Braves beat Dodgers with 3-run rally in ninth

LOS ANGELES – Five straight hits, and one nasty blow to the face.

That was the damage the Braves wrought upon Dodgers closer Javy Guerra in a riveting ninth-inning rally that produced three runs and a highly improbable 4-2 comeback win for Atlanta at Dodger Stadium.

“It’s a great, great win for the ballclub,” said third baseman Chipper Jones, who had the fourth of the ninth-inning singles and drove in the winning run, after which he pumped his fist. “A great series win, a great road trip.”

Catcher Brian McCann, who had the second hit of the inning: “This was huge. To win two out of three here. This was an amazing road trip that we just played. To come out west and do what we did, the way we did it – it’s pretty special.”

The Braves won the last two games to take the series 2-1 and finish a 5-2 trip that began in Arizona. They’ve won 12 of their past 15 games and handed the NL West-leading Dodgers their first two home losses of the season.

After a red-eye flight back to Atlanta, the Braves are off  Thursday and start a seven-game homestand Friday against Pittsburgh, followed by Philadelphia.

“Yeah, we’ll probably get in at 6 or 7 in the morning, but it won’t matter,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, smiling. “We may get there before the plane does.”

The Braves trailed 2-1 before Freddie Freeman’s one-out single in the ninth. McCann followed with a line drive that caromed off the side of Guerra’s face, but remarkably didn’t knock him out of the game. He was checked by a team trainer and stayed in the game.

No one was more relieved than McCann, whose line-drive foul ball in a 2010 spring training game hit Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar in the face and damaged his left eye so badly that he had to have it removed.

“Oh, man,” McCann said. “I told a couple of guys he’s my new favorite player. I mean, it didn’t even faze him. I hit it as hard as I possibly could, and I don’t think it even hit his glove. And for him to get up and pitch … I don’t think too many guys would want to mess with him.”

Dan Uggla was up next and singled to right to drive in the tying run, after falling behind 0-and-2 in the count. Jones followed and  singled through the right side on an 0-and-2 pitch to give the Braves their first lead since the fourth inning.

Jason Heyward’s opposite-field single to left pushed the lead to 4-2.

“To come in with one out and nobody on and get five straight hits off a guy that kind of stuff,” Jones said. “I mean, I never faced [Guerra] before and he threw me that first pitch, and I was like, oh boy, I’ve got my hands full here. But he made a mistake to a couple of guys in that inning and we didn’t miss them.”

Jones’ game-winning RBI came after he homered Tuesday on his 40th birthday in a 4-3 win. The Braves also won that one in their last at-bat on Martin Prado’s two-out triple in the ninth.

“It’s a testament to our  team,” Freeman said. “We keep going from the first through the ninth.”

There was a chorus of boos from a crowd of 26,345 as Guerra left the field. For the sake of Dodgers fans, let’s say some were directed at the decision not to pull Guerra after the frightening incident or the next hit … or the one after that …

“These are not my fans, but I was a little disappointed that they booed him,” Gonzalez said.  This guy took one off the face and tried to stay in there and save the game, and they booed him coming off the field. You’ve got to give the guy credit for some courage there.”

In a span of five batters, the Braves had one more hit than they’d mustered the previous eight innings.

“It says a lot,” Braves reliever Jonny Venters (2-0) said of the comeback. “We’re always in the game. Especially to come back against Guerra, who’s a great closer… It was a big turnaround. We were in the dugout watching it happen. Real exciting.”

Venters struck out the side in the eighth inning, and Craig Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save.

In the seventh, Braves starter Brandon Beachy gave up a one-out single before reliever Chad Durbin induced a flyout by Mark Ellis. Durbin walked scorching-hot Matt Kemp and lefty Eric O’Flaherty struck out Andre Ethier with two on to end the inning.

“I thought a key to the game was in the seventh inning,” Gonzalez said. “Having Durbin come in to face Ellis and get the out, and O’Flaherty get Ethier out. It gave us a chance. Kept it right there, one run, gave us a chance to do what we did there.”

