1:46 pm April 19, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 19th, 20093:32 pm
Well, that Dave Ross sure isn’t a Corky Miller! And he plays better defense too, eh.
How badly did the guys need a game like this??
Yep, I just had to write about the power outage, and it took care of itself.
Ross crushed that ball. Braves up 11-0.
Ross…home run 10-0
David Ross with the pop off the bench. Good D and some pop. That’s what you want out of a backup catcher.
this feels really good, 10-0 baby, 3 run bomb by ross
I just called that bomb!!!!
April 19th, 20093:33 pm
Nice Homer By Ross, The Ball is Carrying well to left, I didn’t think that had the juice…And Again Thank Gawd For those 4ft Walls!
David Ross was a very underrated acquistion…Nice, beats the Hell out of Dorky Miller
Need to put a 22 spot on the board like the Indians.
April 19th, 20093:34 pm
cabravesfan – Real bad!
Oh yeah, and I know Bobby is very very stubborn and overly loyal to a fault but is Kelly to LF and Prado to 2nd starting to make more sense. Haven’t seen a lot of talk about it but I haven’t reviewed all the pages either.
Again I would have done this a long time ago but it seems that now this may be a wise move for Atlanta to get them jump started.
i think it was just the low wall that let it get out…
Shafer Back To Earth
Ross can hit the ball as far as any guy in baseball!
Nice to have someone who the opposition has to respect his “authority” with the bat if Mac is sitting. Didn’t have that with Corky, Sammons, Todd Pratt and the other cast of characters who have filled the backup catcher job the last few years.
April 19th, 20093:35 pm
Stay hot Frenchy!! I’m a believer
Shafer had to get his K, but good overall day for the youngster.
April 19th, 20093:36 pm
Just a guess here… but I bet that with a new leg injury, Garret is headed to the DL, and Brandon Jones will come up to play a straight platoon with Diaz in LF.
I knew it I knew it I knew it.
I flat out knew it. My brother used to always get mad at me when I would predict a homerun because if one was hit I’d think I had something to do with it.
I eventually realized that I was often right not because I have supernatural powers, it was just we were good back then and hit a lot of homeruns. Unlike now. However my brother is still and a-hole and strictly a Falcons fan so he can suck it cause I f***in’ called that one!
David Ross. That’s my dawg right there.
Bill in VA
I always wait ’till an insurmountable lead by the Bravos & then I sneak out to buy a bottle of celebritory vino, for the post game show!! Be back soon.
April 19th, 20093:37 pm
I actually liked Todd Pratt when he was here, I thought he called good games, but he was a non-factor with the bat…And BTW I still want McDowell gone, just because we are winning finally doesn’t change that…The fire the MGMT posts will be back when we lose next…
Get Ready folks here comes the Blow-pen! Noooo, Not Moylan…!
Why is Vazquez coming out of the game??????????
April 19th, 20093:38 pm
Holy cow…I miss 2 Braves games over the weekend, and this is what they do? Either destroy or get destroyed? How about a medium, Braves…
Loaf Garret dreaming on a blackberry in the clubhouse
10 runs up in the 7th and the bullpen takes the ball …. we don’t have to worry about this one at all, right guys?
Rub it in Bill in VA. That would be illegal down in these parts on a Sunday afternoon.
I’m not talking about healthly as in no shoulder problems im talking about if he didn’t start the year on the DL. If Smoltz didn’t start the year on the DL, whose to say he wouldn’t be back on it more than once. If he was with us we’d have him and Glavine like last year having to worry if they were going to even make the next couple of starts. With Vazquez you get the same type stuff, not the same person, he strikes out a lot and he throws strikes and he won’t always go nine.
April 19th, 20093:39 pm
Did someone on this blog say they would rather have Diaz as a hitter than Prado? Really? Wow! Hope Bobby isn’t thinking like that.
This should have been a sweep.
Why is Peter Moylan pitching GD it!?
Good start for Vazquez — six innings, five hits, no runs, one walk, eight strikeouts. Threw 78 strikes in 91 pitches.
But its early.......LOL(Doc H.)
April 19th, 20093:40 pm
Is there any difference on this teams performance when you bench kj and yunel and play infante and prado?
