Braves Win 10th Game In a Row

The Braves are continuing to impress after a 9-2 win against the Marlins today. It was another great pitching performance from both the bullpen and the starter, Tommy Hanson. Tommy went 4.2 innings giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, and 2 walks. He also struck 2. Our bullpen pitched 4.1 giving up and only gave up 1 walk and no hits while striking out 4. Josh Johnson was the starter for the Marlins and he had pitched a great game as well, but saw the bullpen blow it. He went 3 innings and gave up 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run.
Freeman, Francoeur, Infante, and Schafer all had 2-hit games. Obviously Francoeur was the best news since he had been pretty hot lately and has improved his average to .280. Today he went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. I think he is starting to find his grove again. The new stance is working.
Here are the Box Stats provided by mlb.com

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AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

LOB

AVG

Schafer, CF

5

1

2

0

0

2

0

.364

  Bueno, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gomez, M, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Escobar, SS

3

1

1

0

1

0

0

.375

  Hicks, SS

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

.200

Johnson, 2B

2

1

1

1

1

0

0

.346

  Heyward, RF

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

.304

Kotchman, 1B

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.350

  Freeman, 1B

3

1

2

1

0

0

2

.304

Francoeur, RF

3

2

2

2

0

0

0

.280

  Conrad, 2B

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.143

Infante, 3B

3

1

2

2

0

0

0

.385

  Hernandez, D, 3B

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

.304

Diaz, LF

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

.375

  Norton, LF

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.235

Sammons, C

4

1

1

0

0

0

2

.412

  Colina, A, C

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Hanson, P

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

.000

  Parr, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Timmons, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gorecki, CF

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.625

Totals

39

9

14

8

2

5

9

 

a-Grounded out for Parr in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Schafer 2 (4, West, Badenhop), Sammons (1, Martinez, C).
HR: Infante (1, 5th inning off West, 1 on, 2 out), Hicks (1, 9th
inning off Leroux, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Diaz (8), Johnson (5), Freeman (7), Francoeur 2 (6), Infante 2
(6), Hicks (1).
S: Parr.
FIELDING
E: Sammons (1, throw).

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Hanson (W, 1-0)

4.2

5

2

1

2

2

0

3.38

Parr

2.1

0

0

0

0

4

0

0.00

Bueno

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0.00

Gomez, M

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

The Braves will play the Cardinals at 1:05 ET tomorrow. Kenshin Kawakami is scheduled to start.

Chipper Jones is looking to play Saturday for the U.S.
Javier Vazquez is scheduled to pitch for Puerto Rico against the U.S. as well.
 

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Braves Win Against the Nationals

The Braves were able to pull off another win yesterday against the Nationals. We had Jair Jurrjens on the mound to start and he had a pretty decent outing going 4 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. Not much to talk about the pitching as the bullpen didn’t allow a run and only gave up 3 hits and a walk.
On the offensive side, Jason Heyward got into the power action as he hit a solo home run in the 7th inning. Other noticeable good performances were Jordan Schafer (1-3 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base), Omar Infante (2-3 with 2 runs scored), Brandon Jones (2-3 with 1 run scored, 2 RBIs, and a walk), and Freddie Freeman (2-3 with 2 RBIs).
Here are the Box Stats for the game.

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Anderson, J, CF

3

0

0

0

0

0

.250

  Hernandez, G, CF

1

0

0

0

0

1

.000

Schafer, RF

3

1

1

0

0

1

.353

  Carlyle, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Conrad, 2B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.158

Escobar, SS

3

0

0

1

0

1

.381

  Hernandez, D, 3B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.333

Kotchman, 1B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.389

  Gonzalez, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Heyward, RF

2

1

1

1

0

1

.286

Infante, 2B

3

2

2

0

0

0

.348

  Hicks, SS

1

0

0

0

0

0

.143

Prado, 3B

2

1

1

0

1

0

.231

  Boscan, C

1

0

0

0

0

0

.500

Jones, B, LF

3

1

2

2

1

0

.360

  Gamble, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Ross, C

3

0

0

0

0

2

.200

  Medlen, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Young, PH-LF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.333

Jurrjens, P

1

0

1

0

0

0

1.000

  Freeman, 1B

3

0

2

2

0

0

.250

Totals

34

6

11

6

2

6

 

a-Grounded into a forceout for Medlen in the 8th.

