Braves’ Monday misery continues with 3-0 loss to Yankees

There was a sense the Braves’ Monday misfortunes might continue after Brian McCann flied out a step in front of the center-field wall in the first inning, then had a potential two-run homer taken away on a leaping catch at the right-field wall with a runner on in the fourth.

When New York’s Nick Swisher made that catch with his glove at the top of the wall in the fourth the Yankees had already scored all of their runs in a 3-0 win to open an interleague series at Turner Field, the second loss in a row for the Braves since their six-game winning streak.

The Braves seriously don’t like Mondays: Their record fell to an inexplicable 0-9 on the first day of the week, and they’ve totaled just 14 runs in those nine games. They are 34-18 on all other days.

Thousands of Yankee fans in a crowd of 42,669 cheered as the Yankees scored a run in each of the first three innings against rookie Randall Delgado (4-6), who allowed five hits and six walks and was replaced after laboring through five innings in 110 pitches (58 strikes). The pitch count matched his career high.

“I talked to the young man after he came out of the game, and he looked [over] excited,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the 22-year-old. “He was coming out of his delivery. First time facing the New York Yankees and 40,000-plus in the stands, I think he got a little amped up for today’s game. It’s something he can learn from.

“But in all honestly, he made some pitches. They had the bases loaded twice and he got out of it just giving up one run. That’s a good stepping stone.”

Ivan Nova (8-2) pitched seven strong innings for the Yankees, who’ve gone 9-2 with a 2.37 ERA in their past 11 games. The big right-hander allowed five hits (all singles) and one walk with six strikeouts, and the only runner the Braves advanced past first base all night came on a fourth-inning balk.

Still, the Braves, and particularly McCann, had reason not to feel as if they’d been dominated.

“I felt great tonight, I just didn’t have much to show for it,” said McCann, who also lined out to first baseman Mark Teixiera in the ninth inning. “Hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come. Today is probably the best I’ve felt in a while. Just got to keep going.”

McCann’s average fell to .234, including 7-for-44 (.159) in his past 13 games.

“It hasn’t been the way I wanted to start the season,” he said.  “I’m two months in and when you’re not doing the things you’re capable of doing it’s kind of frustrating but got to keep grinding. It’s a long season. I’m going to turn it around.”

Gonzalez said, “You felt like you were in the game the whole night. We hit some balls, some rockets at people. Mac – Swisher robbed him of a home run, and he hit another rocket to Teixeira in the ninth inning…. They made some defensive plays and we hit some balls hard right at people.”

The Braves failed to move a runner to second after leadoff singles in the first, third and fifth innings, or after a Dan Uggla’s leadoff walk in the seventh. Martin Prado followed Michael Bourn’s leadoff single in the first inning by grounding into a double play.

After Jason Heyward’s leadoff single in the fifth, rookie Andrelton Simmons lined out to Nova, who threw to first to double up Heyward.

After Uggla’s walk in the seventh, Freddie Freeman struck out, Chipper Jones popped out and Jason Heyward grounded out to second base. The last nine Braves batters went down in order.

Delgado had five strikeout  including Raul Ibanez with the bases loaded in the third inning, after Ibanez homered in the second inning. But after striking out Ibanez in the third, Delgado threw a wild pitch to Swisher, allowing Alex Rodriguez to score. The Yankees had loaded the bases on two walks and a Robinson Cano double.

Asked if got a bit too amped up, Delgado said, “You could say that. I think sometimes I gave them too much credit with the strike zone, trying to be too perfect on the corner, like I have [in some previous starts]. That was the problem.”

In the first inning, Rodriguez hit a two-out line-drive double off the left-field wall and scored on a Cano single.

Delgado’s first major league start was six days shy of the one-year anniversary of his major league debut, a start against a brutally tough Texas lineup. This Yankees lineup might be even better, with a rejuvenated Derek Jeter leading off and with every other batter except the pitcher coming in with at least eight homers.

“We were talking about that,” Gonzalez said. “And we were looking at the age. We had a 22-year-old on the mound, 22 at short [Simmons], Freeman’s 22, Heyward [22]. And I think their youngest guy was Nova, who’s 25.”

