McCann, Jurrjens help Braves sweep Phils

Philadelphia - If one thing has been consistent with the Braves the first half of this season, it’s that they can’t get a whole lot to go right at once.

Just when it seemed the Braves couldn’t enter the All-Star break in better fashion, with a three-game sweep of the Phillies, momentum from their starting pitching, an end to Brian McCann’s out-of-body fruitlessness, and Dan Uggla showing signs of coming around too, the Braves had to lose shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a broken hand.

The Braves wrapped up the first half with a 4-3 victory Sunday to sweep the Phillies for the first time in two years and for the first time at Citizens Bank Park since 2007. But they won’t exactly rest easy over the All-Star break as Simmons has to be re-evaluated for a fractured fifth metacarpal on Monday and could miss extended time.

“It’s a cruel game at times,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Over the past three days, the Braves gained two games on the Nationals and passed the New York Mets into second place in the NL East. They’ve won four in a row overall to pull within four games of first place.

They did it on the strength of their starting pitching with a nod to McCann, who has homered for four straight days.

Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens combined to hold the Phillies to six earned runs in 21 innings (2.57 ERA), while going seven innings each to secure wins. The Braves bullpen complemented them with six shutout innings including the 24th and 25th saves from Craig Kimbrel.

“I was just trying to be even close to the performance they had,” Jurrjens said of Hudson and Hanson, who joined Mike Minor in giving the Braves four straight quality starts.

Jurrjens continued to show improved velocity in his fourth start back from a minor league stint, while going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA.

“He’s been a shot in the arm for us since he’s been back,” McCann said. “It’s been great to see because he was a top-of-the-rotation guy for us for four years. When he gets in that zone like he was today, he’s a surgeon. He can throw any pitch in any spot.”

The only real regrets Jurrjens had were a couple of pitches to Jason Pridie, who drove in all three Phillies’ runs. The recent minor league call-up was a last-minute replacement Sunday for Shane Victorino, who was scratched from the Phillies’ lineup for what was called a manager’s decision. Jurrjens admitted letting down against Pridie, while giving up a two-run homer to him in the second and an RBI double in the fourth.

“That’s the thing about baseball that’s so crazy,” Jurrjens said. “Without thinking about it, you relax a little bit, and that shows you that you can never relax in baseball. You need to go after everybody the same. He made me pay twice.”

But a couple of the Braves thumpers, who have seen their share of struggles this year, got Jurrjens four runs of support for the win. Uggla hit a 432-foot two-run home run to center field in the second inning to break up an 0-for-20 streak, and McCann singled in a run to tie it and put the Braves up with his fourth home run in four games, one shy of his career-long. He homered in five straight games from July 15-19, 2006.

McCann has homered in all five games he’s played against the Phillies this season, including two grand slams. He’s only the second player in history to homer in his first five games of a season against the Phillies, joining the Astros’ Glenn Davis, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“I’m in a place I feel like now that I haven’t been in three years,” McCann said. “I’m excited for the second half. I’m excited for everything that comes after this. I’ve just got to keep pushing.”

That would go for the Braves as well.

94 comments Add your comment

Sav FAN

July 8th, 2012
8:17 pm

First- to say Get Well Soon

count_schemula

July 8th, 2012
8:17 pm

NickB

July 8th, 2012
8:18 pm

YAY!!!!

oh and BOOOOOOO

Snit Fitzpatrick

July 8th, 2012
8:21 pm

The Braves need to go afterJ. Lowrie.He’d be an upgrade over Wilson/Pastornicky and could be valuable off the bench when Simmons returns

MD Braves fan

July 8th, 2012
8:23 pm

Not sure pastorniky is the answer. He seemed to get figured out by pitchers and didn’t respond.

bruce

July 8th, 2012
8:36 pm

Great to have JJ back to form!

Larry

July 8th, 2012
8:43 pm

The players have stepped it up the past few days…especially the pitching.

Cussin' McCann

July 8th, 2012
8:46 pm

Brian, the entire world distinctly saw and heard you drop the “f-bomb” when you struck out Saturday night in Phillie. If I called your dad, would he approve? Whether you like it or not, you are a role model for kids. On the other hand, why does there have to be a microphone close to home plate?

