Santana has magnificent debut; Braves beat NYM 4-3

The offense got rolling early with a J- Hey leadoff HR (2) in the bottom of the 1st.  Their other runs came in the 4th.  With one out, Gattis doubled and E. Santana singled.  J-Hey hit an RBI single.  After Simmons singled, Freeman brought home the final Brave tallies with a 2- run single.

Santana went 8 IP, allowing 0 R on 3 H with 6 k’s.  Kimbrel made things interesting in the 9th by allowing three runs.  With the tying run on 3rd, he got a strikeout for save # 4. David Hale goes for the series win tonight.

Braves shut out by Mets 4-0

Atlanta couldn’t solve Bartolo Colon and lost its home opener.  Harang pitched well (6 IP, 9 k’s) but took the loss.  Ervin Santana looks to get the Braves back on track in his Atlanta debut tomorrow night.

Lack of offense dooms Atlanta as they fall 2-1 to Nats in series finale

Atlanta could only muster an Uggla Sac fly in the 6th.  They blew a bases loaded 1 out chance in the 4th and a 2nd and 3rd 1 out opportunity later.  The 9th inning rally fell short as Heyward struck out with  two runners on base.

Even so, two out of three isn’t bad.  After an off day, Aaron Harang and the Braves take on the Mets at the Ted on Tuesday.

Patient Braves, Theran finish off Nats 6-2

The Braves’ offense got rolling in the middle innings.  In the 4th, J- Up scored on yet another Ryan Zimmerman throwing error.  Theran had an RBI single to tie the game.  He had two hits in the game.

In the 5th, Atlanta got a 2-run single from Uggla and a Ryan Domit RBI single.  Simmons had a Sac fly.

Theran battled tonight without his A + stuff.  He managed to gut through 7 innings, walking 4 and striking out 6.  Braves go for the sweep in Sunday’s matinee game.

Braves spoil Nats’ home opener with a controversial 2-1 win

Braves are 2-for 2 in instant replay so far this year.  An Ian Desmond HR (he kept running the bases) turned into a double.  Atlanta would eventually go on to win, thanks to a Gattis moonshot (1) in the 5th and a C. Johnson 8th inning Sac fly.  Kimbrel picked up his third save, Avilan the win.

On the controversial- and correct- call, the ball got stuck in the left field padding.  I thought the call would stand, especially after J- Up threw the ball back toward the infield.  A win’s a win.  Johnson has been clutch in the early going.  Atlanta tries for a series win on Saturday evening.

Harang solid in Braves’ debut; Johnson provides winning margin with solo HR

Chris Johnson’s 7th inning 2 out solo HR (1) proved to be all Atlanta needed.  Arron Harang pitched great, going 6.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 k’s. Kimbrel got save #2.  After an off day, the Braves take on the Nats Friday night in DC.

Wood pitches 7 solid innings; Braves mash to 5-2 victory

Alex Wood pitched 7 frames of 1 run ball.  He had three walks and five k’s.  His only mistake was a leadoff HR in the 1st.

In the 5th, Atlanta finally dented the scoreboard with a Heyward 2- run HR(1). Freeman followed with the 1st of two solo HRs (5th and 8th innings).  Simmons chipped in a 9th inning Sac fly.  Kimbrel struck out the side for his 1st save of the year.

It will be interesting to see how recently- signed Arron Harang pitches in Wednesday’s matinee.

Braves shut out 2-0 by Brewers

Aramis Ramirez’s 4th inning two-run double proved to be the difference.  The offense  couldn’t get anything going against Gallardo.  Theran was the tough luck loser (6 IP, 2 ER).  Alex Wood looks to get the Braves in the win column tomorrow night.

Braves sign Ervin Santana to 1 year deal

In light of recent injuries to Medlen and Beachy, Atlanta signed Ervin Santana to fill the void.  It’ll be interesting to see how he fares in the National League.  Medlen will be missed.

Braves romp Phils 12-5 in regular season finale; will face Dodgers in NLDS

The Braves’ offense erupted in a 12-5 victory on Sunday.  12 runs on 17 hits. Gattis hit his 21st HR. Since the Cubs lost to St. Louis, Atlanta is the No. 2 seed and will square off against the Dodgers.  Should be a fun hard fought series.

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