Kimbrel gives up 9th-inning homer, Braves fall 3-2 to Dbacks

In a season marked by precipitous highs and lows for the Braves, Craig Kimbrel has been their biggest constant. But Thursday, the machine-like closer showed he’s not infallible.

Chris Young hit a ninth-inning solo home run off Kimbrel to lift the Arizona Diamondbacks to a sweep-averting 3-2 win against the Braves at Turner Field.

The first homer allowed this season by Kimbrel(0-1) snapped a string of 17 consecutive scoreless appearances for the right-hander, who had 24 strikeouts with no walks and two hits allowed in his previous 13 innings.

“I missed a spot,” said Kimbrel, who has allowed only four homers in 129 career relief appearances, the last two coming in consecutive games Sept. 18-19. “We were trying to go down and away [against Young]. He’s a good high-ball hitter and I threw it right into his wheelhouse. He got the barrel on it and it went out.”

The second-place Braves remained 3-1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Washington Nationals, who come to Atlanta for a three-game series beginning Friday night. The Nationals lost an 11-inning game at Colorado on Thursday.

“It would have been nice to pick up a game on the Nationals before they come in this weekend,” Kimbrel said. “It’s too bad we didn’t get it today, but all I can do is come back tomorrow and start over.”

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens lasted 5-2/3 innings and was charged with six hits, two runs and three walks with no strikeouts. He had a 2-0 lead before giving up a two-run double to Jason Kubel in the sixth.

One out and one walk and wild pitch later, Jurrjens was out of the game.

The only remaining scoring was Young’s decisive homer off Kimbrel, Young’s 10th homer in 116 career at-bats against the Braves, fourth in his past seven games against them, and second in as many nights. He homered off Jonny Venters on Wednesday.

“I think he’s getting hot right now,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s a pretty good player. We threw at what seemed to be his loop right there, those two at-bats, the one last night against Venters and this one here. You know what? It’s going to happen. I’m sure Craig is going to be fine for the rest of the season.”

Braves second baseman Martin Prado said of Kimbrel, “Man, he’s a human. I’m always going to support my guys, and he’s one of the guys that’s always going to be there for the team. It happens to anyone.”

Jurrjens’ performance wasn’t nearly as sharp as his comeback win Friday at Boston after a two-month stint in Triple-A, but was good enough to make what he did against the Red Sox seem something other than a fluke. He appears to be a significantly improved pitcher than in April, which is good because the Braves need him to be after losing Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow surgery.

“I was just trying to go out there and have fun, keep my team in the game, give my team a chance to win,” Jurrjens said. “Try to have a solid performance again…. I think a couple of pitches could go both ways and didn’t go our way. But I just wasn’t as aggressive in the strike zone as I wanted to be today. I fell behind a lot and needed to come back, and they put together tough ABs against me and fouled pitches and worked the count.”

He said the heat affected him more than he could ever recall in Atlanta.

“That’s the first time I ever got tired from the heat,” he said. “I was shocked.”

Top-rated Diamondbacks prospect Trevor Bauer got no decision in his debut, allowing five hits, two runs and three walks with two strikeouts in four innings. The Braves were busy on the basepaths against him, but didn’t make Bauer pay a heavy price when they had chances.

They went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position for the night and left 10 runners on base.

“We had opportunities against a lot of guys,” Gonzalez said. “They made some pitches. We had the opportunities and we didn’t add on. I think it came back to haunt us a little bit.”

The Braves had been hoping complete a sweep against Arizona to begin a season-long 10-game stand at Turner Field, where they’d lost six of seven before the Diamondbacks arrived.

Martin Prado drew a two-out walk in the third inning and scored on Brian McCann’s double off the right-field wall for a 1-0 lead. The Braves had a chance do more damage against Bauer, but let him off the hook. Chipper Jones followed McCann with a walk and Dan Uggla was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Freddie Freeman flied out on a 1-0 pitch to end the inning.

