Stat of day: Heyward snaps 31-game homerless drought

HOUSTON – Jason Heyward’s third-inning home run Monday –- on his 21st birthday — against Houston snapped a streak of 115 homerless at-bats over 31 games for the Braves’ rookie.

Before the solo shot off Astros right-hander Bud Norris, Heyward’s last homer was June 17 against Tampa Bay’s James Shields.

Heyward was slowed for six weeks by a thumb injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list and kept him out of the All-Star game (he had been voted to start for the National League).

In his first 45 major-league games through May 29, a healthy Heyward hit .298 with 10 homers and ranked among NL leaders with a .422 on-base percentage and .589 slugging percentage.

Before Tuesday, in 49 games since May 30 he had hit one homer and posted , .336 OBP and .326 slugging percentage, although Heyward has been more productive since returning from the DL.

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rayatl

August 9th, 2010
10:16 pm

first?… go Heyward..Go braves

Chad

August 9th, 2010
10:20 pm

Wow these new players sure are doing well for us. Another costly error by gonzalez. Farnworth pitching like crap. Watch them lose all 3 to this crap houston team that has lost 4 in a row. This is not a consistent team and consistent teams win pennants.

Jigger

August 9th, 2010
10:21 pm

Farnsworth looks sharp tonight.

Chad

August 9th, 2010
10:21 pm

Now a wild pitch. I can’t watch this crap anymore. They look like a AA team.

no excuses

August 9th, 2010
10:25 pm

Despite their excellent pitching staff, this Braves team will not survive with their anemic offense and pitiful defense. How Gonzalez missed that weak little-league ground ball, I’ll never know. Face it, when every game, even against the sub-500 teams, is a struggle, you know they’re in trouble.

was right about Glaus

August 9th, 2010
10:28 pm

not impressed at all w/Gonzalez

no excuses

August 9th, 2010
10:28 pm

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chad

August 9th, 2010
10:30 pm

Yay Moylan! And the idiot leo mazzone said last week ah nothings wrong. What one two bad outings. This bullpen is imploding aside from venters. Yeah it’s just one game but how many of these have we had over the past 3 weeks. Too many.

Buzz29

August 9th, 2010
10:31 pm

Wow.

That was kinda like a retarded grand slam.

Should have left Minor in.

Chad

August 9th, 2010
10:32 pm

15 errors in last 10 games

Don

August 9th, 2010
10:33 pm

Hahahaha, I told you braves believers this team was junk. You may play well at home but on the road you are a disaster. Even against crap AAA teams. The phillies will catch you by Wednesday and the season will be lost within 2 weeks as you slide to 5 games out.

G

August 9th, 2010
10:33 pm

Gonzalez has not been the defensive gem we were sold on. Furthermore Farnsworth has been a bust so far.

Baldemar Huerta

August 9th, 2010
10:34 pm

So much for relaxed players manager booby

Bravesfansince66

August 9th, 2010
10:35 pm

Holy crap Batman! They had their heads up and locked in the 7th inning. Someone please explain to me why we continue to play a defensive and offensive liability at first base. And why oh why we traded for Farnsworth. And Moylyn has stunk his last three outings!

We are in deep do-do.

Buzz29

August 9th, 2010
10:37 pm

Is it true that “Don” means assmonkey in Latin?

no excuses

August 9th, 2010
10:38 pm

College football can’t get here soon enough. This is garbage baseball.

G

August 9th, 2010
10:38 pm

Don may not be too far off…

Braves Fan Since "80

August 9th, 2010
10:42 pm

BravesFan 66….. ditto but it does not stop with those guys Gonzales has a cast iron glove…. Mcann’s throw was wide but he made no attempt….. plus his error…. Chipper is one step only…….

Bonehead move of the year was trading ESCOBAR…… we did not get a Belliard to solidify the the D we got a non clutch hitting liability on D

Braves Fan Since "80

August 9th, 2010
10:44 pm

Don you said we would be in 2nd place by Sunday…. Wrong then wrong now!

Santa Glaus

August 9th, 2010
10:48 pm

Hey, playing first base is harder than you fans think

Santa Glaus

August 9th, 2010
10:50 pm

Just cause I can’t hit and can’t field is no reason to get rid of me. Bobby likes me.

