Tagged: Clint Sammons

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.

Well Now What?

We finally did something positive this offseason by trading for Javier Vazquez. He is due for 11.5 per year. We started with 45 million and we will definitely have to use it all. Don’t forget we signed Eric O’Flaherty to a 400,000 per year contract as well. We probably lost around 400,000 with the players we traded for Vazquez, but Vazquez is going to get paid 11.5million
 a year.Javier Vazquez by Kevin.Ward.

This leaves around 33.5 million left. We still have some major needs though (Dye/Ankiel/Ludwick, Renteria/Furcal, Peavy and Burnett) and we may have to settle with the cheap options. Ludwick looks more likely now than Dye does since Ludwick makes 500,000 a year. If we sign Furcal or Renteria, it can’t be higher than 11 million a year. Peavy will make 15 million next year I think, but I’m sure I’m wrong. Burnett will likely make 17million a year.
I’ll say
500,000 Ludwick
10,000,000 Furcal
11,000,000 Peavy
That’s 21.5 million leaving us with around 12 million left. We will obviously lose some of our salary with the players we trade for Peavy and Ludwick, but we still need to sign Smoltz and possibly Ohman, Norton, and Glavine. I’m hoping we only sign Smoltz, Norton, and Ohman though.
We will have to trade a couple of other players now if we want to fill in our needs. Matt Diaz looks like with his 1.25million salary last year.Escobar and Boyer also will most likely be included in the Peavy deal and they will make around 1 million.
We will just have to see what Wren has up his sleeves. If we can trade off a couple of players and sign a shortstop to less than 10million a year, we might be able to fulfill our needs. We will most likely have either Burnett or Peavy this year. I don’t think we will get both.
Jake Peavy  by SD Dirk.

What do you think we should do?

UPDATE!
Braves are apparently close to signing David Ross to a 2 year contract. It is worth around $3.5 million. This would be great, but that would almost currently mean either the Peavy deal or the Burnett signing are not going to happen. I still say the Peavy deal is most likely to happen because Burnett might not sign with us even though we are going to offer him a 5 year contract.
 Anyways, David Ross would be a great backup catcher and would be a significant upgrade to both Sammons and Miller combined. Corky Miller is almost certain to either get traded or released if Ross signs. Sammons will likely stay with the Braves organization and will be called up as the backup when he is ready.
 David Ross Hitting by dslrnovice.    

-Darion