Hanson struck in eye during batting practice

SAN FRANCISCO – Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson was hit in the eye by a batted ball that caromed off the ground during batting practice, but said he would make his scheduled Game 2 start Friday in the National League Division Series against San Francisco.

The right-hander was hitting in the batting cage before Thursday’s series opener at AT&T Park when he hit a ball that caromed off a pad on the ground and back into his face. He left the field immediately to be checked out, and was expected to see an eye doctor as a precaution.

A small mark was visiable above Hanson’s right eye, but he was checked out and cleared to pitch.

“11 for 6″ is Braves’ postseason slogan

When Braves players entered the visitor’s clubhouse Thursday, then found T-shirts emblazoned with a simple slogan: 11 for 6. It meant 11 postseason wins for a World Series title for Cox (No. 6) in his final postseason as manager.

“We’ve had some awesome T-shirts this year,” infielder Brooks Conrad said.

Conrad said he didn’t know who had the shirts made, and backup catcher David Ross, frequent ringleader in such matters, said he wasn’t responsible this time.

“I think this whole season has been special, to be able to play for him, especially in his last year,” said Tommy Hanson, the Braves’ Game 2 starter Friday. “I don’t think we’re thinking about that too much, we obviously want to take it one step at a time. But that would be awesome to be able to do that [for Cox].”

Diaz in left field

Even though the Braves faced right-hander Matt Lincecum in Game 1 Thursday, Matt Diaz got the start in left field instead of slumping Nate McLouth or Melky Cabrera.

“Matty started the last game in Atlanta and hit balls hard, two of them I think were off right-handers,” Cox said. ” If Matty gets hot, he’s going to hit lefties, righties, it doesn’t make any difference. We had to pick one, and the coaching staff and I picked him.”

Diaz was 1-for-3 against Lincecum before Thursday, while McLouth and Cabrera were each 1-for-6 against him, including four strikeouts for McLouth.

McLouth was 11-for-30 (.367) with seven extra-base hits (3 HRs) and 10 RBI in 10 games thru Sept. 18, but 4-for-24 with no extra-base hits and no RBI in 10 games since.

85 comments Add your comment

stachemoney22

October 7th, 2010
10:06 pm

can’t play bobby ball tonight. need to move runners over, hit & run etc as opposed to waiting for the three run homer. it certainly took bobby long enough to realize that diaz should be playing over nate & melky

FloridaStateinDC

October 7th, 2010
11:10 pm

spellcheck

October 7th, 2010
11:15 pm

Who the hell is Matt Lincecum? Come on now…

athensmatt

October 7th, 2010
11:15 pm

who is matt lincecum? is that tim’s brother? i wish he was pitching instead.

Ddb

October 7th, 2010
11:18 pm

11 for 6? Is that Conrad’s errors and unearned runs allowed?

Philsfan

October 8th, 2010
12:01 am

11 is probably the amount of hits the Braves will have the entire postseason(LMAO).

Robert

October 8th, 2010
12:12 am

Braves made Lincecum look like Nolan Ryan. I wish Jason Hayward would worry more about hitting the ball instead of fixing his shirt. What ever happened to get them on, get them over, get them in.

Gordon

October 8th, 2010
12:12 am

Good job Braves, you turned about 75 balls into strikes. I have never seen a team swing at so many 58 foot pitches in my life. If they get to see Mitch Kramer again, make him throw the ball OVER THE PLATE!!!!!!!

J-Hey

October 8th, 2010
12:12 am

“11 is probably the amount of hits the Braves will have the entire postseason(LMAO)”

11 hits by the offense and 6 runs given up by the pitching staff

Gordon

October 8th, 2010
12:14 am

Hey Philsfan, its called class, look it up, you and your fans could use a TON of it.

Dumbasdirt

October 8th, 2010
12:14 am

Kept surfing the channels looking for the braves playing tonight, but only found San Fran ! Bobby blunders again……….walk the free swinger to get to the guy that’s gonna put the ball in play, and it cost him another game…….Lincecum is good, but swinging at balls in the dirt or over your head did the most damage. 2 more errors….what a shocker……and believe it or not, I am a Braves fan !

james

October 8th, 2010
12:18 am

“Cody Ross singled in a run in the fourth after Buster Posey was called safe on a steal of second by umpire Paul Emmel. Posey appeared to be tagged out by Brooks Conrad on the play.”