The Braves have won 12 of 15 games and five consecutive series after being swept at New York by the Mets to begin the season.

It had been seven months and 42 innings since Braves starter Brandon Beachy gave up a home run. Kemp ended that streak with a leadoff homer in the sixth inning that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

A lead that looked like it would stand – until the improbable flurry in the ninth.

It was the majors-leading 10th homer for Kemp, who matched Gary Sheffield’s 12-year-old franchise record for home runs in April.

Beachy had whittled his ERA to a majors-leading 0.38 in the fifth inning before Dee Gordon’s broken-bat groundout drove in the tying run, only the second earned run allowed by the right-hander this season.

Kemp led off the fifth by swinging through the first two pitches. The next two were called balls, and Kemp hit the fifth – a change-up – to the bleachers in left-center field to trigger chants of “M-V-P!, M-V-P!” from a crowd of 26,345 on a cool night at Chavez Ravine, where Kemp has hit five homers in just 31 at-bats.

Intermittent showers never turned into the heavy rain some had predicted might cause only the 18th rainout in the 50-year history of Dodger Stadium.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Uggla’s two-out single off left-hander Ted Lilly. He drove in Freeman, who had doubled.

After the Uggla hit, Jones grounded out to end the inning and begin a stretch of 10 consecutive batters retired by Lilly before he left the game after seven innings. Lilly gave up only three hits and one walk.

Until Kemp put the Dodgers ahead, the last homer off Beachy was hit by Raul Ibanez, then of the Phillies, on Sept. 7. Beachy didn’t give up a homer in his last three starts of 2011 or his first three this season, and entered Wednesday with a .191 opponents’ slugging percentage that led the NL.

97 comments Add your comment

Bob in SF

April 26th, 2012
1:11 am

Great win! Go Bravos!

Ueeediot

April 26th, 2012
1:13 am

This hitting approach is wonderful….guys being selfless and hitting to the opposite field is something we havent seen in 15+ years

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
1:13 am

9th inning was good stuff…

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
1:14 am

Key to the whole inning?

Uggla went with a pitch and did not try to caveman it. More of that please…

Up_Late

April 26th, 2012
1:19 am

worth staying up for.

Overseas Braves Fan

April 26th, 2012
1:21 am

Good come-back win! Small ball strategy works well so far.

Joe Adcock

April 26th, 2012
1:22 am

Everyone on the team (with the exception of McCann!) is hitting the ball where it is pitched! Thank you again, Mr. Fletcher. Why a player of Brian’s caliber and dedication can not learn how to hit a pitch to the opposite field defies the laws of the Universe!! WHY?? WHY?? WHY??

JC Boscan III

April 26th, 2012
1:22 am

Nice win! Hope that guy’s jaw is OK after McCann’s liner….. ouch!

Spud

April 26th, 2012
1:22 am

Where are all the bloggers calling for Frank and Fredi to be fired and Chipper to be retired? Perhaps the Dodgers series was an NLCS preview! Still a long way to go, but I like the Braves chances. What will they be like when Hudson returns? This could be a great year!

LowCountry XPlant

April 26th, 2012
1:30 am

Go Braves! Great road trip!

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
1:46 am

The Braves just keep rolling!
Fantastic Finish!

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
1:52 am

They looked like they might be dead-in-the-water there, going into the 9th.
The Braves beat a darn good team, 2 out of the 3.
The Dodgers are tough.
Looks like the Braves just don’t give up.

Left Coast Dawg

April 26th, 2012
1:52 am

It feels good to be a Braves fan in Dodgers country tonight!!

Brime Lee

April 26th, 2012
1:56 am

Great Comeback, It was really exciting watching Chipper’s emotions in the 9th!!!

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:01 am

Great game I think Tuesday really has changed this team from top to bottom.
We send Jurrjens to AAA, then Fredi Takes Pastornicky off the bench after benching him for underperforming, Pastornicky has actually hit the best since he has come off the bench, We have Fredi Showing Fire and intensity, arguing a call and getting it overturned, then we have a fired up team that comes back on back to back nights. Consistant pitching from the Starters and dominant Bullpen work by oventabrel.

