4:31 pm August 12, 2011, by David O'Brien
August 12th, 20119:56 pm
I think Dan is unlikely to continue at this clip the rest of the season. but it would be nice wouldn’t it?
McFann O O It won't be long, now!!!
RIP Ernie Johnson Sr. Prayers for him and his family…
August 12th, 20119:57 pm
Vizciano is gettin in a groove here,build some confidence,good job Fredi.
Viz AHHHH looks comfortable out there
RIP EJ. You will always be the voice of Braves baseball to me.
On a weekend that we honor the 1991 Braves … many memories with him and Skip doing the ballgames …. sorta strange but fitting I guess. He was part of the Braves experience watching and listening. He was one of the best!
GTI in Chicago
August 12th, 20119:58 pm
Nice to hear DON SUTTON talking about both ERNIE and SKIP on the air right now. The emotion is evident in his voice. They are/will be very missed.
Good job, Viz!
Someone Better Get Drill Next Inning! Or Or Or!!! I’m gonna Get P’d off!
I always knew that Mitchell was T’hawkin
Cannot believe we weren’t throwing at Soriano.
August 12th, 20119:59 pm
And a second, clean, quick inning from VIZCAINO. That’s good to see, even if the game is a blowout already.
August 12th, 201110:00 pm
Tomahawkin, have another Samuel Jackson and chill, baby!!!
Don Sutton said Skip was probably the first to greet Ernie and they sat back to watch the tribute to Cox and the Braves win big.
The A Bomb
Ernie Johnson…..one of the last remaining links to my childhood.
RIP and thanks for making me a Braves fan as a 7-year-old with a transistor radio.
Seriously? We are winning this game 10-3 and you are going to be upset because we didn’t get into a stupid p****** contest with the Cubs? Who don’t like Zambrano any more than we do? Just relax and enjoy the freaking game!
Just Saw the News About Ernie! That Blows!
Forget Drilling Cubs Batters
RIP Ernie! You were a Legend to us young Braves Fans!
A tough night, losing another one of the broadcasting greats. Miss you Ernie Johnson, on another winning night for the Braves.
Very sad to hear that Ernie Johnson, Sr. has passed away. On what would have been Skip’s 72nd birthday, ironically. Chip may say some dumb things sometimes, but when he called tonight “bittersweet,” I think he called that one right.
August 12th, 201110:01 pm
One of the nicest moments of my life was the first time I met Ernie Johnson at the the Braves affiliates weekend in Atlanta (my station was part of the network for many years). The man simply radiated class.
August 12th, 201110:02 pm
Like many, I am so sorry to hear of the ole righthander’s passing. I loved listening to him. He just knew how to call a game. The fact that he loved the game came through every game he broadcast. Thoughts and prayers to Ernie’s family.
Zambrano’s teammates will probably “Code Red” him back at the hotel tonight. No need for us to get involved.
Very impressive second outing for Braves rookie Arodys Vizcaino, who gave up 1 hit in 2 innings with 1 K and no walks.
Sellout crowd of 50,146
great crowd tonight! Bobby deserves every bit of it as does this team.
good inning for Viz
August 12th, 201110:03 pm
Ernie, Skip, and Pete always made it fun even in those 100 loss seasons.
August 12th, 201110:04 pm
That’s some sad news to an otherwise great day for the Braves. Ernie, Skip & Pete was Braves baseball for me. Long before the internet & Baseball tonight came along those three were our information source for the Braves if you lived outside of metro Atlanta.
SF might just be out of the WC race… falling fast and hard right now after another loss tonight. Braves and Cards are looking like winners tonight to likely result in a 6-game WC lead over both STL and SF for ATL. We might have as big of a lead in the WC in a few days as we trail in the division if we keep up the good play.
Oh, and 50,000+ in attendance tonight. Nice.
i can’t believe y’all still think we are going to throw at somebody. i agree with the earlier poster, throw at zambrano next series. make it obvious. have somebody getting loose in the bullpen for his first at bat and plunk him. i don’t think there would even be a fight.
Nolie whats your scouting report on Viz ?
