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Braves win Big Against Colorado

Posted by m1fournier on May 20, 2009

MattDiazBraves starter pitched 5 scoreless innings, striking out 6 and not walking a batter. The Braves once again had the bats going, they beat the Colorado Rockies 12-4 tonight. The Braves offense has found their way in the last 2 games tonight, knocking Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa around for 7 runs in only 3.2 innings of work. It was his worst start of the season. But enough about the Rockies poor pitching lets talk about the Braves offense.

For the Braves Yunel Escobar went 2-4 including a 3-run HR in the 4th inning where he plated 3. Outfielder Matt Diaz had 3 hits, including a triple, and scored 4 times for the Braves. Also for the Braves Jeff Francouer went 1-3 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs, David Ross(who played catcher for Brian McCann tonight) had  RBI’s, and Jordan Scahfer also had 2 RBI’s to bring his season total up to 8.

This is good sign for the Braves who had been struggling to get runs, but while I agree this is good that we not look to far into it as the Rockies pitching is far below average. But hell we’ll take the win and the success of the offense. Just a note Jeff Franocuer saved a spot on my fantasy team tonight with a solid performance. Braves and Rockies play the final game of the series tomorrow at 7:00 Pm as Kris Medlen will make his major league debut for the Braves. GO BRAVES!



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Braves Beat the Rockies 8-1 Behind a Great Performance from Jair

Posted by m1fournier on May 19, 2009

j_jurrjensTonight the Atlanta Braves defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-1. The Braves finally got their bats going, jumping out to a 4-0 lead for Jair Jurrjens, who was excellent once again.

Jair went 7 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run, while walking 3 and striking out 8. He was in complete command throughout his entire outing. This was his 3rd straight of going 7 or more innings, and he has continued his excellent play throughout the year. Jurrjens lowered his already low ERA to 1.96. But not only was Jair good, but the Braves offense was finally back tonight.

For the the offense, Casey Kotchman went 3-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI’s and 1 run scored. Also for the Braves Kelly Johnson had 3 hits and scored 2 runs. Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens also went 1-3 scoring 1 run and driving in 1 run. It was good to see the lackluster offense of the Braves finally start to hit. It also helps they were facing Jason Hammel who has been struggling, but I know we’ll take this good all around performance. They look to keep it up tomorrow when they send Javier Vazquez to the mound. The game starts at 7:00 PM, and we’ll have a preview up by tomorrow afternoon. GO BRAVES!


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With D. Lowe on the Mound the Braves Lose a Close One

Posted by m1fournier on May 18, 2009

frenchyThe Braves bats once again failed to show up to support another great pitching performance. Failing to score only 1 run in the 5-1  lose tonight the offense once again looked terrible.

Braves starter Derek Lowe went 8 innings giving up 2 runs, 3 hits and striking out 3 while only walking 1. This is a reoccuring theme for the Braves as the lack of offense has ruined starts from Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, and now D. Lowe. The lone Braves run was driven in on an error plating Chipper Jones.

The Braves had its from catcher Brian McCann, Garret Anderson, Derek Lowe, Yunel Escobar, and Chipper Jones…As for Jeff Francouer and Casey Kotchman stranded a combined 5 men LOB. For the Rockies Jason Marquis pitched just a little bit better than Low. Marquis went 8 innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3. And for their offense they got RBI’s from Dexter Fowler, Chris Iannetta, Todd Helton, and Ryan Spillborghs.

This is the 2nd conseecutive game where the bats have failed the pitching staff, and for sure not the first time it has happened this year. The Braves and Rockies square up again tomorrow at 7:00 PM, where they’ll send Jair Jurrjens to the mound to face Jason Hammel. Hopefully they can get the bats going this time against a struggling Hammel.


