Prado’s 9th-inning triple lifts Braves to 4-3 win

LOS ANGELES – On a night when the youngest Brave and oldest Brave came through in big ways, it was Martin Prado’s two-out triple in the ninth that proved decisive.

Prado’s  drive to the center-field wall drove in Tyler Pastornicky with the go-ahead run, and the Braves hung on for a 4-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers, stopping a two-game slide and evening the series at a game apiece.

“We all battle,” said Prado, who also drove in a tying run in the fifth. “That’s the important thing about this team, we feel like we can do this even in tough situations.”

Craig Kimbrel struck out Tony Gwynn Jr. with two on in the ninth for his sixth save, and the Braves handed the Dodgers their first loss in eight games at Dodger Stadium.

Chipper Jones homered on his 40th birthday and 22-year-old shortstop Pastornicky had three hits and a walk, including a leadoff single in the ninth. The Braves improved to 11-2 in games Jones has played on his birthday.

“That’s good — everybody gets as jacked up as I do to play on my birthday,” cracked Jones said, who homered on the first pitch of the fifth inning to cut the Dodgers’ lead in half to 2-1.

“I really wanted us to win this ballgame and make a series out of it “They took it to us pretty good last night. It’s good that we bounced back and won this ballgame.”

Pastornicky advanced on a sacrifice, then scored one out later when Prado capped a seven-pitch at-bat against closer Javy Guerra by hitting a ball to the wall that center fielder Matt Kemp leaped for but came up empty.

Pastornicky, 22, excelled in his first game back in the lineup after being benched for three to work on his swing. He raised his average from .171 to .227.

Jones’ fifth-inning homer came off Dodgers starter Aaron Harang — one inning after the Dodgers paid tribute to the retiring third baseman on their video board. He’s hit .429 with five homers and 11 RBIs on his birthday, and became the fifth player ever to homer on the day he turned 40.

“I’m just glad to have the opportunity  to go out there and play baseball at the age of 40,” said Jones, who joined Bob Thurman (1957), Tony Phillips (1999), Joe Morgan (1983) and Wade Bogggs (1998).

“It’s been a fun ride, and it’s a good way to have my last birthday in the big leagues go, to have it come out the right way.”

Jones had missed Monday’s 7-2 series-opening loss due to soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

“Maybe we can trick him again tomorrow and say it’s his birthday,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He stands up on those occasions. Home run, and every at-bat he squared up the ball.

“It seems like every time we give him a couple of days to get that knee ready, he answers the call and gives us a good performance.”

Braves starter Mike Minor gave up eight hits and three runs in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. The left-hander got no decision and has a 1.27 ERA and 2-0 record in three starts since giving up six runs in his season debut.

The Dodgers jumped out to a first-inning lead on Juan Rivera’s two-run, two-out homer that sailed into the loge-level seats down the left-field line, the 20th homer to land in the third-deck seats in Dodger Stadium’s 50-year history. It traveled an estimated 437 feet. Mark Ellis had reached on a bloop single.

Minor settled down and pitched well after the homer.

“That was going to be the biggest thing, because they’re such a good-hitting team,” he said. “To give up two runs like that early on, I was kind of [ticked] off about it…. Ellis got on with the broken-bat changeup hit, and then I just threw a terrible slider to Rivera. He did what he was supposed to do with that.”

Minor recorded 12 outs in the next 12 batters following the Rivera homer.

“He made one mistake [to Rivera],” Jones said. “They bled some balls in off of him to get that third run, but he made mistake, Rivera made him pay for it. Got us in a hole, but he didn’t cave on us. He kept us in the ballgame until the bats were finally able to get to Harang.

“Can’t say enough about the job [Minor] has done from Day 1 of spring training.  I mean, he’s been our most consistent pitcher.”

Minor gave up leadoff hits in the second and fourth innings during that stretch, but the Braves turned double plays after each hit. One of those was an spectacular play by Uggla, who made an over-the-shoulder catch while falling in shallow right field, then scrambled to get to his feet and fired to first base to double up Kemp on a close play.

