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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.
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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

Just When You Think Reyes is Just Another Player Taking up Space and Money…

He goes out and has a successful outing, which I haven’t seen in a long time. He pitched 3 innings of 2 hit ball against the World Champions. He only walked 1 but he had no strikeouts. Last year he went 3-11 with almost an ERA of 6! That is nothing to be proud of. He was projected to be a 2nd or 3rd starter before he made it up to the Bigs, but his attitude and work ethics caused him to be hated by many Braves fans and not favored to win a spot in the rotation. Heck, if was a little bit better last year and used all the talent he has, Glavine wouldn’t be a Brave. He still has more potential than a lot pitchers in the Major Leagues, but his problem is that he doesn’t use it. I he continues to pitch like today, he could either get moved to the bullpen or take the 5th spot and move Glavine to the ‘pen.
Atlanta Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes  pitches against the San Diego Padres  in the first inning of their baseball game Friday, July 11, 2008, in San Diego. From AP Photo by Lenny Ignelzi.

Braves-3 Phillies-7
We got to test ourselves against the World Series Winners and even though we lost, we got a good amount accomplished. The Braves were up until Jeff Ridgeway gave up 4 runs, 2 walks, and 4 hits over 2 outs. Moylan also got to be tested for the first time in a year and gave up 1 run over 1 inning. O’Flaherty, Schreiber, Bennett, Marek, and Stockman also got to see some action.
On the Offensive Side
McCann homered off Chan Ho Park and Josh Anderson got 2 hits, including a triple. Frenchy went 0-2 lowering his average to .100, Heyward went 1-3, and Freeman went 0-4. Chipper had 1 double over 3 at bats.

Braves:3-2

Other news

  • Javy Lopez is promoting a new bat company called “Bones”
  • The Braves have 10 players representing their countries in the WBC. Chipper Jones and Brian McCann (U.S.), Javier Vazquez
    (Puerto Rico), Jorge Campillo (Mexico), Manny Acosta, Yeliar Castro, and Concepcion Rodriguez (Panama), Gregor
    Blanco (Venezuela), and Scott Diamond and Bryan Dumensil (Canada) are those who are involved. Yeliar Castro, Concepcion Rodriguez, Scott Diamond, and Bryan Dumesnil are not currently on the Brave’s 40 man roster.

 

Not to much going on, But I am keeping up with our Division

I know I haven’t been writing to much lately, but that is because of school. I probably won’t be blogging any during the next month, but I hope to get started again right before Spring Training comes around. Good thing that no big trades have been happening and the Yankees haven’t signed another big player. Once Manny and Dunn get signed, we will know who will be good and who will not. Anyways, I have been keeping up with the NL East. Here is all the signing, both Major League and Minor League.

Braves

Gained Javier Vazquez, Boone Logan, David Ross, Eric O’Flaherty, Greg Norton, Kenshin Kawakami, Derek Lowe, Yoshinori Yamarin, Alvin Colina, Lance Niekro, Moises Hernandez, J.C. Boscan, Jose Camarena, Joe Borchard, Reid Gorecki, Jerome Gamble


Lost Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Jon Gilmore, Santos Rodriguez, Chuck
James*, Eligio Lagua, Eliezer Murillo, Matt Timms, Tim Ladd, T.J. Wohlever, Mike Elkerson, Chad Maddox, Carl Loadenthal, Paul Bennett,  Jonathan Schuerholz