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Braves vs. Diamondbacks gets Postponed today

Posted by m1fournier on May 17, 2009

A night after being crushed 12-0 the Atlanta Braves get an unexpected day off, due to the postponement of their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks today. The Braves are back in action tomorrow against the Colorado Rockies at 7:00 pm at Turner Field, the Braves plan to send Jair Jurrjens to the mound while the Rockies are sending Jason Marquis. So far this year Jurrjens is 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA, and Marquis is 4-3 with a 5.40 ERA.  Hopefully the Braves can get the bats going against the struggling Marquis.

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Braves Get Hammered 12-0

Posted by m1fournier on May 17, 2009

Wicked pissed not going to write anything, except Braves lose 12-0 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Braves argue about double play that could have kept them in the game.

From the article: So much for the fake-to-third-and-throw-to-first pickoff play never working. Atlanta learned on Saturday night just how wrong that is. The Braves were duped in the first inning and never recovered, their game against the D-backs going from bad to worse.

Here is the article

The Braves look to rebound tomorrow at 1:30 pm at Turner Field.


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Braves Win a Close One, After Another Gonzalez Blown Save

Posted by m1fournier on May 16, 2009

mlb_a_vazquez_400The struggles for Braves closer Mike Gonzalez continue as he gave up a solo home run to Stephen Drew in the top of the 9th to tie the game.

But the Braves were able to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th with 1 out. Yunel Escobar then came up and hit a sac fly that drove in Casey Kotchman off Tony Pena to give the Braves the win in the bottom of the 9th. The final score was 4-3 Atlanta.

One bright spot for the Braves was starter Javier Vazquez, who went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs all int eh 1st inning and striking out 10. It was his 2nd consecutive solid start even though he didn’t get the win tonight. At the plate for the Braves Chipper Jones went 1-3 with his 4th home run of the year. Other than that the RBI’s came from a Yunel Escobar sac fly, and a Jordan Schafer RBI single. The Braves bats and closer continue to be the story of the year for the Braves as once again they get a solid outing from their starter jsut to have it blown by Gonzalez. Look for the Braves bats to get going tomorrow against youngster Max Scherzer, who is winless in his major league career.


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Braves and Mets Play Another Close Game, and the Braves prevail in 12

Posted by m1fournier on May 13, 2009

The Braves and Mets played another thrilling game at Citi field, but this time the Braves prevail and beat the 1st place Mets in 12 innings! The Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes struggled once again only lasting 3.0 innings, giving up 4 hits, 5 earned runs, while walking 3 and striking out no body. Not the start that the Braves were looking from Reyes. But the bullpen picked up some of the slack for him.

The struggles continued for the Braves closers, this time it was Rafael Soriano, giving up a game tying home-run to Gary Sheffield in the bottom of the 8th.Then in the top of the 9th with the scored tied 7-7 Yunel Escobar lead of the inning with a double to deep left. Mets closer Fransisco Rodriguez then intentionally walked Chipper Jones, giving the Braves runners on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs. Garret Anderson then flied out and Escobar was thrown out trying to advance to 3rd. Jeff Francouer then struck out, a great oppurtunity wasted by the Braves offense…7737

It wasn’t until the top of the 12th inning that the Braves would strike when Martin Prado hit a 1 out solo home-run off Ken Takashi to break the 7-7 tie and give the Braves the lead 8-7. An in the bottom of the 12th the Braves called on Mike Gonzalez to hold the 1 run lead. And the first batter he faced, Jose Reyes knocked a double to deep left. Louis Castillo then sacrificed Reyes to 3rd. Gonzalez then got Carlos Beltran to strike out swinging, and then got Gary Sheffield to wiff also to end the game and pick up the save.

For the Braves Chipper Jones, Garrett Anderson, and Omar Infante all had 2 or more hits. Jones hit 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs. While Anderson drove in 3 and had 3 hits. Infante got 2 hits and scored 2 runs for the Braves. It was a great win for the Braves who capped off their road trip and picked up 6 wins while on it. The Braves are off tomorrow, but resume play on Friday against the Diamondbacks.


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Braves Robbed of a Win…was Beltran Out at 3rd in the 9th?

