Braves win second straight 1-0 game over Rockies – updated




It’s hard to win three out of four games, including back-to-back by shutout, like the Braves did against the Rockies and come away frustrated. But that’s what the Braves were facing Thursday, as they headed for New York after a 1-0 win at Turner Field.

The Braves have won each their past two games while scoring once on an unearned run, not exactly momentum-building stuff. They’ve left that up to their pitchers. Tim Hudson pitched seven shutout innings Thursday, like Mike Minor had the night before, and the Braves used more solid bullpen work to move 3 ½ games ahead of the Cardinals in the NL wild card and five up on the Pirates and Dodgers.

“Winning the last two games the way we’ve done it makes us feel good as a staff,” said Hudson, now 14-5 with a 3.59 ERA. “We haven’t really been able to get a lot of credit this year, but it’s been nice to be able to squeak out some wins and let our staff have a time to put our chest out a little bit.”

Peter Moylan, Eric O’Flaherty and closer Craig Kimbrel, who recorded seven outs in the past two games, capped off 19 straight scoreless innings by the Braves to close out the series.

The Braves offense, meanwhile, spent the afternoon just itching for a clutch hit. They went only 3-for-35 with runners in scoring position during the series and scored their only run Thursday after the pitcher Jhoulys Chacin dropped a throw back from the catcher.

“We got a little bit lucky right there,” said Hudson, who saw a game end that way in Oakland after Angels closer Franciscso Rodriguez dropped a throw back to the mound. “But we’ll take them any way we can get them.”

Francisco, nicknamed “Roadrunner” by teammates who kid him for his lack of speed, dropped down a bunt for a single to lead off the second inning. He took third base on a Dan Uggla double to right field and scored after Chacin took his eye off a throw back from the catcher. It was the second straight day the Braves netted their only run on an error.

“Thank goodness that Juan-y was heads up and able to score that run,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Braves loaded the bases in both the third and fourth innings and came up empty, including once with nobody out. Jason Heyward threw his bat down in disgust after popping up for the second out in the fourth inning, a similar reaction to one Brian McCann had made after popping up to end the third. But overall, Gonzalez said the Braves are maintaining their cool.

“(Hitting coach Greg Walker) was just telling me ‘The place I’ve been eight years, people (would be) throwing helmets and cussing and yelling in the dugout and panicking,’” said Gonzalez, who was referring to Walker’s previous eight years with the Chicago White Sox. “’And not from the players.’ They don’t need that from me or the coaching staff. We’ve just got to keep them going. Keep getting on base, keep playing good defense, pitching and it’ll come around.”

The Braves went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners. The only hit in those situations came on Martin Prado’s single with Hudson at second base, and the pitcher had to hold up at third. That broke an 0-for-27 streak since with runners in scoring position since David Ross’ two-run double in the third inning on Monday.

The best news for the Braves was that the Rockies were doing the same thing. They stranded eight runners of their own, while going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position Thursday, and 3-for-28 in the series.

Hudson threw 10 of his first 15 pitches for balls, including a four-pitch walk to Jordan Pacheco, in the first inning. But after giving up four hits to the first 11 batters he faced, Hudson allowed only two to the last 18 batters he faced.

“It was one of those games where I had to mix everything up, change eye levels and wasn’t overpowering by any means,” Hudson said. “But just bobbed and weaved and smoke and mirrored them a little bit.”

133 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

September 6th, 2012
3:11 pm

Tootsi

September 6th, 2012
3:12 pm

Pathetic offense. This team will obviously go nowhere if this continues. Also, Fredi reneging so quickly on his play Uggla sporadically proclamation is nothing short of a joke. Glad I was working and didn’t have to watch this crap.

On the bright side, the pitching looks good, but it was the Rockies with a bunch of young guys.

Bobby's Cox

September 6th, 2012
3:15 pm

Back-to-back 1-0 wins both a result of unearned runs. Has that ever happened before? Someone call Elias.

This offense is atrocious.

George Washington

September 6th, 2012
3:18 pm

Personally, I feel like they earned the runs. I mean, it took a lot of hustle and even though Colorado made errors, it still took effort and hustle for us to score the run today (and the one yesterday). To say they were “unearned” is just mean-spirited in my opinion, and is looking at the glass half-empty. They EARNED those runs!

