Gearrin pitches in as Braves bullpen dominates in series against Marlins

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

The Braves bullpen was worked 15-2/3 innings in the four-game series against the Marlins. They allowed only 14 hits, two runs (one earned), four walks with 13 strikeouts.

Right-hander Cory Gearrin appeared in the last three games of the series, allowing just two hits in four innings.

“We hope that continues because that would be a big, big piece for us for him to be able to do what he’s done,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

In other news:

* Infielder Jack Wilson, on the disabled list since July 15 with a dislocated pinkie finger of the right hand, played five innings in the field for the Triple-A G-Braves Thursday. Gonzalez said there is no timetable for his return.

“The reports I have gotten are he is still not 100 percent comfortable throwing,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez would also not speculate on what roster move the Braves would make when Wilson is ready, including the possibility of sending down Tyler Pastornicky.

“When it comes up, we’ll work it out,” Gonzalez said. “By the time he’s ready to go something else could pop up.”

* Right-hander reliever Peter Moylan has been activated from the disabled list at Triple-A Gwinnett and was available to pitch Friday. Moylan is returning from shoulder surgery.

* Newly-acquired Reed Johnson went 3-for-7 in his first two games with the Braves, allowing Michael Bourn and Martin Prado a day off. Gonzalez said there were no immediate plans to use the right-handed batter against the Astros, who will start three right-handed pitchers in the series.

“If there is a good matchup or somebody needs a breather we can do that,” Gonzalez said.

*Armando Galarraga will make his second start of the season for the Astros after spending the season at Triple-A. In a bit of irony, umpire Jim Joyce worked third base in the game. It was Joyce who blew a call in the ninth inning that cost Galarraga, then with the Tigers, a perfect game in June of 2010.

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Moobs

August 3rd, 2012
6:38 pm

Just big ol hairy moobs.

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ChipperisGod

August 3rd, 2012
6:50 pm

Once Simmons returns, Janish should be kept as the back up, and Jack Wilson should be cut. He’s in steep decline and even though his D is solid, I’d take Janish over anyone as my back up shortstop. His D is impeccable and he can (even though he’s not the best hitter) get on base every once in a while, and his average is rising.

In the meantime Pastornicky should stay over Wilson. Sounds like he’s still injured, and I’d still rather have a kid who’s hungry and can put a good swing on the ball than someone who looks clueless at the plate. Pastor isn’t the best defensive player, but with Janish as the everyday starter, Rev can be a good back up.

Delbert D.

August 3rd, 2012
6:50 pm

Here’s a tip. Stay away from nandrolone. It’s not reversible, but you might prevent further damage.

ATLcracker

August 3rd, 2012
7:03 pm

Trick question. When Simmons returns which of the trio of Pastornicky, Wilson or Janish should stay.
Answer : None of the above. You are never going to take Simmons out for a defensive replacement so their glove is irrelevant. We need a Bat in that role. Sort of an infielder version of Reed Johnson. Who might be available?

Gary

August 3rd, 2012
7:06 pm

Still need right hand hitting help…..fortifying the bench…………….

bostonbravo

August 3rd, 2012
7:23 pm

I’m glad & shocked Gearrin is doing well. Realize he wasn’t even in top 2 pitchers at Mercer U. ? Surprised at his draft, more surprised he’s been up a few times. Someone (make him pitching coach) saw something in Cory & I hope he’s right!

79

August 3rd, 2012
7:28 pm

ATLcracker is 100% correct………..no defensive replacement needed when Simmons returns….Wilson gone for sure…TP is back to GwBraves……Janish is fabulous defender…..really, really good…can he play 2nd, in 8th or 9th?

79

August 3rd, 2012
7:29 pm

……………..Because he cannot hit a lick

Delbert D.

August 3rd, 2012
7:35 pm

It doesn’t matter; whoever has the most options left. By the time Simmons is ready, it will be only a couple of weeks until the roster expands.

Ken Stallings

August 3rd, 2012
10:09 pm

This might be the strongest top to bottom bullpen the Braves have had in the decades I have watched them play. Last season, there were four heavies (Kimbrell, Venters, O’Flaherty, and Moylan). But, this season, there are a half dozen pitchers all having good seasons.

It is not at all a stretch to say the Braves have the strongest bullpen in baseball, anchored by the game’s best closer.

Ken Stallings

August 3rd, 2012
10:18 pm

Hudson proves why he’s the ace on the staff. Gonzalez needed the starter to pitch deep in the game due to two rain delays working the bullpen. Hudson goes out and surrenders just one run over 7.1 innings pitched! Huddy surrendered a one-out walk to end his night. O’Flaherty comes in and gets a quick out against his first hitter faced.

Ken Stallings

August 3rd, 2012
10:21 pm

Should have mentioned, that one run was unearned courtesy a Dan Uggla throwing error to advance a runner to second.

O’Flaherty does his job and gets the last two outs of the top of the eighth.

Other good news is that the Nats are losing 4-1 in the ninth inning of their game with the Marlins.

Yogi Berra

August 3rd, 2012
10:39 pm

Ken Stallings

August 3rd, 2012
10:42 pm

In bottom of the ninth, the Nats scored one run (so far) to make it 5-2 against the Marlins.

Could be a productive day for the Braves!

Ken Stallings

August 3rd, 2012
10:44 pm

Just had to wait a few more seconds! Marlins get her done and beat the Nats 5-2! Braves are now just two games back in the NL East.

luvthosedawgs68

August 3rd, 2012
11:23 pm

Appreciate the score in Washington, but, the team could care less about how the Nats are doing. As long as our Bravos keep taking care of business, it won’t matter how the Nats are doing. Looking over the remaining schedule, didn’t realize, just 16 games left against teams over .500, Pretty amazing stat with 56 games remaining!

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lee maye

August 4th, 2012
10:22 am

Atlcracker: Won’t happen. Braves and most teams will always keep a backup SS. Rosters will expand by the time Simmons returns, so the question will be moot anyway. Janish, Simmons, and Wilson will be on the roster Sept 1 anyway, so the likely scenario is that Simmons returns on Sept 1. No need to rush him with the way Janish is playing defense.

My thoughts are that Wilson will not be cut, like JJ wasn’t. Both will be on the expanded rosters in Sept but won’t play. Pastornicky will also be on the expanded roster. And, speedy Constanza will be on the expanded roster if he is not hurt. He was hit by a pitch Thurs at Gwinnett. Hopefully, Mejia will be brought up in Sept as the righthanded bat off the bench. He has over 20 HR’s at Gwinnett.

As for pitching, Moylan will probably not be brought up until Sept 1, the way Gearin is pitching. Likely, Delgado will be added in Sept also.

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