2:21 pm April 24, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 24th, 200910:41 pm
They call one curve a strike…one a ball…wow.
Wayne in Utah
Castle Dale, not often I hear of that town from non-Utahn’s!
April 24th, 200910:42 pm
Looks like Gonzo’s finally back on track
McFann: did you ever notice when BMac doesn’t play, he acts as the official batting helmet taker-offer for certain players?
I’ll say good night early, I know you’re out when the game is over. Don’t you know this is absolutely killing him. Let’s hope we have good “eye” news tomorrow.
Two out….good play by Gonzo…grab and lobs short to first. Casey makes a nice scoop.
Nolie, please, don’t do that to Chipper.
The Cobra is on tonight. Did I see a 95 mph heater in there?
Hairston pinch hits for Dickerson. Hits the ball right into Gonzo’s glove. Easy out at first. 2 down.
Need to blotto Votto to finish the game.
No TV tomorrow because of the conflict with FOX?
Macon Braves (RIP)
Agree with you about the Peaches and Music.
Along with Chipper and Furcal, I remember seeing Andruw at Luther Williams, you could tell with all three at that level that they were going to eventually make the show.
As a kid, I remember getting to play T-ball league games on the field (there would be like four games going on at one time around the outfield) when the Pirates had a minor league team there. The Macon Pirate players would actually serve as the umpires in the games. Very cool experience as a young baseball fan.
Run Heap Run
April 24th, 200910:43 pm
Wow at this strike zone.
I give up I dont know what a strike is anymore.
Goldenglove – me too. I’m hoping for Ziggy
2 out, c’mon Gonzo!
Wow. I’m an umpire for high school baseball and have been through training with some of the pro umps. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ump this inconsistent with his strike zone. I usually take up for the umps, because it is really a hard job, especially with balls being thrown so hard with so much movement and many close plays that are really just difficult to see, but this guy is pretty bad considering he’s a professional.
Gonzo just drained two strikes in there. 1-2.
LOL @ Hudson
That works for me!
Kim — Thanks.
At the risk of repeating another’s insight, I figure if Escobar had kept his cool and just taken his base after being plunked in the 3rd, the umpires would not have warned both teams that the next HBP would result in both the pitcher’s and manager’s ejection.
And then, Vazquez could have “accidentally” plunked Gonzalez in the 4th and struck out Volquez. Instead, Gonzalez singled in the tying run with 2 on and 2 out.
Escobar needs to bring it down a notch — I hope the Braves’ Kangaroo Court makes an appropriate ruling on his behavior tonight.
April 24th, 200910:44 pm
Tell ya what…Gonzo looks like he might want that closer’s role, doesn’t he?
Blaine Boyer, the Lead Destroyer
Strike out on Votto. 1-2-3 for Gonzo! Nice win.
Strike 3 called on a great bender. Braves win! Braves win!
Yeah Gonzo! Great Job. Man is he a different pitcher in the ninth inning or what?
YEAH BABY, that’s the Gonzo we’ve been waiting for !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rock ‘em & sock ‘em G!
GONZO = Nasty rocking back and forth …. awesome!
2 strikes, Gonzo looks good, trying to prove he can still be the closer, make that 3
YEAH!!! What a good game.
YEAH! Braves win!
Hey DOB, is Gonzo as cocky as he looks? Or is that just showmanship?
April 24th, 200910:45 pm
I hope I see some combination of Moylan, Soriano and Gonzalez about 40 times this year.
Three guys in the bullpen are coming around. Starting pitching is great…offense is horrendous…but if pitchers walk in runs…we can win some games, lol
Nice win. Talk at ya tomorrow…..
PS I am getting tired of hearing about Brett Favre talking about loving to mow his lawn!
Nice to see the patient at-bats tonight. Gotta think that’s what won the day.
April 24th, 200910:46 pm
Our rocking closer and three bullpen aces are starting to do the job. Those three elbows are feeling better!
and “Looky, looky, looky, here comes Cooky……”
I guess that’s all the happy birthday Chipper is gonna get.
Anyone want to mow my lawn? offering 20 bucks.
Now all Braves fans can relax and enjoy some Baseball Tonight with a smile on our faces.
