Venters big in return; Chipper likely out of lineup Monday

After getting a week of rest for a sore elbow, Jonny Venters recorded a couple of big outs for the Braves in Sunday’s 6-1 win against Houston.

The left-hander entered with runners and second and third and one out in the sixth, after reliever Cory Gearrin gave up a Justin Maxwell double that made the score 1-all. Venters struck out pinch-hitter Matt Downs, then intentionally walked Steve Pearce to load the bases before getting pinch-hitter J.D. Martinez to ground into a fielder’s choice.

Venters returned July 21 from a stint on the disabled list for elbow inflammation. He had four scoreless appearances in eight days before being shelved for a week with what manager Fredi Gonzalez termed elbow tenderness and said was “nothing major.”

“Just normal soreness they wanted to be cautious with,” Venters said before Sunday’s game. “I think it was just from pitching again [after the DL stint]. Just flared up. But it feels good now.”

Gonzalez praised the performances by Venters and reliever Luis Avilan, who entered with two on and two out in the seventh inning and struck out Brett Wallace.

“A couple of keys in this game were Jonny coming in [with runners at] second and third and getting those guys out, and then Luis coming in and getting Wallace with the strikeout with people on base,” Gonzalez said.

Chipper likely out of lineup

Chipper Jones planned to stay behind in Atlanta to take care of “family matters” on Sunday and join the team in Philadelphia late Monday afternoon. He is not expected to be in the lineup for Monday night’s series opener against the Phillies.

Prado spiked in leg

The Braves got a scare in the first inning Sunday when Martin Prado got spiked in the left shin while sliding into second on a stolen base, opening a cut.

Prado, who missed a month in the 2011 season for staph infection in his leg, was attended to by a Braves trainer on the field and stayed in the game Sunday after having a bandage applied to the wound.

Etc.

Dan Uggla’s 0-for-4 game with two strikeouts Sunday dropped his home average to .185. Among major league qualifiers, only the Mets’ Ike Davis (.151) had a lower home average before Sunday. Uggla has hit .127 (21-for-165) in his past 50 games with two homers and 63 strikeouts. He does have eight RBIs in his past eight games and totaling nine in his previous 42 games….

Before his RBI single in the eighth inning Sunday, Michael Bourn was 1-for-24 this season against his former Astros team.

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Ken Stallings

August 5th, 2012
6:34 pm

Second start in a row that Kris Medlen got very little run support, but he’s certainly done his job! The Braves have gone 8-2 over their last ten games and remain three games back behind Washington! That’s how good the Nats are. Of course, they are playing weak sisters also.

The Reds and Pirates are feasting on weaker teams also. Right now the NL is being dominated by four teams: Reds, Nats, Braves, and Pirates in that order of standings, and the margin between them and the next teams is getting wide.

I thought Chipper had a classic reply in today’s post-game interviews when he said he essentially that no matter how well you did you cannot make everyone happy “just ask my two wives!” LOL!!

Ain’t that the truth, brother!

shawn

August 5th, 2012
6:34 pm

74bravesjersey

August 5th, 2012
6:51 pm

@Ken Stallings; Yes it is big brother, It sure is. Well gotta keep the machine roll’n. Go Bravo Co.

Chris from the Rock

August 5th, 2012
6:56 pm

I guess Roadrunner will have to go yicketty tomorrow night.

alanfalcon

August 5th, 2012
7:01 pm

Once again Uggla keeps costing us one inning of productivity for every game played, has anyone else done this on such a consistent basis, something has to be done because he keeps doing the same things over and over at the plate, there is no progress being made !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MD Braves fan

August 5th, 2012
7:05 pm

I know they are hoping uggla gets on one of those tears but man he looks lost at the plate. Bourn seems tired. Give him a couple days off fredi. Johnson filled in great.

PaulG

August 5th, 2012
7:05 pm

Another win. Given all the up & downs this year the maturity,don’t panic index for fredi is 85 %. While in index for all the aunt blabbys who cry for his head under any pretext is 9 %

Brvs1fan

August 5th, 2012
7:18 pm

Once again alanfalcon keeps costing us valuable blogging time for every blog written, has anyone else done this on such a consistent basis. something has to be done because he keeps saying the same things over and over at the blog, there is no progress being made so STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frank Shab PA

August 5th, 2012
7:44 pm

Before it gets too late, sit Uggla, put Prado at second and stick the new guy Johnson in left.
With men on base and less than 2 outs in a close game, I pray that he strikes out because otherwise he’ll hit into a double play. A strike out hurts the team less. That is how bad he is playing.
Anybody agree outthere?

Del

August 5th, 2012
7:51 pm

Amen brother Frank!! In SPADES.

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Daniel

August 5th, 2012
8:06 pm

Wren needs to seriously consider ways to shed Uggla’s contract and find a decent 2B. His defense has been on par but we paid him a ton of money for a couple of months of firepower followed by 4 more months of ineptitude at the plate I haven’t seen in decades. He looks utterly lost up there, trying to hit a HR everytime and he’s popping up to 2B or striking out every time. Time for someone new.

