Braves swept by red-hot Brewers – updated

Milwaukee – The Braves scored twice as many runs Wednesday than in the first two games of the series, and they did it the hard way, against ace Yovani Gallardo.

But a two-run lead was flimsy against the hard-charging Brewers, who completed a three-game sweep of the Braves with an 8-2 romp, their first sweep over the Braves since April of 2006.

The Brewers outscored the Braves 17-3 in the three games at Miller Park, while the Braves managed only one extra-base hit and one RBI, both on a solo shot by Jason Heyward in the first inning Wednesday.

The Braves headed home after a 3-3 trip to host the Nationals, who just opened up their largest lead of the season on the Braves in the NL East at 8 ½ games.

The Braves still maintain a 5 ½ game lead on the reeling Cardinals for the first of two National League wild cards spot. But both the Brewers and Phillies are racing up the standings, now trailing the Cardinals by only three games each, and playing with abandon.

“We’re lucky to be where we are,” said Chipper Jones, whose fifth-inning error opened the door for the Brewers.

Trailing 2-0 after four innings, the Brewers blew past the Braves with an eight-run fifth inning off Paul Maholm. Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer and Travis Ishikawa a three-run double in a span of six batters.

Maholm has won only one of his past 19 starts against the Brewers, a team he faced regularly with both the Cubs and Pirates. On Wednesday he gave up five consecutive one-out hits, a walk, and a gapper to left-handed Ishikawa, when manager Fredi Gonzalez left him in looking for a groundball.

“If you give a hot team extra outs and not make your pitches, then they’re going to take advantage of it,” Maholm said.

The eight runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings were a season-high for Maholm, who has allowed 15 runs (13 earned) in 11 1/3 innings over his past three starts – including 5 1/3 shutout innings against the Mets.

The Brewers gave Jones a year’s supply of bratwurst as a retirement gift before the game and a case of heartburn during it. The fifth inning started with his fielding error and included two infield hits on balls hit his way.

Jones bobbled a Jeff Bianchi grounder to start the inning, and made a nice diving stop on Norichka Aoki but without much use for trying to catch the speedy runner at first. Weeks followed with a three-run home run to right center, his second home run in the past two games.

Three batters later, Aramis Ramirez found him again on a grounder up the third base line which Jones charged and fielded but couldn’t get out of his glove. That helped load the bases for Ishikawa.

“I take responsibility for that one,” Jones said. “Got off on a bad note. I should have made that play.”

The Braves waited three days for their first RBI in the series and got it on Heyward’s 26th home run of the season in the first inning. Heyward unloaded on a 3-0 fastball from Gallardo 423 feet to the second deck in right field.

The Braves went up 2-0 after a Jones leadoff walk in the fourth and Freddie Freeman single. Dan Uggla drove in the run on a double play grounder, just as Andrelton Simmons did for the Braves’ only run in the first two games of the series. Not making more of that opportunity was almost foreboding.

“Early in the game we made some great defensive plays,” Gonzalez said. “The guys were bouncing everywhere and you thought ‘OK, here we go, we’re turning it around.’ But you know, it’s hard to win ball games when we score three runs in three games.”

199 comments Add your comment

Andy

September 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

Call me Freddie Freeman ’cause I’m first!!!!

Gray Mule

September 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

Another game. Another September.
Here we are again.

Andy

September 12th, 2012
11:10 pm

Call me Freddie Freeman ’cause I’m first!!!!

Andy

September 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

We look terrible!

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:11 pm

these guys are offensive

Andy

September 12th, 2012
11:13 pm

Fredi should update his resume and soon. Bourn needs to learn how to make contact again.

John Lenin

September 12th, 2012
11:14 pm

Dang if we don’t look like we did last year!!! Who’s gonna step up?

caleb

September 12th, 2012
11:16 pm

Two questions. Who would actually make the decision to fire FG. And does anyone even care enough to git rid of him? I wouldnt be surprised to hear that the liberty media contract gets extended and fg and his winning strategies stick around.

rbg420

September 12th, 2012
11:17 pm

Bourne goes to Philly for $21 million a year and Braves trade Tommy Hanson to Boston for (brook) Jacoby Ellsbury…

I still see Braves winning the wild card game as long as its not against Philly…..i also see them getting swept by the nats or reds in the nlds.

