Two mistakes for Hanson, Braves lose to Cubs

CHICAGO – The offensive eruption that carried the Braves to a sweep at Colorado was reduced to a fizzle Monday night at Wrigley Field, which made a couple of mistakes by Tommy Hanson especially costly.

Bryan LaHair and Ian Stewart hit consecutive homers off Hanson in the fourth inning and the Chicago Cubs went on to beat the Braves 5-1 to open a three-game series on a night fog rolled in and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was thrown out.

“I felt good,” said Hanson (3-3), who left trailing g 2-1 after six innings. “Obviously wasn’t good enough. The back-to-back homers didn’t help the cause, and that was all they needed.”

Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty gave up a run in the heated seventh inning, and Geovany Soto added a two-run homer off Chad Durbin in the eighth to give the Cubs half as many homers in one night as they’d had in 16 home games all season.

When it was a 2-1 game, the Braves had two runners on with one out in the seventh and Eric Hinske lined out first base to start into a double play.

And with Atlanta trailing 3-1 in the eighth and had two runners in scoring position with one out, Carlos Marmol struck out Brian McCann and Dan Uggla to get out of the jam.

“Tommy did an excellent job; he really did,” Gonzalez said of Hanson, who gave up five hits, two runs and two walks in six innings. “He gave us a chance to win the ballgame. Gave up two solo home runs, a 2-1 ballgame when he left it. We had some chances in the seventh with ‘Ski at the plate. He hit a rocket to the first baseman and they doubled us off.

“Then they were able to add on some runs late, and that was the game.”

Jason Heyward’s second-inning homer was all the offense the Braves had in seven innings against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.

It was the fourth homer in 24 at-bats for Heyward at Wrigley Field, and Samardzija hit him with a pitch in the seventh.

Heyward declined to comment on whether he believed  it was on purpose. Asked what he was thinking about after it happened, he said, “What was the score, 2-1? Try to score.”

After O’Flaherty hit the David DeJesus in the bottom of the seventh, rookie umpire Chris Conroy immediately turned to each bench to issue a warning that another incident would mean ejection. He didn’t have to wait — Gonzalez came out to question Conroy after the warning was issued, and Conroy tossed him.

“I just asked him for an explanation,” said Gonzalez, the first Brave ejected this season. “I asked him why would you think we’re throwing at people in a one-run game or they’re throwing at people in a one-run game, you know? It’s not like it’s a 10-run game or anything like that. It’s still a helluva game going on, and I’m talking to him like I’m talking to you, and I got thrown out of the game.

“That wasn’t why we lost the game. It was just kind of odd, that I got thrown out of a game for not even raising my voice. It might be his first ejection as a major league umpire, I don’t know. But I never raised my voice or said anything other than I just asked him what he was thinking about that.”

The Braves still had chance to tie in the top of the eighth. Trailing 3-1, they had two on with none out after Marmol walked the first two batters. Then hot-hitting Freddie Freeman lined out up the middle — the Cubs had the shortstop positioned perfectly — and Marmol struck out McCann (looking) and Dan Uggla (swinging).

Michael Bourn and Martin Prado were both in scoring position when McCann and Uggla struck out, having advanced on a stolen base and wild pitch.

The Braves racked up 29 runs and 42 hits in a three-game series sweep of the Rockies before coming to Chicago, where the Cubs hardly seemed like a formidable foe. They had dropped 12 of their past 20 games, and struggled to score runs all season at Wrigley Field.

But they found just enough power against Hanson and Durbin, and Samardzija (4-1) was a far tougher pitcher than any the Braves faced in Colorado. The hard-throwing right-hander, a former Notre Dame wide receiver, held the Braves to one run and five hits in seven innings, with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Samardzija is 2-0 with an 0.84 ERA in his past three starts with 23 strikeouts an six walks in 21-1/3 innings.

“He’s really, really good,” third baseman Chipper Jones said. “Obviously I’ve only faced him out of the bullpen [before today], but he’s got staying power. Good heater, a two-seamer and four-seamer. Cuts it sometimes. I didn’t really see any sliders but I saw a couple of splits. Command has always been kind of shaky for him, and it looks like he’s got the command thing down, or at least he did tonight. He was real tough.”

