Sean Newcomb aims to reach a point when he will not be forced to battle trouble as frequently as he has during the first few months of his career. But in the process, the Braves’ southpaw will continue to rely on that same quiet intensity that fueled him as he went to the ground and found a way to finish a fantastic play in Sunday’s 8-1 win over the Reds at SunTrust Park.
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“He was fighting like heck to make a play,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He was just getting after it and trying to get the guy out any way he could. That’s pretty good for a big man like that.”
Moments after Ozzie Albies, who is generously listed as a 5-foot-9 second baseman, made a leaping grab, the 6-foot-5 Newcomb proved that big men can fall victim to gravity and still display their own form of agility while producing a defensive gem.
“He made a nice play crawling around,” Braves catcher Tyler Flowers said with a smile.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, Reds outfielder Adam Duvall hit a slow dribbler to the right side that might have ended up in no man’s land had Newcomb not quickly reacted.
Lying on his stomach, Newcomb fought to gain a handle of the ball and then provided a nifty flip that rolled to first baseman Freddie Freeman’s glove to end the threat.
“I couldn’t get it with my glove,” Newcomb said. “So, I reached my hand out and tipped it a little bit. Once I was on the ground, I kind of gave it that last reach and flip.”
The consecutive defenseive gems prevented the Reds from scoring in the third innings despite loading the bases with one out.
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“I turned when he had already left his feet,” Newcomb said. “I knew his height, but I knew he could get up there. I figured he had a pretty good shot at it. I was pretty pumped when it didn’t get by him.”
On the way to recording his first career home win, Newcomb routinely escaped trouble. He retired just nine of the final 17 batters faced, but still completed five scoreless innings. He capped his 94-pitch performance by getting Scooter Gennett to fly out with the bases loaded in the fifth.
“I called my dad and said, ‘I’ve got some bad news for your mlb promotion codes free shipping, you can’t go to work tomorrow, you’ve got to come see your son pitch in the big leagues,'” Minter said. “It was one of those moments you dream about your whole life, to be able tell your dad. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him.”
Minter ranks as the Braves’ 24th-best prospect. The 23-year-old southpaw has the capability to be the best reliever Atlanta’s organization has produced since Craig Kimbrel. But injury woes have plagued him throughout this season, and he has pitched on back-to-back days just once during his professional career.
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Fried, who ranks as the organization’s 10th-best prospect, got a taste of the big leagues as a reliever after the Braves opted to promote him from Double-A Mississippi on Aug. 5. The 23-year-old left-hander allowed four runs and seven hits while issuing six walks and recording four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings for Atlanta. Most of the damage was incurred on Aug. 16, when he allowed a Trevor Story three-run homer during his mlb shop discount codes 2017 and third inning of work at Coors Field.
Phillips certainly didn’t hurt his trade value Saturday when he homered in the third inning and added an infield single during the Braves’ four-run, ninth-inning rally. The home run was the first he has hit against the Reds, who essentially dumped him in February when they agreed to pay all but $1 million of his $14 million salary and traded him to the Braves for two Minor League pitchers.
“They’re just another team,” Phillips said. “I just try to be a professional and play the game the best way with montreal canadiens jersey cheap I know how.”
Phillips hit .247 with a .574 OPS over 20 games from July 17 to Aug. 11. But he has given some contending teams something to think about, hitting .333 with three homers and a .962 OPS over his past eight games.
“It’s been working, but there’s always room for improvement,” Phillips said. “I’m having success lately. I went through a little stretch where I was hitting the ball hard and not getting hits. So, I’ve tried my best to stick with the same plan.”