Wed got absolutely Hosed on that call. Cost us the game

Robert

October 8th, 2010
12:22 am

Swinging at balls in the dirt cost us the game.

marK

October 8th, 2010
12:23 am

This game was served on a platter; still looks to be a good series. I can’t quite understand the intentional walk to the overweight guy in a slump.

Jeffero

October 8th, 2010
12:24 am

BMac threw out 2 baserunners tonight. Posey was out by a mile. Cost us the game. Mitch was great but so were our pitchers. We better get a call that big go our way these next couple games.

randyh

October 8th, 2010
12:28 am

so frustrating when you cant score. braves hitters looked intimidated. pitchers for braves did great. dont know if braves can score on any of the giants pitchers.

JonnyVenter'sLeftArm

October 8th, 2010
12:37 am

I can’t quibble with many of Booby’s moves tonight other than walking the Panda.
This one is on the players. Infante has to at least smother than ball and keep the run from scoring.
I’m about ready to see Diory at 3rd and Infante back at 2nd.

Other Phils Fan

October 8th, 2010
12:47 am

Hey Braves fans. Two things:
1) You did get way ripped off on the Posey steal.
2) Please don’t think all Phillies fans are trolling losers. Chances are, if someone’s hard-up for attention enough to go trolling on another city’s baseball blog, his home fans don’t like him either. Hope Hanson is OK to pitch and you guys give the Giants what-for.

Stanley Crowe

October 8th, 2010
12:56 am

Great game tonight, if you like good pitching and tight situations. All credit to Lincecum — that was a beauty. And Derek Lowe — just terrific work in a couple of very dire situations. If Posey’s steal is correctly called, we would probably still be playing. and wouldn’t you know it, our defense lets us down — the Ross hit past Omar would have been snagged by Chipper or Martin, but Omar is a second baseman playing out of position and I’m not going to complain about his effort. Tomorrow is a new day — they won’t have a better pitcher than Lincecum, so we’ll have a chance, if Tommy Hanson pitches like he’s been pitching. (i”m assuming the eye issue won’t be a problem). If we can leave San Fran 1-1, I like our chances still.

Robards

October 8th, 2010
1:08 am

Yeah, the Braves got hosed but it wasn’t like they were ever going to score any runs. Unfortunately, the Braves would have lost tonight anyway. Play Melky and Diaz or even Hinske. Ankiel/McClouth will strike out virtually every time against these pitchers.

Nobleman

October 8th, 2010
1:15 am

D. Lowe pitched great, got out of some tough jams, a still think Hayward is no #2 hitter, he is more a #5 hitter ,I like to see where the new manager bats him next season.

shmoe still believes

October 8th, 2010
1:21 am

thank you other phils fan

ivan in palm harbor

October 8th, 2010
1:44 am

Interesting comment by Posey, ” I guess it is good that we don’t have instant replay right now. ” Neverless you have to look at what Lincecum did . It still comes down to getting the play right. In a 1-0 game with what is at stake is here. For sake of integrity of the game please implement instant replay next year.

I submit that instant replay in baseball would be very right and would not be time consuming like it is in the NFL. The bottom line is these games are too important to have a monumental wronmg call that could detemine the very outcome of the entire series.
It is to important to get it wrong instead of getting it right. Lets implement instant replay in MLB now.

Blown Calls + Errors + No hittings = 0-3 and out

October 8th, 2010
2:28 am

Great to hear something classy from a Philly fan – thanks Other Philly Fan. I may not like your team but I do respect them. Right now they look just ridiculous; impressive. We are just way too depleted. We looked awful at the plate tonight but the ump did not help….

Dirty Dawg

October 8th, 2010
3:19 am

Frankly I’d like to see Troy at third and I got to ask, ‘what in blazes is Bobby doing hitting Gonzales fifth. The man is as bad from the right side as Ankiel is from the left. Face it, we’ve got some huge holes in this lineup that can’t be hidden…still we almost, and given a decent call, may very well have won. Nice job Mr. Lowe, you deserved better.