Pete and Ernie were my two favorite Braves announcers by far
August 12th, 201110:05 pm
FLA beat SF 2-1.
August 12th, 201110:06 pm
Bottom of the 9th, 4-1 Nats.
August 12th, 201110:08 pm
So much for the acquisition of Beltran. Still can’t cure that horrible hitting SF lineup.
rally – i agree … i grew up with that trio on radio and tv. They just dont make em like that anymore!
BamaDude @ #1CowCollege AL
Ernie Sr. RIP …you were the best …profound sadness here …
leaving on Skip’s Bday & Bobby’s day…not sweet irony …we will miss and always fondly remember you Ernie ….
hang on nats!
August 12th, 201110:09 pm
Kind of feels like the world will end tonight. Cox number retired. 91 Braves celebration. Would have been Skip’s 72nd birthday. Ernie Johnson passes away. The Braves win 10-3. What a way to go it would be.
Jim Powell on Zambrano: ‘Somebody had to get ejected on Bobby’s big night.’
“Tomahawkin, have another Samuel Jackson and chill, baby!!! ”
You Already Know I got Them “On Deck!”
August 12th, 201110:10 pm
I think I need help. I’m already full on ranting about the first PRESEASON 49ers game. This does not bode well for the regular season…
No doubt here, Tomahawkin!
Rey – good point on Beltran = injured and not playing. Whew… thank goodness we were not fools enough to do that deal.
August 12th, 201110:11 pm
Wayne. Looks nice and loose.looks more like a thrower than a pitcher right now though.
His location wandered a bit ISTM. Good mound presence.
obviously 2 IP on TV is little to make any firm thoughts on
thank goodness we were not fools enough to do that deal.
Maybe Frank Wren knows what he’s doing after all…
August 12th, 201110:12 pm
Not how how we wanted to get the 6th… but “6″ homers and a “6″ run lead. We’ll take it I guess.
Between the big lead and the sad loss of EJ, no complaints about Lugo…where are those guys?
Viz Ahhh thats OK keep going after them..make them hit it
Well, Guess that VARVARO was doing what he should be doing with a 7 run lead, and challenging the hitters. CASTRO got a stat booster out of it.
Baseball Tonight leads off with Dan Uggla. And they are spending alot of time talking about him and the streak.
August 12th, 201110:13 pm
Tying run at the plate in Phillie and it is Howard
I just realized we’ve got three “V” guys in the bullpen now.
Wasn’t it kind of weird to see all of those high-fives in the Cubs’ dugout after a home run that reduces the lead to six?
Varvaro and the Braves in general are having trouble preventing homeruns right now.
great game Bravos !!
Follow it up tomorrow
We Better Retialiate This Weekend!
And There is Still 5 games left!
Wayne. Looks nice and loose.looks more like a thrower than a pitcher right now though.
His location wandered a bit ISTM. Good mound presence.
obviously 2 IP on TV is little to make any firm thoughts on
Thanks .. He is young prospect started year in Adv A ball, so he has moved up rather fast..
August 12th, 201110:14 pm
RIP Ernie, will be missed greatly.
Zambrano’s a major butt. A horse’s one at that.
varvaro gave that last dinger up on purpose so the braves could win by 6 tonight.
August 12th, 201110:15 pm
Viz the wiz getting love from the brave players…
Guess that VARVARO was doing what he should be doing with a 7 run lead, and challenging the hitters…GTI
PHILLY’s never gonna go quietly.
August 12th, 201110:16 pm
Noilee, Pete and Ernie were my two favorites, as well.
August 12th, 201110:17 pm
Not the most emphatic, enthusiastic of Turner Field crowds but what else is new.
If I was there would have been a different story, believe you me.
What a game!
August 12th, 201110:18 pm
PHILLY loses – and YES, it still matters.
If scoots will allow me to borrow some of his props to share with Uggla. Really fun to watch him hit these days.
August 12th, 2011
The only thing to do now is win games…If they need to retaliate,just bean Big-Z in his first AB in Chicago.It was all him tonight He should be the guy that gets a 95mph fastball in the ribs.
Sophee Zambrano’s a major butt. A horse’s one at that.