Tampa Gator

August 5th, 2012
8:19 pm

Everyone should keep in mind that Uggla was an all-star second baseman this year!

nuh uh

August 5th, 2012
8:26 pm

Everyone should also keep in mind that Uggla has really big muscles.

Jerry in Tennessee

August 5th, 2012
8:27 pm

I agree Frank. I have not been an Uggla basher and have supported “running him out there”. However, with the arrival of Johnson we have new options. It is time to let Uggla work it out in BP, or spring training.

Largo

August 5th, 2012
8:32 pm

Bet the Braves are wondering how to deal with the Uggla problem. He is still owed many million dollars and the Bat Boy probably has a better average. Really feel for Uggie, he has to be hurting inside.

dre

August 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

Chipper off Monday? Appointment at Hooters?

West Georgia Braves Fan

August 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

It’s time to let Uggla sit out about a week. Prado should play 2nd base and Johnson should bw in left field. Wren missed his chance to trade Uggla. He is mostly dead weight.

Interested Bystander

August 5th, 2012
9:12 pm

This was a terrible time for mrs. chipper to announce or demand this marital resolution. The last year of a 20 year career with him breaking all types of records. For the sake of everything it was not necessary. I don’t know the lady but in most cases when things like this happens with this timing it must be a way of making it all about her. I don’t know what the situation is but I wouldn’t want anyone like that around me.

old brave, retired

August 5th, 2012
9:15 pm

The scouting report on how to get Dan Uggla out—1. Pick up baseball and throw it towards catcher….

Tampa Gator

August 5th, 2012
9:33 pm

Uggla will break out of it in a big way very soon and all of you naysayers will be eating crow!

Pippa's hiney

August 5th, 2012
9:40 pm

Uggla will get on a roll. Soon.

Chipper's wife

August 5th, 2012
10:13 pm

My guess is she said “Your retiring and going to be home all the time? That’s it, I’m outta here, just send me a check every month.” I hate it for Larry, but who really knows what is going on, bad timing indeed.

Keith

August 5th, 2012
10:22 pm

Actually, there are signs of Uggla breaking out. I know it’s a small sample, but he’s been decent in August.

Go BRAVES! :)

Who Me?

August 5th, 2012
11:42 pm

Bourn and Uggla both need to sit a few days. Prado’s amazing, you just wind him up and turn him loose every game. Great guy to have on the team. Nice W today Bravos, TCB in Philly tomorrow.

ToodlePoodle

August 6th, 2012
12:31 am

Chipper filing for divorce tomorrow? Hopefully he is older and wiser now and won’t remarry within a few months like he did wife 2. Shame the money he has paid two women he never should’ve married if he wasnt ready to be faithful. Funny how most wives don’t like being run around on. Whoda thunk it? Derek jeter never married. Smart guy.

YoungerThan ThatNow

August 6th, 2012
12:46 am

Jerry in Tennessee… there’s never been a player in a hitting slump who “worked it out in BP”. It just can’t be done and anybody with any amount of baseball knowledge knows that. Sit a guy for a game or two, moreso for a mental rest, is a common way to help a guy out… and that’s all that the Braves or any ‘real fan’ wants for Uggla, to help him out. There have been some recent signs of him working it out… 8 RBIs in his last 8 games is not an easy thing to do. I believe he’ll turn it around soon.

I realize that most of the comments about Chipper and his family situation are said in jest, and Chipper’s a big boy and doesn’t need anybody, especially myself, carrying a torch for him. But, we all need to cut the guy some slack here on this issue and let him deal with this private issues in private. He’s lived in a ‘glass house’ for twenty years now, and everything he does or doesn’t do is right here for all the world to see. Celebrity and $14 million/year or not, like everyone else he deserves that courtesy.

Let’s go get ‘em in Philly! GO BRAVES!

Da Mick

August 6th, 2012
8:17 am

No kidding Younger Than That Now. Bystander, all I can say is, you’ve got a brass pair to make those statements with your assumptions intact. No one ever knows what goes on between two people in a relationship, so it’s not for someone else to say. And guess what, this is their life and their family they are dealing with here, not some all important baseball season. I don’t think there’s any way to imagine what it must be like to be the spouse or family of a pro athlete, or the sacrifices that are involved year after year. As we don’t have a clue as to what’s really going on between the Joneses, it would probably be best if we stuck to what we do know everything about — running a baseball team!

Chip Carey

August 6th, 2012
10:00 am

Uggla is drawing a lot of walks and playing good second base defense.
But his plate appearances have been nothing short of…Uggly.
Chorte Chortle. Guffaw Guffaw. Snicker Snicker.
I’m so self-effacing. Gosh shucks.

urban redneck

August 6th, 2012
10:21 am

anyone else worried about everyday jonny?

MfG

August 6th, 2012
10:37 am

“Anyone else worried about every day Johny?” Nope!

MfG

August 6th, 2012
10:37 am

“Anyone else worried about every day Johny?” Nope!

Marshall

August 6th, 2012
10:39 am

Interested Bystander – Amazing comments. You admit, and I quote, “I don’t know what the situation is but I wouldn’t want anyone like that around me”. If you don’t know what the situation is, how can you conclude you wouldn’t want anyone like that around you?

arizona brave

August 6th, 2012
10:54 am

Why does FG keep running Uggla out there? Play Reed Johnson in left field and Prado at 2nd just for the Phillie series and see what happens.