Jones’ leadoff homer in the fifth was only the second hit off Harang and first since Michael Bourn’s leadoff double in the first inning. Jones hit the first pitch into the Dodgers bullpen beyond right field, his 457th home run and 13th at Dodger Stadium.

“Mike kept us in the game and Chipper came up big for us and hit the homer,” Prado said. “After that we kept playing inning by inning, at-bat by at-bat, everybody had great at-bats. I’m just glad I got a big hit to help the team. It was a big game.”

After Jones’ homer, Heyward and Pastornicky followed with singles and moved up on a Minor sacrifice. Michael Bourn walked and Prado’s bases-loaded groundout drove in the tying run.

An inning later the Braves took the lead despite again failing to get a hit with runners in scoring position. Brian McCann hit a leadoff single and Uggla walked before Jones grounded into a double play, making the Braves 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, after going 0-for-6 in Monday’s series opener.

The Dodgers intentionally walked Heyward to bring up No. 8 hitter Pastornicky. After getting ahead 0-and-2 against Pastornicky, Harang threw a wild pitch and McCann alertly scored to put the Braves ahead 3-2.

The Braves had their first lead since the second inning Sunday at Arizona. But it didn’t last long.

The Dodgers got consecutive singles to start the sixth inning and bring up Kemp, the majors’ best hitter so far this season. Kemp was 8-for-15 with four homers with runners in scoring position before facing Minor, who induced a would-be double-play grounder to Pastornicky. He threw to second for the first out, but Uggla bounced a throw past first baseman Freeman to let in the tying run.

Kemp was called out on an appeal for making a move toward second base after he’d crossed first base and run about 20 feet up the line. The run was earned because Rivera followed with an infield single before Minor got out of the inning.

92 comments Add your comment

Brave Decisions

April 25th, 2012
1:14 am

Great win for the Braves. Go for the series win tomorrow.

http://wp.me/2lqJ1 Thanks for all the great feedback!

Ace

April 25th, 2012
1:15 am

Overseas Braves Fan

April 25th, 2012
1:21 am

Nice homer for Chipper’s 40th BD! It is amasing – at 40 I hope I can still hit a softball of about 40 miles per hour….

double

April 25th, 2012
1:22 am

H’um! looks like the Braves can play with the big boys.One error,no excuses needed.

JC Boscan III

April 25th, 2012
1:32 am

Nice win tonight, and no negative postings yet!! Maybe the grumpy Braves “fans” are asleep… Go Braves!!

Alaska Braves Fan

April 25th, 2012
1:43 am

That was a great win, and the confidence level in the Braves’ dugout should be very high. Two plays good out: Chipper’s homer, and Pastornicky’s three hit night. Without both of those, we probably would have come away without this big win. Everyone contributed. Who doesn’t believe Minor is going to be a big-time pitcher for years to come!?

C from Marietta

April 25th, 2012
1:47 am

It was a TEAM effort. Great win. Minor is looking like a big time pitcher! Go Braves like they said on the post game show. Braves playing with house money tomorrow! Watch out Nats the Braves are coming.

C from Marietta

April 25th, 2012
1:47 am

Tyler Tyler! Happy B-day Chipper!

C from Marietta

April 25th, 2012
1:48 am

@ Overseas Braves Fan

LOL. Good one!. I hope you can hit a softball at 90 mph at 40.

JC Boscan III

April 25th, 2012
1:54 am

Well, I’m turning 50 in less than a month and I can still get around on a 20 MPH softball, so there’s hope for you!! :)

JWOOD

April 25th, 2012
1:54 am

I like seeing a grinder. This team isn’t always going to pound the ball like last week. Nice to see they can win a tough one.

Spud

April 25th, 2012
2:05 am

18 games in, the Braves have gone 6-2 on the road since the 0-4 start, and are 5-1 at home! 12 of the 18 games have been on the road and the Braves have the 4th best winning percentage in MLB. Still early, but looking good at this point. Perhaps Chipper’s last game will be in the World Series.
Check out the four way tie for first in the AL East: http://ajc.stats.com/mlb/standings.asp

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
2:10 am

The Braves Juggernaut still running over the rough road, but picking up a little speed!
Go Braves!