The Cubs had multiple homers in only one game at Wrigley Field this year before LaHair and Stewart both took Hanson deep in a three-pitch sequence to begin the fourth inning. It was the sixth homer in his past 12 games for LaHair, who led the major leagues with a .418 average against right-handed pitchers entering the game. Stewart is now 3-for-6 with two homers off Hanson.

Hanson was 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA in his previous three starts, but gave up eight hits and four runs in 3-2/3 innings Wednesday against Philadelphia, the game that saw the Braves came back to win after trailing 6-0 against Roy Halladay.

“I thought Tommy pitched great, other than the two mistakes right there in the fifth,” Jones said. “He was on top of everything. Throwing all his pitches for strikes. It was a tough environment to play the game in tonight, but it was a pretty well-played game.”

112 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

May 8th, 2012
12:57 am

J-Man

May 8th, 2012
1:33 am

Whats a Barve?

double

May 8th, 2012
1:40 am

Errors & Excuses Need one more pitching Ace.

[...] Dave O’Brien recaps the game for the AJC. [...]

Braveschipper

May 8th, 2012
1:46 am

Tommy Hanson has a terrible fast ball. 89 to 90 mph, that is straight with absolutely no movement. He has to work to better his fast ball or at least learn how to have some movement on it.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
3:12 am

You made the same post in the other article…good job. We get your point.

clay

May 8th, 2012
3:35 am

Sounds like from all the breaks we got in colorado we didn’t get in chicago tonight. Sounds like we hit the ball right at people with runners in scoring position. Oh well that stuff happens. Just go out and win the next two. No reason not to take 2 out of 3 from the Cubs.

Disgusted

May 8th, 2012
3:36 am

Tommy Hanson is one ot those guys who pitches just well enough to lose.

His decline in his fastball is a red flag, don’t know if he is going to last a long time anyway.

Not what we hoped he would be.

SOS Braves

May 8th, 2012
5:47 am

Why is Durbin EVER put into a ballgame?

Matt the Brave

May 8th, 2012
6:15 am

Durbin’s put in ballgames because Freddi always has one ‘experienced’ pitcher he puts in. See – Proctor.

Joe Adcock

May 8th, 2012
6:42 am

Why is Durbin even on the team is the better question? Every manager the Braves have ever had has one pet player who is going to be run out there come hell or high water. I’ll go to my grave never knowing why…

longtimefan

May 8th, 2012
6:54 am

Disgusted- Time to change your name, assuming your disgust is directed to the home team. Most runs scored in the Major Leagues. Winning at a .600 clip which will net you 96 wins in the regular season. Are you really a fan and hope the Braves play well, or are you one of these closet haters who secretly hope the Braves fail so you can come on the blog and sanctimoniously declare “I told you so !”?

ben in bham

May 8th, 2012
7:12 am

nice work longtimefan. let’s chalk this one up to a very decent ballgame with a couple of bad pitches that we couldn’t recover from. but, did you get a revival of a hatred for the cubs last night like i did? i was absolutely appalled with them. their demeanor, samardjiza’s cocky arrogant flailing out there…just ready to pile some runs on them tonight.

Wutehvah

May 8th, 2012
7:15 am

DOB, Hanson has “BMFT” engraved on his glove, what is the meaning? Big Mother F’n Tommy??
Go Braves!!

Deca

May 8th, 2012
7:38 am

BMFT stands for Be My Friend Tommy, something Brooks Conrad used to say to him last year. No idea why that’s worthy of engraving on his glove.

Wutehvah

May 8th, 2012
7:39 am

Really?

May 8th, 2012
7:54 am

24 year fan… see most games televised and and a few at the Ted… the day/night isn’t right if the Braves don’t win. That said, I do criticize the use of Durbin (and last year Proctor). Yes, he came back recently to reasonable form, but I’m not sure we need him… we need someone in that role but he falters as much as he succeeds. that 50:50 effectiveness is just not good enough.

DaveinNEPA

May 8th, 2012
7:57 am

Fredi has got to move McCann out of that cleanup spot, at least until he starts hitting consistently again.

AND…………..Durbin has got to go. He’s Proctor redux.