George Washington

September 6th, 2012
3:18 pm

Personally, I feel like they earned the runs. I mean, it took a lot of hustle and even though Colorado made errors, it still took effort and hustle for us to score the run today (and the one yesterday). To say they were “unearned” is just mean-spirited in my opinion, and is looking at the glass half-empty. They EARNED those runs!

Dawg Haus

September 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

Happy they got the W, but we need to call Jobu into that clubhouse to wake up some bats.

JustSayin

September 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

I wonder what the stats are on Braves runs scored with either Uggla in or out of the lineup.
On the plus side I think Fredi a few days ago hinted that this might be his last year in Atlanta.

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:19 pm

Pretty sure I read and saw that Uggla had a double. That 1 for 4 was better than Bourn, McCann, Freeman, and Janish.

Dum-Bass

September 6th, 2012
3:20 pm

Guess who was left standing on second base not really paying attention until it was too late, when Francisco scored? His name is Dan. Dan Uggla. Good thing at least that Juan was IN THE GAME! DU could have and should have taken third on the throw home. Why is he back in the lineup? FG does lie a lot! At least we have found his match now. Jim Tracy of the Rockies is another “zombie” and “robot”!

go braves

September 6th, 2012
3:21 pm

A good team finds ways to win, and they have done that last 2 days. The Braves may not have a consistent offense, but they have had streaks in which the offence carried the team. I’m not that worried just because of these past few days. Go Braves.

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

Just Sayin: Uggla represents 15 runs above a replacement player at his position (RAR).

Thadsdad

September 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

Gotta love it. Bravos continue to win despite a team-wide outbreak of UGGLITIS.

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:23 pm

Just Sayin: Uggla represents 15 runs above a replacement player at his position (RAR).

tootie green

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

0-27 with RISP. It seems the law of averages would kick in at some time and we would drive someone in by pure luck.I think we will win tomorrow 1-0 when a fly ball hits a bird in mid air and the Mets can’t catch it. Stange, Stange, Strange.

SMOLTZ29

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Hitting like that in the playoffs will get you SWEPT! MERCY

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Uggla could not have taken third on that play. That would have been bad baserunning to do it.

And Uggla has represented 15 runs above a replacement 2B this year (RAR).

tootie green

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

0-27 with RISP. It seems the law of averages would kick in at some time and we would drive someone in by pure luck.I think we will win tomorrow 1-0 when a fly ball hits a bird in mid air and the Mets can’t catch it. Stange, Stange, Strange.

SMOLTZ29

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Hitting like that in the playoffs will get you SWEPT! MERCY

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Uggla could not have taken third on that play. That would have been bad baserunning to do it.

And Uggla has represented 15 runs above a replacement 2B this year (RAR).

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Uggla could not have taken third on that play. That would have been bad baserunning to do it.

And Uggla has represented 15 runs above a replacement 2B this year (RAR).

Wrecker

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Uggla could not have taken third on that play. That would have been bad baserunning to do it.

And Uggla has represented 15 runs above a replacement 2B this year (RAR).

Brave New World

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

Rockies have one of the best hitting teams in the majors and were on a hot streak, and the Braves shut ‘em down and shut ‘em out! GO BRAVES!

Scoots

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

To catch the Nats at this point would take an epic collapse on their part.

If Nats continue at current winning % (.618) they would end up 100-62.
Braves would have to go 23-1 the rest of the way to win the division at 101-61.

If the Nats only play .500 ball from here out (unlikely) they would be 97-65.
Braves would have to go 20-4 to get to 98-64.

If the Braves continue at their current win percentage (.565) they end up 92-70.
The Nats would only have to go 8-18 to win the division at 92-70.

So it’s time to start looking at the Wild Card magic number

Sam

September 6th, 2012
3:25 pm

A win is a win whether it is by 1 run or 10, but this is getting ridiculous. The hitters are making waaaay too much money to be hitting like they are.

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
3:27 pm

@Dum-Bass Uggla was paying attention. No guarantee he makes it to 3rd, and you dont make the last out at 3rd. Also, the ball came towards 2nd, if he starts running at that point, it is a guaranteed out for him

Sadie

September 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

Why are all the Braves announcers wearing purple shirts today?

Sadie

September 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

Why are all the Braves announcers wearing purple shirts today?

