After brutal start, Braves end trip with back-to-back wins

HOUSTON – One night after Chipper Jones came off the disabled list to have the biggest hit for the Braves in their first win, David Ross came out of storage to get the biggest hit in another victory against the Houston Astros.

Ross hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the fourth inning and the Braves hung on for a 6-3 win at Minute Maid Park to salvage a 2-4 record on their opening trip.

“It felt good to help the team win,” said Ross, who also threw out a runner trying to steal second to end the fifth inning. “I’m happy that we won, and we’re all happy to be heading home to some familiar faces.”

Jason Heyward had three hits including a homer and Randall Delgado (1-0) pitched five solid innings for the Braves, who finished their opening trip with a record not as good as they hoped when it started, but better than many feared a few days ago when they had 10 runs in an 0-4 start.

They have a day off before their home opener Friday against Milwaukee at Turner Field.

“Win a series, go into your home opener [after] winning two games in a row — it’s a good feeling for us,” said Heyward, who also had two RBIs, a stolen base and scored on a Jack Wilson suicide squeeze bunt.

Craig Kimbrel struck out Carlos Lee with runners on the corners in the ninth inning to pick up his second save in as many appearances.

“Nice to win the series,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose Braves were swept in three games by the New York Mets to start the trip. “Got a little two-game winning streak, got a day off tomorrow, kind of re-group a little then we’ve got a tough stretch with [13 games] in a row.”

The Astros scored a run against Eric O’Flaherty in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 4-3 before leaving the bases loaded, and Heyward restored the cushion with a leadoff homer in the eighth, which he called a “momentum killer” for the Astros.

“He’s swinging the bat,” Gonzalez said of Heyward, who had the first three-hit game of the season for the Braves. “He did a nice job.”

Jones had a two-run homer in Tuesday’s 6-4 win, after not playing a game in three weeks and taking 15 swings against Delgado in a workout Friday as the only live pitching he’d faced since knee surgery.

Ross hadn’t gone that long without playing, but the veteran backup catcher hadn’t entered a game this season before starting Wednesday to give Brian McCann a rest. Ross had two RBIs and 21 at-bats in the last six weeks of the 2011 season, and hit .154 with 2 RBIs during spring training.

He had two RBIs with one swing Tuesday, a bases-loaded double off Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez that put the Braves ahead 3-1. Jack Wilson followed with a squeeze bunt that scored Heyward.

Rodriguez (0-1) was 2-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his past seven starts against the Braves before Wednesday, when he allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings.

He was outpitched by Delgado, a 22-year-old rookie who had had six strikeouts in five innings and gave up five hits, two runs and two walks. After J.D. Martinez’s two-out homer in the first inning, Delgado retired seven of the next eight batters and struck out the side in the second inning.

“I was following [Ross] the whole time,” Delgado said. “He knows about this game.”

The Astros cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth when former Brave Jordan Schafer hit a bunt single to start the inning, advanced on a Jose Altuve single and scored on a hard ground ball that caromed off Delgado’s shin directly to first baseman Freddie Freeman for an out.

Delgado stayed in the game and got a big assist from the strong-armed Ross, who picked off Altuve straying from second base to end the inning.

“Rossy today was outstanding,” Gonzalez said. “With Carlos Lee at the plate in the fifth, he back-picked that guy at second base. For me that was the turning point in the game. And he comes up with a couple of hits and did a nice job of getting through some of these innings that were difficult.”

Ross said, “The best thing about being a catcher is that you don’t have to get hits to help with the game. If you win, you feel like you had a big part of it.  My most important job is getting the pitcher through the game, trying to keep those guys off the bases, hold them to basically one run less than we get…. And if I get a hit and drive in some runs, that makes me sleep well at night.”

The Braves went to their bullpen again after five innings, making it seven of his eight major league starts that Delgado has gone five innings or fewer. But hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any game and improved to 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in his fledgling career.