Freddie no clue

May 8th, 2012
7:57 am

Come on Freddie. Durbin!! Really!! Every time you put this joke in the game, I am turning the channel. I predicted this outcome once I saw this loser come in the game. Every year we carry a journey-man loser. Bring up another bat on the bench. One less loser relief pitcher will not hurt us. Keeping this dude on the staff, will hurt us. Think about it Freddie.

Game Changer

May 8th, 2012
8:08 am

One more time, Braves are ahead of expectations ” BUT ”

GONZALEZ , hurts braves, not a good manager

As long as you have uggla, freeman, martinez, and heyward striking out an average of 25% of their at bats, this team will never beat good teams with pitching.

.

flagger

May 8th, 2012
8:13 am

Why is it everytime Dan Uggla comes to bat with men on base, most of the time he strikes out, and why the heck leave him in the batting order where he does the most damage….. to us! Brian has just about caught him with his crappy can’t hit to right field swing, and while i’m bitching, why change a
lineup that just scored 30 or so runs in three games. leave Chipper hitting second or cleanup to drive in some runs cause the other 2 Brian and Dan aren’t getting it done…

cubbies fan

May 8th, 2012
8:15 am

as mel allen said: “how about that” the cubbies pitching has stopped the braves hit parade and they have another dose coming tonight in dempster…i told you yesterday the braves would not sweep the cubbies instead the braves will lose the series to the red birds also ha ha ha.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 8th, 2012
8:16 am

Do Fredi Cox, Roger McCox and Frank Cox realize that if not for Durbin The Dinger Flinger, we’d be in 1st place by 2.5-3.5 games!

Game Changer

May 8th, 2012
8:30 am

Colorado has worse pitching in majors and stadium is a best hitters park in MLB. Stats from past weekend series are meaningless.

Joey

May 8th, 2012
8:33 am

So Hanson allows 2 runs in 6 innings and it’s his fault the Braves lose? That makes sense.

Leave it to Fredi to change the batting order of the team when it is hot. Leave it to Fredi to put the worst pitcher in MLB in when we were still in the game. It’s almost breathtaking how clueless he is – as if he makes up his lineup without regard for anything other than how his ample gut feels on that particular day.

I’m gonna venture a guess that he won’t be attending spring training in ‘13.

jim

May 8th, 2012
8:43 am

with EOF showing nothing close to last year’s form, Venters off and on again arm issues, and Durbin “saving” the bullpen arms in late inning situations, the bullpen has gone from a source of strength to a real weakness. Kimbrel, if anything, is being slightly underused and has not had the command he had during the midseason last year. Those lead off walks have made for some very scary 9th innings.
Medlen should be the regular 7th inning guy, and maybe EOF does have to be used to get out lefties, not just given the 7th come hell or highwater.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 8th, 2012
8:46 am

Joey, we can only hope.

Scott Proctor

May 8th, 2012
8:46 am

I think Fredi is a brilliant evaluator of talent.

jim

May 8th, 2012
8:46 am

Hanson made 2 mistakes in 6 innings — but there were 2 or 3 other “non mistakes” that ended up in the outfielder’s glove about a foot in front of the brick wall.

ncbravesfan

May 8th, 2012
8:48 am

Would love to win them all, but that’s simply not baseball. Was glad to see Hanson bounce back after the bad start vs. Philly. Also, Heyward’s HR and Pastornicky’s continued maturity at the plate were pluses in my book.

Hopefully the Braves will come out and have some good AB’s against Dempster tonight. He’s due for a bad outing. Get the series to 1-1 and hand it to Huddy tomorrow.

Go Braves!

jim

May 8th, 2012
8:50 am

technically Fredi was not to blame for pitching Durbin in the 8th inning. He was ejected in the 7th.

cubbies fan

May 8th, 2012
9:00 am

as Mel Allen said: “how about that” Cubbies pitching stopped the braves hit parade and they have another dose coming tonight in dempster i told you yesterday the braves would not sweep the cubbies instead they will probably loose the series also lose the series against the red birds wainwright and lynn and garcia going for the red birds… “go braves lol”….

don schell

May 8th, 2012
9:06 am

The Braves are way too inconsistant.Middle of the pack for years to come. Second fiddle to Phillies and will soon be second to Nationals. Around .500 every year.