The homer by Ibanez made it 29 RBIs in his past 36 games against the Braves for the former Phillies outfielder, who has 14 hits, four homers and 14 RBIs in his past nine games against Atlanta.

“I left a curveball up,” Delgado said. “Against those professional hitters I don’t want to make a mistake, and I think that’s what happened.”

Nova also got into the offensive act with a two-out single in the second inning, the pitcher’s first major league hit after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. It was the second day in a row the Braves allowed a hit against an American League pitcher, after Toronto reliever Carlos Villanueva singled against Livan Hernandez on Sunday.

Cano had a .143 average with runners in scoring position – fourth-lowest in the American League — before his first-inning RBI single.

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It's this simple

June 11th, 2012
10:20 pm

Yankees had patience and walked. Braves hacked and flat out refused to take the walks Nova was trying to give (outside of 1 by Uggla).

My Thoughts

June 11th, 2012
10:26 pm

Lets make some changes b4 its too late !!!!

Durrtydogg

June 11th, 2012
10:28 pm

I agree. It’s like we were trying to hit homers all night long. I get a nasty feeling that last loss against Toronto took all our steam and shoved it where the sun don’t glisten.

Ihop Monsta!!!

June 11th, 2012
10:30 pm

Braves are like womens hair cutters. They dont work on Mondays…

Durrtydogg

June 11th, 2012
10:32 pm

We need energy every night. If the players don’t show it, the manager has to fire them up. I’m tired of the lackadaisical attitudes.

bobbymahlon

June 11th, 2012
10:33 pm

When guys like Bourn are giving their all and then I watch Chipper pull away on a ground ball I get ticked. Doesn’t he know if you catch the ball with his glove it won’t hit him in the leg. I guess watching Prado making all those nice plays at third while Chipper was out spoiled me.

Mark

June 11th, 2012
10:35 pm

anything wrong with BMac’s eyes?….because he was hitting better when there was…

OTP

June 11th, 2012
10:38 pm

Wow. Terrible on Mondays. Why is it that when the pitching seems to tank, the hitting follows? And, Chipper should be sitting.

bruce

June 11th, 2012
10:44 pm

mac squared them up tonight, great to see.

double

June 11th, 2012
10:45 pm

Errors & Excuses ,and disappointment.

Kentavo

June 11th, 2012
10:47 pm

They hit the ball hard, but zero energy and zero patience tonight.

jimmie

June 11th, 2012
10:48 pm

God bless the usa!!

Ralph

June 11th, 2012
10:53 pm

What are thes rumors about Beachy?

Ralph

June 11th, 2012
10:55 pm

The only thing that surprised me was that the score wasn’t 10 to 0.

Bob Didier

June 11th, 2012
11:28 pm

Haven’t heard anywhere that anything is wrong with Beachy. Ralph, you are the only one that has heard it. Fredi says he is fine. Everyone is fine per Fredi. Heck, Livan is fine.

nashvillewill

June 11th, 2012
11:37 pm

Well, this was the men versus the boys. Chipper dodging balls at third; poor hitting with two strikes; and, most of all, no imagination. Against this type competition the only chance a team has is to play with energy and imagination. No attempts to steal, no hit and run, no bunting, and no ability to pinch hit. I still believe this is the worst bench in MLB; pinch hitters are 14 for 83 or something like that. Also, BASEBALL MUST HAVE A SALARY CAP. Yankees payroll is more than double the Braves. Adds to the men versus the (cheap) boys. Players like Diaz, Hinske, Francisco, Wilson, et. al., could not make the Yankees AAA team. I am done with baseball until they institute a salary cap. (Or find a manager and a team willing and able to play with imagination, energy, and guts).

jim

June 11th, 2012
11:51 pm

Delgado got hurt by two hanging curve balls to Cano in first and Ibanez in second, then wisely put that pitch in his pocket. I thought they called too many change ups when he got in trouble especially to Swisher in the third. I thought a fastball after successive change ups would have gotten him, or at least set up another change up. The noticeable difference in the two lineups — the yankees did not often go for itches out of the strike zone, the Braves did. Also I wish Prado would swing at the early strikes. He is falling back into the habit of puting himself into an 0-2 hole and then having to swing at the pitcher’s pitches.

