Tagged: Jordan Schafer

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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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.

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.  

Griffey a Brave?!

As many of you have heard, Ken Griffey Jr, a future Hall of Famer, will choose the the Braves over the Mariners. I am pretty excited about this in many ways.
1. He and Chipper and my favorite players playing the game.
2. He has some power and can still hit decent.
3. He’s cheap.
4. He can help us go back to the playoffs.
5. He might retire as a Brave.
6. He will give us enough time to fully develop Josh Anderson and/or Jordan Schafer.
7. Matt Diaz will get a good amount of at-bats.https://i1.wp.com/weblogs.newsday.com/sports/fantasy/baseball/griffey.jpg

The 13 time all star, Former MVP, over 10 time Gold Glover, will most likely play Left Field with Matt Diaz while letting Anderson or Schafer play center. I was hoping Abreu would be a Brave, but I am not too disappointed. He also have plenty of options if Griffey goes down from an injury.  

An interesting fact
Griffey’s dad, Ken Griffey, played left field for the Braves
when Tom Glavine made his debut.

Expect this deal to get finalized today or tomorrow. The deal should be around 2-3 million over 1 or 2 years.  

Glavine
https://i1.wp.com/www3.allaroundphilly.com/blogs/delcotimes/ryanl/uploaded_images/Glavine7-795823.jpg

This deal should also get done in the next 35 hours. It will be around a 1-3 million dollar deal.
It seems like he will take the 5th spot in the rotation, meaning we have that done with. The only other deal I could possibly see is Ohman coming here for around 3 million, but it is unlikely. I do like the way our team looks and I think we are ready to take on the Mets and Phillies.