Well last night was a good start to the series and nice way to bounce back after being bounced around by the Nationals and Red Sox. An 8-1 win over the visiting Mets sets the stage nicely for the second set tonight. The story of last night would be Kyle Davies and his eight inning one run performance…oh and by the way the guy hit a three run homer to dead center! Maybe Kyle is coming around a little, put him in the four spot he’s only 5 homers behind Andruw now.
This in game blog comes to you as the Braves wrap up the bottom of the second inning. Andruw gets plunked on the toe and then runs a little unaggressively to second base for an easy double play.
Tonight’s shakeup’s. Prado in at second, Salty behind the plate, Woodward at first base.
James on the hill against Perez who’s looked good against us this year. Here’s hoping we can bust open on him tonight and James can get win number 5.
Reyes on first, let’s se if he tests Salty’s arm.
Well we have to catch up little since last night.
Edgar’s two dingers helped big time and Hudson is pitching like he’s back on the west coast. Monday’s game could’ve been worse but not by much. Tonight’s game ticks me off because Kyle couldn’t keep any of the leads the Braves gave him throughout the night. Starting in the first inning, the offense kept runs on the board and Davies ended up allowing six before the bullpen came in to quiet things.
We can’t pull out miracle wins every night, especially with AJ striking out with RISP’s, so the pitching needs to step up and Davies needs to go down. I don’t know what happened but he doesn’t look anything like the promising prospect of ’05. More like an expendable Horacio Ramirez but still not as bad as Albie Lopez Part II (aka Mark Redman).
It was good to see Smoltz pitching today. A matchup with Daiske in Boston would be a treat on Saturday. If we don’t get tomorrow’s game from the Nationals, Boston is not gonna be a pretty place to play. It’ll be a tough series no matter what but I’m hoping the Braves will be up to the challenge by then.
The Good: Chipper returns; hits a double, scores. Yay, Chipper…now hit some more homers to get back in the lead!
Willie .404 and got another RBI tonight. He probably won’t be hitting .400 anything in September but it makes me happy to see Langerhans wearing a Nationals uniform these days.
Wickman’s back. Scoreless inning is a good show to work back in.
The Bad: Gonzalez on the DL because of “lack of velocity”. Just a breather for him really. It just stinks to sit a guy who had just come off 14 scoreless innings in a row. But I’d rather bench him if it means keeping him fueled later.
The Ugly: Davies IP 4.2 H 5 R 6 ER 2 BB 2 K’s 3 HR 1 5.17
Two ER’s isn’t that bad but what makes this ugly is that Kyle has had only one real memorable start this year. He’s failed to impress again.
Andruw. The two RBI’s were nice but the 2 K’s, 2 LOB’s, and .231 is not pretty. Not cleanup numbers at all.
Finally the Braves’ sale to Liberty Media became final today. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I know our front office won’t shake up but TBS will not broadcast any more games after ’07. I guess since I grew up with Ted “running” the Braves and TBS it’s just a little sad to see the last remnants of what Turner put together gone. I miss the days of having one eccentric, passionate, owner rather than a faceless corporation at the helm. I mean who didn’t love watching the guy tomahawk chop with Jane Fonda in the owner’s seats?
So here’s to a new era and hopes that our new ownership will invest in this team with some vigor and strive for excellence.