Today in the A: July 14th

Kurt Suzuki (Talking Chop)

Braves fall in Game 1 against Arizona

Last night the Braves took on the first of three games at home against Arizona before the All Star Break. Atlanta jumped out early to a 1-0 lead with a Suzuki single in the 1st inning, but ended up falling 2-1. Godley walked away with the win and Sam Freeman got the loss.

Sanchez pitched very well in 6 innings only giving up 5 hits and 1 run. On the offensive side of the plate Inciarte and Albies each went 0-4 at the top of the lineup; however Freeman, Markakis, and Suzuki combined for a nice 5-12 in the heart of the lineup.

The Braves are now 3-7 in their last 10 games and with the Phillies winning today, Atlanta now sits 1.5 games behind Philadelphia for the division lead. The Braves will play game 2 today at 4:10 and it will be Newcomb vs Greinke on the mound.

Hawks win consolation game without star players

The Atlanta Hawks played their consolation game, their final summer league game, last night against the LA Clippers winning 97-81. Atlanta’s Summer League stars John Collins, Tyler Dorsey Omari Spellman, and of course Trae Young all sat out last night to rest and not risk further injuries.

Overall it was a close game throughout, however Atlanta was too much down the stretch for LA. Starting point guard Robert Johnson was the most consistent starter with 18 points tonight. However it was the play off the bench of Alpha Kaba and Junior Robinson that will excite Hawks fans. 2017 2nd round pick, Alpha Kaba, finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds (11 offensive), and 4 blocks in 24 minutes. 5’5 undrafted Junior Robinson had 20 points in his 26 minutes of game time.

The Atlanta Hawks finish Las Vegas Summer League with a 3-3 record and leave with a very exciting group of players. Aside from veterans Collins and Dorsey, saw standout performances from Young, Spellman, Morris, Adams, Kaba, and Robinson. The rebuilding Hawks definitely are looking at a bright future, and only time will tell how the 2018-2019 roster will shape out.

Atlanta Dream cruise past Indiana Fever

The Dream beat the Indiana Fever last night with a final score of 98-74. It was one of Atlanta’s best games of the season as 7 different players scored in double figures. A few standout performances was Elizabeth Williams finishing with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Tiffany Hayes having 16 points, and off the bench Brittney Skyes providing 14 points and 5 assists. Atlanta’s star Angel McCoughtry finished the game with 10 points and 7 assists.

They Atlanta Dream improve their record to 11-9, moving past Connecticut for 2nd in the East, trailing only Washington by 1.5 games. The Dream will play Sunday at home against Elana Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics at 3:00pm.

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Ryan Andrews | @Ry_And1

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