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
2:12 am

Will somebody tell me what Fredi G. did wrong tonight?

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
2:15 am

I’ll say this Fredi Coached and showed fire tonight as well. All around a good night for Braves fan. Think about it the 3 main problems could have got addressed all within a span of 24 hours.

1. Jurrjens gets sent to AAA
2. Fredi Shows some fire and had that Kemp call changed to an out.
3. We got a REAL SS tonight it was Pastornicky

If we play like this and with Walker and Fletcher working wonders with the line up, Huddy coming back, Minor and Beachy looking like Aces. And of course the Best Bull-pen in baseball. We are dangerous.

The Nationals have been Lucky so far. But the real question will be in August and September with a lot of their starters having inning limits. Also The Nationals play the Dodgers this weekend in LA and we will see how good they really are.

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
2:17 am

Heck, Fredi even came out of the dugout, and argued about a call!
AND WON the argument!!!

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
2:20 am

The Fredi we saw tonight will hopefully stay. I want him to show intensity and no more “Tip your Cap”. If this Fredi shows up I will be his biggest fan.

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
2:26 am

I have to agree, the way that the Nats. play the Dodgers, will tell a lot about Washington. The Dodgers are a very good and tough team.

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
2:38 am

I guess rotation wise we will have Huddy, Minor, Beachy, Hanson, and Delgado. If JJ can get his confidence back and get movement back on his pitches we will be deadly, but I think Teheran will be the #5 starter by July. But we also have Medlen, and Todd Redmond has put up stable stats to be a #5 and maybe a team will need a #5 and we can use him as traade bait. I hope we get some outfield or middle infield in the Draft coming up because we are thin in those depts prospect wise.

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
2:38 am

The Braves are pretty dang good too. And though. They Battle the entire game.
Perfectly great gut-wrenching game tonight.
Roll Juggernaut!

Brime Lee

April 25th, 2012
2:49 am

Happy 40th Birthday, Chipper!

“It shouldn’t be that easy! hitting one out on your birthday for fifth time!!”

Maybe Ski said that after the homer this time!

J-Man

April 25th, 2012
2:55 am

This was the kind of game we would have lost 5-0 the 1st week. Im glad that the team has made adjustments all around and decided to put out effort and fire……….This sure beats “Tipping our Caps”

Younger Than That Now

April 25th, 2012
3:12 am

A good win (IMO, any win’s a good win) over a very good team. Not a weak area in this game tonight. As it has already been said, you’re not gonna average over 10 runs a game for long… you just have to enjoy them when you can and grind it out when you have to.

The way Fredi came out of the dugout tonight was how I envisioned him doing on that call on Bourne at second base the other day… they wouldn’t have changed the call but you got to let the crew know that you’re not gonna let blown calls get swept under the rug. Strong at every spot tonight!

GO BRAVES!

bravesgrl4life

April 25th, 2012
5:27 am

Love waking up and finding my boys won. Happy Birthday, Chipper Jones!

Dwayne

April 25th, 2012
6:20 am

Fredi didn’t do anything wrong tonight. Why would he? Livan pitch 4 and a 3rd the day before…thank God….JK

longtimefan

April 25th, 2012
6:35 am

Nice defensive play by Uggla. It looks like Chipper can still hit. Haters don’t have much to hate about in last nights game.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 25th, 2012
6:45 am

Chipper seems to hit at will. Whenever he (and his body) want to, he just jacks it. Unreal. Go Braves. Lets win this series and return to the Ted.

OTP

April 25th, 2012
6:50 am

Is Uggla trying to set some sort of record for errors at second base? Wow, he is a terrible fielder.

Larry

April 25th, 2012
7:00 am

Indeed, a good, series tying effort all around.

