Andrelton Simmons paced the Braves’ offense Monday night to the tune of 2 HR’s (3,4), a single, and 4 RBI. Maholm didn’t pitch too badly, given the venue. 5.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, and 6 k’s isn’t too shabby. Medlen looks to continue the Braves’ good fortune on Tuesday evening.
Hudson picked up his 4th win of the season as Atlanta used a five- run 5th to turn away the Mets. 11 batters came to the plate. After a stop in Cincinnati, the Braves head out west to face the Giants and D’Backs. Tough schedule.
Mike Minor pitched great after allowing two early homers, but the same couldn’t be said about the bullpen. O’Flaherty and Kimbrel each gave up one run leads and Walden’s inability to make the last out in the 10th doomed us. 2 out walks are killers. Since starting the season 12-1, the Braves are an underwhelming 5-11. Yikes. Uggla and B.J. Upton are automatic outs.
A series that began in promising fashion ended in a split on Thursday night. Medlen pitched well, but Haren (8 IP) was just a little better. Chris Johnson’s early error proved to be the difference. Atlanta’s only run came on a 7th inning Uggla solo HR (5), the first run the team had scored in 18 innings.
After a torrid start, the losses are starting to mount. At least we didn’t lose any ground. The Mets come to the Ted Friday evening for a three game series.
Paul Maholm probably wishes he had that 4th inning hanging curve Ian Desmond hit out for the only runs back. Maholm went 8 innings, but their guy Zimmerman was just a little better. Braves had only 2 hits. Medlen goes for the series victory tomorrow night.
The Braves wasted no time getting to Gio Gonzalez as Simmons homered on the 1st pitch in the bottom of the 1st (2). It would be a sign of things to come as the offense scored 8 runs on 12 hits.
Hudson had himself a memorable night. In addition to pitching 7 solid frames and giving up only 1 R on 3 H to go along with 6 K’s, he also doubled and homered. He is only the 110th pitch to reach 200 wins. He is 3 and 1 for the season.
Maholm looks to give Atlanta the series tonight.
For the first time this season, the Braves won a game in which they didn’t hit a homer. They scored all their runs after leadoff walks. In the 1st, Schafer walked, stole second, and came around to score on J-Up’s RBI single. After the Nats went ahead 2-1, Gerald Laird tied it at 2 in the 4th with a 2- out RBI single.
Three innings later, he scored the decisive run, coming home on a Simmons Sac Fly. Jordan Walden, O’Flaherty, and Kimbrel pitched flawless frames in relief of Theran. Kimbrel is now 9 for 10 in saves. Julio really hung in there going 5.1 IP, 10 H, but only gave up 2 runs. Hudson goes for win # 200 vs Gio tomorrow evening.
The long road trip is finally over. Minor went 6.2 IP and gave up 6 runs. The Tigers are very hot right now. We are not. Haven’t won a game in almost a week. Nats are coming to the Ted for a 4- game set. Hopefully being back at home will wake the bats up. Since our 13-2 start, Atlanta has gone 2-7. Brutal.
The Braves couldn’t get much of anything going Saturday afternoon. Medlen is now 1 and 3. J- Up provided the lone bright spot with an 8th inning solo HR (12). Before that, they hadn’t scored since the 4th. They put together a three-run inning. They were ultimately undone by ex- Brave Omar Infante today. Couple of hits, including a HR, and he scored a few runs. Let’s salvage a win tomorrow night.
Tigers got too many hits Friday night. Maholm lasted only 3.2 IP, giving up eight runs on ten hits. Once again the lack of situational hitting reared its ugly head. Too many strikeouts (18). Time for Medlen to get us back in the win column.