Hooter Girl

October 8th, 2010
7:53 am

Bad call @ 2nd, those are going to happen, but the lack of knowledge of the K zone was the worst I have ever seen, watching pitches down the middle and swinging at balls in the dirt. Once again Cox overmanaged by walking Panda and undermanaged by not attempting to play small ball when we did have a baserunner. I mean Heyward has to run sometime on a catcher that is one of the worst in the league at throwing runners out. They could have played all night and would not have scored. Please get an aggressive manager next year like the guy in Texas and get a hitting coach who has a clue on how to approach major league hitting.

Tired Sports fan

October 8th, 2010
8:43 am

At least the Braves don’t try to buy their rings, like the Phils and Yankees do. I am Ok with whatever happens to the Braves, since I know we do things the right way. This is why baseball and basketball won’t be around in the next 20 years, cause the young people out here WILL NOT keep paying to watch teams that buy championships. Period

WHATEVER

October 8th, 2010
8:49 am

This braves team is far from a playoff team people. They are going down and fast. No hitting, no fielding, no Prado, Chipper…..The lineup is pittyful and plenty of people know it. They make bad pitchers look good. Runner on 2nd and swinging at 1st pitches and grounding out. They are going noplace. Im not even watching the games. I have moved on to something more important.

See ya next year people, hopefully less McLouth, Ankle, Gonzalez, Lee, Caberea and the rest of the utility players pretending that they belong. But as long as we have Lowe and KK in the starting rotation, dont look for much else. That and Chipper Jones being hurt and sucking up that payroll. He needs to retire and move on so the braves can get some hitters who play everyday.

Go Braves 2011. Thats all we have here people.

Our Lineup Sucks

October 8th, 2010
9:09 am

2011 Lineup:

Infante CF
Prado 2B
Heyward RF
Werth LF
Jones 3B
McCann C
Freeman 1B
Gonzalez SS

And hopefully an aggressive manager and competent hitting coach.

C'mon Man

October 8th, 2010
9:14 am

One game guys. They had their best pitcher going who in case you hadn’t noticed won the Cy Young the last two years. We’ve got Hanson and Hudson going the next two. It’s not over yet.

C'mon Man

October 8th, 2010
9:16 am

Werth will be worthless next year when he gets a big fat contract. He is helped greatly by the fact he is in the same lineup as Utley and Howard.

DC Brave

October 8th, 2010
9:19 am

I played against Matt Linecum in high school. Even then he was throwing 89-90….and he was a spray hitter…he’d look horrible on one swing, then hit a low liner to right on the next on a pitch off the plate. We used to call him the Freaky Caveman.

C'mon Man

October 8th, 2010
9:19 am

Whatever, they make bad pitchers look good? Again, Lincecum may be the best pitcher in baseball.

Really D.O.B??

October 8th, 2010
9:21 am

The Braves wish Matt Lincecum pitched last night

DIRTY TIM

October 8th, 2010
9:27 am

I can’t believe what I saw last night. Hey Braves Hitters – A BALL IN THE DIRT IS NOT A STRIKE!!! – I stopped counting at 30 our batters who were swinging at balls in the DIRT or very close to it…

braves29

October 8th, 2010
9:32 am

No defense= no win! Infante is a butcher at 3b, Chipper makes that play in his sleep! Worst starting lineup of all 8 playoff teams- no power or speed…

Kashi

October 8th, 2010
9:38 am

>b>Second base UMPIRE needs to be BENCHED. Look where he is standing runner in first base. How the hell in earth he can watch tag if first base try to steal. That UMPIRE has no umpiring experience the way he is standing behind the mound. He cost us the game.

Kashi

October 8th, 2010
9:47 am

Who is that 2nd base umpire? Second base UMPIRE needs to be BENCHED. Look where he is standing runner in first base. How the hell in earth he can watch tag if first base rummer try to steal. That UMPIRE has no umpiring experience the way he is standing behind the mound. He cost us the game.