“I though Delgado gave us everything we were looking for,” Gonzalez said. “He hadn’t pitched in seven or eight days and we weren’t going to push him to over 100 pitches.  So he gave us a nice outing.”

The right-hander has allowed five hits or fewer and two runs or fewer in each of his past five starts.

“He had some nerves when guys got on, and he tried to be a little fast,” Ross said. “I think he was just really amped up to try to get them out. As soon as he just settles in and calms down, he’s going to be great. He threw great tonight, his ball was moving all over the place.

“We’re expecting good things out of him. We’re expecting him to [eventually] be one of our top-of-the-rotation guys, and I think he’s going to do that.”

The Braves plan to start Delgado two or three more times before Tim Hudson comes off the disabled list in the last week of April or first week of May.

98 comments Add your comment

Adam

April 11th, 2012
11:34 pm

great game. now we get day off to breath before mil comes in.

Skins05

April 11th, 2012
11:34 pm

Two nights in a row with immediate blogs. Thanks DOB

blueridge

April 11th, 2012
11:37 pm

wow DOB- posted this with the quickness. impressive.

Ken Stallings

April 11th, 2012
11:37 pm

Have to temper the enthusiasm a tad knowing that the Astros are likely the weakest team in the NL. Still, two wins feels a lot better than 0-6!

Ken Stallings

April 11th, 2012
11:38 pm

BTW: What’s the deal with the schedule this season! It is crazy to force a team to play six games on the road to start the season. The Braves had to wait over a week for opening day! Totally wrong!

pdwalsh

April 11th, 2012
11:40 pm

Astros did not play like worst team in NL. Hit the ball very well all series, so encouraging wins for the braves.

Coach B

April 11th, 2012
11:42 pm

Great win tonight! Chipper rocks. Hinske, it may not be this easy, but that is what makes Chipper the best 3B ever!

Bill

April 11th, 2012
11:53 pm

Great game –great win!
Glad to see J-Hey hitting and Ross the MVP tonight- hitting, and great job behind the plate..what a pick-off..love it!

Cap: Where's My Tip

April 11th, 2012
11:54 pm

i hope this stat changes sooner rather than later: 6 games in and no starter has gone beyond 5 innings pitched. that’s not good for the pen

*Braves and Twins did have the worst records in baseball, now the Braves have a better record than 6 other teams

Bruce

April 11th, 2012
11:55 pm

Wish we could get our starting pitchers further than the 5th inning. I know it is early but I don’t like the idea of having to use multiple pitchers to finish every game.

t.j.

April 12th, 2012
12:00 am

If u didnt notice a difference in J-Hey’s swing (especially tonight) then your completly blind. He’s not going to be a .300 guy get over it. We will be lucky if he bats .280. He is a get on base, rbi guy.

Braveoneastside

April 12th, 2012
12:01 am

1959 Willie McCovey was ROY, next year demoted to Minors for a spell. The comparison to Heyward is obvious – physical talents off the chart. The Sophmore thing has past – Heyward is destined for greatness, sit back and enjoy.

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April 12th, 2012
12:03 am

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J-MAN

April 12th, 2012
12:03 am

I want to say that the Braves are showing some intensity and playing like they want to win and not “Tip their Cap”. But its still the Astros we need to make the pitchers pitch 5 and 6 pitches plus per AB and get walks and make them pitch from the stretch and get agressive on the bases and not try to always play for the 3 run bomb but try to run them to death. Thats been my main problem with Fredi he tends to just sit there and not get in his players grill and just Tips his cap. But we all see who the REAL MANAGER of this team is its Chipper Jones and when he is in there the players play better. How about we fire Fredi and have Chipper be the player/Manager. Also as bad as I have attacked Fredi Gonzalez and Libirty media for being cheap. I have not been one of those people that has attacked Jason Heyward and I’ve told everyone to hold off calling him a bust until he is 26 but that being said he has been the best offensive player so far this year in that he collects walks and gets on base and is a base running threat. Remember he is 22 YEARS old and will get better. Just be patient with him…….Just dont be patient with Fredi Gonzalez.