Realist

September 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

Dumb-Bass @3:20: Have you watched the replay? Not an Uggla fan here, but he made the right move. No outs, already on second. You don’t make the first out of the inning at third, which well may have happened if he had tried to move up on the throw home. Stay in scoring position, let someone drive you in. It may not have happened, but that’s the smart play.

Scoots

September 6th, 2012
3:28 pm

I hope Simmons comes back soon and brings the team some life.

Negative Creep

September 6th, 2012
3:30 pm

This team scares me. I know this game goes in the win column but this was not a Braves win, it was a Rockies loss.

My only hope is we get hot at the right time and and roll to the WS.

Playoffs?

September 6th, 2012
3:30 pm

Guys I hate to break it to ya but it aint looking good. They have 24 games left and 15 of those are on the road. Right now if they split those and win 12 more than the Braves are at 90 wins. Is that enought to make wildcard? Dont now but if they keep leaving guys on base and not scoring any runs like they have been, I doubt there is going to be any second season for these guys.

Playoffs?

September 6th, 2012
3:30 pm

Guys I hate to break it to ya but it aint looking good. They have 24 games left and 15 of those are on the road. Right now if they split those and win 12 more than the Braves are at 90 wins. Is that enought to make wildcard? Dont now but if they keep leaving guys on base and not scoring any runs like they have been, I doubt there is going to be any second season for these guys.

boots

September 6th, 2012
3:31 pm

The offense is better without Uggla playing. I hate to say it, because we paid this guy a fortune, but we are getting robbed. Sit him and play Reed Johnson in LF and put Prado at 2nd.

DaltonBrave

September 6th, 2012
3:33 pm

I doubt the Braves would have much offensive success hitting off a batting tee at the moment. It’s just that bad. Thankfully, the Rockies offense was a bit worse and Hudson had a nice performance on the hill today. The Rockies pitcher had a near 5 ERA. The Braves consistenly make pitchers with high ERA’s as well as rookie pitchers look like Cy Young award winners. As a Braves fan I am envious of the Nationals ball club that hit six homeruns last night. Hell, at this rate I’d be happy if the Braves could score more than one run per game. It’s too deep in the season to be struggling this badly on offense. How about showing some life up there at the plate, act like you care at least.

DaltonBrave

September 6th, 2012
3:33 pm

I doubt the Braves would have much offensive success hitting off a batting tee at the moment. It’s just that bad. Thankfully, the Rockies offense was a bit worse and Hudson had a nice performance on the hill today. The Rockies pitcher had a near 5 ERA. The Braves consistenly make pitchers with high ERA’s as well as rookie pitchers look like Cy Young award winners. As a Braves fan I am envious of the Nationals ball club that hit six homeruns last night. Hell, at this rate I’d be happy if the Braves could score more than one run per game. It’s too deep in the season to be struggling this badly on offense. How about showing some life up there at the plate, act like you care at least.

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
3:34 pm

hah i meant the first out…

and while we are on the subject of uggla. He got an opposite field double and has not struck out in the last 2 games. He’s hit a few balls solid and been jammed a few times, but nothing to complain about right now.

Leave uggla alone, if he doesn’t get that double, francisco is not on third to score on that error

Joey

September 6th, 2012
3:36 pm

Well, how many games like this have the Braves lost?

We’ll take em . . .

terp

September 6th, 2012
3:36 pm

The issue is Turner Field. We just don’t hit & score runs at Turner. You can look it up! Our best chance in the postseason will be to play most of our games on the road. Particularly frightening is the one game/winner take all. Hope it’s on the road!

aburtch

September 6th, 2012
3:36 pm

This 3-for-35 with RISP is SERIOUSLY concerning. There’s no way we’ll catch the Nats, or fare well in a one-game wild-card playoff with that level of hitting.

robertatl

September 6th, 2012
3:37 pm

I hope someone locks Fredi in the clubhouse because the atmosphere on the bench is to business like. The team needs to have some fun and the pressure will subside and the offense will take off.

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
3:37 pm

@terp – it would likely be at home though…and you’re right, the braves seem much more alive on the road

UPGRAYEDD

September 6th, 2012
3:38 pm

I’ll take the W and hope that we catch fire in the week before the playoffs. Our pitching staff is awesome. Pitching wins in the post-season. Of course, a timely hit every now and then would be welcomed.

