1:10 pm May 19, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
May 19th, 20099:54 pm
Yeah, joking aside… Gonzo should not be pitching in an 8-1 ballgame.
That’s a waste.
May 19th, 20099:55 pm
22 pitches for Gonzo ! A waste !!
May 19th, 20099:56 pm
I don’t understand how Gonzo can walk 1 guy and Roger comes out but Bennett will walk 2 or 3 before it happens….
Woo Hoo! I get back from losing my championship game to to see that atleast the Braves are winning big! Bout time they did it at home.
Good news here, the lineup has changed. Someone must have been listening to the blog last night. Sort of interesting, but I think Escobar can thrive in the leadoff role, although it may not neccesarily mean he will be best used for his clutch abilities. But it might work since they’ll atleast now have 4-5 guys in the front of the lineup who can knock each other in every once in a while as the bottom works out whatever issues they have. And maybe just a coincidence that Kelly is 3 for 4 out of the #6 spot (where he has a .286 AVG over the past 3 years. And if kotchman can do this good out of the #2 spot, then I’m all for it.
I wonder if BC is going to continue this experimentation with ther batting order. Worked great tonight. Let’s hope it doesn’t fizzle out in a game or two. We need a set line-up to jell so we can build some consistancy.
May 19th, 20099:57 pm
Good game guys!!!!
Bobby is a genius! World series here we come! Everybody got a hit but Jeff!
Even the starting pitcher!
May 19th, 20099:58 pm
The only thing I can say about Bobby sending in the big guns to close out this one was that JJ got the shaft his last time out. Maybe BC didn’t want any chance of the bullpen fumbling and bumbling a win away.
26 pitches for 3 outs ! Oh, Mr.Francouer the only brave without a hit tonight ! Hum !
finally JJ gets some run support to go along with another fantastic pitching performance! good game tonight, and I gotta say- I was not big on Casey batting 2nd, but he looked good there
And a 8:3 K/BB ratio for JJ. He’s so close to being an ace, and the lack of K’s is probably the one thing that has been keeping people from saying that.
Mrs. Catie Francouer
Jeff321 am I correct that you are questioning a decision by the esteemed Braves manager, Bobby Cox? He’s the smartest man I know, except Jeffy Baby, of course. His in game tactics, line ups, pitcher management, and attention to fundamentals make him–wait a sec–scratch that, it makes him a donkey.
May 19th, 20099:59 pm
No reason to go crazy over the batting order yet. We’re having a great night, and that’s plenty of reason to go crazy. But I’d like to see this line-up get hot and win 10 of their next 12 before I christen the new batting order as the solution to our offensive woes. Personally, I think we’ll be much better if Bobby sticks with this line-up, it’s much more optimal, but we’re probably still a bat away. Of course, maybe I’m wrong and this batting order IS the solution. That’d be awesome. We’ll have to wait and see. But great night for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens never ceases to impress me. He is a thrill to watch. And Kotchman had such an awesome game. I’m really starting to like that guy, and I like him a lot in the #2 spot. And maybe, just maybe, Kelly’s slump is over and he’ll be a consistent producer for the rest of the year. This is probably more wishful thinking than anything, but maybe he catches fire soon. Jordan Schafer had knocked in 1 of 46 runners in scoring position this season and knocked 2 in tonight. Their defense is responsible for the lop-sided score, but there’s no way they win the game even if they play perfect defense. We were on fire tonight, and nobody could stop us. May this continue. Jeff Francoeur = only Brave without a hit.
May 19th, 200910:00 pm
Waytago, boys! JJ got a much deserved win (for a change).
Good game! Coulda done without certain aspects of it…but overall…
B.C. Manager of the year!
May 19th, 200910:01 pm
Another Jurr-gem tonight from our best pitcher
May 19th, 200910:02 pm
16 thousand in attendance, No Way! I’m guessing 12K…
Damn it Bobby ! Put Logan in front of Francouer !
