Braves happy after all-nighter

  If you ever see smiles and hear sarcastic humor in a clubhouse at 1:45 a.m. or so, it’s safe to assume the occupants of said clubhouse were on the winning team that night.
  That, or someone broke into the stadium and is having fun going through lockers.
  In the case of Friday night/Saturday morning, it was the Braves’ clubhouse, and Braves players were exhausted but elated after pulling out a 10-inning, 6-5 win in a game that featured a three-run Yunel Escobar homer, a two-hour rain delay, a hail storm (literally), a hell storm (two leads blown by the Braves bullpen), approximately three gallons of coffee consumed by yours truly, and a game-ending, one-out single by Kelly Johnson to score rookie Jordan Schafer, whose exuberant post-slide, fist-pumping celebration drew some good-natured razzing from Johnson.
   “I think he put on the best celebration after a slide, to work his way onto the video board,” Johnson said in the clubhouse about 20 minutes after the game. “I just saw it on TV. It was impressive. That one might finally replace Esky.”
  The latter reference was to Escobar’s fist-pumping display, also after a slide, that is featured on a highlights package shown every night at Turner Field on the ginormous vedeo board beyond center field.
  When someone mentioned to Schafer that Johnson said the kid must have rehearsed that fist-pumping reaction in his mind, because it was so perfection executed, Schafer laughed and said, “No, I just like to win, that’s all.”
  No one who’s seen him play all spring and in the first week of the season would dispute that. Schafer goes full-tilt, all the time. He sprained a shoulder making a diving catch the first week of Grapefruit League games, missed 10 days, then slid head-first in the first inning of his first game back.
  Braves coaches had to tell him to be careful, at least until the shoulder was fully healed. But it was hopeless – Schafer hasn’t developed that governor to control his energy expenditure. It’s full-bore or not at all, at least for now, at the tender age of 22.
  That is, of course, far preferable for the Braves than the alternative of someone who doesn’t give his all on every play. So no one’s going to worry or frown if Schafer crashes into walls or catchers or whatever else this season, or if he’s thrown out a few times trying to take the extra base.

Johnson had game-winner

Johnson

  That’s a relatively small price to pay for max-effort, especially when the positive results are plays like last night, when Schafer busted it to score from second base on Johnson’s single to right field.
  Oh, by the way, Schafer is hitting .333 (5-for-15) with two homers from the 8-hole in his first four major league games, including a single against lefty Joe Beimel to lead off the 10th inning Friday and start the Braves’ winning rally.
  Remember the concerns some here expressed about Schafer’s struggles against lefties last season in Double-A? He said it wouldn’t be an issue, that he’d never hit poorly against lefties before last season and that he’d addressed the issue by realizing he’d gotten out of his gameplan, his approach, in too many at-bats against lefties last season.
  He also spent much of the winner hitting against lefties on the sophisticated, $90,000 pitching machine he bought with his signing bonus years ago, a device that can replicate the delivery and pitch repertoire of any major league pitcher for which the owner purchases an individual disc.
  Schafer has discs for most of the big-time lefties he might face, including Johan Santana and Cole Hamels. (I’ll have to ask if he’s got a Beimel disc.)
  By the way, so far against lefties, Schafer is 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, a walk and a strikeout.

 

  ♣ Braves pitching dichotomy: The Braves’ bullpen had issues again Friday, when seven relievers combined for seven innings after after ace Derek Lowe was knocked out of the game by the 2-hour, 2-minute rain delay in the fourth inning.
  Braves starters lead the NL with a 1.59 ERA and .181 opponents’ batting average, while Braves relievers are last in the league in both categories (by wide margins) with a 9.45 ERA and .357 opponents’ average.
  Reliever Buddy Carlyle pitched well until appearing to tire in his third inning of work, but Peter Moylan gave up a screaming RBI double to the only batter he faced, Ryan Zimmerman, and closer Mike Gonzalez needed 37 pitches to get three outs — and not without giving up three hits and a run and getting a blown save.
  Rafael Soriano looked good while retiring three batters (one strikeout) in the eighth, and that’s key — the Braves need him healthy and on top of his game this season, particularly early, while Moylan works through whatever he needs to do to get sharp again after his 11-month recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery.
  Moylan has yet to record an out in his first two appearances, and looks like it could take longer than everyone thought when we were marveling at how well he was throwing during spring training, some two months ahead of the 12-month rehab period it takes for most pitchers to get back to being effective.
  His sinker hasn’t sunk in his two appearances, but it did during spring training and also when he was warming up before Friday’s two-pitch appearance.

