Delgado bounces back, but Braves’ bats do not

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field. Here is the game story from the Braves’ 4-0 loss to the Phillies Thursday afternoon.

While Randall Delgado rebounded from two poor starts, it was the Braves’ bats that couldn’t bounce back just hours after a dramatic victory.

Delgado pitched a career-high eight innings but the Braves dropped a 4-0 decision to the Phillies Thursday afternoon at Turner Field. The Braves, who lost two in the three-game series, were held to just three hits. The offensive struggles came after Wednesday’s 19-hit attack in a 15-13 11-inning win.

“You can’t ask for anything more,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Delgado. “I guess the only thing you can ask for is a complete game shutout. But he did his part. He really did. I feel bad he goes out and gives you that performance [without a win].”

The Braves begin a three-game series against the Rockies on Friday, the first of a nine-game road trip over 10 days. In all, the Braves play 16 of their next 20 games away from home.

Delgado (2-3, 5.14) lost his third straight start. He allowed just two earned runs and six hits, including a Laynce Nix home run in the seventh inning, and struck out five in a 110 pitches. The strong outing came on the heels of losses to the Diamondbacks and Pirates, where Delgado allowed a combined nine earned runs, 11 hits and seven walks.

“I felt a little bit more comfortable today,” Delgado said.

After allowing a second-inning single to Nix, Delgado retired the next 17 batters before the home run to the Phillies first baseman.

Catcher David Ross said Delgado got ahead of batters, something he struggled with in his previous starts.

“He pounded the strike zone,” said Ross, who had one of the Braves’ three hits. “In his last start he was ball one, ball two. He was getting in hitter’s counts and then it’s tough because you have to be a little finer, you just can’t throw the ball down the middle. He pounded the strike zone. He got his breaking stuff over when he needed to. He threw good change-ups. He was aggressive.”

Livan Hernandez worked the final inning for the Braves, who were able to rest a weary bullpen from the previous night. He allowed a two-run homer to Shane Victorino for the final margin.

Joe Blanton (3-3, 2.83) went the distance for his third career shutout. The Braves never advanced a runner to second base.

“Any time you have an extra-inning ball game and a noon game the next day, you are probably not going to do the same thing,” said second baseman Dan Uggla, who had his seven-game hit streak snapped. “Blanton went out there and pitched as well as I’ve ever seen him pitch. Delgado battled but we couldn’t get anything going.”

Gonzalez said his hitters were not as patient at the plate as they have been in past series.

The Phillies scrapped a run across in the first inning as Jimmy Rollins and Juan Pierre led off the game with singles. Rollins scored on a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly. Victorino put the game out of reach with his late home run. He is hitting .423 (22-for-52) with two home runs, a triple, three doubles and nine RBIs in his last 13 games at Turner Field. He hit .357 (5-for-14) with four RBIs in the series.

The game lasted just 2 hours and two minutes after Wednesday’s epic last four hours.

Now, the Braves take to the road in one of their toughest stretches of the season. They play at the Rockies, Cubs and Cardinals over the next 10 days. After two series at home against the Reds and Marlins, they are back on the road against the Rays and Reds.

For Ross, the lengthy trip is better now than later.

“I think the main reason it’s good is because you are fresher right now,” Ross said. “You are fresh in April and May. If you had this kind of stretch in September you are so not looking forward to it. It’s nice to be on the road early rather than late.”

45 comments Add your comment

JAFO

May 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

Momentum is the next days starter…

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

May 3rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Randall did what he needed to do, these bats in the Bravos lineup are pretty streaky!

Sweet Old Buck

May 3rd, 2012
4:03 pm

The difference between the Braves and Phillies: the Phillies have the right stuff.

bgvt

May 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

Yes, JAFO, momentum is the next day’s starter … and the Phillies had Joe Blanton on the mound.

Tdawg

May 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

Shutout number 2. 18 more to make my perdiction come true.

1eyedJack

May 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

Fredi forgot to tip his cap today.

JAFO

May 3rd, 2012
4:25 pm

bgvt- like they were rushing to get to the airport. Listless. The phils expect to beat the braves.

JAFO

May 3rd, 2012
4:26 pm

Check the post game 1eye. You won’t be disappointed.

BierBreth

May 3rd, 2012
4:34 pm

The Braves phoned that one in…

Say What

May 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

“Any time you have an extra-inning ball game and a noon game the next day, you are probably not going to do the same thing,” said second baseman Dan Uggla.