2B: Schafer (2, Cabrera, D).
HR: Heyward (1, 7th inning off Shell, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Escobar (3), Jones, B 2 (6), Freeman 2 (6), Heyward (1).
GIDP: Infante; Anderson, J.
BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer (3, 3rd base off Cabrera, D/Montz).

 

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jurrjens

4.0

3

2

2

2

0

0

4.66

Gonzalez

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

6.75

Carlyle (W, 2-0)

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Medlen (H, 3)

2.0

1

0

0

1

1

0

1.80

Gamble

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Today the Braves will take on the Marlins with Star Prospect Tommy Hanson pitching.

Braves Win Close One Against Phillies

For the 9 time in the Grapefruit League, the Atlanta Braves with many AAA and AA prospects won. It was all Atlanta until Jeff Bennett gave up 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning. We ended up holding the 12-10 win at the end.
We had JoJo Reyes Reyes on the mound and, like every other time so far this Spring, he did great. He allowed 2 runs over 4 hits in 4 innings. He also did not have any control issues and didn’t walk anyone and struck out 4. He did happen to give up a home run to Mayberry, the first this season for the Braves, but it didn’t affect us in the end. I am surprised that we gave up 10 runs, but our offense was able to help us keep the “W.” We really harassed Kyle Kendrick as he gave up 8 runs on 10 hits. Our offense was lead by Clint Sammons who hit two 2-run home runs. Jordan Schafer was back in the lineup today after dealing with injuries and went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Jeff Francoeur (2-2 with 2 RBIs), Yunel Escobar (2-4), Matt Diaz (2-3 with 1 RBI), and Diory Hernandez (2-4 with 2 RBIs) all had two hits. Jeff Francoeur has been semi-hot lately and has improved his batting average from .091 to .227 without any strike outs. He has been hitting the ball much better this spring and looks as if he could return back to form, but we will know for sure when it’s midseason. He also drilled Marcus Giles at home telling me his arm is just fine.
The Braves are in first in the Grapefruit League by 1 game. The Twins are right behind
Here are the box stats for the game from Mlb.com

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AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Escobar, SS

4

1

2

0

0

0

.444

  Bennett, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Nunez, V, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Colina, A, C

2

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Schafer, CF

3

2

2

0

0

0

.357

  Anderson, J, CF

3

0

1

0

0

0

.280

Johnson, 2B

2

0

0

1

0

1

.333

  Conrad, 2B

2

1

1

0

1

1

.167

Norton, 1B

2

1

1

1

1

0

.267

  Prado, 1B

3

0

1

1

0

0

.208

Francoeur, RF

2

1

2

2

0

0

.227

  Heyward, RF

2

1

1

0

0

1

.263

  Acosta, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  b-Freeman, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.176

  Schreiber, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Diaz, LF

3

1

2

1

0

1

.364

  Jones, B, LF

2

0

1

0

0

0

.318

Hernandez, D, 3B

4

1

2

2

0

0

.350

Sammons, C

4

2

2

4

0

1

.462

  Redmond, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gorecki, RF

1

0

1

0

0

0

.625

Reyes, P

2

1

2

0

0

0

.667

  a-Hicks, PH-SS

2

0

0

0

1

1

.154

Totals

44

12

21

12

3

6

 

a-Walked for Reyes in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Acosta in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Diaz (4, Kendrick), Reyes (1, Kendrick), Hernandez, D (1, Madson),
Conrad (2, Woods), Gorecki (2, Borkowski).
HR: Sammons 2 (2, 2nd inning off Kendrick, 1 on, 2 out; 4th inning off
Kendrick, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Hernandez, D 2 (4), Sammons 4 (5), Francoeur 2 (4), Johnson (4),
Norton (4), Diaz (7), Prado (4).
SF: Hernandez, D; Francoeur; Johnson.
GIDP: Hernandez, D.
BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer (2, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz).

FIELDING
E: Escobar (1, throw), Diaz (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Francoeur (Giles at home).

