Yesterday, strong through five and then the hits just kept on comin’. The sixth inning was Huddy’s undoing and the 8th inning comeback wasn’t substantial after Acosta got done with the bottom half.
As if the 6 runs Hudson allowed weren’t bothersome enough…
Acosta and Big Boy. Both like to serve ’em up.
Good news is, Teixeira’s newly enlivened bat makes Joe-Boo very happy.
Francoeur needs to eat his Wheaties or something.
Here, Jeff. Download this, insert your image, put it in your locker and play like a Champion!
We just couldn’t get the bats to do anything. Real bummer to lose a game 1-0 after Jo Jo pitched as well as he did.
The only thing that cab make this Braves blogger not jump off a cliff is a series win against the Phils back at home.
A lot of things went right last night.
Kelly had a big 2-4 night w/ 4 RBI’s.
Tex had a pair and has only one hitless night in his last 10 games going 14/44 .318, 2 HRs, 9 RBI’s. Maybe the slumping start is coming to an end.
Chipper got a hit to increase his chances of finishing April above .400. I’d like to see 3 more HR’s before the month is over to bring his total to 10…. But I don’t mean to be greedy.
In fact everyone in the regular lineup with the exception of Diaz (and Yunel who left early with a really bad boo boo…but we’ll check on him later) got hits.
Was actually a lot better than the 3rd inning would indicate. After that Dutch Merry-Go-Round Jurrjens hosted Jair slammed the door, retiring 10 Mets in a row and recording 4 K’s for the night. If you watch Jurrjens pitch location and the calls he was getting it looks like the strike zone was shrunken to just about the size of Barry Bonds’ testicles.
After an exasperated non-verbal reaction from Jair, Tim McClelland came out barking and Bobby came a-runnin’. After Cox’s first ejection of the year, Jurrjens didn’t even seem phased.
This is actually the kind of start that makes you feel great about his potential and his place in a rotation that needs to stay strong and healthy. Rather than having a meltdown after an infuriating 3rd inning he pitched a fine game.
Ohman, Boyer, Ring, Acosta, worked to keep the door Jurrjens slammed from coming (ahem) “A-Jair”. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). The bullpen that we’ve been biting our nails about since Moylan, Soriano, Gonzalez have been missing allowed no runs, no hits, no walks, and got 2 K’s…against the Mets…at Shea. I love it. Delgado even got booed after whiffing to strike out to Boyer in the ninth. Looks like trouble in paradise.
Maine 1-2, 3.57, 14/16 (BB/K), 3 HR, 22.2 IP’s, played “The Joker” in the Batman movie.
So I like the matchup for today’s game. Maine is a good pitcher but Hudson has better control, can last longer, and uh…. excuse me this is starting to sound like a Viagra commercial or something.
I’m going to quit now. Enjoy the game.
JB in ATL
How can you not talk about Bonds? With the Braves in town to silence his bat for the week (hopefully Huddy can keep it up after Smoltzie kept the G-men to 2 runs). As it stands now at this late night post the west coast brings tidings of a 4-0 lead at the moment. Perhaps we’ll see some poetic justice though only short lived, if the Braves pitching can stave off Barry’s home run quest for just another series.
Speaking of which I’d like to hear a little more feedback from you in Braves blogosphere. What are your thoughts on Barry’s approach to Hank? Anyone else feel it’s so painfully obvious he’s a juicer that the surrealism outweighs any kind of pure excitement usually attached with a record breaking feat like this?
Also, let’s hear some more of your ideas. Let’s say YOU are J. Schuerholz today. You wake up with the ’07 Braves and it’s late July. What moves would you make? Post or email your GM moves.
Top of the eighth. Braves 4 Giants 0. Better yet…Barry, 1-3 Chipper 2-2 with a dinger and Huddy still going strong!
So here’s some highlights worth mentioning.
- Beautiful stadium. The landscape is surrounded by palm trees and mountains that are a constant west coast reminder. I love looking out into the city scape of Atlanta while at Turner Field but the view from Dodger Stadium is to be envied.
- Dodger Fans. They were not too bad to us. I walked in with apprehension that the heated rivalry of ’91 would be revived as we came to support our Braves. Yet, a few "boos" notwithstanding, we were met with a level of hospitality and even respect when other fans found out how far we had traversed to see our Bravos. We had some good conversations with fellow fans and even saw a strong Braves presence in LA. The greatest thing I appreciate about Dodger fans is their enthusiasm for their team. They got excited, chanted throughout the game and showed a lot of support for the boys in Blue. I’d like to see more of that in ATL as well.
- Hot Dogs. Not all that bad but not all that great. You gotta have a dog at the ballpark and it didn’t dissappoint.
- Atmosphere Pretty nice. We got to wander around the stadium without any problems and were impressed with the casual, quiet ambiance around the field before the game. We made our way right up to the bullpen to see Hudson warm up and were right next to the Braves pitchers. The atmosphere got pretty electric as the fans cheered on their team during rally moments. I love their passion for their team.
- The Game Hudson didn’t do too hot and had a shaky defense behind him. Penny also didn’t dominate as both starters gave up 6 runs. However, Chipper tied and passed Dale Murphy for the all time Atlanta homeruns leader so we had the chance to witness history. Those two dingers turned out to be the game winners and we saw a strong outing from the Atlanta bullpen. Moyland, Ledezma, Soriano and Wickman shut out the Dodgers to split the series. Great game!
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.
The self proclaimed pull hitter came through for the second night in a row landing the go ahead RBI single into right field. No, I’m not posting on Tuesday night’s game again and yes you heard right; Andruw Jones not only got a hit when it counted…he went the other way.
Smoltz vs. Maddux was not a letdown on any level.
Smoltz (W, 5-1)
IP 7.0 H 7 R 2 ER2 BB 0 SO7 HR 2
IP 5.1 H4 R1 ER1 BB2 SO4 HR0
Not bad, considering that not only were the two in the throes of a memorable pitcher’s duel but the 40k+ that showed up got to see two future HOFer’s go at it.
Today’s matchup is not one to overlook either. Hudson and Wells is a nice way to end the series and send the Pad’s packin’.
I’ll be there today. Which is nice because I’ll get a day off at the ballgame…and a free Chipper Jones shirt.
Smoltz’s 7 inning 6 K performance was good enough for a momentum building win last night as he shut out a good Dodger team in front of the hometown.
With the LA team (the real one) off to a great start coming into Atlanta and the Braves starting their second series of the long homestand, this is a win to feel good about. Now, if only we could get the rest of our rotation to start pitching like Hudson and Smoltz.
Frenchy and McCann (I guess that hand’s not too bad) provided all the runs the Braves would need. Gonzalez and Soriano kept the Dodger bats as silent as they were against Smoltz giving up no hits or walks with a strikeout each for the eighth and ninth. I would love to see the old Wickman back but these guys are making it hard to miss him lately. Remember Chris Reitsma?