Moylan

Moylan

  ”It’s still there — I know it’s still there,” the amiable Aussie sidearmer said of his stuff, specifically his sinker, when we talked to him this afternoon. “It’s [only] two outings.”
  Moylan has been charged with three hits, five runs and two walks in those two appearances, and was booed walking off the field Friday night.
  ”It’s a matter of getting that first out,” he said, “and then hopefully Atlanta fans won’t boo me.”
  The Braves used seven relievers last night — all of their relievers except Blaine Boyer, who walked two batters with the bases loaded (on nine total pitches) in Wednesday’s eight-run, seventh-inning bullpen meltdown at Philly, when the ‘pen squandered a seven-run lead in their only loss through four games.
  That was also Boyer’s only  appearance through four games.
  We asked Kelly Johnson last night if he thought there was reason for concern about the bullpen, and he said no. He believes that because of the various rehabs and the odd early schedule and other factors, it’s just a matter of time before the Braves’ top relievers get it together and form an effective unit.

 

 ♣ Hamels struggles: While the Braves — at least their fans — might have concerns about their bullpen, the Phillies are worried about their ace, Cole Hamels, who struggled in his season debut Friday. Read about it in this link to a Philly Inquirer story. Obviously he’s integral to their hopes of defending their NL East title.
  I think most of you would agree that the Phillies’ chances are significantly diminished if Hamels doesn’t get it back relatively soon. Or does anyone believe that, say, Joe Blanton or 46-year-old Jamie Moyer is going to pick up all the slack?

  ♣ Slimmer slugger: Brian McCann’s three doubles Friday night (one on a popup lost in the lights) raised the svelte Braves catcher’s slugging percentage to an even 1.000 before Saturday, tied with Hanley Ramirez and Joey Votto for the National League lead.

 

Mac's off to fast start

Mac has fast start

  McCann is 0-for-6 against lefties, but he’s killing righties — 6-for-9 with three doubles, two homers, five RBI, for a .667 average and 1.667 slugging percentage that are both the majors’ leaders in those categories (hey, it’s too early to matter a whole lot, but it’s still interesting to note).
  Even with his 0-for against lefties, McCann still ranks fourth in the NL in OPS at 1.444.
  But the Braves are scheduled to face two lefty starters Saturday (John Lannan) and Sunday (Scott Olsen) in the last two games of their series with the Nationals.

 

A few numbers
 • The Washington Nationals lost Friday for the 17th time in their past 20 games dating to last September. It was their eighth consecutive defeat, including the last four games of 2008. Of their past three wins, two were against the Mets in September meltdown mode. The other was against Florida.
  • The Braves led the NL with nine homers through four games, after finishing with the third-fewest homers (130) in the National League last season. Only the Rockies had a higher slugging percentage than the Braves through Friday.
 • Left-handed hitter Kelly Johnson was 3-for-8 with a homer against lefties and 2-for-10 with four strikeouts against righties through Friday. Last season he hit .333 against lefties (second-highest in majors for a lefty hitter) and .270 vs. right-handers.
 • Lefty Scott Olsen, the Nats’ scheduled Sunday starter, is 1-8 with a 5.81 ERA in his past 13 starts. In 10 starts against the Braves, he’s 2-4 with a 6.52 ERA. Chipper Jones is 12-for-21 with two homers against him, Diaz is 8-for-18 with three homers, and McCann is 5-for-18 with two homers.
 • Rafael Soriano and Jeff Bennett had 0.00 ERAs in two innings apiece before Saturday, while six other Braves relievers had ERAs of 5.40 or higher.

