Tagged: World Baseball Classic

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.
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.

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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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

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.

 

Thorman Gone

I guess Scott Thorman was a free agent this year and he just signed a minor league deal with the Brew Crew.
He wasn’t great, but it was nice having him on the team. He was a former 1st round pick that never lived up to the expectations. He spent all last year in the minors. I think we are fine at first so it’s nothing to sweat about. He plans on playing with Canada in the World Baseball Classic again. Maybe he can find his swing before then.
Good luck in Milwaukee.