In fact the only thing to complain about is the fact that the Braves hitters are not going the opposite way into that ridiculous shift. Especially McCann because last year they did that to him and he would drop a bunt on it and get a cheap single……. He needs to do that now. I mean these teams 3rd basemen are playing all the way at SS If you place a bunt on the 3rd base side you could walk your way to a single.

gcs

April 26th, 2012
2:02 am

O’Flaherty, Venters and Kimbrel had 6 straight strikeouts.

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:05 am

I think you are right J-Man.

JJ and Pastornicky moves showed that people need to be accountable. And produce.

Pastornicky move was impressive because it was not a big deal, they just took a couple days and forced him to hit a mental reset well before it became a mental head case kind of thing, and his new approach has him getting some hits. They probably just said, you’re not in trouble, we just need you to regroup. Pastornicky seems fairly scrappy, I think he will produce enough.

Mmmgood

April 26th, 2012
2:21 am

Best addition to this organization is by and far Beth Keener! Amirite or amirite? Can’t get enough!

gotigers72

April 26th, 2012
2:30 am

Matt Kemp should have never had the chance to hit that homer. The 0-2 or 1-2 pitch from Beachy was strike three. No doubt about it. Thigh high on the inside corner. The whole ball over the corner, not just a piece of it, which is all that is required.

Why did Kemp get that call? Probably because the first time he batted, he was called out ON THAT SAME PITCH! Same location. But he turned around and argued, so the umpire probably thought, “Oh, that’s Matt Kemp. He’s leading the world in every hitting category, so that probably was a ball”. Wrong Mr. Ump. It was a strike both times. Although I’ve seen the same thing happen with the great Chipper a lot of times. The great ones, hitters and pitchers, tend to get more umpire calls.

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:30 am

“Best addition to this organization is by and far Beth Keener!”

Sid Vicious – Something Else

Look at that
Here she comes
Here comes that girl again
One of the cutest since I don’t know when
But she don’t notice me when I pass
She goes with all the guys from outta my class
But that can’t stop me from thinkin’ to myself
She’s sure fine lookin’, man,
She’s something else

Look at that ‘cross the street
There’s a car built just for me
To own a car would be a luxury
But right now I can’t afford the gas
A brand new convertible is out of my class
But that can’t stop me from thinkin’ to myself that car’s fine lookin’, man,
It’s something else

J-Man

April 26th, 2012
2:31 am

I find it funny how many people hate her and she is the sweetest thing ever……But because she comes out there and reads them overly positive Tweets some people here just say some crazy things about her. But I would love to see her read a tweet in that sweet voice of someone bashing the Braves like we were doing 3 weeks ago. But I like her I just think we need more honest from the tweets but shes probably reading the normal tweets now that we are 12-7. Oh well this is useless dribble hopw the Padres can pull off a win against the Nats and hopefully the Dodgers will beat the Nats up this weekend

count_schemula

April 26th, 2012
2:39 am

…and count_schemula tweets “Girl, let’s get it on, cuz’ it’s party time, now get in this ride and let’s roll!”

nah, TV is for the kiddies, lol

Mike S

April 26th, 2012
2:40 am

That was awesome.

eddie

April 26th, 2012
2:50 am

gotigers72 is completely correct, Kemp should have been called out twice in that HR at bat.
That kind of pitifully homer umpiring could turn a ball game, division or wild card race.

SantaMonicaBraves

April 26th, 2012
3:49 am

We took my daughter to her first Braves game tonight, and oh what a great one to see! So many times growing up in Duluth I stayed up till 2am to watch the Braves win games like this in the early ’90s when we were in the Western Division – - it was great to watch it live and be home by 11:30! These are the kind of games we have lost the last few years (I was at the Brooks Conrad SF playoff game, puke), so maybe that’s a good sign. I can’t remember Chipper being more clutch at any time in his career than he has been this year in the games he’s played. Here’s to that continuing. Looks like Beachy and Minor will be dependable for 7+ innings and 3 or less runs per start. With Hudson coming back and Hanson pitching well, this could be a fun season.

