Heyward snaps two homerless streaks

St. Louis -- Jason Heyward’s seventh-inning homer Thursday off lefty Dennys Reyes snapped a pair of homerless streaks, one by Braves hitters and the other by Cardinals pitchers.

Heyward’s team-high fifth homer was the first for the Braves during their nine-game losing streak, and the first of the season against a Cardinals pitcher at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis pitchers worked 98 home innings before giving up a long ball, the first team to go that long without giving up a homer at home since the 1972 Chicago White Sox, who also allowed their first in their 99th inning.

Heyward had been 1-for-20 with eight strikeouts and no RBI in his past eight games before going 2-for-4 on Thursday. Though he’s only 5-for-24 (.208) against lefties, two of the hits were home runs.

After Heyward struck out on a called third strike with the bases loaded in Tuesday’s loss against the Cardinals, manager Bobby Cox said the prized rookie needed to stop taking so many pitches and be a little more aggressive.

Heyward was out of the lineup for the first time all season on Wednesday, to give him a breather against a lefty (Jesse Garcia) and a chance to rest a sore shin that he’s played on since late in spring training.

His hits Thursday came on his first swing of each at-bat — a single on a 2-and-1 change-up from Adam Wainwright to start the third inning, and the homer on a 1-and-1 slider from Reyes.

“He still is particular what he hits,” Cox said. The home run came on a one-strike, one-ball count. Wasn’t two strikes. And the base hit he didn’t have two strikes, so….”

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April 29th, 2010
8:15 pm

Glad to see Jason getting his groove back. Although we lost today, I saw a lot of positives in the last couple of games. Hopefully this home stand will get the Braves back in the win column.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!


April 29th, 2010
8:30 pm

Since this team obviously took a dip in the Hot tub time machine..I say bring back Chief Knockahoma. Heck Wrens busy doing nothing.. suit him up!


April 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

Glad K-ward could change his tune and hit the best strikes offered instead of waiting for the third one each time.


April 29th, 2010
10:55 pm

I have a feelin we could be on our way back.
Let’s hope three with the Astros will help.
Guys are coming around I feel it.


April 30th, 2010
9:27 am

Wainwright…we threw him away for what again?

Frances Freedman

April 30th, 2010
9:46 am

I hope Terry P keeps away from Heyward. He is yet to develop a hitter!


April 30th, 2010
9:46 am

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steve whitmire

April 30th, 2010
10:02 am

WHEN THINGS CAN’T GET any worser, got to get better, right?


April 30th, 2010
11:39 am

Heyward is a long way down on the list of reasons why the Braves are as bad as they are. As a matter fact, it’s because of Heyward the home team is not in worse shape. I thought it was pretty peculiar that Bobby Cox would call out Heyward. Bobby has a track record of defending his players in the media but I guess Heyward doesn’t rate that. Hmmmmm….I wonder why. I think it would have been much more effective to call out McClouth since he is a former All Star that’s hitting like Schafer did last yr. Or how about Glaus, the former World Series MVP. Or how about Chipper, the aging face of the franchise that has half of Heyward’s production this yr. Or how about Diaz. What the heck is he doing at the plate? Waiting on pitches? Swinging for the fences? Streching his back???? I have yet to figure that one out.

Yep. It really makes you wonder why he would comment publicly on the rook. No worries though, Heyward will be here long after Bobby rides off into the sunset. Thank God. GO BRAVES!


April 30th, 2010
1:46 pm

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