Props to my man, Minor, for not letting that first inning rocket shot affect him and giving his team a chance to get back in the game on a night without his very best stuff against the Dodgers at their house–that’s called “pitching.”

And props to P-nicky for keeping Wilson on the bench where he belongs, and to a man that is the consumate teammate, professional, dedicated and tireless worker, and getting the game-winning hit, Mr. Prado.

Eastside Rambler

April 25th, 2012
7:02 am

nice win. way to go Braves.

Larry

April 25th, 2012
7:10 am

OTP,

This is where Uggla’s infatuation with displaying Popeye arms works against him. He isn’t very fluid and frankly looks tight and muscle bound making throws to first, especially when he has to hurry up on a double play. His throws way too many balls in the dirt for such a short distance. This is also why, unlike most middle infielders, 2nd base being closer to first is the only position on the diamond he could play.

I’m not “hating” on Dan…just wish he’d focus more on toning than bulk.

phil

April 25th, 2012
7:10 am

reckingball
April 25th, 2012
2:12 am

Will somebody tell me what Fredi G. did wrong tonight?
*********
FG’s refusal to play Fatsisco at third last night nearly cost us the game!

He’s so stupid! ;-)

phil

April 25th, 2012
7:12 am

The words Uggla and fluid should never be mentioned in the same sentence!

He’s about as fluid as a mighty oak tree…

phil

April 25th, 2012
7:13 am

Bob the Blogger

April 25th, 2012
7:26 am

Fredi also deserves some credit for resting Pastornicky and letting him work on his swing a bit. He was a huge factor in the game.

Nativebird

April 25th, 2012
7:30 am

And yet our brilliant manager feels the need to sit the young man in lieu of an aging has-been journeyman average shortstop with no bat whatsoever. There is no reason, none, nada, to play Wilson in this stupid platooning situation while your budding young and eager shortstop, what, counts pitches? Catches in the bullpen?
PLAY THE KID FREDDIE!

Marteen is a Ballplayer

April 25th, 2012
7:42 am

I have been a Fredi basher and by no means have changed my tune, but I have to say I was thrilled with him coming out of the dugout and showing some fire. It didn’t matter if we get the call or not. What is important is that the players see him publicly getting their back and that the next close call goes our way. You can’t win every game or even most games by a few runs. More often than not, a play or two will decide the outcome and that is where the manager comes into play. Nice job Fredi G.

Benny

April 25th, 2012
7:58 am

Great win! We come back from a killer road trip at least 4-3, or hopefully 5-2!

crackbaby

April 25th, 2012
8:01 am

Nice win – and some decent comments above for a change. Thanks, all.

Was past my bedtime so I’ll watch it on dvr tonight. GO BRAVES!

Mark's for the Braves

April 25th, 2012
8:02 am

Braves are really beginning to gell as a ballclub. I think this team could go a long way. I see some chemistry with this team that I haven’t seen since our glory days of the 90s.

Go Braves!!!!

Typical Democrat

April 25th, 2012
8:03 am

The Braves are winning because of Obama’s stimulus package!

Really?

April 25th, 2012
8:04 am

Good win but I’m worried Uggs had ‘Steve Sachs’ disease. If you remember, Sachs got this mental thing going where he couldn’t accurately throw the ball from second base to first base much like Wohlers problem getting the ball from the pitching mound to home base without bouncing it. There have been catchers that couldn’t throw the ball back to the pitcher accurately as well. It becomes permanent somehow and that’s the end. None of the above could get it straightened out and all had to retire… hope to hell that’s not the deal here but he had a perfect feed last night….

Lobosolo

April 25th, 2012
8:08 am

Good thing the Braves brass has all of you armchair experts to tell them how to run a baseball team…

Hurt Kurbstreit

April 25th, 2012
8:28 am

Chipper is making some great plays in the field to go along with his hitting. He is having a remarkable year so far.

T-Town Dawg

April 25th, 2012
8:32 am

I remember Steve SAX. SAX played for the Dodgers for many years. Good ball player, but couldn’t throw to 1st base from 2nd base.

