It didn’t look good early for the Braves who wasted two walks in the 1st and saw Washington take a 2-0 early advantage. But Minor really settled down and got a crucial double play ball. Strausburg proved human today and was definitely affected by record hot temperatures at the Ted. He was removed after three innings. Nice confidence game for Minor, who went 5+.
Here’s how the Braves scored: in the 3rd, Heyward hit an RBI double, Freeman followed with a sac fly, and Uggla smacked a 2-out RBI double down the left field line. In the 4th, Francisco- getting a rare start- hit an RBI double. Two batters later, Bourn had an RBI double of his own. Prado followed with a sac fly. Simmons concluded the Atlanta scoring in the 5th with an RBI single.
The Nationals then chipped away at the lead, cutting it down to 7-5. Medlen, Durbin (shaky as usual), O’Flaherty and Kimbrel finished the proceedings. Kimbrel notched save #23 to seal it. Hudson tries for the series win-and some revenge- tomorrow in the rubber game.
A few innings after resembling the” Bad News Bears”, Atlanta provided some late inning excitement with a 4- run 7th that culminated with Simmons’ game- tying 2-run HR (3). But shortly therafter, Durbin served up a HR to Michael Morse to start the 8th. Why was he pitching in that situation?? O, that’s right, Freddi G. makes all the decisions. Disheartning loss (5-4). Strausburg and Gio next. Can’t wait until Freddi is served his walking papers.
Craig Kimbrel is human after all. He gave up a go-ahead HR to Chris Young with one out in the ninth. No big deal, he’s been nearly unhittable of late. Braves only RBI came from Bourn and Simmons. The team as a whole stranded a small army on the basepaths (10 LOB). JJ threw a repectable 5.2 innings (2 runs allowed).
Big series against the Nats this weekend. Too bad Washington has their horses going and we counter with Delgado and Auto Loss. Dempster would sure look good in Braves’ colors right about now…Hope for the best.
Tommy Hanson threw 6.1 solid innings for his ninth win on Wednesday night. He has pitched really well over the last month. The offesense did its part too, scoring at least four runs for the seventh straight game. Heyward hit a solo HR (12) in the 1st and Chipper hit a 2-run shot (6) as part of a three fifth to back Hanson. With this win, we win the series outright. Jurrjens makes his second start since his return tonight.
Tim Hudson was truly masterful tonight by tossing 8 innings of one-run ball. But it was the Atlanta offense that really stole the show to the tune of 17 hits off the Arizona pitching staff. Bourn (7 HRs now) had 2 hits, while Chipper and Freeman had 3 apiece. 7 Braves had at least 2 hits. The one exception was Dan Uggla, who went o-for 4. D’backs starter Daniel Hudson left the game w/ an apparent injury and took the loss. Tommy Hanson goes for his ninth victory tomorrow.
The headline says it all. After cutting a four run deficit to one (following 2 Red Sox Hrs), Auto Loss gave up yet more runs. He gives up a HR every four innings, on average. That is not gonna get the job done! Scientists have long debated the existance of black holes. I think i’ve found at least two- in our rotation. Braves lose 9-4.
On the bright side, Heyward remains on a tear (11 HRs) and Hinske picked up a 2 RBI triple.
The Braves were primed for a big inning, having scored once and having runners at the corners with none out in the 1st. But they failed to add on and it came back to bite them. Can’t afford to have Jekell and Hyde Delgado if we hope to stay in the playoff race. If his struggles continue, we must strongly consider adding another pitcher. Let’s get a series win this afternoon.
What can I say? JJ came through big time yesterday with 7.2 innings of 1- run ball. If he keeps this up, maybe Beachy won’t be missed as much after all. It was only one start, but boy was he impressive. Heyward (3 hits), Simmons, and Freeman had the RBIs. Braves try for the series win tonight at Fenway Park.
Braves get a much-needed series win in NY today. In a see-saw battle, the offense came up big today. Homers aplenty: Freeman (9), Prado (5), Heyward (9, 10), and Ross (3) go deep. 10 runs on 11 hits. Hanson gutted his way thru 5+ to get his 8th win, despite serving up 4 homers on a hot day with balls flying out of the yard. Venters and Durbin provided shaky relief late, but preserved the lead.
Heyward’s starting to show his power stroke again, while McCann’s struggles at the dish continue. A day off would do him some good. All in all, I’ll take a series win any way we can get it. After an off day tomorrow,we take on Boston. It’ll be interesting to see how JJ pitches.
It wasn’t pretty for Tim Hudson, but he stuck around just long enough to get the win. Chipper drove in a run with a 2- out double, Simmons added 2 RBI, and Heyward brought home the eventual game winner with a rocket shot single off Texieria in the 6th. He also threw out Swisher at the plate with a sweet throw home one inning earlier. Kimbrel picked up another two k’s on the way to save # 20. We go for the series win this afternoon.