May 19th, 200910:03 pm
Well, I hope Blake Griffin likes Los Angeles…poor kid
May 19th, 200910:04 pm
On an unrelated note–how ’bout poor Joey Votto? Scary stuff. Hope he’s gonna be OK.
Bobby "the boss"
May 19th, 200910:05 pm
Hold yer horses guys, we face a lefty tomorrow night. I’m going to switch it up a bit, but don’t worry, I’ll still put a winner on the field like I did tonight.
See ya tomorrow!
TEX with 11 homruns already!…Go Figure? Sellout
Dodgers/Mets @ 10:10
Almost 17 thousand tonight, not horrible. Atleast it beat last night. I gotta try an get out to a game next week help out the cause
Nice chattin’ with you boys, tonight. I gotta get myself together for a little post game dessert when Jeffy Baby comes home. Toodles!
Braves pitching is awesome this year (other than middle relievers). Imagine how they could dominate if they had more power/consistent hitting. And to think of all of the pitching waiting in the wings… Glavine, Huddy, Medlen, Hanson…lets get some power hitters NOW!!!
Raul Ibanez would have been nice…better than Garrett Anderson and defense couldn’t be that much worse.
May 19th, 200910:06 pm
Seriously, Peachtree TV needs to cut the phony BS.
The only thing worse than the s****y attendance and the fact that those who are there just sit on their @$$e$ and drink beer is forcing them to act like they give a @#$%.
I’m not buying it.
yeah, no kidding about Votto. i was actually bitten by a tick when I was a kid (the main way you get Lyme Disease)- ended up with a different illness but spent a total of about 3 on and off weeks in the hospital with a 106 degree fever…not fun
MFin04 (Bennett, Buddy, and Cox Have to Go!)
May 19th, 200910:07 pm
Nice shutout by Jurrjens, someone needs to tell GA that he needs to apologize to Jair for screwing it up. JJ trying to win the Cy Young this year, more power to him. Get the kid some run support and he is amazing. Great performance.
P.S. What the heck is wrong with Chipper Jones?
May 19th, 200910:08 pm
I’m late getting on here. A quick hello and goodnight, to you. I know you’re about to sign off. But first, what happened to Votto?
May 19th, 200910:09 pm
Nice win tonight. Braves wanted this one tonight and played like with some help from the Rox.
Got to feel really good for JJ tonight who pitched like an ace. He has pitched like a top of the rotation guy all season long. I know negative talk is what’s in right now, but most here on the blog have not really appreciated JJ when evaluating the team. People will go on and on about Kawakami, but JJ’s sophomore effort is a much bigger story to me.
May 19th, 200910:10 pm
Dontrelle Willis – 6.1 IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 5K 0HR ERA 3.27
Anybody out there ever watch the Bryant Gumble Real Sports show on HBO?
That is the most depressing, disturbing crap ever. They’re interviewing rodeo bull riders and they’re all paralyzed and knocked the &*$# up.
Good night. Try watching that show without wanting to kill yourself.
Shoeless Joe Jackson
May 19th, 200910:11 pm
Rob in Mobile
May 19th, 200910:12 pm
A lot of folks are saying that the Votto situation is reminiscent of what happened to Nick Esasky in 1990 – vertigo literally ended his career. No one’s sure what Votto’s medical problem is yet, but it would be horrible to see someone with such potential be sidelined right as he’s entering his prime, much like Esasky was. He last played for Richmond for a while in 1992 and was done. Hope Votto gets well soon….
A quick word for the Hierarchy, IF YOU BUILD IT THEY WILL COME!!!! otherwise deal with sucky attendance!!!!!
May 19th, 200910:13 pm
From time to time I like me some potted meat. Uuuuuuuuummmmhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm. I saw that boy, AJ or JJ or Urkel, on that there TV Peachtree. Me and him could be friends. He likes to eat mustard on his french fried taters, just like me. He’s smart just like me. uuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm. He’s funny, but not ha, ha funny.
