Braves win behind Hudson gem, Tampa Bay blunder

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tim Hudson won a pitchers’ duel with All-Star David Price and got support in the form of a home run from old pal David Ross. But the most important play in Sunday’s 2-0 win against Tampa Bay turned out to be a baserunning mistake by the Rays, for which the Braves felt fortunate.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, and Jonny Venters’ command faltering, Luke Scott’s hard-hit grounder struck Rays baserunner Carlos Pena in the leg as he ran toward second base. Pena was called out and the Braves, having avoided a potential game-changing moment, held on for the win to take the interleague series 2-1.

“We had some baseball gods on our side,” Hudson said. “We’ve had plenty of times where it went the wrong way for us, so it’s nice to finally be on the positive side of a crazy play like that, which essentially sealed the win for us.”

Hudson (3-1) allowed four hits and two walks in 7-2/3 innings and has a 1.25 ERA in his past three starts, and Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for his National League-leading 13th save as the Braves dealt the Rays their first shutout of the season.

But that other out, the third one of the eighth, threatened to be the Braves’ undoing.

“That eighth inning was a little interesting,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose first-place Braves got their seventh win in 10 games and stayed 1-1/2 games ahead of Washington in the NL East. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen an inning in the major leagues end the way that inning ended. But we’ll take it.”

After Ben Zobrist grounded out for the second out of the eighth inning – 14 of Hudson’s 22 outs were groundouts – B.J. Upton hit an infield single and Gonzalez called on Venters to face left-handed hitter Matt Joyce, whose grand slam Saturday beat the Braves.

Lefties Pena and Scott followed Joyce in the order, but Gonzalez said he certainly didn’t plan on Venters having to face all of them. But that’s how it went down.

Venters not only hit Joyce with a pitch, he hit Pena with the next pitch, making it three consecutive appearances for Venters – and four of his past five – in which he’s allowed at least two baserunners. He gave up at least one run in three of those.

“It’s just mechanical,” Gonzalez said. “He’s flying open and his arm drags and he chases those lefties. But we’ll get it fixed.”

Pitching coach Roger McDowell came out to chat briefly with Venters, who was left in to face Scott. After fouling off an 0-2 pitch, Scott hit a bullet toward the right side between second baseman Dan Uggla and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Uggla lunged to his left, but it never got to him.

The ball bounced off Pena’s leg and rolled slowly toward the front edge of the infield. The umpire immediately called him out. Inning over.

“Got lucky,” Venters said. “At first I didn’t know what had happened. I started to run after the ball; I didn’t know what had happened. But we got lucky and won the game. A win’s a win.”

Ross’ third-inning homer and Jason Heyward’s flare of an RBI single in the sixth had given the Braves a 2-0 lead, but for a moment a lot of folks at Tropicana Field thought the game would be tied when Scott hit the ball squarely.

“There was a little luck going our way,” Ross said. “They did a good job off Jonny; Jonny was a little amped up, flying open a little bit. But he settled down and Luke Scott hit a good pitch. Hit it hard, and it was right at Pena. I was so excited…. That ball might have got through. I don’t know if Uggla was going to be able to knock it down. So we got a little luck our way, and it was fun.”

Uggla was already off his feet when the ball hit Pena. Did he think he would’ve been able to field it?

“I don’t know,” Uggla said. “I would have had to dive for it, so I don’t know. I was pretty happy when I saw it hit him though. I’m not going to lie. He hit it hard, and it was heat-seeking. Got him.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “I don’t know why it played out exactly the way it did. Sometimes you take your eye off the ball while you are running and just look towards second base, as opposed to looking in. You are always taught to look in because you could get hurt if you don’t.”

Pena said, “The right thing to do there is to go on the swing. So as soon as the hitter has intent to swing, we’re going. That’s the way we do it over here, and the way we should run the bases. That caught me in mid-stride. It’s just a helpless feeling because I couldn’t go anywhere; I think I was in the air when the ball hit me. It was a rocket.”

It was a beautiful rocket for the Braves, who didn’t let Hudson’s dominant performance go wasted.

“It’s never a surprise when he goes out and pitches well,” Ross said. “We rely on him to be our guy, our stopper, our ace, whatever you want to call it. I love catching him. He’s a great teammate and has huge… He competes, know what I’m saying?”