Phillies
Gained Raul Ibanez, Ronny Paulino, John Mayberry, Scott Eyre,
Chan Ho Park, Jamie Moyer, Yorman Bazardo, Yoel Hernandez, Justin Pope,
Jason
Mackintosh, Joshua Shortslef, Brian
Stavisky, Casey Craig, Kevin Mahar, Wilkin Ruan, Mike
Spidale, Rich Thompson, Gary Majewsk, Marcus Giles, Pablo Ozuna, Damon
Hollins, Kevin Nelson, Jorge Velandia, Jason Anderson, Dave Borkowski, Santos Hernandez, William Jackel, Steven Shepard, Jake Woods, Jason Ellison, Justin Lehr, Scott Mathieson, Blaine Neal, Terry Tiffee, Ozzie Chavez, J.J. Furmaniak, Chris Walker, Javis Diaz, Bobby Mosebach, John Suomi, Andy Tracy, Mike Cervenak, Pete Sikaras, Rob Watson, Orlando Guevara

Lost Greg Golson, Jason Jaramillo, Brett Harker, Ron Hill, Mike Eylward


Mets
Gained JJ Prutz, Francisco Rodriguez, Conner Robertson, Jeremy
Reed, Sean Green, Tim Redding, Alex Cora, Casey Fossum, Argenis Reyes,
Tom Martin, Cory Sullivan,  Freddy Garcia, Rob Mackowiak, Salvador Paniagua, Jason Cooper, Tim McNab, Omir Santos, Carl Loadenthal, John Madden, Darren O’Day, Rocky Cherry, Rene Rivera, Andy Green, Edgar Alfonzo, Adam Bostick, Jesus Feliciano, Kyle Snyder, Jon Switzer, Bobby Kielty, Tony Armas Jr, Matt De Savlvo, Valerio de los Santos, Frank Diaz, Oliver Perez

Lost Scott Schoeneweis, Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera, Jason Vargas, Jason Lavorgna, Michael Parker, Darren Clark, Olmedo Saenz


Nationals
Gained Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham, Bill Pena, Gregory Baez,
Freddie Bynum, Brad Eldred, Joel Guzman, Pete Orr, Matt Whitney, Ryan
Langerhans, Jorge Padilla, Mike Vento,
Bobby Brownlie, Preston Larrison, J.D. Martin, Ryan Wagner, Justin
Jones, Daniel Cabrera,  Jose Castillo, Corey Patterson, Gustavo Molina,
Jorge Sosa, Gustavo Chacin, Wilfredo Ledezma, Josh Towers, Chris Rivera, Gary Glover, Ricardo Nanita, Dan Leatherman, Jemel Spearman, Matt Avery, Steve Schmoll, Zach Segovia, Justin Jones, Ben Grezlovski, Alex Cintron, Javier Valentin

Lost Emilio Bonifacio, Tim Redding*, Jesus Colome,  John Poppert, Mason Smith, Luis Ortega, Josh Perrault, Moises Corporan, Ryan Harrison, Vic Cegles, Frank Cruz, Bryan Miller, Ryan Buchter


Marlins
Gained Emilio Bonifacio, Leo Nunez, Jose Ceda, Scott Proctor, Jay Gibbons, Jason Standridge, John Koronka, Kelly Shearer, Geraldo Valentin, Mike Wood, Andy Gonzalez, Brett Harker, Ron Hill, Ryan Klosterman, Zach Kroenke, Adalberto Mendez, Matt Craig, Brian Sanches, Chris de la Cruz, Kiko Calero, Jason Standridge, Matt Peterson 

Lost .Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs, Kevin Gregg, Joe Nelson*, Matt Yourkin, Juan Franco

*non-tendered and did not sign a new contract

My rankings for the offseason

1. Braves      A

2. Mets        A

3. Phillies      B

4. Nationals  C+

5. Marlins      D-

Darion

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Time to take a look at what has happened around our league since October 18th. These are players signed and players released.

This list will continue to be updated.

The list includes Minor League deals.

