Chipper homers in return from DL, Braves get first win

HOUSTON – After he came off the disabled list Tuesday afternoon, Chipper Jones said the Braves needed someone to step up and get a big  hit or pitch a great game to get the team going.

Then he took care of it himself.

Jones had two hits including a two-run homer that put the Braves ahead to stay in a 6-4 win against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, their first win in five games.

“It was just fun to get back in there, contribute, and try to be somewhat of a calming influence,” said Jones, whose 455th career homer pushed the lead to 3-1 with two out in the third inning.

Tommy Hanson (1-1) had eight strikeouts in five innings and rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky hit his first major league  home run. The Braves got homers  from their oldest (Jones) and youngest, Pastornicky, nearly 18 years his junior.

“It was amazing to see what he did today,” Hanson said of Jones.

The creaky veteran started the game by fielding Jordan Schafer’s bunt barehanded and throwing out the ex-Brave, and Jones ended the game by fielding a hot grounder down the line and throwing across the field to nail Chris Snyder at first.

“I’m glad we didn’t make him go on that rehab assignment,” cracked Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, in the mood to joke after a game for the first time this season. “I think he won our game singlehandedly, really, with the home run, base hit, couple of nice plays defensively.”

“I think today he made a statement that spring training is too long. Next year maybe we can show up the 20th of March, play 10 games and then go get ‘em. But the stuff he does, nobody  else could do. For me, he won the game for us almost by himself.”

Rehab assignment? Old Battleaxe don’t need no stinking rehab assignment.

Just don’t ask him if his return sparked the team.

“I’m not going to say that I was the spark,” Jones said. “Obviously the two-run homer was a big lift, but I’d much rather be a calming influence.  Have them look down there, see me, and know that I’m going to put up some good at-bats and hopefully make the play if it’s hit to me. If they feed off that, great. But my nickname is not Sparky.”

The Astros scored two runs in the seventh to cut a three-run lead to 5-4, but pinch hitter Eric Hinske’s two-out single restored some cushion for the Braves. Relievers Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel worked an inning apiece to preserve the win, Kimbrel recording his first save after giving up a hit and walk, same as Venters. Both showed some rust from the lack of first-week activity.

Two weeks before his 40th birthday and 15 days after arthroscopic knee surgery – his sixth knee operation — Jones passed on a minor-league rehab assignment and jumped back into the major-league fray as if it was no big thing.

“He’s there and he’s talking to us, too,” Hanson said. “He’s trying to keep us in the game.  There’s a lot of stuff you can learn from him. Even me as a pitcher, the stuff he says before the inning  and in the dugout, he’s huge for everybody here.”

Jones singled his first time up in the second inning, then homered off  right-hander Kyle Weiland in the third inning. Jones’ homer immediately followed an RBI double by Dan Uggla and put the Braves ahead 3-1.

Jones, who plans to retire after the 2012 season, has a .400 career average at Minute Maid Park with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 39 games. His parents, who live on his Texas ranch much of the year, usually come to see him play in Houston and sat behind the dugout Tuesday.

He will have one more game at Minute Maid on Wednesday night, when the Braves try to salvage a 2-4 trip and series win after getting swept in three games at New York and blowing a 3-0 lead in Monday’s series-opening loss to the Astros.

“Nobody’s panicking,” Hinske said before the game. “This is not the way we wanted to start, for sure. We lost the first four games. But there are a whole lot of games left. You just can’t panic. You just go out there and play your game and try to win, that’s all you can do. There’s no magic formula. Just got to start hitting, got to start pitching.”

The Braves did more of each Tuesday than they have previously this season, and snapped a nine-game losing skid going back to September.

Hanson (1-1) allowed six hits, two runs and three walks in five innings to continue his success against the Astros and affinity for their ballpark. He’s 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts against the Astros, with 50 strikeouts and eight walks in 42 innings. In four starts at Minute Maid, he’s 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA.

Hanson has never allowed more than two runs against the Astros.

They got got a run in the second after a leadoff walk by Carlos Lee, and they loaded the bases with one out in the fifth after consecutive singles to start the inning and an intentional walk to Lee with one out. With the bases loaded, Hanson struck out Brian Bogusevic and Chris Johnson.

“My fastball command [stunk],” Hanson said. “I went out there and battled and threw what I had to. I need to work on my fastball command.”