JWOOD

April 12th, 2012
12:15 am

If the offense continues to put up 4-6 runs every night, I imagine pitchers will start to settle in a bit more and will go deeper. Delgado did well tonight. He didn’t give up the “big inning,” and even though he went 5 innings, it’s still something to work on. And don’t forget the value of home cooking.

I want to add that Chipper and Ross both bring a bit of intensity to the field that was lacking in the first few games.

Don

April 12th, 2012
12:15 am

Got to sit Jason and get Diaz some more at bats and let me roam the outfiled more often.

J-MAN

April 12th, 2012
12:31 am

Enjoy your day off DOB get you a margritta and chill out

Knockahoma

April 12th, 2012
12:48 am

winning streak!!

David O'Brien

April 12th, 2012
1:17 am

Mitchell

April 12th, 2012
1:39 am

Not to beat a dead horse, they are fun though, but just because we won the last two games doesn’t make the trip as a whole unbrutal.

Winning the last two does not make for losing the first four.

It makes up for it a tiny, tiny bit but it does not make up for it.

Not trying to be mr. negative all the time but that’s not really deserving of a silver lining.

Bad road trip, period. And lastly, if a team not named the Phillies makes the playoffs this year as the east division winner, it better be the Braves. It had better be I tell you.

I’m out. I’m taking my negativity with me.

You can’t have it anymore.

Mitchell

April 12th, 2012
1:40 am

Braveoneastside

April 12th, 2012
12:01 am

1959 Willie McCovey was ROY, next year demoted to Minors for a spell. The comparison to Heyward is obvious – physical talents off the chart. The Sophmore thing has past – Heyward is destined for greatness, sit back and enjoy.

I hope so and will try.

Rowsdower

April 12th, 2012
2:37 am

Remember, we were smart enough to keep 3 long guys in the pen because we know there is a gap there. I think that is going to be the difference this year. Livan and Medlen might be our MVPs…

Younger Than That Now

April 12th, 2012
3:16 am

It’s the Astros and Wandy Rodriguez pitching so don’t get so hyped up… blah, blah, blah, blah!! I don’t care who it is… this is the major leagues and there’s no such a thing as a pushover team or pitcher. No doubt, some are better than others, and some are much, much better than others, but these are major leaguers. Besides that, a lot of these young teams that aren’t suppose to compete will play you to the hilt, and make you wish you were playing somebody else. They lay it all out and give it all they’ve got because that’s all they know… somebody forgot to tell them that they aren’t suppose to win!

Regardless of who they were playing, and without a doubt, two wins out of six games is not nearly as good as it should be or as good as most of us wish it was… but it’s better than the alternative. And you’ve got to start somewhere. The Red Sox would rather be 2-4 than where they sit… so would the Twins, Indians, Giants and Cubs… and if the Marlins can pull off a win tomorrow in Philly, the Phillies will be 2-4 as well. But regardless of where any team is right now, it’s a week into the season and a lot of baseball to play… it’s a marathon not a sprint!

GO BRAVES!!

Mike Jay

April 12th, 2012
5:07 am

Livan as our MVP? The same one who was throwing 70 mph lollipops and rainbows the other night?

Nova Scotia Steve

April 12th, 2012
5:07 am

MikeY

April 12th, 2012
5:59 am

Ross deserves more starts, especially against lefties. Braves were 28-14 in games he started last year.

And maybe away games vs AL clubs McCann can DH and Ross can catch.

2 and 4 not to worry

April 12th, 2012
6:44 am

It would be nice to have the rotation go more than 5 innings….however, we have the big three to use for the eighth and nineth always resting one of them. we have Chriistian and Medlen and if we have to..the other two. for the sixth and seventh. If these four cannot get it done..then we have great young arms in the minors to replace them. Not worried about over using the big three, We shouldn’t have to. Still would like the manager to manage and more intensity as in the last 2 games.