Stanley Crowe

October 8th, 2010
9:54 am

There have been a lot of comments about swinging at balls in the dirt. Folks — when you have two strikes on you, and the ball is coming out of Lincecum’s hand looking like another fastball, you HAVE to swing. Let’s just credit Lincecum here and move on. Lately, Jason Hayward has shown terrific awareness of the strike zone, and even he was looking bad. That tells me that Lincecum was just plain good. Graet pitching will beat great hitting most of the time, and our hitting isn’t great to start with. Even the phillies and the Yanks would have had trouble with Lincecum on last night’s form. All in all, we’re fine — let’s get a win to night and keep going!

JP

October 8th, 2010
10:06 am

Braves are toast. They can barely field a major league lineup. Injuries depleted team for sure but Wren has only added junk -Cabrera, Glaus, Lee, Ankiel, Kawakami, Gonzalez, Farnsworth – and unloaded one of the best SS in MLB. Makes Bobby look like a genius just getting this soft bunch this far.

Beowulf

October 8th, 2010
10:33 am

Y’all do realize that Lincecum won the last two NL Cy Young awards, right? This is like going up against Maddux in his prime. Braves need to pull out wins in next 2 games before we face him again. If not, at least it will be fun watching him go up against Halladay and giving Phils a run for their money. Sorry, Cincy, I think y’all have it tougher than we do…

Bobby

October 8th, 2010
11:01 am

People, this is a man’s sport. While I am as much of a die hard Braves fan, you guys are such crybabies. Go put your favorite dress on and watch the game tonight. WAAAH NO CRYING

Hitting Coach

October 8th, 2010
11:02 am

As a former baseball player last night disgusted me………I’ve seen 12 year olds go to the plate with more motivation and a way better approach to what the pitcher is trying to do……..Esp innings 1 – 4 nothing breaking could catch the middle, forget the corners any breaking pitch out of his hand was a ball in the dirt, READ AND REACT OFF THE FASTBALL because that was all over the place also, I’m checking in on one pitch, fastball right down the D$#@# which he threw passed everyone because there waiting on breaking balls in the DIRT….PATHETIC SHOWING LAST NIGHT……..BUT I’M STILL WITH YOU GUYS COME ON BRAVES!!!!!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!!! BETTER AB’S

Hitting Coach

October 8th, 2010
11:07 am

@Stanley Crowe , That is exactly why you go with an approach, work the count to 2 -1 2- 0 ………if 0-0 first pitch fastball down the D$#@ i’m telling my guys smash it and good luck after 0 – 1, you then have a 50 50 chance at hitting first pitch fast ball and that is the most important pitch vs Lincecum its not 1 – 1 or even 2 – 1 with linecum, THE MOST IMPORTANT COUNT IS 0 – 0, if he gets you 0 -1, expect junk look going the other way that way we are seeing the ball deep, but 1 – 0 YOU ARE IN CONTROL, look fast ball or junk in the dirt simple formula………SEE THE BALL DEEP, GO THE OTHER WAY, CREATES MORE BALANCE WHICH WE CLEARLY DID NOT HAVE….WHICH YOU NEED FOR A JUNK PITCHER WITH A GOOD FASTBALL SUCH AS LINCECUM…..

Blue Fox

October 8th, 2010
11:59 am

Can anybody figure out why Bobby didn’t walk the hitter that got the winning run home to load the bases and pitch to Lincecum?? At each of his bats, Lincecum showed no signs of being able to touch a D-Lowe pitch, and the worse that could have happened if he’d batted with the bases loaded was a walk.

bass stringerfish

October 8th, 2010
12:00 pm

I was OK walking King Fu Panda. It worked. Infante booted that play even though it was ruled a hit. The blown call didn’t do us in…helped for sure…but not making the play in the Playoffs ended up doing us in. Helping Lincecum out swinging at balls up in the zone did us in. McCann not making the adjustment to the 3-2 curve ball in the dirt after he saw the same exact thing against Jason…Not moving our leadoff double to third with nobody out did us in…BUT at the end of the day, we faced one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. You can’t recognize the pitch out of that delivery until its to late. And to top this off THEY only scored ONE run off our staff – and that was umpire and error – aided…Think about that…makes no difference a loss is a loss, but its not like we were smoked out of the park…Don’t lose the faith…I think our number 2 and 3 pitchers in this series are going to be better than SF’s 2&3. Bullpen is still awesome..Ventors is back (what a DP he threw!)…Hanso makes it through the 1st couple innigs tonight and we win the ball game…if not…well we’ll see. Bobby will have a quick hook in case he has to come back…Lowe will be ready now too for a short rest start if needed – and he pitched (and has been pitching) excellent!