Bill in VA
Why not just drink the stash you bought for the Philly fiasco?
Sorry All, but I was exaggerating… Still I’d rather see Moylan work in AAA til Many and then bring him up once he’s at 100 percent…
rob from sc
April 19th, 20093:42 pm
Heyward just homered for MB. Hanson 3ER in 4.2 innings. 95 pitches
boys are throwing strikes today. That’s what we need our pullpen to do all the time. They keep this up, and that ERA might just drop down to respectible.
April 19th, 20093:43 pm
How can anyone not be impressed with a Starting Pitcher whose struck out 25 in 3 games….and it’s not like it’s against horrible players either….horrible team maybe, but the players are solid.
This Should’ve been a sweep, I’m proud of our starters, among tops in the league as far as stats…After 2 weeks we have the best overall rotation in the League I think…The Blow-pen is exactly what it has been…
Offense has been very inconsistant, Feast or Famine so far…
April 19th, 2009
Bill in VA
Why not just drink the stash you bought for the Philly fiasco?
LOL that’s what I was thinkin!
April 19th, 20093:44 pm
He makes Ryan Klesko seem fleet-footed out there. (N8)
that makes sense since he obviously still has leg issues.
April 19th, 20093:45 pm
78/91. Wow. 86% is a very, very high ratio. If Vazquez can teach the rest of our pitchers to throw strikes like that we’ll have a very good season. (I’m hoping he rubs off on them, not that they throw 86% strikes, that’s way too high).
Okay fine. I love(d) Peter Moylan just as much as the next fella but do we remember what happened the last time Vasquez left the game with a big lead in the 6th inning?
Could he not have just gone one more? I mean if Moylan is gonna suddenly start to resemble his former self after some truly horrible outings, that’s one thing. Let’s just go easy on the bullpen before it’s starts falling apart again.
April 19th, 20093:46 pm
Can Vasquez even bear to watch the rest of this game? “10 run lead… that’s enough, right?”
Poor guy needs a win. He’s deserved a couple.
I think you guys are referring to the “Philly Phiasco”
Deal of the year, David Ross and Vazquez. Great to see back up players coming through. What a blessing to see the sun shine on Braves today.
Really believe if bull pen was better and one more power hitter, Braves would kick some a@@.
Nolie who in your opinion is the one Star are player the Braves depend on the most. Player to build around?
There’s my laser line drive from Omar.
April 19th, 20093:49 pm
benching a player cause he’s late for signing autographs for little league players and fining him $ 500
April 19th, 20093:50 pm
Man I’m Lobbying to Rest Chipper in a blowout game…Rest his hand and I don’t want to see him get hurt anymore, especially on these damp conditions…
Chop It Up All-star
April 19th, 20093:51 pm
I gave the Braves a hard time yesterday (and they deserved it), but I really have to give them credit for coming back today and putting together a complete performance. I still don’t know who or what this team is, but hopefully this game leads to something positive in Washington and Cincy.
Wayne in Utah
N8 (and others talking about Prado)
I like Prado’s bat, and his glove is no worse than average at second. Not much at first, but he can play it.
If the Braves (huge if) were to move KJ to left, and put Prado in at second on a regular basis, we would need another GOOD backup infielder. I really don’t think we have one. With Chipper missing some time, from time to time, we are really screwed if another infielder goes down, like what has currently happened to Escobar.
(is Ryan Freel available???)
April 19th, 20093:52 pm
From what I’ve read, Dukes was routinely late for team meetings, and always the last guy to the park on game days. I don’t know too much about it, but got a feeling he’s getting a lot of mileage out of the charity thing for the latest late arrival, which is apparently one of many.
Yeah we need Chipper in the lineup. He comes back today and the offense comes alive finally.
Then again, who do we bring in for him? Infante and Prado are already in the game.
nolie, there is a reason that the Angels used Anderson as a DH often. That’s all I’m saying.
Injury or no injury, being on the field he is hurting the team. There are certain guys (like Chipper) that NEED to be on the field.
A guy at the tail end of his career that isn’t considered a leader on this team (Anderson), has nothing to offer if he’s not healthy.
One might say that Brandon Jones could do what Anderson is doing for us right now. And with Anderson not being healthy, it’s complete insanity to have him active.
