Outfield assists piling up for Heyward

When Jason Heyward gunned down Rick Ankiel at second base Friday night it was his career-high sixth outfield assist of the season and his third in nine games. He nailed Jason Kubel at the plate to save Jair Jurrjens a run on Thursday night, and nabbed Mark Teixeira at home to save Tim Hudson a run at Yankee Stadium on June 19.

Heyward’s previous career-high was five assists during his standout 2010 rookie season.

“It’s something that’s been a part of my game and I want to try to keep improving on it at this level,” Heyward said. “I’m just trying to grow in the game and keep helping out the pitchers.”

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bruce

June 30th, 2012
4:16 pm

How Long Can A Bruise Last?

June 30th, 2012
4:35 pm

Uggla struck out looking. 3 times Thursday. 1 time today. Glad he sat out and made some adjustments. Is Chipper playing? No big deal with the division leader here. No reason to step up and play and lead. Gotta protect that bruise. Don’t you throw out bruised fruit? What if he said, “We need a win and I am going to play.” Hahahahahaha!

How Long Can A Bruise Last?

June 30th, 2012
4:35 pm

Uggla struck out looking. 3 times Thursday. 1 time today. Glad he sat out and made some adjustments. Is Chipper playing? No big deal with the division leader here. No reason to step up and play and lead. Gotta protect that bruise. Don’t you throw out bruised fruit? What if he said, “We need a win and I am going to play.” Hahahahahaha!

BravesfaninWis

June 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

2 runs should be enough for Strausburgh against these posers. Pretty sad that Minor gives up a run on a base hit by their pitcher. A great example on how a team on paper doesn’t mean jack crap. On paper, everyone was raving about the Braves pitching staff, how is that turning out? Yep, the Braves are a joke. Another walk and another hit, I wonder how many runs this loser will give up this inning. Man the Braves have one pathetic ass team.

BravesfaninWis

June 30th, 2012
5:01 pm

The useless piece of crap should be off the team after the game. That is about the only good thing to come of this.

BravesfaninWis

June 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

The Braves offense will get it, Minor will give it back, guaranteed.

Freddy is a clown

June 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

Once again our idiot coach may cost us another game. 1st and 2nd with no outs in the first. Get a clue Freddy! Its called small ball!!! It how this game used to be played all the time! You bunt the freakin runners over and a ground ball or sac fly gets you A RUN! What, do you think were gonna light Strasburg up moron! NO!!! Gets as many runs as you can!!! I cant belive Frank Wren pays this guy. He shouldnt even be coaching high scool ball cuz at least high school coaches know how to play the game!! End of the 3rd. Braves up 3-2 and it should be 4-2. Had a chance to tie the game last night but know. This guy sucks and needs to go!!!!!

Freddy is a clown

June 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

At least 10 to 15 instances where Braves could have moved runners up and we don’t. Wish i knew how many games we’ve blown cuz of this stupid coach. At least 10 I’d say. We’re onna wish we had that extra run later in thisgame I know it.

BravesfaninWis

June 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

Come on Minor, you already gave up a rbi base hit to Strasburg, now you walk him. You are one pathetic bum. Now give up those runs that you are so good at giving up putz boy.

BravesfaninWis

June 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

Fredi Gonzalez isn’t even worth the free Oakley sunglasses he gets. He should give back his paycheck and the sunglasses and call it a day.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
5:37 pm

Way to rip Juan….double, rbi.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
5:40 pm

Please..sign Bourn!!!!!

Freddy is a clown

June 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where going to attempt to bunt a runner over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Freddy is a clown

June 30th, 2012
5:43 pm

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where going to attempt to bunt a runner over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tampa Gator

June 30th, 2012
5:44 pm

June 30th, 2012
5:01 pm
‘The useless piece of crap should be off the team after the game.”

BravesfaninWis….

I wish you would take you useless piece of crap negativity and go become a fan of the Brewers. Man, you must live one miserable life to be so negative. Go away! And Go Braves!

Freddy is a clown

June 30th, 2012
5:47 pm

Wait. You mean a runner can score from 3rd with only one out? Bout time Freddy!!! Could have used your brilliance last night!!!!

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
5:47 pm

good call Gator…

Tampa Gator

June 30th, 2012
5:56 pm

Hey Freddy/BravesFaninWis…(one in the same)….

What happened? All this positive play by the Braves….you must hate it. Nothing to moan and groan about. Go Braves.

Tampa Gator

June 30th, 2012
6:00 pm

Simmons……Rookie of the Year….and shortstop for the Braves for 15 years. What a great, young player. He may become the best shortstop in the NL….this year. Go Braves!

Wis…..nothing negative to say about a 7 – 2 lead?????

RWill

June 30th, 2012
6:14 pm

I’m sure BravefaninWisc will come around again now. And for the morons that were trying to argue a few days ago that Beachy was an average pitcher because his record was only around .500, I guess Minor is great today, right? 4 runs in 5+ innings, but in line for the win…

SOS Braves

June 30th, 2012
6:37 pm

This sorry team will blow this game.

ColoradoBravesFan

June 30th, 2012
7:39 pm

Hey Freddy/BravesFaninWis….

Where are you…? Braves dominate the nats for seven of the nine innings and you are nowhere to be found. Come on out and take your medicine.

Loser….

Felix

June 30th, 2012
7:49 pm

Just got home and checked the score. Huh, what? The Braves won? Minor beat Strasburg? I can’t believe it.

