Friday -- Braves 5, D-backs 2; Santana silences Diamondbacks. Saturday -- Braves 10, D-backs 4; Braves batter Bolsinger. Sunday -- LHP Wade Miley (3-6, 4.78) vs. LHP Alex Wood (6-6, 3.19), 10 a.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
The D-backs couldn't build on the momentum from a series win in San Diego and lost two of three to the Pirates. A three-game set in Atlanta offers the opportunity to make it a winning road trip, but it won't come easy against the NL East-leading Braves, who have won seven straight games and nine of their last 10. The D-backs took two of three from the Braves in June, and they will miss Atlanta ace Julio Teheran this series.
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Make it three
Josh Collmenter gets the start Friday in search of his third straight win, or fourth if you count his extra-innings win in relief on June 24. Collmenter allowed just one run in each of his past two starts and only nine hits between the two games, though he did not pitch more than 5-1/3 innings in either. It's also fitting Collmenter gets the start on July 4, as he's pretty much the clubhouse leader in patriotism.
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Walk this way
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson earlier this week said, "We're entering a new era for Paul." That Paul is of course Paul Goldschmidt, and the new era is one in which pitchers are less willing to give the slugging first baseman anything to hit. Over the past 10 games, Goldschmidt has walked 16 times. If this keeps up, Goldschmidt's numbers may take a hit, save for his on-base percentage. It's actually a bit of a wonder pitchers took this long to work around Goldschmidt.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman isn't quite getting the Goldschmidt treatment -- he only has nine walks in his last 10 games -- he's certainly got opposing pitchers' attention. But like Goldschmidt, he keeps hitting. Over his last 10 games, the 24-year-old is hitting .303 with a home run, two doubles, seven RBI and a .455 on-base percentage. Freeman is one of five first basemen currently the top 12 in the NL in OPS.