Tim Hudson hung around just long enough to pick up his 10th win, pitching 5.2 innings. The bullpen did the rest. Heyward hit a solo HR (16) in the 1st. Later in the inning, Uggla hit an RBI double. In the 3rd, Chipper added a solo blast (10). The Braves broke it open in the seventh, scoring three times on a Heyward RBI single and a Freeman two- out two run single. I realize the Phillies aren’t the same team of years past, but my how far they’ve fallen. Gotta beat em when they’re down, I guess. Next up is a four game series against the Fish.
Mike Minor and Joe Blanton had everything working tonight, but Minor was just a little better. He went 8 frames, allowed 1 run, o walks, struck out 9, and retired the final 13 batters he faced. Kimbrel shut the door in the the ninth for his 30th save. Atlanta goes for the sweep tomorrow. Dandy pitching matchup. Hudson vs. Halladay.
Atlanta scored in the 1st on a Chipper Sac Fly and then in the 3rd on a Heyward RBI single that plated Bourn.
Notes: The Braves plan to move Kris Medlen into the starting rotation on Tuesday if they are unable to acquire a starter at the trade deadline. Jurrjens would take his spot in the bullpen. I’m still hopeful that Wren will get a pitcher. If not, Medlen provides a nice option, given his starting experience.
You know your offense has made the most of its chances when they score more runs (6) than hits (5). Ben Sheets (6 ip, 1 R) outpitched the very rich Cole Hamels, who walked six, and the Braves took full advantage. McCann was once again in the middle of everything, belting a three- run HR (17) in the 5th. Minor goes for the series win tonight.
Notes: Now that Zach Greinke (Angels) is out of the fold, it’lll be interesting to see if Wren can land a much-coveted starting pitcher. The options aren’t that great. Whiner, er, I mean Dempster, Garza, and maybe Shields. We shall see what happens… Miguel Bautista, 41, signed a minor league deal today. Hopefully, he’s here to be a long man in the pen, not our supposed bonafide ‘ace”.
Tommy Hanson didn’t deserve the win on Wednesday afternoon, but he hung around just long enough to get his 11th victory. Here’s his unbelievably fortunate line: 5 innings, 7 walks, 7 strikeouts, and 1 run allowed. Not only was he uncharacteristically wild, but the Marlins had baserunners all over the place. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Medlen and Venters pitched four perfect frames in relief.
Offensively the Braves put on a power show. Excluding Freeman’s two-out 4th inning RBI single and Fransisco’s 6th inning RBI single, the rest of the runs came by home runs. Francisco hit a 2- run shot (8) in the 4th, Bourn a 2- run bomb (8) in the 5th, and Heyward a solo blast (15) in the 8th.
After an off day, it’s back to the Ted to face the Phillies. Should be a tough series.
Tim Hudson pitched masterfully following a tough opening frame. After allowing a two- run HR to Jose Reyes a few innings later, he really buckled down, retiring 16 straight at one point. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings for his ninth win.
Though they left a small army on the base paths, the offense played just enough ABC baseball to come away with the win. Prado had Sac fly, Freeman walked with the bags packed, and Heyward recorded the remaing RBI (Sac fly, go- ahead RBI single). Hanson goes for the series win this afternoon.
Notes: While Dempster continues to pull a Brett Favre, Braves GM Frank Wren has made it known that the team is prepared to look for other deals. I like the move. No team deserves to be hamstrung by one player. I expect Dempster will make the best decision for him and his family.
The Braves couldn’t do anything against Josh Johnson. They only had 3 hits – two of which came in the 9th. Chipper had the only RBI, a single. The offense has been non-existent for three straight games. As we wait for Dempster to approve the trade to Atl, the offense better step it up soon. On a bright note, Minor was solid again (7 ip). He just needs to avoid 1st inning troubles.
Jair Jurrjens was pathetic again for a second straight outing. I hope he doesn’t pitch for Atlanta the rest of the year – if ever. 2.1 ip, 9 hits to the first 15 batters. It’s discouraging to not pick up any ground on the Nats, especially how the series started. Wren better be working the phones. We’re going to need better pitching performances – that goes for everybody – if we want to catch the Nats.
Hope to get well against the sputtering Marlins.
Atlanta got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st, but failed to score after that. Delgado was somewhat shaky and the pen gave up runs in the late innings. Lannan foils the Braves again. Oh well, you can’t win em’ all.
I’m thrilled we weren’t swept in the doubleheader. Hopefully Minor can get a win in Game 4. We shall see what transpires tomorrow.
Ben Sheets wasn’t quite as sharp as last time out, but he made pitches when he needed to. Here is his line: 6 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. 2 double plays really helped out as well.
Following last night’s thrilling comeback, the offense did just enough to preserve Sheets’ second win. In the 2nd, McCann blasted a solo HR (16). Atlanta didn’t score again until the 8th. Bourn scored on yet another Washington wild pitch in the series. The Braves have sure taken advantage of all the miscues so far.
After Bourn scored, Prado hit into a crazy DP (first to home to third) that halted some momentum. But Chipper pushed two big insurance runs across in the 9th on a pinch-hit 2- run HR (9). These last two games have sure been statement games, letting the Nats know it’s gonna be tight to the end.
Rostor Notes: Jonny Venters came off the DL today to help a beleaguered pen, while Matt Diaz was put there by a right thumb injury. He could conceivably be lost for the season. He wasn’t doing much anyway, but now Wren might want to shore up the bench. There’s a good canidate on the Miami Marlis- Omar Infante. Bring him home Wren! I’d still like the Braves to get Greinke- if he agrees to a contract extention.
Braves win 11-10!!! Unbelievable. They stormed back from 9 runs down. Huge lift going into doubleheader tomorrow! Whoa! Never leave games early this year Braves fans! Total team win. Way to go Uggla and Durbin.