Braves use late power surge to down Phillies 9-6 in wacky series opener

Having not shown much signs of life through five frames, the offense came alive in the top of the 6th.  Freeman walked and Gattis blasted a 2- run HR (2) to give Atlanta a short-lived lead.  Santana sure deserved the win.  He went 6 Ip, allowing 4 H, 1 R, 11 k’s.  In the 8th, Gattis homered again (3), followed by Uggla (1) and Simmons (2).

For some reason, our genius manager went with Availan, who has been shaky this year.  Following a clutch Ryan Howard strikeout, he promptly gave up 5 runs, the big blow being a Dominic Brown 3- Run Hr.  Uggla hit a grand slam (2) in the 9th to rescue Avalian’s bacon. Carpenter got the save.

Braves power their way past Nats10-2 for sweep; J- Up, Freeman, Simmons hit homers

Harang got plenty of run support in Sunday’s series finale.  J- Up (4) and Freeman (4) hit two-run Hr’s and Simmons added a 3- run shot (1) late.  B.J. Up even got a few hits.  Pena and Pastornicky had good at bats.  Atlanta took advantage of an injury depleted Nats team and looks to continue their recent success tomorrow night in Philadelphia.  Harang went 6 IP, allowing 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, and 5 k’s.  Good series all around.  E. Santana takes the ball next.

Wood records first win vs Nats; Atlanta wins 6-3

A four run 1st fueled the Braves to victory.  With one out, B. J. Up homered (1).  Freeman singled and J-Up doubled him home.  Uggla hit an RBI single and Gattis doubled Uggla home.

In the 5th, J- Up hit a one out double and scored on Uggla’s RBI single.  Freeman closed out the Brave scoring with a 2 out 8th inning HR (3).  A. Wood picked up his first win against Washington.  Kimbrel picked up Save # 5.  The bullpen did a nice job but needs to start getting leadoff batters out.  The Nats had too many runners on tonight.  Lucky it didn’t cost us.

Harang aims for the sweep tomorrow vs . Gio Gonzalez.  Should be a good pitching matchup.



J-Up’s10th inning RBI single beats Nats 7-6

What a crazy game last night. 3- run Hr’s, a critical Uggla error, missed umpire calls, and Atlanta still managed to win. J- Up’s 2 out RBI single plated Schafer from 1st.  He had tied the game in the 8th with a solo HR (3). Pena (3- RUn HR(1), Gattis (RBI single) and C. Johnson (RBI single) tallied the other runs.  Now if only Uggla or B.J. Upton could start hitting…  Alex Wood takes the mound tonight looking for the series win.

Justin Upton’s 2 HR’s not enough as Braves fall 6-4 in series finale

Justin Upton hit homers in the 2nd and 3rd (1,2), but it wasn’t enough.  Freeman added an RBI single.  Theran looks to get Atlanta back in he win column vs Washington tomorrow night.

Santana has magnificent debut; Braves beat NYM 4-3

The offense got rolling early with a J- Hey leadoff HR (2) in the bottom of the 1st.  Their other runs came in the 4th.  With one out, Gattis doubled and E. Santana singled.  J-Hey hit an RBI single.  After Simmons singled, Freeman brought home the final Brave tallies with a 2- run single.

Santana went 8 IP, allowing 0 R on 3 H with 6 k’s.  Kimbrel made things interesting in the 9th by allowing three runs.  With the tying run on 3rd, he got a strikeout for save # 4. David Hale goes for the series win tonight.

Braves shut out by Mets 4-0

Atlanta couldn’t solve Bartolo Colon and lost its home opener.  Harang pitched well (6 IP, 9 k’s) but took the loss.  Ervin Santana looks to get the Braves back on track in his Atlanta debut tomorrow night.

Lack of offense dooms Atlanta as they fall 2-1 to Nats in series finale

Atlanta could only muster an Uggla Sac fly in the 6th.  They blew a bases loaded 1 out chance in the 4th and a 2nd and 3rd 1 out opportunity later.  The 9th inning rally fell short as Heyward struck out with  two runners on base.

Even so, two out of three isn’t bad.  After an off day, Aaron Harang and the Braves take on the Mets at the Ted on Tuesday.

Patient Braves, Theran finish off Nats 6-2

The Braves’ offense got rolling in the middle innings.  In the 4th, J- Up scored on yet another Ryan Zimmerman throwing error.  Theran had an RBI single to tie the game.  He had two hits in the game.

In the 5th, Atlanta got a 2-run single from Uggla and a Ryan Domit RBI single.  Simmons had a Sac fly.

Theran battled tonight without his A + stuff.  He managed to gut through 7 innings, walking 4 and striking out 6.  Braves go for the sweep in Sunday’s matinee game.

Braves spoil Nats’ home opener with a controversial 2-1 win

Braves are 2-for 2 in instant replay so far this year.  An Ian Desmond HR (he kept running the bases) turned into a double.  Atlanta would eventually go on to win, thanks to a Gattis moonshot (1) in the 5th and a C. Johnson 8th inning Sac fly.  Kimbrel picked up his third save, Avilan the win.

On the controversial- and correct- call, the ball got stuck in the left field padding.  I thought the call would stand, especially after J- Up threw the ball back toward the infield.  A win’s a win.  Johnson has been clutch in the early going.  Atlanta tries for a series win on Saturday evening.


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