Wren HAD to sign LF to please the fans crying for it. When in the end, keeping Josh Anderson, and finding some combination between the four outfielders (along with Infante being the 5th OF), probably would have been the better option.
April 19th, 20093:53 pm
Really believe if bull pen was better and one more power hitter, Braves would kick some a@@. 7
Really? That’s it? Just those two, little, easy to fix things? Why not throw in motorcycles for the outfielders too?
April 19th, 20093:54 pm
Thought Matty had a granny when that came off the bat.
April 19th, 20093:55 pm
Great game, but perhaps we might could save a few for the next series?
Matty just missed a Grand Salami to deep LC. The SF will work. French really crushed one further for the 3rd out. Good game French!
Come on bullpen. Step up and follow Vazquez & Moylan’s lead
April 19th, 20093:56 pm
Jeff Bennett . . . Oh the Humanity!
April 19th, 20093:58 pm
Going to the 9th in Philly – are the Padres going to hand on and sweep the Phils? Wow!
I think that was Lastings but either way they also threatened to send Dukes to the minors
Hand = hang.
Our pen is awful, Im not sure an 11 run lead is safe. If we plan on competing this year moves will have to be made in this area…regardless of how they do against the bucs today.
Again, with this bullpen. I’ve got to question NOT leaving Vazquez in for an inning. It’s not like there’s an off day tomorrow and the pen needs work.
I’m at a loss for words about Cox’s handling of the pen.
GD you Joe Simpson, “Got give Jeff Bennett credit for only giving up 1 earned run.” What about all of the inherited runs the sob has allowed. He stinks. Only good for mop up at this point.
That guy with the pacifier!
ok, it’s pretty funny when you’re winning.
April 19th, 20093:59 pm
Opponents are hitting .462 against me for the season.
April 19th, 20094:00 pm
Marlins are losing too…..in the 7th.
Jeff Bennett on my IPod on the mound
April 19th, 20094:01 pm
(This message sent via Ipod)
Only our Blow-pen could do that, Glad This wasn’t a close game…Reminded me of the Eddie Perez throw to first in 1999….
April 19th, 20094:02 pm
Relax Jeff. forcryin’outloud!
April 19th, 20094:03 pm
Garret gets injured again when he FINALLY starts playing like Garret Anderson Should. Man the Braves like injuries dont they??
Since every Braves loss is either Bobby or TP’s fault, is it because of them that we’re up 11-0 today? Based on the logic many on here use, I would assume so. Let’s hope today’s power surge gets the Bravos on a roll.
April 19th, 20094:04 pm
way to save your arse Bennett.
Looks like Bennett is still chewing on the moon pie and RC cola he had before he began the inning. Perhaps that is why he is starting to pudge out, again. Could you have made a more incompetent toss to 1B? Douche!
Thankfully, Bennett did not cost the Braves the shutout.
Nate from NCState
April 19th, 20094:05 pm
Shutout preserved! So far…
April 19th, 20094:06 pm
spotts, they may already have them smart ass.
April 19th, 20094:07 pm
N8, maybe BC sees today as a confidence building opportunity for our struggling bullpen.. Gameday says 98 pitches for Javier (though DOB said 91 earlier)…
bravos2249 … maybe so. I do get those guys, Dukes, Milledge, and Dale Murphy, mixed up sometimes LOL. Sorry if I mis-stated.
April 19th, 20094:11 pm
Looks like Schafer just dropped his first major league lip-sync f-bomb. His season of firsts continues.
April 19th, 20094:12 pm
Definitely not his first:)
Kudos to TP and Bobby. They burnt the midnight oil studying videotape and analyzing statistics on the computer. By game time they had a concise powerpoint presentation all ready for the team meeting where they laid out the startegy and plan of attack that lead to today’s offensive onslaught.
Amazing how the whole tone of the blog changes from day-to-day, huh? Yesterday we had the worst team in history, but today everyone is just mildly pessimistic. I’ll take it.
April 19th, 20094:13 pm
well I do know Dukes did some stuff, but I have no clue what. The only thing he did this year was showing up late from that charity event.
That was a pretty good outing for Bennett, honestly. He got what amounts to 4 outs but completely mishandled the weakly hit tapper to the mound. And he didn’t pay for it in the end because he handled the next two batters so well. If it wasn’t for that gross error I’d have said he had an awesome outing. Though it is the Pirates.
