Kimbrel surpasses Rocker strikeout mark

SEATTLE — When Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 21st save on Monday against Seattle, he also reached 100 career strikeouts faster than any Braves pitcher in history.

The rookie closer got his 100th strikeout with 59-1/3 career innings of regular-season work (he finished the night with 101 strikeouts in 59-2/3 innings).

John Rocker was the previous fastest Brave to 100 strikeouts, doing it in 70 innings during the 1998-1999 seasons.

It was the fourth time this season that Kimbrel has faced at least three batters in a game and struck them all out, the most by any major league pitcher this season.

Kimbrel extended his own NL record for saves by a rookie before the All-Star break, and was five behind Jonathan Papelbon’s major league first-half rookie record of 26 in 2006.

Beachy also in the books

Brandon Beachy’s nine strikeouts in six innings Monday gave him 20 strikeouts over his past two starts.

The Elias Sports Bureau said he was first Braves rookie pitcher of the modern era (post-1900)  to record as many as 20 strikeouts while winning consecutive starts.

Beachy had 11 strikeouts in six innings last week against Toronto in his first start back from the disabled list. He was out five weeks after straining the oblique muscle in his left side.

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Ricko

June 28th, 2011
11:05 pm

First first ever for Ricko!!!!!!

Ricko

June 28th, 2011
11:08 pm

Braves need to trade Medlin and Moylin for some bats, gloves and announcers.

Jon

June 28th, 2011
11:08 pm

“The rookie closer got his 100th save with 59-1/3 career innings of regular-season work (he finished the night with 101 strikeouts in 59-2/3 innings).”

whoops.

Larry Parrish

June 28th, 2011
11:17 pm

Dude Ricko, do you even watch the Braves? Its Medlen and Moylan, not Medlin and Moylin. I bet you spell Nate’s last name “McClouth” too, like everyone else that follows this blog.

smyrnabob

June 28th, 2011
11:58 pm

Congrats to Fran Wren,the Braves may be the top ERA teams again. Of course, 21st in runs and an early exit. But hey, at least you have stock piled pitchers for that ERA championship for years to come. Hey maybe Larry Parrish can cut my grass as well.

smyrnabob

June 29th, 2011
12:01 am

Ironically, while in the service in the 80’s, I could drive 3 hours hours to Dallas to watch Larry Parrish fail as a hitter as well. At least he has taught the Braves all he learned as a player.

Skip Caray

June 29th, 2011
12:09 am

nice job Shafer!!

Remarkable

June 29th, 2011
12:15 am

This team is stacked! When the hitting comes around, we are going to be unbeatable. I still say we might need to look for some hitting coach that has done that before. Uggla and others need some serious help.

JC Boscan III

June 29th, 2011
12:36 am

Chipper’s DAD diagnosed Chipper’s swing (though it appears to be going south again), and McCann’s BROTHER diagnosed Brian’s swing, leading to the recent tear he’s been on. Obvious solution —— hire those 2 to diagnose and fix the rest of the team!!! What does this say about the “professional” coaches that the Braves have…!?!?!?!? Does Uggla have a close relative that the Braves could ship in from Tennessee?? Heyward’s family is in Henry County – that should be easy enough!!! Alex Gonzalez needs his entire family shipped here to convince him not to flail at curves and sliders a foot outside! *** Sidebar — why wasn’t Alex bunting to move those 2 runners up with nobody out in the 7th!?!?! Surely, someone realized that the odds favored him reaching a foot outside for that breaking ball and striking out…..!!!!!

JC Boscan III

June 29th, 2011
12:48 am

ArrrrRRRRRRRrrrrrRRRRRGGGGHHHH….!!!!!!!!!! How many limp infield dribblers can the Braves “hit” in one game……..!?!?!?!?!?!? Yet, somehow, they are ahead……….

clay

June 29th, 2011
2:21 am

I dont see why craig would not be in the allstar game.

BobDawg

June 29th, 2011
8:02 am

Ricko, you are right about the “announcers”…. the new dude (Jim Powell?) play by play puts me to sleep and I can’t follow the game with him… He has no inflection in his voice… Please move him to “stats”…

bvillebaron

June 29th, 2011
8:03 am

Where are the posters who claimed a few weeks ago that Kimbrel never retires the side in order? If I recall correctly, he has gotten saves while striking out the side twice in the last week or so.

joedub

June 29th, 2011
8:15 am

who are medlin and moylin?