The Ghost of Fred Haney

September 12th, 2012
11:17 pm

When will you homers realize that the Atlanta Braves’ suits do not know how to evaluate talent that becomes “available” at the trade deadline.

C from Marietta

September 12th, 2012
11:18 pm

When the going gets tough. The Braves get tight and play not to lose. Pathetic. Time to blow up the team.

harry taylor

September 12th, 2012
11:22 pm

Braves swept by a .500 team. Imagine what would happen with the upper tier teams.

Not much has changed. 2 straight games or was it 3 without hitting.

And old man Chipper is his usual slow and error way at the hot base. I believe all those different women of his has slowed him down. Can’t take care of business and play defense at the same time.

Rich

September 12th, 2012
11:24 pm

Nate McLouth with a walk off double for the Orioles….guess he feels better away from the choke atmosphere around the Braves

drbasic1

September 12th, 2012
11:26 pm

I watch the Braves because it passes time as I wait on FOOTBALL……Guess what….football is back so i could care less to watch the braves any longer……especially with the repetitive do nothing manager that is always first on DOB’s quotes. Also; same thing happening now as last year. Need a new OWNER, GM, Coach, and half a team of players, the other half can stick around and i don’t care which half you pick…..Good day gentlemen……LETS PLAY SOME FOOTBALL!!!!!!

rc35

September 12th, 2012
11:26 pm

I would say that losing three in a row stinks, that repeated poor pitching and the inability to score runs is a bad combination, and that our manager seems oblivious to what is taking place on the field, but then I’d be called negative and accused of hating the Braves.

If I hated them, I wouldn’t care about how they did. If I thought they were incapable of hitting, it wouldn’t be so frustrating. If the managing braintrust (including the pitching coach) could read trends and go out to the mound once in a while to check on a pitcher instead of “reading his baseball card,” we might get smaller “crooked numbers” put up against us.

The Braves actually remind me somewhat of a character in an old Faulkner short story. There was an old lady from genteel Southern stock who managed to ignore the fact that she was nearly broke and that her house was crumbling around her. She still moved with inappropriate hubris amid the ruins. The Braves seem to fancy themselves as contenders when they aren’t hitting, running, or fielding, and when their pitching is either shutout or wipeout. I’d like to see some acknowledgement that all is not perfect in Bravesland, and if they insist on calling Uggla “Popeye,” let them use Popeye’s slogan: “I’ve had enough, and enough is too much!”

BrianSC

September 12th, 2012
11:27 pm

Meanwhile in Baltimore…

Nate McLouth won the game for the Orioles with a walk-off hit. The place was electric, the team is playing with passion and intensity.

Braves, take notes. Refer to Baltimore, Tampa, Washington, Philly, Milwaukee, etc. for examples of how to play September baseball.

Come on Braves!!! Get your heads in the game, show us you actually want to still be playing and want to make a run at it. This is a disgrace!

Steve

September 12th, 2012
11:29 pm

The Choke Part II

drbasic1

September 12th, 2012
11:33 pm

lastly….in a “meatballs” sort of way…..it just doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter………

JC Boscan III

September 12th, 2012
11:33 pm

Here’s a bizarre twist —

After all of the hostility toward Nate McLouth while with the Braves, he spent much of this year at AAA, and now he’s with the Orioles. Since August 1, compare with Michael Bourn:

Bourn .231 1 HR 13 RBI 11 SB 3 CS (maybe he needs a couple of days off to recharge?)
McLouth .279 2 HR 13 RBI 8 SB 1 CS — batting lead-off, had the walk-off winning hit tonight.

Both have had 34 hits during these 2 months, but Bourn’s had 147 ABs vs. McLouth’s 122.

What good does it do to sweep the NY Metrosexuals, only to get swept by the Brewers!?!?!?!?! There’s still time to get the offense cranking, but there aren’t many good signs….. GO BRAVES!

nashvillewill

September 12th, 2012
11:36 pm

Is anyone surprised?

ButterMilk Tuesdays

September 12th, 2012
11:37 pm

The only way this gets any more pathetic is if the Braves don’t make the playoffs.