Braves fan in maine

April 12th, 2012
6:53 am

Well said J-MAN….. The braves are coming around….. you can see it…. they arent swing for the fence they are just trying to get on base…… small ball is still the best way to win games….. also they havent been back to the ted yet so I am holding out hope that this is a good sign….. I think delgado has nasty stuff I am very big on him and see him being a really good pitcher……… Hockey playoffs tonight GO BRUINS!!!!

WTF

April 12th, 2012
6:54 am

So the sky isn’t falling. Check the box – Astros w/ 4 errors, ATL w/1 and that was Chipper early and didn’t hurt.
If you put the ball in play good things can happen. If you don’t make little league errors, good things can happen.
And very happy to see Jason stealing a base. Braves need to continue to put pressure on defenses. You can’t always depend on the 3-run homer.
Come out to the ballpark Friday and I’ll buy the beer.

Ekim

April 12th, 2012
6:55 am

I’m tired of the use of the term “tip one’s hat” in a derisive fashion. It’s not a concession at all; it’s really just an expression of sportsmanship.

phil

April 12th, 2012
6:55 am

Ross has one good game.

Just like last year, the cries of bench McCann will begin sounding from the rooftops….

Sigh.

phil

April 12th, 2012
6:56 am

Fire FG so i can go to a few games!!

DaveinNEPA

April 12th, 2012
7:00 am

Kudos to Jack Wilson on the execution of the squeeze play. Very well done.

Another Clueless Blogger

April 12th, 2012
7:07 am

Phire Phil so I can read these blogs.

Jaxfan

April 12th, 2012
7:08 am

Minor detail but Altuve was not thrown out trying to steal second. He was picked off second with a great throw by Ross and super block of the bag by Wilson.

Joe

April 12th, 2012
7:14 am

Nice game from both Ross and Heyward. Heyward is looking much better this year and more like his rookie season. Hopefully that continues and he becomes the player that most thought he could be.

moriler

April 12th, 2012
7:24 am

Let’s be honest: 2 out of 3 from the Astros on the road is “Met Expectations”; they aren’t a good team, we should always either sweep them or at least win the series. Nothing to get excited over, but not the terrible performance against the Mets, either. So that’s improvement shown, at least, and we can look forward to see if they keep improving against the Brewers as well.

Everyone is looking a little better at the plate this year, though we still swing way too early; we really, really need to start working counts more, even if it means sacrificing early opportunities. Got to get those opposing starters tired and not feeling their best; that will lead to more opportunities later, when the pressure is up. Dunno who needs a beating on that coaching squad to figure that out, but someone sure does.

bruce

April 12th, 2012
7:28 am

DOB and the guys get a day off at home, especially nice after two wins! Well maybe DOB is not off, but at least he’s heading home.

phil

April 12th, 2012
7:40 am

Another Clueless Blogger
April 12th, 2012
7:07 am

Phire Phil so I can read these blogs.

******
it’s my role to keep you away…

phil

April 12th, 2012
7:42 am

Dave doesn’t actually do a thing other than cut and paste and listen to music and eat and ride around….who needs a day off?

:-)

TMoney

April 12th, 2012
7:55 am

Not being an arse here,just curious: DOB, how could you mistake Rossy picking that guy off second base with throwing him out trying to steal. It was one of the larger plays of the game. It’s like you just read the boxscore and didnt actually see the play.

Jo

April 12th, 2012
8:14 am

Good last two games by atlanta. Hope they keep it up.
I agree Ross needs more playing time. Would be a good idea to rest McCann every week and also Freeman too. McCann could play 1st and Ross Catch while Freeman rest. IMO…

How about Schafer!?!? That kid looked really good all series. All year so far. Atlanta has to wonder if this kid has finally gotten it together. Will be interesting to see how he does the rest of the way. Obviously Bourn is pressing and may see that big check dwindle down some.

ATLBrave

April 12th, 2012
8:18 am

Two game winning streak!!??!! Really Freddi. That is not what you would call a “winning streak”. Get at least five in a row and then we might be able to take satisfaction in calling that a winning streak.