In the second, Jones reached on a leadoff single and Uggla struck out, one of three strikeouts for the badly slumping second baseman. After a Freeman double put two in scoring position, hot-hitting rookie Andrelton Simmons grounded out and Jurrjens struck out to end the threat.

The Braves pushed the lead to 2-0 in the fourth after Simmons doubled off the glove of right fielder Justin Upton and advanced on a Jurrjens sacrifice. Michael Bourn’s sac fly brought him home.

The Diamondbacks stayed close, and it didn’t take long to tie in the sixth after Willie Bloomquist’s leadoff single. One out later, Jurrjens walked Upton to bring up Kubel, who began the day with a National League-leading 24 RBIs in June. He increased that to 26 RBIs with one swing, a tying double to the right-center gap.

“I think he’s seeing the ball like a beach ball right now,” Jurrjens said of Kubel, who’s hit .342 with six doubles and seven homers in his past 19 games. “He’s fouling tough pitches and taking really close pitches. He’s in the zone right now. I think he’s an RBI machine for them right now.”

Jason Heyward had a 12-game hitting streak snapped, but saved a run in the second inning when he cut down Kubel trying to tag and score on Aaron Hill’s flyout to right. Heyward made a perfect throw to catcher Brian McCann, who tagged Kubel to complete the inning-ending double play.

McCann also helped out Jurrjens in the fourth when, after Upton’s leadoff single, McCann threw him out trying to steal second.

Before taking a shutout to the eighth inning at Boston – he ended up working 7-2/3 innings with three hits, one run — Jurrjens had gone 1-5 with a 6.87 ERA in 11 major league starts since pitching in the 2011 All-Star game. That included a dreadful 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in four starts this season before being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett in late April.

Only five of his 11 starts at Gwinnett were quality starts and he was recalled only because of Beachy’s injury.

But Jurrjens has silenced some skeptics since his return. He used his two months at Gwinnett to rebuild strength in the balky right knee that undermined his performance in the second half of each of the past two seasons. As a result, he’s able to push off the pitching rubber with more force and confidence, and to stay lower in his delivery and keep the ball down in the strike zone.

“I thought he did fine,” Gonzalez said. “He wiggled out of a couple jams but that’s good to see. I think he did fine. Go on to his next start.”

Bauer, the third overall pick of the 2011 draft out of UCLA. Bauer, 21, entered the season as the Diamondbacks’ No. 1 prospect, and went 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 16 starts for Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno, with 116 strikeouts and 48 walks in 93 innings, before being brought up to fill a spot in Arizona’s injury-depleted rotation.

Bauer’s delivery has similarities to the San Francisco’s long-striding Tim Linceum, whom the rookie has long admired. Bauer piled up 61 pitches through three innings of his debut, including the three-walk, one hit-by-pitch third inning. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fifth.

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SC Brave

June 28th, 2012
10:34 pm

0 for with risp, Kinb loses game and Rookies going into the Nats series. Sounds like Braves baseball as usual. Anyone taking bets they will be at least 6 out of first by Monday. Uggla needs a week off, not a day. He is even too tired to swing the bat, let alone hit something.

Ken Stallings

June 28th, 2012
10:38 pm

The critical inning was the bottom of the eighth when Chipper Jones was on second base on a balk with no one out and the Braves had three hitters strike out (Uggla, Simmons, and pinch hitter Hinke)! Freeman was deliberately walked to put him on first base after Uggla struck out to put runners at first and second with one out.

Uggla needs to sit and get his head together. He is striking out way too much and is becoming an inning wrecker now. He struckout three times in this game and once again reached base only once by a hit by pitcher.

smallmouth6

June 28th, 2012
10:38 pm

Just a baseball game tonight. Nothing radical about it. Arizona has a good team and the Braves won the series.

Mitchell

June 28th, 2012
10:38 pm

BravesfaninWis

June 28th, 2012
10:41 pm

I question why Kimbrel was even in the game at that point. I understand wanting to keep it a tie game, but a closer’s mentality is when his club is up by 3 runs or less in the 9th inning. I can see it in both scenarios, but this game was lost regardless.