Kentavo

September 6th, 2012
3:40 pm

90 wins will get ‘em the wildcard, I think.

Ron

September 6th, 2012
3:41 pm

The Braves definitely needs to get going, I still think the Braves need another right handed bat in the line-up. I know this is crazy, but how bout hitting Uggla 3rd in front of Chipper? Might see some good pitches and get him started. With Uggla and McCann not doing much, not going far in the playoffs. I do like pitching though in a short series with Medlen,Minor and Hudson and Maholm if needed. i think Sheets if healthy needs to be in the bullpen when he returns.

robertatl

September 6th, 2012
3:41 pm

Fredi’s comment about hoping the offense shows up and starts hitting to the media has put doubt in the players mind and they are thinking about last year all over.

fletch

September 6th, 2012
3:43 pm

Uggla needs to spend less time in Buckhead chasing tail and more time trying to improve the NL’s worst batting average.

Negative Creep

September 6th, 2012
3:44 pm

“What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs?! You kidding me?! Playoffs?! I just hope we can win a game! Another game!”

-Jim Mora

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
3:45 pm

rockies came in a hot hitting team and the starters held them to 2 ER in 28.2 innings. Braves may not have been hitting, but they found a way to take the series.

I have no problem with that.

fletch lives

September 6th, 2012
3:45 pm

I hope he’s been wearing a ‘poon balloon’ so he doesn’t catch anything beyond ‘the whiffs’

jayvee

September 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

In the series against the Mighty Rockies, the Braves went 3-1 with 8 runs scored on 23 hits and an eye-popping 4 RBIs. Wow. Somebody needs to spike the Gatorade.

SMOLTZ29

September 6th, 2012
3:52 pm

The most undewhelming 3-4 series win in team history! Imagine if the Rockies had: Helton, Cuddyer, Tulo, and Cargo in the lineup today? MERCY

rich

September 6th, 2012
3:53 pm

First, George Washington, do you have a clue what constitutes an earned run or unearned run? Apparently not.

And, man, good thing Fredi put McCant and Struggla back in there – 0 EARNED runs in the 2 games since they are back in the lineup – they are ON FIRE

Bourn and Freeman both look like they have hit the wall – both need a day off

Luv them Braves

September 6th, 2012
3:55 pm

Where are the idiots that thrashed Moylan when he came back. He looks good to me.

paul in richmond

September 6th, 2012
3:56 pm

A quick review of MLB stats shows that the braves are not in the top 15 in any offensive category except walks. So if we are going to win a NLCS or WS we will have to pray for great pitching and the other team committing errors…..

Tumbledown

September 6th, 2012
3:59 pm

The offense should wake up. Looking at this positively (this is difficult for some of you), at least the Braves are not wasting these shut outs. Why score a bunch of runs in a shut out when you can save them for when the pitching staff scuffles a bit.

Growler

September 6th, 2012
4:00 pm

Braves are in the middle of a brutal 33 games in 34 days stretch. Not an excuse, but I agree, Rich, that Freeman and, especially, Bourn, look tired.
btw, I looked at skeds.. after this stretch ends, Braves have 3 off days over their final 20 games. Pirates, for instance, scheduled to play 20 games in a row to end season. That’s somewhat of an advantage for Braves to set their rotation down the stretch.

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
4:01 pm

@paul in richmond – sounds like the way the giants beat us in the 2010 nlds

crm300

September 6th, 2012
4:03 pm

Bourn continues to show that he will not be worth overpaying for. The whole offensive is pressing right now. Anyone notice how often Prado does not get the job done when trying to move a runner from second to third with less than two outs? McCann is even worse. Uggla actually hit a couple of balls to the right side today. Can he possibly have seen the light? Braves have majority of games left on the road which may not be a bad thing. They play better on the road. Need a sweep of the Mets this weekend! Still a three game lead over the second place wild card. For those of you who don’t think the Nats can collapse, see Atlanta or Boston 2011 and the Yankees 2012!

Kramer

September 6th, 2012
4:08 pm

Down right scary with the playoffs approaching. I remember the TV announcers telling the viewing audience about 3 weeks ago that we were going into a stretch of playing teams under .500 and it could help us catch the Nats. Our pitching has been solid, our offense has been a joke. It is a good thing the Cardinals have not caught fire during this spell.