Brownie

April 12th, 2012
8:27 am

Some here have been negative, stating that it’s “only the Astros”. True, they’re aren’t a contender. However, baseball is often about two intangibles: momentum and confidence. ANY win which helps you gain as a team the above two things can jump start a winning streak.

It’s early, and you have to look closely to find positives, but they are there. One thing for sure, as poorly as Delgado pitched in ST, this outing will go a long way for him. Heyward will likely still be inconsistent (pitchers still know where his holes are), but he looks like the confidence is coming back.

And for all the Fire Fredi brigade…..what has he done wrong so far? Didn’t like the squeeze play?

Oh, and Huddy comes back later this month. If his back really is healed (I’ve got a bad L5/S1 disk, and I can assure you its really painful at times – don’t know how he could have pitched), you should expect Tim to go on a run. He’s a sinkerballer, pitch-to-contact guy, not a power guy….expect 3 more strong years from him.

Not really gonna know what we’ve got here until Memorial Day…..relax and enjoy.

[...] But hey, those Braves are finally winning. [...]

Tip Your Hat Guy

April 12th, 2012
8:39 am

As a former athlete, who is far too old to claim that I still am, I am proud to say that I am a ” tip your hat” guy. Every true athlete that I have ever personally known regardless of the sport is as well. In golf, when your opponent makes an incredible shot out of the deep woods and lands it on the green to win, you tip your hat in acknowledgement. In football, tennis, basketball, the olympics and even Nascar, if your opponent has performed outstandingly, you tip your hat as a fellow athlete in recognition of that performance. Those who criticize the athlete who does that has never been in the arena. I am also proud to say that my sons who were acknowledged as superior athletes always displayed this same attitude with the exception of some of their little league days when their immaturity and lack of respect for the sport was not realized. But we grow as men and women and understand that when you step into the arena of athletic combat, that there will be days in which you have your nose bloodied by the opponent who on that day, was superior. You simply tip your hat to your opponent knowing that there will be other days. That is what an athlete does.

BravesDA

April 12th, 2012
8:42 am

DOB – Ross’ D in the 5th was actually a pick-off (Altuve had wandered too far off 2nd; he wasn’t attempting a steal). KUDOS also on the same play to SS Wilson for blocking the bag and ensuring that Altuve couldn’t get back….

iliketacos

April 12th, 2012
8:55 am

This just in……larry apparently got motion sickness on the flight back to ATL….and has been put on the 15 day DL. Ha!!! crack myself up.

CMC

April 12th, 2012
8:58 am

Ken Stallings,

I just checked, and 9 teams have home openers either tonight or tomorrow night. So nearly 1/3 of MLB teams start out on the road for the first week. And this is normal each year.

Morning Reads 4/12/2012

April 12th, 2012
9:01 am

[...] But hey, those Braves are finally winning. [...]

Heading to The Ted on Saturday

April 12th, 2012
9:07 am

What is the validity/accuracy of the strike zone that is shown on the MLB game tracker? I couldn’t watch the game on TV last night – so I was monitoring it via computer and I have to say there were probably at least 10 pitches that were called as balls that were well in the strike zone.

alex

April 12th, 2012
9:09 am

can ross play 3rd when chipper is hurt or needs a day off… When JH took home with Wilson’s bunt i was delighted !

splendid splinter

April 12th, 2012
9:47 am

@tip your hat guy – It sure is refreshing to see some civility and sanity in this blog. I was not a very good athlete, only a sand lot player (50 years ago), but we too acknowledged that some days the other guy was better and some days we were better. You ain’t gonna win ‘em all – that’s for sure. I don’t care how good you are. Thanks for the dose of reality and calm.

Tony C.

April 12th, 2012
9:53 am

@Tip Your Hat Guy: For me, I understand the gesture, and endorse it when it is appropriate. But using it as a catch-all phrase for “we didn’t get the job done” rankles…especially because the gesture is reserved for the days when your opponent was better than you. Not the days when you made 4 errors and executed poorly.