Monger

August 9th, 2010
10:50 pm

I’m glad heyward finally hit a homerunm, but I got on this site because I have to point out that this defense from the braves is ABSOLUTELY EMBARRASSING!! From most everyone, McCann has just thrown a ball into the left field corner, after letting a wild pitch go right past him after not getting in front of it, and turning his glove the wrong way. Troy Glaus committed an error when Farnsworth threw him a ball belt high two feet away from him, that he was too slow and flat footed to catch, once again absolutely embarrassing. Previously in this game, Alex Gonzalez dropped a little league groundball with the infield in, that would have been a sure out. Heyward bobbles yet another ball in the outfield, something he has done several times this year allowing for the extra base on several occassions. This is little league defense, seriously, this is not a figure of speech, we are the worst defensive team in the league right now, probably worse than most minor league teams and maybe a few high school or college teams as well, and the fundamentals of the defense are worse than little league teams. We have now committed 3 errors and a wild pitch this game, 2 in this inning alone that have accounted for 2 or 3 runs. We have now committed 15 errors in the last 10 games, and that is pretty conservative, because we could have easily been charged with 3 or 4 more that didnt get called errors, not to mention all the wild pitches and bad throws McCann and the pitchers have made. Also, count all the stolen bases we’ve given up and this is utterly and truly pathetic…Opposing players are helping themselves stealing not only 2nd, but sometimes 3rd base as well. I remember in the San Fran series they had 2 innings where they scored without the benefit of a hit, one of them was the 9th inning meltdown where Wagner plunked a guy, and then Gonzalez and Chipper made pathetic errors on little league groundballs, that cost us a run (luckily not more), and ultimately the game. The other inning was when they just ran wild on us, and some guy stole 2nd base and then 3rd and eventually scored. McCann’s throws on both were terrible. Sorry for the long rant, I am just so frustrated at how poor our defense has been, I mean I can understand one game, but ten straight games with the worst defense I have seen a major league team play since I started watching MLB in the early 90s!!! They are costing us runs, such as tonight, when our defensive meltdown took a 4-4 game to a 10-4 deficit. Is anyone else as furious as I am, because it seems like our heads are either not in the game, or we just dont know the fundamentals of how to field baseballs….Either way it is unnacceptable for major leaguers, and I hope Bobby FINALLY has a closed door meeting and chews out EVERYONE!!! Because it is really the whole team that is responsible for this poor defense, not just one or two guys. Chipper has been terrible, McCann has been terrible, Heyward has been terrible, Gonzalez has been terrible, Glaus has been terrible, its almost everyone at one time or another causing this horrible defense. 15 ERRORS IN 10 GAMES PEOPLE!!! If we played like this the whole year we would have 243 errors for the season!!! thats not a typo 243 ERRORS!!! I hope they know how embarrassing it is watching them right now, and I hope Bobby really gets in their faces and chews them out until they learn some basic defensive fundamentals of baseball. What do you think Braves fans???

- The Monger

cattle dawg

August 9th, 2010
10:51 pm

Honestly, what happened in 7th?

Bravesfansince66

August 9th, 2010
10:53 pm

Since 80: You are right there have been a cast of characters that have contributed. Mike Minor pitched well tonight but we have given way too many games away this year. Sooner or later this is going to cost us. I think we will be in a fight the rest of the year for the division but in the end, if we make the playoffs, we must find a way to win on the road!

Bravesfansince66

August 9th, 2010
10:55 pm

Monger, I feel your pain!

Fundamentally Terrible Game

August 9th, 2010
10:57 pm

Everyone was complaining about the “B Team” well not for nothing the “B Team” made the “A Team” look ridiculous today.

Santa Glaus

August 9th, 2010
10:57 pm

Maybe it’s time to start looking ahead to next year. Don’t think I will be here.

Santa Glaus

August 9th, 2010
10:58 pm

Still hard to believe they pay me for this.

no excuses

August 9th, 2010
11:00 pm

Finally! An end to this miserable eff’n embarrassing game. Hope Bobby takes ‘em behind the woodshed tonight!