Kevin

September 6th, 2012
4:09 pm

Hey DOB, any quotes from Walker or Fletcher about the current hitting woes?

chc4

September 6th, 2012
4:13 pm

Everyone talks about Uggla & McCann (rightfully so) but what the heck is wrong with Bourn? He’s a K machine. When he doesn’t get on base this team doesn’t score. And why is Fredi batting Uggla/McCann back-to-back? Makes no sense. Split up the bums.

Brown

September 6th, 2012
4:16 pm

I realize players are a little tired at this point in the season, but that shouldn’t be an excuse. It’s not like other teams aren’t playing the same number of games.

Kyle

September 6th, 2012
4:19 pm

I’d let Bourne walk if he tries to command over 12 million. Uggla needs to go. He is horrid.

Kyle

September 6th, 2012
4:19 pm

On an optimistic note, it looks like our pitching is finally coming around at the right time.

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 6th, 2012
4:20 pm

I understand that we are in the wild card lead, so to complain is just being a spoiled fan — But are the 2012 braves not the most frustrating team to watch in all of baseball? Even their wins are hard to watch. The highs are high. The lows are incredibly low. If your team sucks u know what your going to get day in and day out. If you’re team is awesome you generally know what to expect, but every braves game I watch (I nerdishly view all of them to the delight of my family) you just never know what kind of team will take he field. Guess that’s called baseball. . . . . . . What was my point again ?. . . . . . .

anonymous

September 6th, 2012
4:21 pm

George Washington: Go learn baseball!

L.A. Mont

September 6th, 2012
4:25 pm

So much for the Chipper walk-off HR on Sunday night to jumpstart the offense, eh? Can’t ever remember a team winning 3 of 4 in a series while hitting so poorly with runners on base. Kudos to the pitching staff for holding this thing together the last week.

Sidebar: Tommy Hanson…while he pitched better on Tuesday night, he’s obviously the weak link in the rotation right now. He has no luck in the second half of the season. Would love to know his career stats before and after the all star break. May need to do a reverse Strausburg and let him pitch only BEFORE the All Star Break, then shut him down. Got a feeling he and Jurrjens will be on the trade market this offseason.

Fats

September 6th, 2012
4:26 pm

With this pitching, Uggla can hit .150 for the year and it won’t matter. :)

AtheistLoveChristmas

September 6th, 2012
4:27 pm

Carol beat me to it in pointing out the frustration with her
first sentence. What other team wins a four game series and you didn’t enjoy watching any of the games? Whatever. A win is a win.

Train Wreck Bystander

September 6th, 2012
4:28 pm

Winning is better than losing any day, but my bottle of Rolaids would last a lot longer if our Bravos could scare up some runs.

DaveinNEPA

September 6th, 2012
4:28 pm

I’m happy we got 2 wins in the last 2 games but……….if it weren’t for Minor and Hudson’s gutty performances, this team would have gotten their collective asses handed to them.

This offense is woefully inept and if things don’t change very soon, we’re gonna be on the outside looking in again.

L.A. Mont

September 6th, 2012
4:30 pm

@crm300 – I agree…Bourn is not helping his free agent cause the last month

@chc4 – I agree….I was telling a buddy the same thing that Fredi should stop hitting Uggla and McCann back-to-back. It’s been a rally-killer! I guess an out is an out, no matter what, but putting a better hitter in between would help. Where do you put them?? I know he doesn’t want to hit either 8th because of pride and ego. How long can you wait to see guys snap out of funks before the season goes down the drain….but try something and see…

Good Grief Charlie Brown

September 6th, 2012
4:34 pm

@Atheist: pardon the expression but….Amen! :-)

my nickname for this team: Sybil

Columbus

September 6th, 2012
4:43 pm

Need some clutch hitting fellas….I know we face some new pitchers we never faced before which is not unusual from non-contenders this time of the year and it gives the pitcher a good advantage and we faced great pitching from the Phils, but we got to get mentally tough and come through with some clutch hitting the rest of the way….got to.

smallmouth6

September 6th, 2012
4:48 pm

Uggla should play. He brings a dynamic you can’t replace with a journeyman. Makes you mad, I know, but we are not going to win without him (and may not win with him).