Farewell Braves Fan

September 12th, 2012
11:37 pm

I beg and plead with you Liberty Media. Please sale the Braves this off season to a single ownership that cares about this team. A single owner will provide this team the right players to win championships. I love the Braves but you (Liberty Media) do not and is just using this club for a tax write off. Also, take Freddie Gonzales with you. Please read!

Larry30

September 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

So, let’s start a guy who has won once in his last 18 starts against this team and see how we fare……..oh, he lost again, what a surprise. And the hall of fame hitter continues to show why he is and has always been a slightly above average defensive 3rd baseman. Just glad we only owe uggla for three more years at around $45 mil. That frank wren really knows how to get Liberty media’s money’s worth doesn’t he? Thankfully, after paying Derek Lowe his final $10 mil to pay for two teams not named the braves in 2012 we will be done with his bloated contract. Go Frank, go!

thomas smith

September 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

what kind of manager lets his starting pitcher give up 7 runs in one inning in a push for a wildcard .spot our stupid fredi.i have been a braves fan for 40 years now and had some bad teams here but never have i seen such nonsense as this stupid manager.i want the braves to win yeah but it ain’t going to happen with this bum as our manager.replace him with a c clamp it would be about the same thing.fire him and rojer macdowell at the same time whil we have a chance.let someone who was a good pitcher be our pitching coach.(maddux,glavine or don sutton)please john s.do something now

Larry30

September 12th, 2012
11:51 pm

Please farewell braves, take a look at payroll numbers for the Tampa rays. Liberty is not the problem. Do your homework. $100 mil is plenty to field a payoff caliber team……….if you get your money’s worth.

AGM

September 12th, 2012
11:52 pm

El collapso de2012 vs. 2011? Coincidente?

Necromancer

September 12th, 2012
11:52 pm

Wow….the Braves are actually doing this crap again…UN-freakin-believable…

Buzz 2011

September 13th, 2012
12:03 am

Uggs is back! That’s what he said and that’s what they want.
We want that $60 million back Uggs. That’s what we want>>>>>>>>>>>>>

NorCal Brave

September 13th, 2012
12:15 am

Note to self about rooting for the Braves: “Why Bother?”

bulldogbubba

September 13th, 2012
12:22 am

Up next Washington. They are going to beat us like we are their little Sisters. PITIFUL!!! All the do gooders with your positive comments this party is about over. Philadelphia is at the back door knocking what are we going to do about it?

Braves Fan in Indiana

September 13th, 2012
12:29 am

In the botton of the 5th inning when the score was 4 – 2, my husbands says to me, “Freddi better get Maholm out of there as he has lost it.” I say to him, “No he won’t take him out until he gives up 3 or 4 more.” I hate that I was right, but it has happened too many times this year.

Braves Fan in Indiana

September 13th, 2012
12:29 am

In the botton of the 5th inning when the score was 4 – 2, my husbands says to me, “Freddi better get Maholm out of there as he has lost it.” I say to him, “No he won’t take him out until he gives up 3 or 4 more.” I hate that I was right, but it has happened too many times this year.

Tina

September 13th, 2012
12:41 am

A 3 run homer then 3 more hits a walk and 3 run double and then are worthless manager takes are pitcher out. Should of let him in get his earn run average up. Braves are chokers that would get a wildcard and get shutout. Go NATS sid a month ago they beat us by 10. Freddi is a loser that should get his fat ass fired. We scored more runs 2 by hitting into DP to heywards 1. Watch out Phils are coming.

Brave Guy

September 13th, 2012
1:07 am

How the f**k are the Phillies back in it?? They dump a few underperforming veterans at the trade deadline, call up some minor leaguers from a farm system I keep reading is bare of talent, get some injured players back and boom they take off like they seem to do every September. Of course having pitchers like Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels doesn’t hurt … but still what’s in the Kool-Aid they drink every September?

Stuart

September 13th, 2012
1:15 am

Go Braves………And take the Hawks with you.