 

“WORKIN’ MAN BLUES” by Merle Haggard

It’s a big job just gettin’ by with nine kids and a wife
I been a workin’ man dang near all my life
I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I’ll drink my beer in a tavern,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

I keep my nose on the grindstone, I work hard every day
Might get a little tired on the weekend, after I draw my pay
But I’ll go back workin, come Monday morning I’m right back with the crew
I’ll drink a little beer that evening,
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain’t never been on welfare, that’s one place I won’t be
Cause I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer in a tavern
Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Sometimes I think about leaving, do a little bummin around
I wanna throw my bills out the window catch a train to another town
But I go back working I gotta buy my kids a brand new pair of shoes
Yeah drink a little beer in a tavern,
Cry a little bit of these working man blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me
I ain’t never been on welfare, that’s one place I won’t be
Cause I’ll be working long as my two hands are fit to use
I drink a little beer in a tavern
Sing a little bit of these working man blues
Yeah drink a little beer in a tavern,
Cry a little bit of these working man blues

 

743 comments Add your comment

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
6:14 pm

Forgot to ask if anyone watched the Rescue Me season premiere. Outstanding. Watched it on the DVR this morning. Oh, and what’s going to happen to Jack on 24? Something tells me the experimental cure for his disease will work….

Tonight’s Braves lineup
1. Johnson, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Francoeur, RF
6. Diaz, LF
7. Kotchman, 1B
8. Schafer, CF
9. Kawakami, RH (in his official major league debut)

Bob

April 11th, 2009
6:16 pm

McFann ;Ô;

April 11th, 2009
6:17 pm

(hey, it’s too early to matter a whole lot, but it’s still interesting to note).

Never too early to matter! (OK, maybe sometimes…)

Hope he and the Braves give y’all a good show tonight. I’ll talk to ya tomorrow–maybe…don’t get your hopes up… :P

Arizona Brave

April 11th, 2009
6:19 pm

How many bullpen disasters until we push the panic button?

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
6:21 pm

DOB-

also just finished watching Rescue Me…was typically brilliant- far and away one of the best shows on television

Smyrna Jim

April 11th, 2009
6:24 pm

Thanks, DOB – as for 24, as long as Jack’s experimental cure means a return by Elisha Cuthbert, I hope Agent Walker has already put the call in.

Frank from KS

April 11th, 2009
6:24 pm

Good song choice DOB. Old country is the best (50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s), IMO. Country is my main most favorite music to listen to….with 50’s & 60’s rock & roll being #2.

Today’s country is not country tho. It’s more pop than anything. I can just bet Roy Acuff is rolling around in his grave by the way the country music scene is today.

PWHjort

April 11th, 2009
6:27 pm

Once our bullpen gets going we’ll be alright. (I hope).

BlawgDawg

April 11th, 2009
6:28 pm

DOB…I watched the Rescue Me premiere on my DVR today as well. Great show. Noticed as I was fast forwarding through the commercials that Sons of Anarchy is scheduled to come back in the fall, more good news there.

buzzmeat

April 11th, 2009
6:29 pm

well of course DOB, you can not kill jack bauer (even though i am still predicting he dies in the last episode EVER of 24.)

Kurdt Kobain

April 11th, 2009
6:31 pm

It was good to see Jorge Campillo recover from his part in Wednesday’s disaster to pitch a solid 10th last night. So there’s one guy who’s maybe figured it out. Waiting on Moylan, Boyer, and Bennett now.

vabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
6:33 pm

DOB pretty sure both soriano and gonzo worked one inning a piece not .2 for soriano and 1.1 for gonzo

Chop Chop

April 11th, 2009
6:35 pm

I’d like to see New York Rangers LW Sean Avery make a guest appearance on 24 as Kim Bauer’s pimp. That would be fun.