April 19th, 20094:14 pm
G A – what happened to you this time?? would you please quit milking that quad you dumb loaf
Nolie who in your opinion is the one Star are player the Braves depend on the most. Player to build around? (7)
Hopefully this year will give us a better idea.
Mac of course if he can stay healthy at catcher and his eyes are ok. Johnson has great potential if he can become a little less streaky. Escobar is very solid though I don’t see him as quite as great as some do. Schafer is toolsy as can be, I have some question about how his skills will develop but he has a lot of up-side. I have also been very impressed with Frenchy so far this year. I like the new approach and dedication so far. If he can keep his hitting up and play good D at a lower weight and add his arm and you might have a solid RFer though I’m guessing never as good as the original predictions. Thats a pretty solid base if they prove out this season. Add Heyward & Freeman by 2011 and that could end up being a very strong home-grown line up. Pitching like always is much more of a questionmark IMO. It can be hard to judge the minor league pitchers if you don’t see them regularly since the parks are all pitcher-friendly. I haven’t gotten to see the young guns nearly enough to feel qualified to make any predictions.
One thing. If the economy improves and the Phils and Mets are willing to outspend us by a lot, we might develop a pretty good team that has a limited chance to really win any streaks again. Hope not.
April 19th, 20094:15 pm
I agree with all of the posts in reference to “it being too early to press the panic button”, BUT there are clear signs that need to be addressed RIGHT NOW! If Bobby thinks that things will just “work themselves out”, then we will be in 4th place with very little chance of recovery. The challenge with Bobby is this, it’s not “the Braves of old” anymore (that had enough veteran talent/winners/proven commodities for him to take a “sit back metality”). Bobby is no longer suited this type of team, what I mean by that is we need a young, aggressive manager, that can do more with less. A manager that will not waiver on making tough decisions with veterans and put the best players on the field for success. It’s time for change.
April 19th, 20094:16 pm
bravos2249 … well, I don’t really want to go into his personal history, but he definitely does have one. But he may be a model player this year. I really did get the two guys mixed up and don’t mean to rag on some guy who doesn’t have it coming.
2 outs, but my boy Parr here is due to give up a run.
The Tone of the Blog is set…We should’ve swept the Pirates but take one…and We should take 2 of three from the Nats. This Feast or famine offense will determine that…
The next loss because of the Blow-pen I’m still gonna be calling out Roger McDowell…
Hate to see the Phils get that win – spoiled a good pitching performance by Jody Geer. I guess Heath Bell wasn’t available after pitching the past three games in a row.
Cabravesfan: duly noted. First one I’ve seen – guess there have been others.
April 19th, 20094:17 pm
What can I take for my Bulova sores? Hurry, because time is flying.
April 19th, 20094:18 pm
Parr is showing that good stuff
Good grief. The Braves hold an 11-0 lead on a lazy Sunday afternoon and you feel compelled to bitch about the manager? Enjoy a win. Why call for heads 12 games in?
The irrationality of fans is unreal.
April 19th, 20094:19 pm
nolie, there is a reason that the Angels used Anderson as a DH often. That’s all I’m saying. (N8)
sure Nate I agree. he has never been a great defender and he is getting worse. Just saying that he looks even worse than normal now since I think the leg has been a continuing problem.. I’d like to see them DL him and bring Jones up.
7 – I meant for the outfield
April 19th, 20094:20 pm
The shutout is in jeopardy with 2 outs.
Parr just walked Monroe to load the bases.
Load’em up Parr. you think he spoils the shut out
Young Shaeffer was 3-3 in his last AB – popup to left fielder, the f word walking off the infield, and holding his crotch in the dugout. What’s next, picking his nose on camera?
Congratulations on giving up the shut out, you failure.
April 19th, 20094:21 pm
Boy, I am on the money today.
HBP scores a run for the Pirates. 11-1.
Nice Way to put one in the ribs to break up the shutout…!
No problem. I honestly didn’t know if you got him and Milledge mixed up…lol.
By the way I Blogged on here all the time last year and I forgot how, but how do you “bold” type..lol..it’s been long.
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