May 2012

Atlanta to call up Simmons to be starting shortstop

The Braves will be sporting a new shortstop in D.C. on Friday- Andrelton Simmons.  Regarded as one of the best defensive shortstops in the minors, he has shown he can hit a little  bit too.  I like the move.  It shores up our middle infield D and should mean less errors.  I still have hope that Pastornicky will be a decent offensive player; however his defense (or lack there of) needs work.  This switch ultimately improves the ballclub.

Freeman and McCann have big nights; Braves beat Cards 10-7 in series wrap-up

The Braves welcomed Freddie Freeman back with a bang.  Sporting new glasses, Freeman had 3 hits, including a 1st inning solo HR (8) to center, and a bloop double that brought in another run.  McCann also had a couple hits to go along with four RBI.  He hit a wind-aided 2-runHR (7) to right just before Freeman’s blast, and added a clutch 2-run single in the 6th.

Jose ” Georgie” Constanza had a second productive game with three singles and an RBI.  His speed is a huge asset and his presense in the lineup allows Prado to play third.  Hudson looked good through five but wasn’t able to hold a 5-0 lead – a rarity.  His teammates picked him up by scoring some late runs, preventing him from picking up a loss.

After an off day today, its on to Washington for 3.  Minor and Strausburg going in Game 1. Looks like a mismatch but you never know.  Hopeful for 2 0f 3.

Braves end skid, edge Cardinals 5-4

Atlanta finally found the win column after more than a week. A solo homer by Michael Bourn (5) and a three- run shot by Dan Uggla (8) proved to be all the offense Randall Delgado needed.  Kimbrel pitched the 9th for his 14th save.  Hopefully we can get a winning streak going.

Losing streak hits eight straight

The Braves and Tommy Hanson lost 8-2 to the Cardinals on Monday afternoon. Hanson escaped a bases loaded no out jam in the 1st, but the roof caved in from there.  When will the losing streak end?  No one knows. All that is certain is Atlanta is dangerously close to falling into last place.

Our team lacks heart and quality backups (stop me if you’ve heard that before).  It feels like the movie Groundhog Day this week. You hope for a different result , but the team still gets pummeled.  The most frustrating part is how uncompetitive the games have been.

Beachy let down by defense, bullpen; Braves lose 7-2 to Nats

Even the great Brandon Beachy can appear human.  This was apparent as he suffered his second straight loss Sunday night at the Ted.  He was over 100 pitches after five frames- like last year- and was not helped by his defense.  Pastornicky made an acrobatic flip to Uggla who couldn’t handle the feed, which led to runs. Beachy’s still the ERA leader, though (1.77).

After tiring in the 6th, our great manager called on LIvan Hernandez to put out the fire and keep the game tied at 2.  He promptly allowed four hits, culminating in an eventual 7-2 defeat.  The losing skid now is at seven. Ugh.  Just one week ago, we had the second best winning percentage and 1st place in the NL East.  With each loss, the Wren/ Gonzalez era may finally draw to a close.  We can only hope.

At least we’re not Philadelphia. Looks like Roy Halladay may be on the shelf for awhile with a shoulder injury after leaving his last start.

Uggla’s HR can’t save Braves in 8-4 loss

Mike Minor had problems with two outs again and, as this series has shown the Braves still have some catching up to do to compete with the likes of the Nationals.  Strausburg had a rare off day but that only delayed the inevitable loss.

Uggla’s two run HR (7) in the fifth wasn’t enough. Medlen gave up runs for the second outing in a row.   Braves need to get healthy.  I hate to say it but it might get worse before it gets better.  Hard to believe we swept the Cards at Busch Stadium earlier this month.  Seems so long ago.

Hudson makes seventh inning mistake culminating in 7-4 loss

Tim Hudson got the Braves behind the eight ball yesterday by putting the team in a four run hole early.  He then compounded matters by allowing Zimmerman’s two-out back-breaking triple in the top of the 7th.

The injuries keep piling up too. Chipper on the DL-finally!- Ross hurt, the light- hitting J.C. Boscan getting called up.  All these moves highlight Wren’s poor decision to not acquire dependable backups in the offseason.  Strausburg vs. Minor looks like a mismatch today, hope i’m wrong.  Hopefuly we can tread water until our injured players get back.

ugh

Delgado walked too many people. Medlen promptly gives up a grandslam. Hey, at least Bourn homered again (4).  Pathetic team right now.

Braves lose 2-1 in pathetic loss

Dan Uggla homered in the 4th (6) and that was it for the offense.  Things won’t get any better until Heyward, Chipper, and McCann return. Hanson pitched well- 6 ip, 4 hits, 1 run.  ChristianMartinez gave up yet another Reds homer in the bottom of the 9th. Very disappointed in our performance the last couple days.  Its hard to win when ur offense is missing its heart of the order.  We have no bench depth either and that’s all on Wren.

Beachy done in by homers, lack of run support

Brandon Beachy wasn’t unhittable Tuesday night at the Great American Ballpark. He allowed two early homers in an eventual 4-3 defeat.  He’ll be fine- it’s the offense that has to step it up. Where did Uggla’s power go (only 5 HRs so far)?  This lineup looks vastly different without Chipper and performs worse.  Hopefully he can get back in their soon.

Good game for Bourn (3 hits, 2 HRs). Stupid Reds and their hittter-friendly ballpark.  First place we hardly knew ye.  Gotta get it back tomorrow.

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