Wilson gets first start in a month

Backup shortstop Jack Wilson had not started a game since Andrelton Simmons was called up on May 30, but he finally got his chance when Fredi Gonzalez put him at second base Friday night for struggling Dan Uggla.

Wilson was hitting 4-for-5 against Nationals starter Ross Detwiler, a fact he’d been reminding his manager about for a few days now.

“It’s been a while,” said Wilson, with a smile when asked about being in Gonzalez’s ear. “It’s been 30 days. That’s a long stretch. It’s one of those things that you know what your role is and you prepare every day.”

Wilson last played second base as a defensive replacement for Uggla in the last two innings against Toronto on June 10. Before that it was spring training.

“It’s just nice not to have to work at third,” said Wilson, who never got comfortable in four games there last year, including one with Seattle. He’s played 45 games at second base.

“It’s been a month and we’re going to need him,” Gonzalez said. “You don’t want to give him a start because Uggla is not doing well but we kill two birds with one stone. Get Uggla a breather and get Jack in there.”

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JC Boscan III

June 29th, 2012
8:30 pm

BLECHHHH —- looks like the 3 Stooges running around defensively for the Braves…!!!!

JC Boscan III

June 29th, 2012
8:32 pm

3 errors, and almost a 4th, in the same inning……………….. at this rate, Delgado will be over 100 pitches before the 5th inning is over………..

Ed

June 29th, 2012
8:33 pm

The whole Braves team is scared to death of the mighty Nats. What a bunch of lousy kids.

Tom

June 29th, 2012
8:34 pm

Tjack Wilson should be released

Tom

June 29th, 2012
8:35 pm

All admit I loved the fredi hire but he sucks

How Long Can A Bruise Last?

June 29th, 2012
8:41 pm

Joe says Chipper played (misplayed) that ball like that because it looked like the one that hit him in Tampa. That has been one costly bruise.

Ken Stallings

June 29th, 2012
8:44 pm

Chipper Jones is supposed to be the leader of this team. Well, leaders do not deliberately play a grounder off to the side because they are afraid to have the ball hit their leg because they boot it. Instead, they man up and play the grounder properly!

This is twice that Chipper deliberately played a ground to third in this manner and recorded a fielding error as a result. Randall Delgado had to pitch another dozen pitches in terrible heat because Chipper did not want to risk having a ball bounce off his leg should he boot it! Intolerable!

Then Andrelton Simmons compounded the error by throwing the ball away on a needless throw to second and this allowed both runners to advance another base. Delgado gave up a single and then the final out was recorded as a result of an errant throw by Matt Diaz to the plate which McCann failed to field properly. This allowed the runner to prevent McCann fielding the throw. Delgado did his job to backup the play and caught the errant throw and threw a strike to third base to nail the runner trying to stretch the single to a triple.

That was officially three errors in the same inning!

Disgusting baseball! Shameful!

NorCal Brave

June 29th, 2012
8:46 pm

Thank God I don’t get Braves TV out here.

TuffShhhtuff

June 29th, 2012
8:49 pm

Pretty obvious who the better team is. Two of FG’s brilliant moves have turned to mud already.

SOS braves

June 29th, 2012
8:52 pm

What a pitiful showing by our 2 nd place team. How can u win with Wilson and Diaz in your lineup?

Tom

June 29th, 2012
8:52 pm

And well we got mike mike minor league pitcher on the hill tomorrow

Tampa Gator

June 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

The Nationals and the Phillies will be battling it out in September to the division title….with the loser getting the wild card. The Braves will be battling the Mets and Marlins to see who can stay out of last place. Delgado or Minor needs to go back to Gwinnett and Medlin needs to be in the rotation. But Freddy will still continue to walk both out to lose games and continue to put WIlson in for Uggla. No matter how bad Uggla has been hitting, he has played well in the field. And even a badly hitting Uggla is 10 times better than a hot hitting Willson. But….Go Braves.

Tom

June 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

You would think our big boys would be telling fredi I’m ok tonight with the 1st place club in town

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

Young or not, Delgado is killing this team. This team has a shot, and these useless pitchers ruin it. They never take advantage of a situation such was the case last night. This team no matter how good they are in stretches, just doesn’t get it for whatever reason. That is exactly why it is so easy to get down on them. They need starting pitching badly if they are to have a shot this year. Having Jurrjens, Minor, and Delgado in your starting rotation just isn’t going to get it done. It’s like having a 2 man pitching staff. Of course, they are choking against the team they need to beat, its just like them to choke under pressure.