120 comments Add your comment

Furman Bitcher

May 20th, 2012
8:22 pm

First finally

Furman Bitcher

May 20th, 2012
8:22 pm

Great Braves win!!

stynes

May 20th, 2012
8:35 pm

DOB – what happened to Bowman? He’s been MIA for a couple of weeks now. Is he on vacation or something? Just making sure everything’s ok in mlb.com land. Thanks!

Beck

May 20th, 2012
8:54 pm

stynes, I believe that Bowman is sick. Someone mentioned it on one of the blogs this week. Don’t know what it is or the extent of it.

stynes

May 20th, 2012
9:01 pm

Beck – thanks for the info. Would love to know more about what’s going on. Checked Bowman’s twitter feed and googled it for a bit but couldn’t find anything about what’s going on. I’ll try to hit @ajcbraves on Twitter and see if I can learn anything there. Please point me to that blog post if you happen across it. Thanks!

extremus

May 20th, 2012
9:05 pm

Jason Heyward has had some key hits for the Braves in recent days and still seems far ahead of last year’s dismal curve, but his average is falling at an alarming rate (I’m not certain but it seems like it’s gone down 40-50 points just the past two or three weeks and is now below .250). One thing I’m noticing is that he’s going increasingly back to swinging at pitches around his shoetops as he did last season. I figure Greg Walker has already noticed and is continuing to work with him, but the inconsistency is definitely troubling.

If you’d asked me when they came up who would be the more likely superstar (between Heyward and Freddie Freeman), I’d have picked Heyward hands down, but for now at least it seems that Freeman, not Jason Heyward, is on that track. I hope Heyward can get the ship righted because I feel like we still haven’t come close to seeing his true potential in Atlanta. If that ever happens, it’d be awesome, which makes seeing his struggles at the plate the past couple of seasons that much more painful to watch.

BravesfaninWis

May 20th, 2012
9:14 pm

Good job today guys. Your offense wasn’t as good as it has been many times this season, but you were able to put good pitching up with a lack of runs and win the series against a very good Tampa team.

reckingball

May 20th, 2012
9:22 pm

So nice you posted it twice?

reckingball

May 20th, 2012
9:25 pm

The question I have is, why did he take Hudson out in the 8th?
Do they have him on a 100 pitch count, due to him coming back from the surgery?

Michelle Obama

May 20th, 2012
9:28 pm

For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of the Braves.

Brandon

May 20th, 2012
9:43 pm

@reckingball – from what i saw, hudson was starting to not be as crisp with his pitches and leaving some balls up. With matt joyce coming to the plate, FG likely just wanted a fresh arm and a lefty lefty matchup. Also, he probably wanted to give venters some more work because he pitches better when a little tired(or at least he usually does haha) Thats just what i think though

Who would’ve thought, 2 hit batters and a hit, and venters still doesn’t allow a run haha Uggla did look like he should’ve gotten to that ball though

Say Whaaaaa?

May 20th, 2012
9:46 pm

Good to see you’re back in campaign mode Michelle

Say Whaaaaa?

May 20th, 2012
9:48 pm

It’s good to see the Bravos can win some 2-0 type games … Heaven knows we are going to need to save the 10 run games for Minor and Delgado ….. although at least neither one of them got blasted by a AAA team like Jair did

Walker, Texas Ranger

May 20th, 2012
10:13 pm

getting a little worried about Johnny

gatorsc1

May 20th, 2012
10:31 pm

who cares if you are first! braves win

GoBravos124

May 20th, 2012
10:33 pm

Maybe Venters needs to pitch every day . . . rusty arm it seems.

Say Whaaaaa?

May 20th, 2012
10:36 pm

I understand the worries about Johnny; however, think about this …. He’s played in only 17 games this year, which means he’s on pace to pitch only around 65 games this season (far below what he’s done in the past 2 years). As a guy who lives off the sinker, the extra rest he’s getting this season will affect that pitch. I guess that as the season progresses, and the Braves need him down the stretch, he’ll be alright. Of course, I could be wrong and he could be sitting next to jair on the bus to Durham by season’s end.

Largo

May 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

Venters invented the word “SUCK.”