Of course, they decide to blow it when they had a chance to move up a game on the Nationals, but it seems when the Braves are always put in a position like that, they find a way to lose instead of win. So while it sucks they lost, its not surprising.

BravesFanInNashville

June 28th, 2012
10:43 pm

Fredi mismanaged this game tonight. Should have had Ventors in for the end of the 6th. He let JJ give up the tying double when he was obviously tired after pitching in the heat vs. a lefty-lefty matchup with Ventors. Then takes JJ out anyway the same inning. Two batters too late Fredi. Then he has Kimbrel pitch the 9th in a non save situation when he could have rested him. Wasn’t aggressive when we had runners in scoring position with less that two outs and Bourn at the plate. Why not bunt when we’re having trouble all night and that kind of speed at the plate and on the bases? Head scratcher here tonight.

durrtydogg

June 28th, 2012
10:47 pm

I agree Ken. The eighth was a critical inning. I cant understand why our hitters cant get it together at the same time. We won the series though but now the Expos/Nationals are coming. And here come the head cases!! Guys please make it pass the 5th. Please!

Slips

June 28th, 2012
10:48 pm

it’s not a blown save. it’s just a loss. You play Kimbrel in the 9th there because there are no more save opportunities moving forward for the home team if and when a game goes to extras. Only save opportunities would be for the away team. Nothing “terrible” about tonight. Just a loss in a series win. Got to hope the young guns are ready to roll on the Nats this weekend.

Tired of excuses!

June 28th, 2012
10:49 pm

Never mind what happened to Kimbrel. The braves should not have been it that position facing a pitcher with a 4.50 ERA. This is typical braves baseball this year….inconsistent. Or as a friend put it. Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde.

SC Brave

June 28th, 2012
10:55 pm

If the starting pitching besides Hudson and Hanson cannot win ballgames it makes no sense to try and trade for one more starter. It won’t matter. Every series we have that is semi important we have the rookies going up against the other teams best. It always seems to be Delgado and Minor no matter who we are playing. They may as well stick with them until next year and see what happens. I don’t know why anyone would want to sign McCann. As for FG he was taught by Cox who always had veterans and now the team is full of young guys and rookie 22 year olds. They need a Mgr who knows how to handle that type of player instead of veterans.

Uggla needs a day off

June 28th, 2012
10:56 pm

Let’s face it. We are an ok team, not a great or good one. Fringe playoff team with 2 wildcard spots, if that. Too many holes. No bench. 3 fat guys, 2 defensive guys. Pitching suspect. 2B who K’s a lot. Catcher who can’t hit, see, or stop the ball. CF who either can’t or won’t run and steal.

Wren needs to rebuild the Braves or step down and let someone else.

Terrible performance again tonight by Teheran, 9 runs.

Brandon

June 28th, 2012
11:03 pm

its funny how if fredi doesn’t bring kimbrel into the 9th and some other reliever blows the game, people would be on here saying that fredi should’ve brought kimbrel in.

there was no mismanaging of the game by fredi today, the braves just failed to execute.

MD Braves fan

June 28th, 2012
11:04 pm

Uggla will break out of this but enough of Hinske already. The guy needs to go. Fredi can’t manage and is protected by Cox, so do your freakin job Wren and get rid of the dead wood, i.e . Hinske, Wilson and Minor.

kevkat

June 28th, 2012
11:09 pm

Slips

June 28th, 2012
10:48 pm

it’s not a blown save. it’s just a loss. You play Kimbrel in the 9th there because there are no more save opportunities moving forward for the home team if and when a game goes to extras. Only save opportunities would be for the away team. Nothing “terrible” about tonight. Just a loss in a series win. Got to hope the young guns are ready to roll on the Nats

Excellent response. Course, gotta pray as well as hope when currently your two of the three pitchers going in this series against the Nats aren’t exactly fooling anybody at the moment.

NickB

June 28th, 2012
11:10 pm

pinch hitting is hard and it’s streaky

I didn’t see anyone calling for Hinske’s head the other day in Boston when he had 2 extra base hits.

