in a trade with Cincinnati last month.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Manager Bud Black said LHP Mike Dunn, on the disabled list with a shoulder inflammation, looked good in a simulated game and will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days. … RHP Scott Oberg was reinstated from the paternity list. LHP Harrison Musgrave was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Braves: LHP Max Fried began a rehab assignment Friday for Triple-A Gwinnett, allowing three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He’s been out 11 games with a left groin strain.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 4.56 ERA) will be reinstated from the disabled list and make his seventh start. He is 1-3 with a 5.81 ERA in three starts and six relief appearances on the road.

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (10-7, 2.86 ERA) will make his 24th start. The first-time All-Star is 3-0 with a 1.83 ERA in three starts this month.

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Adam Duvall settling in with Braves, slump notwithstanding

Adam Duvall settling in with Braves, slump notwithstanding

Adam Duvall is feeling re-energized with his new team, even if the numbers aren’t showing it.

The Braves acquired the right-handed slugger before the July 31 trade deadline in exchange for three players of minimal impact: outfielder Preston Tucker and righties Lucas Sims and Matt Wisler.

“We’ve been playing well, so it’s fun,” Duvall said. “It’s definitely a good change of scenery for me.”

Duvall gave the Braves’ lineup a new outlook. He would start in left field against southpaws, shifting Ronald Acuna to center and putting Ender Inciarte on the bench. The Braves have tested that strategy, but received little in return.

Inciarte is hitting .283 in the second half and .271 since the Duvall trade. The improved performance has been encouraging, though the Braves still are mostly platooning him, including Friday night when they opposed Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland.

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As for the midseason acquisition, little has been added thus far aside from theoretical power. Duvall is 2-for-21 as a Brave and hitless in his past 10 at-bats.

He’s still growing acclimated. In Duvall’s defense, he hasn’t had consistent at-bats to string together much success. He still provides value in the field and might have the third-best power on the club, so he can provide value through slumps. The stats aren’t there, but Duvall believes the production is on its way.

“For sure (I’m feeling energized), especially this time of year when you’re playing for something,” he said. “It gives you a little extra push in your step. … That’s what makes this time of the year fun. When both teams have something to go out there and try to win. It’s exciting. It’s fun. It’s a great atmosphere to be in. We’re all just trying to chase some wins.”

Duvall said he already has benefited from hitting coach Kevin Seitzer’s tutelage. As it has been explained to Duvall, it boils down to not pressing, relaxing in the box and letting ability take over.

In fact, he hadn’t seen many coaches with such keen eyes as Seitzer’s.

“We’ve been working on some things, and he’s been a lot of help so far,” Duvall said. “I’ve definitely enjoyed working with him. He’s a very humble guy. He talks a lot about things that a lot of hitting coaches don’t talk about. So that’s definitely a change as well.”

The first-place Braves have caught fire in the second half, and getting anything out of Duvall would be a welcome bonus. He hit 64 homers across the past two seasons, but that total has dwindled to 15 this season, none with the Braves.

The Braves weren’t as power-deprived as many assumed entering the season. They’ve more than held their own in that department. Now they’ll see if Duvall can fortify an unbeknown strength.