Santa Glaus

August 9th, 2010
11:01 pm

Hey Braves fans–wake up! This team isn’t going to win anything until it finds a new owner willing to pay up to play in the Big Leagues.

Monger

August 9th, 2010
11:04 pm

I also have to question the sanity of Bobby Cox to allow Troy Glaus to see the field, his offense is nowhere near good enough for him to be allowed to play defense. He can barely walk, yet alone run after any ball, thus limiting his range to balls hit right at him. He can barely lean or bend for pickoff throws and tonight a ball 3 inches to his right was outside his range of reach. He is in his 30s but has the body of an out of shape 85 year old man, and he limps and walks everywhere he goes, in the field, on the bases, walking back to dugout after striking out…It is the definition of lunacy. Chipper is just as bad in the field, having no range, now a terrible glove to go with that poor range, and the only thing worse to see than him trying to field a routine grounder, is watching him try to throw with his very weak arm. They are both huge liabilities in the field, and Gonzalez has been a major dissapointment as well. I would say bench Troy, only using him as a pinch hitter, and getting someone to run for him. Chipper should play regularly, because he can occassionally get a hit or two, but I think Conrad should get some more regular time at 3rd, and should replace him defensively late in games if the score is close. This is what NEEDS to happen Braves fans…

-The Monger

mikeDW

August 9th, 2010
11:11 pm

Like I said. The bench is good. Better than the regulars, maybe? Let’s just keep mixin’ it up.

Fastball

August 9th, 2010
11:16 pm

Why does Bobby continue to play Glaus. Hes hurt! Why would the dumas* braves front office have a contract that had incentives tied to staying off the DL? That makes no sense, and in a situation where Glaus is HURTING THE TEAM he is thinking about the $250k that he wont get instead of what is best for the TEAM. It really is painful to watch these guys need to WAKE UP. They need someone to bust some heads. Minor pitched his as* off and to just throw it away with VETERANS making most of the mistakes is horrible. I guarantee Ozzie Guillen or Buck Showalter wouldnt put up with this crap!

Gwinnett Braves Bible.com

August 9th, 2010
11:16 pm

As I’ve been saying on my blog site for the last few weeks, WHY WHY WHY is Troy still playing??

Those pictures he has must be good.

Look Alive

August 9th, 2010
11:25 pm

Mr monger agree with most of what you say except about chipper. He still has decent range for a 3rd baseman and has a vefry goo arm.. He makes plays on slow rollers and balls to his left that most 3b don’t make. Oher than that I agree with you. Peace brother

Wat Wat Wat

August 9th, 2010
11:33 pm

bad, bad game. You all overreact about everything. Especially monger.

that being said it was an awful, awful performance.

Still we have 2 more games to win this series. then coming right back home. Not too bad.

Chad

August 9th, 2010
11:42 pm

Bobby Cox and Frank Wren didn’t expect this when they traded Yunel Escobar to the Blue Jays:

http://www.tomahawktalk.com/2010/08/costly-errors-all-too-common-for-atlanta-braves-lose-to-houston-astros-10-4.html/

Baldemar Huerta

August 9th, 2010
11:43 pm

Hey hey Ho ho Booby Cox has got to go!

PhillyJim

August 9th, 2010
11:49 pm

IHey Y’all, don’t pay no mind to Don. I only post here once in a while. Like I’ve said before, every team has fans that just talk smack. Every team has streaks, good or bad. Be civil and remember
ANYBODY BUT THE MUTTS !!!

Leo Mabaloney

August 9th, 2010
11:50 pm

Honestly…is Bobby delusional, demented or just plain deceitul? In his postgame propoganda session, he said his team was “catching the ball just fine.” 15 ERRORS IN 10 GAMES IS JUST FINE? Oh and he added that Gonzalez never makes an error, expecting his personal fiction to override fact I guess.

The Abs Man

August 9th, 2010
11:57 pm

Bobby Cox is senile…if you’ve ever dealt with washed-up ol’ fools, you’d know that…..
He’s not deceitful…Stupid yes….Senile–most definitely..