CC

May 20th, 2012
11:29 pm

NO — Mr Venters. A win is NOT a win. You should be apologizing all over the place for your crappy outings the last month. You’ve consistently put this team in terrible positions and nearly nullified all their good work.

Don’t be passing it off. It won’t take much longer before the boo-birds start vocalizing at the home park.

Jack in Macon

May 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

“Extremus”,I’m with you on Heyward.

Who Me?

May 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

Oh come on! Venters will be fine, he doesn’t suck! Everybody and his brother knows he’s flying open, you know McDowell will fix that this week. Won’t hurt for him to get some more reps though, I think FG is being overly cautious this season after the criticism of over-use last season. He’ll find a balance and Johnny will round out just fine. Geez, you’d think the guy just fell off the turnip truck…

D.A. Nuggla

May 20th, 2012
11:57 pm

Braves may be in first place but they are still only 4-8 in their own division. THAT has to cease or they will be in big trouble as the year goes on. In fact, in the month of Sept. the Braves play their division opponents 21 times out of 28 games. That head to head competition will determine who comes in first.

Who Me?

May 21st, 2012
12:06 am

is is the the blog blog printed printed twice twice for for some some reason reason??

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
12:27 am

It’s probably some kind of a problem with the AJC computer.
It’s probably some kind of a problem with the AJC computer.

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
12:41 am

4-8 or 4-7 in their div.??

JNick

May 21st, 2012
1:21 am

Either way, playing an unbalanced schedule won’t help. As of yesterday, every team in the NL East was at .500 or above.

Younger Than That Now

May 21st, 2012
1:48 am

I wish everyone at home could have seen the entire video tribute to Chipper… very classy and totally appropriate… and moving when Chipper came out and waved his cap for the fans. I think there were as many Braves fans there as Rays fans. But the Rays are doing it right and have a small, but loyal fanbase… hopefully their fanbase will grow and support this team, because they’re very good and led by a good manager and staff.

This was a great series win for the Braves because the Rays are a very difficult team to beat in St. Pete. I see a lot of their games and they don’t give many away. Joe Madden is an unconventional manager and really manages more like a NL manager than anything else. They are a good team, but the Braves showed up and pulled off a great series this weekend, beating their best two pitchers. Hudson pitched an absolute gem today and got just enough runs to pull it off.

When Martin got called out at second in the 6th, it looked like he was probably out, but he stood out there and actually turned around and seemed to be wondering where his Manager was. Out or safe, FGonzalez should have been out there defending his player… you can bet Bobby Cox would have been. Martin hardly ever complains about calls and you have to feel like he at least “thought” he was safe, and Fredi is nowhere to be found. Sad. Let’s go get the Reds tomorrow!

GO BRAVES!

ATLBorn

May 21st, 2012
1:51 am

We better take it to the Nats.

JNick

May 21st, 2012
2:01 am

First weekend in June, I’ll be in DC, tomahawk in hand, #10 jersey on :)

cn

May 21st, 2012
6:23 am

@Largo YOU SUCK and so does that little hole of a town your name references. Go Braves

braveshoo

May 21st, 2012
6:55 am

The Braves are playing great. I have been watching almost every game for years, and I believe this could be the year. If you look at the record when Chipper is playing and when he is not, he is the team’s MVP, but if you watch them everyday, it is Michael Bourn. He hits, gets on base, and his speed impacts the whole team+ he plays the best CF since Andruw Jones.We must resign him. I know that your speed erodes as you get older, but he is only 28, and I believe you can sign him for 10m per year for 5 years. With Chippers 13m coming off the books next year, I think it is imperative that we resign Michael Bourn. Your thoughts?

Paddy

May 21st, 2012
7:06 am

,cn,you need to forgive Lago. It must be his first season seeing professional baseball.

Nativebird

May 21st, 2012
7:13 am

FGonzalez doesn’t deserve the uniform he’s wearing. He pretends to be manager every day. Walks, talks, does all the things a manager is supposed to look like he is doing. except to make actual good decisions for his ball club. He’s in way over his head. Marlins knew it too…..but once again, this guy fit the Liberty Media cost/value equation for another live body in a Braves uniform.

David O'Brien

May 21st, 2012
7:27 am

FGonzalez doesn’t deserve the uniform he’s wearing. He pretends to be manager every day. Walks, talks, does all the things a manager is supposed to look like he is doing. except to make actual good decisions for his ball club. He’s in way over his head. — Nativebird

Clearly. I mean, the results speak for themselves, right?