True some days you get beat-you tip you hat.

The days you beat yourself…not so much

phil

April 12th, 2012
9:59 am

Agree with Tip your hat guy and Tony C…

Tip it all night if you need too when the other team just outplays you but NOT when you give it away…

Good ending to the trip to pull these 2 games out. Last night, we looked pretty good actually. We’re a different team with Chipper out there AND when Heyward is living up to his billing.

Another Clueless Blogger

April 12th, 2012
10:07 am

phil April 12th, 2012 7:40 am Another Clueless Blogger April 12th, 2012 7:07 am
Phire Phil so I can read these blogs.
******
it’s my role to keep you away…

Phil: Glad to know you have found your calling in life. Now when I read your babble, I will know it has purpose.

Delbert D.

April 12th, 2012
10:11 am

David Ross may be a manager someday.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 12th, 2012
10:16 am

I too tip my hat to Tip Your Hat Guy. Well said sir.

Noah

April 12th, 2012
10:17 am

He didn’t through out a runner stealing second in the 5th, he picked off a runner already on second who strayed too far off the bag toward 3rd. do you have anyone who watched the game edit your column before posting it?

Noah

April 12th, 2012
10:17 am

dean

April 12th, 2012
10:28 am

I hope FF comes around soon. 2 for his last 10 with 6K’s.

nashvillewill

April 12th, 2012
10:45 am

Heyward looks much better, as others have noted. He is much more still and settled in his stance before the pitch and he appears to be trying to hit pitches to all fields. If this continues he may very well end up as the Braves MVP this year. No quarrels with FG about his moves last night. Glad to see him start Heyward against the lefty rather than Diaz. I think Diaz is through.

Kris

April 12th, 2012
10:57 am

All three of Heyward hits have been outside pitches. Heyward does well when he extends his arms.
Don’t understand why the Astros didn’t pitch him inside. They don’t have scouting report?
Anyway, I hope Heyward continues to do well, especially on inside pitches, daring pitchers to challenge him inside. He will be one of the best hitters if he can pull the ball inside with authority.

Kris

April 12th, 2012
10:57 am

All three of Heyward hits have been outside pitches. Heyward does well when he extends his arms.
Don’t understand why the Astros didn’t pitch him inside. They don’t have scouting report?
Anyway, I hope Heyward continues to do well, especially on inside pitches, daring pitchers to challenge him inside. He will be one of the best hitters if he can pull the ball inside with authority.

Lobosolo

April 12th, 2012
11:02 am

J-MANN, you’re becoming just as unjustifiably pedantic as Larry, Mitchell, phil, alexis, and the rest of the know-it-alls… clue in for you… you’re just as hilarious… can you say m-a-r-o-o-n…

Kris

April 12th, 2012
11:04 am

Freeman at 3, Chipper 4, Uggla/McCann 5/6, Heyward 7 will be a formidable middle of the lineup.
Keep Freeman at 3 FG. the Braves were at their best when Freeman hit third last year, started the collapse when Freeman when back down to 6. Why change something that’s successful. Right now, Freeman is underrated one of the best young hitters in the game.

Batcork

April 12th, 2012
11:08 am

Horrendous early schedule. Two road series to start the year isn’t all that unusual. What’s awful from a fan and gate perspective is….prior to Memorial Day weekend, TWO weekend home series, five weekend road series. WTH?

Kris

April 12th, 2012
11:09 am

I can understand why Medlen is still in the bullpen. Young pitchers like Delgado, Minor, Beachy don’t seem to go deeper in the game. But keep in mind, Medlen eventually needs to go back into the rotation perhaps when JJ becomes too expensive to keep. Medlen is like Santana right handed. Santana was in the bullpen in Minnesota but started eventually. They both have excellent change up and sinkers, so fastballs don’t have to be that fast.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
11:15 am

Now we have to play a Major League Team.