Hernandez is a great reliever, I have him on my fantasy team to get holds and strikeouts, the guy’s really good

Robards

June 28th, 2012
11:10 pm

Tie game Dave so not a blown save, as others have noted. Many have a theory that a closer like Kimbrel doesn’t focus quite as much in such situations. Still, you need to let him pitch at some point. Nonetheless, I think may of us thought the D-Backs would find a way when Kimbrel couldn’t add to the number on which he no doubt focuses.

jj

June 28th, 2012
11:13 pm

I am down because we lost,but we took 2 out of 3 and had chances 2 win 2nite.I hate JJ did not get the win but he pitched more like last year.I just wonder why Mac set up on the inside on the 3-2 pitch to Upton when JJ had not did anything on inside. Allnite.I don’t blame Freddie for leaving JJ in to face the lefty because U got 2 give him a chance 2 get out of the inning.My Man Uggla needs a break and JH needs 2 go back 2 6 or 7 and put Prado back at 2 and Chipper or Freeman at 3.Hey Braves let’s kick those Nats bh__d this wkend!GO BRAVES!!!.

NickB

June 28th, 2012
11:15 pm

Heyward does not need to go back to hitting 7th cuz he had a hitless night……

Mitchell

June 28th, 2012
11:19 pm

smallmouth6

June 28th, 2012
10:38 pm

Just a baseball game tonight. Nothing radical about it. Arizona has a good team and the Braves won the series.

Dumbass, the Nationals lost.

We had a chance to be 2.5 back going into a three game series.

Way to have your head in the game.

Aaron

June 28th, 2012
11:20 pm

Another loss on Fredi.
Do NOT use your closer in non-close situations. How hard is that to understand?

jd56

June 28th, 2012
11:20 pm

Durbin stopped the threat in relief…..! Nothing! He gets no respect, and I do believe he has earned it.

NorCal Brave

June 28th, 2012
11:25 pm

Seen this kind of game from Braves a thousand times. No surprise, and also no excuses. Fredi’s too sensitive about handling Uggla: otherwise you pinch hit your best bunter for him in the 8th to get Chipper to third. It’s unlikely he’ll score from 2nd on a base hit anyway. Uggla can’t even make a productive out these days.

NickB

June 28th, 2012
11:25 pm

Aaron

that mentality is wrong, Mgr’s should use their closers in the highest leverage relief situations later in games , regardless of the “save situation”. There was no save situations to be had in that game tied in the 9th, not for the home team.

I think Fredi is an idiot as much as the next guy, but if yer gonna blame him for something, make sure it was actually his fault.

BeltransRightEarMole

June 28th, 2012
11:27 pm

Face it, if the game’s close we are at a disadvantage – the Fredi factor.

His use of the bullpen is consistently atrocious. He lost last Sunday’s game Saturday when he brought in Medlin to mop up. He brought in his “long reliever” the day before he had his most undependable starter going. A fresh Medlin after it was plain again that Minor had no command, would have given us a run at Sunday’s game.

What amazes me is they send Medlin to “stretch out” and then Fredi uses him as if he was Venters.

When is Medlin going to get to “stretch out” here.

Fredi yammers about getting his starters to go deeper then he manages them like a frightened rabbit.

When was the last time we sent a runner to stay out of a DP? Now watch, Fredi will see this and send a runner tomorrow just because he decides he should, not because it is the TIME to do it. He says he was going to switch up how he used his pen so he wouldn’t be so predictable. Why not switch up your pen to WIN.

He manages scared way too often.

Never underestimate the power of poor managerial decisions to demoralize a team.

Mark

June 28th, 2012
11:44 pm

JJ doesn’t throw hard enough for tight umps. This ump tonight was real tight compared to the one in Boston that expanded it a lot for him and he kept the change off the plate.

Uggla was a terrible trade. I’ve given it a year and a half without complaining. He is worse defensively than Infante and doesn’t put the ball in play nearly as often. The occasiional HR isn’t worth it.