Jones said:  “He struggled with command, and when he didn’t make good pitches they hit them. A lot of balls fell in. Not a lot of balls hit real hard. So he can take something out of that.  And when  when he got in a pinch and we needed a strikeout, he got it. Thwarted any big rallies. We stayed away from any multi-run innings.”

Any thought of easing into his first game vanished for Jones with the bunt by Schafer on Hanson’s first pitch of the night.

“I knew he was going to come at me at some point tonight, but it’s my job to take that element away from guys if the bunt is a big part of their arsenal,” Jones said. “I was honestly thinking about letting it go and then I saw it curve away from the line. I said, I better get this over there in a hurry. And [first baseman] Freddie [Freeman] gave me a good stretch.”

Schafer, who had three hits and stole three bases, chatted once with Jones after reaching third.

“He said, ‘Man, right out of the gate barehand?’” Jones said, smiling. “I was like, that’s my job, baby. It’s my job to take it away from you. I see you didn’t come back down there the rest of the night.”

273 comments Add your comment

Steve McP

April 10th, 2012
11:26 pm

Wow that was up quickly

Steve McP

April 10th, 2012
11:30 pm

Oh BTW am I meant to say “First”

aaron

April 10th, 2012
11:31 pm

the ascension begins. 158-4 doesn’t sound so bad.

aaron

April 10th, 2012
11:32 pm

oh and by the way Steve is a douche.

Overseas Braves Fan

April 10th, 2012
11:32 pm

I expect Chipper to be an important part of the team. But I would be really worried if the team has to rely on so much to win games.

Steve

April 10th, 2012
11:37 pm

The Hall of Famer leads the way!

bobulated

April 10th, 2012
11:38 pm

Does this mean they go 0-162 in 2013 without Chipper?

moboman

April 10th, 2012
11:38 pm

Guess some of the doom has lifted. Looks like we wont lose em all.

Nesanel

April 10th, 2012
11:38 pm

This is to all braves fans don’t expect to much from chipper but he gives u moral support. And I think the braves will win the division

usnavyvolfaninva

April 10th, 2012
11:39 pm

bobulated, I’m with you…this is all well and good, and I AM glad they got their first win, but is Chipper going to have to play til he’s 80 for this team to be successful?

Simpson's Homer

April 10th, 2012
11:41 pm

Ahhhhh, finally —- a game that involves no cap-tipping to honor the other team! Good game, Chipper! ……. GO BRAVES!

Marteen is a Ballplayer

April 10th, 2012
11:41 pm

Jordan Schaefer worked is with his bat, on the bases, and with his glove. Great game for the kid.Go Braves!

David

April 10th, 2012
11:41 pm

Where are all my dooms day people who think 4 games = guarantee awful year???? As I’ve said one week does not guarantee future success or failure it’s all apart of the process. It’s been a rough start but hopefully tonight jump starts the team.

Pasto has much more quality AB’s than our free swinging partner from last year and Freeman n Mac hit balls 435 ft to no avail tonight I hate that ballpark.

Big 3 just a bit rusty overall quality W but would like if our starters went deeper in games. Enjoy the W

aaron

April 10th, 2012
11:42 pm

can someone please explain what the hell has happened to Jason Heyward? and why?

ohhhhYEAH

April 10th, 2012
11:42 pm

OK, where are they? The nay-sayers, the Chip bashers, the doom-and-gloomers. Guess that old washed up third baseman was of no use tonight right? CHIPPERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Brave Decisions

April 10th, 2012
11:43 pm

Brave Decisions: Its fun to bash Fredi But… http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-3o

aaron

April 10th, 2012
11:46 pm

@david- its still doomy. we didn’t win anything. we beat the lastros. they’re projected to be the worst team in big leagues. getting swept by Mets is huge. of all division rivals we play them the best. nate kill us, marlins beat us up and we usually split-ish with Phils. Nats improved, Miami improved. We’re in deep doo-doo if we don’t get hot in division and series like this with Houston should pad win total.