 

  

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Reyes (W, 2-0)

4.0

4

2

2

0

4

1

2.08

Bennett

0.1

5

5

5

2

0

0

14.54

Nunez, V (H, 1)

0.2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

Redmond

1.2

5

2

2

1

2

0

5.79

Acosta (H, 1)

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Schreiber (S, 2)

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

1

3.86

Chipper was left out of the lineup today for the U.S., but McCann was not but he went 0-2. Gregor Blanco had another great day for his native Venezuela as he went 3-5 with an RBI triple, a double, and a single. He was a homer away from the cycle against the U.S.
I guess Blanco is a very common last name in Venezuela as they had three Blancos playing.  The U.S. ended up losing the game, but it didn’t really matter since they are moving on. Chipper will hopefully play the next game with them.
Jorge Campillo started for Mexico and went 4.2 innings giving up 6 hits and 1 solo home run. He struck out 2 as Mexico beat Australia 16-1 on the mercy-rule.

The Braves play the Nationals today with Jurrjens, Medlen, and Gonzalez scheduled to pitch.

Number 20 (It Now Got Changed)

Thank you for everyone who has viewed my blog as I ranked 20 in this weeks “Latest Leaders”
I was #21 when I wrote this but it got changed and it resulted in me moving up a spot, but I’m not changing the dedication. I’ll just stick to 21.
Here are the rankings for the Fan Blogs.

FANS

1. Confessions of a She-Fan
2. Red State Blue State
3. Julia’s Rants
4. Rockpile Rant
5. The Future Blog of the Red Sox
6. FutureAngels.com
7. Rays Renegade
8. Plunking Gomez
9. King of Cali
10. Baseball, The Yankees, and Life…
11. Baseball Cleats & Shoes
12. Eat, Sleep, Baseball
13. A Diatribe from a Law Student: Baseball Edition
14. Phillies Phollowers
15. Redbird Chatter
16. Pick Me Up Some Mets!
17. The ‘Burgh Blues
18. Life and Indians Baseball through the Eyes of a Clemson Girl
19. Rocky Mountain Way…Outside Coors looking in
20. Braves World
21. Unfinished Business
22. THE BOSTON RED SOX BLOG
23. Bruce Markusen’s Cooperstown Confidential
24. The Closer
25. A Misplaced Astros Fan
26. Phillies Red Pinstripes
27. Cubs Gal Who Loves Baseball
28. The Yankees Baseball Whisperer
29. Baseball Canadiana
30. Statistician Magician
31. Baseball Bats
32. The 1 Constant…Baseball
33. All Baseball All The Time
34. crzblue’s World
35. Flair For The Dramatic
36. Bringing Diamond Back(s)
37. Bjarkman’s Latino and Cuban League Baseball History Page
38. Between The Chalk
39. District Boy
40. King Yankees
41. I Live for This
42. Up in Section 360
43. We’re talkin Homer, Blue Jays and MLB
44. Baby Paul’s Baseball Blog
45. MLB in the eyes of a 13 year old
46. LA NACION MEDIAS ROJAS
47. Mets’ Main Man
48. Totally Tribe
49. The Season Experience
50. Perfect Pitch

I dedicate my ranking to Number 21 off the Braves, Warren Spahn.
Here is a description of him from his Wikipedia Page:

Warren Edward Spahn (April 23, 1921 – November 24, 2003) was an American left-handed pithcer in MLB who played for 21 seasons, all in the NL. He won 20 games each in 13 seasons, including a 23-7 record when he was aged 42. Spahn was the 1957 Cy Young Winner and was the runner-up three times, all during the period when just one award was given. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
in 1973, with 83% of the total vote. (His eligibility was delayed,
under the rules of the time by 2 years of token minor league play).

Spahn was regarded as a “thinking man’s” pitcher who liked to outwit
batters. He once described his approach on the mound: “Hitting is
timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.”

Spahn won more games
(363) than any other left-handed pitcher in history, and more than any
other pitcher who played his entire career in the post-1920 live-ball era. He is acknowledged as one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball history. The Warren Spahn Award, given to the major leagues’ best left-handed pitcher, is named after him.

His major league career began in 1942 with the Braves and he spent all but one year with that franchise, first in Boston and then in Milwaukee. He finished his career in 1965 with the Mets and the Giants. With 363 wins, Spahn is the sixth-winningest pitcher in history, trailing only Cy Young (511), Walter Johnson (417), Grover Cleveland Alexander (373), and Christy Matthewson (373), and Pud Galvin (364) on MLB’s all-time list.

