Domonic Brown went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Thursday as the Phillies topped the Braves 4-1.
With Ben Revere likely exiting, the door is open for Brown to get fairly regular playing time the rest of the way, should he show anything to justify it. He has gone 12-for-28 with three extra-base hits since July 20. It's something to build on.
Aaron Harang won in his return from the DL after allowing one run and nine hits over five innings against the Braves.
The Phillies had lost Harang's last nine starts before he landed on the DL. The Braves had lost Shelby Miller's last seven starts. So, something had to give tonight. It turned out to be the Phillies' streak. Harang wasn't exactly dominant, but then, he's Aaron Harang. He seems like a poor bet in NL-only leagues the rest of the way.
Shelby Miller was tagged for four runs and 11 hits in six innings Thursday in a loss to the Phillies.
This makes six straight losses for Miller. The Braves have lost each of his last eight starts, though that's more because they've scored a total of nine runs in those eight games than anything Miller has done wrong. He's not pitching quite as well as he did during the first three months, but he's not exactly struggling, either.
Braves optioned RHP Ryan Kelly to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Kelly was with the club for just one day as an emergency arm in the bullpen. He'll continue to provide organizational depth at Triple-A and should once again get the call the next time an extra arm is required.
Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Orioles have emerged as a strong possibility to acquire Gerardo Parra from the Brewers.
The Orioles continue to believe that they are in the thick of the race for one of the Wild Cards in the American League, and Parra would certainly be an upgrade both offensively and defensively. As the O's don't have the necessary prospects to land any of the top outfielders on the market, Parra seems like a tremendous fit.