Dontrelle Willis – 6.1 IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 5K 0HR ERA 3.27
good to see the DTRAIN back in the bigs &contributing!!
May 19th, 200910:14 pm
Yikes! That’s scary! Glad you pulled through it. Ticks are nasty–they give me the willies more than spiders do! We had a tortoise a few years ago that got ticks…she ended up dying about a month after we got her. Then we got the Bird…
About Votto–he missed four games with the flu starting on May 7th, and on May 12th and 16th he had to leave the game with dizziness. Here’s the latest article about it.
May 19th, 200910:16 pm
I think the Fox Sports/SPSO broadcast is in every way superior to the Peachtree TV broadcast. Peachtree TV is both cheesy and commercial. The “Braves Play Here” song vs. “Load Up The Bases” is a perfect example. Load up the bases is about baseball, Braves Play Here is about Peachtree TV, not baseball. Joe and Boog are a much better team than Chip and Joe. The commercials are better on SPSO. There’s no annoying person named “JJ” screaming into a microphone 3 times a game on SPSO. The one thing I don’t like about SPSO is that Boog talks about the facebook page a little too much and can sometime get into a “bullsh!t” mode where he’s completely talking out of his rear. But in general, Peachtree TV sucks way worse.
May 19th, 200910:17 pm
I like seeing D-Lowe and JJ switch places for a night.
Finally JJ gets some runs. He doesn’t need that many. Three is usally enough but there’s nothing wrong with five or six.
I also like the Mets gearing up to start their game in Chavez Ravine knowing that we’re (Braves and Phillies) are nipping at their heels.
I don’t know if Phillies hung on but I wouldn’t really mind if they did. As long as the Mets don’t win the division it’s all good. I don’t care if the Nats win the World Series.
What’s the over under on Met errors tonight? I saw more than three. Probably more like 8 or 9.
Anyone else notice that Pujols’ numbers have dropped off dramatically starting the day AFTER Manny Rameriz got busted for roids?
May 19th, 200910:20 pm
yeah, it was a long time ago and I still remember the horrible nurse tha tkept making me get out of bed so she could change my sheets and my brother complaining that his summer was ruined
May 19th, 200910:21 pm
May 19th, 2009
and that is why you don’t start Martin Prado over Casey Kotchman at 1st base
…Okay, okay, message received!
Thank you. When I first asked you, I thought it was something much more simple, like a HBP. Didn’t mean to put you through so much this late. The more I read the posts, the more I realized that I should look this up, myself, instead of bothering you around bedtime. Sorry, and thanks again. Sleep well, young Braves fann.
May 19th, 200910:22 pm
If the Mets are worried about teams nipping at their heels in May, they’re not mentally tough enough to be playing baseball. The Rockies attempted to play like the Mets tonight. They handed us the game, but it wasn’t as interesting of a cluster**** as the Mets pulled off last night. Maybe we’ll get one of those later on in the season.
May 19th, 200910:23 pm
Oh wow, that was ugly! Anyone see that missed catch by Murphy in left field?
May 19th, 200910:24 pm
I was wondering if you were still around Totally was not directed at you! (ok, a little at you) (ok, at you but not only you )
May 19th, 200910:25 pm
Only reason to watch the mets & dodgers…Vin Scully
May 19th, 200910:26 pm
cabravesfan my brother complaining that his summer was ruined
Sounds like yours was pretty crummy, too.
You’re welcome. No prob. My Daddy and brother went somewhere tonight, so we were up waiting for them, anyway. Yeah, this could be a serious thing for Joey. I kinda like him…really pullin’ for him here.
Sleep well, young Braves fann.
I’ll try…if I could shake this dang cold…it’s the cough that’s driving me insane–just won’t go away. Gettin’ better, though. You sleep well, too.
Might be turnin’ in, here. So just in case, Night, all!
