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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.
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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.
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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.

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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. 

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.   

Burnett a Yankee

Yankees signed A.J. Burnett to a five-year, $82.5MM deal. We essentially did nothing over the last week, and that may cause our season to already be over. You may say we had no chance to sign him, but we really did. Right now we are 1-4 with pitchers this offseason (Tazawa, Peavy, Burnett). We seriously NEED to steep it up right now.
Sheets is the next thing on our agenda. We could possibly bid for Derek Lowe, but it’s very unlikely. Right now I wished we would have keep Hampton. We also need to get a power-hitting outfielder. Since we aren’t gonna have that awesome rotation, we might as well get some major offense to heal the pain.
Someone like Ludwick might help, if he does prove last year wasn’t a fluke. We also need Sheets and another pitcher such as Garland. We night have to throw Smoltz in the rotation just because of experience and the fact we might end up with a rotation similar to
Vazquez, Jurrjens, Campillo, Morton, and Hanson. Throw Smoltz in for Morton and it might be a 3/5 star rotation. Maybe. Chuck James just got non-tendered, so he is a free agent. Didn’t see much in him anyway. He was just a trading chip at the best. Plus we freed a couple of thousand dollars and gave us back couple of extra wins that he would have made us lose.
Parr, Redmond, and Reyes are the other starters we have, so we are seriously screwed if we don’t get Sheets or just Anybody!
Come on Wren! Make something special happen!

Maybe we will be good in ’11 or ’12.