3:51 pm July 22, 2009, by David O'Brien
July 22nd, 200910:05 pm
Okay I just turned off CSS, Damn Bobby Puketrino on there, YIKES what a classless Jackass!!!
JJ dominated tonight even though he didn’t have his sharp command early. Was that a career high in SOs for JJ?
Lincecomb was off. He got a ton of Ks, but was leaving alot out and over the plate.
How about Esco’s 3 run HR? Hit a ton…
Wow…glad to see they finaly gain gound on the Phillies. To go 5 for 6 this last week and loose ground sucked!
July 22nd, 200910:07 pm
Glad to see the Braves didn’t “tip their caps” tonight.
July 22nd, 200910:08 pm
Dilemma from Friday thru Sunday however, StL.vs Philthy, who do you root for???
July 22nd, 200910:09 pm
“I think the change we probably do him good.”
And I think that his constantly swinging at anything vertical is rather problematic.
Ball bounces off Church during a play in which he didn’t actually need to slide……..and its a HIT??
Oh well. Big win, fellas. STARTIN’ TO COME AROUND, PEPPER. STARTIN’ TO COME AROUND!
July 22nd, 200910:10 pm
Going to the top of the 9th….3-2 still in Houston. Go Cards. Get a long win streak started tonight men!
Anyway, I hope Ross starts tomorrow.
Of course, BMac will prob’ly pinch hit late in the game, K, and end his hitting streak. That’s the way it always goes.
But, see, now that I said that…
July 22nd, 200910:11 pm
Joebrave, I would agree that we will be playing better competition after tomorrow but the way our pitching is performing, I think we can slow the Brewers down offensively and hopefully continue our timely offense on the road.
I thought the key to tonight’s win was picking up the early run…face it, the Giants are pretty bad offensive team. It was good that we put pressure on Lincecum, he ain’t used to pitching from behind. We several good hits off him early on. As soon as Escobar nailed that bomb to center you could just see the air deflate from the Giants.
Tomorrow being a day game, we gotta go out there and take early command cause I can taste blood and a sweep!
Heyward and Freeman are both 2-4 tonight and flashing the power. Each have a double and Freeman hit a homerun. Also, everyone’s favorite first-baseman got 2 more hits, including a double tonight, as well.
July 22nd, 200910:12 pm
JoeBrave- no matter what….you root that the series ends 2-1 and not a sweep either way.
Look, the Phills won 10 in a row………against the Mets, Nationals and Marlins. WHOOPIEEEEE. Now, they get to play real teams outside of their sandbox. We’ll see them drop some games in the coming weeks.
The key to tonight’s game was Chipper’s stolen base. That run did wonders for the team’s confidence.
Trade Shafer, Wren
July 22nd, 200910:13 pm
[B]Dilemma from Friday thru Sunday however, StL.vs Philthy, who do you root for???[/B]
No brainer…GO CARDS!!!
joebrave, There is not even a question as to who to root for between the Cardinals and Phillies. St. Louis is leading the NL Central, so it doesn’t hurt the Braves at all for them to win, because right now they are not a wildcard team, they are a division winner, thus it is an easy call, you root for the Cardinals to win
Wes, Dude I hope so, I am hoping A-Gon will go ballistic on Hamels ass tomorrow!
July 22nd, 200910:14 pm
Reverse psychology McFann. I like it.
Mixxo’s not here but he’s the king of reverse psychology.
Also, at this point in the season: no point in rooting for anything other than BRAVE WINS.
Ya but as volatile as the W/c is right now StL could fall from their perch if not very careful!
July 22nd, 200910:15 pm
Terrific win tonight!
Started to get on the blog before Esco’s bomb, then he hit it so I figured I’d cool my “bloggin’ heels.”
Didn’t wanna mess up any good mojo we had goin’ on.
It worked again!
This is nice stuff……lets sweep these guys.
Fast Eddie Perez
Ahh, I see no more trade Escobar talk, maybe cause he’s 1 of the best SS in the game??? I would rather trade Booby before Esco, thats 4 damn sure. Anyone heard when Infante is due back, he & Huddy will be nice additions for playoff run, is Norton & Bennett still here, I told them to hit the road!!! LMAO GO BRAVOS
holding breath until Sunday either way!