SOS braves

June 29th, 2012
8:54 pm

If fredi had any sense(and he doesnt) he would put the batboy in tomorrow instead of minor

least of the east

June 29th, 2012
8:59 pm

this is team that is trying to catch the Nats. 4 errors in a few innings ? play their worst ball in critical matchups. that is a pennant contender ?
who is kidding who. what a pathetic performance.
you can see where this season is heading unless you are an ostrich with your head in the sand.
Fredi and Frank will have all the excuses ready though. they have all the answers.
Minor will save them Sat though. he’ll get through 2 innings at least.
7/31 trade deadline isn’t far off. time to sell, not buy.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
9:02 pm

Could this team make 3 outs any faster? Good grief, it looks like they already threw in the towel and raised the white flag. No heart at all. No wonder they only won 1 world series in 14 straight tries with a first round bye. It was called luck. Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

How Long Can A Bruise Last?

June 29th, 2012
9:03 pm

Just another game. Just another series against a division rival. No need to step up. Read the back of the baseball card. Keep running them out there. Tip your cap.

RedFox

June 29th, 2012
9:11 pm

I’d rather have Hinske at 2nd than Wilson. Wilson is TERRIBLE and needs to be cut. Just like Livan.

Tom

June 29th, 2012
9:16 pm

I’m sure glad we brought our long reliever in for one inning…..what is our manager doing

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
9:17 pm

Are you kidding me? The Nats are averaging 2 hits and almost 1 run per inning. The Braves are weak. The Nats are the Braves kryptonite for sure. This team just rolls over for any team in first place in this division. If the Marlins were in first, they would be beating the Nats and getting their ass kicked by the Marlins. It’s the same ole song and dance for this team. They are so f’n predictable. Now they are about to completely waste a leadoff double as well. Jeez, what a f’n surprise.

smallmouth6

June 29th, 2012
9:24 pm

Nats and Yankees.

smallmouth6

June 29th, 2012
9:25 pm

You do have to tip your cap to the baseball because sometimes it’s just hard to catch. The coach gets what he deserves every time he says this. Chant, chop, wave, tip your cat.

No Flag Since Lemke

June 29th, 2012
9:28 pm

Don’t care how much Uggla is struggling, when you already have a solid right handed bat like Prado out of the line up, you don’t place a .172 hitter in his stead. Give Uggla some other night off to clear his head or whatever. He could have muffed that ground ball that lead to a big inning just as well as Wilson.

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
9:42 pm

Come on boys..Fredi is the best thing since Ice Cream!

I’ll tell you this the National have put together a better team in last three years that Braves…but I love my Frank Wren Braves.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
9:44 pm

This team makes 3 outs faster than a commercial break. Then they go right out and give up a hit to get a guy in scoring position. It took that dude longer to get to 2nd base then it did for the Braves offense to make 3 outs. Come on guys, its clear enough that you all have given up already without going the extra mile to throw that white flag up. One thing I can’t stand is a team with no heart or Passion, and the Braves have neither.

shorty

June 29th, 2012
9:45 pm

Fredi the Failure sets this team up to fail again…its time to put him on a plane out of Atlanta. Even if we make moves at the deadline..he’ll find a way to screw it up.

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
9:56 pm

Never rest your best players against the best teams..you could have done that against D-backs but leave it to Good Ole’ fredi…

Ken Stallings

June 29th, 2012
10:00 pm

Delgado doesn’t earn this loss. His lineup playing behind him does! His infield (save Fredi Freeman) were all woeful. Third base an error. Second base an error. Shortstop an error. Catcher what should have been scored an error and would have had Delgado not thrown out the runner trying to advance to third on the throw but because Delgado did his job he was out, and therefore no error on McCann.

The error would have been charged to Diaz for the errant throw, which had it been accurate might have nailed the runner at the plate since the throw was up line and yet still arrived coinciding with the runner. McCann failed to field the throw because he tried to run through the arriving runner to catch the errant throw. As Tom Glavine and Joe Simpson in the booth said, McCann should have been situationally aware of the runner, realized the throw was up the line, and stepped in front of home plate to collect the throw and prevent any further baserunner advance. The hitter had already advanced to second on the throw.

The left fielder (Diaz) made a bad throw and rightfully would have gotten that error, but Delgado again bailed both him and McCann out.

When three quarters of your entire infield were charged with errors, and you catcher made a mental error, it is safe to say who failed to show up to play this game tonight, and it sure wasn’t Delgado!

That young man showed up to play tonight.

I wrote recently how Chipper’s bat production was better than some on this blog were writing. But, his woefull fielding efforts since his leg injury is humiliating to watch. You have to field your position and not be scared of the baseball!

