Braves blow early lead, fall to 0-4 with loss to Astros

HOUSTON – It had been nearly a quarter of a century since the Braves started a season with four consecutive losses, and Monday night it was newest Braves who were largely responsible for getting them back to that place they did not want to be.

Third baseman Juan Francisco’s double error led to three unearned runs in the third inning and reliever Livan Hernandez gave up two runs in the sixth in an 8-3 series-opening loss to Houston that dropped the Braves to 0-4 in the young season.

The Braves blew an early 3-0 lead and fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1988, when they started out 0-10 and finished with a 54-106 record.

“We’re not real pretty to watch right now as a team, but we’ll get it going,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves have hit .165 and lost all their games against a pair of teams, the Mets and Astros, picked to finish last in their respective divisions.

After being swept in a three-game series at New York that ended Sunday, the Braves found a new way to lose Monday — by blowing their first lead of the season.

“That was a game we kind of gave away,” catcher Brian McCann said. “We’ve just got to bounce back tomorrow and be ready to play…. They found the holes when they needed to. It stinks.

“Tomorrow’s a new day. We’ve got to get a win.”

The Astros (3-1) took advantage of mistakes and got six innings from left-hander J.A. Happ, who’s never lost in seven starts against the Braves.

The Braves have lost nine in a row dating to last season and have a 10-24 record since their late-season collapse began Aug. 26. They blew an 8-1/2-game wild card lead in the last 3-1/2 weeks of the season.

Things started well Monday for the Braves, who built an 3-0 lead on two-out RBI singles by Tyler Pastornicky and pitcher Brandon Beachy in the second inning and McCann’s third-inning single after Martin Prado’s leadoff double.

The Braves had been 0-for-8 this season with runners in scoring position and two outs before the Pastornicky and Beachy hits.

So they provided run support for Beachy, something the Braves didn’t do for their starters at New York. Unfortunately for Beachy, it came with no defensive support.

Francisco, acquired in a trade from Cincinnati on the last weekend of spring training, started at third base Friday because Gonzalez wanted to see him hit against a lefty before veteran third baseman Chipper Jones was activated off the disabled list, which is expected Tuesday.

Francisco had one of the Braves’ four second-inning singles when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but it was his fielding mistakes that profoundly impacted the game.

The husky Francisco made three errors in the first three innings, including a costly double-error. He made a throwing error with one out in the second, but Beachy retired the next two batters on a strikeout and groundout. No damage done, and no walks or hits by the Astros through two.

Former Brave Jordan Schafer drew a two-out walk in the Astros third, then came Francisco’s game-changing gaffe: Jose Altuve grounded to third, and Francisco bobbled the ball while trying to field and throw to first.

He gathered himself and gained control of the ball in time to make a throw to third to get Schafer, who was making an aggressive dash. But Francisco’s throw was wide and Schafer was safe.

“I didn’t make a good throw,” said Francisco, who made 34 errors in 104 games  in Double-A in 2009. “When I saw I didn’t have a chance at first base, I tried to make the play at third base but I didn’t make a good throw.”

He was charged with two errors on the play, giving him three in three innings.

“We were playing good baseball until then,” Gonzalez said. “All of a sudden we mishandled some of the plays back there and we weren’t real pretty after that as a team. But it’s something [Beach] got to overcome. The good ones do, get over that hump.”

The next batter, Travis Buck, doubled to drive in two runs. The one after him, Carlos Lee, singled to drive in another.

Just like that, the Braves’ 3-0 lead was erased. All three Astros runs in the inning were unearned, and Francisco would be replaced before the bottom of the sixth inning.

“They played pretty good tonight once they found that opening,” said Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, who faced the Astros in a regular-season game for the first time since they traded him on July 31 for a package that included Schafer. “They pitched OK. We didn’t take advantage of everything. But we’ll be back tomorrow, you better believe that.”

Beachy blamed only himself after walking Schafer with two outs and a three-run lead.

“I should never have walked the guy,” he said. “Should never have had a baserunner at that point, so realistically, in my mind, I shouldn’t have been facing that batter to begin with. That’s my own fault.”

He said he didn’t have command of any secondary pitches.

“I was able to get through the first couple of innings on a fastball alone,” Beachy said, “but you’re not going to get guys out for very long when you can only throw strikes with a four-seam fastball.”

Houston took a 4-3 lead the next inning after Marwin Gonzalez doubled off the right-center wall and Happ drove him in with a single through the right side of the infield.