Stuart

September 13th, 2012
1:18 am

Amazing how teams get “hot” when the Braves come to town.

benchwarmer

September 13th, 2012
1:24 am

What channel are the Nats on. I think i’ll start watching them since they seem to have a clue about how to run an organization and manage a team and react to situations during a game and evaluate talent and everything else the Braves could be doing but aren’t. The perpetual bridesmaid Braves have finally fallen from that semi high station to ugly and not going to any parties.Going to be a while before this changes I’m afraid. Went through all this during the 70’s and 80’s. Not looking forward to doing it again.

Peter

September 13th, 2012
1:36 am

The entire team is playing tighter than some one with a …………. You get it…….

ZERO leadership and confidence is the issue………

Fire WREN !

SR

September 13th, 2012
1:36 am

They’ll never, ever, ever win the play in game, never. C’mon which team have you been watching these last few years. Won’t happen ever with this bunch.

Rocko

September 13th, 2012
1:42 am

Just like last year, why waste a playoff spot on a team that has no chance of winning anything.

Clayton

September 13th, 2012
2:14 am

This year it’s going to hurt the braves having two wild card spots unlike last year when they actually needed two.

man and dog

September 13th, 2012
2:29 am

It’s dad gone….I’m so frustrated I could……The stupid management needs to…..this team couldn’t hit their way out of……..Fredi, Roger, and Frank need to take a …………….this is the biggest bunch of………… Liberty Media can go to…………….

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO SAY ANYMORE!!!!!!!

man and dog

September 13th, 2012
2:31 am

Feel free to fill in the blanks to above comments

No. 1 Braves Fan

September 13th, 2012
3:32 am

Are there any loyal Braves fans still around. All I have seen is the usual bunch of people who relish in bashing the Braves.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

TechRon

September 13th, 2012
5:51 am

rc3 has it right, the Braves utterly suck. What a terrible lack of character. What excuse for such a half effort? What excuse for a “manager” that handles pitching so poorly? Awful.

tim

September 13th, 2012
6:06 am

I hate to sound like a fatalist but this sure looks like here we go again.

john

September 13th, 2012
6:12 am

chipper has to go . over the hill for sure . mussie mouth full of seeds . team going down the drain . soon .

RG

September 13th, 2012
6:24 am

5 hits in a row is not enough to even warrant a time out?!?!!?!?!! Go check on him?!?! Slow the game down?!?!? Change the momentum?!?!? BUT SEVEN RUNS IS!?!?!?!?!?!?

stupid, stupid, stupid coaching!

bill

September 13th, 2012
7:13 am

farewell braves fan ask Falcons fans how that single ownership has worked out. no titles escalating ticket prices demands for a 1.2 BILION dollar stadium. The Mike Vick debacle. Matt Schaub trade. Need I go on?

Tom Toldyouso

September 13th, 2012
7:13 am

Here comes the collapse, just in time for I told you so!

daSarge

September 13th, 2012
7:19 am

You can’t spell BraveS without BS.

ChillyMutt

September 13th, 2012
7:24 am

It’s déjà vu all over again.

SickofFredi

September 13th, 2012
7:24 am

And now they will play the Nationals…….the same team they could not beat even when the Nationals sucked. Have a great series, fellas.

reality

September 13th, 2012
7:25 am

Hard to explain the Fredi logic with Maholm. Last week FG said he sat Uggs because, in part, of his poor history with Hamels. Last night we have a pitcher with a horrible history with a team so it required the same thought process. Most importantly the Brewers KNEW they could hit our guy, confident as hell. And Fredi knew it too and should have pulled him at the first hit in the fifth. Yet he inexplicably left him in until the game was out of reach. Why did he think it would get better? Malholm is a big boy and knows against the Brewers he especially sucks. Just tell him, “you’re on a short leash here son. First sign of trouble and your gone.” Glad FG just manages baseball and not something important like Christmas shipping at Amazon, men in combat, or for gosh sakes, FOOTBALL!

2 WORDS

September 13th, 2012
7:27 am

Move'm on

September 13th, 2012
7:33 am

Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta. Who’s next?

Move'm on

September 13th, 2012
7:33 am

Boston, Milwaukee, Atlanta. Who’s next?