Braveslog

April 10th, 2012
11:49 pm

usnavyvolfaninva

April 10th, 2012
11:49 pm

aaron…
I think Guillen has pretty much seen to it that any improvements by his team will be erased by his coming out as a lover of commie-Castro.

aaron

April 10th, 2012
11:56 pm

he is old and washed up. taking nothing away from the guy he’s a great ballplayer. he can still be moderately effective-when healthy. and I’d argue that he’s overpaid for his contributions. (fair or not. This team is still a long ways from being anything real scary offensively. The talent is there, just no substance. Classic under performing for unknown reasons. Uggla acts like he forgot how to hit, save an occasional solo long ball. Heyward looks completely lost. Bourn doesn’t set the table. What the hell happened to Prado’s .320 avg from a couple years ago? McCann is good player, not great, and definetely not an anchor. Hinske is a great bench player and a subpar everydayer. Diaz garbage. Need to lose Durbin before he costs us anything more.

Jake

April 10th, 2012
11:57 pm

So where’s Hanson’s new delivery? Looked like the same old one to me. Jordan Shaefer sure enjoyed it.

Great to see Pastornicky hit to the right side to move up Heyward and Hinske go the other way, beat the shift, and bring Hayward home.

double

April 10th, 2012
11:59 pm

no errors/excuses but another lefty waiting.

Who Me?

April 10th, 2012
11:59 pm

say what you want, the team need this W. And without LWJ, it might have been a long time getting here.

kevin chop

April 11th, 2012
12:01 am

we still suck. even the worst teams win fifty something games.

Ken Stallings

April 11th, 2012
12:03 am

Good grief! If modern medicine could only figure out a way to give Chipper a set of brand new knees! Saying Jones helped the team snap the losing streak is perhaps an understatment. The HOF’er flat out broke the ice, slayed the gorilla on their back, and you could sense the whole team relax a bit and enjoy the game.

Be nice to see the team get on a roll.

Wes H

April 11th, 2012
12:06 am

It is so much more annoying to see people constantly complain about someone how says first then it is for someone to say first.

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:07 am

aaron……this is a 162 game season. Remember?

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:09 am

Kevin chop….. go pull for someone else ….please negative a….hole

Ozzy Guillen's Broken Engly

April 11th, 2012
12:09 am

Chipper Jones is The Messiah®

Bobby

April 11th, 2012
12:09 am

and its even more annoying for people to complain about other people complaining for people saying “first”

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:10 am

Please be positive!!!!

bulldozer

April 11th, 2012
12:10 am

so what happens next year when we have no chipper at all?

Cliff

April 11th, 2012
12:11 am

@aaron I see that you post on this blog every night. Of course it’s always negative… maybe you should be our hitting coach since you know so much about baseball and these guys swings! I’m sure you are the biggest Chipper fan tonight, but hate him on the rest of the season.

CC

April 11th, 2012
12:12 am

I feel like a new man tonight. And not because the Braves won.

I decided that I have to approach the Braves the same way I did Ga Tech Basketball — Don’t expect too much.

With that in mind, I knew I could watch the Braves vs Astros tonight much the same way Cubs fans watch their team — not expecting too much, but always hoping. That right there got me off the Braves’ backs. No matter if they won or lost, I was going to get back to just being a fan who loves his team.

That’s how I got through GA Tech Basketball, That’s how I’m going to get through this season — for better or for worse.

You’re our team, Braves!

gatorsc1

April 11th, 2012
12:12 am

who cares if your first?

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:15 am

CC….way to go…good comment

Ron Roberts

April 11th, 2012
12:21 am

Too early to read into much of anything; Heyward’s not hitting, but his BA is higher than McCann’s, Bourn’s or Uggla’s right now. Anybody wanna wager that’s how they’ll be, come season’s end?

The bats will come around. When they do, we’ll find we have enough pitching to compete. Just gotta deal with our offense vs. lefties.

Speed’s gotta get on base and wreak havoc.

J-MAN

April 11th, 2012
12:25 am

Well its just ONE GAME and we still choked up a 10 1/2 game lead last year and went 0-4 against the METS and Astros perhaps the 2 worst teams in baseball. Yea we won tonight and I’m glad we did but if it wasnt for Chipper we would be 0-5 and the fact is our line-up is configured wrong
Uggla should be batting 7th and Chipper should be batting 3rd. Also a lot of selfish AB in that we dont collect walks and make the pitcher work out of the stretch. Back in 2010 we lead the league in Walks. But I will say that this is the best Managed game from Gonzalez since Mid August. But I see it more as the fact he didnt screw it up

J-MAN

April 11th, 2012
12:27 am

But the negative people aint gonna really shut up until WE MAKE THE PLAY-OFFS and atone for that choke job last year.

wallypip

April 11th, 2012
12:32 am

First good move Fredi’s made in many moons — letting Chipper decide not to go on a rehab assignment. Hope it’s not a long stretch before he gets another call right.