(Just … wow.)

Sammy

May 21st, 2012
7:39 am

Ahhhhh, no more cowbells.

Joey

May 21st, 2012
7:46 am

I think the Braves chances in ballgames improve when Ross plays. Huge difference in defense – no passed balls, a thrown-our base stealer. Not to mention an opposite-field-homer.

Has Mac done any of those things this season?

Weaseal

May 21st, 2012
7:47 am

That early Native bird must not have gotten the worm-Wow is right grumpy bird on the early Monday post !!

Tampa Brave

May 21st, 2012
7:47 am

Hopefully Venters gets his control back before he kills someone. Six inches higher and Matt Joyce maybe doesn’t trot down to firstbase.

Old Time Fan

May 21st, 2012
8:07 am

Did anyone notice that MLB network’s coverage of the game where Hudson clearly outpitched Price, that very little mention was made of Hudson, but they were effusive in their praise of Price and how he should dominate for years to come? Oh well I will take the W anyday. I do love Huddy, he is a class act and a proven winner.

cmc

May 21st, 2012
8:23 am

Nativebird,

Team is in first place. Has gone 7-2 on the road against Dodgers, Cards and Rays. I’d say our manager is doing OK. Do me a favor and GET A CLUE prior to your next post.

dean

May 21st, 2012
8:29 am

I was thinking the same thing about Nativebird’s comment.

All I'm Saying Is....

May 21st, 2012
8:31 am

A win is a win. Gonzalez is doing an excellent job. Heyward is bouncing back nicely. And Venters will be just fine. Too many negative nancy’s on this blog. It is a long season folks with plenty of games left and guess what: we are in first place.

LET’S GO BRAVES!

dean

May 21st, 2012
8:33 am

First place and 10 games over 500 at the end of the first quarter works for me.

HAL

May 21st, 2012
8:34 am

why would huddy get praise from mlb .com when even this blog has hanson as our confirmed ace according too one umm err “”expert “”in reality hudys been the man since he got here with the exception of early last year when jair was unbeatable i hope he gats turned around so we have at least him and beachy too rely on bc ,bphanson and the kids minor and delgado give us little chance

stew

May 21st, 2012
8:59 am

Sign Bourn. Best lead-off hitter we’ve had. Definite MVP candidate.

coach joe

May 21st, 2012
9:00 am

wow.. why so negative here.. We’re in first place, 10 games over 500, second best record in baseball.. . get a life and enjoy it. i sure am.”

GO BRAVES..

D man

May 21st, 2012
9:40 am

Braves look better on the road than at home. Great win yesterday and clutch pitching by Huddy. Fun season so far, keep it up Braves…

Atanta87

May 21st, 2012
9:44 am

I was going to post something about @ Nativebird but it’s not worth it. I agree with @ Younger Than That Now about Fredi not coming out to support his player when he thought the call was wrong. I was definitely wondering where he was myself. While it looks like Prado’s arm came off the bag after that heck of a slide, it still would’ve been nice if Fredi came out and got an explanation.

Good thing Prado isn’t an arguer or he might have stayed out there too long to get ejected from the game with no manager out there to prevent it from happening.

Other than that, good game from the Braves, and they are playing solid baseball. I’m loving the production of getting runners in from third base with less than two outs. I don’t have the numbers handy, but I’m sure it’s up there. Any idea on what it is DOB?

Tumbledown

May 21st, 2012
9:49 am

After the collapse last season and the 0-4 start, I thought the team was gonna sink to the bottom of the division. I am so glad to be wrong to this point and am enjoying the team’s play. We all should realize that the Braves have a tough schedule this year (interleague against the AL East) as there appears to be no weak team in either the NL or AL East. Nevertheless, this is a time to be cautiously optimistic.

Nerdville

May 21st, 2012
10:02 am

Lots of issues with this team.
Only scored 2 runs. Then the Braves got lucky when the Rays had the bases loaded and that ball hit Pena. Why didn’t Fredi let Huddy go for a complete game? Uggla is a strike out machine, SS makes too many errors and now Bourn has quit hitting. Neither Delgado, Minor or Venters can pitch.

bravesgrl4life

May 21st, 2012
10:04 am

Nerdville – your name fits.

