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Braves Vs. Rockies Final Score: Atlanta Falls 12-3, Uggla Homers Twice

I could write a big, long recap of Tuesday night's game, but it would be pretty miserable to do so. In case you missed the Rockies domination of the Braves, it basically went like this: Brandon Beachy (and the bullpen) could not keep their pitches down and the Rockies hitters were all over them. Ubaldo Jimenez was consistently behind in the count, but he somehow shut the Braves down -- well, the Braves except for Dan Uggla -- for 6.2 innings before handing it over to the bullpen.

Instead, this recap is going to be about the two players featured in the picture above: Uggla and Jason Heyward. One is out of his slump, the other is not. Uggla, who is on pace to have one of the better months of his career, had two more homers on Tuesday night. He increased his batting average to .192 and his OPS .649 for the season; these may not seem great, but they're a drastic improvement over what we had in June. The slump is over.

As for the other guy, Heyward missed his second consecutive game with a bruised foot. You may recall he was struck by a pitch on Sunday afternoon. It's not that J-Hey has been horrible this season -- his wRC+ of 104 is slightly above-average -- it's that he isn't being the kid we all fell in love with last summer. If the Braves are going to stick with their current team they have assembled now, it is crucial for the right fielder to get it going at the plate. He is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.

The Braves will go for at least a split of the series at 8:40EDT. It'll be TIm Hudson against Juan Nicasio on the mound.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.