Farewell Bobby Cox.

October 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

The only celebrating the Braves, will be doing in the playoffs,has been done. When they slide into slide, into the N.L.Wildcard spot. They are the very very best team at ALL times, CHOKING,when it comes to M.L.B. ,playoffs. They have as much chance as winning the National League and World Series. As too the Georgia Bulldogs winning the SEC East. Their chances, are NONE.

doug

October 8th, 2010
12:43 pm

Good call Blue Fox..with first base open and the pitcher up next..it should be an automatic walk! First off, Lincecum can’t hardly put the bat on the ball, and it sets up the force at any base. Cox has been doing this since 1991 when he brought in Leibrant to pitch to Kirby Puckett in the World Series. He cannot make playoff decisions!

Russell

October 8th, 2010
12:46 pm

Troy Clause stll on the bench……………..Wake up cox…………..

GSU Eagle 91

October 8th, 2010
12:52 pm

As a Braves fan, I found it hard to take last night’s debacle at the plate…So many Ball 3 and Ball 4 pitches were swung at, and of course, missed..Why Because they were 58 foot pitches! I thought we were facing Brandon Webb again!
PhilsFan is very generous at this point with assigning the Braves 11 hits in the playoffs…With 2 after 1 game, our squad will need to catch fire to reach 11!
I believe this is the key game anyway…Game 2…Come home with a 1-1 split, Braves, and I think we can win this series!

Bernard

October 8th, 2010
1:03 pm

Hard to beat 10 players (umpire)?!…just win baby!

Bob Horner

October 8th, 2010
1:14 pm

tonight = must win

.....

October 8th, 2010
1:16 pm

FIRST BASE WAS NOT OPEN, POSEY ON 2ND AND WALKED KUNG FU PANDA TO GET TO ROSS, A WALK LOADS THE BASES, BUT I THINK I RATHER FACE LINCECUM WITH THE BASES LOADED THAN ROSS WITH 1ST AND 2ND.

bobby

October 8th, 2010
1:17 pm

50-50 the braves won’t even score again this year.

.....

October 8th, 2010
1:19 pm

I AGREE ID LIKE TO SEE GLAUS IN THE LINEUP…. AND HINSKE AS CLUTCH AS HE HAS BEEN….. WHAT IS THE OPINION OF THIS?

2B INFANTE
RF HEYWARD
1B LEE
C MCCANN
LF HINSKE
3B GLAUS
SS GONZALEZ
CF MELKY/ANKIEL/MCLOUTH
P HANSON

BEFORE YOU SCREAM WE NEED DEFENSE OUT THERE, REMEMBER HOW LACKLUSTER IT HAS ALREADY BEEN… I WOULD SACRIFICE SOME DEFENSE FOR EVEN A SHOT AT A LITTLE POP…

old timer

October 8th, 2010
1:21 pm

Man, I like Lowe’s comments after the game. Posey was out, but umps are going to miss calls; that happens in the game. Just love the character of this group. They will win tonight and suddenly the wild card has home field advantage.

carl

October 8th, 2010
1:24 pm

We are not going to do much with 2 hits whoever is pitching. If we lose today we are in big trouble and it will be sad to see it happen in Atlanta. We lost the post season in September when we were 7 games in front of the Phil’s. T.P.needs to be held accountable for some poor hiting down the stretch.

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BelieveBraves2010

October 8th, 2010
2:03 pm

LOL I LOVE THE NEGATIVITY!!! ALL THE TRUE BLUE FANS REALLY SHOW SUPPORT! LOL THIS IS WHY ATLANTA SPORTS TEAMS ARE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF AMERICA!!! BC THERE FANS CRY OVER ONE GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH ALL YOU BASHERS WOULD STFU AND STOP WATCHING! I HATE YOU!