JAFO

June 28th, 2012
11:48 pm

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TuffShhhtuff

June 29th, 2012
12:00 am

This loss tonight has to be pinned on Uggla. He had plenty of chances to make a difference. Heck, he can’t even hit a foul ball right now. He is pathetic and should not be going to the All Star game. He will only embarrass himself and Atlanta. If you have any common sense and logic stop voting for him. This game is too important now!

One Big Dummy

June 29th, 2012
12:09 am

I’d love to see some stats on how often closers give up runs in a tie game.

Robards

June 29th, 2012
12:13 am

It’s pretty often OBD, though you do have to use him in that situation instead of Venters, for example.

Profiler

June 29th, 2012
12:16 am

What’s up with Prado. He has been steady and I applaud his usual play…..but did anybody watch the game?

With 2 outs and McCann hitting a shot to right field when Prado was on first base….Prado runs to 2nd while watching the ball! As he turns 2nd base he slows down to a HR trot only to have to speed up again (probably with Snitker screaming at him). He runs hard, but slow from 3rd to home and slides. Then he limps to the dugout totally winded, has a cold wet towel put over his head, and I think, was probably given Oxygen to keep from having a heart attack.

With 2 outs don’t look at the ball; just run. Is he so out of shape that he cannot run 1st to home?

Then in the next inning Simmons has to catch a flyball in left field at a terrible angle because Prado cannot cover his territory. I know I won’t have anyone agree because he has been so steady, is willing to play wherever for his team, but a major league player should be in better condition even if the heat index is 200. I know 50 year old guys with a beer gut and smoke who run better.

brave boy

June 29th, 2012
12:46 am

Doggone Braves…Like a roller coaster but did take 2of3 from Arizona!

Bvillebaron

June 29th, 2012
1:14 am

Mark:

Get back to me when Uggla is on one of his hot streaks and carries the team for several weeks. No second baseman has hit more homers than Uggla since he made the bigs. Unfortunately, he isn’t perfect like you and some of the other geniuses who post here.

Buzz 2011

June 29th, 2012
5:52 am

How many runs did Uggla drive in?

jharber

June 29th, 2012
7:10 am

i would take dunn and infante over uggs any day, not to mention the money. wren is great, so is fredi

Charlie

June 29th, 2012
7:37 am

Ya, Kimbrel gave up the big HR, but this loss is on the offense (with 10 left on base, in a 3-2 game). Biggest LOSER is Loser Dan Uggla. In 4 at bats, he couldn’t even put a ball in play. What a clown…what a head case. Dan Uggla has had a month, worse than last June (and I didn’t think that would be humanly possible, and still stay in the Bigs). Uggla is the biggest waste of contract money in many years. He hits for 2 weeks, and does nothing for 5. What a joke…Unfortunately, with the money that they pay Loser Dan, they have to keep him in the line up. He deserves to hit 8th (if he plays at all). Hell, even a pitcher can put the ball in play once or twice in 4 ab’s.
Dan brings nothing to the batting order. And (more often than not) is the closest thing to an automatic out as there is in baseball.

bill

June 29th, 2012
7:40 am

Uggle never delivers anything other than a double play ball or a popup when he even makes contact
with men in scoring position. He has no range and terrible foot work. I like him and I think he is trying real hard but he is an average player at best. He is not that bad but he is only average. Why would anyone vote him on the allstar team?

shorty

June 29th, 2012
7:41 am

Fire Fredi The Fail he has no clue how to manage…and will take no responsibilty for making some of the worst decisions any manager can make on a daily basis.

bill

June 29th, 2012
7:45 am

Ken Oberkfell hit .300 here and drove in under 50 runs because he hit when noone needed to be driven in . He hit only solo home runs just like Uggla and was a bust. He also was a terribly slow runner with no range but he could catch and throw the regular outs which is a plus in today’s game. He would be hitting second or third in a Fredi managed team.

Gym Nash

June 29th, 2012
7:47 am

The implosion continues.