Spahn also threw two no-hitters, and won 3 ERA titles. He appeared in 14 All-Star Games, the most of any pitcher in the 20th century.

Spahn acquired the nickname “Hooks”, not so much because of his
pitching, but due to the prominent shape of his nose. He had once been
hit in the face by a thrown ball that he was not expecting, and his
broken nose settled into a hook-like shape. In Spahn’s final season,
during his stint with the Mets, Yogi Berra
came out of retirement briefly and caught 4 games, one of them with
Spahn pitching. Yogi later told reporters, “I don’t think we’re the
oldest battery, but we’re certainly the ugliest.”

Spahn was known for a very high leg kick in his delivery. Photo sequences show that this high kick served a specific purpose. As
a left-hander, Spahn was able not only to watch any runner on first
base, but also to not telegraph whether he was delivering to the plate
or to first base, thereby forcing the runner to stay close to the bag.
As his fastball waned, Spahn adapted, and relied more on location,
changing speeds and a good screwball. He led or shared the lead in the
NL in wins from 1957-1961 (age 36 through 40).

Spahn was also a good hitter, hitting at least one home run in 17
straight seasons, and finishing with an NL career record for pitchers,
with 35 home runs. Wes Ferrell, who spent most of his time in the American League, holds the overall record for pitchers, with 37.

Career Statistics
W-L Record: 363-245
ERA: 3.09
Strikeouts: 2,583

Again Thank you for the support and Congrats to everyone else who made it!

Atlanta beat Houston with Lowe Strong on the Mound

The Braves stay hot in the Spring by beating the Astros 7-4.
Derek Lowe had an INCREDIBLE start as he went 4 innings and never allowed a ball to leave the infield. He struck out 6 and didn’t walk any. Through those 4 innings, nobody got on base. Great start by Derek. We allowed 4 runs the whole game (only 1 was actually earned. They scored 3 unearned runs because of 2 errors). Soriano had his first Spring appearance and he went 1 inning allowing 1 hit and struck out one.
Very good pitching performance again this game. We still haven’t allowed a home run yet this spring.
We had 13 hits this game and 5 walks. Kelly Johnson was the only player to have 2 hits and Omar Infante had a 2 run triple. Here are the box stats provided by Mlb.com

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AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Anderson, J, CF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.273

  Hernandez, D, 2B-3B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.313

Diaz, LF

3

1

1

0

0

0

.316

  Jones, B, LF

2

0

0

0

0

1

.300

Johnson, 2B

3

1

2

1

0

0

.364

  Gorecki, CF

2

1

1

0

0

0

.571

Kotchman, 1B

2

1

1

1

0

0

.375

  Norton, 1B

1

1

1

1

2

0

.231

Francoeur, RF

2

1

1

0

1

0

.150

  Soriano, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Hicks, 3B-SS

2

1

1

0

0

0

.182

Infante, SS

3

0

1

2

1

0

.300

  O’Flaherty, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Boyer, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Freeman, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.188

  Marek, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Prado, 3B

2

0

0

0

0

1

.190

  Logan, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Conrad, 2B

2

0

1

2

0

1

.125

Ross, C

3

0

1

0

0

1

.250

  Boscan, C

1

0

1

0

1

0

.667

Lowe, P

2

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Heyward, RF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.235

Totals

39

7

13

7

5

6

 

a-Grounded out for Boyer in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Diaz (3, Moehler), Ross (1, Brocail).
3B: Infante (1, Moehler).
RBI: Kotchman (4), Infante 2 (4), Johnson (3), Norton (3), Conrad 2
(3).
S: Prado.
GIDP: Kotchman.
BASERUNNING
SB: Gorecki (1, 2nd base off Paronto/Towles).
FIELDING
E: Hernandez, D (3, throw), Conrad (1, throw).

 

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Lowe (W, 2-0)

4.0

0

0

0

0

6

1.50

Soriano

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0.00

Logan

1.0

2

1

1

1

0

3.00

O’Flaherty

1.0

2

0

0

0

2

3.00

Boyer

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0.00

Marek

1.0

1

3

0

2

1

0.00

No Braves players that saw any action yesterday in the Classic that I know of, but here are Scott Diamonds stats from Monday:
Scott Diamond: 3 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out one.