Posted by m1fournier on May 13, 2009


From the Article: 

“When Carlos Beltran slid into third with a ninth-inning stolen base during the 4-3, 10-inning win the Mets claimed over the Braves at Citi Field on Tuesday night, Chipper Jones didn’t react with enough emotion to cause his always-protective manager to tempt the possibility of adding to his all-time ejections record.”



When I first saw the video of Beltran stealing 3rd I didn’t think anything of it, but then once I saw it again I now think that Beltran was out and that Chipper Jones has a legitamate argument.


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Here is the original article, which has Chipper Jones talking about the call

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Braves Lose Tough One in 10 To The Mets

Posted by m1fournier on May 12, 2009

Once again the Braves failed to provide run support for Jair Jurrjens. The only offense came from the 5, 6 , and 7 hitters. Catcher Brian McCann went 3-4 including a double that plated a run in the 7th. Kotchman kept it going with another RBI and Garret Anderson added a sac fly. The only other Brave who really hit the ball at all tonight was shortstop Yunel Escobar, who hit 2 doubles and he scored 2 runs. Chipper Jones was back in the lineup and had two hits and scored a run, but the story was the pitching for the Braves.

jurrjens4Braves starter Jair Jurrjens pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs, while walking just 1 and striking out 4.  He cruised through the game till the 8th inning when Jeremy Reed singled, and then after he got Omir Santos to fly out Ryan Church singled. Jose Reyes then came up and doubled palting both Reed and Church, but Reyes was thrown out stretching it out at 3rd. Other than Jurrjens was excellent.


In the bottom of the 9th the Braves called on closer Mike Gonzalez, and he blew it again. The first batter he faced Carlos Beltran hit a double of him. He then got Mets 3b, David Wright to foul out to 1st.  Carlos Beltran stole 3rd and Gonzalez then plunked Fernado Tatis. With runners on 1st and 3rd Louis Castillo hit a sacrifice fly allowing Beltran to score tying up the score 3-3.

In the top of the 10th Chipper Jones lead of the inning with a single, and he then stole 2nd. Brian McCann was then intentionally walked by Mets closer Fransisco Rodriguez. But both Casey Kotchman and Jeff Francouer flied out to end the inning. In the bottom half of the 10th the Mets got a single and a stolen base from Jose Reyes. And then Alex Cora was intentionally walked. Ramon Castro was called on to pinch hit for the Mets and he drew a walk loading the bases. This brought Carlos Beltran up with bases loaded…and Braves pitcher Jeff Bennett walked him! Once again Jair Jurrjens is hurt by lack of run support and shaky bullpen work!


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Braves Beat the 1st Place Mets 8-3

Posted by m1fournier on May 11, 2009

828AuJi6Tonight the Atlanta Braves have defeated the New York Mets and Johan Santana by a score of……Led by Yunel Escobar and Matt Diaz the Braves scattered 16 hits. Escobar went 3-4 scoring 2 runs and added 1 RBI, while Diaz went 3-5 with 2 RBI’s and scored 1 run. Escobar has had a recent 3-game hot streak, while Diaz has struggled of late so this is good sign for him as he looks to turn his season around.

Derek Lowe also pitched a great game for the Braves, going 6.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, and 2 earned runs, while walking 2 and striking out 1. It was a good rebound from the last outing where he gave up 7 runs. Hopefully Low250px-Matt_Diaz2e will keep this up. His counterpart Johan Santana went 6.1 innings giving up 2 runs(none earned), walking 1, and striking out 6. Once again Santana was let down by his bullpen and once again D. Lowe was helped out by the bullpen who secured the game for him by shuting down the Mets.

This game marks the 3rd consecutive win for the surging Braves as they look to gain some ground in the standings by beating the Ne85140212ES020_ATLANTA_BRAVEw York Mets. Tonight the Braves were helped out by the hot Casey Kotchman, who had 2 hits and added 2 RBI’s. Also Jeff Francouer also added a hit and 1 RBI. It was a big statement win for the 4th place Braves. They look too make it 5 in a row as Jair Jurrjens goes up against Mike Pelfrey.






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