Matt

June 12th, 2012
12:08 am

I think the Braves watched too much Garfield in the off-season.

chuck

June 12th, 2012
12:17 am

Chipper needs to go back to Rome until he has more confidence on sharply hit ground balls to third.

Tim

June 12th, 2012
1:12 am

cap tipping….

Brad

June 12th, 2012
1:23 am

A salary cap solves nothing. If the small market, low revenue Rays can find a way to compete with the Red Sox AND Yankees season after season, then salary isn’t a reason the Braves failed to win tonight’s game against New York.

All a salary cap accomplishes is taking money away from the players and putting more into the owner’s pockets, something the MLBPA will never allow.

The Braves are a very good team, but so are the Yankees. The Yankees got some timely hits and made every play on defense tonight. Games like this happen over the course of a season, and whining about salaries is a lazy and juvenile way out. Maybe if we could fill Turner Field to capacity more than 3 Yankee games a year, then the Braves would increase their payroll. For heaven’s sake, the stadium was fuller and louder tonight than it was for John Smoltz’s retirement ceremony this past weekend.

bbua

June 12th, 2012
1:25 am

Sounds we need to get back to small ball.

TIME FOR CHANGE

June 12th, 2012
2:03 am

right now MR WREN AND MR FREDI GONZALEZ:

1.- RELEASE , DFA OR SEND DOWN FRANCISCO AND LIVAN
2.- SEND DOWN MINOR TO AAA AND CALL UP MEDLEN
3,. GEARRIN MARTINEZ DURBIN OFLAHERTY VENTERS KIMBREL IN THE BULLPEN
4.-CHANGE THE LINEUP : BOURN PRADO FREEMAN UGGGLA MAC CHIPPER HEYWARD AND SIMMONS
5.- ROSS HINSKE DIAZ WILSON AND TRY TO TRADE FOR MARLON BYRD FOR A GOOD RH BENCH BAT
6,. THINK ABOUT ANOTHER CHANCE FOR TEHERAN IN ONE POINT OF THE SEASON REPLACING RANDALL ..

NickB

June 12th, 2012
3:26 am

though the game sucked we CAN take away some good:

The Good: Mac murdered most everything tonight and got really unlucky a few times, Gearrin showed some moxy getting out of trouble and Durbin continued his string of good outings , also we got the leadoff man on 5 times, Delgado didn’t have his best stuff, but was able to tough it out and keep the Braves in the game,important step for a young arm to take

The bad: we got the leadoff man on 5 times and he only got to 2nd base because of a balk, The team swung away like Parrish was still the hitting coach, Nova is known for going for the K too much so hitters need to be patient and let him walk you or force him to throw strikes, Freeman continued hi bad habit of swinging at anything near the plate in full counts…. he’s got to learn the strikezone better if he wants to progress

NickB

June 12th, 2012
3:27 am

Oh and another good: Venters looked like ,well…Venters!

NickGranite

June 12th, 2012
5:51 am

Look, the yanks caught the back end of our rotation this series (except Huddy), that’s the way it rolls sometimes… and some of the kids were a little awestruck. Chipper need a few more games to get his injuries behind him and he’ll be fine, he is hitting right at .300. Francisco is a wasted at bat most of the time but now resides in fan’s purgatory. That place where we all know he sucks but can’t do anything about it quite yet because the GM made a bad deal, everyone knows he made a bad deal but he’s not quite ready to let it go yet.

P.S. Wonder what the odds on Sabathia vs Minor are today?

Mitchell

June 12th, 2012
6:01 am

The Braves 0-9 record in Monday games flies in the face of many outspoken comments by players in Spring Training about supposedly learning to play all 162 games and not coming up short in the month of September again.

It’s not the kind of performance you expect to see from a team that would obviously like to be compared with the top teams in the game.

But, lest we forget, it is the Braves.

Hardly a surprise as much as they want to convince themselves they’re a “different team.”