Mitchell

April 11th, 2009
6:36 pm

DOB, you watched Rescue Me on DVR… this morning?

The fact that you were doing anything before noon is incredible to me. You sir are one of a kind. I stayed til the end and didn’t get up until 1pm.

But then I’m pathetic and don’t write an award winning blog on the world’s greatest baseball team.

Oh, I’m just full of it today.

booger1

April 11th, 2009
6:36 pm

The game last night was awesome… I really hope fans are as excited all season as they were last night. I’ve never been to a game when the Tomahawk Chop wasn’t half-heartedly being done and only when the music was on. We did it alll night. It was a good crowd!

Except when people booed Blaine (and even Peter a little bit). That wasn’t cool…

James Sunderland

April 11th, 2009
6:37 pm

What’s with all the tiny, low-resolution pictures you always post on the blog?

JEB

April 11th, 2009
6:39 pm

DOB

Looking over the last blog (over 2300 posts) I couldn’t help but remember it was just last summer when 1000 would blow up the blog.
That was a rare event also! (as it grew it got to be more regular)
It’s amazing how this blog has grown!

Congratulations DOB! It’s a tribute to your regular work and time of not just throwing a story out for others to chew up and throw thoughts around – but to your constant touch of being involved with your work and the denizens of the blog.
DOB you are the one who makes this thing work so well – a real attribute to the AJC – I hope they know that!

Mitchell

April 11th, 2009
6:39 pm

So DOB, for once and for all… is Katy Temple really gone?

I mean don’t get me wrong, I love Fred Hickman just as much as the next fella but, well I don’t know.

Maybe they could throw a wig on Brian Jordan.

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
6:46 pm

wow- jonathan papelbon getting hit hard in anaheim in the 9th

C's

April 11th, 2009
6:47 pm

JEB – Well said. And I agree. It’s really cool having him on here and dedicating so much of his time to keeping us all so well informed.

Kudos Dave!

matty

April 11th, 2009
6:53 pm

What’s with people actually givin a crap about what the resoultion of the pictures on the blog are?

f.n.hale

April 11th, 2009
6:55 pm

Anyone else here think it’s maybe a little paranoid for players to cover their mouths with their gloves when they talk? I mean, are there really teams out there trying to read their lips?

cabravesfan – watching Papelbon struggling, but he or someone of his ilk would sure look good coming out for the Braves in the 9th. Not complaining about how Wren allocated his money but it was sure nice when Smoltz was on top of his game and you could relax when he came in the game.

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:01 pm

f.n. hale-

totally agree about Papelbon (and Smoltz)- that is why I was so suprised to see him struggle- he is not looking sharp at all

bravos2249

April 11th, 2009
7:02 pm

good to see Marc Fein

f.n.hale

April 11th, 2009
7:07 pm

What a duel? Pap goes up 2 & 0 on Kendrick who fouls off 7 straight before lining out hard to Baldelli to end the game. Drama

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:08 pm

That was a terrific at bat by Kendrick…too bad he could’nt get that run in

Frankie Knuckles

April 11th, 2009
7:10 pm

For anyone who has Dish and lives somewhat close to DC ( its 5 hours north of myself ) channel 432 or MASN is hosting the game. You just have to deal with Nats announcers

Heath (Cleveland)

April 11th, 2009
7:11 pm

Here we go….let’s see how this game goes.

UcantCLA

April 11th, 2009
7:12 pm

Hey DOB, did anyone tell Peachtree TV to keep thier HD feed on past 1am? Thats when it cut off last night.
Also being a huge music fan is their any chance you can list the Starters Batting Songs, its hard to hear over TV. Obviously Chipper has Crazy Train remix by Trick Daddy, and it sounds like McCann is coming out to Young Jeezy’s I Put on for my City.