Everyone having a celebratory beverage tonight should toast the Detroit Tigers. Renteria for Jurrjens/Gorky is looking like Doyle for Smoltz part deux
Steve from OH
Nein, herr GM! Nein!
July 22nd, 200910:16 pm
Wren, Pleae trade Shafer!!!! LOl just messin with ya Roman Gal
Why the heck do people on here keep talking about trading Schafer and Medlen? Leave ‘em alone!
July 22nd, 200910:17 pm
Gotta get Shafer off the 40 man today!
Prado should have bunted
that dude is a bigger cancer than Escobar! lmao
July 22nd, 200910:18 pm
David Hale made his pro debut tonight for Danville, striking out two in a scoreless inning.
Going to the bottom of the 9th in Houston. 3-2 Cards. Go Cards.
July 22nd, 200910:19 pm
I think the Braves are coming into the Brewers series perfectly. They are playing at their best right now and have just shelled the best pitching staff in the majors, and the best pitcher. No reason to think they wont continue to roll against the Brewers.
Oh yes Medlen too! get him gone send him to Toronto for Adam Lind!
Yes root for the cards…We are 5 1/2 back (okay 7 in the lost column) but i can’t believe everyone, including the media has crowned the Phillies the NL East champs. I can remember a few weeks ago after the braves swept them how everyone was talking about “what is wrong with the World Champs”?
July 22nd, 200910:20 pm
Brewers series might actually be tougher because of the offense the Brewers bring with them.
I told you all that Lincecum was beatable.. I also said that the Braves could have choked in this game which being up 4-0, and if they would have lost, that would have been considered a choke..
Please Trade him for lind!!!!
No more of that ballgame or game over stuff for the time being from me anytime soon. Gonna try and ride this wave for a while. Time to sweep and head to Milwaukee to catch them at the right time.
What a game huh ?!?
Escobar sure has found a home in the 6th spot in the order. As far as wanting him traded, I don’t think anybody ever wanted Escobar given away. In fact most people did not want him traded. Of those that did, myself included, simply said they would only trade Escobar if the Braves were overwhelmed with the offer – such as with Boston for Buchholz or for Jed Lowrie and Daniel Bard, etc.
FYI – I read on ESPN.com that the Red Sox turned down a trade offer of Victor Martinez for Clay Buchholz before settling for Adam LaRoche. Don’t blame them. I think trading Buchholz would be like the Braves trading Hanson except that Boston has more depth
July 22nd, 200910:21 pm
And Randall Delgado finally had a strong outing, tossing 7 strong, 2 ER, and most importantly, walking none. And my boy Adam Milligan went 2-4 with a homer.
Thanks! I think I got it work…once…?
MFin04 hate giving away bases…
At least that one was defensive indifference.
July 22nd, 200910:22 pm
Francouer would have been a perfect addition to the Giants lineup.. They swing at everything, and Francouer does as well.. That would have been a match made in heaven..
July 22nd, 200910:23 pm
LOl just messin with ya Roman Gal
Mhmm…I don’t know about you, buster!
July 22nd, 200910:24 pm
The one thing that scares me is that i don’t think Braves have enough payroll for both Vasquez and Hudson this off season. That could cause Wrenn to make a move to get something for Vasquez before the deadline, if he thinks Huddy is going to be ready to go soon?
JJ, Tommy Gun, B. Mc. & Esco, just call em the Untouchables! If Wren trades any of them he needs to be scalped! We still need a power bat if we make the playoffs, this scoring boom will not last forever believe that, theyre hot right now but reality will return, then you will hear the cryin why didnt Wren get a big bat in here???
Houston ties the game. Crap.
well, the cardinals just blew this game. Guy couldn’t get the bunt down, and then Diaz-ed it to center for a double.
July 22nd, 200910:27 pm
Friggin Keppinger. Those Parkview guys continue to haunt the Braves.
1st and 3rd no outs for Houston…. I guess we’ll have a three-way tie for third in the WC in just another couple of minutes…
July 22nd, 200910:28 pm
Dan_in_NC, me also. The run was great. I was happy that they were hitting lince so well. Yeah we had SOs, but every non SO was pretty much a solid hit. I never saw that HR coming. I was saying “C’mon Yunel, Get me a 2B!!! I was pleasently surprised.