Joey

May 8th, 2012
9:06 am

“Durbin The Dinger Flinger”

Priceless, Ebenezer.

wreckmaniac

May 8th, 2012
9:11 am

Hanson didn’t lose this game. He pitched well. The Braves lost because they couldn’t touch Samarzjia.

Joey

May 8th, 2012
9:11 am

““go braves lol”….”
**************************
cubbies, the real lol is at your team’s record to date. Only the Padres are keeping you from DFL in the NL. lol. lol. lol.

GT

May 8th, 2012
9:15 am

That field last night was surreal. The fog coming in, the old ballpark, looked more like a ghost story than a baseball game.

cubbies fan Dempster is going to be tough tonight, just hope you give him the support you have the last few games. Like old Mel says. “how about that” . You ain’t beating anybody, never will, never have.

Robert ( chi-town)

May 8th, 2012
9:20 am

Both Philly and Wash saw Durbin was nothing more than a bp pitcher. Why can’t the Braves see it too?

dap01

May 8th, 2012
9:24 am

Why is Durbin on the team? He is not even average, he was not average last year. We have AAA pitchers who could battle better than Durbin.

Mr. Cub

May 8th, 2012
9:28 am

For the record, the Cubs lost/win does not reflect the fact the bullpen lost most of their games. This is a team on the rise and will get better as Rizzo and Jackson are promoted to the majors. Rizzo sooner than Jackson. Maybe Theo can get the Cubbies some bullpen relief and watch out!

WOW

May 8th, 2012
9:30 am

cubbies fan

With all due respect please shut up. You’re embarrassing yourself and the team you pull for. It’s May and there is a lot of baseball left. You should be more concerned with how your team is in dead last in the NL Central. Congrats on the win last night because you won’t see a lot of those this year or next year or the decade/century after that.

It’s been over 100 years since the Cubs were a relevant baseball team.

WOW

May 8th, 2012
9:31 am

“For the record, the Cubs lost/win does not reflect the fact the bullpen lost most of their games.”

Nope, their hitting is also bad. Theo is not going to get the Cubs a WS.

Don

May 8th, 2012
9:32 am

With Hudson, Hanson, JJ, and Medlen all having established themselves as outstanding Starting Pitchers and with the great wealth of ADDITIONAL young pitching talent, the Braves SHOULD HAVE BEEN SET to domiate the Division or at least be competitive for years to come.
BUT WAIT, Hudson, Hanson, JJ and Medlin are all comming off injuries.
All winter I was attacked and called everything from an idiot to worse for saying that the biggest problem for the Braves this season could be their Pitching.
Let’s see how that has worked out. So far JJ’s ERA if 9.37, Hudson’s – 6.55, Medlin was no longer judged good enough to be in the Strting Rotation. Hanson has a ERA of 3.63 but his velocity is down and he no longer has his former effectiveness.
Truth is injured pitchers many times (perhaps most times) do NOT return to their former greatness.
Truth is, since Leo left as Pitching Coach 6 or 7 years ago – of all the large number of Starting Pitchers that the Braves have had – ALMOST EVERY ONE HAS ENDED UP BEING INJURED.
Yet everyone (INCLUDING THE WRITERS) IGNORES THIS.
Is this going to cotinue until all of this great pitching talent is destroyed????

bvillebaron

May 8th, 2012
9:33 am

Jim:

Hey, Mr. Negative, the bottom line is that Hanson gave up 2 runs in 6 innings. Don’t blame him for this loss.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 8th, 2012
9:35 am

Robert/dap01: Why is Durbin on this team?
Brain damage. Fredi Cox & Roger McCox & Frank Cox. Plus whatever he has stashed in that safety deposit box in Waycross!

Dwayne

May 8th, 2012
9:38 am

fire don sutton….

WOW

May 8th, 2012
9:56 am

Don

Jurjens is injury prone no matter who coaches him. He can’t get out of bed without getting hurt. Hanson will come back around. Tim Hudson isn’t young and has had several surgeries. I understand your frustration but you gotta put all of this in perspective. Maddox, Glavine and Smoltz were all freaks of nature and not one team has ever done what they did together. With that said, Smoltz had a lot of injuries towards the end of his career.

Bottom line: Calm down.

WOW

May 8th, 2012
9:58 am

I’m not a fan of Freddi but all the people who get angry at him were silent during the 14 year span of playoff appearances with only ONE WS title to show for it.