DaveinNEPA

July 8th, 2012
8:48 pm

Word I’m hearing up here in Pennsylvania is that Victorino and Manual had a disagreement over Manual wanting Victorino to bat 7th in the order. I on’t know any more details than that.

DaveinNEPA

July 8th, 2012
8:50 pm

Also hearing that Charlie Manual is standing on some pretty skinny ice.

puff

July 8th, 2012
8:51 pm

Awful time to lose Simmons for an extended time, if that happens. Along with the great D and solid O, it is obvious that he boosts pitchers’ confidence playing behind them.

FIRE FREDI

July 8th, 2012
8:55 pm

f-bombs are dropped in the real world so tell your kids to grow a pair or go watch tennis

cowdogit

July 8th, 2012
8:58 pm

Trade Chipper to an american league team, one of the contenders will need a DH for the stretch run. I don’t think Chipper will object going to a team that has a chance of going to the World Series. He may enjoy being a Designated Hitter and decide to play another year. The braves are going to lose Chipper anyway, why not receive something of value.

DaveinNEPA

July 8th, 2012
9:08 pm

Sure,………”Trade Chipper to an american league team”.

Ever hear of the 5 and 10 rule????????

He’ s still owed about 7mil for the rest of the season. Who’s gonna take on that salary for a guy who might play 4 days a week???????????

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!

FIRE FREDI

July 8th, 2012
9:08 pm

glad cowdogit has no say

rick reilly

July 8th, 2012
9:10 pm

Nattering Nabob

July 8th, 2012
9:11 pm

The Braves are more than just a bunch of moving parts, cowdogit. I can’t imagine that Chipper would ever agree to be traded for starters, and second it would probably be the most demoralizing thing for the rest of the team. Chipper, in case you haven’t noticed, is having a pretty good season, even in a part-time capacity, but he’s also the team leader.

F Fredi's Mother

July 8th, 2012
9:12 pm

My son wets the bed.

FIRE FREDI

July 8th, 2012
9:16 pm

and burn his sheets

cowdogit

July 8th, 2012
9:33 pm

The problem with baseball fans is they think players are loyal. Players like Chipper don’t give a dam about the fans, If he has a chance to play another year he would leave Atlanta in a minute. Business my friend is business!!!

CRMAC300

July 8th, 2012
9:33 pm

Cowdogit, first post I have seen from you on this blog and it was stupid. Chipper has earned the right to finish his career where he started it. You obviously don’t have any respect for baseball tradition and can’t be a real Braves fan. Chipper is the heart and soul of this team.

Buddy Landel

July 8th, 2012
9:34 pm

Dave in NEPA- That was all over twitter before the game started.

Let's Be Real

July 8th, 2012
9:39 pm

Why do people like CRMAC300 insist tradition has any meaning in the MLB today?

nolakid21

July 8th, 2012
9:47 pm

Pastornicky is not the answer. Kid is horrible, and that is the simple truth. He can’t make the routine plays. If McCann gets hot then we can just slide Wilson in to play SS.

cowdogit

July 8th, 2012
9:50 pm

Money talks” Albert Pujols walks!!!

H_Charles

July 8th, 2012
9:54 pm

First, trading Chipper shouldn’t happen, couldn’t happen, and isn’t going to happen.

Chipper is not Albert. Chipper has taken many paycuts to stay in ATL, and he’s as loyal as ballplayers get today.

Second, we need a SS. Wilson is not a ML SS anymore. Pasty never was. We have to have a glove. He can hit .200, but his glove must be rock solid. A trade is essential. Simmons is looking at a month or more. We will be out of the race by them without a real SS.

cowdogit

July 8th, 2012
10:02 pm

Chipper used to play shortstop,put him at short,Prado at third and Canstanza in left.