Mikey

April 25th, 2012
8:35 am

Certainly didn’t win the close ones on the road last year. Nice to wake up to a complete team victory.

MC Doomsayer

April 25th, 2012
8:37 am

THE BRAVES ARE DOOMED!!!! DOOMED I SAY!!!! THE SPIRIT OF RUSS NIXON HAUNTS THE TED!!!! KEMP’S DROP WAS THE FIRST IN A BUCKET OF DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Winchester

April 25th, 2012
8:47 am

What’s with the Battle and At-Bat thing? Uggla started it last year and it’s creeping into the dialogue of every Braves player.

It’s beginning to sound as annoying as AMAZING. Oh well, just keep winning Braves and we will support you in your Battles and At-Bats.

Kentavo

April 25th, 2012
8:50 am

I really wish they’d convert Uggla to LF during the offseason and move Prado back to 2nd. He can make the spectacular play every now and then, but he’s looking like a real butcher out there so far this year.
And I concur with the kudos Fredi is getting for coming out and arguing that call against Kemp – he needs to do that more often.
This is a game that the other Braves team we know about (the hapless one that shows up sometimes for days on end) would have choked away – so I’m real happy about this win. I think they have to let The Pastor play for better or worse; and use Wilson as late-game replacement.

Brave New World

April 25th, 2012
9:01 am

Really? April 25th, 2012 8:04 am Good win but I’m worried Uggs had ‘Steve Sachs’ disease.

Good thing for Steve that he left baseball to open that store on 5th Avenue.

keylargo

April 25th, 2012
9:15 am

Good thing for Steve that he left baseball to open that store on 5th Avenue.

No, that was Steve’s brother, Goldman.

splendid splinter

April 25th, 2012
9:19 am

All you FG haters need to give it a rest. The Braves are not going to fire him.

double

April 25th, 2012
9:27 am

Chipper,Pastornicky,and Prado’s good hitting to put us over the top.

wreckmaniac

April 25th, 2012
9:30 am

Get real. Everybody is chasing the Phillies. I’ll take a wild card slot and hope the Cardinals win the central division.

HOF 10

April 25th, 2012
9:36 am

The first rule of defense is to put the animals in the outfield. So It does seem like a good idea to switch Prado and Uggla. But we’ve never seen Uggla play left and maybe he knows something we don’t.

C from Marietta

April 25th, 2012
9:37 am

Really people? You can’t enjoy a great win. You have to bring your negative crap to a victory blog? Oh you must be a joy to live with.

Fats

April 25th, 2012
9:43 am

Prado gets a raise for the triple…………………Win is great always at Dodger stadium

doninacworth

April 25th, 2012
9:53 am

It was tough to arise this morning after that late night baseball. It does make a difference when you win though. As “C” says we need to enjoy the wins and lay off the negative c–p! Oh, what it is is I like the sharp thrill I get everytime the ball is hit to Danny Boy. Talk about tension! Go Braves!!!!

JeanE

April 25th, 2012
9:53 am

Yay Chipper, Happy Birthday, you old fart!!!! I hate West Coast games, can’t stay up to watch ‘em. Happy for Tyler P, too. Way to go. JJ will get himself straightened out in Gwinnett, this is the best thing for him. Go Braves, get that series win and come back home…

Jim Pierce

April 25th, 2012
10:00 am

Stop jumping on Uggla. He is a consumate battler. How quick we forget that double play after a great catch that Dan made. This guy gives 100 per cent EVERY game.

PEPr

April 25th, 2012
10:00 am

DOB ~ Thanks for fine writing about the Braves . On JJ; If he can be fixed, the “Pitcher Fixer”, Mr Marty Reed will do it.

1eyedJack

April 25th, 2012
10:03 am

Something about west coast games. No matter how exciting, I seem to fall asleep about the sixth inning. ;)

toto in kansas

April 25th, 2012
10:12 am

Dan Struggla,
Please get off the steroids!!! or at least stretch after pumping up. you are going to break/pull something swinging and missing. too much bulk= left arm ripped off by that helicopter move after missing a high, hard one. seriously dude,…..

iliketacos

April 25th, 2012
10:13 am

TOTO,
hahahahaha!