The Abs Man

August 9th, 2010
11:58 pm

How can anyone in their right mind, praise Alex G’s lackluster defense…for every flashy toss-the-ball-with-his-glove relay to second, he kicks routine plays like the 10th man in fat camp….

kneecap

August 10th, 2010
12:07 am

did anyone expect a different outcome? The Braves threw Minor to the wolves. They figured that they would lose this game. And then they went out and did exactly that.
Moylans done.
Farnsy is worthless.

El Bravo

August 10th, 2010
12:09 am

As bad as Alex G has been on the field please remember thesample size. Dude has been one of the better defensive SS in the majors over the last five years; he will be fine. Kile F is a solid middle reliever as well. Neither him nor Alex G will be the reason that we miss the playoffs. Troy G on the other hand…

the truth...

August 10th, 2010
12:15 am

Wat Wat Wat….you are wrong this time…over reacting is not speaking the truth about the shoddy play that has been all too frequent this year and especially on the road.

Check your Braves History….the 14 championships were built on two things primarily….dominant pitching and great defense…

This year has had good pitching…not dominant excepting Huddie… but the defense has been abysmal over all…

This Monger cat is pretty much right…except maybe on Chipper’s range…

All the players love Bobby and one of the reasons is ?????

He never gets upset with them and screams and yells….

That works great most of the time when you have three things going for you:
Glavine
Smoltz
Maddux

Those three factors will most of the time equal…..14 Division Titles and one World Series championship…

Bobby isn’t going to change in the next 90 days; so we can forget about this year being magic as in winning the big one….

As for me, I am going to try to lower my expectations and try and enjoy the rest of the season for what it is….and pray that next year will bring the RIGHT MANAGER….one that will have some piss and vinegar and will demand good baseball even if he has to kick and scream at his players sometimes….like his does demanding good umpiring….

As to the trades….
1) The Escobar trade will most likely be regretted by the organization, as it is by a number of us fans already.
2) Ankiel and Farnsworth has some merit in that it disposed of Chavez and Jo Jo Reyes…but my gut tells me that what might really be regretted long term is the “little guy” they passed along from Toronto…What if he becomes the “Doug Flutie” of baseball…

So I’d counter these by :
1)Address the disaster at 1st base and bring Freddie Freeman up where hs should be or trading for a defensively competant first basement.
2) Keep Blanco up and plant him in center fiels….my gut is that he brings the fire that a Prado and Infante type player brings to the game.
3) Keep Escobar at short and focus on getting your Latin player to bring him along to the show as a grown up…
4) Make the rest of the players understand that Escobar plays his heart out and when he screws up he has trouble dealing with it…unlike a number of the guys who laugh openly on the field like a couple of our outfielders did a couple of weeks ago
5) Play Infante as a regular not a bench player….is there a law that says you can’t move him from 2nd to 3rd or CF or 1B when someone goes down at the other position?
6)Fire Terry Pendleton and hire a hitting coach with a proven record as a hitting coach…you show me what player he helped improve….really show us…ask Jeff Francouer cause he ain’t one of them…..

So there…that’s my take on things…

Good Night ball players….

Largo

August 10th, 2010
12:18 am

A writer (I won’t mention his name) was saying how good a deal we made by getting Ankiel and Farnsworth. He didn’t like me calling him an idiot when I disagreed with him about these two zeros, especially Farnsworth. I wonder how he feels after tonight’s game when the new hero gave up two hits and two walks and lost the game. I think he did get one out. I can’t believe we gave up Blanco and Collins for these bums.

How about Cox? He says he just loves to watch Gonzalez play shortstop. What does Cox love about him with those errors he makes?

I was glad to see Heyward bust that homer tonight. Good job, kid.

kneecap

August 10th, 2010
12:18 am

Uh, Alex now has pressure on him to produce on the #1 club and hes not consistent. Hitting or fielding. He didn’t have pressure in Toronto cause nobody gives a sheet.
Its a little different on an ‘A’ group team.