FOURTEEN YEARS and ONE WS? I mean come on, Booby Valentine could have won at least two with that squad. Torre would have won 5-6 with them.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 8th, 2012
10:07 am

I don’t think Fredi Cox was pulling the strings on that 14 year run. He was learning how to be a bone head mgr like his hero, Bobby Sux. And he’s succeeded. Where do you think he learned how to fruit bowl flip a good line-up and totally screw it up!

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 8th, 2012
10:08 am

I’d stick around, but I have to wash my socks!

Billygoat

May 8th, 2012
10:09 am

Even a blind billygoat eventually finds something to eat.

therut

May 8th, 2012
10:13 am

The most overrated catcher in baseball-BRIAN McCANN!

PMC

May 8th, 2012
10:14 am

This is going to be a streaky team either way it is what it is. The last thing they will be is consistent.

They are just going to have bad games like the one last night every so often. Last Thursday was terrible. It’s inconsequental who is pitching. Have to take the good like Colorado with the bad like the games last night and the one against Joe Blanton where it looks like they aren’t even trying at times.

It’s become common among every pro team in this city. Sometimes they look world beating, other times they look world beaten.

Don

May 8th, 2012
10:16 am

WOW, are you saying that you think that it is the NORM – that in the 6 or 7 years since Leo left – of all the large number of different Starting Pitchers that the Braves have had who have been in the rotation for any reasonable length of time – that almost EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS ENDED UP BEING INJURED??????

Joe Johnson

May 8th, 2012
10:19 am

No worries, Braves fan

They’ll bound to come around eventually, just like us Hawks…

{Damb, it’s too early to be awake…}

WOW

May 8th, 2012
10:20 am

Don

No, I’m just saying that things happen. I do think Freddie uses pitchers more than he should. It would not hurt for the Braves to start looking for a big ace pitcher. Jarred Weaver is going to be available soon and they should do everything they can to get him. I’m sick and tired of going after pitchers who are washed up.

Lobosolo

May 8th, 2012
10:20 am

And a-wah, and a-wah, and a-wah…. All of you widdle wones suffering from armchairzers have you a loss to wank about all day… sittin’ in high cotton, y’all are…. boohoo, blubber blubber….

extremus

May 8th, 2012
10:31 am

So far the Braves’ starting pitching has to be a concern (which is ironic considering that coming into the season it was supposed to be their biggest strength). Pretty much every starter has had at least one bad outing, and that happens, but the sheer inconsistency and runs allowed simply can’t continue. Delgado can’t seem to shake that “one bad inning” syndrome, and his record has suffered because of it. Hudson may be fine but that last start makes you wonder. Hanson can be awesome one day and get rocked the next. Minor has been sharp at times but has shown inconsistency. The bright spot so far has been Beachy, who seems to be slowly but surely earning himself an “ace” or at least “stopper” status on this team.

I wish Jurrjens the best, but frankly I don’t expect too much from him going forward. Teheran may someday be special, but right now he’s stuck in the minors.

I’m not trying to look at things from a “glass half empty” perspective, but you have to be realistic: the Braves offense cannot come back from 6-run deficits every single game. The starting pitchers are going to have to step up their game if the Braves are truly ever going to fire on all cylinders this season.

jim

May 8th, 2012
10:38 am

b..baron,
I did not blame Hanson for the loss. Jeff S. pitched a great game for the Cubs last night and it was a game they won, not one that we lost. That said, is it being negative to point out that Hanson, on a good night, only lasted 6 innings (He was already at 100 pitches when he was hit for), and was nowhere near the dominant pitcher he was two years ago. I think most people come here to discuss the team, strengths and weaknesses, not to go out of their way to criticize or get too caught up in 13-9 victories. The division is very competetive and each team could finish anywhere from 1st to 5th.

least of the east

May 8th, 2012
10:39 am

I agree with the other posters- Durbin should not be in the majors (at least not with the Braves) why do you think he was unsigned late in spring training ? do you really expect to find a serviceable pitcher that late for little money. maybe it was worth a try -but now it’a time to send him down and replace him.
if the Braves can win 3 of the next 5, they will have a nice 6-3 road trip. still doable.

