Maxwell (two HRs) spoils Maholm’s Braves debut

In six games he pitched against the Braves at Turner Field, Paul Maholm allowed one home run in 39 innings. In his first game pitching for the Braves, he gave up twice that many to one unlikely Astro on Saturday night.

Justin Maxwell had a career-high four hits and drove in three runs with a pair of homers as lowly Houston won 3-2 at Turner Field in Maholm’s Braves debut.

It was only the second win in 18 games for the Astros and second loss in 11 games for the Braves.

“The two home runs were probably the only two mistakes I really made,” said Maholm  (9-7), who had been unbeaten in his last six starts for the Cubs before being traded on Monday. “The first one, a fastball ran back over [the plate], and the second one was a hanging curveball. And he did a good job of obviously hitting them a long way.”

The Braves slipped back to three games behind National League East leader Washington after the Nationals rallied for six runs in the eighth inning of a 10-7 win against Miami.

Dan Uggla hit a tying two-run single with two out in the sixth inning, but Maxwell led off the seventh with his 12th homer of the season and second of the night to put the Astros back in front to stay.

“I thought [Maholm] did a helluva job,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Most nights with our offense, you win that game. We had a chance.”

Maholm was charged with three runs, six hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings and tagged with his first loss since June 23. He threw 57 strikes in 84 pitches.

“I thought he did a great job,” Uggla said. “He made two mistakes to Justin that resulted in three runs. Even then, even with those two mistakes, he still gave us a chance to win. He really did a good job, kept them off balance and just did his thing.”

The veteran lefty had allowed just one homer while going 5-0 with a 1.02 ERA in his past six starts. He was the first Cubs lefty of the modern era to give up one or no runs in six consecutive starts of at least six innings.

Maholm’s 1.62 ERA in six previous starts at Turner Field for Pittsburgh and Chicago was the Mississippi native’s best at any ballpark where he’d pitched more than once.

“I made two bad pitches,” Maholm said. “Sometimes they’re fouled off, sometimes they’re hit for home runs. If I execute the pitch were I wanted to, then the worst-case scenario is he gets a hit but obviously it’s not a longball.”

For the Braves, it was the second loss in nine games on their 10-game homestand. They were beaten by Maxwell, rookie right-hander Lucas Harrell (9-7), and the youngest and worst team in the major leagues.

Harrell allowed two runs, four hits and five walks in six innings.

“He had really good stuff,” third baseman Chipper Jones said. “Good sinker and a four-seamer, change-up, cut the ball. I can see where he’s pretty tough on righties, because his ball moves a lot and it’s firm. You don’t see a lot of that these days. Give the kid credit.

“We battled all night and finally took advantage of some walks. Uggla got the two-run knock. But two pitches cost us three runs. That’s the difference between a 3-2 loss and a 2-nothing shutout.”

Harrell’s eighth win snapped Houston’s franchise-record 12-game losing streak on July 29, and the Astros had lost all four games since. In fact, they had lost 48 of their past 62 games before Saturday.

The Astros came in batting .207 against lefties with a .274 on-base percentage and .335 slugging percentage, the worst in the majors in all three categories. They didn’t get an abundance of hits Saturday, but got a couple of big ones from Maxwell in the second career multi-hit game for the former Nationals outfielder.

“I thought [Maholm] did great,” Jones said. “He got strikeouts when he needed it, got double plays when he needed it. Just two bad pitches. And not to say they were bad pitches; you might just be running into a hitter who’s going pretty good right now. Maxwell was finding a hole wherever he hit it tonight. Unfortunately two of them flew out of the ballpark against us.”

Maxwell was claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees on April 8. He played center field Saturday in place of slumping former Brave Jordan Schafer.

Maxwell snapped a scoreless tie with his two-run, two-out homer in the fourth inning.