Coach D

April 26th, 2012
4:40 am

@ Joe Adcock…. Please, we know you were a great hitter, but get a clue. McCann is the Braves best hitter and uses more of the field than any one on the team not named Freddie Freeman.
GO BRAVES!!! Please do more of this in September & October!

coach joe

April 26th, 2012
6:04 am

Great game… GOOD road trip..we’re rolling…Go Braves..

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

April 26th, 2012
6:29 am

having an off day will kill our momentum. just kidding. gives our relievers some rest.

dtb

April 26th, 2012
6:35 am

@ Spud, it’s coming, just give it time. Larry will be back on the DL soon…………..

MikeY

April 26th, 2012
6:44 am

Count, that song was written by Eddie Cochran in 1959:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somethin%27_Else_(Eddie_Cochran_song)

My favorite cover is by Little Richard and Tanya Tucker, but it has been covered by a lot of bands.

GO BRAVES!

Huddie Ledbetter

April 26th, 2012
6:51 am

Looking back Mattingly shoulda pulled Guerra after the line drive to the face but I’m with BMac on this one, if a guy can take that shot and he tells me he’s staying in the game, he’s definitely staying in the game:-). Wow!

Paddy

April 26th, 2012
7:05 am

Joe Adcock………you need to change your name. Ole Joe knew baseball, you don’t.

JT

April 26th, 2012
7:14 am

Am I the only one that can see that McCann is having trouble seeing the ball, (no pun intended)? Watch him when he comes to the plate, how he blinks multiple times and squints before taking his stance. That is a sign of someone who is having focus issues. I would be interested in someone comparing his stats before and after eye surgery.

Willie Coyote

April 26th, 2012
7:25 am

They’re pounding Mac on the inner third every at-bat. He is hitting it where it’s pitched. If they make a mistake out over the plate, he’ll be happy to take it the other way. The hits will start coming for him.

Larry

April 26th, 2012
7:43 am

Coming into this season my starting rotation was, in order, Beachy, Minor, Medlen, Hanson and Delgado and start JJ in long relief or in AAA until if and when he reclaims his stuff. Then, when Huddy returned, decide among the last two after 3-4 starts who gets moved out of the rotation.

Well, I was spot on with Beachy being our best pitcher followd closely by Minor, and I still think Medlen is better than Hanson; I can live with it for now.

Great trip ending with a 9th inning rally against the Dodgers…and yes I still despise the Dodgers for just dominating our team in the old Western Division in the 70’s and 80’s.

Validation is sweet!

Lochness

April 26th, 2012
8:00 am

I’m so glad I didn’t go to bed in the 7th. What a great game to watch. I can’t believe…and am relieved… their pitcher was not injured on that shot to his jaw. I’m wondering what it looks like this morning. Still, kudos to him for staying in there even though, in hindsight, they may should have pulled him out.

What a start to the year after the belly flop opening series in NYC. I never imagined I’d see Chipper doing so well in a part time role and Francisco is filling in nicely. And Tyler Pastor-how-do-you-spell-the-rest-nicky is exceeded expectations. Even when he struggles at the plate, you see he’s trying to do the right thing. Heyward is swinging a good bat. Uggla is hitting. Bourne is getting on base. It’s what I’ve been saying: If…*if*…the batters hit as they can (and Tyler has an okay year) then this line-up could be scary.

ChillyMutt

April 26th, 2012
8:01 am

Two impressive wins in a row.
Let’s rock Turner Field this weekend everyone and show our appreciation for those two gutty wins!

vesaversa

April 26th, 2012
8:08 am

The Dodger’s are a very good team every game the Braves played out there were exciting to watch .Brovo’s

Hugo

April 26th, 2012
8:22 am

I agree with Spud. Go Braves. Send Chipper out a Champion.

Kramer

April 26th, 2012
8:23 am

I gotta say, this team is fun to watch. All you Fredi haters are being put into your place. GO BRAVES!!!