“I just pitched really poorly,” said Beachy, charged with four runs (one earned), four hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

The Braves’ chances for a come-from-behind win were diminished when Hernandez allowed two runs on four hits and a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning against the team that released him in the final week of spring training. The Braves signed the soft-tossing 37-year-old the day he was cut loose by the Astros, and they’re using him as a reliever after spending the past 15 seasons as a starter.

The other end-of-spring signee for the Braves, reliever Chad Durbin, served up a two-run homer by Justin Maxwell in the eighth inning in his first at-bat as an Astro.

Durbin, who was signed after being released by the Nationals, has allowed a homer in each of his two appearances for Atlanta.

“We’re still going to be fine,” Beachy said. “It’s still four games into the season. But definitely a loss like this hurts. We’re up three runs. I should have closed the door right there and that should have been it. But it didn’t happen.”

Happ improved to 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts against the Braves. He was charged with six hits, three runs and one walk in six innings, the first time the former Phillie has allowed more than two runs against the Braves.

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Bobb

April 9th, 2012
10:54 pm

Wow. This is really happening.

Stat Bully

April 9th, 2012
10:54 pm

Impressive post speed

Adam

April 9th, 2012
10:55 pm

So is this when we can start panicking?

chris

April 9th, 2012
10:57 pm

Yes Bobb, its really happening. that is what happens when you put the virtually the same team on the field from the previous season.

David

April 9th, 2012
10:58 pm

I am trying to stay even keeled but this is looking very ominous for the Braves. It’s the exact same recipe as last year with starters not making it deep into games and a profound lack of offense and power. Infield defense might be a problem all year minus Freeman and I do not understand Fredi’s bullpen decisions tonight. You CANT fire the man after 4 games though and people need to take a deep breath and realize it’s a LOOONNGGG season. It’s off to an awful start and we truly look bad but lets try to rebound and take the series heading back home for the opener.

Jwood

April 9th, 2012
10:58 pm

Flat, lackluster, unenthusiastic. I am glad skip chose to ’see what a bench player had’ when theteam was0-3. Really brilliant stuff there. Lord…

Adam

April 9th, 2012
10:59 pm

Thanks, David. Needed some optimism.

My Man Woody

April 9th, 2012
11:01 pm

this seems easy, dump francisco, livan and durbin and move on, they never should have made the squad anyway

Im Drinking

April 9th, 2012
11:02 pm

please tell me we will not see Francisco at 3rd for the rest of the season….?

My Man Woody

April 9th, 2012
11:02 pm

gotta tip your cap to em

Tenaciousd

April 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

the braves are this bad folks. Maybe they over achieved most of last year …hmmm

NRBQ

April 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

At this rate, Fredi will have carpal-tunnel syndrome by May from all his hat-tipping.

barves

April 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

The deal for franscisco looks pretty awful right now. Really bad.

usnavyvolfaninva

April 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

This.team’s.in.trouble.

Overseas Braves Fan

April 9th, 2012
11:04 pm

Can this be a plan of the players to get their manager fired?

Mike

April 9th, 2012
11:05 pm

Cant hit, pitch, catch, throw. Can’t win with all those released players. No enthusiasm. Have been terrible since getting Bourne last year. Leave this loser in Houston. Manager seat is heating up.

Tampa Gator

April 9th, 2012
11:05 pm

Look at the postitive side of a 0-4 start…..Gonzalez is not wearing out O’F, Kimbrell, and Venters.

barves

April 9th, 2012
11:05 pm

if they dump him then they got nothing for Hoover. that hurts.

RC

April 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

…..and I do not understand Fredi’s bullpen decisions tonight. You CANT fire the man after 4 games though…..

Can you fire him after a year and 4 games? Because bullpen mismanagement hasn’t just started this year….

asisson10

April 9th, 2012
11:07 pm

Tampa Gator

April 9th, 2012
11:08 pm

The Yankees lost their first 3 and are 1-3. Boston was 0-3 to start the night. The Phillies started 1-3. None of teams are bad teams. The Braves are not a bad team….they are just not playing well right now. It is baseball, folks. It is a long, long season. Did I just say that again?

jo

April 9th, 2012
11:09 pm

I want chief nocahoma back and $1 tickets. Nothing else will draw me to see these pathetic losers. At least uggla will avoid hitting poorly to start the season lol lol lol wait too late lol

Im Drinking

April 9th, 2012
11:09 pm

oh yeah, and Uggla has looked terrible so far this year…. our cleanup hitter?!??!

wishfull braves fan

April 9th, 2012
11:09 pm

What a game. Can’t believe I wasted 3 hours watching it.

