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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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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.

Videos and Picture provided by Espn
Box Stats provided by mlb.com

Braves Stay Hot in Spring Training

First off I would like to say good luck to the U.S. and the other teams in the World Baseball Classic and hope you represent your country well. The Braves players representing their country are
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)

Also, congrats to Andruw Jones who had 2 hits in his game. It may not sound big, but it’s huge for Andruw. He now has a batting average over .200. He also didn’t strikeout any and walked once. Amazing.

Now about the game against the Astros….
Reyes pitched another excellent game. He pitched 4 innings of no-hit ball while walking 2 batters and striking out none. He is making a case for himself and he is doing it well. He has a 1.00 ERA and is showing that he is good enough to keep in the Braves organization.
Everyone else also pitched very well. We allowed 0 runs, 2 hits, and 3 walks. We only struck out 4 the whole game, but it didn’t matter as they couldn’t do much offensively.

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IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Reyes (W, 1-0)

4.0

0

0

0

2

0

1.00

Bennett

2.0

2

0

0

0

0

4.50

Logan

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0.00

Acosta

1.0

0

0

0

1

2

0.00

Redmond

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

3.00

 
We did well with our offensive as well as we scored 13 runs. Lately, we have been putting up many runs due to our patience in the batters box. Today is the 2nd day in a row that we have walked 8 times. He also had more runs than hits…again. This is a good sign and I hope we keep it up.
Garret Anderson did strain his calf while warming up, and he was replaced by Matt Diaz who had a big night going 3-4 and was a triple away from the cycle. Martin Prado also had a big night going 2-4 with 3 RBIs and a walk. Here is the box for the hitting stats.

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Anderson, J, CF

4

1

1

2

0

0

.375

  Gorecki, CF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.500

Johnson, 2B

2

1

0

0

2

0

.286

  Conrad, 2B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Diaz, LF

4

2

3

4

0

0

.357

  Jones, B, LF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Kotchman, 1B

3

2

1

0

1

0

.333

  Bennett, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Colina, A, C

1

0

0

0

0

0

.333

Escobar, SS

2

1

0

0

1

0

.300

  Hicks, SS

2

0

0

0

0

1

.000

Francoeur, RF

2

2

1

1

1

0

.154

  Heyward, RF

2

0

0

0

0

1

.273

Prado, 3B-1B

4

1

2

3

1

1

.200

Sammons, C

3

2

2

1

1

0

.429

  Logan, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Acosta, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Young, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Redmond, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Reyes, P

1

1

0

0

1

0

.000

  Hernandez, D, 3B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.200

Totals

36

13

11

11

8

3

 

2B: Anderson, J (3, Nieve), Diaz (2, Norris).
HR: Diaz (1, 1st inning off Nieve, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Diaz 4 (6), Anderson, J 2 (2), Sammons (1), Francoeur (1), Prado 3 (3).

I know it’s doesn’t matter at all but the Braves are tied with the
Pirates for best record in the NL and half a game behind the Orioles in
the Grapefruit League.  

The Braves will play the Yankees for the 2nd time this spring with Jair Jurrjens, Buddy Carlyle, and Blaine Boyer scheduled to pitch. Hopefully they will come out with a W.

Braves beat Panama; U.S. beat Yankees in Early Spring Training Exibitions

Braves beat the Panama national team 11-2 behind a strong start from Tommy Hanson. The top-10 prospect struck out 3 over 3 innings and allowed 2 hits and a walk. The only run that was scored was an unearned one because of a Kelly Johnson throwing error. The pitching looked like this

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Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Hanson

3.0

2

1

0

1

3

Gonzalez

1.0

2

0

0

0

0

Acosta

1.0

1

0

0

0

0

Carlyle

2.0

0

0

0

0

1

Logan

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

Parr

1.0

2

1

1

0

0

 

Because Chipper, McCann, and Blanco were playing for their countries, we had to adjust, and we did fine with that. We had many of are young players coming in the game once we had a comfortable lead. Our other star prospect Jason Heyward hit his first Spring Training homer in the 8th. Here are some of the batting stats
BATTING
2B: Norton, Sammons, Conrad, Jones, B
HR: Gorecki (8th inning off Campos, 0 on, 0 out), Heyward (8th inning off Campos, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Infante; Gorecki 4; Johnson; Conrad 2; Norton 3; Francoeur; Heyward 4; Young; Jones, B 2; Ross; Sammons 2; Hernandez, D 2.
RBI: Francoeur (1), Infante (1), Johnson (1), Norton (1), Sammons (1), Gorecki (1), Heyward 2 (2).

We also had Concepcion Rodriguez and Yeliar Castro playing for Panama. They are in our farm. Rodriguez went 1-4 with a run and Castro pitched 2.1 innings allowing 1 run, 2 hits, and 2 walks. 
In the U.S.-New York game, we had McCann going 0-3 and Chipper going 1-2 with a walk and a run. The U.S. ended up winning that game by a close score of 6-5.
Gregor Blanco went 0-1 playing with Venezuela.

The Braves will have a tough challenge ahead of them tomorrow as they face the Yankees. It should be a great game.