ATLBrave

April 25th, 2012
10:16 am

Chipper stated the only stadium he has yet to play in is Kansas City. They arent on the schedule for this year. Oh wait…. the ALL-STAR game is in KC this year!!

What are the chances Chipper gets voted into the all star game in his final year? Giving him the chance to play the stadium.

How common is it that a player gets to play in every MLB Stadium? If chipper has played 18+ years and has yet to do it..

Just a thought and would be a great memory for him and the fans

D man

April 25th, 2012
10:22 am

Chipper is great to have on the team. He IS our spark plug that gets us going. Great to see him excell on his BDay… :)

nashvillewill

April 25th, 2012
10:30 am

Kudos to Fredi for talking to the umpires. Should have protested Bourn’s call on the SB on Mon. Do this more and show some emotion! Uggla would set the MLB record for errors at 2B (and may, anyway) without Freeman scooping his awful throws. Every game he has two or three like that (plus, he is the lowest hitting for average player in the lineup except Pastornicky, who may be improving). Nice win, good use of the ‘pen. Thanks Fredi for showing up.

iliketacos

April 25th, 2012
10:32 am

Who would vote for someone to be on the All-Star Team, that has missed 60 percent of the games in the first half of the season?

BrandonLee49

April 25th, 2012
11:21 am

Pastornicky Started the Crucial Ninth with Getting On-Base, then Prado came through with the Biggest Clutch Hit of the week !

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2012
11:25 am

PEPr: Thank you. And it’ll be interesting to see what Reed and the rest can do with Jurrjens. After hearing so many “he’ll be fine” sort of quotes for past few months about Jurrjens, good to hear Fredi finally acknowledge things need fixing.

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
11:36 am

C from M 9:37am…..about some of the folks on these blogs.
answer to your 1st question — Yes, really.
answer to 2nd question— Is no, no they can’t.
3rd question —–Yes, they enjoy bringing it, and then rolling around in it, after they get here.
Yes, they are probably like a ray of sunshine, everywhere they go.

Mack Jones in CF

April 25th, 2012
11:38 am

Good win for the team. Needed to bouce back after 2 straight losses. Need to get today’s game and come back at the Bucs who are struggling a bit. The kid had a good 3 hit game. Minor pitched a very good game.

reckingball

April 25th, 2012
11:50 am

Pastornicky busted through the Mendoza line last night.

David O'Brien

April 25th, 2012
11:55 am

Useless info dept: Most PAs w/out HR this season: 1. Bourn (82), 2. Furcal (81) … 8. Pujols (74)

Michael

April 25th, 2012
12:13 pm

How come the Dodgers fans are able to pull 44,000 fans on a Tueday night game. Hopefully the Brave fans will support the team during the week games with crowds like that. I for one intend to attend more games played during the week.

Marion

April 25th, 2012
12:26 pm

Hey, I am a woman and played softball until I was 49…through every injury imaginable. Had to stop at 49 because I couldn’t run anymore without pain. I knew I had to quit when I was playing co-ed softball and would get a hit to the outfield where some male outfielder would throw me out on first base. lol. I give Chipper great kudos for playing through all the pain and hittin’ them out of the park at 40. I hope he has the best year he ever had in the majors and the Braves get to the playoffs again…one more time for “ol’ Chipper”.

John Tucker

April 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

Hey, Davey, did we get so carried away with Chipper’s birthday and martin’s 1-for-5 triple knocking in the winning run that we failed to notice tha only multi-hit Brave tfor the evening, Tykeler Pastornicky, whoi was 3-for-3 and scored the winning run. Let’s give the rookie some love.

Brave New World

April 25th, 2012
12:43 pm

If someone wanted to see a picture-perfect swing, all they would have to do was watch the replay of Chipper’s home run in the 5th inning last night! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. JONES!