NorCal Brave

September 6th, 2012
4:49 pm

The Braves offense has made mince meat out of the law of averages. And if there’s ever been a more quirky 4-game series in Atlanta baseball history, I’d like to hear about it.

Old Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
4:52 pm

I still have a bit of hope for the playoffs thanks to great pitching of late but no thanks for sure to the offense. To stink up the place against a bunch of no name Rockies is absolutely amazing and difficult to do. It is hard to believe that Fredi once agaIin played Uggla despite the fact that he was supposedly benching him. McCann is a very sad case, what a great person and someone who truly cares but he is obviously hurt plus his vision problems seem to continue with no solution. This cannot continue for much, longer as there are too many other teams within striking distance of the wild card–my guess is the Cards and Dodgers are the wild card teams and I hope I am wrong

Old Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
4:52 pm

I still have a bit of hope for the playoffs thanks to great pitching of late but no thanks for sure to the offense. To stink up the place against a bunch of no name Rockies is absolutely amazing and difficult to do. It is hard to believe that Fredi once agaIin played Uggla despite the fact that he was supposedly benching him. McCann is a very sad case, what a great person and someone who truly cares but he is obviously hurt plus his vision problems seem to continue with no solution. This cannot continue for much, longer as there are too many other teams within striking distance of the wild card–my guess is the Cards and Dodgers are the wild card teams and I hope I am wrong

Amber Girl

September 6th, 2012
4:54 pm

@ Good Grief Charlie Brown Hi Just got home from school. What Happened? Why aren’t we hitting?

John, Ducktown

September 6th, 2012
4:57 pm

Here’s the positives from the last 5 games.
Yes the Braves’ looked horrible on Tuesday (but we won on Monday!).
The deal is that last year at this point, we were losing 1-0 on a daily basis because an unearned run scored. We couldn’t buy a win.
The ball is bouncing the Braves way and if you can play bad baseball and still win, then you can’t ask for much more.
I can’t imagine what the Braves’ demeanor would be if they had lost 3/4 this week to the Rockies the same way they won. We’d all be talking about the fact that they were most likely falling back into the same Sept swoon as last year.

John, Ducktown

September 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

NorCal Brave,
Quirky 4-game series? What about the Pirates series last year where they outscored us something like 18-5 in the 4-game series and we took 3/4, basically demorializing them for the rest of the year.
Which leads me to another thing. . . . if we are still chasing WC or Division at the end of the year, we’ll have to go through Pittsburgh to do it. I hope for the sake of Pirates fans that they’ve either clinched a playoff spot by then or they are so far out of it that it doesn’t matter to them. Lord knows the Braves have had some great moments at the expense of the Pirates.

Joshua

September 6th, 2012
5:00 pm

“Back-to-back 1-0 wins both a result of unearned runs. Has that ever happened before? Someone call Elias.”

It last happened in 1984 when the Dodgers defeated the Reds in consecutive games by 1-0 scores both on unearned runs.

It’s hard to find anything in baseball that has never happened before.

ohhhhYEAH

September 6th, 2012
5:09 pm

I hate to be the one pointing this out, because I know how much everyone LOVES to hate on Uggla but, dude had a 5 game hitting streak going before Fredi decided to bench him. Yesterday, his first start since being benched, he hit a rocket to left field and got robbed of a double by CarGo. Today, he hit an opposite field double. Bottom line is, while he has had some terrible lines in Atlanta, the box score also doesn’t show that Uggla has hit into some REALLY crappy luck as well. I cant remember anyone having so many hard hit balls for outs. He will come around.

NorCal Brave

September 6th, 2012
5:09 pm

@John Ducktown: Forgot about that, largely because I’d cleansed my brain of most of last season’s brutal month.

So?