August 12th, 201110:19 pm
The NL team that I’d least likely like to play in the play-offs right now? Milwaukee.
sure Mitchell if you were there you coulda put your money where your mouth is and run down to the field and slapped Z around for throwing at Chipper.
7.5 out of first & 6 up in the wild card. I’m happy with that considering how hot the Phillies have been & that the Braves offense is just now getting warmed up. More fire power on the way with McCann back in a few days.
“And following tonights Braves game on TBS is the movie “Sqiurm” well folks I don’t know much about that movie and quite honestly why its being shown here but thats whats following the game folks” Skip Carey….
Gotta love that Skip Carey post Braves game intro of some of the worst movies of all time back in the day. I thought that was approps seeing it would have been Skip Carey’s Bday.
YES !! …a very bittersweet win ….
Pete is the only one left …
i’m sure he is hurting tonight …you are in our thoughts and prayers
August 12th, 201110:20 pm
It’s too late. If it didn’t happen tonight, not gonna happen tomorrow.
70 wins and the longest win streak in the majors!
August 12th, 201110:22 pm
We hung Bobby #6 at the top of the Ted ..Ernie’s number hangs alot higher above Braves nation …
August 12th, 201110:23 pm
I had the honor of meeting Mr. E rnie Johnson Sr. prior to a game in Atl vs. SF back in the summer of 1982—we met by chance as he was coming out of a doorway while I happened to pass while walking to my seat on the third base side of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. As I called his name, he stopped and set down his briefcase, looked me in the eye and shook my hand in the most sincere manner possible. After a few minutes of baseball talk he parted and resumed his journey; I assume, to his work station/broadcast booth…what a great man, gentle and respectfull to fans, tremendous ambassador of Braves baseball–the voice of the Atlanta Braves! A great memory for me.
August 12th, 201110:24 pm
Nice to come off an off day and get through this game without using any of the “big three” out of the pen. Good way to start the weekend.
I was gonna say that the one thing I’d like to see from Vizcaino is a good hard slider in the 90-mph range… his fb is strong, and his off-speed stuff looks good but the curve, slider and change are all in the low/mid 80’s. I think a 90-mph slider would be a killer pitch for him.
… and then I remembered that he’s 20 years old, throwing 4 pitches in the major leagues, lol.
I’m finally getting to see a few replays of the game…
So, SORIANO’s was ruled a “double” even though it hit PRADO right in the glove, and CONSTANZA’s was ruled an “error” instead of an infield hit. Guess the official scorer felt he had to do something to even out the scales just a little bit tonight.
August 12th, 201110:25 pm
I’m excited of what this team can do yet. No Mac and guys are really stepping up. Of course guys like Zambrano are no top pitchers, but still I honestly see this team capable of matching up with anybody at any time.
Buster_ESPN Buster Olney
Before the MLB package,seeing 15 games daily, there was the Superstation, with a (often) bad team, great announcers: Skip, Ernie, Pete, Don.
August 12th, 201110:30 pm
Under the radar NL Players Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
It’s easy to focus on the superstar players, because they are the biggest difference-makers. However, teams often win (or lose) pennants with the unheralded guys who are making a name for themselves. These under-the-radar players frequently turn into stars, solid everyday players or championship-caliber role players. Here’s a look at an under-the-radar player on each NL team. (For a look at the under-the-radar AL players, click here.)
Arizona Diamondbacks, Ryan Roberts, 3B: The Diamondbacks started the season with a plan of platooning Melvin Mora and Geoff Blum at third base. However, the 30-year-old Roberts eventually won the position. He has hit a respectable .259/.355/.447 (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) with 15 homers and 14 steals. He’s played above-average defense at third base and has solidified the Diamondbacks at the hot corner. He also shows off some impressive tattoos, some of which he’s given himself. His contributions have been an important factor in Arizona’s tight pennant race with the Giants.
