Harang pitched great again ( 6IP, 5 H, 1 R, 11 K’s). His only run support came in the 4th. C. Johnson singled and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch and scored on Domit’s RBI single. After the Marlins later tied it, Gattis hit a ringing 2-run double in the 8th, enabling a series victory. Kimbrel closed it out in the 9th for Save #6. Gattis now has 17 RBI in 13 games against the Marlins. The Marlins and Braves set a combined strikeout record for a three game series with over 70 punchouts.
After a day off, Atlanta gets back in action Friday night against the Reds at the Ted.
Wood pitched great again (8 IP, 1 R, 11 k’s), but the Braves’ offense was dormant against Jose Fernandez. He had 14 k’s. He is the real deal. Harang goes for the series win in Wednesday afternoon’s matinee.
The Braves won a thriller 4-2 Monday night vs Miami. Simmons (3) and Gattis (5) hit Homers and Heyward added an RBI single. Theran (7 IP, 1 R, 8 k’s) pitched another solid game, but Kimbrel blew the save, thanks to catcher interference. Kimbrel has been shaky the last two outings. The defense (3 errors) wasn’t stellar, but turned a couple nice double plays. Wood goes against flamethrower Jose Fernandez tomorrow.
Harang was effectively wild Friday night in Gotham. He struck out 5- allowing no hits or runs in seven innings to go with five strikeouts- but walked six batters. He deserves a permanent rotation spot come May. Chris Johnson’s 2nd inning RBI double was all the support Harang would get. They added 4 in the 8th. Freeman hit a 2-run HR(5), Uggla scored a run on an errant throw, and Schafer had an RBI double. J-Up added a Sac fly in the 9th.
Availan and Walden finished up the proceedings. David Wright got New York’s only hit off Avilan with 2 outs in the 8th. Freddi G. has a tough decision to make regarding the rotation. Here’s what I would do; Floyd has a spot (regrettably) due to his $4 million salary. Minor has a spot secure. Send down Hale, keep Harang as the fifth starter and put Wood in the bullpen. He’s pitched great; we need a veteran presence in the rotation. Santana goes for the series win tonight.
Following Tehran’s 1-0 complete game gem on Wednesday, the Braves were beaten 1-0 on Thursday. We essentially lost the game in the 8th because Wood can’t bunt. Very disappointed right now. Offense needs to get it in gear.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.