May 19th, 200910:27 pm
Garrets last 7 games
in NC peach tree TV has no commercials but on nearly every hit it the image freezes up and we hardly ever get to see if the ball makes it through the infield unless the announces are very specific.
May 19th, 200910:28 pm
Ha,ha. I listened to the first 2 innings, last night, of the Mets vs. Dodgers. Why? You got it, Vin Scully.
Oh, no…mine was great! High fevors, IV’s, alcohol baths and hospital trips is an awsome way for an 8 year old to spend the summer- in fact, I highly reccomend it!
Damn- sorry for the double post…stupid touch pad!
May 19th, 200910:29 pm
And we neglected to mention that the RBI was the first in the young career of Mr. Jurrjens. he was proud of it.
most beautiful voice in baseball (with respect to Kalas and Skip of course!)
May 19th, 200910:30 pm
Yeah, I always watch the Dodgers feed due to Vin Scully!
Glavine family raising adopted newborn
May 19th, 200910:31 pm
he should be more proud of the way he busted his a*s out of the box on that hit- I know you don’t want your pitchers getting hurt running the bases but I love the way the kid flys down the line
May 19th, 200910:32 pm
Actually, I did mention it, but that’s OK.
May 19th, 200910:33 pm
Don’t look now but GA has a 7 game hitting streak.
You know what I love the most about Vin Scully? he works the box alone every night and you never miss the banter you get with most other broadcasts (not that I don’t love Joe & Boog- I love them very much!)- there is just something…very pleasant about that
May 19th, 200910:36 pm
I also like how Vin Scully busts out with all these facts (non stats related) about the players.
May 19th, 200910:38 pm
that’s what happens when you have spent 60 years (NOT a typo) in baseball- all with the dodgers
May 19th, 200910:39 pm
PWHjort… interesting name.
I think they (Peachtree TV) just started doing that stuff tonight. That nonsense stuck out like a sore thumb.
I like Peachtree TV if only to see, or hear, Chip call the game. I don’t know who decides the combinations of who announces where and on tv or radio and with whom but you’d think Chip would be one of the more frequent announcers.
I don’t think the Braves have ever had these many people at one time. Chip, Joe, Boog, Sutton, Powell, Lemke… and then you have Brian Jordan, Gant and Jerome Jurenovich and freakin’ Fred Hickman on SportsSouth. What is up with that? Who pays all those people? I’ve never missed Katy Temple more.
I used to not like the new people. I kind of didn’t really like Chip at first and people seem to complain about him but I think he’s pretty cool. And I definitely didn’t like Boog at first, he and Chip have that generic booming voice cliched announcer thing going on but they’re alright in my book.
I otherwise don’t have much against PTV but damn do I miss my Katy Temple.
May 19th, 200910:40 pm
Apparently ARod is back on the sauce/juice/roids whatever you want to call it. 4 straight games with a homerun, yeah thats not the roids…he is just that good….BS.
Hey, how the hell are you all making stuff Bold or Italicized?
What’s up with that?
May 19th, 200910:41 pm
Lets agree, then, that “most beautiful voice in baseball” ALIVE!
Joe Castellano is currently interviewing JJ, on XM Radio. He’s a smart dude. (JJ is who I was refering to, not that Joe isn’t smart, also)
So you decided to ruin your brother’s summer, by getting Lyme disease? What the heck were you thinking? —- Do me a favor, please. The next time you see your brother, would you slap him for me?
Wayne in Utah
May 19th, 200910:42 pm
I have been out of the loop for sometime now, but I went to the box score for today’s game, and noticed that we have a new lineup. Is there any word as to whether Bobby will stick with this lineup?
I sure hope so. I like Escobar (and eventually Schafer) in the leadoff spot. Less opportunities for the 6-4-3, and he hits well in that slot. I also hope the decrease in pressure on KJ will cause him to get a good streak going, so some of the bloggers will get off his back.