Brother John

August 10th, 2010
12:18 am

While my last comment is “awaiting moderation”, I would like to say how nice a man and great a manager Mr. Cox is. Saintly. As honest as the day is long. Helps old women (Troy Glaus?) across the street. Eagle scout. Fine fellow…

kneecap

August 10th, 2010
12:19 am

Uh,Blanco’s gone dude

kneecap

August 10th, 2010
12:21 am

ok, turnin the page.

gadawgs

August 10th, 2010
12:22 am

Pathetic defensive display tonight. Actually the last week or so has been bad on the defensive side. Glaus has to sit. There is no reason he should have missed that pickoff attempt by Farnsworth except that he could not get there. Also, the bloop double down the first base line by Lee would have been caught by a first baseman with more than one leg to run on. He is killing us. Also, BMac needs to get his head out of his rearend as well. Not getting down and blocking that wild pitch instead of trying to backhand it is inexcusable for a major league catcher much less an all star. Then throwing that ball into left field was inexcusable as well. Also, what in the crap is up with Gonzalez on that weak grounder with the infield in that he booted wch allowed a run. Is it that he is not as good as advertised or is it lack of focus? Even JHey bobbling another ball in the outfield allowing a runner to advance and score is inexcusable. Hinske overthrowing the cutoff man by about 10 ft. Nobody covering second base on the bloop to right that Heyward could have forced someone out. Bobby needs to chew some butts and tell them to shore up the defense. It’s time to promote Freeman and sit Glaus please.

Reason

August 10th, 2010
12:24 am

I predicted three weeks ago that at the middle of August the Braves would be out of first place.
Reason Bobby is going back to his old ways and take for granted that the Braves are a stable, and consistence team.
When they are Cox, does everything thing to disrupt the momentum of the team, changes the line-up, and brings in Moylan, who is better of sitting on the bench out of harms way instead of losing games.
How about the solution at shortstop the so-called steady Gonzales, who has not being one bit impressive.
Troy Glaus, is a great player in the league of make believe, but reality is that he stinks from all direction.
The Braves have a young first base man who can out hit and out play Glaus, he’s in the minors, name Freddie something, remember front office he’s ready to bring up, and how about Aimless, the new guy who plays center field and strikes out at lease two time a game, boy is that ever an improvement, for the opposition, and a pitiful deal for the Brave. McCann is declining as a catcher, becoming a second rate catcher, still a good hitter. The Brave have really mess up in their deal making and it shows.
What will be the Braves excuse when they fall to second or even third place.
It could be that no one can to play.

PMC

August 10th, 2010
12:25 am

wow when I had to leave it was 4-4…. sigh. We traded Jesse Chavez right??? No?

PMC

August 10th, 2010
12:26 am

Still in 1st. Not overly concerned. It would be gravy to win a rookies first start anyway. Even if they were close.

Brother John

August 10th, 2010
12:37 am

John Smoltz equaled GRAVY! Mike Minor should have equaled Red Eye GRAVY! Tom Glavine didn’t win either, but things seemed to have worked out okay. There must be a God, because at least Matt Diaz wasn’t batting clean-up tonight like he was the past two games. Matt Diaz??? Wait, did we actually WIN the last two games?? Put him back in there.

El Bravo

August 10th, 2010
12:40 am

What a bunch of whinny little biatches blog on this place. Have your panties bunched up in a wad, don’t you? We are not better than the Phillies but we are a very good team. We have a very good chance to make it to the playoffs and if we do all bets are off because of our pitching. Our bullpen and our defense have been very good this year so we will be in a lot of games. At the end of the day it’s all about our ability to hit…

Brother John

August 10th, 2010
12:49 am

El Bravo. I would ask you to join our “whinny little biatches” club, but you seem to be somewhat impaired, and it would not be kind to take this any further. Read your first sentence. Are you not blogging on this page???

Keith

August 10th, 2010
1:38 am

I’m not a panacking fan, but I have been calling for Glaus to be sent to the DL for a few weeks now. You can tell that his knees/legs are horrible at the moment. He is currently a liability both from the plate and with the glove.

Freeman continues to impress. Call him up, please.

