Sizzling Diaz helps Braves stay in wild-card race

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PWHjort

August 30th, 2009
6:47 pm

they didn’t say who, but I’d guess either Gorecki or KJ

I think we all know it’s Gorecki.

bigboi

August 30th, 2009
6:48 pm

I’ll tell ya, it’s amazing what Terry P. has been able to do with Diaz. His average is almost 200 pts higher since being under TP. Also what a job he has done with LaRoach since getting him over here from Boston/Pitts, his numbers are also way up since being under TP.

Heath

August 30th, 2009
6:48 pm

Pretty easy dinner tonight… grilling brats and corn on the cob. Also, baking a blackberry pie.

Tomas

August 30th, 2009
6:49 pm

Mclouth isn’t exactly having a career year, but he is still a very valuable player. His power isn’t as great as we though(it may be because of turner field), but he can run them down at center, and in close and late games his speed, and his ability to steal bases is unvaluable. He is after all a gold glover(do you remember the play he made against the Yankees on a Nick Swisher flyball, seriously, its one of the best catches I’ve seen this year).

But there is no rush, if Church is healthy. When Mclouth gets back, Church is welcomed to the bench because Diaz is the every day right fielder, at least until he stops hitting, which will be never.

Soph

August 30th, 2009
6:50 pm

Mixxo -

Don’t know if you’re on tonight but I heard about Cali winning the LLWS.

Tomas

August 30th, 2009
6:51 pm

I remember when Diaz got here, he wasn’t able to see very well. He staarted wearing contacts, and the rest is history.

Soph

August 30th, 2009
6:51 pm

Heath – yum!

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
6:53 pm

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
6:54 pm

Big time game goin on in San Fran….WOW

Chico Escuela

August 30th, 2009
6:54 pm

i teech my freend MFIKY to do tv interview. i teech him smile beeg. he no can say “Baseball… been berra berra good… to me” without smiling. i no no why. Chico go eat now. Adios.

Jimmy Joe

August 30th, 2009
6:55 pm

If you scale Matt Diaz’s ‘09 numbers out to 550 at-bats, you’d have 20 HR’s, 86 RBI, and 39 2B/3B.

Why does this guy always scale stuff? Awful.

bigboi

August 30th, 2009
6:55 pm

Tomas- I don’t think the contacts contributed to Daiz success that much, I think it has mainly to do with Terry P.

BravesFanChris24

August 30th, 2009
6:56 pm

Uribe with a triple!

Tiger Woods

August 30th, 2009
6:56 pm

Hawpe makes a bad play in right field. SF has man at 3rd no outs bottom 8th up one run still.

Paul Lentz

August 30th, 2009
6:56 pm

Brad Hawpe just turned a fly ball into a 3 bagger. Giants have runner on 3rd, no outs, bottom of the 8th, 6-5 Giants.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
6:57 pm

BRADE HAWPE JUST MISSED A ROUTINE FLY BAll…

Triple for Juan Uribe…I’ll say that again…triple for Juan Uribe

- Egg Sac -

BravesFanChris24

August 30th, 2009
6:58 pm

Richie

August 30th, 2009
6:58 pm

Do you think he Braves trainers may suggest the PRP treatment for McClouth’s hamstring? They say the process speeds up the healing process. I know a few football who have gotten the procedure, notably Hines Ward, and it has been pretty successful. Just a thought

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2009
7:00 pm

So IF the Giants hang on, and IF the Braves are fortunate enough to win tonight and get it to 2-1/2 games behind the wild-card co- leaders with 32 games to play, is it still going to be really difficult/next-to-impossible in the view of that particular group here?

Something tells me we’ll only hear from them tonight if the Braves lose.

BravesFanChris24

August 30th, 2009
7:00 pm

Bases loaded again :-)

Steve McP

August 30th, 2009
7:01 pm

September 1st really cannot come quick enough for the Braves, with the expanded roster they will at least have options on who to Pinch Hit and that flexibility has not been available the last few weeks, witness the number of times a pitcher has had to pinch hit. Strangely those pitchers have done as well or better than the guy that we have kept on the team as a speciality pinch hitter (how long is it since Norton fielded?)