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
8:27 am

That win give the Braves a .500 plus record for the month of April, first winning April that they have had in at least 3 years.
go braves. go juggernaut.

Braveoneastside

April 26th, 2012
8:27 am

Once Hudson gets back – look out, think the staff of Beachy, Minor, Hudson & Hanson will be more than enough to reach play-offs.
Perhaps they let Bourne go as FA unfortunately, but sign Hanson long term.
Heyward can play center and why not – make him to biggest lead-off hitter in baseball.

urban redneck

April 26th, 2012
8:31 am

i love my boys.

chipper keeps earning more and more of my respect. did anyone else see how much he struggled to get his horse going after the go-ahead single in the ninth?

TaylorVol

April 26th, 2012
8:50 am

Wow. What an impressive win and one heck of a road trip! This may be the year. I love the team chemistry. Chipper is flat out raking and Beachy and Minor have been outstanding. Fredi is pulling the right strings and Wren looks like a genious so far! Very impressed with my Braves!

Another Clueless Blogger

April 26th, 2012
8:52 am

To go 5-2 on a road trip like this is impressive! GO BRAVES!

Mark's for the Braves

April 26th, 2012
9:05 am

This team is really fun to watch now. Beginning to look like the good old days of the 90s again. The slice hit by Uggla set the tone in the 9th for Chipper and Heyward to knock in their runs. Beautiful stuff! When do we play the Nats by the way??

Mark's for the Braves

April 26th, 2012
9:07 am

Any news on Peter Moylan? When is he due back?

Cowbell Hell

April 26th, 2012
9:20 am

I agree coach D… @joe adcock aka mets fan probably, get a life. You obviously don’t know baseball, McCann is the best hitting catcher since Mike Piazza and you’re running your mouth about the opposite field?! Go back to New York

Paul

April 26th, 2012
9:23 am

Kramer, seriously? How often would you like to see Fredi let Chad Durbin pitch to Kemp when the game’s still within reach?

Kramer

April 26th, 2012
9:30 am

Paul, he did and we won. Damn son, are you serious?

ILoveTacosSon

April 26th, 2012
9:35 am

WOW! Im surprised that ole ” Larry Jones ” hasn’t pulled a ham string! BREAKING NEWS!!! Chipper will be on the 16 day DL list, because he is having tooth problems.

Felix

April 26th, 2012
9:39 am

I said that the LA series would be a good test for the Braves and I’d say they past the test. I wish I could have stayed up to watch it.

iliketacos

April 26th, 2012
9:39 am

What was larry doing? eating the ice that should have been on his knee?

Charles

April 26th, 2012
9:41 am

GoTigers nailed it – I was fuming that Kemp wasn’t rung up on that 0-2 pitch. It was right there. Absurd that he got another chance, though you have to give him credit for taking full advantage of it. The way I see it, the baseball gods evened things out in the ninth because Kemp should have been on the bench.

Now that I got that off my chest…great win Bravos. This team is showing signs of having a lot of the right stuff. Wish we had one more consistent bat in the middle of the order, but that’s a small gripe at this juncture with the way we’re playing. If Huddy comes back throwing well, this club is in business. Beachy and Minor are lynchpins for the forseeable future; kudos to the front office for having the foresight to hang on to both guys – particularly Minor – during last year’s trade discussions.

C from Marietta

April 26th, 2012
9:55 am

Proud of the Braves!

Typical Negative Blogger

April 26th, 2012
9:56 am

You all are a bunch of suckers.
The Braves are stll a bunch of chokers.
They’ll get swept at home, just wait and see.
Trade Jason.
Fire Fredi!
Fire Frank!

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
9:56 am

Wasn’t that the same umpire that called Kemp out on a close play at 1st the night before, when it appeared that he beat the throw and FF’s foot was not on the bag?
Was it a coincidence that the umpire didn’t ring him up on a pitch that looked like a sure strike three?
was that one of those make-up calls?
Inquiring minds want to know.
It doesn’t matter, the Braves won.
go bravos!