Nerdville

July 8th, 2012
10:26 pm

Well what do you know, the Braves swept the Phillies. They bested Nerdville’s prediction. Whoopee! But the Phils are one of the worse teams in the NL and we didn’t face their best pitchers, so I’m not becoming a convert based on this weekend. And what do you know? Uggla finally hit a homer. What is he… 1 for his last 21 now? There’s your all star.
I ain’t getting too excited. They’ll probably give it all back by getting swept by the Mets (again) next weekend.

FIRE FREDI

July 8th, 2012
10:27 pm

@ cowdogit do you follow this team or just blog senseless bs on here? chipper cant play three games in a row let alone play a position as mobile as ss. get lost

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 8th, 2012
10:33 pm

cowdogit… with every post you show more and more ignorance about baseball in general, and about the Braves in particular. Chipper’s not going anywhere, and that includes to shortstop while Andrelton is out. I’m not exactly sure what the solution is, but I’m sure that it’s not to put a 40 year-old who is in his final season out there.

You can whine about players loving the money and all that all you want to… and I won’t deny that most players are in that situation… but Chipper Jones is not most players and he’s proven his dedication to the Atlanta Braves time and again. And as CRMAC300 has stated, he’s earned the right to finish his HOF career in the way that he sees fit… and if you will notice how he does everything else, you will see that means that it will be done in a first class manner.

GO BRAVES!

Stoned Mountain

July 8th, 2012
10:35 pm

We are now hurt at shortstop, like hit below the waterline. Let us pray.

Dawg '88

July 8th, 2012
10:43 pm

Folks….a word of advice.

Stop responding to cowdogit…he is a pot stirrer.

He is ignorant, full of bull and knows less than a wooden nickel.
Posters that are dumb as a stump should be ignored…thats cowdogit beyond a doubt.

bostonbravo

July 8th, 2012
10:46 pm

cowdoggit been hittin’ the ‘Jack’…(I hope)

Unpopular Opinion

July 8th, 2012
11:01 pm

Cowdogit is trolling you guys sooooo hard.

IHEARTCARROLL

July 8th, 2012
11:03 pm

Maybe we can get 4 to 6 weeks of consecutive rainouts.

reckingball

July 8th, 2012
11:09 pm

Simmons breaking his finger is all Roger McDowell’s fault.

reckingball

July 8th, 2012
11:11 pm

Constanza is such a great player, the Braves should bring him up, and let him play SS.

reckingball

July 8th, 2012
11:13 pm

If Mazzone was still the pitching coach, Simmons would not have broken that finger.

reckingball

July 8th, 2012
11:18 pm

I don’t remember any of the Braves former SS’s, ever braking a finger sliding head first into 2nd, while taking an extra base on a sloppy play by the opponent’s CF, when Leo was the pitching coach.
There is your proof, that it’s all McDowell’s fault.

reckingball

July 8th, 2012
11:21 pm

I guess that should be ‘breaking a finger’.
It’s all McDowell’s fault, that I spelled that wrong.

Shawdaddy

July 8th, 2012
11:22 pm

I agree with everything cowdogit said. Plus, I would move McCann to leadoff to get some speed on the base path.

FIRE FREDI

July 8th, 2012
11:26 pm

anything bad is fredi’s fault. including anything that mcdowell does

HOF 10

July 8th, 2012
11:29 pm

“It’s a cruel game at times,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. Wow, you’d expect him to say, “Simmy is day to day.” Injury must be serious.

Had to work today and didn’t see the game. Hope it’s true that JJ was throwing harder. I doubt he’s 93-95 like he used to be, but he doesn’t have to if he can hit his spots, as McCann said he did today.

If Hanson weren’t pitching so well, we’d be hearing about his fastball. He came up from the mnors advertised at, like, 98, pretty much topped out at 95, which was fine, and now is your basic 90-91 guy. But he’s not basic because he has learned how to pitch. Throws a lot more breaking balls now and keeps the hitters off stride, making his heater good enough. That’s what JJ needs to do, and he seems to be doing it. Moreover, I think he can get better at that, make the adjustments, as he goes along.

DOB Needs To Ask Tough Questions!