PS just because some people complain, doesn’t mean they aren’t fans. in fact, ones that never complain don’t have enough interest.

jim

May 8th, 2012
10:42 am

WOW
Jared Weaver just signed a multiyear deal to stay in LA. He gave the team a hometown discount because of his desire to stay in LA. He will not be available anytime soon.

Chop101

May 8th, 2012
10:52 am

Cubbies played a good ball game and after three great games at Coor’s Field, the law of averages shows itself again for the Braves. What if Hinske’s linner to first was not caught? What if Freeman’s linner up the middle was not perfectly played? What if Marmol never could find the strike zone or face batters who would swing at balls? Fact is that the Braves had chances to win and it just did not work out last night. Hopefully tonight those linners find a gap and those bats find the ball.

WOW

May 8th, 2012
10:54 am

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:56 am

Love Don Sutton…dwayne.

Lobosolo is that baby talk are tongues?

P Rose

May 8th, 2012
10:57 am

Hanson is inconsistent. He did pitch well last night, although Samardzija (the d, z, and i are all silent) pitched much better – that guy is a beast. But I was at Tommy’s last start, the great 15-13 double-comeback win against the Phils, and he was god-awful that night. Chad Durbin actually got the win in that game.

P Rose

May 8th, 2012
11:00 am

I hate the cliche “we hit the ball right at people,” but last night it was true. If Hinske’s and Freeman’s line drives had been a few inches to the left or right, the Braves probably would have won that game.

P Rose

May 8th, 2012
11:03 am

From the Bad Cliche Department:

There’s a full count, then a foul ball, then another foul, and another, and another, then… wait for it… ball four! Cue bad cliche: “WHAT A GREAT AT-BAT!”

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
11:07 am

I agree Durbin and his $900,000.00 contract needs to go..but where?
Braves will keep him for awhile..bet on it.
Go Braves!

duronimo

May 8th, 2012
11:08 am

Durbin is in the major leagues because three teams felt he was good enough. He’s been bad and he’s been good but that applies to about everyone. What’s really stinks is when someone making mega millions (a “star” player) stops producing. There is a story behind every player. Durbin has dedicated himself and gone through a lot to be where he is. I respect that. I believe he will get squared away. I hope so.

nashvillewill

May 8th, 2012
11:15 am

Durbin has been and will continue to be inconsistent and should not be a middle-innings guy with a game still in doubt. McCann should be the backup catcher to Ross – there, I’ve said it – he is not right, whether it’s his eyes or side or fitness or something else. At this point he is costing the team by playing and batting fourth. Move Uggla down to eighth, since he apparently has to play given his enormous undeserved contract. Play Hinske in left, especially against right-handers – I have lost confidence in Prado who has not looked the same since his time on DL last year. Bourn, Freddy, Chipper, Hinske, and Ross give the team the most productive AB’s time after time and should be playing and batting up in the order. Heyward has some good AB’s (more than last year) and some not so good. And Pastornicky actually looks good and should be rewarded by moving ahead of Uggla in the order (maybe in the 2-hole). These moves require a manager who is paying attention, however.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
11:17 am

I respect that too. I don’t believe he will get better but hope he does.
What three teams not counting Braves?

dap01

May 8th, 2012
11:26 am

It’s not anything to do with respect but we have relievers in AAA that is better than Durbin.

jim

May 8th, 2012
11:26 am

I was surprised by the positioning of thw SS on Freeman last night. He hits the ball to left field in the air more frequently than on the ground, but I would suspect he will try to beat that shift if they continue to play it.

jim

May 8th, 2012
11:29 am

Mac’s offensive numbers have declined and he should not be hitting 4th, but Ross is not an offensive upgrade on a day-to-day basis. He is a backujp catcher,albeit a very good one, for a reason.

David O'Brien

May 8th, 2012
11:36 am

I was surprised by the positioning of thw SS on Freeman last night. — jim

Me, too. But it worked out for them. They had the SS over there for most of the lefties last night.

Buddy Landel

May 8th, 2012
11:37 am

cubbies fan

May 8th, 2012
9:00 am
as Mel Allen said: “how about that” Cubbies pitching stopped the braves hit parade and they have another dose coming tonight in dempster i told you yesterday the braves would not sweep the cubbies instead they will probably loose the series also lose the series against the red birds wainwright and lynn and garcia going for the red birds… “go braves lol”….