Bobby

April 12th, 2012
11:16 am

Can we trade Bourn for Schafer again? Jordan is doing the things Bourn should be doing, bunting for hits, stealing bases, putting pressure on the defense, etc. Michael needs to try and drop down a few more bunts.

Ralph

April 12th, 2012
11:22 am

dean

April 12th, 2012
10:28 am
I hope FF comes around soon. 2 for his last 10 with 6K’s.

Walker has been screwing him up trying to get him to pull the ball, he will be ok if he ignores him and gets back to his up the middle attitude, all the hits he has so far have been pulled hits, not his style.

Ed

April 12th, 2012
11:43 am

My only complaint last night was, “why did he take Christhian out after pitching one good inning? He is good for more than one. No need to overwork Oventbrell when not needed. Don’t fix it if it aint broke.” Otherwise, great game for all.

Nelson

April 12th, 2012
11:55 am

TWO THINGS:
1-Good return for Chipper, lucks like to perform well, He need to be rested and have his parents on the attendance!!!!
2-After facing 3 lefties, Freddie finally gave a chance to Ross, good job Fruttie moving your soldiers!
I hope they keep on playing good baseball

Joshua

April 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

It’s encouraging to see Heyward playing well again. To me, the season rests on him more than any other player. If Heyward rebounds and plays up to expectations, the Braves line-up should be formidable. Of course, it doesn’t help that every team in the league lines up their lefties against us.

BrandonLee49

April 12th, 2012
12:15 pm

Another Stolen Base, And to top it off, Squeeze Bunt Suicide.. Wow Fredi has come out of his Coma, and Finally doing alittle Managing…
Good for Bravos !!!

The Snark

April 12th, 2012
12:15 pm

I’m trying to imagine being a catcher with a 90+ mph fastball coming in and Jason Heyward barrelling down the third base line toward me on the suicide squeeze. I think I’d just duck and cover.

C from Marietta

April 12th, 2012
12:28 pm

@ Tip Your Hat Guy

Glad to see someone knows about sportsmanship. I play ALTA and my past two opponents give me compliments after the matches. I had to play two really good matches to pull out wins. It made me feel good that they knew it was me beating them and not them playing badly. They actaully played weell too, but came up short. Nothing wrong with tipping your cap.

Lobosolo

April 12th, 2012
1:08 pm

Ralph, and you know this how?

WildTurk

April 12th, 2012
1:12 pm

Small ball works, eh FG? Liking the speed, and when Bourn starts leading from the top of the order, these Bravos will put up big numbers. Big bats work far better with a lead than pressing when behind. Leave Chipper in the 6 hole and save those battered knees a few ABs — it’s a long season.

Blue

April 12th, 2012
1:51 pm

TMoney; ever notice that every time someone says “not to be an arse” or “not to change the subject” or “not to be” something else, they they immediately are one?

Blue

April 12th, 2012
1:54 pm

iliketacos; you are the only one whom you crack up…

cowdogit

April 12th, 2012
1:56 pm

When Schafer moved to Huston he received advice from a legitimate hitting coach. His play in this series was outstanding. The coaching staff for the braves needs to be upgraded.

Blue

April 12th, 2012
2:00 pm

Ralph; you are way off. I have noticed, SEVERAL times, FF trying to go the other way. He hits the ball where it is pitched.

Drew

April 12th, 2012
2:34 pm

cowdogit… it was upgraded.

Kris

April 12th, 2012
3:13 pm

Gio Gonzalez pitching brilliantly right now. Washington will be the team to beat this year.

Kris

April 12th, 2012
3:14 pm

In the nl east that is

iTiSi

April 12th, 2012
3:55 pm

The Braves lose 3 in a row to start the season against a team picked to finish last this year, then take 2 out of 3 vs a AAA team of “no-names” and FG is in Heaven with a “two game winning streak”. Thanks for the laugh, FG! Yet there will be about 30K “nitwits” who will show up Friday with the usual high expectations, which always turn into duds. Atlanta Braves fans are the most naive sports fans there are anyway.

chuck

April 12th, 2012
4:38 pm

Braves pitchers throw many pitches out of the strike zone, thus running up their pitch count, that”s why they can’t go beyond four or five innings.