July 9th, 2012
12:01 am

Gotta tip your cap to Fredi for coming up with more useless quotes. One last tip to Jurrgens, who is also a Boras agent. Boras clients are constantly auditioning for the Yankees and JJ has to pick up his game or get signed by some low life, mid market team like the Phillies. So, tip of the cap there, JJ!

Fats

July 9th, 2012
12:50 am

Maybe FG should start reading his speeches like Pres.Obama so he does not have to think anymore :) Talk is cheap anyways

southgabrave

July 9th, 2012
12:53 am

@FIRE FREDDI
SHUT THE HEL* UP

southgabrave

July 9th, 2012
12:56 am

This is a kids and game and a kid should be able to watch it without the f-word

bravo-n-knoxville

July 9th, 2012
12:58 am

Jeff Keppinger or Jed Lowrie would be nice as replacements in the Braves lineup while Andrelton recovers. They both can play SS or 3B and would look real good on a roster in 2013 as well since Chipper is retiring.

jarhead

July 9th, 2012
1:30 am

we all know it GW Bush;s fault

FIRE FREDI

July 9th, 2012
1:49 am

Cybernetic Angel

July 9th, 2012
2:06 am

hahaha I love how the comment section is ruled by pessimistic trolls. The Braves will be fine :)

I_R_HUMAN

July 9th, 2012
2:24 am

Great sweep this weekend….sucks about the Simmons injury. Hopefully Wren takes his head out of his butt long enough over the break to do something about that instead of waiting a few weeks. This little bit of momentum they have right now is great and we don’t need a GM who sits on his hands with a wait and see attitude.

I’ve enjoyed the heart and play that Hinske has brought to the team but I believe “The Diesel” is running on empty. It really would make the team better if he were replaced.

Jack Wilson has turned into more of an extra coach/sac-bunt specialist than anything else. Adding another utility guy who can play the infield and possibly the corner outfield positions would be nice.

Juan Francisco…I’m a little more puzzled by him. He’s somewhat young and has raw power but seems to have no discipline….but because he does at least take his hacks he’s a danger factor off the bench.

Matt Diaz falls into that same area like Hinske except he does swing at pitches…instead of watching them fly by and he’s a serviceable outfielder.

David Ross might be the best backup catcher in baseball but when he’s forced to play multiple days in a row it’s clear why he is a backup (on the offensive side).

What this is all coming down to is this. The Braves need some serious bench help. Bench help that has a little pop and that can make consistent contact. If they do pull the trigger on a trade for a pitcher that would be the icing on the cake.

Howie

July 9th, 2012
2:58 am

Cussin’ McCann @ 8:46 pm –

If you called me, I’d tell you to “F” off.

longtimefan

July 9th, 2012
5:45 am

Cowdogit-hope you’re sippin’ the juice or pulling someone’s leg ’cause otherwise those are some the most uninformed comments i’ve seen on this blog(and i’ve seen a lot).

Buzz 2011

July 9th, 2012
6:04 am

Uggla is what 10 for 100 in the past month or so?
The Baves need a second baseman. Maybe he will stay in
Kansas City after the game and not return..

cowdogit

July 9th, 2012
6:45 am

The latest rumor coming out of Kansus is Liberty Media has received an offer from a group headed by Chipper Jones to purchase the braves and move them to Canada.

cowdogit

July 9th, 2012
6:45 am

The latest rumor coming out of Kansus is Liberty Media has received an offer from a group headed by Chipper Jones to purchase the braves and move them to Canada.

HOF 10

July 9th, 2012
6:51 am

Fats, the proprietor of this blog outlawed politics long ago. You don’t want to rile up the liberals on here. We’re not just smart, we’re mean.

Laughing out Loud

July 9th, 2012
6:58 am

I hate to admit this, but there are more outlandish, stupid statements made on this blog than comes from Obama’s mouth! Some times the comments aren’t even good entertainment. Obviously these are made by stupid people who know little about baseball and nothing about the Braves! The Braves will be just fine! As Fredi said, “Baseball can be a cruel game.” Life is cruel! So get on with itPlay the game. Live the life without bitching.