Larry

October 8th, 2010
2:15 pm

1. Infante 2nd base
2. Heyward RF
3. Lee 1st base
4. McCann Catcher
5. Melky Center
6. Glaus 3rd base
7. McClouth LF
8 Gonzolez SS

Hinske possibly at 3rd, better bat but idk know who is better at D at 3rd. Keep Conrad coming off the bench, he is a college level with the glove that almost cost the braves lastnight.

Stanley Crowe

October 8th, 2010
2:29 pm

Hitting coach — Thanks for the follow-up. What you say seems right to me. It’s getting into two-strike situations that causes the problem. It’s just that once they’re in that situation a pitcher like Lincecum, when he’s “on,” has hitters at his mercy. If you’re suggestions about a better approach earlier in the count would work, then I’m all for them. And I agree with everyone else who says that if we had hit worth a damn, we wouldn’t have to worry about the occasional blown call.

It seems to me, by the way, that Lincecum was getting a LOT of high strike calls — I watched the Philly’s game earlier and the Cincy pitcher was getting nothing called, it seemed. Of course, I don’t know that these “pitch-trak” gizmos are any good. Does anyone have any wisdom about that?

Be all that as it may — this is a team we have beaten and can beat again. Let’s get it done!!

You

October 8th, 2010
2:44 pm

Phillies fans are all fugly. Braves fans are smokin hot!

JoeBravesFan

October 8th, 2010
2:48 pm

Of course the Phillies fans want the Braves to win our series…they’ve had our number all year when they were at full strength. Even if we beat SF, there’s no way we can beat Philly in our current condition. Sad, but true. As a fan of a team in the NL, I would be happy to see an NL East team go to the World Series and win it all. It will soften the blow of losing the division to a World Champion.

mike

October 8th, 2010
2:56 pm

we wont get Werth… r u kidding.

GO BRAVES!

JoeBravesFan

October 8th, 2010
2:58 pm

I wish we could get a team owner that is actually committed to winning. Liberty Media doesn’t seem to care if we win or lose. Hey, Mark Cuban…are you interested in the Braves???

Booby's booger finger

October 8th, 2010
3:04 pm

I’m looking forward to the three hits we get tonight. I hope it’s three in a row. ( = 1 run )

tim

October 8th, 2010
3:17 pm

Lack of fundamental baseball will get you beat in the post season every time. What has happened to the get ‘em on, get ‘em over, get ‘em in philosophy? For example, we start the game off last night with a double by Omar Infante. Nobody out, Heyward at bat. With Lowe going against Lincecum, you knew that runs would be at a premium. So why not have Heyward bunting? Why not have Infante stealing? At least try and have Heyward hit to the right side of the infield to move the runner over.

Look how the Giants won the game. Buster Posey (a catcher!!!) gets a base hit, steals second, scores on base hit….ball game. You’re telling me that Buster Posey has more speed then Infante? ABC baseball, that is all it is.

I love the Braves, and I support them, but I went to bed after the 6th last night knowing they wouldn’t score a run. We don’t have the offense to sit around and wait for a 3-run homer anymore. If the Braves are to continue their season, they are going to HAVE to manufacture runs, or it will be over in 4 games.

That is my 2 cents worth.

SFGiantsFanLorenzo

October 8th, 2010
3:22 pm

hahahahah….you walked the Panda??? Are you kidding me???

I’m a Giants fan and I was incredulous that Cox would walk the Panda to get to Cody. I knew Cody would get a hit! Panda on the other hand….will usually swing at anything when under pressure. of course..when he gets lucky it goes over the fence!

But that was totally a bonehead call to walk Panda!

chuck

October 8th, 2010
3:39 pm

When are these guys going to learn that when you are overmatched by a pitcher (almost always lately) you spread out in the box, choke up on the bat and just put the ball in play. Some of them are going to get through. 13 strikeouts is CRAZY.

chuck

October 8th, 2010
3:40 pm

Of course the blown call on the Pose OUT at second base allowed the run to score or we might still be playing.

chuck

October 8th, 2010
3:41 pm

oops, PoseY

Had they not scored, Lincecum would have been removed in the 7th or 8th for a PH and we would have gotten into their pen.

nique

October 8th, 2010
3:53 pm

That Posey call was horrendous, but I’m optimistic since Hanson can pitch every bit as good as Lowe. The G-men can be shut down, and we’re bound to score a run.