Typical Negative Blogger

April 26th, 2012
9:57 am

And Chipper will fake another injury soon.

splendid splinter

April 26th, 2012
10:16 am

Great game and a great win. I believe the key to this team is the young guns – Freeman, Heyward, Beachy, Minor, Pastornicky. They have the drive, persistence and talent to make the Braves go to the playoffs. If they can avoid injuries and stay hot, they have a good chance.

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
10:16 am

How about this? The Braves did get put out 27 times in that game.

bananajacket

April 26th, 2012
10:22 am

J. Adcock—–It isn’t slow pitch softball! Even great hitters rarely hit the ball exactly (or close) to where they want. If they could, there would be very few hitters with batting averages below .700.

nashvillewill

April 26th, 2012
10:30 am

Two most impressive things about win and road tr. ip: Uggla’s AB’s, particularly in 9th when he went with a pitch to right and drove in the tying run; Fredi’s use of situational pitchers, particularly Durbin and EOF last night. I honestly thought he was out of his mind for bringing in Durbin, and then leaving him to pitch to Kemp. But the BB worked and EOF got the left-hander. If Fredi keeps pulling the right strings and Uggla and Heyward continue going with the pitch, I may have to reevaluate my opinion of this team. A most impressive series win. GO BRAVES!

joekill

April 26th, 2012
10:36 am

Ugglas ab was huge and chipper showed why he is still clutch and is great to have in those situations the offense is clicking and the pitching is great bring on the bucs GO BRAVES!

Trex

April 26th, 2012
10:47 am

Joe, you obviously do not watch a lot of baseball. BMac has been hitting the ball hard, just at people. He has been close to several Home Runs and had a bullet up the middle two games ago that would have been an RBI. Also, he hit a bullet up the middle that hit the pitcher in the face last night. BMac is a pull hitter and guess what, he has better numbers than any catcher in the game, so you questioning his hitting style is pretty asinine.

ATL Fan

April 26th, 2012
10:53 am

Brian McCann is hitting the ball where it’s pitched. The defense is set up for inside pitches and the pitchers pitch him inside. So he hits it to the right and he is hitting it hard.

john

April 26th, 2012
10:53 am

GREAT-worth staying sort of awake until 1:10AM- Braves deserve a few like this one, they had everything go against them from last September until two weeks ago- Braves Fans will really miss Chipper and we hope he keeps half way healthy for all of 2012- I have all over Ugla as not “a winner at $11. million per-’- he was HITTNG WINNER in LA-keep it up Dan, Braves CANNOT win without your CONSISTENT HITTING AND FIELDING

pat

April 26th, 2012
11:14 am

This the team I have been waiting for! Let’s win or tie every series from here on out and we will cruise into first….

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

April 26th, 2012
11:34 am

why is it so hard to find the boxscore everyday in the AJC????

Goldenrod

April 26th, 2012
11:35 am

I have no respect for Chipper Jones, he whines and fakes injuries.

If the Braves can get Tech’s current 3rd baseman in the draft they will be much better off.

Carter

April 26th, 2012
11:43 am

I’m pretty sure Joe Adcock is dead so why is he hatin on McCann? Dude is a beast and the top catcher in the NL and arguably the MLB. Keep on playing small ball and we’ll keep winning. Way to go Braves!!!

Dirty Dawg

April 26th, 2012
11:52 am

I ditto Charles’ ditto of GoTigers. Clearly the ump’s call was influenced by ‘who’ it was and the glare he got when he called the same pitch strike three earlier. Having said that, the way it turned out was absolutely perfect. Kemp was so damned pleased with himself after he hit that HR and so ‘cocksure’ that ‘he’ was gonna be the hero…I mean how could it have been any sweeter? Maybe if he had come up in their last at bat and get ’smoked’ by young Mr ‘K’ – my new name for Kimbrel – yeah that might have made it even more complete…then again having the smug (that’s what I saw in him last night) so-in-so sit there on the bench and watch the spotlight shift over to the Braves’ dugout was about as good as it gets.