The Braves had a prime scoring chance in the fourth, putting two on with one out after Jones’ leadoff single and Brian McCann’s walk. But Uggla swung at the next pitch and grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Maholm pitched two perfect innings – three groundouts, three strikeouts – in the fifth and sixth, and the Braves tied the score in the sixth after Harrell issued three consecutive two-out walks to Jones, Freeman and McCann. Uggla’s potential bases-clearing hit landed foul by a couple of feet, but he stayed with it and hit a single that drove in two runs.

Uggla’s still hitting a meager .211. But after driving in just five runs in 38 games through July 28, he has four doubles and eight RBIs in his past seven games.

The score didn’t stay tied for long. Maxwell hit a leadoff homer on Maholm’s second pitch of the seventh inning for a 3-2 Astros lead, quieting a crowd of 30,029 that had gotten a charge out of Uggla’s hit the previous inning.

“It’s unfortunate, especially after we tie the game [in the sixth],” Maholm said. “The first guy put them back on top [in the seventh]. The team’s been playing great … and tomorrow we’ve got to take a series.”

82 comments Add your comment

matthew

August 4th, 2012
9:48 pm

Matthew 19:30

double

August 4th, 2012
9:57 pm

Maxwell did holms twice.yuk.

Rowland Office

August 4th, 2012
9:58 pm

Wow. Shut down by the Astros. True to form they tried to give away the game-Braves wouldn’t take it.

Keith

August 4th, 2012
10:04 pm

What is with fredi’s refusal to bunt with runners on and no outs? I understand that you want your big boppers to be taking big cuts but a little strategery never hurt anyone right?

BravesfaninWis

August 4th, 2012
10:05 pm

When you only score 2 runs ( and late ) against the worst pitching staff and team in baseball, you deserve to lose the game and a game in the division as well. The Nats are doing what good teams are supposed to do against bad teams, come back and win the game. No excuse why the Braves couldn’t win this game. If they can’t beat the Astros at home, then they deserve to fall a game back in the division. Everytime the Braves get within a couple of games of the Nats, they go backwards.

lee maye

August 4th, 2012
10:05 pm

Need to win the game tomorrow. Nats were losing 6-4 and came up with 5 runs to go ahead 9-6. Nats next 4 games are with Houston after finale tomorrowl against Marlins. Bravos can’t seem to get over the hump.

Can’t hit against Houston. Total of 10 hits in 2 nights won’t get the job done.

Woopie Goldberg

August 4th, 2012
10:08 pm

Has Michael Bourn forgotten how to hit?

DaveinNEPA

August 4th, 2012
10:08 pm

Not only did we get beat by what amounts to a AAA team tonight, but our former Brave Mike Dunn gives up 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th to the Nats and it looks like they go 3 up on us.

double

August 4th, 2012
10:08 pm

Nats having no trouble hitting-10 to 6 now.Under 500 teams may be Atl. down fall.

Justin

August 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

Losing to the Astros is just pathetic.

beone

August 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

Where’s Reed Johnson?

DaveinNEPA

August 4th, 2012
10:10 pm

Dunn stank when he pithced for us and I see that nothing has changed.

Coach

August 4th, 2012
10:11 pm

We cannot win every single game folks. They will regroup and string together another winning streak. Maholm pitched a quality game, just didn’t get much run support. I think the trade will work out just fine for us. Johnson has done nothing but hit and hustle since we got him. I hope he can be signed to an extension in the offseason, I like his work ethic. I hope Uggla catches fire pretty quick, the lineup can really use his offensive potential during the final 2 months of the season. I hope Walker, Fletch and Chipper doesn’t give up on the boy and keep working with him. The braves have been drawing a ton of walks the past several games, so in reality, its their fault that they cannot cash in on these opportunities. If you’re gonna bank your hopes on each pitcher pitching 7+ innnings and have 2-3 runs in your pocket each game, we will be in trouble. With runners on, Fredi should make the best of his opportunities (ie; Squeeze Plays, Double Steals, Hit&Run, etc) and stop waiting for the big hit.