Also like Mac in the cleanup slot over GA. I was a tad bit disappointed that Frenchy didn’t get a hit, but how did he do otherwise.
Jurrjens sure looks like the real deal!
May 19th, 200910:43 pm
Click here for bold and italic instructions.
OK…seriously this time, I’m out…
Dodger 1, Mutts 0 !!! Swept the MUTTS ! Swept the MUTTS ! Swept the MUTTS !……………….
The Braves basically cut Hudson’s $12 mil option loose last offseason when they bought Lowe and Kawakami and traded for Vasquez. (Anders)
If you are saying that they won’t re-sign Hudson, I’m willing to make a decent wager that you are wrong. If he comes back healthy they will pick up his contract.
I never heard Kalas, and as much as I loved Skip, I grew up with Vin so he gets my vote
I didn’t have Lyme Disease, I had something else, and in defense of my brother, he was about 10 at the time…but I will gladly slap him the next time I see him
May 19th, 200910:44 pm
Huddy needs to retire a Brave. His attitude and his leadership qualities are just what this Braves team needs! Trade KK and let Glavine retire. Lowe, Hudson,Jurjiens,Vazquez,and Hanson. Sounds pretty darn good!
May 19th, 200910:46 pm
Congratulations to John Smoltz on his new marriage. Life goes on and so must all. It will probably round out his entire outlook.
Great Game!! Glad we won…but Esco is NOT a leadoff hitter. He gets too tense and is too aggressive in that spot. He needs to be lower in the order so he can drive in the runs (that he is so great at). Im afraid after making Kellys avg plummit in the leadoff spot so is Esco’s. You don’t fix it if it ain’t broke…and esco was the most consistent hitter on the team imo before the change. The other changes I Love…but I still think Schaf should be batting leadoff with his troubles or not. I have said this before its better to have the one almost automatic out from Schaf in the leadoff than having the out in the 8th hole AND having someone that doesn’t do well in the leadoff spot get another out.
May 19th, 200910:47 pm
Jurrjens has been awesome this year. So far in 9 starts this year he has 6 quality starts. In the 3 other starts rain forced him out after 2 innings (against Hou) and in the 2 other starts, he went 5.1 and 5.2 innings giving up 3 and 0 ERs respectively. Like someone else mentioned earlier, he would be getting more national attention, if he were playing in the media-darling cities. He will come back down to earth but so far no signs of a sophomore slump.
I sure wished that TommyJohn surgery wasn’t so long to come back from ! The sooner Hudson get back, We will have the best rotation in the whole major league without KK !! One of those pitchers could bring two good bats !
I could’ve done that! Go to bed, will you? Look at the time! We need you sharp for tomorrow, dang it!
May 19th, 200910:50 pm
They’ve been doing it at least for a year with JJ. That guy’s annoying. Chip and Joe announce on Peachtree TV and Joe and Boog announce on Fox Sports / SPSO. Sutton and Powell are exclusively radio. I’m not a fan of Chip, but I’m a huge fan of Boog. Just personal preference I guess, but the little things SPSO and Fox Sports are much better than what Peachtree TV does.
May 19th, 200910:52 pm
Tom O – I appreciate your earlier greeting (as an Irishman always appreciates an Italian greeting) – I’ve been trying to get some work done, but I did manage to go back and see what I missed.
I completely disagree. Hitting Escobar in the leadoff spot minimizes his double plays, and I think he’s our best option for that spot. He’s more of a run scorer anyway. But minimizing double plays is crucial.
inexplicable throwing soriano and gonzalez out there tonight. they’re already called upon too much, and will continue to be, i’m sure. and if you’re not confident that other guys in the bullpen can hold an 8 to 1 lead, you might need to fix your pen.
JJ’s my favorite guy. He really loves him some Braves. If he’s not your favorite guy, then you obviously aren’t a real Braves fan.