Andrew

August 6th, 2012
10:59 am

You’re going to put an Allstar 2nd basemen and potential 35 Hrs and 100 rbis on the bench. OK Glad you’re not managing my team.

arizona brave

August 6th, 2012
11:02 am

He should have never been on the all star team.

Andrew

August 6th, 2012
11:15 am

That is true. You are right. He will come out of this and get red hot. He always does. Have patience. I don’t guess you want to win . You do what you want and Braves will LOSE. Remind me not to hire you as manager.

Tampa Gator

August 6th, 2012
12:22 pm

To Chipper:

I would tone down the wife references if I were you. You are a great baseball player and headed to the HOF with your career records….no doubt. But I would not make too many mentions about the women in your life, as you are not headed to the hall of fame for marriage performance. Just hope you had a pre-nup for the second one.

Tampa Gator

August 6th, 2012
12:28 pm

arizona brave……(are you sure you aren’t a multiple personality of BravesfaninWis)…….as he just hates Uggla……

Because of his contract….and his past career perfromances….and the hell of an August he had last year…..and the fact that he gives 110 percent all the time…..and the fact that he is always a great teammate…..and the fact that he is always the first player to congratulate others for their success on the field…..the fact that he is a winner…….and the fact that Johnson is not an every day ML player ……and Uggla is. And the fact the Gonzalez is he manager and you aren’t….and I am glad about that…..although I do wish Freddy was a little more quick minded during interviews.

Tater in Afghanistan

August 6th, 2012
12:34 pm

We HAVE been winning while he (Uggla) has been whiffing at everything in sight.

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Chipmunk

August 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

Why is Cory Gearrin still on the team? He is a disaster every time he pitches!

BravesWin

August 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

Most likely, Uggla made the All-Star team due to American League fans voting for him.
At this point, it’s just about inexcusable for Fredi not to sit him for a few.

Andrew

August 6th, 2012
1:07 pm

Quit whining. You are winning. You will not catch the Nats. They are not better than Braves just LUCKY. Settle for widcard and beat Nats head to head. Be Patient. Braves in playoff.

Andrew

August 6th, 2012
1:07 pm

Quit whining. You are winning. You will not catch the Nats. They are not better than Braves just LUCKY. Settle for widcard and beat Nats head to head. Be Patient. Braves in playoff.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

August 6th, 2012
1:26 pm

Gearrin is on the team because he eats up innings and provides another bullpen option for FG. He has a different arm angle that makes it tough on RH batters. He’s the Pete Moylan of the bullpen right now. With Medlen in the rotation Gearrin is a need right now.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

August 6th, 2012
1:31 pm

Tampa Gator,

Chipper is just being truthful about his life and what baseball has given him, and what it has cost him. I imagine being a ball player is not what its cracked up to be. The fame and money is great, but the being away from family is tough. Everybody has cracks in the armor, he recognizes his cracks and to certain extent I think thats why he is leaving after this year. He wants to get off the rollercoaster. Its a tough decision because baseball is all he is known for the past 20 years. Lot players cant handle retirement.

phil

August 6th, 2012
1:39 pm

Chipper ain’t playing, we’re not winning in the buzz saw that awaits this evening….

The Phillies are no doubt pissed off and looking to crunch us….if we get 4 hits, I’ll be shocked.

Fire FW!!

henry tn

August 6th, 2012
2:04 pm

the nats have better pitching than we do and more consistent hitting and can come back after being behind and the braves can’t so that makes the nats a better team….

lefty fielder

August 6th, 2012
2:55 pm

i like it when uggla bats . . . the breeze feels good.

Drez

August 6th, 2012
2:55 pm

When Heyward was slumping last year, he was platooned and the Braves considered sending him down. Uggla has struggled the entire year, but we keep sending him out there day after day. Send Dan Struggla to Gwinett for a couple of weeks to workout his swing.

NickGranite

August 6th, 2012
4:04 pm

Heyward was 21 last year and around the major league minimum. Uggla is in his early 30s and makes 13 million. It’s a little tougher for a GM to admit to a 13 million dollar a year mistake wit 3 years to go.

Joey M

August 6th, 2012
4:35 pm

I don’t care of Uggla hits .100 for the rest of the year. If he hits .750 in the playoffs and leads us to a World Series victory all will be forgotten. And he is just the player to do that too. His glove is always stellar. He does make the other hitters better that hit around him. He’s always dangerous. If you guys stopped harping on him and let these things work themselves out, he will improve.

tampa gay-turd

August 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

I just want everyone to know that I’m really nothing more than a 19 year old idiot….one of the reasons Uggla is an all-star is like…because…I voted for him like..u know…..gabajillion times…..Everyone makes fun of him, but you guys are just jealous. I get really excited when I see his hands wrap around that bat if you know what i mean.

everyone knows that the gators are FAR MORE superior than you dumb bulldogs. so, that makes me right, and you wrong…ha ha…..

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