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
10:03 pm

Love Simmons…

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
10:04 pm

Simmons loves to hit with men on…he may have saved fredi’s stupid line up.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:05 pm

Amazing, they actually did something good against the Nats. Now let’s see if they call pull out a win, my guess is the Nats score some runs the next inning.

No Flag Since Lemke

June 29th, 2012
10:05 pm

At last we cash in one of the two dozen hanging breaking balls this guy has thrown.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:15 pm

I f’n knew it. As I was saying, this team is so predictable. I am highly shocked that they actually tied the game up, but knew without question that this useless, pathetic pitching staff would blow it somehow. Sad that you can actually call their screwups. Anyone who didn’t see that coming is blind as a bat.

Tom

June 29th, 2012
10:18 pm

Matt Diaz is a turtle in left field…he makes Adam Dunn look good out their

No Flag Since Lemke

June 29th, 2012
10:19 pm

Hey, we almost stole one. Durbin is suddenly reverting to early season form after a couple solid months. Virtually every pitch up in the zone. Washington guys who, sadly, we are getting in this part of the country mentioned he’s give up runs in his last five appearances.

Tom

June 29th, 2012
10:20 pm

Christ field your position Johnny…u have a comebacker to u every outing

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
10:24 pm

Harper k’s on ball in dirt..we’ll take it.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:26 pm

Seriously Venters? You walked a relief pitcher who has seen maybe 3 at bats all season long? I don’t recall in recent memory a pitcher declining so much in 1 season as Venters has. I really could care less if he is a Brave next season. Start weeding out the dead weight of this team starting now. Unfortunately, that would require almost getting a completely new team.

Hopefully right

June 29th, 2012
10:31 pm

I think they’re still sending these guys out as a test, it’s getting close to deadline & they wanna see what they need to change/ go after. Guys often have slow starts, hiccups, struggle early & bein as young as most r they wanna give them a chance to turn the corner (considering the faith they’ve had behind them so far & refusing to trade um). I partly agree, but minor should be workin his nish out in THE minors. Delgado has earned the right & has been on the wrong side of several losses that shoulda been wins, not to mention numerous instances of pisspoor defense behind him. Jwilson is not helping at all. I’d rather see prado @ 2nd on uggla off days & Diaz or constanza in LF than Wilson anywhere on the field. Back to pitchers, what was thought to be biggest strength, has not. They ARE testing them, if bad outings continue, look for a possible Greinke/Dempster/garza deal, depending on managements future plans for Bourn/ $$$$

shorty

June 29th, 2012
10:35 pm

Addition by subtraction..send Fredi packing and bring in a manager that can motivate and challenge this team .

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
10:36 pm

Damn right shorty.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:40 pm

They need to win this game, if they don’t, they will lose the series tomorrow because there is no way in hell the useless bum Mike Minor will beat Strausburgh tomorrow.

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
10:40 pm

without Bourn, Simmons, Prado and J-Hey there would be no excitement on this team.

like the call but slow motion replay he was safe.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:44 pm

Funny how a guy like Clippard who looks like he should be the leading role in a Revenge of the Nerds sequel instead of pitching has completely owned the Braves in his career. Why should tonight be any different.

Wow

June 29th, 2012
10:45 pm

Braveswisfan, ure one of the most negative fans ever, always glass half full, always pessimistic, always hating on players. If u knew a little more about baseball u wouldnt be tlkin $(@7 about one of the better young relievers in the game. His issues r correctable, & are not as bad as numbers show, especially considering the f’n ridiculously great #’s from last season. Anything he did wouldve been a drop off from last year, don’t forget he led MLB in appearances too, he will be fine.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:48 pm

Useless bench bat exhibit A. They deserve to lose if they lead off with a double and don’t score in the 9th.

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:50 pm

Dude, I forgot more about baseball then you will ever know. Also played it for most of my life. You?

No Flag Since Lemke

June 29th, 2012
10:53 pm

Two of the worst situational at bats this season by Hinske and Bourn.

SARCASM

June 29th, 2012
10:54 pm

Thank u jack wilson

BravesfaninWis

June 29th, 2012
10:54 pm

Way to go losers. You lose the series tomorrow. You don’t have what it takes to win this division or a spot in the playoffs. Looks like you are playing another season just for the check, which by the way most of you don’t deserve.

RaleighDawg

June 29th, 2012
10:54 pm

OMG – I am so over the press/media kissing Chipper’s butt ! It’s bad enough that he loses grounders in the lights and won’t make almost no effort to field hard hit ground balls, but now balls hit right at him that bounce off his glove into left field are changed from a error to a hit ? WTF ?!? Someone pull the plug on this clown and his blind, cover-up posse….

WTF!!!!!!!