Dwayne

June 29th, 2011
8:27 am

Ricko, agree on all 3 !!! Especially announcers, Don Sutton is the worse EVER !!! he is horrible, is he a drunk? WTF !!!!

Ben

June 29th, 2011
8:27 am

While atlanta pitching had been good, look at what Halladay and Lee are doing. By the way, get off the back of Larry Parrish…the guy is making 400,000…..that is what Chipper Jones and Dan Uggla make per at bat…..It is not Parrish’s fault…..these are major league hitters….stop picking on an easy target….

Blindog

June 29th, 2011
9:19 am

Dwayne,Don Sutton is a great announcer,and we are lucky he came back,and Jim Powell ain’t bad either.I never listen to the t.v., the radio broadcast is better,and calling Don a drunk is plan stupid as I’m sure YOU are!

Bob the Blogger

June 29th, 2011
9:34 am

I hate it when people spell players’ names wrong. By the way, here is some great footage of Mr. Kimbrel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFS_1QSZlrI

John Galt

June 29th, 2011
9:41 am

I have long thought that we should hire Larry Wayne Jones Sr. as hitting coach-

K-Baby

June 29th, 2011
9:51 am

Yes I agree that they are good announcers. But would somebody tell Don Sutton how to tell the score when something happens? You emphasize the number of the team that just did something instead of the opposite. Example: Uggla hits home run and it is now three to ONE – - not THREE to one. Sometimes we turn on the radio to find out the score and think it’s the other team that just scored instead of the Braves.

K-Baby

June 29th, 2011
9:55 am

Rumor has it that Mark Cuban would be interested in buying the Braves if he can’t get the Dodgers. If that happens, then the Braves could hire a hitting coaching TEAM which includes Chipper’s dad, McCann’s brother and any other personal hitting coach we need.

AND we might could have the payroll go up to $120 million or so.

[...] Atlanta Braves [...]

Z-Dawg

June 29th, 2011
10:56 am

Would anyone else agree when we talk about a new hitting coach, we aren’t looking for someone to help with the dynamics of the swing as much as someone that can help this team with their APPROACH at the plate. I just wish we had someone that could help Gonzo and Uggla recognize a ball that will fall 3 feet outside of the zone and not swing at that pitch. Normally after they do this they watch a pitch grooved right down the middle for strike 2. Their plate approach and strike recognition is FAR more concerning to me than mechanics.

Dwayne

June 29th, 2011
11:23 am

blindog, you should of been born deaf. Don Sutton is the worst EVER, how can anybody say Don is good. He sucks, he is a drunk and can not call a game.

BravesAC

June 29th, 2011
11:59 am

To make a serious charge like calling someone a drunk, you have to be a man and say it to him face to face – not hiding on a blog.
And I like Powell’s annoucning – he and Sutton ake a pretty good team.

Kevin S.

June 29th, 2011
12:15 pm

Braves have never really been great offensive teams yet we always bash our hitting coach no matter who it is. Maybe we need better hitters not coaches. All i remember reading last year was get rid of Pendleton and now its Parrish. Maybe its not the coaches and its the lack of hitters.

Shelby

June 29th, 2011
12:42 pm

HELL YA!!! WAY TO GO CRAIG!!!

EKII

June 29th, 2011
12:45 pm

The hitting woes are probably due less to the hitting coach than the psychological makeup of the batter. Time to bring in the sports psychologist for intensive therapy for much of the team.

AUTigressPen

June 29th, 2011
1:29 pm

I agree that the hitting is very frustrating and sometimes a little embarassing. Not sure what the answer is, but I do know that many of the batters have a history of being good hitters. For some reason, they are just not doing it this year. Uggla’s slow start is turning into a bad season this far in. Chipper, Alex G. and others just don’t seem to be able to get to a good place at the plate and stay there.

I DO wish Mark Cuban would buy the team. The Braves haven’t had an owner since Ted Turner sold the team, who had an emotional connection to it. Being owned by corporations because it was part of a package or for tax purposes sucks. Love him or hate him, Cuban has passion for everything he does. He probably would raise the ceiling for players salaries, and that would be a good thing for competing.

Congrats to Craig Kimbrel and to Brandon Beachy. They are really good pitchers. I was thinking after Derrick Lowe’s horrible start the other night that is is weird when I feel better about a rookie or 3rd year pitcher (Beachy and Jurjens) start than when the veterans do. The veterans should be the aces. Of course, I adore Huddy, but he is like Jeckel and Hyde with his starts this season.

