Series preview: vs Marlins
When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (WPCH); 7:10 p.m. Saturday (WPCH); 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Friday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (3-2, 3.58 ERA) vs. RH Clay Hensley (1-2, 2.88)
Saturday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (9-7, 3.42) vs. RH Anibal Sanchez (6-3, 3.60)
Sunday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (11-5, 3.13 ERA) vs. RH Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 4.04)
About the Braves:
• Batting: Freddie Freeman extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games Thursday night. Freeman has reached base safely in 34 of his past 38 games, going back to June 16. Dan Uggla was batting .303 with seven home runs and 14 RBIs in 24 games since June 28, including a career-high 18-game hitting streak, entering Thursday.
• Pitching: Beachy gave up two home runs in the first two innings of his last outing against the Reds but settled in for four scoreless innings and a quality start. He took a no-decision in the 4-3 loss and still has only three wins in 17 major league starts. Beachy gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings of a 6-5 loss to the Marlins on April 14.
• Miscellaneous: This is the first time the Braves will face the Marlins since Jack McKeon’s return as manager. The Braves are 4-2 against the Marlins this season, losing two of three at Turner Field and sweeping the Marlins in three games at Sun Life Stadium.
About the Marlins:
• Batting: Marlins slugger Mike Stanton has four home runs in the past six games, including back-to-back games in a three-game sweep over the Nationals. Stanton has 24 homers on the season. Leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio is riding a 26-game hitting streak, second-longest in Marlins history. Luis Castillo hit in 35 straight in 2002.
• Pitching: With Josh Johnson still out with a sore shoulder, the Marlins moved Clay Hensley from the bullpen to the rotation. He has made two starts against the Mets, going five innings each time, allowing a total of two runs in two Marlins victories. He walked six and struck out five in those 10 innings. He was last a full-time starter in 2006 for the Padres when he went 11-12 with a 3.71 ERA.
• Miscellaneous: Florida has won five straight and 14 of its past 19 games. McKeon is 19-13 since taking over as manager. Edwin Rodriguez was 32-39 before resigning under pressure on June 18, with the Marlins on a nine-game losing streak. First baseman Gaby Sanchez has missed three games with a strained left hamstring.