Welcome to round nine.
The Braves and Philadelphia, expected to battle for the National League East lead all season, meet for the ninth time today at Turner Field. They’ve split the first eight games, which says as much as you need to know about how even the teams are.
It’s another throwback day on baseball’s Civil Rights Weekend. The Braves and Phillies will wear replica uniforms from the 1974 season, when Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record.
There have been times this season when Aaron probably could’ve helped the Braves’ lineup — and, yes, I realize he’s 77 years old. But the Braves have picked it up a bit offensively, hitting .273 in May after struggling at .229 in April.
The most notable exception is Dan Uggla. He is still batting fifth despite a .196 batting average. He is 0-for-7 in this series with four strikeouts and for the