September 6th, 2012
5:14 pm

Sometimes you win with pitching, sometimes with hitting. Be happy Braves won and chill

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
5:27 pm

McCann needs to sit or go on the DL.
Uggla is looking better (maybe sitting for a couple of games did him some good)

Hanson (whom I hate) was robbed of a fine pitching performance by a pitiful offense, and some bad decisions by the defense. Even he deserved better.

ohhhhYEAH

September 6th, 2012
5:30 pm

Semper Fi

Yes Hanson looked good, better than lately. But he will not “deserve” better until he stops giving up a home run every single time he pitches. At one point this year I thought he was intentionally trying for the record of most consecutive starts giving up a home run

ohhhhYEAH

September 6th, 2012
5:30 pm

Semper Fi

Yes Hanson looked good, better than lately. But he will not “deserve” better until he stops giving up a home run every single time he pitches. At one point this year I thought he was intentionally trying for the record of most consecutive starts giving up a home run

Long time fan

September 6th, 2012
5:41 pm

If the series taught us nothing else, it is that Minor finally gets it, Huddie be the man and the Meddog is en fuego. The hitting will get back together. Hopefully Uggla is not in the lineup Friday. My guess is Prado at second and a platoon in left. Also, Simmons will be back this weekend I think and that will help with the lineup.

frustrated

September 6th, 2012
5:44 pm

Are Walker and Fletcher still in the Braves organization? If they are like many of the players they should not be paid…

Mikey

September 6th, 2012
5:45 pm

We don’t love to hate Uggla, we fans are just SO frustrated on how well the team could be if only he was hitting like he has hit in the past. With Bourn, Prado, Heyward, Chipper and Freeman all having very solid years, if our only power hitting R/H clean-up hitter was hitting his career average of .252 with his average 35 dingers we would be in first place and good old Dan would have well over 100 rbi’s, and over 100 runs scored. Instead, his last 75 games he has batted .152 which ranks him last in the league which is hard to defend. Love to see him turn it around and carry the team on those hugh biceps of his right threw the playoffs!

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
5:46 pm

I hope Uggla is in the line up, at least he is showing signs of coming around. McCann however….

Braves last 10 games
McCan’t 1-24 0.042 BA?

During that stretch he was 0-6 with RISP, hit into 3 double plays, 5k’s, and 0 walks.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
5:51 pm

The only thing I can think is…. where were these 2 wins last year. Braves couldn’t buy a break, hopefully its a sign of things to come! *Just a little bit of luck*

Black Boortz

September 6th, 2012
5:55 pm

So what? This ain’t gymnastics–”purty” don’t count! A win is a win, and we should be thankful they WON these two games instead of lost them. The offense will come around. If not in the next dew weeks, they’ll tear it up in Spring Training!

DoninAcworth

September 6th, 2012
6:14 pm

Nothing like reading the great amateur blogs by some of the best and worst fans in the game today. No one has ever been able to figure out this game and the twists and turns and the fact that one day a player is a hero and the next he’s a goat. The thing that get’s me is having to listen to the TV announcers… so I don’t. I’m thinking our radio guys are the real class of what’s happening now. And Sutton is awesome with his wit and wisdom. Even Glav can’t help the TV two! As for the Braves….we have a lead over the Cards who won the Series last year and our record is just fine thank you. You can have the the others I’ll take our chances because we have winning on our side. The Nat’s are the break out team alright for the year but we need to major on the wild card so we are. Now, would everyone concentrate on positive vibes and sit on the negatives…please!

Frank Wren

September 6th, 2012
6:21 pm

How do you Braves fans like the offense I put together? Did you see how we dominated Colorado? Are you guys as excited as I am! With this group of super power hitters; for example, guys like the great Dan Uggla, we are sure to go all the way to victory in the World Series!

Brave New World

September 6th, 2012
6:29 pm

SMOLTZ29 September 6th, 2012 3:52 pm The most undewhelming 3-4 series win in team history! Imagine if the Rockies had: Helton, Cuddyer, Tulo, and Cargo in the lineup today? MERCY

Imagine all the people living for today….

benchwarmer

September 6th, 2012
6:30 pm

Break out in New Yawk. I can smell it. The Braves will be smokin’.

aj

September 6th, 2012
6:41 pm

Is Rico Carty and Ralph Garr available? Who was their hitting coach in their time!!!!
Never saw such a sad offense. Bases loaded no outs. Second and third one out.
Pitchers are doing their parts and more. Nice job again by the relievers.

Dum-Bass

September 6th, 2012
7:16 pm

Rumor has it that Fredi G and Jim Tracy, mgr of the Rockies had a 15 min. conversation before the game today behind the batting cage. Neither one spoke a word for the whole time. Just used sign language, grunts, and cap tipping.

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