Growler

September 13th, 2012
7:33 am

Okay “reality” that last sentence of your post made me laugh out loud! Thank you for that! The only good thing is that all the Braves’ closest competitors are tanking too! Wouldn’t it be crazy, though, if the Phillies or Brewers (or both!) snuck in? At least Bud Selig is happy this morning……

Steve

September 13th, 2012
7:34 am

Let the free fall begin!! It is September after all, or “Choketember” as the Braves seem to see it.

Growler

September 13th, 2012
7:48 am

Well just a little perspective: The Braves just finished a string of 33 games in 34 days. While it’s really overstating it to call any baseball schedule (unlike football) “brutal”, this was by far the Braves toughest string of games this season. They went 17-16 over that stretch. Not great at all.. but holding ground, at least for the Wild Card. What makes it seem worse is they have been incredibly inconsistent over this stretch. They had FIVE streaks of winning or losing at least three game in a row. Let’s just hope they can finish the regular season and start the post-season on one of the hot streaks….

alex

September 13th, 2012
7:48 am

The dugout views on Tv were brutal in their depiction of chipper-worn out !,Anybody but chipper at third, he is toast, needs a few pitchers at Hooters to bring him around……Uggla can be his wing man.
Really a disappointing series from a “playoff” team, FG has to go, playoff or not.

Obama Supporter

September 13th, 2012
7:50 am

The stimulus worked.
Our economic problems are behind us.
He changed water to wine and is making America fine.

Gym Nash

September 13th, 2012
7:51 am

Chipper is going to put this team on his back and carry them all the way to the playoffs and World Series! Not.

Winchester

September 13th, 2012
8:00 am

Swept by a .500 ball club. No hitting. No pitching. A manager who allows his pitcher to remain in the game after 5 consecutive singles. An 8 run inning. A mid-September series sweep.

The Braves have once again suffered another embarrassing insult to their name as a loser and handed a .500 ball club the keys to the kingdom.

What is wrong with this picture?

AnOldViolin

September 13th, 2012
8:17 am

When you get beat by a team, you tip your hat ! When you stink up the game, you take your hat to the batting cage and try to learn how to hit. When you sit on your Arsh and let a pitcher make a fool of himself, you go to the bull pen and find out why he couldn’t pitch. Managers do have a right to ask players to please brings their tools to work with them (batters should bring a bat, and pitchers should bring a ball). Too much talent here not to win games…..There’s a STINCH in the air, and it could be from rotted flesh from baseball bodies…..Hell Fire…..Win one for the “Hanker”…….

BillyD

September 13th, 2012
8:33 am

Braves message to starting pitcher when(in the very few times that happens) ‘Heres your1 or 2 runs now hold them. Its almost a given that when this team scores a run or two early they never add on. Pathetic to watch.

Carl Farvman

September 13th, 2012
8:35 am

What a mess. A bunch of teams (mediocre at best) begging for the other to get one of the coveted WC spots. What a waste of fan money watching these bad teams battle it out. Fans of one of these teams will be left with having to buy playoff tickets and then make believe that the team actually has a chance. What a waste of time and money.

least of the east

September 13th, 2012
8:44 am

they have all these extra pitchers on the expanded roster . why can’t Fredi G use them ? oh, I forgot, he’s clueless.
Braves can get in as long as Cards and Pirates also continue their own collapses.
beating the Mets at Citifield is no feat. Mets have lost about 22 of their last 26 homes games. beating a real team is harder.

crm300

September 13th, 2012
8:46 am

How many Braves fans are left that think they should spend upwards of $100 million for six years on Bourn? Where did they all go? “Braves have to sign Bourn or I will never watch another game”!! That was all over this blog in the first half of the season. I kept saying look at his career stats. Somebody will overpay for this average player. It won’t be the Braves! He strikes out too much and he thinks he is a home run hitter now. Put Heyward in center and get another power bat for the outfield. Some other team will get Bourn and wish they had not!

old scout

September 13th, 2012
8:55 am

Why do we have to have quotes from the 3rd baseman who is now so slow he is butchering 3rd base? He may as well take his “farewell tour” goodies and go home now, or maybe just pinch-hit once in a while so he can get his ovations. And Fredi proved once again that he is among the worst managers ever to put on the uniform. What other Manager leaves Maholm in to give up 7 runs and 9 hits in an inning? And then follows up with Martinez who probably couldn’t make any other major league roster. Between Fredi and Chipper they pretty much lost this game for the Braves. I think you are looking at a choking manager and team…same as last year.