Homer the Brave

April 25th, 2012
12:45 pm

How is the weather in LA for tonight’s game? I keep hearing that there is a possibility for a rain out at Dodger Stadium for the first time in over 10 years.

Ekim

April 25th, 2012
12:47 pm

Chipper has already been quoted as saying he doesn’t want to be a nostalgia pick for the All-Star game. I admire his integrity.

Mikey

April 25th, 2012
1:12 pm

Just checking around the majors on what some ex-Braves are doing
Francoeur: ba..227 rbi 2 hr 0 OBP .271
Melky Cabrera: ba .294 rbi 7 hr 1 OBP .385
Kelly Johnson: ba.246 rbi 7 hr 4 OBP .395
Yunel Escobar: ba .231 rbi 7 hr 1 OBP .274
Alex Gonzalez: ba .264 rbi 11 hr 3 OBP.328
Derek Lowe: 3-1 era 3.00 QS 3
Too embarassed to look at the Texas Rangers (ex-Braves)

Big Lou

April 25th, 2012
1:22 pm

Mikey

And your point is????

ATL is second in the league in runs scored. Who gives a sh!t how the others are hitting.

Lowe’s performance won’t last.

Golden Sombreros

April 25th, 2012
1:59 pm

@ DOB…Seriously bro….Pujols and Giancarlo need to start hitting bombs!! They are killing my fantasy team! As long as they aren’t facing the Bravos I shouild say.

Brave New World

April 25th, 2012
2:08 pm

Michael April 25th, 2012 12:13 pm How come the Dodgers fans are able to pull 44,000 fans on a Tueday night game.

Silly Michael: The Braves would draw more Dodger fans at The Ted, but it’s such a long drive and with gas prices so high….

Mikey

April 25th, 2012
2:19 pm

Big Lou: Maybe other baseball fans on this blog. But thanks for your civil response

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 25th, 2012
2:26 pm

lowe will tear it up in the AL,,,,,,until the temps start hitting 95 plus. just saying.

Furman Bitcher

April 25th, 2012
3:09 pm

Hey Michael last time I checked LA had over 10 million peeps living in it. That is just a few more than the ATL

Blue

April 25th, 2012
3:14 pm

Really at 8:04; there is really no comparing Uggla’s misthrows to those of Knoblach or Sachs (at 2nd) or Wohlers from the mound. Those guys got a ‘mental’ block to where they couldn’t make the throws after routine grounders that they fielded and had all the time in the world. That is very different than a guy who is struggling to turn double plays (and he is). But I have not yet seen him throw routine ground out plays over the first baseman’s head and such. Knobloch actually hit Keith Obermann’s mom in the head (she was in stands behind first base) with a throw that was 5 feet over the first baseman’s head on a routine ground out. Again…this is just not the same situation at all.

Blue

April 25th, 2012
3:23 pm

John Tucker; so the first line of the article mentioning the youngest Brave coming through in a big way and the statement “Pastornicky, 22, excelled in his first game back in the lineup after being benched for three to work on his swing. He raised his average from .171 to .227.” follows. So this, in your mind, is getting so carried away that it is “not giving him some love”???

ToccoaBrave

April 25th, 2012
4:05 pm

Happy Birthday Chipper

David the Shepherd

April 25th, 2012
4:46 pm

“Will somebody tell me what Fredi G. did wrong tonight?”–reckingball

Sad when we must give kudos to someone for not doing anything wrong…however, I will give FG props for showing some backbone & actually GETTING OUT of the the dugout. And guess what??? He helped win the argument! Go Fredi!! Still not a Fredi fan and believe that the Braves will be much better off without him, but it’s nice to see the couch potato get up and exercise.

phil

April 25th, 2012
6:13 pm

Lobosolo
April 25th, 2012
8:08 am

Good thing the Braves brass has all of you armchair experts to tell them how to run a baseball team…

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but thankfully we have you to repeat the same bull each and every day… :roll:

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