The fact that the ball hit Pena just means the baseball “gods” were smiling on the Braves on Sunday.

And strikeouts are part of the game, as are errors. Bourn is in a mini-slump, he has not completely quit hitting. The pitching will come around.

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
10:15 am

Good morning Blog.

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
10:17 am

@Nerdville, I have told you before. I will tell you again. You are a jerk. Get a life somewhere else. MKoga Moga Chi Chi Ti Yo Sao

Atanta87

May 21st, 2012
10:19 am

Do you have an issue with their .619 winning percentage and first place record @Nerdville? I’ll give you that we’re struggling against the East, but we are literally killing everybody else, including the AL East. Bourne struggled in one series against the same team. Doesn’t mean he quit hitting. Saying that Venters doesn’t know how to pitch makes you lose all credibility about your baseball knowledge. Just be happy with how we’re playing right now.

Atanta87

May 21st, 2012
10:22 am

With rain in the forecast for tonight’s Braves game, there might be a Minor Leake in Cincinnati this evening.

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
10:24 am

@Atanta87 I have dealt with the jerk before. He does not care about the Braves at all. I think he is a Philly fan.

Atanta87

May 21st, 2012
10:27 am

Ohh ok. Thanks for the info @Tommy. I’ll put him on my ignore list.

MikeY

May 21st, 2012
10:48 am

Old Time Fan, I agree, Huddy is a proven winner. 24th ALL TIME on career win percentage:

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/pitching/piwper1.shtml

Note Babe Ruth tied for 8th w/ Halladay!

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
10:58 am

@MikeY. I watch MLB Network and ESPN all the time. They tell you about all the first place teams except Braves. They mention Washington and Miami. They tell you that the Braves will fall. They are justy lucky. I am thru watching Sportscenter because ESPN is too partial. Anytime Mitch Williams is on MLB Network. No mention of Braves. Why? Because he is a Philly fan. Does that answer your question?

Brandon

May 21st, 2012
10:59 am

Last season, the Braves played .500 ball against the NL east, their record against marlins (12-6), phillies (6-12) , nats (9-9) , mets (9-9)…the phillies had a .597 record, the nationals had a .500, the mets (.458), and the marlins (.444) …All of the East had around a .500 percentage against each other. The Braves actually were 6-6 against the Phils until the collapse, in which they went 0-6.

I see that the braves are 4-7 so far against the NL east, but that is such a small sample size. They got swept my the mets to start the season( i call that a fluke), they split a 2 game series with marlins, took 2 of 3 from mets in 2nd series, and lost 2 of 3 from phils.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire NL east played around 500 against each other this season as well. I don’t see any team completely dominating another. I think the NL East is best division in the majors!

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
11:06 am

Me too. The NLEast is the best in MLB right now.
go braves!

Carl Farvman

May 21st, 2012
11:06 am

We need to replace management and blow Chipper out the door.

And this one time at "braves camp".......

May 21st, 2012
11:11 am

Is it just me or does anyone notice these blogs have few posts compared to when we lose? I think the other day there were less than 50 comments during a game…Kind of sad. It would be interesting to know what we have average attendance wise this year at the Ted.

jim

May 21st, 2012
11:20 am

Brandon,
Yes, I look for all 5 teams to be about 500 in the division. By the end of June the Braves will be done with the Cards, Reds, Dodgers in LA, and AL East. If they are still at or near the lead, they should have an advantage in the remaining non-divisional schedule. For the Braves to get the Yankees for 6 games and the Marlins and Phillies not at all points to the inequity of the current interleague arrangement.

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
11:23 am

Terdville @ 10:02am……….And yet, they are in 1st in the NLEast, with one of the best records in MLB.
Just think what will happen, if they get some of the things you listed fixed.
Goooooooo Braves!
Yeaaaaaaa team!

Don

May 21st, 2012
11:23 am

Have not and still do not understand the continued feeling by many that Heyward is going to be a Superstar – or even the continued assertion all winter that he was going to have a great season — Do do see the basis for this – when he had shown no real signs of being able to adjust the to pitchers once they had learned to pitch to him.
Now he is BELOW .250 – which is obviously UNACCEPTABLE for a corner outfielder.