And I couldn’t agree more with McCann about the kid Guerra. Man – and by the way Mac, he, in fact, didn’t go down – I thought at the time that if he could take that shot and it not even faze him, he’s a hellofaman…and like McCann, he’s now my favorite Dodger.

admiral

April 26th, 2012
11:57 am

What a great win, and it was awesome to see the guys so fired up last night. I’ve missed that fire from this team the last couple of years!

not so fast

April 26th, 2012
12:01 pm

BMac is a fine catcher, but he is nowhere near the ALL-AROUND catcher that Yadier Molina is. Molina will save more runs with his arm during the season that will more than make up for any shortage of RBI’s ha may have. Teams run on BMac all the time, as evidenced by him allowing OVER 100 sucessful steals last season, while Molina only had some 65 attempts against him last season. He also had a higher % of throw outs than did BMac. McCann is a solid catcher, but he is not the best.

IHEARTCARROLL

April 26th, 2012
12:20 pm

@jd56

Didn’t see the late innings, but it sounds like junior filled his roll fine.

wayn-o

April 26th, 2012
12:38 pm

“IN YOUR FACE”
-McCann

JNick

April 26th, 2012
1:12 pm

@Larry, good call on that rotation. I was worried Beachy would have a bit of the “sophomore slump” – but he’s been lights out. Heard someone on the radio on my way home say he might be the Braves’ next John Smoltz. Can’t say I’d complain about that (minus the injuries, fingers crossed). Minor is pitching like he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder, like he has something to prove. Love that. Can’t wait to get Huddy back.

reckingball

April 26th, 2012
1:17 pm

McCann is not as good on defense as Y. Molina, but how many catchers are as good as Molina on defense?
I think that McCann will generate more runs on offense, than Molina can defend against on defense, just my opin.
Also, a lot of bases are stolen due to the pitchers allowing the base runners to get too big of a lead, or because of the pitchers delivery to the plate(i.e. Tommy Hanson). Hence the phrase, ‘he stole that one of the pitcher’.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
1:19 pm

Hi everyone, What a great comeback!!! Go braves.

Braveslove

April 26th, 2012
1:25 pm

Is it just me ladies and gentlemen or do you get the feeling that this team has the feel of those mid 90’s teams… Remember the ones where you never went to sleep because you never knew what was going to happen in the 9th inning? The bullpen is the best in the league, Starting pitching from minor, delgado, beachy, hanson well ok everyone but Jurjjens is performing well. Playing good solid Def and theres some energy on the bench that hasnt been there in years and I Love it…. I might actually shed a tear to see chipper win one in his last year. Go BRAVOS keep it up

Freddi for manager of the year… Eat freddi haters

Blue

April 26th, 2012
1:27 pm

dtb

April 26th, 2012
6:35 am
@ Spud, it’s coming, just give it time. Larry will be back on the DL soon…………
And for Ilovetacos, Goldenrod and other Chipper haters; the reality is, he may only be good for 80-100 games this year. But most people with at least half a brain (and you guys are not included in that group obviously) will understand that if the guy gives you the kind of production he is giving you right now (for you braniacs, he is hitting about .280 and has 3 hr and 10 rbi in 36 AB’s while the other four guys with more than 10 rbi all have double the number of AB’s), then we will take an RBI per game and a homerun every 12 ab’s as well as getting walked and guys behind him getting good pitches to hit because people still fear him. But hey…don’t let facts/statistics and a HOF career get in the way of your stupidity. I’ll take Chipper for as many games as he can give us.

bart

April 26th, 2012
1:31 pm

Maybe it’s just me but Pastornicky getting nailed in the back seemed to be a purposeful payback pitch – just not sure why it would be done. MLB pitchers are generally too good to make a pitch like that without intent. Anything to it?

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

I agree bart. I think he felt he could get out of the inning that way. He didnt have to hit him. It was a lot of frustration.

Choppinmama

April 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

My heart was in my throat last night when BMac hit Guerra. Poor Brian, that’s all he needed….to hit another guy in the head. I couldn’t believe Guerra stayed in.