It all sounds good when you’re scoring runs and throwing shut-outs but once again, in the face of adversity and a true test, the Braves reveal their true and unchanged selves.

Perhaps in a real sports town you’d find at least one member of the media call them out for their BS, but this is Atlanta and we wouldn’t want to do that.

Mitchell

June 12th, 2012
6:14 am

Kentavo

June 11th, 2012
10:47 pm

They hit the ball hard, but zero energy and zero patience tonight.

True on the first point. They did hit the ball hard quite a few times, for whatever it’s worth, and got more than a few bad breaks but the zero energy assesment is spot on.

It’s amazing how almost palpable it is some nights, if not most nights. Especially at home.

Last night was no exception. They were not up to play that game.

Their collective heart was not in it seemingly.

The Yankees did their part though but would you expect anything less?

We’ll probably win tonight.

Beat the ace, lose to the fourth and fifth starters.

Screwball

June 12th, 2012
6:33 am

Hurrah for the line drives. Right at’m. Get’m next time, our doughty manager insists.
Not likely. The matchup of lineups in this series is just unfair.
The Yankees have close to 3x the payroll.
They laugh at the “disadvantage” of losing their DH.
Offseason: Cashman signs solid contributing vets like Ibanez and Kuroda.
Frank Wren goes out and gets lost causes like Livan and Jack Wilson.
Tonight: Mike Minor against that lineup?
As Skip said, “That’s why they play the games, sir.”

Mills

June 12th, 2012
7:18 am

Chipper looks like he’s done, in interviews and on the field, ready to move on. I wish him luck in his new business ventures with Tebow.

Buzz 2011

June 12th, 2012
7:40 am

@TIME FOR CHANGE.. Are you a major league manager? I am not familiar with you, but you have all the answers. What do we do about this economy?

Ciccio

June 12th, 2012
7:43 am

The Yankee payroll is high no doubt, but as history shows, it guarantees zilch. They are involved in the post-season every year but don’t make the next step to the World Series most of the time. The 3-0 score was not a blow-out. Key plays by Swisher, Ibanez, etc… (none of which are superstars making ridiculous money), helped in the win. Last year it was Colon & Garcia, two guys on the verge of retirement.

A lot more goes into a winning team than just $$$$, although that helps. The Metropolitans had one of the highest payrolls in baseball the last two years, along with the Red Sox, and it got them nowhere. If you don’t have a solid manager, GM & a commited owner (not saying the Braves don’t), it won’t work. Plus, the AL has a major advantage over the NL because of the DH. Most AL squads are loaded on the bench while NL teams have zero. This should be fixed one way or the other. My vote is for the original NL rules but the Players Union would probably not allow it because of all the bucks that the DH’s get.

Carl Farvman

June 12th, 2012
7:46 am

“Mac murdered most everything tonight and got really unlucky a few times”

Professionals making millions will make catches at the wall. Line drive right where the 1st baseman is supposed to be is a play that should be made. This isn’t unlucky; this is what good teams are supposed to do. Chipper is milking it to the end and it doesn’t matter to him that he should be in a deer stand right now. And, no, he didn’t earn the right to drag the team down with uncertainty for the past 2-3 years. And, please, do not overpay for McCann; let another team overpay in the free agent market or get something for him ASAP. He is a shell of himself from past years.

cowdogit

June 12th, 2012
7:55 am

Fredi my friend , you seem to be a little confused , I’am going to help you out by telling you what you are doing wrong . One of the leagues best third baseman is playing left field , one of the leagues best pinch hitters is playing third , your best left fielder is in the minors , the only decent middle reliever is in the minors , If no one in the system is good enough to replace Livan then someone needs to be fired .

P.T. Barnum

June 12th, 2012
7:59 am

Watching chipper not get near 3rd base in his attempt to tag out the runner was sad. Watching him not catch that grounder was also sad. He is not back to his normal ability yet. He should have stayed in rome to regain his ability. He played like a rookie instead of the hall of famer. I guess it shows how far ego can get you.