Seems that the phillies did the same thing THREE days in a row.

CARL M AVEN

May 3rd, 2012
5:13 pm

tHE BRAVES BATTING CLINIC SHOULD READ BRAVES UMPIRE SCHOOL,,,FROM THE TIME A KID FIRST STARTS BASEBALL HE IS TAUGHT WITH TWO STRIKES AGAINST YOU YOU ALWAYS SWING AT A CLOSE POTENTIAL 3RD STRIKE

therut

May 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

So basically it was a mircle that we won one of the three.

therut

May 3rd, 2012
5:18 pm

Of course that should be miracle

Peter R

May 3rd, 2012
5:20 pm

That was hella fail on the part of the Braves. Just like watching a high school baseball game. Just swinging first pitch made Blanton’s life a lot easier. How many 1 pitch ABs were there, 5? Kind of sad to me. If the Braves would just work the count and make the pitchers throw strikes, then hey, maybe later in their careers they could paid the big bucks like the Jones, A-Roid, or Pujols. Beats me!

ACE

May 3rd, 2012
5:24 pm

This should be called GIVE AWAY DAY instead of get away day. Just a pitiful performance. That is the difference between the Phils and Braves. The Phils lost a heart breaker with their best pitcher on the mound and bounced back to take the series.

Disgusted

May 3rd, 2012
6:04 pm

Any time you have a losing home stand it is disappointing.

This was a must win game today and while Delgado did not do bad, he still shows that he is in his developmental learning curve.

To win and get to the post season, it takes established experienced guys and these young pitchers are the ones who held us back in September and am afraid that they are holding the Braves back again this yr.

I want to win now, but Liberty Media likes guys who will win tommorrow. The future, the future, blah blah, what are these guys like Delgado and Minor and to some degree Hanson doing now.

Its all about winning now and to win U got to spend. We don’t.

Disappointing series.

tim

May 3rd, 2012
6:07 pm

Hey folkes the sky is not falling. Delgado pitched good little bit of a hangover from last nights marathon this time is going to be FINE. Lets go have a good road trip.

Allan

May 3rd, 2012
6:42 pm

It’s a long season. Wait “till July to see where everyone is.

Cool Breeze

May 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

The Phillies’ manager knew his pitching staff was in shambles from last night’s marathon and bribed pudgy Blanton with a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts if he pitched a complete game!

oh brother!

May 3rd, 2012
6:44 pm

the sky IS falling…fire Freddi, fire Chipper, fire our congressmen, fire Bobby Petrino…fire everyone!

BrandonLee49

May 3rd, 2012
6:45 pm

Zero – Four, and only Three hits After 19 hits and 15 Runs Scored/ NO SENSE ! Why Should anybody Pay Tickets or Watch on TV…. It’s the Same Ol Script… Win a Big Game, then get SKUNKED !!!! This is getting so Predictable it isn’t Funny.

oh brother!

May 3rd, 2012
6:46 pm

Was Chipper out of the lineup?

oh brother!

May 3rd, 2012
6:47 pm

Fire the lineup card manufacturer!

oh brother!

May 3rd, 2012
6:47 pm

Fire the Philly Fanatic!

oh brother!

May 3rd, 2012
6:50 pm

Fire the cap company so there is nothing to tip!

BrandonLee49

May 3rd, 2012
6:54 pm

Hey Carl; that synopsis would be correctomundo, Assumming we Have Players who are Coached !!!! OK One time, maybe it can happen but cosistently being Called Out on Strikes, back in Little League You get Benched and hear about it for a week, until it SINKS Into their Little brains…. Up on This Level, there is no excuse, unless you’ve got some Pitcher who is Wild all over the place, Not the case last night. Get the BAT OFF Your Shoulders, you ain’t gonna hit nothin with it sewed into your Uniforms.

doninacworth

May 3rd, 2012
6:54 pm

You have to expect this when the Braves play the Phillies.

BrandonLee49

May 3rd, 2012
6:57 pm

Gimme a Break, “Was Chipper (In) the Lineup “… What does it Matter, obvious ZIPPO.