Don’t hate on Don Sutton. He is the best. He may not always say things in a conventional way, but he has character. I usually watch on TV. The other night I was in the car listening on radio and realized I missed some of Don’s stuff. I love “He has modeled several uni’s in his MLB career” (he’s played for lots of teams); “Beachy gave him (batter) a little chin music (he threw it high and tight to move him off the plate) and many more Sutton-isms. Also, Don is NOT a drunk. He just has a different style of describing what he is seeing. He was with the Braves for many years before the end of games on TBS, when he had to leave. They were very lucky to get him back. We fans who have been watching and listening for many years really appreciate him. It’s probably you younger fans, who didn’t grow up seeing him play with the Dodgers, who don’t appreciate what he has to offer.

TD

June 29th, 2011
3:39 pm

Don Sutton is the man. You should try listening to Seattle’s announcers….

chuck simon's barber shop

June 29th, 2011
3:46 pm

Sutton: “And Heyward hits a sharp liner to left center……” 20 seconds later: “McCann hits with 2 outs and nobody on…….” Wait a minute, I thought Jason just got a base hit. Thanks , Don

dre

June 29th, 2011
4:18 pm

has baseball season begun? Yaaaawwwwnnnnn

BravesChamps

June 29th, 2011
5:15 pm

BobDawg, are you serious? Jim Powell is an excellent play-by-play announcer. They should put him on TV.

Zombie Steve

June 29th, 2011
6:12 pm

First time I saw this kid pitch, I knew he would be great for us. He’s got a rocket arm!

alanfalcon

June 29th, 2011
7:46 pm

(Fredi G.), look at J.Venters last 3 outings, are you blind and have you forgotten what you said at the start of the year about not overworking himm(C’mon man) it wasn’t even necessary to put him in today>

PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T RUIN THIS YOUNG MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM BECAUSE OF IGNORANCE.

Wake Up Fredi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bobby's Cox

June 30th, 2011
2:04 am

Kimbrel not only broke Rocker’s record, he shattered it!! That was super quick to 100. Here’s to hoping the kid gets 5 more saves in 10 games before the break to break Papelbon’s record.

yogi

June 30th, 2011
6:43 am

Don Sutton is a great announcer and a southern gentleman. Joe Simpson is very good . Chip Caray is still learning to make the correct calls. I have been listening to the Braves games for over 40 years .The Braves overall have had very good announcers and game callers’

Blindog

June 30th, 2011
10:01 am

Dwayne,I think most of us agree Don Sutton does a fine job,I also believe most of us agree that you are an idiot.By the way,I am not deaf,and I have been listening to the Braves since 1966 on the radio and he is one of my favorites so why don’t you shut-up and go away,thank-you!

Dwayne

June 30th, 2011
11:51 am

Blindog, i could care less how long you have been listening to the Braves, Don sucks, you think he is good? he mixes his words up all the time, especially late in games, listen to him, closely. He makes mistake after mistake. Tell you what, when I get back from vacation next week, I’ll look you up on this blog, we will set up a game to listen to on the radio, and I’ll write every screw up he makes, you do the same, and we will see if we have the same thing. I will apologize to you now if i said anything to offend YOU personally(the deaf comment). You are older than I and my father told me to always respect my elders. Deal?

Dwayne

June 30th, 2011
11:53 am

yogi, In 5 more years Don will have enough Yogism’s to match yours….

Dwayne

June 30th, 2011
11:54 am

and Yoi’s were funny. Don’s are not.

chief pitchanono

July 1st, 2011
1:11 pm

This is turning into a pretty amazeing season for the entire pitching staff. I have to admit I have overlooked allot of the great pitching, while spending too much time being frustrated by all the offensive issues. This team has been carried by this pitching staff for the entire first half and we should appreciate what they have done. Hopefully they will be well represented at the allstar game because several are very deserving. If this team ever does get some offensive rythm they will be devastating, and very capable of takeing the NL east from the phillies. I think that is the team that we have been waiting to see since last winter when we signed Uggla. Untill that happens its normal for us fans to feel kinda short changed. Hopefully it will come in the second half, but even if it doesn’t we can’t overlook what the pitching staff has done for us and even with a roller coaster offense it just might get us back to the playoffs for a second straight year. GO Braves!

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