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:35 am

Are people trying to make a semi positive comment….wow

Tom

April 11th, 2012
12:39 am

0-162 will not happen at least

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:39 am

either be a Braves fan or not….I have been a Braves fan since the sixties….anybody able to say that?

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:42 am

my dad was an Atlanta crackers fan and then a Braves fan….I guess I followed him.

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:43 am

Most of you never lived thru the 70’s and 80’s when it was really tough

Mister Frisky

April 11th, 2012
12:47 am

A broken clock is right twice a day.Enjoy the victory Jonestowners.I’m not getting a thrill up my leg over a 1 and 4 start.

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
12:49 am

Most of you are the same ones wanting Jeff Francoeur ran out of town…now batting .340 for Kansas City

dawg4u

April 11th, 2012
12:52 am

Thank goodness for Chipper. The farewell tour has commenced. Hope Chipper’s still playing up until the time the farewell tour ends. Frank Wren seems to think that this lineup will definitely hit this year which is why he made no moves to bolster our offensive woes from last season. That truly seems like a huge gamble on his part but let’s just watch some baseball I guess before over-reacting. My concerns are not only the hitting but also the manager and general manager. The fact that we have absentee ownership and a shoestring budget is worrisome. However, other than those concerns I am really happy with our pitching and the fact that we have two hitting coaches. The keys are Heyward and Uggla and maybe one of our hitting gurus can help Brian McCann.

mace224

April 11th, 2012
12:55 am

Chipper has incentive to stay healthy. Francisco’s his backup.

kevin chop

April 11th, 2012
12:55 am

Your damn straight im going to be negative until something is done about this terrible ownership. I demand greatness for my teams. One Championship! 1995!!! You think one win over the flipping Houston Astros is going to change the perception of this team. Im tired of teams making me look stupid in this city. We are a bad team baseball team. I will tell it like it is. Ownership thrives and relies on fans like Smitty above.

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:00 am

I got one comment for you kevin chop…….bite me!!! You are not a true Georgian are you …Just another transplant

retired

April 11th, 2012
1:02 am

kevin go to bed ….. you demand greatness what a crock… demand all you want you petulant child …. i’ll be laughing at you all nite long.
nice nite for chip and the kid.
need to do it again tomorrow

lol kevin go to bed….

retired

April 11th, 2012
1:05 am

hey smitty i’m a damn yankee been here 40 years some of us ain’t so bad

Ozzy Guillen's Broken Engly

April 11th, 2012
1:07 am

Chipper Jones, he’s the man…he needs a batting title trophy surgically removed from his hand

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:07 am

Retired….You are not a yankee anymore if you have been here that long. Good for you

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:09 am

Retired.. we adopt you after 30 years.

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:11 am

I spent two years up north in jersey about 15 years ago…..best thing about that was great Pizza.

retired

April 11th, 2012
1:12 am

lol ……. 2/3 of my life raised a goober and a grits. guess your right i walk slower and talk slower and my relatives up north think i talk funny….. gotta get some sleep keep kevin in line. nite smitty

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:12 am

Also great Italian food. Those people know how to eat.

Tyler

April 11th, 2012
1:15 am

Congrats to Pastornicky, Rafael Furcal also hit his first career HR in this park did he not?

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:15 am

Have a great one retired

Smitty

April 11th, 2012
1:16 am

Good question tyler…need to look up on internet

Tyler

April 11th, 2012
1:16 am

Enter your comments here

Tyler

April 11th, 2012
1:19 am

Yup. September 2, 2000 he hit one out off Jose Cabrera in the 9th.

J-MAN

April 11th, 2012
1:59 am

I’m soooo glad I dont have to post 0-5. Maybe I can post 2-4 tomorrow. But again we have played 2 terrible teams in the Mets and Astros and could have been 0-5 if it wasnt for chipper. That being said hopefully Chipper can lead by expample and push this team to be better. I do remember Chipper was hurt alot at the end of last year.

