Tagged: Spring Training

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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Atlanta

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.
 

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.

Another Day, Another Win

The Braves beat Venezuela today in a game that was helping them get prepared for the World Baseball Classic, which is now undergo.
We had Derek Lowe to start the game and he had a decent game. He pitched 3 innings of no-hit ball, but he allowed a run because of walks, wild pitches, and a stolen base. It was all good on the pitching side until Jeff Ridgway came in the game. Let’s just say it got bad.

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IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Lowe

3.0

0

1

1

2

3

O’Flaherty

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

Marek (H, 1)

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

Ridgway (BS, 1)

0.1

1

3

3

2

0

Fruto (W, 1-0)

1.2

1

0

0

1

0

Cruz

1.0

1

0

0

2

2

Lerew

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

Hitting-wise, we looked average. Nobody got more than one hit the whole game. Jeff Francoeur hit a home run off of Brad Nelson who was loaned from the Braves for the day. It’s not very impressive, but it is a homer nevertheless. Diory Hernandez, Freedie Freeman, and Barbaro Canizares hit doubles while Omar Infante got the lone single. Here is the box for the hitting.

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

Anderson, J, CF

4

0

0

0

0

1

  Gorecki, CF

0

0

0

0

0

0

Infante, SS

3

1

1

0

0

0

  Hicks, SS

0

1

0

0

1

0

Anderson, G, LF

2

0

0

0

0

0

  Norton, LF

0

1

0

1

2

0

Freeman, 1B

2

1

1

1

1

0

  Canizares, 1B

1

0

1

3

0

0

Francoeur, DH

3

1

1

2

1

0

Jones, B, RF

1

1

0

0

2

0

  Heyward, RF

1

0

0

0

0

1

Prado, 2B

1

1

0

0

2

0

  Conrad, 2B

1

0

0

0

0

1

Ross, C

1

0

0

0

0

0

  Boscan, C

2

0

0

0

0

1

Hernandez, D, 3B

3

1

1

1

0

0

 
Jo-Jo Reyes, Jeff Bennett, Boone Logan, Manny Acosta, and Phil Stockman are scheduled to pitch tomorrow against the Astros.
Congrats to Chipper Jones and McCann for both going deep for the U.S. against the Phillies. Hope they can keep up their Phillie dominance.    

Other Braves Players Playing Today
Campillo- 3 innings, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 2 runs allowed, and the Win against Colorado for Mexico
Scott Diamond- 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs allowed, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, Got the Win against the Yankees for Canada
Concepcion Rodriguez- 2-4, 2 doubles, 1 run scored, 1 RBI for Panama
Brian McCann- 1-2, Solo Home Run, 1 run scored, 1 RBI for the U.S.
Chipper Jones, 1-4, 3-Run Home Run, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs, 1 walk for the U.S.
Blanco, 1-1 for Venezuela

Braves 3, Yankees 2

The Braves did something that they only did 3 times the WHOLE season
last year by winning a game decided by one run. It seemed like whenever
we looked like we were going to win, something happened like missing an
easy pop-fly or giving up a 9th inning home run and then lose in extras
or in the 9th inning. It was horrible. It looks like we have solved the
problem now, but we will have to keep it up until April through October
if we want to compete. Today’s win was also special since it was
against the Yankees. There are 3 teams who I LOVE beating and they are the Yanks, the Mets, and the Phillies. It always makes my day special.
This is what our pitching looked like today  

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          Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

      Kawakami (W, 2-0)

3.0

0

0

0

3

2

0.00

      Boyer (H, 2)

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

0.00

      Redmond (H, 1)

1.0

2

1

1

0

0

4.50

      Medlen (H, 1)

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

4.50

      Bueno (H, 2)

1.0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

      Gomez, M (H, 1)

1.0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

      Perez, J (S, 1)

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

4.50

A solid start from Kawakami helped. He allowed no hits, but did
walk 3 though it didn’t matter as they didn’t score any runs from it.
It was nice seeing Boyer do good today as well.

Josh Anderson hit a double
against Yankees’ Ian Kennedy to start the game and wold later score thanks to Kotchman with a 2 run double. Escobar hit a
sac-fly to score Prado from 3rd later on, and that was really all the Braves needed to do. Frenchy left after one at bat to go play
golf with John Smoltz and Tiger Woods. I would have rather had him stay
to improve that .091 batting average he has but oh well.
There is an interesting player
who played today and yesterday. His name is Reid Gorecki. Yesterday he
hit a home run and today he hit a double. He has only had those 2 at
bats the whole Spring. Anyone wanna give me a scouting report on this
guy. He looks very good so far, even though he has had only 2 at bats.
Hopefully he will get more so I can see if this guy if real or not.

Other Braves Playing For Their Country
Chipper went 0-4 and McCann went 1-2 with with a double and and run for the U.S.
Gregor Blanco went 1-3 with a run, 2 walks, and a stolen base for Venezuela
Concepcion Rodriguez went 2-5 with a run, 2 RBIs, and a triple.
Bryan Dumesnil pitched 1.1 innings giving up 2 hits (one being a home run), a walk, a run, and struck out one. 

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