Atlanta Braves, Jose Constanza, OF: Constanza is the first player I’ve seen in baseball history to physically lick the sweet spot of his bat with his tongue, then belt a home run, as he did on Sunday in a 6-5 win over the New York Mets. He has started his major league career by going 14-for-36. He might not be an everyday player, but at age 27, he’s opening eyes as a potential solid extra outfielder. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003. In his seven minor league seasons he’s hit .290/.364/.356
Chicago Cubs, Darwin Barney, 2B: When the Cubs entered spring training in March, Cubs officials projected either Blake DeWitt or Jeff Baker would be the starting second baseman. Instead, Barney eventually won the job. The 25-year-old was a fourth-round pick in 2007 after winning two College World Series titles at Oregon State, and he’s just a winning baseball player. The Cubs have solidified second base.
Cincinnati Reds, Dave Sappelt, LF: Sappelt, 24, was the Reds’ ninth-round selection in the 2008 draft. In his four minor league seasons he’s hit a combined .309/.362/.459. The Reds, desperate for a leadoff hitter, will give him a look in left field with Chris Heisey and 2008 first-round pick Yonder Alonso, who can really hit but is best suited for first base. Sappelt probably will end up as an extra outfielder, but as Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo told me Wednesday, Sappelt has hit his whole career in the minor leagues, so there’s no reason he can’t hit in the big leagues.
Colorado Rockies, Ian Stewart, 3B: Stewart, 26, has had a terrible season, almost but not the quite the National League version of Adam Dunn. He’s hit .156 with no home runs. That said, he hit 25 bombs as recently as 2009 and 18 last year in just 121 games. He has spent his full career with the Rockies, but that tenure probably will end with a trade or an eventual non-tender. A shrewd GM might gamble by quietly acquiring the 2003 first-rounder after a horrible season. At 26 years old, he’s still young enough to turn his career around.
Florida Marlins, Emilio Bonifacio, INF/OF: The 26-year-old has been traded twice during his career because his previous teams questioned whether his bat would ever amount to anything more than a role player. Bonifacio is one of the fastest players in baseball, and with a shortage of leadoff hitters in the game, his potential is intriguing. This year, after the Marlins made a managerial change and brought in Jack McKeon, Bonifacio was given the opportunity to lead off and play every day. He’s taken advantage of his time, and he’s starting to figure out how to get on base. His .358 on-base percentage and 25 stolen bases are the best of his career. Bonifacio might end up at second base next year, but the bat is what general managers will watch.
Houston Astros, Jose Altuve, 2B: Altuve was signed by the Astros as an undrafted free agent in 2007 out of Maracay, Venezuela. The 5-foot-7, 170-pound second baseman has been a hitting machine ever since. In his five minor league seasons he hit a combined .327 with 117 stolen bases. I saw him at the Futures Game and was impressed with his short path to the ball, loud, sweet-spot contact. On defense, he showed soft hands and quick feet at second base. Since the Astros promoted him July 19, the 21-year-old has hit .328, and he could end up as their long-term solution at second base.
Los Angeles Dodgers, Nathan Eovaldi, RHP: Eovaldi (pronounced without the O), 21, was the Dodgers’ 11th-round selection in the 2008 draft. After posting a 2.62 ERA for Double-A Chattanooga, he beat the second-place Diamondbacks in his major league debut this past Saturday, pitching five innings and punching out seven. He pounded the strike zone with a fastball that ranged from 92-95 mph with a deceptive delivery. He has pitched well enough for evaluators around the league to take notice.
Milwaukee Brewers, Nyjer Morgan, CF: After wearing out his welcome in Pittsburgh and Washington, Morgan has finally found a home in Milwaukee. His defense in center field has been exceptional, and his emotional and physical antics on and off the field (not to mention a .358 OBP) have made him a hometown favorite in Milwaukee. His arrogance and flamboyance combined with some genuine humility have been a rare combination and a lightning rod that’s been fun to watch. His speed could be a difference-maker as he runs down balls in center down the stretch.
New York Mets, Justin Turner, 2B: Turner, 26, was drafted by Cincinnati in the seventh round of the 2006 draft. He was traded to the Orioles in a deal that brought catcher Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati. The Mets claimed him from Baltimore on waivers in May 2010. He opened the season as the Mets’ fourth-string second baseman and eventually won the job. His .273/.333/.372 line has been respectable, and his defense at second and third base has been above-average. Turner has made a good impression in his first legitimate major league opportunity and has carved a niche as a solid utility player for the Mets.