A-ville Ranger

August 30th, 2009
7:02 pm

DOB, Please pardon this off-topic venting…You’ve got some **LAZY” colleagues.I just finished reading a 6 paragraph (small ones) ”article,co-written by Tim Tucker and Doug Roberson.It was regarding some UGA and Tech players’ choices of majors.

It was SO flimsy, I thought it must be continued but not so.Thing is I see these half-assed postings in the AJC online way too often.

Don’t take this as criticism of your work.Hell, you put more effort into add-ons at 1 am than two writers put into their sunday ”best”.

Vinings Jim

August 30th, 2009
7:02 pm

Chico, buddy, not to bring back bad memories, but…

Bill Murray: Well, it looks like age has finally caught up with Chico Escuela. The 42-year-old former Met made the Mets’ Spring Training, but once the season began, it was a different story.
[ cut to footage of Chico performing poorly at Spring Training ]
As if his entire body betrayed him, Chico looks spastic and bewildered, both at bat and in the field. Ground balls that Chico would have easily gotten in his prime, eluded him and contributed to the Mets’ slow start this season. Although the crowds were always behind the former hero, he never ceased to disappoint them. As the spirit was willing, Chico’s arms, legs, eyes and reflexes were shot to hell.. and then, this.. [ baseball hits Chico in the crotch ] ..to add insult to injury, a crushing blow off the bat of Dodger Steve Garvey. After being revived, a now sterile Chico Escuela informed the Mets that he was quitting baseball. Thus ends the inspiring saga of Chico Escuela. Chico will rejoin us here at the “Weekend Update” desk as soon as he catches his breath. Jane?

CaliChopper

August 30th, 2009
7:02 pm

Bases loaded and edgar in the hole…..X2?

BravesFanChris24

August 30th, 2009
7:03 pm

Tiger Woods

August 30th, 2009
7:03 pm

GIants up 8-5 still no outs guys on 1st and 3rd.

Heath

August 30th, 2009
7:03 pm

DOB -

I still think the Braves will probably need pretty close to 90 wins (89 to 92) to get the WC.

Steve McP

August 30th, 2009
7:04 pm

Bigboi – not sure that the blog allows you to give any love to Pendleton, he is on the list of persona non grata in the eyes of the knee jerk crew.

Paul Lentz

August 30th, 2009
7:05 pm

2 run single by some scrub from Triple A for the Giants. 8-5 Giants, still batting, 0 outs, runners on 1st and 3rd.

If this score holds up, and the Braves win tonight, then we’ll be 2 1/2 games out of the Wild Card behind both the Giants and Rockies (2 out in the loss column)……and 6 games behind the Phillies (8 out in the loss column).

Still, with the Rockies having the easiest imaginable schedule in the next 13 games, it is essential that the Braves at least keep pace.

Burgess

August 30th, 2009
7:06 pm

How many more games before Chipper breaks Cal Ripken’s record ?

Paul Lentz

August 30th, 2009
7:06 pm

Meltdown by Rockies in progress.

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:06 pm

Never been able to nail down the exact time it’s too early to start drinking. I’ve hypothesized that the first thirty minutes after awakening is too early. That’s approximately how long it takes to shower and brush teeth. After that, bottoms-up..

Said hypothesis is based on many years of reluctant but necessary research. My one great sacrifice to humankind…

CaliChopper

August 30th, 2009
7:06 pm

Mid Town Joe

August 30th, 2009
7:08 pm

DOB Just watched about 4 videos of Leon Redbone. One of my brothers had an record of his with the WB frog on the cover. We wore that sucker out in the 70’s. There are a bunch of new live videos of Leon from this month on youtube.

Heath

August 30th, 2009
7:08 pm

The three “S’s” first thing in the morning are pretty necessary…no doubt. Can’t skip those.

Paul Lentz

August 30th, 2009
7:08 pm

There is hope for Greg Norton as far as him getting a job next year. Corky Miller is playing for the Reds.

