Braves > Reds, Iglesias Take Series From Braves

| May 14, 2015

Braves Baseball

Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

CINCINNATI – The smiles were big in the Reds dugout at the end of Wednesday night’s game between Atlanta and Cincinnati. Not so much on the Braves side as they dropped the final game of the series, and five of their last six to start the road trip. The final score was 5-1.

The Braves were able to avoid the Reds ace, Johnny Cueto, in the series finale, but instead they faced off against a 25-year-old pitcher from Cuba named Raisel Iglesias who was called up from Triple-A Louisville to make a spot start for the big league team.

Atlanta’s hitters would have rather seen Cueto Wednesday night.

Eric Young, Jr. came to bat as a pinch hitter to start the sixth inning and ripped a single to center field to break up the no-hit bid.

Chip Caray made a stunning comparison of Iglesias to another former Cuban pitcher, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, during the SportsSouth broadcast.

Freddie Freeman disagreed as he told MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, “He was throwing 90 mph two-seamers right down the middle and I popped them all up. It was just one of those days.”

Eric Stults (1-3) took the mound for the Braves and his struggles continued as he took his third consecutive loss, while giving up homers to Todd Frazier and Marlon Byrd.

Even though the Braves have seemed to be in rebuilding mode, Fredi Gonzalez has shown that he will have a short leash with the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation after moving Trevor Cahill to the pen following his struggles.

There are a lot of Braves fans wondering where all of this young talent is that was acquired in all of the offseason trades. Out of the group it seems that Matt Wisler, who was acquired in the deal that sent Kimbrel to San Diego, is the most MLB ready after taking home the International League Pitcher of the Week award last week for Gwinnett.

There have been no indications that Wisler is close to making the leap to Atlanta, and it would leave Alex Wood as the lone left-hander in the rotation. The speculations in the media, however, will begin soon.

The news went from bad to worse when the Braves placed Kelly Johnson on the 15-day disabled list. Johnson strained his oblique on a swing in the first inning. Kelly has played well in his return to Atlanta and found himself hitting clean-up. Todd Cunningham has been recalled and will likely get playing time, along with Eric Young, Jr replacing Johnson in the outfield.

With the Mets loss to the Cubs, the Braves remain five games back in the division. They will try to end the road trip on a better note Friday in Miami after a much needed day off Thursday. Julio Teheran (3-1) will go against David Phelps (2-0) starting at 7:10 from Marlins Park.

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