Tagged: Chipper Jones

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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Atlanta

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.

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

Braves Have Big Day

Let’s start with the WBC…

U.S.A. narrowly beat Canada in a thriller 6-5 victory. The Canadians beat the U.S. last year, so extra effort was put in today in their opener. There was a total of 5 home runs hit in the game; 3 for the U.S., 2 for Canada. One of the home runs was hit by Brian McCann. He hit a 2 run home run that broke the tie and gave the U.S. a lead that they held the rest of the game. Congrats Brian. You are representing our club and country well. Check out McCann’s blast. Chipper’s face looks priceless when he hugs McCann.
McCann also had a Sac-Fly that tied the game until Joey Votto’s blast. He ended the day going 1-2 with 3 RBIs, 1 run scored, and a walk along with that home run. Chipper was a little off today going 0-4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
 https://i1.wp.com/a.espncdn.com/photo/2009/0307/mlb_u_putzvert_288.jpg
Other Braves playing today in the Classic:
Javier Vazquez started for his country, Puerto Rico. He went 4.1 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. He earned the win and PR won 7-0 against Panama.
Concepcion Rodriguez didn’t have such a big day as his country, Panama, lost and he went 0-3 with a strikeout.
The Dutch somehow beat the DR today with really nobody on their team. Andruw Jones played with them in 2006, but he had to do Spring Training this year to try to make the Rangers. Jair Jurrjens also decided not to play for them since he pitched so much last season. It will be remembered as one biggest upsets in the WBC.
http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3961408

http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3960316

http://espn.go.com/broadband/player.swf?mediaId=3961153

Now about those Braves…
They stayed hot and beat the Yankees 3-1. This is the 2nd time this Spring that we beat the Yankees. Jair Jurrjens was on the mound and gave a great performance going 3.2 innings giving up 1 run, 4 hits, no walks, and struck out 3. The one run ended up being the only run given up. Our bullpen has been exceptionally good so far this spring. It is a very good sign.

The runs we scored were all off solo home runs hit by Casey Kotchman, Greg Norton, and Brandon Jones. That really summarized it all up. Here is the box stats:

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Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jurrjens

3.2

4

1

1

0

3

0

4.76

Carlyle

1.1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0.00

Medlen

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.00

Gomez, M

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Valdez

0.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13.50

 

Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

 

Anderson, J, CF

3

0

0

0

0

2

.316

 

  Gorecki, CF

1

0

1

0

0

0

.667

 

Johnson, 2B

3

0

1

0

0

1

.294

 

  Conrad, 2B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

 

Kotchman, 1B

2

1

1

1

0

0

.357

 

  Canizares, 1B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.500

 

Norton, DH

3

1

1

1

0

0

.167

 

  a-Timmons, PH-DH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

 

Francoeur, RF

3

0

0

0

0

0

.125

 

  Heyward, RF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

 

Escobar, SS

2

0

2

0

0

0

.417

 

  Hicks, SS

1

0

0

0

1

1

.000

 

Diaz, LF

2

0

0

0

0

1

.313

 

  Jones, B, LF

2

1

1

1

0

0

.286

 

Infante, 3B

3

0

1

0

0

0

.357

 

  Hernandez, D, 3B

0

0

0

0

0

0

.200

 

Ross, C

3

0

0

0

0

0

.222

 

  Boscan, C

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.000

 

Totals

33

3

9

3

1

5

 

 

a-Grounded out for Norton in the 8th.

2B: Johnson (3, Wang), Canizares (1, Texeira, K).
HR: Kotchman (1, 1st inning off Wang, 0 on, 2 out), Norton (2, 6th
inning off Tomko, 0 on, 1 out), Jones, B (1, 7th inning off Coke, 0 on, 0
out).
RBI: Kotchman (3), Norton (2), Jones, B (4).

BASERUNNING
SB: Diaz (1)

FIELDING
E: Infante (1, throw).

 

The Braves will play Sunday afternoon at 1:05, against the Phillies. Tommy
Hanson is expected to start.

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Box Stats provided by mlb.com

Furcaled

Apparently the word “furcaled” will become a new phrase in baseball from now on.

Furcaled  (pronounced fer-call-d) verb
Definition: Saying you will play for a team and then choosing another a day later. 
Words Close to it: Played, Lied to
Example: Griffey just furcaled the Braves.
 

Don’t mind my last post since it has no real meaning and I don’t want to change the title.

Reaction:
Am I mad? Of course. That and disappointed. When your 2nd favorite baseball player doesn’t choose your favorite team, you will be a little upset.
Are we not gonna be as good? The good thing is that we can easily improvise. He wasn’t what he was 10 years ago, so he is not as important. It would have been a great thing morale-wise and could have probably really helped our team, but I guess this is the way it goes.
Fire Frank Wren? No of course not. He has done a great job this offseason. Griffey WANTED TO go to Seattle. Burnett WANTED TO go to New York. Furcal WANTED TO go to L.A. Peavy COULDN’T come to Atlanta without giving up Hanson, which I totally agree with. Anyways Burnett, Furcal, Peavy, and Griffey not coming to Atlanta could have actually been a blessing. All 4 have had an injury over the last 2 years.
Who will play LF now? It will probably be Schafer in center with Anderson and Diaz in LF. That could definitely help us in the future by getting Anderson and Schafer lots of early playing time. Plus Frenchy could have a good season again. I think it’s very likely. 
Has this been a horrible offseason? Nope. To me it has been pretty decent. We were luck to have enough money to change our pitching staff. The outfield was really just extra. We got 2 extra bullpen arms (they could actually be decent next year), we got a backup catcher which we also really needed, we got 3 very good pitchers, and we don’t have Corky Miller or Chuck James on the team. Decent enough for me. Oh and we never lost any important players other than John Smoltz, but he was a free agent.
Should we blame David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution? No that has got to be a joke. If Griffey didn’t come because of that, then good since we didn’t want him. If you can’t take the media giving their opinion of where they think you will go, then you shoudln’t play baseball. Plus Jr’s friends told David a lot of the info. 
Who are still options in the outfield that aren’t already on the Braves? Swisher, Nady, Anderson, Edmonds, Gonzalez, Ankiel, and Ludwick.

I still think we can win the East. We have some really good players on our team. 

Other news

The Braves are talking extension with Chipper Jones.
That is music to my ears. This really needs to get done. I think he will probably get around a 3/18MM to a 3/24MM deal. There might be some options in it.
Braves avoid Arbitration with Jeff Francoeur.
Some more good news. He’ll be getting around $3.375 this year.