(That “you” goes for everyone.)
May 19th, 200910:56 pm
I certainly hope that I am wrong…but only time will tell!
May 19th, 200910:57 pm
Nothing against him personally. The way Peachtree TV uses him is obnoxious, though.
May 19th, 200910:58 pm
Well…if he was only 10, maybe we should give him a pass. If you have to slap him, just as a reminder of how stupid he was, make it gentle, please.
Harry Calas, because I’m on the East Coast, was equally as familiar to me as Scully. His broadcasting abilities were second to none. But his God-given voice, is what everyone will always remember.
May 19th, 200911:01 pm
I think it is funny that the one response I got was from “rowdy roddy piper” a well known FAKE tough guy who wore a SKIRT. I think we all know what this blogger was really trying to tell us.
Good win for the Bravos and hopefully things with continue with a little more success here in the near future.
Go Bravos !!!!
May 19th, 200911:02 pm
Jeff Schultz has a new column and blog up on Franceour right now ! Go check it out !
May 19th, 200911:03 pm
My sarcastic alarms all went off, again, with your first statement. That’s OK. I love sarcasm, so we’re still alright.
You wanted to see what you’re missing? Instead of giving it to you in Italian (yeah, like I could), in English, “if you missed me, you missed nothing”.
How come this team cant win 6 straight games like any team that is thinking playoffs? look at the phillies, the yankees, the brewers, the muts, etc………..we win 3 in a row and then crash……this teams is like windows vista………new faces more crashes.
May 19th, 200911:04 pm
The first pitch in the game Chip said that here is Fowler for Atlanta.
May 19th, 200911:05 pm
I suppose we vould let that one go
Everyone’s got that one guy that they listened to as a kid, that had that special voice, or way of calling a game, that they will remember for their entire life. I like that. And I almost wish that when it is time for him to go, Scully gets to go out like Kalas (I always thought it was spelled with a “k”…no?), in the booth, preparing for another game…perfect
May 19th, 200911:06 pm
cabravesfan, JJ is proud of running hard out of the box. i kidded him that no wonder he busted so hard down the line, with his first major league RBI at stake, and his answer let me know that it’s something he always tries to do. He said the guys tell him to slow down so he won’t get hurt, but it’s something he grew up doing in Curacao.
May 19th, 200911:07 pm
Oh ! So Capt.CaveMan you didn’t read my post ?! I said, “I guess he told us” and right on Rowdy ! and your friend Rick Flare has your back !!
It’s okay if you have something against him personally. I do. He’s annoying as ****.
Anyway, this double play talk got me looking at some 2008 stats from some of our hitters:
Yunel – 24
Francoeur – 18
Kotchman – 18 (14 with LAA/4 with ATL)
McCann – 17
Chipper – 13
Garret hasn’t been hitting into too many of them over recent years, but I think he’s quite capable of racking them up. The only guys in tonight’s lineup who aren’t really a threat to GIDP are Kelly and Schafer.
In other words, we’re going to be dealing with this stuff all season. The key will be not grounding into them at bad times in games. If we can avoid hitting those soul-crushing ones, we should be okay.
May 19th, 200911:08 pm
“Rudy called me last night and got on my [rear],” Francoeur said. “We spoke for a while. He had watched some tape and basically said, ‘All the work we’ve done, you’ve abandoned it.’ I knew it, but when he said it, it sunk in. You expect a drop off, but at the first sign [of trouble] I just went away from everything.”
May 19th, 200911:10 pm
Not sure what I think of the new braves play by play guy yet (Powell). Its hard when you grow up on a certain guy, most other guys dont live up to them. For many in Atlanta that was Carey. I thought Pete was really good also but alas he retired. For me I grew up listening to Dave Niehaus in Seattle who just went in the hall of fame last year and to me no one compares, the game can be boring as can be and just listening to his voice describe the game and tell stories makes it a good day. Funny how the good radio guys have that ability
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