Thank you Chipper for a wonderful Hall of Fame career. You truly are the face of the Atlanta Braves. I remember when you came to the big leagues in 1993 and I enjoyed every minute of it. A 1995 World Champion. 1999 NL MVP. Batting .400 for a time during the 2008 season at age 36. A Mets’ killer and a guy that opposing pitchers hated to face with the game on the line. Thank you for giving this die hard Braves’ fan memories that will last a lifetime.
Atlanta took care of New York handily on Sunday afternoon. David Ross got the big hit, a 3-run HR (9) in the 2nd. Heyward added an RBI double in the 5th and Simmons hit an RBI triple in the 6th. Bourn closed out the scoring with an RBI single later that inning.
Medlen was great again. He’s pitching Maddux-esque right now. He’s ready for the playoffs. Atlanta heads to Pittsburgh for the final three games down three to Washington. Let’s see what happens.
The Braves got just enough offense to turn back the Mets tonight. In the 1st, Prado doubled with one out, moved to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on Heyward’s RBI groundout. Their other tally came in the 5th. Simmons singled and Minor sacrificed him to second. Following a Constanza strikeout, Prado doubled him home.
Minor was terrific again. 6.1 IP, 0 runs, 0 BB, 3 H, and 4 k’s. He deserves to be in the playoff rotation. Durbin, Availan, Venters, and Kimbrel finished it up. Kimbrel now has 41 saves. Hard to believe that Chipper will play his final regular season home game ever tomorrow. Let’s get the series win tomorrow afternoon.
Hudson pitched a great game but made a bad full count pitch to Mets LF Lucas Duda and it cost him the game. A 1-0 Braves’ lead became a 3-1 Mets win (3 run HR). On top of that, Washington actually lost a game. Too bad Atlanta couldn’t pull within 3 games with 5 to play. Probably not gonna catch them anyway. Really enjoyed the pre- game ceremony. Chipper has meant so much to the Braves’ organization. I’m going to miss him.
The Braves had two big innings, a 4-run 4th and 2-run 7th. In the 4th, Uggla and Simmons hit RBI doubles. Prado tailed the other two runs when the Marlins LF failed to catch a flyball and kicked it away. Uggla added a 2-run single in the 7th, giving him three RBI for the game. He’s starting to come around.
Tommy Hanson lasted only 6.1 innings, but only allowed two runs (1 unearned). He finally got his 13th win of the season, his first since late July. The Mets come into the Ted in what will surely be an emotional weekend. Chipper only has three home games left in the regular season. How fitting for them to be against the Mets:)
Paul Maholm finally had a good outing after four so-so ones. He was able to escape some early jams and put up a solid effort. 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, and 6 k’s. Durbin, O’ Flaherty, and Kimbrel locked it down. Kimbrel struck out 4 in the 9th (one ball got away) and now has 40 saves.
Prado hit a solo HR (10) in the 1st to start the scoring. Following a walk and a stolen base to begin the 3rd, Jose Constanza hit an RBI single. The Braves’ final run came in the 6th. Uggla had an infield single and McCann singled him to second. Following a Simmons groundout, Uggla scored on a wild pitch after Maholm botched a suicide squeeze. We’ll take it! Hanson goes to the bump tonight looking to complete the sweep.
Freddie Freeman, your table is ready. Wow did he come up big yesterday! Following a 2nd inning Uggla RBI single and 5th inning Chipper Sac Fly, Freeman hit a booming 2-run HR (21) to center to send the Braves to the playoffs for the second time in seven seasons. Chipper started the 9th inning rally with a leadoff double.
Kimbrel got the win to take Medlen off the hook. There’s still an outside chance of catching the Nats (4 games back). I’m just thrilled we get a chance to experience the postseason. Looks like we’ll be facing the Cards in the play-in game on October 5th, but we shall see. In the words of Braves’ radio anchor Jim Powell, “It’s party time in Atlanta!!!
The Braves’ offense did just enough- a 2nd inning Ross solo HR (8) and a 3rd inning Uggla Sac fly- and Hudson made it stand up. He was brilliant. 7.1 innings, 2 hits allowed and 3 strikeouts. The run was unearned. He now has 16 wins. Kimbrel picked up save # 39. Atlanta has now won more games (88) than all of last year (87). No September slump this season. We are getting close to clinching a playoff spot. Keep up the good work boys!
The Braves got all the runs they would need early. In the 1st, Freeman hit a 2-out 3 run HR (21) and Heyward added a 3-run double in the 2nd. Roy Halladay (only got 5 outs) didn’t have it today. Chipper had the other RBI (double). Heyward led with 4- he got an RBI single late.
Minor went 6 ninnings and only allowed two runs on two hits to go along with 1 walk and six strikeouts. Atlanta looks to Hudson to deliver the series win tomorrow.
Tommy Hanson gave up three homers and failed to locate his fastball. I might start calling him Tommy Lowe. Not much else to say. Minor looks to get Atlanta back in the win column today.