Who Me?

April 9th, 2012
11:10 pm

Don’t look in your rear-view mirror Freddi. The objects ARE closer than they appear!

Peter Y

April 9th, 2012
11:10 pm

Not sure if anyone noticed this, but I pulled up Francisco’s minor league stats. The guy made 39 errors in 2009 at 3B for the Reds AA/AAA teams.

Also, what in the world is Fredi doing putting in Livon in a high leverage situation like a 1-run deficit in a game that the Braves badly need from a confidence perspective. Seriously??

Bobb

April 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

Gotta hope that Francisco was just a little nervous and that’s not what his glove really is…I still like his bat…he could really help with some power…not starting Heyward is so ridiculous…I guess fredi really doesn’t care what we as fans are saying and thinking…this is gonna be one deflated stadium at the home opener if we can’t win these last 2

Ben

April 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

9 straight losses dating back to last year WOW

The Grinch

April 9th, 2012
11:11 pm

Wow, 0-4 and losing to the Lastros.

BravesfaninAugusta

April 9th, 2012
11:12 pm

FG is stupid….again horrible decisions with the line-up and no clue handling the bullpen.

Legend of Len Barker

April 9th, 2012
11:12 pm

Ah, this level of play reminds me of how much I miss Ted Turner. At least we were lovable losers back then.

Ross Coe

April 9th, 2012
11:12 pm

Last September was no fluke … 0-4 against 2 teams that most have picked to finish last in their respective divisions. It’s going to be a looooooooong season

Steve

April 9th, 2012
11:12 pm

How long will the Braves wait to fire Fredi and Frank? If it is much longer, it is going to be too late.

Chad "Gopher Ball" Durbin

April 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

“Tip your cap to the Astros, they will make the playoffs.”

The Perfect Chop

April 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

At least we’ll be able to get good seats this year!

Who Me?

April 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

Hey Peter – couldn’t agree more but then again, he started Diaz in right instead of Hayward. What the heck was that about? Diaz looked lost up there, especially late in the game.

Hey knotheads – nothing is working!! you got til the end of the week to notch 1 win, just 1. Then you come home for a few, how do you think that crowd is going to warm up to an 0 and 6 team???

Fan since 1977

April 9th, 2012
11:13 pm

hawesg

April 9th, 2012
11:14 pm

Pretty much every move made in March sucked big time. DFA Durbin IMMEDIATELY. Keep Fat Livan for mop-up duty (explain to Frediot what that is) and put FranCrisco on a treadmill until he weighs less than, well, Fat Livan.

BravesfaninAugusta

April 9th, 2012
11:14 pm

FG: No question Francisco has defensive issues… THEN WHY PlAY HIM YOU JERK???

ronald

April 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

We needed to improve offensive production so we went out and signed Livan Hernandez. Wait, it’s our offensive production that needs improvement. Oh well. A team that has two holes in the outfield as well as a hole at third and short is NOT a good baseball team.

The Perfect Chop

April 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

Fredi obviously loves him some Livan

Marty Perez

April 9th, 2012
11:15 pm

Bring ; f;lande and Gearin up immediately. Fire the F boys, Frank and Fredi.

Uh oh

April 9th, 2012
11:16 pm

Enough of the it’s a long season statements. The team looks horrible and did nothing in preseason. There is nothing to give hope of a real turn around. Losing 4 straight to worst teams in league. It is UGLY with no real hope on way. Can’t hang everything on gimpy old third baseman coming back. He was great once but now he just plays between injuries. If that is our savior we are truly in trouble.

Fan since 1977

April 9th, 2012
11:17 pm

All relax about Francisco the 40 year savior returns tomorrow!!!! HA HA HA HA

Mike

April 9th, 2012
11:17 pm

It was dumb when the Braves panicked and picked up Livan and Durban to take the spots from more deserving guys, and its looking even dumber now that all those two guys have done is give up runs in crucial situations. And who put them there??? Why Fredi who in this still young season has already managed to mismanage the bullpen. And trying Juan out today…at the expense of Heyward???? Isnt he ALSO trying to work through some things.

It may be unfair, but Fredi needs to go. He is just not a good manager. We should dump him and hire someone to create some buzz…Maybe Francona…he was pretty good.

I know its early, but I have very little faith in this Braves team. And bigger picture, I think these are some critical years for this team. If we cant be competitive with all this young talent, not only will they want to go elsewhere when they hit free agency, but the fans will not show up and the payroll will continue to drop. We could very well come full circle back to those teams of the 80’s.