DePort

June 29th, 2012
7:56 am

We lost a game… It happens…

DePort

June 29th, 2012
7:56 am

If Atlanta wins .. the world is right and every one is happy… If they lose … the world is ending and everything is negative… Its sad really…

A.W.

June 29th, 2012
8:13 am

DePort You good Braves Fan. Great The rest-not good Braves fans. Go Braves!!!!

ijudgenot

June 29th, 2012
8:25 am

Uggla has played in every game this season. Fredi says he is going to rest him by giving him a couple of games off. So the Braves face three straight righthanders and he plays him every game, go figure.
Fredi like Cox, always makes the managerial decision that is best for the individual player and not the team. Examples: With runners on 1st and 2nd and no one out, other than pitcher, no one is ordered to bunt runners over, so hitter gives a half ass bunt attempt on 1st pitch then is allowed to swing away from then on; With runner on 1st, batter is almost never asked to give self up and hit behind runner on hit and run play. He manages like he has a team full of HOF players that would be insulted to have to give up their individual bat for the good of the team instead of their individual stat. I guess that’s what you have to do to be labeled a “player’s manager” I guess.

rich

June 29th, 2012
8:32 am

‘It came back to haunt us a little bit’ – duh, Fredi, you think. You lost the freaking game you idiot after another miserable hitting performance in the clutch. And Jurjens was ’shocked’ that the heat affected him. It was 97 degrees and he is wearing long sleeves under his jersey….wonder why he was hot

m4licious420

June 29th, 2012
8:32 am

Christ, is this team ever going to figure things out? This is so frustrating.

rich

June 29th, 2012
8:36 am

Charlie – I was at the game and if I remember correctly, not only did Uggla not put the ball in play, he barely made contact at all. All I remember is one weak foul tip. The rest was either wildly swing and miss or stand and take called strikes; the best he could do was to get hit by a pitch

Why?

June 29th, 2012
8:37 am

I blame this on Matt Chernoff :) . Again he found a way to jinx an Atlanta sports team. He was talking yesterday how Kimbrel has been so good, but will blow a save again “granit this wasn’t a save opportunity.”

A.W.

June 29th, 2012
8:41 am

Terrible Terrible Not good Brave fans. Win-good brave fans. lose –bad Brave fans. Thats’s called fair weather Brave fans. Terrible. Go Braves!!!!

Komminsk

June 29th, 2012
8:53 am

The lack of development for our pitchers is obvious. It’s time for McDowell to hit the road. How can Minor, Delgado + Teheran all regress at this rate?

harry taylor

June 29th, 2012
9:23 am

Uggla is ugly. Braves make some changes before it is too late.

TPic

June 29th, 2012
9:27 am

Trevor Bauer, prior to his ML debut averaged a walk every two innings in his pro career, including his time in AAA up until last night. I (and many of you) know this, but apparently the Braves did not. In 4 innings, he gave up 5 hits (three of them for extra bases) walked three, and hit another batter and somehow managed to yield just two runs. The approach by the Atlanta hitters was beyond pathetic. It wasn’t just the 0-8 with RISP; it was the aggressiveness in each at bat. There were several instances where players swung way too early in the count. Heyward was the biggest offendor. In one at bat after a ball, he swung (foul ball) and then made an out on the 3rd pitch. Later in the game with a 2-0 count he swung and missed, then on the next pitch popped out to 3rd base. The clincher was in the 3rd inning. Bourn walked (the last three pitches being balls) and Bauer threw a ball to start Heyward’s at bat. So what does he do? Swings at the next pitch and grounds into a DP. He wasn’t alone that inning. Following THREE walks in the inning and a hit batsman (on a 3-1 count) Freeman takes ball one – then flys out to end the inning. I find it diffficult to understand how players are making it to the majors without basic knowledge of the game. If the pitcher want to walk you – LET HIM. Otherwise, wait until the count works in your favor and increase your odds of getting on base. It’s a simple game – bases gained and outs made.

A.W.

June 29th, 2012
9:27 am

2 more terrible brave fans. Be good Brave fans if possible. Go Braves!!!!