NickGranite

June 12th, 2012
8:03 am

@Carl. Agreed. Love McCann but catcher’s in general just aren’t worth huge money from a hitting perspective for a mid-market money team. They fade rather quickly. Now if he had the defensive skills of Molina, then maybe you pay up. He does not.

NickGranite

June 12th, 2012
8:09 am

“one of the leagues best pinch hitters is playing third”

Cow, If you are intimating Chipper should take a seat on the bench because Prado is better and he’d be one of the leagues best pinch hitters, maybe you should check his pinch-hitting numbers. I have not but I can’t remember the last time he came up as a pinch-hitter and got a knock.

jimmie

June 12th, 2012
8:22 am

God bless the usa…and curse mayor bloomberg and the NYC leaders!!

iliketacos

June 12th, 2012
8:22 am

Larry, give it up already. Your heart, nor legs are in it anymore.

Cruisin' the field

June 12th, 2012
8:22 am

Batters need to get back to being patient at the plate.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
8:31 am

The long losing streak has began.

a fan

June 12th, 2012
8:33 am

I agree with “cow” Chipper is done in the field but can still hit, we need Costanza in a platoon with Diaz in LF get rid of cisco and Livan. and find a rh bat somewhere.

a fan

June 12th, 2012
8:33 am

I agree with “cow” Chipper is done in the field but can still hit, we need Costanza in a platoon with Diaz in LF get rid of cisco and Livan. and find a rh bat somewhere.

don

June 12th, 2012
8:35 am

PT nailed it…..Chipper was pathetic, a complete liability. Two of three runs directly attributable to him.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
8:40 am

Chipper messed up Chemistry of team. Bench him as a pinch hitter. Bring back Constanza. Move Prado back to 3rd. Now you have Chemistry back. Until then the long losing streak will continue.

art

June 12th, 2012
8:50 am

For a change in Monday why not reverse the lineup and have the pitcher leading off. Cant be any worse.

iliketacos

June 12th, 2012
8:53 am

Apparently Larry’s feelings were hurt when he was asked/told to go to Rome. But after seeing what was played out last night on the field, looks like to me, he should finish the year out in the minors. Get Prado back at third, and let’s try and make a legitimate run at something this year!! So what, if its Larry’s last year. If he is hurting the team by being on the field, then don’t put him on the field. Parade him out pre-game, let everyone cheer, and put the best people we can in the lineup. Cheese and crackers!!!!!!!!!!

DaveinNEPA

June 12th, 2012
9:28 am

When is Fredi G. going to get it that BMac is NOT a 3 hole hitter. Second of all, show a little more confidence in Heyward and maybe it might pay dividends. How about we try this.

Bourn
Prado
Freeman
Uggla
Heyward
Chipper
McCann
Simmons
P.

That way the two guys wearing pianos on their backs are down in the order.

Double Zero Eight

June 12th, 2012
9:37 am

Maybe Fredi will show some emotion
and get thrown out of a game on a Monday.
This might fire up the team.

I know Fredi is not “wired” that way, but I’m
just saying…………!!!!

SAL

June 12th, 2012
9:37 am

@Brad – Well said! I don’t think I could have said it any better. I’m tired of hearing all the whining about salaries.

southern hope

June 12th, 2012
9:58 am

I was at this game and i saw a lot of scared people. And I’ll put myself at the top of the list. I was lucky enough to have scammed a great seat right near first base….but it didn’t feel like a playoff game (with the huge crowds)…it actually felt like I was at Fenway or the Phillies stadium….at least where I was sitting, *everybody* was a Yankees fan….when the cheers started going, I couldn’t tell if a pitch was a ball or a strike because half the stadium cheered for one & half the other. Our players look freaked out….and I was close enough to the field to see it…we never got into a rhythm…it all felt off….we just felt outplayed at every level. That said, I don’t think it’ll play out that way tonight…I think everyone will cool out….it was just a freaky night.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
10:07 am

@southern hope. I was also at the game on 3rd base line. I saw something different. I saw a Brave team that does’nt care anymore. The management took away the chemistry when they were on a roll. Management does’nt want to win so why should the players. The losing streak will continue.