Smyrna Jim

April 11th, 2009
7:14 pm

Does anyone out there need play-by-play? I’m not dying to do it, but I’ll help out if necessary. (Two fly outs, BTW)

f.n.hale

April 11th, 2009
7:17 pm

cabravesfan, I guess you’ve seen a lot of Garret Anderson. Do you think he’s still got something in the tank? I know it’s early and a lot of guys start slow, but so far I ain’t impressed.

JasonInFL (Formerly ME)

April 11th, 2009
7:18 pm

throw strikes!!!

Heath (Cleveland)

April 11th, 2009
7:18 pm

…wasn’t KK supposed to be Maddux-like with his control? These two walks don’t seem to show that.

Poorjeff

April 11th, 2009
7:19 pm

2 walks, here we good again…= 1 run

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:19 pm

Give him a break, first game in the bigs.

Salamander

April 11th, 2009
7:19 pm

almost a nice play at home right there.

Jeff321

April 11th, 2009
7:19 pm

Frenchy’s throw to the plate was lined up but weak.. What happened to that cannon? He must be saving it for later, eh.

Bobby's Cox

April 11th, 2009
7:20 pm

KK couldn’t find the plate that inning. Struggled locating the fastball and the curve looked very hittable. Long looping curve with no sharp break to it. Not impressed so far, but KK needs to relax. Looks like he’s anxious and is overthrowing a bit.

Heath (Cleveland)

April 11th, 2009
7:21 pm

Hasn’t our pitching staff seen first-hand that bases on balls is their biggest nemisis? Sheesh.

Frankie Knuckles

April 11th, 2009
7:22 pm

Bobby's Cox

April 11th, 2009
7:22 pm

His fastball actually looked very maddux like to Milledge. Didn’t look good after that to the next 4 hitters.

Rob from SC

April 11th, 2009
7:22 pm

Kelly needs to swing the bat

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:22 pm

f.n. hale-

Yeah, I do think he’s got something left. He’s not a power hitter, obviously, but he can still swing it. He’s kinda Chipper lite- can hit to all fields, will pop maybe 15 HR, knows how to do the little things. I think you will see that soon (hopefully). And I know some have questioned his demeanor but that is the way he’s always been. He’s not a real “rah-rah” guy, kinda quiet, not real emotional…just goes out and plays

Bobby's Cox

April 11th, 2009
7:23 pm

It’s going to be a long year at the Ted. The attendance looks week for the opening home stand. We might have to lower payroll next year.

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:25 pm

wow, not chipper like

nolie

April 11th, 2009
7:26 pm

AS a former catcher I gotta say McCann probably cost the Braves that run. Why he was so far away from home is a mystery to me. And can nobody on this staff throw strikes? Geeeze.

Smyrna Jim

April 11th, 2009
7:27 pm

Wow, 2nd home game, and we’re worried about how attendance will affect next year’s payroll. This must be the Braves’ blog.

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:28 pm

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

April 11th, 2009
7:28 pm

Nolie, you are correct. McCann failed to block the plate as the throw did beat the runner. Poor set up from our catcher cost us a run.

UcantCLA

April 11th, 2009
7:28 pm

There’s a K. It was one inning, let him settle down. Hudson usually started rough too.

Bobby's Cox

April 11th, 2009
7:29 pm

Wow, KK ate up Kearns. Seems like it’s going to be all about location for KK. If his location is on like it is so far this 2nd inning, he’s going to be tough to hit.

Frankie Knuckles

April 11th, 2009
7:30 pm

I wonder how Easter weekend is affecting attendance tonight.

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:30 pm

man the movement on that thing is crazy

Poorjeff

April 11th, 2009
7:31 pm

KK will come around. I’m not on his case, just relax and throw strikes. He’s got a good mix from 68 to 91 mph.

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:31 pm

Struck out Flores on that 68-mph curveball

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:31 pm

that sweeping curve thingy Kawakami throws is nasty looking

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:32 pm

Got behind in count 2-0 on Harris with a couple of 91-mph fastballs that just missed the mark, then throws an 89-mph fastball that Harris pulls to RF for a two-out single.