WTF - the original

July 9th, 2012
7:19 am

Guess none of you watched/saw Maddox pitch here for years. No one jumped him for dropping said ‘f-bomb’ after practically all pitches called ball.
Ball players cuss and fuss all the time – and scratch and spit too. You want a ‘role model’, look elsewhere…perhaps a mirror?

JamVet

July 9th, 2012
7:19 am

Live the life without bitching.

Ironic, given the childish rant that preceded that “advice”, huh?

Only 4 back going into the break. I’ll take it. And how beautiful is it to see the Phillies playing miserably and being cellar dwellers?

smallmouth6

July 9th, 2012
7:47 am

Jarhead: You are correct.

steve

July 9th, 2012
7:58 am

Surprising the Braves are in the thick of it at the break. The question is… what will ownership do to ensure they make it the rest of the way? Will we see another big bat and a starter before the trade deadline? JJ seems to be getting his act together and Ben Sheets will probably help some but with Simmons out for extended time… we need a bat at shortstop. Jack Wilson and Pasternicky aren’t gonna cut it.

alex

July 9th, 2012
8:01 am

Pastorniky (sp?) was at second yesterday at gwinnet, better fielder than uggla and a better hitting %, move uggla, eat some $….. as for short: prado (Mr. everything) and put anyone in left.

Quack Quack

July 9th, 2012
8:05 am

@JamVet….Yes, the Philthies in the cellar, and the sweep, doesn’t get any better than that.

Simmons, if it ain’t one thing, it’s another…Get back soon. This kid is a wizard to watch.

Enjoy the break, and come back ready to roll.

GO BRAVES!!

CRMAC300

July 9th, 2012
8:11 am

Now we see that Cowdogit is intentionally not making sense so we can ignore him. Not a very constructive way to get attention, though. Some players do feel a sense of loyalty, though I admit there are not that many anymore. We have two in Chipper, who could have made a lot more money by changing teams, and Tim Hudson, who took a lesser contract to stay with Atlanta when other teams were offering more. I appreciate those kinds of players as an old school baseball fan. That is not going to happen very often in the future, it is a different game now. The next casualty for Atlanta will be Brian McCann who will make $12 million next year. Braves should trade him in the off season for one of the Yankees corner outfielders. McCann will hit 40 home runs a year with half of his games in Yankee Stadium. For those of you who remember Bob Horner, he should requested a trade to the Red Sox. All of those warning track high fly balls to left that were caught on the warning track in Fulton County Stadium would have been home runs in Fenway! He might have hit 900 home runs as a Red Sox!

Disbott3000

July 9th, 2012
9:02 am

Hey, it’d be nice if all the players would try to watch their mouth out there a little more, but I think it’s unrealistic to think you’re going to get a bunch of guys in the heat of competition to not let a F-bomb fly every now and then. I blame the broadcasters, who seem to think that we need to hear every little fart that the players let out. Please just back off with the mic dishes some, ok?

And if dropping F-bombs is going to mean that McCann continues to hit again (finally), then I say let the Bombs fly! He’s looked good again that past few games, and if that’s what it takes, then so be it.

Phillies Fan

July 9th, 2012
9:08 am

Do you Atlanta fans remember what happened the last game of the year last year? Well hope it doesn’t happen to you guys again! Hahahaha And when will Braves fans finally show up to home games at Turner Field?

PMC

July 9th, 2012
9:13 am

Hell of a weekend Brian McCann!

FIRE FREDI

July 9th, 2012
9:28 am

thats what the f i’m talking bout disbott 3000

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 9th, 2012
9:41 am

@Fillies Fan: what happened last year? really?! my more recent memory is the Braves sweeping the Fillies at CBP. :-)

Amber Girl

July 9th, 2012
9:42 am

@Phillies Fan Check the standings. Where are your precious Phillies.? LAST LAST Ha Ha Go home and kiss the Phanatic

Geno

July 9th, 2012
9:44 am

A Phillies fan on here Really? Hahaha….That says it all

Amber Girl

July 9th, 2012
9:56 am

Hi Sorry to interrupt your conversation. Philly fan made me upset. Go Braves.