DaveinNEPA

August 4th, 2012
10:12 pm

Maholm pitched well enough to win but once again our offense falls short.

Nerdville

August 4th, 2012
10:15 pm

Unreal. 2 runs? Only scored 2 runs on the Astros!? Chance to gain more ground on the Nats; or, at least stay 2 runs back (Nats are winning). Well, way to step up to the challenge Braves. Just watch, they’ll probably lose this series and fall further behind the Nats while playing one of MLB’s lousiest teams.
Dare I say this team still has the gag factor working?

old timer

August 4th, 2012
10:18 pm

Lots of broken bats tonight. It got me to thinking, back in the old days when there were cotton mills all over Georgia, they made their spindles out the strongest wood they could find,dogwood. Why aren’t baseball bats made of dogwood?

Harpie

August 4th, 2012
10:20 pm

Why do the Braves seem to think that the only way to score runs when behind in their last at -bat is to hit home runs? There are other ways to score besides swinging ( pathetically, I might add ) for the fences.

BravesfaninWis

August 4th, 2012
10:21 pm

I agree we can’t win every night, but when down by 1 run at home against the worst team in baseball, YOU FIND A WAY TO WIN plain and simple. It’s called small ball, bunt guys over, call a squeez play, do something to win the game. The Astros before this game were 10- 20 in one run games. When you are a team that has been playing as well as the Braves have recently, you need to find a way to win against the Astros. This loss is 100% completely unacceptable. I can take losing to a good team, but not the Astros at home.

MD Braves fan

August 4th, 2012
10:24 pm

Ya know, the astros are pro ball players too. Braves had a hiccup. All good.

least of the east

August 4th, 2012
10:28 pm

when you get 4 hits, you usually lose. as soon as Braves get to within about 2 behind nats, they freeze.
Maholm gave them a quality start and they wasted it.
offense is sporadic-score runs when not nededed, but can’t score when need 1 run.
giving away games to Astros at home is a bad idea. they had 1st overall drfat pick in 2012 for a reason.
best hope is a wild card and that other wild card team doesn’t have their ace lined up to face us in 1 game playoff. we have no ace really.

GaryinBham

August 4th, 2012
10:28 pm

Pitchrt did not let team down. Bats did.

August 4th, 2012
10:34 pm

Hey media. I think we should write about the fact that this is once again a year where hitting is the reason why we lose games. Save an aberration of blowouts against a bad pitching night. I bet the majority of our losses are low scoring games where we lost by 1 or max 2 runs.

Maholm gave up 3 runs, 6 hits.

How is that a pitching problem?

We lost 3 to 2.

Egads. This year our hitting is streaky at best. Amazing that we are playing as well as we do.

Turner Field and the Braves: Where traded hitters come to disappear?
- JD Drew
- Gary Shef
- Mark Tex
- Kenny Lofton
- A Boone
- Alex Gonzalez
… who else?

Brave Fan

August 4th, 2012
10:35 pm

Last comment eaten, dismissed, barred, or whatever by the gods at AJC. No profanity, just a few of a long time fan’s observation on this team’s esteemed manager. Some forum…or maybe “Fruiti” is now considered an obscenity.

GTJoe

August 4th, 2012
10:36 pm

Just once…..or maybe twice…..I would like to see McCann lay down a bunt towards third base. When you are leading off an inning against a left handed pitcher, whose follow thru takes him towards the first base side of the mound, why wouldn’t you try this??

He’s got to do SOMETHING to make them stop the shift.

Brandon

August 4th, 2012
10:39 pm

@ pitching did not let….(blah blah) actually, i’ve seen many games this season where the pitching gave up 6-7 runs and the offense came out and won the game. hanson should not have close to the amount of wins that he has…and he definitely would have more losses if our hitting didn’t save him so many times.