Jeff321

April 11th, 2009
7:32 pm

McCann moved up so much because he saw the throw was short. And I’m sure y’all remember when he got injured from a throw up the right field line from Frenchy. (Even though his throw was right on the line, but short.)

Smyrna Jim

April 11th, 2009
7:33 pm

I think I used to hit 68 on the radar gun in slow pitch softball. (Note: attempted humor, not a whack at KK). Great inning!

THE BEAR Illegitimi non carborundum

April 11th, 2009
7:33 pm

ANOTHER HEADS UP.

If you want to listen to the game just click this link and then pick your station. I’ve gotten every game and it is a perfectly clear broadcast. Sure beats a station coming in with noises and fade outs. And being through the internet anyone in the world can listen to the games.

http://gateway.andohs.net/player/?sid=3058&nid=2920

The peanut gallery

April 11th, 2009
7:35 pm

Nice job there in the 2nd. Maybe he’s settling in.

Judging by what I can tell about the attendance on tv, it actually looked like there were more people there at 1 a.m. this morning than are there now.

Mississippi Tim

April 11th, 2009
7:35 pm

maybe KK was just nervous.

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

April 11th, 2009
7:35 pm

Kawakami’s fastball is just a bit off. But he has that slow curve working. Three k’s in the second, he looks good so far even though the Japanese pitcher doesn’t seem to have his best stuff so far.

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:36 pm

take a freeking pitch jeff, my god

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:37 pm

Bobby’s Cox, attendance surely will be down this year, and probably will be at most ballparks. However, you shouldn’t draw any conclusions based on the size of the second-day crowd, which is usually down quite a bit from opening-day crowds in most places. Just because if people are going to attend one game in a series, they’re going to want to be at opening day. You know what I mean? Especially against a team like Washington, you’re going to see a big falloff in the second and third day crowds after opening night.

But again, I do agree with you that attendance is likely to dip this season. Last night’s crowd, by the way, was 48,327 — at least in terms of tix sold. And tell you what, I was shocked by how many stuck it out through that epic rain delay. If I was here as a fan, I don’t think I would have stayed through a two-hour delay in chilly, rainy weather.

BLOG POLICE

April 11th, 2009
7:38 pm

THE BEAR Illegitimi non carborundum; Stop posting links to illegal activities.

Arizona Brave

April 11th, 2009
7:39 pm

If only Frenchy had the plate discipline Diaz just showed.

f.n.hale

April 11th, 2009
7:40 pm

cabravesfan

Yeah, I’m not one of those worried about attitude. I think that’s never been an issue, but sometimes the talent just seems to drop off the table with some guys.

Smyrna Jim

April 11th, 2009
7:41 pm

The Kotchmeister, making copies – I mean, nice single to center!

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:41 pm

nice hit, kotch

Bobby's Cox

April 11th, 2009
7:41 pm

DOB,

Never thought about it that way (2nd/3rd games after home opener). That makes sense.

I was surprised how many people stuck around last night too…. I’m just a little surprised more people aren’t there to see KK in his 1st start…

Arizona Brave

April 11th, 2009
7:41 pm

2-out rbi’s get you to heaven, Logan.

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

vabravesfan: You’re right, and I was right too, in my story and blog last night. They made a mistake in the Braves boxscore and play-by-play, which they corrected later. But when I was doing the blog this afternoon, I went off the box score and play-by-play that was handed out last night, which has Gonzo coming in to face Dunn for third out in eighth. Even though I didn’t remember that being the order of events, and even though I clearly remembered them playing Gonzo’s introduction music and video thing before the ninth inning.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I went and checked to make sure I (and you) remember it correctly, and was told that yes, it was an error in the original box that got fixed later.

Smyrna Jim

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

Kurdt Kobain

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

Schafer is a beast.

Jeff321

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

Ya gotta love Schafer’s speed.