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
11:31 am

“braves camp” 11:11am……..No, it is not, just you.
When the Braves lose, the hyenas come out.
Sometimes when they win, the hyenas come out and complain about how the Braves won.
Look at the Braves Quotes blog for Sunday’s game, people complaining playes, and about a win.
go braves

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
11:33 am

@ 11:11 am………See what I mean..

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
11:35 am

11:31 am……..Should be…..people complaing ‘about players’, and about a win.

jim

May 21st, 2012
11:37 am

Don,
Heyward’s OPS is just under 800 — a value considered slightly better than average for a corner outfielder (better than B. J Upton’s by about 40 points). He has contributed in all three games with a catch in game 1, a throw in game 2, and an RBI single in game 3. I thought he had three good ABs against Price yesterday — I think he just missed on the second AB. I think if he were hitting higher in the order he would get better pitches to hit. Batting 7th, he can be pitched around a lot easier. I think he will hit between 250 and 260 for the year.

Brownie

May 21st, 2012
11:41 am

Don, he’s 22 yrs old! You gotta give him another year or so and then we’ll know if he can figure it all out – in the meantime, he’s gonna make some spectacular plays and we’ll see some slumps as well.

Buddy Landel

May 21st, 2012
11:41 am

With Minor pitching, the forecast calls for baseball-sized hail, but only in the outfield bleachers.

Brownie

May 21st, 2012
11:43 am

DOB, who writes your headlines?? Blunder by the Rays??

It’s baseball – sometimes really hard hit balls strike a baserunner – I saw the replay and don’t believe he really had time to react and avoid the ball. Besides, I believe Uggla had the play anyway.

Don

May 21st, 2012
11:43 am

Jim — I don’t doubt that Hewyard will hit between .250 and .260 or at somewhere better than .250 for the year. But that is not a very good expectation for an outfielder, especially a corner outfielder – and especially for his potential – or at least what has been judged as Superstar potential.

alex

May 21st, 2012
11:54 am

@landel: good one!, now reckingnut please respond-ohh team, rah, rah…

jim

May 21st, 2012
11:56 am

If he hits 250+ with an OPS of 800+ with 80 RBIs plus what he adds on the base paths and in the OF, that would not be a bad expectation for a corner OF. He is not yet Ryan Braun or Andre Either, and may never be, but there are few other corner OFs in the league who will put up significantly better numbers. (Bruce, Cargo, and Holliday are the only names that come immediately to mind)

reckingball

May 21st, 2012
12:17 pm

@ 11:54am…….alex, alex, alex, the lunch hour is here, you need to focus on your job at McDs right now, someone has got to much sure that the mustard is being squirted on those double-cheeseburgers.
If you are talking about me responding to ‘Buddy Landel’ @11:41am,
yes that was a good one.
I think that Minor will get it together tonight, if they don’t get rained-out.
I am looking forward to a Braves Win.
Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaa Bravos!

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
12:22 pm

Come on People. Quit complaining. You complain about Heyward, Diaz, Wilson. Francisco, Minor and Delgado. I agree withreckingball. What do you want? We are in first place. 2nd best record in NL.I agree with reckingball. What dop you want? I love this team. Dont you?Shi Hu people.

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
12:24 pm

@alex Mi Yi Sao Lau.

Brandon

May 21st, 2012
12:26 pm

the thing that i like about heyward of late is that he has been able to catch up to the heaters. Earlier in the season, i felt that he was missing them and mainly hitting the breaking pitches…he seems to be making that adjustment and looks to me like he is about to breakout. Those at bats against price were great and showed the great plate discipline that heyward has. Also, a lot of those fouls were fouled off the other way, which was a good sign.

Lately, i think heyward has been hitting the ball cleanly, just not getting the results

However, earlier in the season, i didn’t think he was squaring up on the ball as good but they were still finding the holes.

I’d like to see how performs through this entire season

Brandon

May 21st, 2012
12:28 pm

@Tommy @reckingball agree with the both of you

jim

May 21st, 2012
12:46 pm

Brandon,
Agree the ABs have been better than the results show.

Braves Fan in Maine

May 21st, 2012
12:48 pm

The braves are playing awesome right now….. they keep going out and getting much needed wins and playing fundamental baseball….. I hope the braves will beat up on the nl east teams but they just need to keep playing and winning…….. beachy is just peachy!!!! GO BRAVES!!!