 
Braves
Gained Javier Vazquez, Boone Logan, David Ross, Eric O’Flaherty, Greg Norton, Kenshin Kawakami, Derek Lowe, Yoshinori Yamarin, Alvin Colina, Lance Niekro, Moises Hernandez, J.C. Boscan, Jose Camarena, Joe Borchard, Reid Gorecki, Jerome Gamble


Lost Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Jon Gilmore, Santos Rodriguez, Chuck
James*, Eligio Lagua, Eliezer Murillo, Matt Timms, Tim Ladd, T.J. Wohlever, Mike Elkerson, Chad Maddox, Carl Loadenthal, Paul Bennett,  Jonathan Schuerholz


Phillies
Gained Raul Ibanez, Ronny Paulino, John Mayberry, Scott Eyre, Chan Ho Park, Jamie Moyer, Yorman Bazardo, Yoel Hernandez, Justin Pope, Jason
Mackintosh, Joshua Shortslef, Brian
Stavisky, Casey Craig, Kevin Mahar, Wilkin Ruan, Mike
Spidale, Rich Thompson, Gary Majewsk, Marcus Giles, Pablo Ozuna, Damon Hollins, Kevin Nelson, Jorge Velandia, Jason Anderson, Dave Borkowski, Santos Hernandez, William Jackel, Steven Shepard, Jake Woods, Jason Ellison, Justin Lehr, Scott Mathieson, Blaine Neal, Terry Tiffee, Ozzie Chavez, J.J. Furmaniak, Chris Walker, Javis Diaz, Bobby Mosebach, John Suomi, Andy Tracy, Mike Cervenak, Pete Sikaras

Lost Greg Golson, Jason Jaramillo, Brett Harker, Ron Hill, Mike Eylward


Mets
Gained JJ Prutz, Francisco Rodriguez, Conner Robertson, Jeremy Reed, Sean Green, Tim Redding, Alex Cora, Casey Fossum, Argenis Reyes, Tom Martin, Cory Sullivan,  Freddy Garcia, Rob Mackowiak, Salvador Paniagua, Jason Cooper, Tim McNab, Omir Santos, Carl Loadenthal, John Madden, Darren O’Day, Rocky Cherry, Rene Rivera, Andy Green, Edgar Alfonzo, Adam Bostick, Jesus Feliciano, Kyle Snyder, Jon Switzer

Lost Scott Schoeneweis, Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera, Jason Vargas, Jason Lavorgna, Michael Parker, Darren Clark, Olmedo Saenz


Nationals
Gained Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham, Bill Pena, Gregory Baez, Freddie Bynum, Brad Eldred, Joel Guzman, Pete Orr, Matt Whitney, Ryan Langerhans, Jorge Padilla, Mike Vento,
Bobby Brownlie, Preston Larrison, J.D. Martin, Ryan Wagner, Justin
Jones, Daniel Cabrera,  Jose Castillo, Corey Patterson, Gustavo Molina, Jorge Sosa, Gustavo Chacin, Wilfredo Ledezma, Josh Towers, Chris Rivera, Gary Glover, Ricardo Nanita, Dan Leatherman, Jemel Spearman, Matt Avery, Steve Schmoll, Zach Segovia, Justin Jones

Lost Emilio Bonifacio, Tim Redding*, Jesus Colome,  John Poppert, Mason Smith, Luis Ortega, Josh Perrault, Moises Corporan, Ryan Harrison, Vic Cegles, Frank Cruz, Bryan Miller, Ryan Buchter


Marlins
Gained Emilio Bonifacio, Leo Nunez, Jose Ceda, Scott Proctor, Jay Gibbons, Jason Standridge, John Koronka, Kelly Shearer, Geraldo Valentin, Mike Wood, Andy Gonzalez, Brett Harker, Ron Hill, Ryan Klosterman, Zach Kroenke, Adalberto Mendez, Matt Craig, Brian Sanches, Chris de la Cruz, Kiko Calero, Jason Standridge 

Lost .Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs, Kevin Gregg, Joe Nelson*, Matt Yourkin, Juan Franco

*non-tendered and did not sign a new contract

My rankings for the offseason

1. Braves      A

2. Mets        A

3. Phillies      B

4. Nationals  C+

5. Marlins      D+

Tell me if I missed anything.