BravesFanSince80s

September 13th, 2012
8:59 am

I used to see Cox OCCASSIONALLY leave a starter in too long to let them take their lumps, but he’d typically only do that early in the year and NEVER when a playoff spot was on the line! I’m no Bobby Cox fan, he wasn’t anything like what some Braves fans try to make him out to be, he was a very average ML manager who was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time, but at least he got up off the damn bench and participated in the game from time to time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fats

September 13th, 2012
9:07 am

Duds…………………….Can not figure this team out. They seem to lose all focus and right after a win streak. They will make the playoffs but they sure looked empty in that sweep :)

harry taylor

September 13th, 2012
9:08 am

The old third baseman isn’t leaving until he is pushed out. He has the best of 2 worlds. Great salary(13million a year??) and only playing 2 out of 3 games. In semi-retirement and still drawing great salary.
After his eventual retirement there will be a great job in the braves organization waiting just for him. He probably will need all that money,whenever he starts on wife 2 or 3 or 4. H ell I’ve lost count. But just think of all that child support.

DaltonBrave

September 13th, 2012
9:11 am

Three runs in three games…now that is some explosive offense. The teachers strike going on in Chicago basically boils down to one thing, accountability. All jobs should be based on performance, I don’t care what you do for a living. Professional athletes receive huge contracts and quite a few of them flop during the course of the season, basically receiving free money for poor performance. Why is there no accountability in professional sports?

BravesFanSince80s

September 13th, 2012
9:19 am

what’s with all the Chipper hate this morning guys? the error was at the START of the inning, only added one run to the score and last time I checked, we lost 8-2, not 3-2. It’s also not like all those runs were scored on 2 outs either, don’t really understand why that error is viewed as so costly in the face of all the flubs Ugly Dan has made of late, how about the terrible throw he made home in all that run scoring that might have stopped the bleeding, even Joe mentioned how bad a throw it was! last time I checked, the guy is still the best hitter on the team, where do you think we’d be at this point if Chipper hadn’t been here this year and Francisco had been our every day 3B? we’d probably have 3 guys near the top of the league in k’s instead of the 2 we already have, that’s where! Leave Chipper alone, man will be gone soon enough for you trolls anyway, geez…

coach k

September 13th, 2012
9:19 am

This loss on this clueless mgr Fredi. Malholm just gave up 6 straight hits and we are down 4-2 and still a game and he leaves him in, hell we got 15 pitchers down there. Why can’t he see, like we can, that Bourn has mentally checked out, awaiting his big payday. Put Contanza in and someone light a fire beacuse even if we make the playoff, unless medlin and huddy pitch every game we are done since we have no clue how to manufactor a run when we don’t score 8 or more….. Media its ok to start giving this team some sh…t.

harry taylor

September 13th, 2012
9:40 am

@braves fan since80s.

So what. I’ve been a braves fans since Milwaukee back in the 1950’s. They never stunk this bad back then. And I’m not a troll. Followed them in Atlanta, since they moved here.

Yes the error was at the start of the inning. Here you ever of momentum and being ahead 2-0. After that error everything went to hell in a breadbasket.

I agree with comments about Uggla. Uggla is ugly.

older1

September 13th, 2012
9:41 am

As Ernie Johnson use to say it will all even out! the Braves win WORLD SERIES IN 2012!!!!!! BRAVES WIN, BRAVES WIN , BRAVES WIN!!!!!!!!!!

terp

September 13th, 2012
9:41 am

Get on the phone with the Mets. Now. Find out what they want for David Wright! Make the deal!! Wright, Heyward, & Freeman for the next 10 years!! Yes!

Jon

September 13th, 2012
9:47 am

Mark my words…the Phills will sweep the Astros and that will be 11 straight wins for them and if they make it to the second spot in the WC and the Braves somehow hold on to the one spot….that will not be good. The Phills are on fire and even though I don’t want to admit it….the Braves will probably fall to them in a one game playoff. Even if we pitch Medlen. Who…by the way should be the obvious choice to pitch in that WC game.

Go Braves!