Didn’t mind losing sleep last night to watch that fine 9th inning comeback.

AGTFan53

April 26th, 2012
3:36 pm

Damn it! I can’t really afford MLB.tv Premium. After the open ing series in NY. I didn’t think it mattered. Now I’ve got to pony up the money. I’m so upset (NOT).

Don’t worry about the haters. They will continue no matter what happens. Their hate was never based on anything rational anyway.By the end of the season, we’ll all be demanding that the Braves make Chipper into some kind of coach for next season, travelling with the team whenever they go into a funk.

AGTFan53

April 26th, 2012
3:41 pm

reckingball, You’re right that BMAC isn’t as good a defensive catcher as Molina and few are. What shouldn’t be overlooked is how good a job Brian does at the catchers true primary purpose. He’s as good as any catcher in the game at calling a game and controlling his pitchers. Molina is good at that too, but I think Brian is better.

not so fast

April 26th, 2012
3:48 pm

Let’s look a little further. Over 100 stolen baess yielded last season. How many scored and how many cost the Braves a game?? Then think that only one more win would have gotten them into the playoffs. Also, Molina is more durable, having caught more games the past 3 seasons than any other NL catcher. McCann came in as a more complete, polished catcher, and he has not improved too much through the years, while Molina has worked hard each season to improve in all aspects of the game. He always was a superior defensive player, but now his offense is about equal to McCann. Molina saves alot of runs with his arm, both in steal attempts and pick-offs at 1st and 3rd. He is more durable; He hits with authority and is very hard to strike out. Taking all aspects of the position into consideration, Molina is the better catcher..

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
3:57 pm

Why dont you become a Cardinal fan and leave McCann alone.

not so fast

April 26th, 2012
5:33 pm

@Crawford, I am sorry if i hurt your little feelings. I have watched both play alot through the years, and IMO, Molina is the better catcher. That is no knock on McCann, because he is the second best. He is just not the all around threat that Molina is, and there is nothing wrong with being # 2 behind Yadier Molina.

Brave New World

April 26th, 2012
6:30 pm

The Braves are 12-3 since their 0-4 start and still some morons and whiners come out from under their rocks to pollute the Braves blogs. GO BRAVES!

Sideline Dude

April 26th, 2012
6:37 pm

Wow, Chipper’s still playing? Four games in a row. Must be a record.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
7:09 pm

Mr not so fast. When the chips are down, I put my money on McCann. He will get you that winning hit. Take your Molina back to St Louis and you go with him. Stay the hell out of Atlanta with that attitude.

Crawford

April 26th, 2012
7:11 pm

Been on the road 3 days. Time to see what is cookin at the house. See yall tomorrow. Go Braves!!!

Ken Stallings

April 26th, 2012
7:48 pm

When Guerra got hit in the face I immediately yelled out, “Oh my God!” I was at home watching the game on the TV and I yelled that. It was instinctive.

I could not believe he stayed in the game and would not had been surprised to see him knocked out cold in a pool of blood! It was prepared for something truly horrible and was very happy to just see him stay on his feet.

To boo him coming off the field — that’s just low class man! LA fans aren’t even filling the seats (or coming close to filling the seats) and they have one of the best teams in the NL to watch play. Los Angeles is a shell of the kind of city it used to be.

Spud Webb

April 26th, 2012
10:04 pm

You losers. Braves are still awful and will fade as always. Time to fire Chipper and have Fredi retire.

usnavyvolfaninva

April 26th, 2012
11:05 pm

And BOOM goes the dynamite! Loved all the naysayers after the first 4 games! It’s a good thing YOU don’t manage a baseball team! Great win, great road trip…keep it rollin’, Braves!

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BrandonLee49

April 27th, 2012
6:57 pm

Excellent Clutch Hitting; being Smart//// Where’d They Learn That ????
Way to Go Walker !!!!! It hasn’t happened on it’s own in Too long….
Keep up the nice work, Uggla, Freeman, Jones, Heyward… Power Guys Realiaizing They Can WIN Games Being SMART… What a Concept !!!

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