Who Me?

April 9th, 2012
11:17 pm

LOL the wheels have pretty much fallen of the FG head-coaching fiasco. OMG. Can this guy do ANYthing right?

pdwalsh

April 9th, 2012
11:17 pm

And why is our best 3rd baseman playing left field, now second seat to a guy who can’t handle the position? I thought that’s why we had Prado, to backup Chipper. I’m sure Prado loves Fredi for that decision.

Braveslog

April 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

The Finn

April 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

A minor point DOB, but Schafer’s walk came with two outs which makes it even worse.

buzzer

April 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

Frank missed badly with these purchases he made :D urbin,LIVAN and the dude @ 3rd. I m not sure what he was thinking.
I dont know how any executive could say that last years team was good enough to compete again.
The Braves are going to force me to have to buy MLB extra innings on Directv because the home team is so bad. The Mets look great compare to our guys.
I’m sorry and I am not a fair weather fan, but this club is not good and Fredi has not distinguished himself at all.
3rd,short and ABSOLUTELY NO PRODUCTION FROM THE OUTFIELD IS GOING TO DOOM US.

PS. Tell the boys @680 The Fan that you can only blow smoke so long. If your radio shows with your talk personalities cant tell the truth about an 0-4 baseball team then we will turn u off and you can go back to being CNN.

Retired 6 years too late

April 9th, 2012
11:18 pm

Will Fredi be the Manager if this team come home Friday 0-6?

The Perfect Chop

April 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

Hanley Ramirez deserves an apology

steve brown

April 9th, 2012
11:19 pm

The Braves plan many months for the new season and then all of a sudden make moves for Francisco and Livan and insert them as keys to the team. What the hell is going on and why is Infante not on this team.

Floyd

April 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

Let’s just cut to the chase here, folks. If the Braves want Fredi to manage this team after the All-Star break, they’d better start playing that way. Because, right now, this is one uninspired bunch that is doing nothing more than going through the motions. I know it’s a long season….but my goodness. FG is well on his way to being the first manager in MLB to be fired this year.

Reality

April 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

Nine losses in a row going back to last season.

September 2011 Braves are back.

wayn-o

April 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

There is a difference between being competitive & losing. If they had a chance I’d want to watch, the fans should protest and walk out or not show up for opening day.

Felix 17

April 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

Read the Cincinnati blogs on Francisco.

iTiSi

April 9th, 2012
11:20 pm

I’m having trouble believing someone actually just said, “the Braves are not a bad team”. Everything Frank Wrenn and FG does turns to mud. Anyone notice even another ex-Brave, Schafer, hurt them tonight? When Hernandez is on the mound I feel like I’m watching a coach pitch batting practice. The Braves brass always goes on the theory that just because the Braves can’t hit a pitcher that nobody else can. How dumb can one front office be? This Braves organization has lost all credibility and is taking its proper spot right here in “Losersville”.

ane

April 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

Wow! 4 down and only 158 to go until next season. The odds are that the braves will win some games this year. Eventualy they will hit, Fransisco will not make an error and the pitchers will go deeper into the game. The mayan calendar is wrong and the world wont end dec 21 2012. As a quiz which of the 3 of 4 statements are false.?

The Perfect Chop

April 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

I am actually excited to hear what fredi says about this one!

Peter Y

April 9th, 2012
11:21 pm

The problem with a struggling team is that they lose confidence. Fredi’s job in this case is to get them a win in whatever fashion he can muster. If it means pitching O’F, then Venters, then Kimbrell in a 1-run game, you do it. If it means using your entire bench by the 8th inning, you do it.

It’s called a hump for a reason. You aren’t going to get over it by making ill-advised decisions like Livon in the 6th.

gotigers72

April 9th, 2012
11:22 pm

GREAT PICKUPS at the end of ST by Frankie Boy Wren. Any wonder the Orioles handed him a pink slip? He insists on picking up old ragarm pitchers rather than giving the younger guys in the olrganization chances. Then he gives up a really promising youngster in J.J. hoover for a fat, out of shape third baseman that can’t field, or hit, except for a few homers.

Mr. Scheurholz, it’s time to deep six those two albatrosses Gonzalez and Wren. Fredi’s thinking tonight of starting Francisco to see how he looks batting against lefties. So he ends up with three boots. Wonderful thinking there Fredo, you dim wit.

