Video: Braves get 4 HRs, end homestand on good note

Jason Heyward and Brian McCann hit two-run homers in the first inning and the Braves salvaged a series split with Chicago to end a rough homestand on a high note with a 7-3 win against the Cubs. The AJC’s David O’Brien reports from Turner Field.



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Brave Decisions

July 6th, 2012
9:08 am

Nice, can the Braves rely on Minor heading to the post-season? Do they need to make a deal for Greinke http://wp.me/2lqJ1 Thanks again everyone!

Morris Code

July 6th, 2012
9:21 am

gotta keep Fransisco at third next year, the kid can rake if given consistant playing time.

Yogi Berra

July 6th, 2012
9:35 am

25 games, 5 homers, 25 rbi’s= Francisco.

Get Zake Greinke if he will sign 4-5 year deal.

Yogi Berra

July 6th, 2012
9:37 am

oh, thats games started by JF.

shorty

July 6th, 2012
9:38 am

Fire Fredi…The team has no passion under mr.laidback.

shlomo

July 6th, 2012
10:07 am

Dave- was Fredi able to articulate a two syllable response to any of your questions?

Morris Code

July 6th, 2012
10:24 am

Great point Yogi, just think if he played the whole season.

mediocrity continues...

July 6th, 2012
10:30 am

Salvaged a series split with the worst team in baseball. Congrats. You just gotta tip your cap to that Chicago team, they’ve got a great squad over there…

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
11:21 am

Dave, I’d like to hear some smack regarding the conspiracy rumor that Larussa chose Chipper to replace an injured Kemp because it was obvious that Chipper was going to win the ‘vote in’ – or whatever it’s called – and without him there the Freeze (sp?) guy would be able to get voted in with a ballot-stuffing effort by Cardinal fans, and that he, Larussa, knew that he would have to take heat if he chose Freeze to replace Kemp over, at least, two or three more deserving picks including Bourn and the kid from Washington. How ’bout it?

southgabrave

July 6th, 2012
11:23 am

Not much positive when you split with the worst team in the NL and go 5-5 on a HOME stand! Not real sure the Brves should be buyers t the trade deadline. Maybe sellers with no one excempt except Kimbrell, O’Flar, Simmons, and Prado, and Bourn if you think he could be resigned. Heyward and Freeman should near untradeable. Chipper might like to finish his career in the playoffs. Anyone else we could listen to offers.

This team has a long way to go to make it past the first round of the playoffs, IF they get that far. With FG as manager that is highly unlikely.

Skeezix

July 6th, 2012
11:40 am

I’m so glad we won last night—losing that series to the Cubs would have been demoralizing, to say the least. Now winning this Phillies series would be a real morale boost prior to the all star break. Hope Huddy is dealing tonight.

Dirty Dawg

July 6th, 2012
11:48 am

I don’t really get the Fredi bashers here. Sure this team hasn’t played up to potential but Fred doesn’t swing a bat or throw a pitch. My beef with him, if you want to call it that, is that he doesn’t get mad at the right times…fact is, he doesn’t seem to get mad at all…but, on a selective basis, I think it could fire up the team and the fans. Get mad…not stupidly mind you…but mad at the right people, and situations, and performances, at the right times. And he sure doesn’t get credit when his decisions pay off. Like the other night when he took JJ down for a pinch hitter, Hinske, when leaving him, JJ, in to bunt would have been a, by the book, call. The result was a big inning that propelled the Braves to a win. Cut the guy some slack people. There’ll be time enough at the end of the season, and after whatever moves Wren and Scheroultz (never could spell that name) make have ‘played out’, to make changes without our caterwauling.

No. 1 Braves Fan

July 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

Surprised we have not heard more from the Fredi bashers. Too soon I guess. They are probably waiting until they get back from lunch.

DawgDad

July 6th, 2012
1:23 pm

Too bad Francisco doesn’t hit right-handed, the Braves could move Uggla and put Prado back on second base. Actually, they might be better off doing that anyway.

mediocrity continues...

July 6th, 2012
1:32 pm

WildTurk

July 6th, 2012
1:44 pm

There’s good reason no one is getting excited about a 7-3 win to salvage a SPLIT with the worst team in MLB… As if that weren’t enough, limping to 5-5 on a home stand that virtually every Brave in the dugout going into this stretch said would be huge doesn’t exactly spark any rays of hope for an exciting start of the 2nd half. The Braves got 9 hits last night… Nine. Against a 4-8 pitcher who was obviously struggling. Eight of those hits came from the Nos. 2-5 spots in the lineup.

What is Dan Uggla (.225 BA, 0-4 last night) doing in the starting lineup? He looks worse than awful. As pitchers around the league figure out that they can throw with reckless abandon across the plate to Uggla, Simmons (who follows in the lineup) won’t see another decent pitch for weeks. Say goodbye to his .302 average.

Why does it take the call-up of a new guy (Ben Sheets) to motivate a major league pitcher (Mike Minor) into throwing one of his best games of the year?

All of these things come back to one simple thing: leadership. I’m not saying Freddi isn’t the right guy, but the man needs to step up, grow a pair and stop worrying about being Mr. Nice Guy. Sometimes players need a kick in the pants. Freddi prefers to wait on them to kick themselves … The results are obvious: 5-5 home stands and splits — at home! — with the worst team in the majors.

Some might say bringing in Sheets is akin to Freddi holding a gun to Minor’s (or Delgado’s) head. I suppose you could look at it that way, but all the natural talent in the world is useless without the proper coaching (mentoring) to mature that potential. Don’t blame Minor for his coaching staff failing him. In that respect, it appears he has limited tools to work with.

Bright spots for now are in Bourn, B-Mac, Heyward, Chipper and Prado. Freeman is learning, but he’s not “there” yet. July will be the telling month for these Braves. There’s just too much talent in that dugout for this team to be a handful of games above .500. Look who they are chasing, the Nationals. Want to see how an experienced major league manager motivates, trains and matures players? Don’t look at their record. Instead, look at their opening day roster. Who would’ve predicted it? That’s what good coaching does with raw talent.

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