Keith

August 10th, 2010
1:39 am

*panicking fan

(if I could spell)

bravesfan1995

August 10th, 2010
5:02 am

bravesfan1995

August 10th, 2010
5:33 am

bravesfan1995

August 10th, 2010
5:37 am

im believe the braves win east division over all predictions this team always fight to win to the first AB -Last AB.. remember is a team to win more games in the last AB in this season…

nevermind this game…
think in 2nd and 3th games ,,,win and win and return to homestand again..

bravesfan1995

August 10th, 2010
5:45 am

the phillies with halladay oswalt howard utley victorino rollins ibañez werth and all “stars” no chance to win the division because have a horrible bullpen (people the atlanta bullpen is more reliable ) ,,utley back in middle september,,,victorino last august or september first days,,howard back but the ankle is bad im know ,,,oswalt really not is an answer to the phillies problems,,halladay 5 ER sunday vs mets,,,YEAHHH VS METS ,,,holly crap (CY YOUNG ???? I DONT BELIEVE ) oswalt dont pitch well with the new team (I DONT BELIEVE PITCH WELL IN REST OF A SEASON ,,OSWALT PLAGUED WITH INJURIES) WERTH 2009 :o
WERTH 2010 buuu!,,,Total= phillies 2nd place

BRAVES WIN THE DIVISION FOR 1 GAME ,2 GAMES OR MORE BUT WINNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!

Jase

August 10th, 2010
5:57 am

It Happens Guys. Its just a matter of time. We can Pull things off. Its part of the game! We as Fans go up and down with are Braves no matter what. LETS GO OUT AND FIGHT WITH THEM!!!!

hAL

August 10th, 2010
6:22 am

haystack hits one ball hard and all is forgiven well he was plus one run witrh the bat minus one with the g;love so as usual your future of the franchise was a no show lol hes a joke rookie of the year ? he will get as many votes as the ajxc has if they even all vote for him lol

wjones

August 10th, 2010
9:48 am

“kneecap

August 10th, 2010
12:18 am
Uh, Alex now has pressure on him to produce on the #1 club and hes not consistent. Hitting or fielding. He didn’t have pressure in Toronto cause nobody gives a sheet.
Its a little different on an ‘A’ group team.”

Well, he WAS the SS for the 2003 Marlins, who won the WS by beating the Yankees.

“hAL

August 10th, 2010
6:22 am
haystack hits one ball hard and all is forgiven well he was plus one run witrh the bat minus one with the g;love so as usual your future of the franchise was a no show lol hes a joke rookie of the year ? he will get as many votes as the ajxc has if they even all vote for him lol”

What exactly is YOUR problem with Heyward? Not a Braves fan, and jealous we have a young 21 yo star-in-the-making with all the tools, plus a maturity to match? If you are a Braves fan, I don’t understand the negativity, unless you aren’t very good at evaluating talent. You rarely fail to come on the boards daily and say something negative about him. It makes you look ignorant, which I have no problem with, just trying to figure out what your problem is.

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Marc in FL

August 10th, 2010
12:49 pm

This isn’t football. The better team isn’t expected to beat the lesser team every single game. Just FYI

hAL

August 10th, 2010
4:02 pm

if farnsworth did get an out it couldent have bben a ground ball to short lol or third for that matter i like how this whole blod wanted esco traded so bad now everyones ohh we all knew that was a bad trade yes right you idiots knew i watched ag all year for the jays if hes got a track record of good fensicve play he better dig it out cause this is not new his saving grace in to wadss he hit some fly balls that landed in the seats of that cracker box lol u all will want esco back really bad the thing that should have changed was tp p not esco then he might have hit and not sulked lol

Jo-Bu

August 10th, 2010
5:17 pm

I don’t have a problem with Gonzo, but with Farnsworth, he didn’t show us much the first time and isn’t showing us much now.

On J-Hey’s home: Maybe this is an indication that his thumb is getting better — not 100% but better.

Esco

August 10th, 2010
6:48 pm

Are the Braves still giving Gonzo a standing ovation when he comes in the club house?

bravesbravesbraves

August 10th, 2010
7:34 pm

Hal Sukc Meee!!! stupid!

BRAVESFAN1995

August 10th, 2010
7:36 pm

50+ games to play …not all is lose …lets goooo!
GO BRAVES FANS!!!!
GOO TEAM GOO!!!

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