Bobby's Cox

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

Wow…Schafer’s quick..beat Lannan to the bag

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

Way to hustle down the line Jordan Schafer!

RHR

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

About those 2300 comment on yesterdays blog. I think I was responsible for about 300 of those myself under various names. Sorry DOB, late night buzz and my ability to be easily entertained are to blame. I need to hide my laptop and my phone after my 4th drink. I’ll try to shut up tonight.

NICE hustle by Logan!

Tokyo Bravo

April 11th, 2009
7:42 pm

Gaaar! Three channels showing baseball here this morning, and all of them are the same durned Baltimore – Tampa Bay tilt! Is it too much to ask to see that Kawakami curveball on one stinkin’ channel?!?

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:43 pm

too much to ask for kawakami to hit a grand slam?

Arizona Brave

April 11th, 2009
7:43 pm

Let’s see if KK can swing the bat.

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:44 pm

f.n.hale-

It is, of course, entirely possible that Garret won’t be the same guy he has been with the Angels, but I think he will be fine

Arizona Brave

April 11th, 2009
7:46 pm

DOB,

How long till we see Bobby put (Logan) Schafer higher up in the order?

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:46 pm

Mitchell, yes, she’s gone (from the broadcast; she was actually here yesterday, doing some work for another channel or something; I’ll check for you)

BlawgDawg, saw those Sons commercials when fastforwarding, as well. Can’t wait for season two of that great show.

booger1

April 11th, 2009
7:46 pm

BECAUSE I’m a fan I stuck it out in the two-hour delay in chilly, rainy weather, DOB! :)

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:49 pm

Mitchell, I’m told Katy was out here doing some work for CSS. Don’t know if she’s on there on a regular basis now, or just contributing occasionally.

Stephen

April 11th, 2009
7:50 pm

not a very good pitch

David O'Brien

April 11th, 2009
7:50 pm

Zimmerman just cleaned Kawakami’s clock. First-pitch, two-run bomb, 3-0 Nats lead.

Mississippi Tim

April 11th, 2009
7:50 pm

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:50 pm

Can anyone tell me who is doing commentary with Joe?

OldBravesBag

April 11th, 2009
7:51 pm

I think it’s Mark Fine….

Heath (Cleveland)

April 11th, 2009
7:51 pm

oy…3-0…already behind the 8-ball. On the bright side, we don’t have to worry about the bullpen giving up the lead/game.

Stewart

April 11th, 2009
7:51 pm

I would pretty much forgive Kawakami for anything that happens in this game. It’s his first real game in a new country. Baseball is baseball, but he’s got to have some jitters.

OldBravesBag

April 11th, 2009
7:52 pm

Oops..Marc Fein…sorry…

Poorjeff

April 11th, 2009
7:52 pm

cabravesfan..Its better on Radio!!

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

April 11th, 2009
7:52 pm

Belt high fastball right in Zimmerman’s wheelhouse. 3-0 Nationals

nolie

April 11th, 2009
7:54 pm

AS I said B4 my baseball friend who lives in Japan now says he thinks Kawakami is gonna struggle over here. His last couple of outings have not been impressive. I hope he can pick it up some.

cabravesfan

April 11th, 2009
7:55 pm

Thanks OldBravesBag!

Poorjeff-

wasn’t complaining, just didn’t know who it was…and I don’t get the games on radio out here:)

N8

April 11th, 2009
7:55 pm

Stewart, I’d agree with you. But he’s 34 years old, and there’s nobody in the stands, and he’s pitching for a 4th place team.

The only question remaining, is when does Tommy Hanson come up, and how/why is he brought up? Glavine (or anybody else) injury? Or because Kawakami’s curveball could fool Japanese hitters, but not MLB hitters?

I’m gonna go with Hanson replacing Kawakami in the rotation before May is up. Maybe sooner.

Maybe he’s nervous, maybe not. But from the spring innings I saw, and this outing, I’m not impressed.

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