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Punctuation is your FRIEND. For a supposed Cubs fan, you know an awful lot about the Cardinals rotation.

Too Tough

May 8th, 2012
11:38 am

Hanson to the minors for a stint!

Too Tough

May 8th, 2012
11:40 am

BMAC needs more rest! Ross can do that for him….Then he will have more power..! Consistency hitting.

The master of baseball

May 8th, 2012
11:41 am

the braves need to release chipper. the only thing he is good for is a single here and there. we should try and get Pete Orr back to take over for him

sam

May 8th, 2012
11:42 am

It is now time to move Brian McCann down in batting order. He used to be a clutch hitter now he is a clueless hitter

jim

May 8th, 2012
11:54 am

McCann saved his cleanup spot in the order with the grand slam against Halliday the other night, but he has not been consistent enough to hit 4th. He might have less pressure to hit for power lower in the order and get back to the hitter he was 2-3 years ago that used the whole field. Even if Heyward and McCann produce at the same level (HRs and OBP), Heyward in the middle of the order is a much better baserunner — fewer DPs, more steals, and more likely to get an extra base on hits to the outfield.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
12:10 pm

dap01..I respect the guy but that don’t mean I want him on my team…which I don’t. Bring up the kids from AAA..yes.
But as long as he is a Brave I’m pulling for him.

NORRIS CHUCK

May 8th, 2012
12:12 pm

With a great young rotation poised to take aim at a division championship this season, there appear to be more bodies than there are spots, and Mike Minor clearly doesn’t want to be on the outside looking in.

It doesn’t appear that any trade talks have taken place yet, but Minor was vocal on his status with the team, stating that he’d like to be traded if he isn’t put in the rotation, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

Starting pitching is always a hot commodity for teams in this league, so you’d think he could find his way into a situation that would also benefit the Braves.

So its time they start shopping him for another bat in my opinion!

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
12:15 pm

Bourn is really playing “D” and hitting…love just watching him play..you can just see his desire busting out all the time. Great team player also..Hope Wren can sign him long term.

[...] “He’s really, really good,” said Chipper Jones. “Obviously, I’ve only faced him out of the bullpen [before today], but he’s got staying power. Good heater. Has two heaters, a two-seamer and four-seamer. Cuts it sometimes. I didn’t really see any sliders but I saw a couple of splits. Command has always been kind of shaky for him, and it looks like he’s got the command thing down, or at least he did tonight. He was real tough.” (AJC) [...]

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

bravesorcowards?

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

Bitten by the Gopher

Fred Farkle

May 8th, 2012
12:35 pm

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Have the Braves ever been relevant? Sell out a few playoff games then get back to us goober.

Count Dacula

May 8th, 2012
12:39 pm

I have never been all that impressed with Hanson… I’d love to see Medlin take over as a starter and move someone else into the long reliever position.

varoadrunner

May 8th, 2012
12:56 pm

Medlin has been great out of the pen, I just wonder if he be as effective for 6 – 7 innings as a starter. Who would you replace with him? Hanson? Quality start last night and as DOB pointed out he left with the game at 2-1. Of course it’d be better to have the score reversed, but damn……it’s May.

If Medlin still has starter stuff, I’d consider letting Minor have a break, not Hanson.

Skokie Dog

May 8th, 2012
1:00 pm

Have to tip your cap to the umpire for tossing Fredi….

Ed

May 8th, 2012
1:01 pm

I know it has been this way forever. But… Why can’t we move the 2 most non productive hitters from the 4 and 5 spot to the 8 and 9 spot. And let the pitcher bat in the 2 spot? Bourn gets on base frequently and the powers that be are reluctant to allow him to attempt a steal with our good 2 and 3 hitters up. With a pitcher in the 2 spot a sacrifice bunt would not be a waste. It also disgusts me to watch # 5 spot doing his tap dance rather than trying to keep his eye on the ball as Ted Ceislack would say. Who can remember ole “Thumping Thadeous”? And Babe Ellis would look good coming off the bench as a PH. For some of you old knotheads like me. remember Mason Leeper , Charlie Mistos, Big Bill Ayers and Earl “Mickey” McGowan?

phil

May 8th, 2012
3:08 pm

that umpire was being an idiot…fire him!!

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