DawgDad

April 11th, 2012
2:11 am

That was an impressive game by Chipper. It really highlighted the lack of leadership displayed thusfar by all the other position players, particularly Uggla, McCann, and Bourn.

Mark/Lifetime Braves Fan

April 11th, 2012
2:38 am

Tired of seeing my Bravest blow a good lead at the final end season run.CEOs n owners I would love to see more money spent toward power hitting prospects to give Bravest fan base another National championship.We as true followers are past due and what a way to send my man Chopper into retirement!Go given bell Bravest!

[...] – In his first game of the season, Chipper Jones hit a 2-run homer to lift the Braves to their first victory of the season, a 6-4 win over the Astros. [...]

john1010

April 11th, 2012
4:11 am

Hopefully they’ll settle down and start playing ball. East is going to be much more competitive this year. Faith is the evidence of things not seen and by it we can move any mountain.

kevin chop

April 11th, 2012
4:18 am

Wow Smitty you really told me.

Bob the Blogger

April 11th, 2012
5:10 am

Where did the “Chipper sucks” morons go? Looks like the old man can still play after all.

longtimefan

April 11th, 2012
5:54 am

Chipper played like the future HOFer he is. Braves will go on a tear.

Nice start

April 11th, 2012
5:57 am

The ship is not righted. We are not headed to the world series after winning one game against the Astros As well as Braves played, nothing came easy as Astros kept coming back. Braves are still 1-4 playing against weak teams. If last night indicates anything it is that nothing will come easy all year. Put away the rose colored glasses. The team still has real issues. Yes they can be competitive. Hopefully last night will spark the team into playing better

steve whitmire

April 11th, 2012
6:38 am

I agree with an earlier poster, I am going to continue to be a Braves fan win or lose like I am with the Dogs and Falcons. But man it’s sure fun to see Chipper out there playing and to see the Braves win, Go Braves!

NickGranite

April 11th, 2012
6:42 am

Great win, great first game by Chipper but the 800 lb gorilla in the room is none of these starters can seem to get past or much past 5 innings. Even when they pitch well, their pitch counts are way up and this is a carry over, not a this year thing.

Bill M.

April 11th, 2012
6:49 am

The Braves worries are not over but it shows what a player like Chipper can do even in his fragile stage. It makes the other players better. That’s where I blame Wren and Braves management for not going after another RH hitter. I still say that Fredi G. is not the type of manager to lead the Braves. Right now this is not a playoff team. They will probably be a little above 500.

Rocky

April 11th, 2012
7:01 am

I’m not sure why everyone is worried, the Braves do this every year. I guarantee that they will have another 4 game losing streak this year. It happens.

Let's Go

April 11th, 2012
7:06 am

Any win is a good win and there was more positives than negatives in this game so that is a plus. Positives: No Errors, 4 two out RBI’s, Kimbrel got to play, A Win. Negatives: Hanson only went 5 innings, Medlen was shaky, Feeman had 3K’s against a RHP. The goal right now is to get above .500 as quickly as possible so hopefully after the current homestand they are above or at .500 because after that they have to go out west for 7 games.

Braves fan in maine

April 11th, 2012
7:12 am

I am happy they won but it def scared me… Nice win though….. GO BRAVES

Tomahawk Squawk

April 11th, 2012
7:29 am

IS BRIAN McCANN STILL ROUNDING THIRD?

Tomahawk Squawk

April 11th, 2012
7:30 am

Wow, Jason Heyward looks lost at the plate….again
Is this gonna be his sophomore season Re-Dux????

Larry

April 11th, 2012
7:38 am

Shafer looks much more confident and at ease with his new team. Despite his issues and the constant abuse from some blockheaded fans while here, I always liked this kid’s makeup and abilities. If we fail to sign Bourne, this will be yet another front office rental blunder at a great price.

I’m not a big Hanson fan, not because I dislike him, but because I think that 88-89 straight fastball and lollypop curve will get hammered by good clubs. However, I have to give the man credit for some really good pitches last night in dire situations…again, it was the Astros!

Gland to see the new 3rd baseman get a reprieve and get a pinch hitting opportunity last night coming off his crime scene the night before. I’m still baffled why neither the manager nor pitching coach sat on their duffs and not pay a visit after the 2 errors on the kid and BEFORE the rattled young pitcher, Beachy, kind of fell apart.