Ed

August 4th, 2012
10:39 pm

I started to say something nasty about the braves but I reconsidered and saved my breath. Pathetic bats

Brandon

August 4th, 2012
10:40 pm

bourn’s FA value is definitely going down!

cowdogit

August 4th, 2012
10:41 pm

It’s happen three times this year, braves winning nearly every game and Fredi sends Constanza down. Braves will be lucky to break even for the next four or five weeks. Mazzone was the braves MO-JO for fourteen division titles, after he left, zero titles. Constanza is the new MO-JO but the evil one is winning the battle. Good night you ignorant drunks.

Amber Girl

August 4th, 2012
10:42 pm

Its been a long day for me. Just want to say thank you for the condolances and I wish all of you well Good nite .

Lance

August 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

Maholm pitched good enough to win. The nail in this coffin was the number of players LOB. I agree, there comes a time when you have to have some basic fundamentals and “manufacture” some runs and you occasionally have to do something different (Mac bunting) to get in the heads of the other team and make them get off their game a bit.

Brandon

August 4th, 2012
10:44 pm

Goodnight Amber Girl

Keith

August 4th, 2012
10:48 pm

A worse stat than 2 runs?

4 hits…

YCOMT

August 4th, 2012
10:48 pm

what else could it be?

Mitchell

August 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

MD Braves fan

August 4th, 2012
10:24 pm

Ya know, the astros are pro ball players too. Braves had a hiccup. All good.

What?

Keith

August 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

As long as they win tomorrow, they go 8-2 on homestand.

go BRAVES ! :)

Martavious

August 4th, 2012
11:11 pm

Tomorrow’s a must win game if the Bravos hope to keep up with the Nats. Too bad it’s come to this but they really need to consider letting Uggla watch the game from the bench.

barbuck

August 4th, 2012
11:11 pm

Ditto on what most have already said – it wasn’t the pitching that lost this game for the Braves.
Even though they won last night, their hitting has been pathetic in this series. And we’re playing the worst team in the league…

stew

August 4th, 2012
11:26 pm

Astros have to win sometimes. Braves have to lose. Let’s get them tomorrow.

Jim

August 4th, 2012
11:38 pm

Dave, we were at the game and it looked like Maxwell was yapping at the Braves dugout after the first home run. Is there something going on there?

older1

August 4th, 2012
11:49 pm

that young ASTROS pitcher is the reason for the loss he was super , if the ump had given him the corners it would have been worst. BRAVES have a good pitcher too, he’s a plus for us down the road.

rc35

August 4th, 2012
11:52 pm

Does Fredi know that “helluva” is considered profanity by a lot of folks? Would he care if he did? As profane as Tommy Lasorda can be, he knew when to keep things family-friendly in the media.

TuffShhhtuff

August 4th, 2012
11:58 pm

If I were the Braves I would add a mask to my uniform tomorrow. Seriously, I would be so embarrassed I would not want to even show my face. These highly-paid “prima donas” coming out and losing to a Houston Astros team that is so bad (per DOB) that they stink up any place they walk into. Don’t believe how bad they are? Read his article from before the game. The Braves lost to a team he describes in this article in about a half dozen ways as being not even MLB material! How could they possibly show their faces tomorrow? On a sidenote if I were Maholm I would rescind the trade(if he has a 5 day right to do so). Who wants to play for a team that can’t even score runs for you?

Rowland Office

August 5th, 2012
12:00 am

Think Maholm pitched just well enough to lose. The Braves tie the score and he gives up a homer to the next Astro batter he faced ( who already hit one off of him) WTF?

iTiSi

August 5th, 2012
12:09 am

Those of you wondering why the Braves don’t try to manufacture runs via the bunt, etc. especially in late innings down by one, well, you might as well be hitting your heads against the wall. The manager is Fredi “Jesus” Gonzalez(seriously that’s his middle name) and he doesn’t even know what a “bunt” is.
There are those on these blogs too, especially DOBs who will call you things like “fool” and “idiot” if you even bring it up, so be prepared. Teams use to manufacture 1 or 2 runs easily using the bunt, but these young, ignorant managers don’t have the mental capacity to understand that!