Philadelphia Phillies, Antonio Bastardo, LHP: No Phillies players can be considered under-the-radar; however, if you have to pick one, it would have to be Bastardo. The 25-year-old has been one of the most dominating left-handed relievers in the league with a 1.47 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP. When the Phillies had to deal with injuries to Brad Lidge, Ryan Madson and Jose Contreras, they never skipped a beat thanks to Bastardo’s surprising pitching.
Pittsburgh Pirates, Jeff Karstens, RHP: Karstens, 28, was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 45th round of the 2000 draft. He didn’t sign and was drafted again by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of the 2003 draft. He was traded to the Pirates in a five-player deal in 2008. Karstens had never won more than four games in a major league season until this year but is starting to put it together. His 8-6 record with a 3.05 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP are clearly the best of his career, and he has locked down a middle-of-the-rotation spot for the Bucs.
San Diego Padres, Josh Spence, LHP: The Arizona State product breezed through the Padres system with a 2.14 ERA in just 71 1/3 innings pitched before being promoted on June 24. In terms of left-handed relievers, most of the attention in the NL goes to Jonny Venters of the Braves, Javier Lopez of the Giants and Sean Marshall of the Cubs. However, Spence has quietly joined the elite of the league. Not afraid to throw curveball after curveball, he’s quietly dominating NL left-handed hitters, who are hitting .125 against him.
San Francisco Giants, Nate Schierholtz, OF: The 27-year-old was the Giants’ second-round selection back in 2003. He’s one of the best defensive corner outfielders in baseball, and his bat has started to show. He’s hitting .277/.324/.422 with some key RBIs and seven homers. He profiles as a fourth outfielder, but his intangibles, defense, strong throwing arm and key hits make him a much better player than his tools and numbers project.
St. Louis Cardinals, David Freese, 3B: Freese, 28, is one of the most underrated third basemen in the league. He was drafted by the Padres and traded to the Cardinals for Jim Edmonds in December 2007. Freese always gives a professional at-bat and loves to be at the plate with runners in scoring position. He has a short, compact swing and takes the slider down and away to right field in important at-bats. When healthy, he’s an above-average third baseman and has the potential to be an All-Star player. The biggest issue for Freese is that he is constantly injured. His latest injury is a mild concussion suffered when he was hit by a pitch Aug. 4.
Washington Nationals, John Lannan, LHP: Lannan has been a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Nationals. The crafty lefty is back throwing the ball inside and using both sides of the plate. He’s a real competitor with tremendous makeup, and his 8-7 record and 3.56 ERA have his trade stock rising with opposing general managers.
Looking more and more like we’ll see one or the other. Milwaukee’s pitching is definitely better than the Dbacks. Dbacks and Brewers are basically scoring the same number of runs, but the D-backs have got basically 100 more Ks. I think we’d fair better against those type of hitters. And I think our hitters would fair better against their pitchers.
I’ll take the Dbacks if given a choice.
August 12th, 201110:31 pm
don’t they make changes (official scorer) after reviewing plays? I agree Prado got turned around and he did have the ball in the glove.I think it should have been an error as well
August 12th, 201110:32 pm
nolie, thanks for posting the ‘under the radar’ piece. I saw that it was there on ESPN but could not see it. I appreciate you sharing it.
August 12th, 201110:34 pm
I missed it but didn’t he hit the wall? losing the ball hitting the wall is unlikely to be called an error
August 12th, 201110:35 pm
just some of my Kantian morality Moe
August 12th, 201110:36 pm
Braves play-off odds after tonight’s win:
Div: 6.5% WC: 82.5% Total: 89.0%
I’d say that sounds about right.
RIP Ernie. What an emotional day. So many great memories came flooding back to me tonight.
August 12th, 201110:37 pm
nolie—Yes, it is an imperative to share information. This was a good day. Even the sadness of the evening adds poignancy to a very nice day in baseball.
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