Couple of requests though: start Hinske!!!!, swing at first pitch strikes!!!!, steal with guys who can run, and hit and run!!! Must manufacture runs since we don’t have any big boppers.

Booby's booger finger

October 8th, 2010
4:08 pm

I’ll bet dollars to donuts that the Braves have more errors than runs tonight.

Carl

October 8th, 2010
4:15 pm

Get Lee out of the lineup; Hinske @1st, Glaus @3rd; Infante back to 2nd. This isn’t brain surgery. Also, bunt, steal, get dirty, make something happen. Since we picked up Gonzalez and Lee, we have gone downhill. I would love to even see Escobar back! Other teams don’t trade away old, washed up players for no reason.

Sam A.

October 8th, 2010
4:19 pm

Here is my take in the inning the Giants scored a run. I don’t think anyone mention this. In that inning Posey was at 2nd base. Bobby Cox elected to walk Sanoval and that put runners on 2nd & 1st. Well BC should have walked Ross and load the bases. The next batter was Tim L. It was up to Lowe to strike him out or anything and get him out. I don’t think BC was thinking that way. Remember when Ross was playing for the Marlins he always got a big hit to beat the Braves.

george

October 8th, 2010
4:33 pm

Number 1 priority for 11- new hitting coach.

bobby

October 8th, 2010
4:37 pm

Believe brave, it has nothing to do with lack of support. Are you not smart enough to face facts? By the way, all caps are for kids.

F Troop

October 8th, 2010
5:30 pm

I just have to LAUGH at the hitting coaches on this board with their half dozen proven strategies for solving Tim Lincecum. Phenomenal. And they sound so serious. Never mind the fact this guy is perhaps the best pitcher in the NL. When he’s on as he was last night, there’s no chance of beating him.

My take on the Braves comes down to the lineup. Lee is done, as are Ankiel, McClouth, and Gonzalez. All outs. Melky and Glaus are maybes. At least they take their BBs. Mac, Diaz, Omar, and Jayhey are all the bonfides we got. Brooksy is our rabbits foot.

I’d like to be as optimistic as the next die-hard but realistically our lineup would struggle in a AAA world series. Let’s all lower our expectations and celebrate Bobby’s last few games.

F Troop

October 8th, 2010
5:41 pm

Oh, and btw, Cox has NEVER been a small ball fundamentals guy, even when we had Lemke, so why are we expecting he’ll change now? This is why we are 1-5 in WS play even though we’ve had 14 post season appearances under his helm. Old #6 ain’t gonna change. Certainly not now.

Whitey Herzog's ghost

October 8th, 2010
6:09 pm

You Braves fans complaining about a bad call and blaming a playoff meltdown on the umpires? That’s pathetic. Hall of Fame umpires don’t whine and cry about bad calls, they overcome them.

Excuse me, I have to take a call from Don Denkinger on the eternal torture line.

Whitey Herzog's ghost

October 8th, 2010
6:13 pm

Excuse me, that’s hall of fame managers, not umpires.

Dream on 11 for 6---pfff

October 8th, 2010
6:16 pm

I would love it if the Braves won one maybe two games against the Giants but the history and reality is one and done—for years the Braves have found ways to lose in the playoffs and they keep throwing 14 division titles as a F’ing trophy–its just sad when you look at what this team has done when they do make it to the playoffs. This years team is anemic at offensively. Unless they get uber hot the Bravos and Bobby Cox will go down in flames like they always do.

Yoyo

October 8th, 2010
6:51 pm

It has been said “The team which won the first game of the playoffs would go on the win the series 75% of the time.” For the braves, they would lose a series 110% of the time. It would not matter whether they won or lost on the first game because the braves were guaranteed to lose in this kind of situations.

[...] Tommy Hanson will start for the Braves, as expected. You may have heard or read that he was hit in the eye by a batted ball in batting practice Thursday and immediately went to the clubhouse to be examined. Obviously, he’s fine. (But if [...]

[...] Tommy Hanson will start for the Braves, as expected. You may have heard or read that he was hit in the eye by a batted ball in batting practice Thursday and immediately went to the clubhouse to be examined. Obviously, he’s fine. (But if he [...]

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