Braves bash Pirates with big first inning in 7-3 win

Atlanta scored six runs in the top of tyhe first, on the way to a 7-3 victory.  J Hey and Simmons homered to lead off the game.  Santana earned his 13th win of the season.  Harang looks to keep things rolling Tuesday night.

Braves sweep A’s, thanks to power surge

J- Up (23) and C. Johnson (9)  homered and Minor outdueled Lester.  Braves not going away just yet.

Harang struggles early; Braves drop 3 of 4 with 6-4 defeat to LA

Harang struggled in his shortest outing of the season.  J- Up had two more RBI’s but left the game in the bottom of the 8th due to a hamstring strain.  Braves mounted a threat in the 9th by putting the tying runs on base, but B. J. Up struck out.  Surprise, surprise.  We’re just good enough to lose.  Halfway through the August schedule, Atlanta has won only three games I believe.

Braves clip Dodgers 3-2

Kimbrel got Matt Kemp to ground into a game- ending dp with the bases loaded to preserve his 35th save.  It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for the team.  Hope they can stay in playoff contention.

Braves lose to Dodgers 6-2

The skid continues as the offense showed few signs of life against the Dodgers.  Braves have now lost 10 of their last 12 games.  Yikes.

Braves lose 7-3 to Mariners; losing streak hits eight

More of the same as Atlanta let an early lead slip away.  This West coast trip has been brutal.  The only saving grace is that Washington hasn’t run away with the division yet.

Braves lose 4-3 in extras; swept by Padres

The Braves were swept by the lowly Padres.  All of the losses were by one run.  Freddi G. should be fired.

Braves fall to Padres 10-1

Minor had another bad start and should be demoted. Braves only had 4 hits, Pads had 20.

Notes: Atlanta acquired Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell at the trade deadline.  They should boost the bench and bullpen, respectively.  In a bit of sad news, Pete Van Wieren, longtime Braves’ broadcaster, passed away from cancer Saturday morning.  He and Skip Caray will now call Braves’ games in heaven.

Braves cough up lead to Dodgers; lose 8-4

Varvaro blew a late 4-2 lead and Atlanta lost 8-4 to a surging Dodgers team.  They look to get back on track Wednesday night.

Braves blast Padres 8-3 in series finale

Atlanta took two of three from San Diego. They put them away with a six run 3rd. Laird, La Stella, Simmons, and C. Johnson all collected RBIs.  Minor won a game for the first time in 8 starts.

Sidenote: Cox, Maddux, and Glavine were inducted into the Hall of Fame today.  All deserved it.  Smoltz and Chipper should join them next year.

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