CaliChopper

August 30th, 2009
7:08 pm

walked edgar, bases loaddes for Winn

Richie

August 30th, 2009
7:08 pm

Bases Juiced again in SF….still no outs

Kurdt Kobain

August 30th, 2009
7:08 pm

Is Josh Johnson pitching tomorrow for the Fish?

Frankie Wren

August 30th, 2009
7:09 pm

Rockies have a schedule that favors them in the next two weeks but their pitching is suspect. Cook being on the DL is huge and who knows what he is like when he comes back.

Frankie Wren

August 30th, 2009
7:10 pm

KK the dragon slayer up against Johnson tomorrow. I like it.

Tomas

August 30th, 2009
7:10 pm

Will Tim Hudson be on a pitch count?

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

MattyRoss: All players on DL (15 or 60 day), are automatically eligible for postseason roster. So Huddy doesn’t need to be activated until Tuesday.

jeffrey d

August 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

Do you think there’s people on the Rockies’ blog writing off the season?

Mixxo

August 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

Soph –

Yeah man, I saw the game…..good one too. Congrats to the California squad. We came oh so close!

Just heard Peter “I love my Red Sawx” Gammons say we’re still in this thing. 8O

CaliChopper

August 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

Tomas – Thats a lock

bravefaninok

August 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

Those wondering a proper time to start tippin back some adult beverages need to remember……………………..It’s 5o ‘clock somewhere

Mid Town Joe

August 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

Some of us are on blog count.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
7:13 pm

Shamus…

How’s the radar looking in Philly???

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2009
7:14 pm

Heath: No argument here. Also, who cares? They’d be 2-1/2 behind San Fran and Colorado if the Braves win tonight, with 32 to play. That’s all that matters. The loss column. One less loss than the second-place team in the final wild-card standings. That’s what they need. One less loss. Nothing else.

Mid Town Joe

August 30th, 2009
7:14 pm

Mixxo – Did you catch Beatles Anthology One one VH1 the other night?

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2009
7:14 pm

Colorado will have a five-game losing skid if they lose today.

Heath

August 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

DOB -

No argument on the three S’s? :)

Paul Lentz

August 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

The next 5 games will let me know if this Braves team can REALLY contend to the finish. Tonight against the Phillies and the next 4 games against the Marlins. We have the starting pitching and enough balance in our line-up to build up a winning streak.

The Giants 5th starter, Joe Martinez, has been getting rocked. Jonathan Sanchez has been very inconsistent. I dont see the Giants running away from us.

The key is how the Rockies play against the “cream puffs”. Also, Aaron Cook on the DL could come into play as well.

The Marlins bullpen has been used a lot. I hope the Braves will go into Florida this week with a “sweep” mentality. The Fish are vulnerable.

Mixxo

August 30th, 2009
7:17 pm

Mid Town Joe — Did you catch Beatles Anthology One one VH1 the other night?

No Joe I missed that somehow….RATS!

I’m a huge Beatles fan too. I’ll be looking for a rerun.

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2009
7:17 pm

No surprise: GORECKI replacing CHURCH in lineup, same spot (eighth)

curtis jones

August 30th, 2009
7:18 pm

A couple of observations on the pressing issues of the day:

1. For all the Francoeur fanatics who keep spouting, “wish we still had Frenchy, he’s been smashing it since the trade…” well, uh, see, that’s the point. The Braves gave him 400-plus games since 2007 to prove he could hit in a Braves uniform. Didn’t happen. Wasn’t gonna happen. Glad he’s doing well for the Mutts. Don’t think it will last, but enjoy it while you can. He’s a good dude…just couldn’t hack it in Atlanta. Deal with it.

2. Overheard in Cox’s office today: “Bobby, we gotta drop somebody to deal with this Hudson/McLouth situation.” “How about Brooks Conrad? Can we send him down?” “Sorry Bobby, we already did that.” “Well, who else do we have, besides Nort and Kelly, who are actually contributing to the team?” “Well Bobby, there’s Gorecki…he’s hitting, fielding and running the bases well.” “Oh yeah, well send him down. Just don’t bother Kelly and Nort. They’re really coming around lately. You gotta tip your hat to them.”

