Braves WON! their 13th straight game.
Who is hitting during the streak: I collected some key stats from the beginning of the Braves 13-game streak for every regular player…
Uggla is really the only one not contributing much. Gattis struggled, but he kept driving in runs, same with McCann, who has been fighting it the past few days. The top of this new batting order — Heyward, Justin, Freeman — is doing most of the damage, with 35 RBI combined from those three. Justin Upton especially seems to be rekindling his April awesomeness.
Really good at 13-game streaks: David Schoenfield from ESPN tweets that since 1969 three NL teams have had winning streaks of 13 games: the Padres once, Phillies twice, and now the Braves have done it 4 times. The 2013 Braves are now hunting down the 2000 Braves team and the 15-game winning streak they had from April 16th to May 2nd.
In front for a long time: The Braves have spent an MLB-best 128 days in first place this season, and have had a lead of at least 4 games since May 21st. This was the Braves 11th series sweep this year.
Could DeRo join the party: As GM Frank Wren continues to add parts and pieces to the Braves, the news out of Toronto is that Mark DeRosa has been claimed off waivers by Atlanta. The two teams have until sometime today to try and work out a trade, or Toronto could pull him back off waivers (or just let Atlanta claim him, which they likely wouldn’t). The Braves want DeRo as an experienced pinch hitter to add to their bench. This year he is hitting .357/.571/.643 (5-for-14) with a home run, 6 RBI, and 7 walks as a pinch hitter. A bench in the playoffs of DeRosa, Reed Johnson, Jordan Schafer, and Evan Gattis would be a pretty good collection of power and speed that Atlanta could use late in the game.
Gwinnett won. The G-Braves scored just enough to win (1 run). Omar Poveda had a great start: 6IP, 5H, 0R, 4BB, 6SO, 1WP. Jordan Schafer finally got another hit, going 1-for-5 with a double.
Sip walks off: Mississippi won. Robby Hefflinger hit his 27th home run of the year in the second inning, then added a single in the 10th inning to drive in the winning run. Watch the walk-off here. Mycal Jones extended his hitting streak to 16 games, going 2-for-3 with a HR, 3RBI, 2R, 1BB.
Quality again from Hinson: Lynchburg won. Ryan Hinson turned in his 5th consecutive quality start since joining the Braves: 6IP, 7H, 3R, 1BB, 9SO, 1HR.
They finally get to Hursh: Rome lost. Jason Hursh had his first bad outing as a member of the Braves, and the first one in which he’s surrendered a run: 4IP, 7H, 6R, 2ER, 2BB, 1SO, 1WP, 1HBP. His defense let him down, of course, Hursh also committed a throwing error. Hopefully this was just a little wildness and nothing but a hiccup.