TNBrave

August 5th, 2012
12:33 am

AJC: A more accurate title would be “Offense Sputters in Maholm’s Debut” instead of “Maholm falls short in debut.”

Also, Chipper and position players should blame themselves, not the pitcher or his two pitches.

bird

August 5th, 2012
1:26 am

I hope tomorrow’s game doesn’t get rained out, because losing to the Astro’s leaves a really bad taste in your mouth. Hope Johnson gets a start somewhere tomorrow.

Pippa's hiney

August 5th, 2012
1:34 am

Lots of crybabies on here.

Bvillebaron

August 5th, 2012
2:16 am

Pippa’s honey:

Lots of ignorant crybabies.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
2:27 am

They have the team but not a manager to guide them. McCann trying to hit game tying home run made himself look like an idiot, bunt down 3 base line automatic hit that puts pressure on defense, possibly could have turned into a double with 0 outs

jharber

August 5th, 2012
2:30 am

I may be a cry baby but I called to myself for McCann to bunt 3 times today to defeat shift but no. You have to adapt to the game or lose.

RunninWithTheDawgs

August 5th, 2012
2:40 am

I just hope this game doesn’t start one of our big losing streaks. 4 hits ! ………. 4hits !

ohhhhYEAH

August 5th, 2012
2:52 am

@ Pitcher did not…

Unfortunately for you, your stupidity has shown. JD Drew had his BEST year of his career in Atlanta. .305 avg, 31 HR, 93 RBI, 12 SB. The only time he really came close to those numbers again were the next year in LA. Alex Gonzalez was a .250 career hitter when we traded for him, we never expected much from his bat. In two seasons with Atlanta, Gary Sheffield hit .319 with 64 HR, 63 2B, 216 RBI, while only striking out 53 and 55 times respectively. Tex hit .295 37 HR, 134 RBI while with Atlanta. Sorry my ill-informed friend, but youre gonna have to find some better names to prove that point. Maybe you shouldve gone with McLouth to at least add a little credibility to your argument. Have a nice day

marty

August 5th, 2012
4:59 am

should have pitch hit with reed johnson ,more contact an speed to prevent double play as francisco to slow!!!!!

RunninWithTheDawgs

August 5th, 2012
7:17 am

Maholm pitched a sweet game that would have normally been good enough for a Brave’s win,
but that kid for the Astros pitched a gem. I haven’t seen his stats but I’d guess that’s his best game ever. Welcome to the Braves Maholm. Keep pitching like you did last night.

RunninWithTheDawgs

August 5th, 2012
7:31 am

Well I looked at Harrell’s stats. He hasn’t shown much except for his last four games counting last night he’s been on fire with around 1.50 era for those games. We got ambushed.

Carl Farvman

August 5th, 2012
8:00 am

“Losing to the Astros is just pathetic.”

Why? The Braves are a decent team, but have enough holes to lose to anybody. Don’t get blinded by the record. The team usually struggles against any of the better teams.

longtimefan

August 5th, 2012
8:01 am

Interesting we haven’t seen much of the Chipper haters (like Clusters) on here lately. Kind of makes you look like an idiot to rag on Chipper’s performance considering he is second in NL for third basemen in BA and OPS with 10 HR and 47 RBI, with more walks than SO. And if you watch the games, he can still pick it at third. I sure am glad FW didn’t listen to the “experts” and retire Chipper and trade Heyward before the season began. BTW, Kimbrel, Freeman, Heyward and Simmons were all drafted on FWs watch as GM.

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
8:15 am

Maholm was fantastic; I hate losing low scoring games, well really hate losing period. The ’stro’s kid was exceptional as well. One of those games, you gotta gear up for today. Still fired up, would’ve loved to seen Reed Johnson especially toward the end there. He’s a formidable clutch. Those astros younglins battle hard, can’t take ‘em lightly. Regroup Bravos.