Ross Coe

April 9th, 2012
11:23 pm

Hey, Minnesota is 0-4 too. At least we have company in the cellar

Hanley Ramirez since 1977

April 9th, 2012
11:23 pm

Apology accepted. I think I just screwed Ozzie’s wife — how was I to know?

SR

April 9th, 2012
11:23 pm

Pitchers throwing 100+ pitches in 5 innings. Hitters who can’t hit, fielders who can’t field, a rook not ready for prime time, dead weight on bases paths, overrated center fielder, dumb ass manager, dumber ass GM = bad team. Get it?

Hunter Dan

April 9th, 2012
11:24 pm

Sure would like to know Chipper’s real thoughts about these managerial moves!

wayn-o

April 9th, 2012
11:24 pm

Tip-tip-a-roo ye ol’ cap. Tip away.

Ryan

April 9th, 2012
11:24 pm

To anyone who may want to actually get involved,

Anger over one’s favorite sporting team and their performance or lack thereof is a direct correlation to expectations. It’s why nobody in Kansas City would panic over an opening weekend sweep. And expectations, in turn, are a direct correlation with two things: coverage consumed and first hand knowledge. And since few of us get a glimpse behind the curtain at the latter, we are left with what we are told from the franchise an what is covered by it’s media.

So, with that in mind, can you ask John Schuerholz himself about the following statement that he made, released to fans in an open letter shortly after the Sept. collapse, and if he feels that his orgainization has “repaired its weaknesses?” This way, I can have proper expectations and keep proper perspective. Thanks.

From John Schuerholz, Oct. 6:

“However, our performance in the month of September was unacceptable to all in the organization, and we will evaluate and analyze our missteps to do all we can to prevent this from happening again. Our General Manager, Frank Wren, and his staff have already begun to evaluate our team and will be focusing throughout the off-season on building upon the strengths of this team and repairing our weaknesses to achieve our goal.”

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kinda lazy

April 9th, 2012
11:25 pm

fire fredi he sucks

JRW7

April 9th, 2012
11:25 pm

Was Hernandez pitching batting practice for the Astros? Is that as hard as he can throw? New 3rd base Juan Francisco aint going to make it either! 2012 BRAVES are a JOKE!!!!!!

Fan since 1977

April 9th, 2012
11:26 pm

Whoever jacked part of my handle — uncool. Don’t care about Marlins. Enough to worry about with Bravos

Fire Fredi

April 9th, 2012
11:26 pm

Too early to break out the paper bags with eye-holes for Friday?

J-MAN

April 9th, 2012
11:27 pm

I thought I wouldnt watch tonights game just and maybe something would change. 0-4. This team just doesn’t have any heart and play with no effort. This team has given up on Fredi Gonzalez. Its time to release Gonzalez

Reality

April 9th, 2012
11:27 pm

http://www.firefredi.com/

This site would have been good if not for it’s promotion of the awful hopefully-jettisoned-tomorrow Constanza.

Mike in TX

April 9th, 2012
11:27 pm

I know is early, but this isn’t looking good. For the Braves or Freddie Gonzales.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

April 9th, 2012
11:27 pm

You ready to admit that you were wrong yet??????????????????

OMAR INFANTE

April 9th, 2012
11:27 pm

I have hit 3 Homeruns already this season. Do you guys miss me yet?

The Perfect Chop

April 9th, 2012
11:27 pm

Heyward was our leading hitter coming into tonight and he was benched. Albeit it was a 200 avg…

J-MAN

April 9th, 2012
11:28 pm

Well were playing a inferior pitcher in Kyle Weiland tomorrow so expect him to throw a shutout

bobbyc82

April 9th, 2012
11:28 pm

I saw we need to make a big splash like the Astros did when they got Beltran from the Royals. So I would call up the Angels GM or the Marlins Gm and say how much for Trumbo and Bonifacio. I say send Juan Fransisco Matt Lipka and Joe Terdoslavich to the Angels for Trumbo and Cantu.then I would trade Christian Marrero Jose Lugo and Mycal Jones to Miami for Bonifacio.

Mikey B

April 9th, 2012
11:28 pm

So now there 0-4 with five guys (mostly heart of the order) batting under .150. 6 guys batting under .200. Ana a fat slob playing third who can’t play it. Oh and the Livan Durbin thing is sure working out. Wow…absolutely horrible.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 9th, 2012
11:29 pm

This team sucks.

Pitchers cant manage innings and blow out in five. Bullpen is overrated!