Glad Chipper is back at least providing some leadership. Without him, and a couple of other veterans, this team is left to lead and motivate themselves it appears.

Really?

April 11th, 2012
7:41 am

Regarding the ‘first’ thing… if DOB didn’t reinforce it with kudos it would go away. How about it Dave? People will still read the columns and look for them. It is infantile.

Larry

April 11th, 2012
7:50 am

Guys, the reason Hanson and Jurrjens can’t make it past five innings is both have lost the good fastball. They spend so much time pretending to be like Livon Hernandez the pitch count just goes up and up! They have zero confidence–and rightfully so–to just blow a low and in or up and away fast ball to put the man away like each could do just a couple of years ago.

Hanson has gone from routinely topping out at 93-95 mph to now topping out 88-90 (that’s 5 mph lost); Jurrjens has gone from topping out at 92-94 down to 87-88 (that’s 5-6 mph lost). They’re both now having to become finesse pitchers and at times it looks pretty rough to watch when you remember what they once were, again, just a couple of seasons back. This is very alarming for both to lose this much in velocity in just their mid 20’s.

Beachy just needs to stop being picky after one or two strikes…drives me insane because he KNOWS this yet keeps doing it. But don’t forget, he and Minor still have had less than a full MLB season of starts.

Larry

April 11th, 2012
7:52 am

Really?

April 11th, 2012
7:41 am

“Regarding the ‘first’ thing… if DOB didn’t reinforce it with kudos it would go away. How about it Dave? People will still read the columns and look for them. It is infantile.”

You’ve got the wrong writer…Mark Bradly is the one that “kudo’s” the “first” blogger, not DOB.

Larry

April 11th, 2012
7:53 am

Bradley, not Bradly

Jimmy Crack

April 11th, 2012
8:00 am

Whatever with some of these comments.

Way to go Chipper! Stay healthy!

Nattering Nabob

April 11th, 2012
8:07 am

Just a brief time out in the Chopocalypse!

ccrider

April 11th, 2012
8:07 am

still not gonna watch as long as the frediot is there. checked the box score; venters is throwin’ an awful lot of pitches.

henry tn

April 11th, 2012
8:07 am

hooray we won….

Bobby

April 11th, 2012
8:10 am

Thank you Braves for finally getting a win but unless our starters learn how to get past the 5th we are in huge trouble.

Obee

April 11th, 2012
8:10 am

Hanson had plenty of pitches in the low 90s, based on the readings during the broadcast.

Braves fan in maine

April 11th, 2012
8:18 am

still think we should have received more in from the derek lowe trade than what we go

kevkat

April 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Bobby

April 11th, 2012
8:10 am
Thank you Braves for finally getting a win but unless our starters learn how to get past the 5th we are in huge trouble.

You are right Bobby. And they never will at this point. They throw way too many pitches, recently nearly 100 pitches thrown by the 5th inning.

Buckbaloweme

April 11th, 2012
8:19 am

NEGATIVE,NEGATIVE,NEGATIVE

STB

April 11th, 2012
8:21 am

“My name ain’t Sparky!” good stuff

Rafael

April 11th, 2012
8:24 am

Wandy Rodriguez pitches tonight against our FAVORITE nine.

That MEANS Fredi’s nephew “Double Play” Matt Diaz will be in the STARTING lineup.

Now I’m going to read how Matt “rakes” Wandy… those stats for Diaz vs. Santana, Happ, etc… are ANCIENT HISTORY!!!! That was THEN, this is NOW!!!!

Mikey

April 11th, 2012
8:31 am

Larry, With your logic of loosing 5 mph on the fastball didn’t seem to effect Johan Santana in his 6 scoreless innings last week. Hansen & J/J will both be back in the low 90’s but you may have to wait until May.

ncbravesfan

April 11th, 2012
8:38 am

Great win last night, but the Braves still have a lot of work to do. HAVE to win tonight. No excuses. If they come home 2-4, they can right the ship with a good homestand. They come home 1-5 … well, I don’t even want to think about that.

Go Braves!

Double Zero Eight

April 11th, 2012
8:42 am

Great win! Any win is a good win.
The Braves should be competitive. I still
do not think they can make it to the playoffs
without the addition of a “bat”. The pitching of
the top tier teams will be too much for the current
roster.

Glad to see Chipper return. Let’s hope he can
stay healthy.

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