Who would have though the Dutch could beat and knock out Dominican Republic in Group Stage. That is just unreal.

The Braves face the Phillies today at 1:05 ET with JoJo Reyes on the mound. 
 

Lincecum and Pedroia Commercials

Did anyone else love this commercial with Tim Lincecum?  

Here is another one I found on the internet. Not as funny, but still good.

http://xml.truveo.com/eb/i/73621145/a/58ef677afb89fc040e3dec6de7dd6c26/p/1

Here is part 3 of the Lincecum videos

Thank you Elizabeth for the reminder of this one. I like this one the most.

Here is the fan’s response

I wonder which game is better: The Show 09 or 2K9…

Braves and U.S. Win; Chipper Hurt

Sorry I’m a little late, but the Braves beat the Phillies while U.S. came back to beat Venezuela.

To recap the Braves game…
We had Tommy Hanson on the mound and he pitched solid yet again. Hanson really should start off in Atlanta. He has completely dominated since Spring Training began. He went 4 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 run against the World Champions. He also struck out SEVEN (7) batters. That’s unbelievable. The kid has some serious talent and needs to stay at this level.
Brandon Jones was the only other noticeable player going 2-4 with a run scored.
The final score was 7-2
Here are the box stats provided by Mlb.com

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Infante, CF

3

0

0

0

0

0

.294

  Gorecki, CF

1

0

1

1

0

0

.600

Prado, 3B

4

1

1

0

0

0

.211

  Parr, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  b-Young, PH

1

0

1

0

0

0

.500

  Bueno, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Johnson, 2B

2

1

1

0

0

0

.316

  Conrad, 2B

3

0

1

1

0

1

.071

Freeman, 1B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.200

  1-Canizares, PR-1B

3

0

0

0

0

0

.200

Escobar, SS

2

0

1

0

0

0

.429

  Gonzalez, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Moylan, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Heyward, PH-RF

2

1

1

0

0

0

.286

Francoeur, RF

2

0

0

1

0

0

.111

  Colina, A, C

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Jones, B, LF

4

1

2

0

0

0

.333

Sammons, C

2

1

1

0

1

0

.444

  Hicks, SS

1

1

1

0

0

0

.111

Hanson, P

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Hernandez, D, SS-3B

3

1

2

2

0

0

.286

Totals

37

7

14

5

1

1

 

a-Singled for Moylan in the 6th. b-Singled for Parr in the 8th.
1-Ran for Freeman in the 4th.

BATTING
2B: Conrad (1, Carrasco), Hicks (1, Madson).
RBI: Francoeur (2), Conrad (1), Hernandez, D 2 (2), Gorecki (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Prado; Sammons 2; Canizares
3; Conrad.
GIDP: Francoeur.
SB: Prado (1, 2nd base off Carrasco/Marson).
FIELDING
E: Hernandez, D (2, throw).

 

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Hanson

4.0

4

1

1

1

7

0

4.50

Gonzalez (W, 1-0)

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0

10.80

Moylan (H, 2)

1.0

0

0

0

1

1

0

4.50

Parr

2.0

2

1

0

0

2

0

0.00

Bueno

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

0.00

 

In the U.S. game, Chipper was the only Brave playing as McCann was taking a rest. Chipper had another bad day as he went 0-3 with 2 Strikeouts. He also felt discomfort so he might miss the next U.S. game. Hopefully it’s nothing serious. The U.S. beat Venezuela 15-6.
http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3963427

Other Braves in the Classic
Panama
Concepcion Rodriguez went 0-4 with a strikeout.
Yeliar Castro pitched 2 innings giving up 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 home run, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.
Venezuela
Gregor Blanco had a great day going 3-5 with an RBI, 1 run scored, 1 triple, and a stolen base against the U.S.

The
Braves are playing an inter-squad game today. Tomorrow we play the Astros with
Derek Lowe scheduled to pitch the first four innings.

Notes:

  • The Braves pitching has yet to allow a Home Run yet this spring (not counting inter-squad games).
  • They are tied with the Pirates for first place in the Grapefruit League.

Video provided by ESPN