By the way, it was hotter than hades outside today.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
8:05 pm

Just got home. See that we won. Did We play well?

Ken Stallings

June 30th, 2012
8:09 pm

The man has a cannon — no doubt there! He’s also having a good year at the plate. After that humiliating effort on the Bryce Harper single stretched to a double, Heyward apparently saw the light and has been on a tear ever since.

Also, many hear have made it a habit to question Fredi Gonzalez, but absolutely nothing Fredi’s done this season is even half as questionable as the decision that Nationals’ manager Davy Johnson did when he decided to take out Steven Strausburg after only three innings.

The news reporters are making it sound like a “weather-related” decision. But, the Braves’ telecast clearly showed Strausberg in the Nats’ dugout visibly shocked and disturbed about getting yanked!

Yes, it was a record heat wave in Atlanta today (take heart Atlanta, as living here in east New Mexico as I am it is also setting heat records here also — been over 100 degrees for seven straight days here!). Game time temps reached 106, which beat a 1980’s record by a degree. But, Minor was able to go far enough to earn the victory. Strausburg should have been able to go longer than three innings as his pitch count was manageable. He had only pitched 67 pitches, with 36 of them being strikes.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
8:13 pm

@Ken Stallings Was the heat the reason we won or did we play well too.

tjhook

June 30th, 2012
8:14 pm

Way to go Braves. Hoping we will resign Bourne (even if that means bye-bye McCann) and hope Prado gets a selection to the All Star game.

Brandon

June 30th, 2012
8:23 pm

@Angel Wings – it was an overall good performance by the braves…minor pitched “ok” but not too encouraging, although he did get a key double play with the bases loaded that pretty much saved the braves. simmons, bourn,prado,j-hey and freeman all looked good. Uggla looks like he is beginning to turn things around. He actually made contact on multiple pitches today, and also hit an RBI double. francisco was solid as well.

As for the bullpen, they all did from average to good

Brandon

June 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

oh…i forgot about mccann. well, i personally believe he has been a victim of extreme bad luck this season. He has not been able to beat the shift, but he did square up on the ball. hopefully things turn around for him

No. 1 Braves Fan

June 30th, 2012
8:25 pm

BravesfaninWis and whoever this Freddy is: What happened to you and your senseless negative posts today? Embarrased so bad you can`t admit you were very wrong today?

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
8:27 pm

Thank you Brandon, Hopefully they can continue and get back rolling and win this thing, I hope so. Thanks for info. Hot even here,but not that hot. Go Braves.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
8:29 pm

@No.1 Braves Fan Come on guy. I get on here and you get ornery. PLAY NICE PLEASE.

sweaty armpit

June 30th, 2012
8:38 pm

BravesnonfaninWis’s…..predictions stink, just like his comments, he does not have the guts to show back up, after he gets through making his stupid slobbering statements.
As someone has suggested before, he should change his moniker to
Nostradumbass. lol.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
8:42 pm

Come on sweaty. I asked you guys to play nice. PLEASE. I have no idea what is going on but everyone has their own opinion. The Braves won. That is all that matters..

smallmouth6

June 30th, 2012
8:49 pm

BravesWisFan: Were you right?

NOmo

June 30th, 2012
8:51 pm

To all of you wondering it’s about 12 games that Fredi has lost for the Braves by not playing the way he should. Including last nights game.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
9:01 pm

I think I need to go back to PD and get boxing gloves out of training room and let you guys fight it out. Braves won. Doesn’t that mean something.

sweaty armpit

June 30th, 2012
9:03 pm

@@ 8:42……Angel Wings/Whiskey River, that IS me playing nice.
I will be nice again, when I ask you to mind your own buisness.
But, for your info., THAT WAS my “own opinion” of the jerk known as BravsnonfaninWis.
Please remember, you are not the blog police.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
9:04 pm

OK Sorry I bothered you. Who is Whiskey River?

Ken Stallings

June 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

AW,

To answer your question, the Braves played a solid game today in brutal conditions. But, had not the Braves telecast showed Strausburg in their dugout with his glove on and clearly protesting his removal from the game to his pitching coach, I might have believed Strausburg got heat exhaustion.

But, looking at his shock and visible protests, I have to believe it was a convenient excuse. What was the reason? I don’t know. What I do know is that the Braves feasted on the Nats’ relievers when Strausburg may well have settled down from the three-run third inning.

Regardless, I’m not complaining about Johnson’s move! Though I am sure many Nats fans are posing the same questions I have!

reckingball

July 1st, 2012
12:37 am

How can you know what was really going on, by just looking at someone in the dugout?

David O'Brien

July 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, Heyward rf, Jones 3b, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Simmons ss, Ross c, Hudson p

Wrecker

July 1st, 2012
11:55 am

Love the lineup, DOB. With Heyward hitting for power (check his ISO), it is nice to see him get some time at number 3. With Chipper behind him, he may see some fastballs. I know Ross is there to catch Hudson, but it is good for McCann to have a day off after catching in that furnace yesterday.

Wrecker

July 1st, 2012
11:56 am

BTW, Strasburg took three separate IV saline drips yesterday and complained of dizziness, a sure sign that he was suffering from heat exhaustion.

phoenix

July 1st, 2012
1:50 pm

Braves fans should thank Harper for schooling Heyward on how to play the game a few weeks ago.

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