Mills

June 12th, 2012
10:24 am

Really enjoy watching Bourn play, but I’d bet this year with the Braves is simply his audition for some other team who will pay him what the market will bear. I also see McCann staying. He’s popular with both fans and teammates, the kind of guy a media company will march out in front of the crowd, regardless of capability, and he’s still pretty good, which just about describes the whole organization.

reckingball

June 12th, 2012
10:40 am

Too bad Constanza was sent back to AAA.
The entire season is lost now, might as well call it quits, and release the whole team.
Turn out the lights, and lock the gates at Turner Field. haha.
go braves

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
10:48 am

You are right. You have no chemistry. Team has quit. Turn out the lights their party is over until management fixes it which they do not want to. Enough said . Management does want to win so why should the players. If you have a good thing going, Don’t change it. IF IT WORKS DONT FIX IT. Management screwed up and will not admit it. Until they do, Braves are done.

reckingball

June 12th, 2012
11:28 am

Someone get those Braves some chemicals, and make it quick, haha.

zac

June 12th, 2012
12:07 pm

Its Fredis motto cap tipping time again. Fire Fredi hes ajoke!

southern hope

June 12th, 2012
12:09 pm

whiskey, I hear you but I can’t believe that the team doesn’t care….I think they may have given up (in their minds) but I think that’s because they felt outplayed. I don’t think that will be the case tonight.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
12:14 pm

@southern hope I hope you are at the game. If you are, Watch the team intently. The don’t care anymore. I am about to give away my season tickets until they decide that they can win no matter what management thinks.

southern hope

June 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

NickGranite. I 100% agree.

southern hope

June 12th, 2012
12:34 pm

Whiskey, I decided last night that there’s no way I’m going to spend money to sit next to an obnoxious Yankees fan again…so I’ll listen by radio tonight….but I truly do think we’ll see a more confident team out there tonight. As for me, I’m mixing a Pimm’s Cup before the game starts so I”ll definately be more confident.

Whiskey River

June 12th, 2012
12:43 pm

@southern hope I hope you are right, but I doubt it. Call me when the long losing streak is over. Yankee sweep, Baltimore sweep. Boston sweep, and on and on and on until management fixes it which they don’t want to do. They have to accomodate their 40 yr old broken down player that needs to go home to his hooter girl.

I'm just saying...

June 12th, 2012
1:21 pm

Why is it that no talks about Mac’s sub par defense? Last year he was giving up SB left and right, and he’s always been awful at blocking pitches in the dirt.

Bobby's Chauffeur

June 12th, 2012
1:56 pm

(Whiskey River)
“They have to accomodate their 40 yr old broken down player that needs to go home to his hooter girl.” Now that was uncalled for…… What’s with the personal attacks on someone’s family? Just shows how shallow some of you posters are. Vent all you want about the player or teams performance but shut your trashy mouth about a players family. What a jerk.

Brave New World

June 12th, 2012
1:56 pm

I can see why so many want to panic at this point. The Braves, who only have the second best record in the NL just got routed (3-0) by the team with the best record in the AL. All is lost! All is lost!

Waffle House or Bust

June 12th, 2012
2:25 pm

Once again… I called it. Braves were rolling along and Fredi messed with lineup that was starting to have chemistry. Plus it is now about one guy again. Chipper is holding this team hostage.

Carl Farvman

June 12th, 2012
2:54 pm

Larry, give it up already. Your heart, nor legs are in it anymore.

He wants his money and nothing was going to get in the way of 1 last pay day. He can’t do anything else, has poor communciation skills, so his gig is a deer stand and talking hunting in the local rural coffee shop.

DerekJ

June 12th, 2012
3:27 pm

Nah nah nah nah nah…Braves suck.

bobby's house of battered wives

June 12th, 2012
3:29 pm

“Vent all you want about the player or teams performance but shut your trashy mouth about a players family”

Hey jock-sniffer extraordinaire: you’re famous, filthy rich, MARRIED, and proceed to knock up a Hooters waitress!?
Sorry, bud. That’s fair game. He’s gonna carry that weight for a long time.

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