Heyward sucks. He is the most worthless piece of shyt. Bourn is a McCloth all over. This team and Frank Wren need to be flushed down the toilet.

Way to go losers.

HEYWARD SUCKS

Who Me?

April 9th, 2012
11:29 pm

here we go:

Bourn – 0 for 4, batting avg was .286, it’s now .133
McCann – 1 for 4, hitting a smokin’ .133
Uggla – 0 for 4, batting avg now .077
Pastornicky – 1 for 4, batting a cool .222
Heyward – 0 for 1, batting .182

Pitching:
Minor – ERA 1.80 after tonight, very respectable
L. Hernandez – ERA 4.91 after tonight’s debacle
Durbin – ERA 13.50 yes sir, that one’s so hot it’s smokin’. What a GREAT pickup this was!

Surely Frank and Fredi are seeing these same numbers every night wondering how they’re going to right the ship aren’t they??

of course not. Liberty Media has gotten exactly what they wanted. A half-ass team in a market that they know there are PLENTY of suckers willing to pay to see their crap.

John881

April 9th, 2012
11:29 pm

Nice job Braves picking up where they left off last season. Even looking through my rose colored glasses they appear to be no better than a 4th place team. It is time for everyone to stop drinking the Kool-Aid that Wren & Gonzalez are serving. Did we really need another season of Matt Diaz? Are Livan Hernandez & Chad Durbin the types of additions that a World Series contender would make? Please don’t think that Chipper’s return will make a material difference because those days are over. Jason Heyward appears so lost at the plate that it has become obvious he can’t be counted on either. The return of Tim Hudson will help. However, the inability to generate any consistent offense will often negate the proficiencies of Hudson, Hanson, & Jurrjens.

J-MAN

April 9th, 2012
11:29 pm

Maybe this could be a good thing losing all these games. Maybe we can purge the team of expensive players during the trade deadline.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

April 9th, 2012
11:29 pm

The apologists are going to be REAL QUIET after this one.

JRW7

April 9th, 2012
11:31 pm

This 2012 BRAVES team reminds me of the 80’s team, awful!

buzzer

April 9th, 2012
11:31 pm

I dont know how any self respecting executive on this team can go to sleep tonight. They need to work the phones and do some deals.

Michael G. McDonald

April 9th, 2012
11:31 pm

Malone, McGuirk and Selig, three
Will eventually make Atlanta see
It’s a Barnum & Bailey world,
Just as phony as it can be.

.

J-MAN

April 9th, 2012
11:31 pm

Remember were 0-4 against not the Brewers and Phillies or Cardnials……..But the Mets and Astros……….Take time to think about that. We should be 4-0. This is unacceptable.

WE DEMAND BETTER!!!!!!!!!!

iTiSi

April 9th, 2012
11:32 pm

After what we all witnessed tonight the Braves would be much better off Sans Francisco! In fact sans Durbin, sans Hernandez, and sans Fredi Gonzalez! At this rate we will never get to see last year’s NL rookie reliever of the year, Kimbrell.

Matt

April 9th, 2012
11:32 pm

Why does Ugla always look like he is Straining to take a Crap when he comes to the plate?

Fan since 1977

April 9th, 2012
11:32 pm

0 – 4 for first time since 1988!!! God, I remember those Chuck Tanner years!!! NO, NOT AGAIN!!

Popeye

April 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

I am Dan Ugla in Disguise.

Bro

April 9th, 2012
11:33 pm

Now you know why Houston let Hernandez go. Lolly pop pitching is just not worth the cost of a hotdog. Did you see what regular good relief pitching does to a bad hitting team like the braves—SHUTS THEM OUT. Freddi G has no clue as to what it takes to get a team to play. Time to cut those high paid jocks and go with the kids. At least you could always say you were rebuilding instead of regressing.

J-MAN

April 9th, 2012
11:34 pm

Well DOB I deserve an apology?

Steve

April 9th, 2012
11:34 pm

When are we going to hear from Fumbling Frank Wren?

The Perfect Chop

April 9th, 2012
11:34 pm

I can wait to be in the that guy in the stands like the drunk in Major League. Of course I’ll get thrown out of the ted for it. O well..

Chad "Gopher Ball" Durbin

April 9th, 2012
11:34 pm

“Well according to ESPN, the Boston Red Sox should panic. Thankfully they didn’t say the Braves so we can hang under the radar and hopefully rack up a few more losses.”

nelson

April 9th, 2012
11:34 pm

im done … no more …. good luck … – 0 -4 .. no more … boycott !!

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