Love the line….4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error versus 3 runs, 8 hits, 1 error. Braves don’t normally win games like that
think we can stop worrying about Gonzo
Gonzo hit 95-96 MPH four times in the last two ABs. That 85 MPH slider was filthy coming off of the heater to the last batter for the second K of the inning. Good Save Gonzo!
April 24th, 200910:47 pm
I’ll give Bobby some credit…he got some extra work for Gonzo…and he looked great tonight after having that extra work.
spotts …. I told you after the win against the Nats, when they walked us in a run with the bases loaded, that it still didn’t make up for that horrendous Phillie loss. This victory just got me a lot closer, to forgetting that disaster.
LOL @ Hudson,I say huddys gotta try that sway out.
That’s back-to-back one run wins on the road.
This is the kind of game that I expected the Braves to play this year. Low-scoring, mostly good defense, timely hitting (or walking).
April 24th, 200910:48 pm
Gonzo looked impressive tonight, Frenchy having two walks and a homer, and a win with four hits, wait when the rest of the sticks get going. Maybe some of our pitching mojo went down and hit the Marlins pen tonight!
Macon Braves – I’ve mixed concerts on that field. That count as playing?
Vintage Gonzo. Hit 95-96 on the gun with good location.
Jason Bay just hit a 2 out ninth inning HR off Mariano Rivera to tie the Yanks at 4-4.
I love mowing my lawn.
April 24th, 200910:49 pm
Bay just went yard on Mo yanks sox tied at 4 in the 9th
April 24th, 200910:50 pm
Another 1 run road win………now thats a team…
This what we had hoped for – being on the good side of a lot of 4-3 games – and turning games into six innimng affairs with the pen. Good job guys!
Mixxo–Sure it does, why not?!?!
April 24th, 200910:51 pm
An honest question. Don’t you feel a little silly with your last statement about Bobby doing a good job, after just an inning or so earlier, you were slamming him for bringing in Soriano first.
This is why sometimes it is best to just hold your tongue, or in this case, keyboard; and not make so many rash statements.
Telling you this not trying to be confrontational, but trying to get you to see how silly some of those posts sound to lots of us. Patience, my friend. Just let it come to you…..
April 24th, 200910:52 pm
I have noticed that…kinda funny. He and Timmy hung out together for almost the entire game, too.
Yeah, this is definitely killing him. You know he just hates it when he can’t play. Hoping for some goods news, ’cause this is so not optimal.
OK, headin’ out. Good win, boys! Keep it up!
April 24th, 200910:53 pm
We could just as easily go on a 5 game losing streak, but a win is good, especially on the road.
I think we needed to understand that the first few months of this season will be very trying at times, as this team figures itself out.
Where did you see 95 mph for the fastball and 85 for the breaking ball? SportSouth’s radar had him at 91 – 92 and 77 – 78.
April 24th, 200910:54 pm
Driver 8 – Your 10:46 post. Roger that – Baseball Tonight is a lot sweeter after a game like this. Here’s to many more this year.
April 24th, 200910:55 pm
Sounds like Mac is going to get his eye fixed…
What’s the spread on Chipper sitting tomorrow?
I hope McFann is still up!
I heard 92 was highest on the radio, but Gameday is usually spot on and he had many pitches at 94+
I think the one thing we have learned for sure about Gonzo is that he pitches his best in a save situation.
I’m glad they just replayed the McCann triple….that made my night
April 24th, 200910:57 pm
We drew 10 walks and scored 4 runs.
The Reds drew 3 walks and scored 3 runs.
I really hope we add a bat to this offense.
April 24th, 200910:58 pm
Bobby makes a lot of stupid moves..and made a lot of stupid moves in this game…but the extra work…for Gonzo…seems to have paid off for Gonzo…i was merely stating that it turned out to be a good move…after I questioning a lot of his moves. Nothing wrong with that.
Mark in PA
Well, the offense is still stink-o. Another qality start by Vasquez- more of the pitching not losing than the Braves beating them. (Frenchy, of course, being the exception). Not going to win two out of three in Cincy that way, I’ll bet.
Great to see two one-run road wins, though! The “O” is showing patience, esp. the bottom of the order, which is good. Hope that this is a sign of things turning around.
Heres the gameday link. You can see that they have him at 94-95. Its pretty reliable.
April 24th, 200910:59 pm
Me too, spotts. I didn’t think we were gonna get to see it. No matter what happens in his career, in 50 years that will still be my favorite McCann moment lol.