Kurdt Kobain

August 30th, 2009
7:19 pm

I don’t get teams going into a series with a “sweep” mentality, or a “2 out of 3″ mentality, or a “getting swept” mentality. Can’t really look farther than “win tonight”, right?

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:19 pm

Maybe Norton can hang on another year as a DW in the American League.

Mixxo

August 30th, 2009
7:19 pm

bravefaninok –

Just put a fresh pot o’ strong coffee in the carafe. I’m ready to go!

Lets get it on boys!

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:20 pm

Hold on NS-Steve, I’ll check…

rico43

August 30th, 2009
7:20 pm

DOB, head the DBT and Neil Young with Booker T. on his new Potato Hole album. One of the best I’ve heard all year. How do you rate in and the new P. Hood solo? Also head DBT is about to release an outtakes album.
If you got time.

Mixxo

August 30th, 2009
7:20 pm

:(

Nate & Ryan have turned into softies?

Jeebus!

Mid Town Joe

August 30th, 2009
7:21 pm

Mixxo – They showed clips and interviews I’d never seen before, including the extra drummer they used in England when Ringo was sick. I saw Eddie Stone on Friday and he said VH1 would be showing it again.

Soph

August 30th, 2009
7:21 pm

Well, Gorecki it is then.

Jerry Manuel

August 30th, 2009
7:21 pm

David Wright would have stayed in the lineup tonight. He’s a different kind of animal, so to speak.

18 Wheels of Love

August 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

Wonder which Braves cleared waivers? Wonder if Wren is still out there beating the bushes?

ernesto

August 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

Gorecki is painful to watch – I hope that launches him to a 5-5 night, and I’ll happily hear how wrong I am.

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

All-clear Steve…

David O'Brien

August 30th, 2009
7:23 pm

Heath: I was saying no argument on how many games Braves will probably need to win. But my no argument is really based more on fact I just never look at it that way. I look at the teams ahead of them, the games behind. Since that’s all that matters.

As for three S’s, I don’t work in an office or a job where I have to shave every day. I can have the stubble, and usually do.

Tiger Woods

August 30th, 2009
7:24 pm

Why is it Reid and not Infante?? Just in case Laroche gets hurt and needs to come out?? Like Reid but Infante is the better option I would have to say. Same thing as last night whatever I guess.

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:25 pm

Gorecki is another sound I occasionally make while heaving up the last bit of yap…

jeffrey d

August 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

Why is it Reid and not Infante??

potayto potahto

Jim Rockford

August 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

DOB- Can you ask Gorecki if he’ll use the same walk-up song, ‘Love Machine” in Atlanta that he did in Palm Beach?
Heath- You’re wasting time with that 90-win mark for the Wildcard. We only need to win 90 if the second place team wins 89. I’m sure you’ve done a lot of research. What is the average number of wins for the WC runner-up over the years?

bravefaninok

August 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

Tiger Woods

August 30th, 2009
7:24 pm

Why is it Reid and not Infante?? Just in case Laroche gets hurt and needs to come out?? Like Reid but Infante is the better option I would have to say. Same thing as last night whatever I guess.

Reid is much better defensive outfielder(well CF anyhow).

McFann :Ô:

August 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

Wow…anybody here ever seen the movie “Fly Away Home”? Very good movie…

Oh good grief re the McLouth thing…this stinks.

NorCal Let’s hope for NO K’s from your mann!

I’m doin’ just that.

BravesFanChris24

August 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

Game Over

Giants win 9-5 :-)

Jim Rockford

August 30th, 2009
7:28 pm

because Reid is defensively superior to any halthy OF we have.

Larry

August 30th, 2009
7:28 pm

Amazing how quickly things can change once the right teams start losing. Win tonight and we are right in the thick of it. Time to see what our guys are really made of. Lets get em Braves.