A.W.

June 29th, 2012
9:29 am

You not player. you don’t know. Tpic bad Brave fan GO BRAVES!!!!

TPic

June 29th, 2012
9:31 am

‘wants’, not ‘want’

TPic

June 29th, 2012
9:33 am

No, I am not a Braves fan – I am a baseball fan. I just happen to enjoy watching good baseball. Last night wasn’t it.

A.W.

June 29th, 2012
9:40 am

You terrible Braves fan good game last nite. Just not enough runs scored. Be Good braves fan. For all the good braves fans, have a good day. For bad braves fans . You are jerks, Bye y’all

BrandonLee49

June 29th, 2012
9:42 am

They went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position for the night and left 10 runners on base.

The Sertoma Kid

June 29th, 2012
9:50 am

Uggla does seem to be a liability to the team right now.

abby normal

June 29th, 2012
10:01 am

A blind man could see that JJ had nothing left after five innings. Still, our genius manager brings him out for the sixth. Bye bye two run lead. Just great!

Rick

June 29th, 2012
10:09 am

Profiler, Simmons was calling for the ball.

rc35

June 29th, 2012
10:30 am

The most frustrating thing is that, once again, a rookie pitcher shuts down the Braves. How can we be so consistent at NOT scoring off of young guys? We should be intimidating them; instead, it’s like we’re afraid they might be unhittable.

therut

June 29th, 2012
10:31 am

Incredible!!! Chipper on second, no outs, Uggla hasn’t foul tipped a ball in a month, and nutcase doesn’t have him bunt Chipper over to third. Simmons has been doing pretty well hasn’t he?. I want to see who will hire Freddy after he gets fired here, and he will.

Batter up

June 29th, 2012
10:50 am

Uggla is a COMPLETE waste of money. He should be benched and asked to return his salary.

Whiskey River.

June 29th, 2012
11:11 am

Hi. I am back. Gone a couple of days and still got all the whiners on board. Oh well the old blog is alive and doing well. Anyway hello and hope everyone is doing well.

john

June 29th, 2012
11:25 am

Jurrgens is 1-1 since return – he got upset with Ump in 5th inning(one “maybe” missed call, the other a strike on replay) but guess Brian and Fredddi did not notice- in 6th he was exhausted-Brian and Freddi did not notice ? Chipper ?Jurgens still not mature pitcher. that’s what McDowell ,Fredi and Chipper should talk to him about…..
Chris Young kills the Braves – Mr. Kimbrel and Brian please note -you can add Kubel now- McDowell know this ? Kimbrel like every other great pitcher has to keep ball down when facing Young type big league hitters-most murder pitches down the middle and belt high , even at 97MPH- Big League Better Hitters can time a “jet”.
Braves are really loaded with Talent both Pitching and Others but why so inconsistent ? Why not good at small ball -bunts and hitting BEHIND runners-I still believe they will make Play Offs but Uggla, Brian ,have to step up , Freddy F.’s finger has to heal soon.and bring back Moylan…..

Whiskey River.

June 29th, 2012
11:29 am

@ john IMO this weekend is very big series. We could be completely out of it or right in the thick of it. I think need at least 2 out of 3.

Ed

June 29th, 2012
11:41 am

J J did fine. He will be OK. Something must be done about Uggla. He is killing the team. Do it NOW !!! Not later.

nashvillewill

June 29th, 2012
11:43 am

At conclusion of 2010 season I suggested Infante be given second base as a regular; instead he was traded. Infante was the MVP of that team, and imo you don’t trade your MVP, unless a contract issue interferes. This trade was the beginning of the downfall of this team. Uggla has big biceps and hits HR’s; he is a lousy contact hitter, strikes out way too often, and is a mediocre fielder; Infante is a contact hitter, strikes out less often, and is a better fielder. Even though Uggla is from nearby Columbia, I am no fan of his. Send him away for a re-tooling and tell him to learn how to make contact. Who plays 2B for Gwinnett? Or bring up Mejia, put him in LF and put Prado at 2B.
I don’t like our chances, as others have commented, with Delgado and Minor. Could the pitching staff be manipulated so that we pitch our best pitchers in crucial games? I would prefer to see Medlen start in place of Minor or Delgado. It is becoming apparent that Teheran has issues. Braves will need to look for a trade for a SP soon and let go of Teheran, Delgado, and Minor.