April 24th, 200911:00 pm
Vazquez get the win. and Gonzo a save? Cant remember if Javy has the lead?
leif garret anderson
April 24th, 200911:01 pm
I remember back in the 90’s when the pitching was better than the hitting….looks like that again. The question begs to be asked is our pitching better than our hitting?
April 24th, 200911:03 pm
Thanks for that link to GameDay. I was not questioning that you saw him at 95, just that the TV’s radar was showing 91 – 92. But that has to be knee buckling at whatever speed to see that breaking ball coming in 12 or 15 mph slower!
April 24th, 200911:06 pm
“The question begs to be asked is our pitching better than our hitting?” -LGA
How in Crap’s Parlor is that question begging to be asked? Do you mean, because nobody would ask it, it has to beg to be asked?
Do I dare exhale yet. FRANCOUER is hitting again. And KOTCHMAN too.
April 24th, 200911:08 pm
The first run for the Reds,,,was unearned because of the past ball? Someone explain that to me?
April 24th, 200911:09 pm
Sounds like Mac is going to get his eye fixed…
Yes, Clint is OTW to Cincy for tomorrow’s game.
It wasn’t a present ball.
April 24th, 200911:10 pm
How does that work?
April 24th, 200911:11 pm
The ball wasn’t present.
So McCann is going to have more Lasik?
April 24th, 200911:13 pm
How does it work?
Tex strikes out to end the inning on a 3-2 count with runners on second and third. Papelbon blew that one by him, high and hard. I thought it would have been a ball, walking him.
It’s very likely that McCann is going on DL tomorrow, and he made it sound like he’s decided to have the surgery. He wants to get this squared away now, he said, miss a couple of weeks and get back, rather than keep trying to fix it with contacts, etc.
Sammons has been called from Gwinnett. Again, it’s not definite yet, but sounds pretty close to definite. As Bobby said, he didn’t anticipate anything changing overnight. McCann sounds like, in his mind, he’s already decided to have Lasik.
April 24th, 200911:14 pm
MFin04, see this whole thing is a matter of who-knows-who… and then over here you have favortism…
why the hell is soriano in ????????
gonzo is not as hot as he is.
yup you know a lot. like a little cheese with that totally needless whine?
Good idea…for McCann he hasnt looked himself with the contacts…he looked like he was in pain in the dugout always squinting and stuff.
April 24th, 200911:15 pm
And now Atlanta’s own Nick Green of the Red Sox leads off the bottom of the tenth
“The first run for the Reds,,,was unearned because of the past ball? Someone explain that to me?” — MFin04
The PB, which really should have been scored a throwing error IMO, allowed the runner to get into scoring position (which he did).
keylargo what zephyr 8 said, MLB Gametracker. Typically, these are fairly accurate. Perhaps Cincy turned down the speed gun a bit for the Brave’s pitchers at the top of each inning to mess with their confidence.
What do you mean by that?
April 24th, 200911:16 pm
4-3 win on the road sounds like days of yore during the 14 year streak. And sure enough a trip to the boxscore showed the result. Pitching, pitching, pitching. three BB’s and 12 SO’s by BRAVES pitching. Nine BB’s and 10 SO’s for CINCINATI. And hits by KOTCHMAN and FRANCOUER.
April 24th, 200911:17 pm
Did the Braves seriously just win back to back one run road games?
I understand Johan Santana struck out ten Nationals batters to Vasquez’s nine. I wonder who will garner more time on SportsCenter. Sure, he got one more. Vasquez could strike out 20 batters and all they would do is talk about Santana.
Hey, Nick Green. A Red Sock. I did not know that. Former Brave. I wonder if Smoltz even remembers him.
Nick strikes out. At least I am simultaneously watching my DVR recording of “Festival Express” rockers touring Canada in 1970 from IFC channel and the late great Janis Japlin is singing about Casablanca
April 24th, 200911:18 pm
The guy was already on with a hit though…so if there is an error that advances the runner….then its an unearned run?
April 24th, 200911:19 pm
what if the guy hits a homerun with the guy on second after the error…are both earned runs? or one is earned and one is unearned?
braves just did the impossible
siap, but when was the last time that the braves won back to back one run road games? i say at least 3 years….
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