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
12:49 pm

@jim Agree, but sometimes I think he swings for fence too much. He is young. He will learn. He will be OK. Go Braves!!!

luvthosedawgs68

May 21st, 2012
12:55 pm

I’ve been a Braves fan since the 70’s and can you imagine how pathetic some of these people would’ve been back then!!! One word describes whether or not Minor will be successful tonight. Strike one. When he falls behind, he tightens up and either walks a few batters and then throws one right down the middle. He needs to take a lesson from Huddy. Tim never gives in to the hitters. Make the non-strikes enticing enough that the batter wants to swing.

JeanE

May 21st, 2012
1:12 pm

Awesome game yesterday against a really good team. Huddy is our ace and he was just killing it! I love it when DRoss plays, really enjoy watching him in all aspects of his game. I do miss watching Bobby waddle on there to defend his players on his bad knees. It’s hard with the bullpen, Fredi is very conscious of not overusing them this year but instead, I think they’re a little too strong and wild. We’ll appreciate it at the end of the season, I’m sure. I think this is my favorite Braves team ever, love the mix of guys and how they all pull for eachother. Really enjoying Chipper’s last year but dang, I’ll miss that guy. He really is the Braves leader. Go Braves!!!

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
1:15 pm

@JeanE I finally found a true braves fan> Thank you! Go Braves!!!

No. 1 Braves Fan

May 21st, 2012
1:17 pm

Can someone explain what OPS means. Also, has it replaced the signifance of RBI as a stat?
I have noticed that some bloggers are saying RBI is not meaningful anymore.

Brandon

May 21st, 2012
1:34 pm

OPS is on base percentage plus slugging. So if you have a 300 obp and a 430 slg percentage, your OPS will be 730.

In no way does OPS replace RBI, but I would prefer to look at the stat for average with runners in scoring position (RISP) instead of RBI because RBI depends so much on place in batting order,etc.

Brandon

May 21st, 2012
1:36 pm

I hope that explains well enough. I’m writing this from my phone so it’s not as easy haha

hiway61

May 21st, 2012
1:37 pm

Braves sold “Drew Sutton” to Pirates for Cash….Yesterday!

Mark's for the Braves

May 21st, 2012
1:40 pm

Has anyone noticed that ESPN and FOX (websites) aren’t giving the Braves any ‘love’ this season so far? It is as if they both think the Braves will collapse again this year. I guess Ken Rosenthal may have a little egg on his face from saying Freddi G was “about to be fired” in early April after the 0-4 start and the poor spring the Braves had.

Just sayin……..

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
1:41 pm

@Brandon You are right. However, OPS does not mean a thing to me. You can have doubles and triples all day. Does not mean a thing. I will take that one guy that gets that double or triple with RISP that counts.

Bobby's Chauffeur

May 21st, 2012
1:41 pm

Some of you need to take a deep breath,let it out slowly,(except Nerdville, you continue to hold until the next game). We don’t need each of the 8 regulars or subs to be super stars each game. We need 3 out of 8 to be hot. the others will get their turn on a different day. Rely on good pitching, defense, and the best pen in the majors.. I’ll take our starting 8 anyday. Anybody on this team,on any given day can be the reason we win.

afan

May 21st, 2012
1:42 pm

u earn your love.

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

@afan Get a new team. Go with ESPN, If it is not Boston, New York. St Louis, Or LA. They have no use for you. They are too partial, Just like you they want Braves to lose. They are getting upset because theie teams are losing. So go over with them and leave our Braves alone. Shi HU afan Miki Li yu Sao Go Braves!!!!

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
1:53 pm

@Bobbys Chauffeur Amen Brother complelely agree

Brandon

May 21st, 2012
2:03 pm

@tommy I agree

afan

May 21st, 2012
2:10 pm

@tommy~kiss my @@@..u do earn your love. As for Fox and ESPN thats your damn opinion. As for get a new team, who are you to tell someone to get another team. I’ve been a fan since 66~ probably before you were born.

Tommy

May 21st, 2012
2:15 pm

@ afan If you are such a good fan then why are you complaining? ESPN SUCKS! Miki lau su

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