Buzz 2011

August 5th, 2012
8:17 am

Uggla is on a streak!! He has as many as 3 hits in the last 4 games. Looks
like All Star potential..

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
8:23 am

@iTiSi; Agreed, the game today has gotten away from players being fundamentally sound. Good sound teams who manufacture runs are few & far between.

Rowdy Garrett

August 5th, 2012
8:38 am

BravesfanisWis said it exactly…the team your chasing has huge late inning rally to pull out a victory while against the worst team in baseball Braves manage just 4 hits in 9 innings….none after the 6th against the worst bullpen in baseball and allow a ‘closer’ who was just one for 11 in save opportunities to notch his second career save. The hitting is either all or nothing which is why this team, if it even gets into the playoffs, won’t survive. They can only sustain their success for 7/8 games tops….got to be more consistent than that.

Da Mick

August 5th, 2012
8:50 am

I will not classify myself as a Chipper “hater,” longtimefan, as I’ve long admired him as great player, but I have been one of the many who had been disappointed with his play over the last couple of seasons, questioned his ability to drive the ball, and criticized management decisions to keep him batting in prominent rbi spots in the order for extended periods of time (like all season) when his current performance didn’t merit it, based on his past accomplishments. Based on Chipper’s performance from 2009 through last season, I think those comments, and many other similar comments on these blogs, were warrented. Why in the world would anyone need to be making negative comments about a players performance when he’s going great — Chipper Jones or anyone else. Frankly, after years of diminishing performances, I thought he was done. I don’t know what exactly has gotten in to him this year, but I couldn’t be more pleased. I just wish he’d reclaimed his mojo sooner. We could have used THIS Chipper Jones the last few seasons.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
8:54 am

Good morning everyone. DUMB Amber is here

The Grinch

August 5th, 2012
9:04 am

If any of our other starters had pitched like that the headline would have likely been “Pitcher X’s solid effort spoiled by punchless bats.” This isn’t much of a way to welcome Maholm, who so far looks about as good as anyone we have.

oldmike

August 5th, 2012
9:22 am

Hit the ball to the opposite field. Plain and simple. WHen Uggla starts doing that again he will go on a tear. Agree with all the posters about the managerial “style” of Fredi. Non existent. Instead of trying to tie game with a few hits they tried to win the game with one swing. Ughh. Or rather Uggh-la.

NO O

August 5th, 2012
9:40 am

Good grief, once again you sports writers try to cover up the pitiful Braves offense with trying to blame the pitchers because they gave up 3 whole runs and the O couldn’t score against a terrible team

P Rose

August 5th, 2012
9:48 am

Yes, the Astros are bad, but the Braves were beaten by their two best players, Maxwell and Harrell. No shame in that. We’ll get ‘em today for sure.

Wrecker

August 5th, 2012
10:04 am

Some really dumb comments on here this morning already. Taking them in order:

1. Dogwood is almost half again as dense as white ash, which means that it is significantly heavier. The key is to find a wood hard/dense enough with a fine grain that will not break, but that is not so heavy it affects bat speed.

2. The Braves lost to Harrell, who has given up 7 ER in his last 5 games in 30.2 innings, for an ERA in that stretch of 2.08. His record of 2-3 in that period is owing to the fact that the Astros scored all of 16 runs in those 5 starts, and 2 or fewer in 3 of the starts.

3. McCann does not bunt into the shift because (a) he is not a good bunter, (b) he is likely not fast enough to reach safely if he does not get the bunt past the pitcher, (c) you don’t like your catcher running to try to leg out bunts all of the time (i.e., hamstring pulls, etc.), (d) McCann’s value as a batter is his power, which you sacrifice with a bunt, and (e) McCann is an anchor on the base path, resulting in station-to-station running. Better to have him hit a double and drive in runs.

