August 2012

Hanson falters again; dropped popup dooms Braves in 8-2 series loss to Padres

Tommy Hanson once again didn’t pitch like Braves’ fans know he is capable of.  His fastball command was nonexistent.  His defense didn’t help him any either.  Jones and Janish nearly collided in the 5th, resulting in a missed popup. The offense struggled as well with the only noteworthy contribution being a Ross solo HR (7).

Don’t understand why Freddi G. didn’t pinch hit for Janish with the bags packed and two out in the 6th.  O, right, Freddi makes all the decisions.  After an off day, it’s back to the Ted to face Halladay and the Phillies tonight. Minor’s pitched really well of late.

Medlen goes 8 innings; Atlanta blanks Friars 2-0

Kris Medlen pitched great last night.  8 innings and he struck out nine.  He is on a roll!  6-1 now overall.  The Braves scored just enough to win.  Following a Bourn strikeout to open the 1st, Prado singled.  Heyward hit a flair between short and third, and Prado advanced to second.  After stealing third, he scored on a Jones 2-out RBI double.

In the 5th, Uggla hit a monster solo HR (16) to cap the scoring.  It was his 1,000th big league hit.  Kimbrel closed out the preceedings with save # 32.  Hanson looks to give Atlanta the series win in today’s late afternoon clash.

Maholm gives up HR, Braves shut out 3-0

Paul Maholm continues to be plagued by the home run ball. Including the one last night, he has given up 6 HRs for a total of 10 runs since being acquired.  That’s not good.  To compound matters, the offense managed only 4 hits.  There goes the momentum of the last few games.  This team needs to be more consistent.  We still have a chance to take the series.

Hudson throws seven inning masterpiece; Braves beat Giants 7-1

The Braves managed to leave San Francisco with a split after Tim Hudson’s great performance on Sunday night.  He tossed 7 frames for his 13th win and, for the most part, kept Giants hitters off balance.  His patented sinker was really biting down in the strikezone.  In addition, he went 2- for- 3 at the plate with two singles.

Tim Lincicum is really struggling this year.  His release point is off and he doesn’t seem to be the same pitcher this season.  Whatever the reason, Braves’ hitters really put up a good showing.  In the 1st, Bourn led off with a walk.  After Johnson flied out, Bourn stole second.  After a Heyward single and Freeman walk, Prado hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Bourn.  McCann closed out the inning with a bloop single.

In the 4th, Francisco hit  a booming solo HR (9).  Following a Prado walk and McCann single to start the 6th, Fransisco struck out.  Janish tripled both home for a 5-0 lead.  Atlanta added two more in the 9th on back-to-back solo HR’s by Heyward (24) and Freeman (18).  Braves head to San Diego to face the Padres next.



Braves place Sheets on DL

The Atlanta Braves have placed Ben Sheets on the 15 – day DL with what they described as shoulder inflammation.  Hopefully the time off will do him some good.

Atlanta beats Giants 7-3, Minor chips in on the mound and at the plate

Jason Heyward continued his hot hitting, blasting a 3-run shot (23) in the 3rd.  After tacking on a run in the seventh, the Braves extended their lead in the 8th.  Ross doubled, Uggla walked with one out, and Janish singled to load the bases.  After Ross was tagged out at home,  Bourn and Prado drew back-to-back bases loaded walks. Reed Johnson closed out the scoring in the 9th with an RBI double.

Though Mike Minor didn’t have his best start (6.2 IP),  he remained in the game long enough for his seventh win.  He even helped himself by scoring two runs.  After receiving little to no run support the last three weeks, it’s nice to see Minor get rewarded with a victory.  The Braves hand the ball to Tim Hudson tomorrow night looking for a series split.

Braves offense limited to just three HR’s in 5-3 loss; Sheets’ struggles continue

Atlanta continues to stumble out west as they dropped a secnd straight game to San Francisco.  Jason Heyward’s early solo shot (22), and Freeman’s two HRs (17) accounted for the only offense.  Sheets lost another game.  I’m starting to think any more wins we get out of him this year will be gravy.  Loserrs of 6 of 7, the Braves need to get back to their winning ways.  The offense hasn’t shown up in the last 5 games. Very frustrating.  Let’s start a new streak tonight.

Braves waste early scoring chances, fall to Giants 5-2

Atlanta had baserunners all over the place in the first two innings, but failed to capitalize.  Tommy Hanson endured a shaky outing.  The bad inning this time was the 5th, as he allowed four San Francisco runs.  In his defense, the D didn’t help him by committing a couple errors.  Barry Zito was wild early, but somehow beat theBrves again.  We still control our playoff destiny, but it sure is frustrating to lose games like this.

And did i mention earlier in the year that I hate West Coast games? They start too late.

Medlen picks up fifth win; Atlanta salvages final game 5-1

Kris Medlen continued his good work as he got his fifth win of the season.  He definitely deserves a rotation spot.  Here’s his pitching line: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 k’s.  He even got the offense started by drawing a walk in the 5th, eventually coming around to score on Prado’s 2-run double.

After the Braves wasted a scoring chance in the top of the 6th,
Medlen escaped a one out bases loaded jam by getting Adam
Laroche to pop out and Ian Desmond to ground out.

Atlanta pushed across some much- needed insurance runs in the 9th.  Chipper reached on Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing error.  Freeman doubled him to 3rd.  Ross hit a Sac Fly.  Bourn had an RBI single and later scored the Braves’ final run.  At least we leave town with a win.  The Bay Area and the Giants are next.




Atlanta dominated by Strausburg, loses 4-1

The Braves were powerless to stop Stephen Strausburg on Tuesday night.  He went 6 innings and struck out ten.  All his pitches were working.  The only offense the Braves could muster was a Freeman 6th inning Sac Fly.

Paul Maholm didn’t pitch that badly, but was doomed by the home run ball.  He gave up a solo shot to Ian Desmond, and a 3-run shot to backup catcher Jesus Flores.  With Atlanta now seven back in the NL East, the wild card looks like our only shot to the postseason.  Things could change, but Washington looks awfully strong.