(phils are homo)

AZ Braves Fan

August 30th, 2009
7:29 pm

Right on, DOB about the S’s — it’s so cool to work from home; roll out of bed, and whatever you’re wearing is good enough at least for a good part of the day. Heck, I’m OK with skipping another one of those S’s, every now and then, too.

Then again, there are day’s where there’s enough work such that the car and/or bike don’t leave the garage. It can cut both ways….

Go Braves!

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:31 pm

Hope McLouth ain’t another Hammy, or, for future reference, McLammy…

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
7:32 pm

HAHAHAHA

Thanks Shamus…lol

PS

DOB

THANK YOU – No need to write in caps i know…All that matters is the loss column…and the end of the day/season…that’s what it boils down to and always will

Forever more…

Uknown Hinson

August 30th, 2009
7:32 pm

Please for the love of god win this game, we can be 2.5 games out. DO NOT PITCH TO HOWARD!!

jeffrey d

August 30th, 2009
7:32 pm

I believe it was “Hampy” which would make him “McLampy”

Mixxo

August 30th, 2009
7:32 pm

Mid Town Joe –

8)

I gotta go see Eddie, I mean, he only lives right around the corner from me. We always hook up for the Stillwater show anyway.

AZ Braves Fan

August 30th, 2009
7:34 pm

Hey McFann — here’s a t-shirt for you to wear under your BMac jersey: http://www.snorgtees.com/iliketurtles-p-795.html?osCsid=76881b1773009a7d5bb7fd466bca189e

GARRETT ANDERSON

August 30th, 2009
7:35 pm

NOW I SEE WHY DAVID JUSTICE LEFT ATLANTA AFTER 1995 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON,YOU REDNECKS DONT LIKE BLACK PLAYERS ON YOUR REDNECK BRAVES SQUAD,WELL I AINT GOING NO WHERE HICKS,LIKE PUFF DADDY SAYS TAKE DAT!

Chico Escuela

August 30th, 2009
7:35 pm

Vinings Jeem,

Chico remember, very bad day. teammates call chico “little papi” for next 2 weeks. chico also run slower than laroche and loaf then. chico retire very. very sad man.

Steve from OH

August 30th, 2009
7:36 pm

You misspelled your name, Garret.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
7:36 pm

“Garrett Anderson”

Get a life

PWHjort

August 30th, 2009
7:37 pm

NOW I SEE WHY DAVID JUSTICE LEFT ATLANTA AFTER 1995 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON,YOU REDNECKS DONT LIKE BLACK PLAYERS ON YOUR REDNECK BRAVES SQUAD,WELL I AINT GOING NO WHERE HICKS,LIKE PUFF DADDY SAYS TAKE DAT!

Talk about re-defining distasteful posts.

Tiger Woods

August 30th, 2009
7:37 pm

bravefaninok,

Reid did play really well in center field last night. He made 3 plays that I can remember that didn’t allow guys to take extra bases. He has good speed if he can come around as a hitter he would be a nice little player.

Jim Rockford

August 30th, 2009
7:38 pm

Don’t take the bait

Tiger Woods

August 30th, 2009
7:38 pm

DOB please get this guy off the blog. What a joke you are Garrett

PWHjort

August 30th, 2009
7:39 pm

He has good speed if he can come around as a hitter he would be a nice little player.

Dude, he’s 28 years old. His development is largely done. Organizational filler written all over him.

VaBraveFan

August 30th, 2009
7:39 pm

I sure hope we light Blanton up early. Give JJ a early lead to work with.

Nova Scotia Steve

August 30th, 2009
7:40 pm

We can beat Blanton…Definitely some early runs would be good!

AdirondackDave

August 30th, 2009
7:40 pm

Edgar had a lot of big hits for the Braves. This grand slap may be his biggest.

Uknown Hinson

August 30th, 2009
7:40 pm

Philadelphia smells like spoiled tuna and ugly females

Shamus Thacker

August 30th, 2009
7:40 pm

Garrett, if they’re so racist, why’d they sign you in the first place?

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