Yup, awesome game and awesome week!
July 22nd, 200910:29 pm
One out now… still 1st and 3rd.
“Wouldn’t it be such a better idea to have Heyward and Freeman from June 2010 through the 2016 season, as oppose to having them April 2010 through 2015?”
I wouldn’t mind going with the other approach of not promoting them until X-number of pitches seen. The guys are going to be good no matter though. I’d just like to see them in Atlanta for a long time.
Great win tonight! Go Braves.
Enjoyed Bowman’s piece on KJ. Agreed that keeping KJ and dropping Norton would be the best option for the team.
July 22nd, 200910:30 pm
Ok, now I got you. It used to crack me up, when he said braves win again. He would say it in such a way that he gave the impression that he was getting tired of it. lol
July 22nd, 200910:31 pm
Frenchy lost one in the lights tonight and set up an inning for the Nats. NY sportscasters are starting to doubt the gold-glovedness of his defense.
Got him at the plate…nice. St Louis still alive.
Trade Shafer, Wren Joebrave
this scoring boom will not last forever believe that
I just thought it was the scoring market correcting itself. ATL has gone a while this year not being able to score. It’s baseball, numbers always have a way of evening out.
If you say so
JJ on MLB Tonight Now !!
July 22nd, 200910:32 pm
Jair on the phone on MLBN RIGHT NOW!
Jair on mlb tonight right now
coming up soon you will either see the Braves make a trade involving Kelly Johnson or you will see Norton DFA
they have to make a decision on KJ and at this point you wouldn’t want him sitting behind Prado
they could package him with someone and get a decent bat off the bench or, as I would do, bring him up and DFA NORTON
July 22nd, 200910:34 pm
Lew, kind of up late for you my friend. Good win and makes for..
What’s Jair got to say?
July 22nd, 200910:35 pm
Houston wins again… wow. These guys are playing way over their head right now.
15 outs twice
What is on with KJ, please do n ot bring him up and ruin our hot streak in mlb
Love the kid but we are not winners with him in the lineup
Geez. Maybe the Astros are the ones we should root for to keep winning. They’re only one game back in the Central.
July 22nd, 200910:36 pm
Astros just won.
I read where someone posed the “dilemma” of who to root for between the Cards and Phils this weekend. Clearly, you have to root for the Cards considering how many more times the Braves play the Phils. Kind of silly to be “wild card/scoreboard” watching on July 22.
If the Braves take care of business in the division you will not need to worry about the wild card.
You know who is extremely overrated? Jason Bay. He plays in a park where right-handed hitters can pull a pitch and hit what would be a routine fly-ball in any other park… and it turns into an extra-base hit. Not nearly as good as his numbers. Everyone is quick to blame Petco park for Adrian Gonzalez’s depressed power numbers or Coors Field for someone’s high ERA, but they refuse to turn the argument on its’ head and acknowledge that parks can inflate numbers. Fenway Park drastically inflates Bay’s numbers.
If they going to trade Johnson…I rather see another arm in the bullpen then another bench player
July 22nd, 200910:38 pm
Did some fwit suggest trading FWREN
dude, seriously, F Wren is our 2 year MVP and
“YOUR AND IDIOT”
July 22nd, 200910:40 pm
JJ said this team is clicking with pitching and hitting especially Yunel, and says they believe they can win ! They guy over there at MLB cut JJ off ! They didn’t let JJ talk long at all !
July 22nd, 200910:42 pm
Rob from SC
July 22nd, 200910:43 pm
Cody Johnson is sucking it up the last 2 weeks
Bowmans take on KJ and Nortons future.
dean of baseball
July 22nd, 200910:44 pm
I’ve been watching the Kotchman debate with interest. We’ve had him a full year now. He’s a good glove guy all right. But at the plate, totals from the day he became a Brave in July 2008:
.265, 6 HR, 55 RBI, 23 doubles, no SB (obviously).
He got his nightly single tonight to keep his streak alive, but had no impact on the game. He has had very few meaningful, memorable hits or RBI during his stint with the Braves.