June 29th, 2012
10:56 pm

WHY ARE WE THE ONLY TEAM IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL THAT DOESNT BUNT THE RUNNER OVER WITH NO OUTS AND A MAN ON SECOND IN A ONE RUN GAME?!!!! WHY?!?!?!!!!

harleyrednek

June 29th, 2012
10:58 pm

wtf was fredi idiot gonzalez thinking??? hinskie cant hit water falling out of a boat and he lets him kill a rally! why not use a starter to bunt him to third????this useless bunch of slouches wont win anything under the stupid coaches and gm we have! first a 10 game collapse and we bring the same losers back, then we blow so many chances but what do they care they make there millions no matter what! we all should show them we dont care either and not support them or go to the games. im done as a braves fan!

IggyStooge

June 29th, 2012
11:00 pm

It’s amazing that one game can rid me of the Braves, but that’s it. If the manager doesn’t know how to try to tie a ballgame, why should I care anymore?

WTF!!!!!!!

June 29th, 2012
11:01 pm

WE NEVER DO IT! GET A FREAKIN CLUE FREDDY! WTF!!!!!!!!

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
11:01 pm

WTF answer Fredi the Joker!

Bill Donohoo

June 29th, 2012
11:02 pm

Yes Fredi put a 150 hitter in, keep Prado and his 300+ on the bench. Bottom 9th, lead off double, does he bunt the guy to third, of course not, let Hinske fly out, then Bourne fly out (runner on third if bunted over would have tied game). FG just doesn’t get it.

IggyStooge

June 29th, 2012
11:03 pm

I don’t want to hear any bs from Fredi tonight. He lost the game. He needs to own it.

No Flag Since Lemke

June 29th, 2012
11:04 pm

Here again the starting line up comes back to bite Fredi. Prado out, so of course you pull a legitimate power threat (Uggla) out of the line-up as well. The .172 replacement makes a crucial error and further is not available later in the game when you need to bunt a a lead off double to third – one of the few things he can do well.

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
11:04 pm

Frank Wren don’t get it!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF!!!!!!!

June 29th, 2012
11:05 pm

I can seriously remember 10 times already this season this has happened. It’s unbelievable. Not always in the 9th where its so blatantly obvious. What excuse could the manager of a major league baseball team have for this BS?

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
11:07 pm

The line up tomorrow will also have some starters resting..bet on it.

Wow

June 29th, 2012
11:16 pm

Yes sir, 16 years, 10 full. I don’t understand your reasoning then about venters. Yes he’s releasing late, and has struggled at times, but 3 K’s 2nite, through 1 1/3. When I look at his body of work in the bigs, small as it may be, I like his chances, at least give um that. Situationally last year he was great too, & as I said had most appearances in the Show( in 2nd year). Just don’t understand u as a braves fan saying u wouldn’t want him in a braves uni next year…puzzling considering the other glaring holes in the team( mostly bench & back of rotation / middle relief).

Yogi Berra

June 29th, 2012
11:25 pm

Venter will be ok..just needs a good pitching coach…

Wow

June 29th, 2012
11:26 pm

Terrible though, why no small ball? Why hinske when he’s been so bad? Why not get the runner over? Then that fly ball would’ve got freeman in…wtf… This was a case top to bottom of poor managing combined with poor execution defensively, Delgado should’ve gone 6 & the braves shouldn’t have even had to come to bat in the 9th, then given the chance to redeem, & fredi blows it with poor substitution & call. I’m not giving up on them, but DAMNNN!

ACE

June 29th, 2012
11:50 pm

I am sure the question will be why didn’t you bunt in that situation and whatever stupid answer Fredi gives they will take it and move on to the next question.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
11:59 am

@ACE Why not let Huddy bunt. Answer; Because they don’t want to win. They have3 give up. They are DONE. Stick a fork in them. They are done. IMO That is not a MLB team out there. That is the sorriest performance by all. Bye Braves Nice try.

David O'Brien

June 30th, 2012
12:02 pm

@ACE Why not let Huddy bunt. Answer; Because they don’t want to win. They have3 give up. They are DONE. Stick a fork in them. They are done. — Whiskey River

Yeah, they’re 4-1/2 games out of first place near the midway point of a 162-game season, in the toughest division in the National League. Hardly any teams have ever come back from such a huge deficit in three months, have they?

(rolls eyes)

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

Dob The Braves Havent

David O'Brien

June 30th, 2012
1:06 pm

Dob The Braves Havent — Whiskey River

I have no idea what this means. i just like the way it looks, the random capitalization and absent punctuation.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
1:14 pm

Sorry about that. I do not think this team is good enough to come back. They are too inconsistent. Is that better DOB?

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