KK

April 12th, 2012
4:51 pm

Braint

April 12th, 2012
5:08 pm

I questioned playing Ross instead of McCann this early in the season and also wondered why you would sit Pastornicky after his game the day before — now I know why I’m not a manager or coach.

PhilW1957

April 12th, 2012
5:18 pm

McCann is irreplaceable but maybe it would be a good idea to have Ross be Delgado’s “personal catcher”.

Disgusted

April 12th, 2012
8:05 pm

iTiSi–Its not that I have high expectation for the Braves over the season, but I am showing up because I love the game.

I know this team’s limitations. Not as bad as the first 4 games but short of a playoff especially if they do not get more than 5 IP out of their starters.

Fredi just does not have the horses this yr. The Braves are a building team. Very young and there are guys who are still in their learning curve in MLB.

Disgusted

April 12th, 2012
8:07 pm

Too early to judge Walker, but both Heyward and Freeman are two of the guys who I classify as young guys still going through their learning curve in the game.

Same for Minor and Delgado. There are others in that category too.

Jimiz

April 12th, 2012
10:01 pm

Hello Braves fans. Nice to see some wins huh? A clumsey start to the year.. Still swinging out of the strike zone to much but the last too games have been an improvement for sure. Nice comeback again Chipper your still the man.( impact player) at age 40 nice. Heyward is finding it nice. Go Rossi i would bet thats not the last time he does that. Delgado, I really never liked your delivery but your movement seems effective lets keep that up. Uggla looks like he is doing better with Chipper in there. Brian is a hitter since he was knee high so he will be fine but he needs to get back to haveing fun. Don’t worry about being team leader just play your game. Prodo looks like his old self maybe pressing a lil to try an prove he was worth not tradeing. Which he is by the way. Freddi Freeman we are not golfing lets level that home run swing out a lil and get back to killing those gaps . Bourne is going thru what happen to Uggla last year a bad start. He is pressing because he is a winner and he knows he is our catalyst. He will succeed and i hope he can stay on for a while. Home sweet home an a day off to boot. Should see some good hustle out there some happy faces on the feild and in the stands. We in full swing now folks lets support our team. GO BRAVES !!!!!

John A.

April 12th, 2012
10:33 pm

What’s so special about beating Houston? The are weak as are the Mets. As I recall we were suppose to be riding high after the series with NY, Houston, and our home stand. Lots of short memories I suppose. We’ll see…..Chipper is human, and not what is going to save this bunch. Sorry, just my gut feeling.

Disgusted

April 12th, 2012
10:56 pm

Hey, a couple of wins are a couple of wins and they cannot be as bad vs the Muts as they were in Citifield last wk can they?

Chipper cannot play as much as he used to, but when he can he is still pretty good. He was good last yr. Not great but good.

Don

April 13th, 2012
9:54 am

Even if it was 4 wins and 2 losses instead of 2 wins and 4 losses- Don’t believe this would be anything to get excited about – when it may have been against the 2 worst teams in the National League.

jc_dawgs

April 13th, 2012
11:39 am

So we won 2 games in a row against a team that lost 106 games last year. We are still 2-4 and deservably so. I still see the Braves finishing at 76-86 with Gonzalez’s seat starting to warm a bit.

To better the 76 win prediction we need for……

Chipper to start in at least 81 games this year.

Heyward to hit no less than .240 and 15 homers.

Pastornickey to hit at least .230.

I dont have much faith in them because Gonzales appears to be the exact opposite of a motivator.

I hope I’m wrong about this years team. But until I’m prooved wrong….the sad fact of the matter is that Bobby Cox was one heck of a reg season manager and motivator. And now we are seeing it first hand.

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