Whiskey River.

June 29th, 2012
11:56 am

@nashvillewill.. I agree. It bothers me that we have Delgado versus Detweiller. Minor against Strasberg. We need at least 2 out of 3. I have been gone. What is the matter with Uggla?

Jaded Braves Fan

June 29th, 2012
12:12 pm

It’s time for the Braves to step up. In their last four “statement series,” if you will, against the NL East leaders (the Phillies twice last September and the Nats twice this year), they are 1-10 and 0-6 at Turner Field. That’s ridiculous.

I don’t care if the pitching matchups aren’t favorable. You’re at home against a team that embarrassed you there last month. Show some pride and go win this series, Bravos.

Jaded Braves Fan

June 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

Good post, nashvillewill. I’m not as down on Uggla as most. I accept him for what he is. You live with his cold streaks and take the hot streaks when they come. I knew that was the kind of player we were getting.

But, IMO, we lost a lot when we gave up Infante. Whether or not we’d be a better team with him instead of Uggla at 2B is anyone’s guess. I suppose you can look at WAR and the other advance metrics, and they’d probably tell you Uggla is the better player. But Infante just brought something to this team that’s hard to replicate. Easily one of my favorite Braves of the last decade.

PDOG

June 29th, 2012
1:00 pm

If Freddie won’t rest Uggla then he needs to be dropped to 7th in the order till he figures it out. Right now he is kiiling innings from the 4th or 5th spot. It seems like Freddie has no problem dropping anyone else in the order when they are struggling except BMac and Uggla.

bfred

June 29th, 2012
1:07 pm

Did I really see someone saw we’d be better off with Dunn??? You think Uggla strikes out a lot…

TPic

June 29th, 2012
1:23 pm

Dunn is hitting .214 and is on pace to end with about 240 Ks….oh, with 45 taters, 120 RBI and 90 or so runs scored. I’ll take it.

The Sertoma Kid

June 29th, 2012
1:35 pm

Uggla is a rally killer, plain and simple.

jharber

June 29th, 2012
2:01 pm

Mike Dunn that went to florida with Ifante

Kentavo

June 29th, 2012
2:09 pm

If we’re going to keep Minorleaguer and Delgado in the rotation, can’t they at least break them up in the order so we’re not throwing away a whole series?

Whiskey River.

June 29th, 2012
2:15 pm

@Kentavo You act as if we are beat before series starts. Think positive my friend. The Fat lady has sang yet.

Kentavo

June 29th, 2012
2:32 pm

I just think they need to break ‘em up to have a better chance at winning the series – seems like Huddy always lays eggs against the Nats, too.

Whiskey River.

June 29th, 2012
2:35 pm

Maybe so Kentavo Let’s hope were wrong and root hard and go for it. We have to win seriies, but fat lady has’nt sang yet.

Kentavo

June 29th, 2012
2:47 pm

I’m rooting for ‘em.

Whiskey River.

June 29th, 2012
2:51 pm

Let’s do it together. Go Go Go

blackdog

June 29th, 2012
4:04 pm

has McCann ever had a game with no passed balls?

Komminsk

June 29th, 2012
4:30 pm

I agree with the lack of attention from Fredi, McDowell, Chipper + McCann in regards to JJ’s exhaustion in the 6th. The veterans (and manager) need to recognize this. It’s going to be a scorcher all weekend. Let’s sweep the Nationals!

Tamacun el vengador errante

June 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

Una vez mas Fredi es el responsable por el Hr que permitio el cerrador contra Arizona. No sean ignorantes esas cosas son partes del beisbol que le pueden suceder a cualquier equipo.

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