JJK

July 9th, 2012
10:15 am

I think if Pablo Sandoval had any class at all, he would do something of the sorts of what A-Rod did for Cal and take a seat for the first couple innings and make room in the ASG starting lineup for Chipper

Delbert D.

July 9th, 2012
10:18 am

He didn’t break a finger. The metacarpal bone is between the knuckle and the wrist.

reckingball

July 9th, 2012
10:28 am

Phillies Fan @9:08am……..Hardi-Har-Har! hahahahaha! –
That’s the last laugh, and it’s on you, and the Phillies, today.
go braves!

reckingball

July 9th, 2012
10:28 am

Phillies Fan @9:08am……..Hardi-Har-Har! hahahahaha! –
That’s the last laugh, and it’s on you, and the Phillies, today.
go braves!

MHG

July 9th, 2012
10:37 am

Two players recently entered the HOF with the same kind of loyalty as Chipper. Gwynn of the Padres and Ripken of the Orioles. Loyalty to the fans and their teams is something to be admired. I know Gwynn could have easily been a Yankee, and he too like Chipper took less money to stay. That is something special to be celebrated in today’s world of greed. How about that for a role model.

Amber Girl

July 9th, 2012
10:40 am

Me too, reckingball. Ha HA Phillies Go Braves!

Bob Horner's Blonde Mullet

July 9th, 2012
10:58 am

Finally.. we went into Philly and didn’t tinkle when we went down two runs. Now let’s save a little of this ballsy play for the Nats.

DOB NEEDS TO ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS: You’re a clown.

Braves601

July 9th, 2012
11:33 am

@ laughing out loud please keep your political comments for fox news! Go Braves!

new owners

July 9th, 2012
11:36 am

Just saw on ESPN Desportes U 2News in Japanese that Rankin Smith and Steve Belkin are going to
buy the Braves for 975 mill, Rankin will want to give BMac 100 million over three seasons and Belkin will sue him.

john

July 9th, 2012
11:51 am

Hate to see Simmons hurt and miss a lot of games-he is a WINNER for years to come-these young Players want to slide head first into the Bases-lost Jason same way last year-But when Pastornicky comes up , I expect we will see much improvement in his Fielding (Hitting was pretty good) and if he has improved Braves Pitching will continue strong-if P. does not improve then our Pitching goes down-real important move

LawDawg

July 9th, 2012
12:07 pm

So…the combined wisdom of this board is that Chipper should be traded in his victory lap season and that dropping the “f-bomb” when frustrated is an embarrassment to your ancestors?

Good thing I rarely read the comments here, because the Algonquin Round Table this is not.

Anyway, it is great having JJ back to form. If our pitching can rebound in the second half, a playoff run is not out of the question for this team. Even making the playoffs would be great if we can spend the Chipper money next year on a big bat.

Fredi G.got to GOOO

July 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

As long as Fredi G. is manager. Braves, will NEVER, reached, the Post Season

HAL

July 9th, 2012
12:52 pm

the difference between frdi and the big dumb o is fredi can actually read got too tip your cap to that telepromter lol

No. 1 Braves Fan

July 9th, 2012
12:56 pm

Fredi G. got to GOOO: It is you that needs to go and take with you all the other Fredi haters. Good Riddance.

FBGuy

July 9th, 2012
12:57 pm

If it hadn’t been for Fredi, the Braves would have won FIVE in a row. And Andrelton wouldn’t have gotten injured. And JJ would have pitched a shutout. …. blah, blah, blah .. there are very few people here with much baseball sense, as you correctly point out, LawDawg.

Amber Girl

July 9th, 2012
12:59 pm

We love you Gredi G. Go Braves!

Amber Girl

July 9th, 2012
1:16 pm

Should have been Fredi G.

Gredi G

July 9th, 2012
2:54 pm

Yo thanks amber girl!

::tips sombrero::

Amber Girl

July 9th, 2012
3:07 pm

Gredi G Sorry will never happen

Felix

July 9th, 2012
4:05 pm

Phillies are in last place! The Braves sweep the Phils at Philadelphia.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha………………………..

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