Braves’ upcoming opponent: About the Padres

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

Braves' opponent: San Diego Padres

Keep an eye on: Matt Kemp. He hit for the cycle Friday night at Coors Field for the first time not only in his career but he became the first Padre ever to do it in the 46-year history of the franchise. He needed a triple in the ninth inning to do it, and got it with a shot that ricocheted off the right field fence.

Who's hot: Jedd Gyorko took an eight-game hitting streak into Sunday, batting 10-for-33 (.303) over that span with two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs.

Who's not: Alexi Amarista was 3-for-his-past-28 (.107) entering Sunday.

Braves connection: Justin Upton was hitting .305 (14-for-46) in the month of August entering Sunday, hitting safely in 10 of 13 games. Melvin Upton is hitting .224 in 48 games for the Padres. Craig Kimbrel is third in the major leagues with 33 saves in 35 chances. Former Brave Mark Kotsay is the Padres' hitting coach.

In the news: This one made Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton cringe, having tried to teach this lesson to former Braves like Chris Johnson and others. Former Brave Justin Upton flung his helmet in anger in the Padres dugout Saturday after a baserunning mistake and inadvertently hit teammate Yonder Alonso in the head with it. Alonso left the game for precautionary reasons but was available again on Sunday.