ChopMaster20000

May 3rd, 2012
7:32 pm

It seems like the Braves fans and players had a hangover from all that kool-aid they drank last night. You kool-aid drinkers keep forgetting that the Phillies won the series without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

Done

May 3rd, 2012
7:42 pm

@Tim The Phillies sure didn’t seem to have a hangover!
Can we somehow get them off our schedule? My God we can’t beat em!!!
They spend..Liberty doesn’t

least of the east

May 3rd, 2012
7:43 pm

absolutely, this is predictable. in fact, I told my wife it would happen. they didn’t let me down. you would think the Phils would be down after last night’s 6-0 lead was lost by Halladay.

how does Joe Blanton throw a shutout ? the braves get a supposed break and miss Lee so this is what we do vs an inferior right hander ?

but they will say they averaged about 6 runs a game in the series.

when the dust settles, the Braves will be looking up at most of the NL East

TBbravesfan

May 3rd, 2012
7:54 pm

i was at work and called home sick so i didn’t have to go home and watch the game.

TBbravesfan

May 3rd, 2012
8:29 pm

least of the east. you are so right these braves have always been predictable. after they score a lot of times the very next inning the other team will score. if they have a runner on third with less than two outs they never seem to score him. if a team comes in looking bab the braves will make sure they let them leave looking a lot better. if they face a pitcher that comes in with a high era they make him look like an ace. and it go’s on and on. if they score 15 runs one day the next day they get shut out. the predictable braves.

mace224

May 3rd, 2012
10:12 pm

Fredi the Fool is determined to make Francisco the everyday third basemen.

Joe Adcock

May 3rd, 2012
10:12 pm

I agree. Same old Braves. Phoned it in. Striking out, what — 3 or 4 times. with a fastball down the middle without bothering to swing the bat? Phillies own the Braves and the Braves know it! This was almost like professional wrestling. I’m beginning to wonder. Wasted completely what should and could have set a fire under this team after last night’s game. And you got to love Fruiti putting in the FAT, OLD Livan Hernandez in the NINTH inning being down by only two runs. You can’t make this stuff up! Fourth place in the East at season’s end.

What a bunch of maroons

May 3rd, 2012
10:25 pm

They’re gonna fold like a cheap umbrella in a drizzle.

alex

May 3rd, 2012
10:28 pm

What is the deal with this livan H. character? Is FG going to use him this much for the rest of the season? Stubhub Game tickets will be getting cheaper if this guy continues to pitch…

WildDiamond

May 3rd, 2012
10:30 pm

I never thought I would see fans brag about winning one game in a series against their rivals, UNTIL I read the comments by Braves fans. WOW!!! Now I see why the Braves fans are referred to as kool-aid drinkers. Philly should have been the team that came out flat today, not the Braves. Joe Blanton embarrassed the Braves today.

Fats OKelly

May 4th, 2012
12:05 am

After such a great victory Wed night and to come out dead as ducks, is hard to figure. Momentum is non factor with Braves as always. But its just one game out a monster long season so cant care long. Kick it in Col.

Tree rollins

May 4th, 2012
12:42 am

Who the hell is Joe Blanton?? Sounds like we were shutout by Joe Blow!! C’mon Braves – you’re looking like Larry Parish’s batters again. Drop a couple of vials of HGH and get back out there!

Tree rollins

May 4th, 2012
1:03 am

Let me guess – the Chipper didn’t play today? Is that what happened?

Tree rollins

May 4th, 2012
1:08 am

Yep – just checked it – that’s exactly what I thought. Somebody get the Chipper a clean Depends and get his fanny back out there! This team completely disintegrates when Papa Jones isn’t in the lineup – he’s gotta love that for his ego!

David O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
1:09 am

Tree rollins: Instead of guessing whether Chipper played today or wondering who Joe Blanton is, use a few key strokes to find out.

Oh wait, I’m sorry: You were making a funny? Nevermind.

Charlie

May 4th, 2012
7:14 am

After an epic game two, nobody remembered to tell the Braves that there was a game 3 to follow. With the exception of Randall D., the Braves mailed this one in. (it’s not their 1st postal effort. It sure. lt won’t be their last, but it was so totally unprofessional, especially for the insane amount of money that they are paid, and what it costs the average Joe, to attend a game at Turner Field…Believe me, I know. I can understand a loss. I don’t understand the uninspired and lackluster effort.
Shame on them. No focus at all yesterday. Pretty disappointing. Completely unprofessional.

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
9:45 am

Busy. Did not see game. What Happened?

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