4. The Braves have not struggled against bad teams this year. They are 33-18 against teams below .500.

BraveFan

August 5th, 2012
10:38 am

Good post Wrecker.

Fredi as a manager leans heavily on Sabermetrics with a pinch of what he learned from Bobby Cox. I have no problem with this.

Any look at statistics tells you the bunting a runner on first to 2nd decreases your chance of scoring in the inning. For the Braves the only guys who should bunt a runner to 2nd are Bourn (only if a pinch hitter got on in front of him as pitchers run so poorly they would probably be out at 2nd anyway), Prado, pitcher, Janish (if a pinch hitter is on deck). Otherwise don’t give up the out, swing away.

BraveFan

August 5th, 2012
10:42 am

Btw I was there last night Harrell pitched really well and the 2 homers by Maxwell were bombs.

Also I love Chipper and he’s raking at the plate but he has worst range I have ever seen at 3rd right now. If its not right at him it’s a hit. Not meant as a bash, just an observation.

Wrecker

August 5th, 2012
10:54 am

5. The Braves offense is not bad. They have scored 5 or more runs 43 out of 107 games, winning all but one of those games. Throw in games in which they have scored 4 or more runs and the total increases to 65 out of 107 games, with a record of 54-11 in those games. The Braves are 7th in NL in BA, 3rd in Runs, 1st in BB, and 7th in OPS. Compare this with last year, when the Braves were 13th in BA, 10th in Runs, 8th in BB, and 11th in OPS. They scored 4 or more runs in only 86 games last year in 162 games.

6. Fredi G. is 150-119 in his first 269 games. Bobby Cox was 139-130 in his first 269 games.

7. Losing one game to the Astros is not the end of the world. The ‘Stros have beaten Cincy, the Pirates, and the Dodgers twice, taken 3 from St. Louis, and have swept series against the Mets and Cubs.

BraveFan

August 5th, 2012
10:59 am

Wrecker

Biggest stat was 3rd in runs scored. If you score runs and get good pitching you will win a lot.

jojo

August 5th, 2012
11:42 am

be patient, things will work out for the best—– maybe.

jojo

August 5th, 2012
11:43 am

if we can pitch well in the same game we score a few runs— hmmmm- maybe not

man and dog

August 5th, 2012
11:52 am

do the Braves have a batting coach?

Carl Farvman

August 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

I think it’s time that Fredi and Frank go………agreed?

john

August 5th, 2012
1:31 pm

-Malcohm is good – made one really bad pitch to Astro’s hottest hitter-hopefully he LISTENS to McCann and especially Rossie- M. shook off Brian a few too many times but let’s wait until next start

-Bourn looks tired – needs couple of days off, same with using Brian too much when heat and humidity is brutal

- Btaves have to stay within 3 games of Nationals until Simmons and Hanson get back

-Where is Moylan?

Angel

August 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

Maxwell’s silver hammer…. we need to stop him today.

arizona brave

August 5th, 2012
2:11 pm

If Uggla is such a team player why doesn’t he take himself out of the line up? He is pathetic at the plate,and is not helping the Braves at all.

jt

August 5th, 2012
2:35 pm

WTF, I thought for a minute there Lowe was back. Home Runs to these guys????

Looks like Johnson was the best of this deal! Another coup for Wren, what an idiot?

jt

August 5th, 2012
2:38 pm

Don’t you love it when these stupid announcers, try to make out like Uggla is hitting again? They keep talking about a freak double( should have been an error) that got us two runs. And the 4 game hitting streak, lets see how much is that per game???? (more than my calculator will show)

They are trying to cover up the idiotic mistake Wren made getting this clown! Hey Uggla, can you say Mendoza??????

jt

August 5th, 2012
2:46 pm

Just saw Uggla strike out AGAIN!!!!! Gotta get rid of this jerk!!

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