If middle infielders like Escobar and Prado can continue to carry this team through the playoffs, the Braves can afford to keep a light hitting first baseman. Otherwise, they need some power at the corners next year.
July 22nd, 200910:45 pm
Don’t fire me please.
July 22nd, 200910:46 pm
[I]You know who is extremely overrated? Jason Bay. He plays in a park where right-handed hitters can pull a pitch and hit what would be a routine fly-ball in any other park… and it turns into an extra-base hit. Not nearly as good as his numbers. Everyone is quick to blame Petco park for Adrian Gonzalez’s depressed power numbers or Coors Field for someone’s high ERA, but they refuse to turn the argument on its’ head and acknowledge that parks can inflate numbers. Fenway Park drastically inflates Bay’s numbers.[/I]
Do some research man here are Bay’s splits:
AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB HBP SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Home 151 27 38 12 2 8 38 32 4 39 7 1 .252 .392 .517 .909
Away 176 31 45 8 0 12 34 29 1 54 4 1 .256 .362 .506 .868
July 22nd, 200910:51 pm
Bay’s numbers are almost even across the board the only thing he does better in FENWAY is walk more and i seriously doubt the park plays a factor with that.
July 22nd, 200910:52 pm
I called it earlier today.Old Braves(last month) would have found a way to lose this one, not these Braves. giants should be tipping their caps to JJ!
July 22nd, 200910:53 pm
With the conclusion of the Houston/St Louis game, here are the updated playoff odds for the Braves;
Division WC P/O
21.3% 8.0% 29.4%
July 22nd, 200910:57 pm
Of the many teams in the NL WC chase, only the Braves are playing tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what the playoff odds will be after a Braves win on that one too… Cause we know the Phillies are gonna pound the Padres, right?
Escobar, stepping up again during AND after the game:
“We had a meeting after the All-Star break,” Escobar said through a translator. “Not just individual accomplishments, but the way the team is playing — hitting, pitching, defense – it’s very gratifying.
“In the meeting we had, we talked about how we had a good club and it was time to show what we can do.”
(Escobar has hit .480 with three homers and 12 RBIs in seven games since the All-Star break. His homer was first that Lincecum has allowed by a right-handed batter all season.)
DOB? Hello Dr. DOB!
July 22nd, 200911:00 pm
4 more doubles at home than on the road…
July 22nd, 200911:01 pm
Funny sight at the ole ball park tonight. Saw a young lady with Franceour jersy on except she had taken masking tape covered up his name and wrote Church on it with a marker!
Plus his road BABIP is higher than his home and he has 2 more triples at home than he does on the road. Fenway park is certainly helping him out.
Jurrjens, as good as he’s been in his past few starts, said he really didn’t feel great on the mound until tonight, after recent work he’s done in the bullpen between starts really started to take effect. He said he slowed down his delivery a little and threw more four-seam fastballs than sinkers tonight.
And facing the Freak had him on his game, too.
“I tried to just go pitch-for-pitch with him,” said Jurrjens, who outpitched the 2008 National League Cy Young Award winner while improving to 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in his past five starts.
“When they gave me a couple of runs, I was working hard to try to keep it like that.”
July 22nd, 200911:03 pm
Braves tied for 7th in runs scored in the NL…and 4th in runs allowed.
July 22nd, 200911:04 pm
The Braves have scored four or more runs while Jurrjens was in four of his past six starts, after scoring one or none while he was in seven of his previous 12.
For a comment on that, we turn to the loquacious Escobar:
“We had probably not done right by J.J. all year long,” Escobar said, referring to the lack of run support. “So it’s very gratifying when he’s throwing that good to give him a little breathing room.”
Gotta love it, the shortstop delivering all the time now.
Escobar is a stud!
aS SOON AS THEY TRADE sCHAFER THIS TEAM WILL WIN!
July 22nd, 200911:05 pm
PWHjort you are seriously stretching anything you to make you seem right aren’t you, but the fact remains that he is consistent at home and on the road.
Speaking of Escobar, if you haven’t seen it, I wrote a long lead note about him tonight in my Braves notebook, with Edgar Renteria and others talking about him.
McFann, TAKE NOTE: Your man McCann will get a rest tomorrow, Cox said. Ross behind the dish, donning the tools of ignorance as the Braves go for the sweep.
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