Casual Fan

September 13th, 2012
9:48 am

Anybody else think we are experiencing deja vu all over again?

BravesFanSince80s

September 13th, 2012
9:50 am

this is a major league baseball team sir, one error at the start of an inning, and not an ugly one at that does not an 8 RUN INNING MAKE sir…

longtimefan

September 13th, 2012
9:56 am

The whining continues. Would I like to see the Braves win every series? Yep. Not going to happen; it’s baseball. 162 games of ups and downs. The above comments and on previous blogs frequently mention firing FG and/or FW for the reported poor job they are doing. Let’s look at the facts.
1) Out of 30 MLB teams, all of whom are doing their best to win baseball games, the Braves rank 5th.
2)The Braves began the year with the 16th highest payroll out of 30 teams. Only one team(Rangers) with a higher payroll has a better record than the Braves.
3)In the NL the Braves are 1st in defense, 5th in hitting and 4th in pitching-a pretty balanced team.

Either FW has done an amazing job of drafting and assembling FAs(in charge since 2008) or FG has done a great job of taking a mediocre group of players and leading them to the 5th best record in baseball despite a middle of the pack payroll. Do any of you constant naysayers see the logic in this? What if your team was the Yankees with double the Braves payroll and in danger of not making the playoffs? Does their manager suck and should be fired? Should all the team’s managers with records worse than the Braves be fired? The Braves hold a commanding lead in the WC with a 99% certainty of reaching the playoffs. They happen to be in the same division as the red hot Nats. ANY other team in MLB would be in second place (or worse) if they were in our division. Some of you guys keep harping on Lowe, Kawakami etc like every other GM in baseball always deals aces. They don’t. That’s why their records are worse than ours. Lowe was signed when FW took over and we had no SP. He was an innings eater and won 15 games a couple of years. Some of you guys need to consider that maybe it’s not FG that’s clueless.

longtimefan

September 13th, 2012
9:58 am

coach K-despite Bourn’s recent troubles at the plate he is the best defensive center fielder in baseball.

Peter

September 13th, 2012
10:04 am

Fire Wren… he has created this environment of failure.

If you are a .500 team or better, the Braves won’t beat you in a series.

harry taylor

September 13th, 2012
10:06 am

@bravefan-

Have you ever heard of the term,” opening the floodgates”.

BravesFanSince80s

September 13th, 2012
10:06 am

@longtimefan: FG left our starting pitcher in long enough to give up 7 runs in one inning, in the latter half of the game when we started the inning with a lead and this in the middle of a very much heating up playoff race, pretty sure my opinion of him is spot-on. Frank Wren is a virus, he accomplished bottoming out a pround organization in Baltimore, thank God for them he’s gone and they’ve put together a winning organization again. We will NEVER win anything of note with FW and FG in tandem, mark it down. I do not in the slightest feel as though I am going out on a limb to say that. The simple fact remains that this season, we’ve managed to win enough against poor teams during the bulk of the season, but have struggled all year against pretty much any club we might also face in Oct., we have several key pieces that many other clubs would kill to have (see Kimbrel, Craig), yet we struggle with consistency and getting it done when the game is on the line. That starts at the top sir. That is a mentallity problem that starts with the GM and is channeled through the manager to the play on the field. Call me a whiner or a crybaby all you want, but it won’t change the fact that this club will never win anything of note with FW and FG pulling the strings, they are a formula for disaster, as we’ve already seen and are probably about to see again…

longtimefan

September 13th, 2012
10:12 am

Since the 80s-If the Braves go deep in the playoffs, does that change your mind?

BravesFanSince80s

September 13th, 2012
10:12 am

@Harry Taylor: have ever heard of BULL S H I T?

Old Braves Fan

September 13th, 2012
10:12 am

No fire in the belly, no heart, no manager that understands the game and game strategy etc etc. Said the same thing yesterday and many responded in disagreement and also disagreed with my commednt that the Phils and Brewers were breathing down our necks–just look at the standings and the Braves upcoming schedule. It also now looks like Maholm was nost such a great acquisition after all, he has now lost more games than he has won here and he had one great game several weeks ago and that was about it. Of course it helps if you have an offense and now a defense bcehind you. ONe very positive thing, we should get a win on Friday with Medlen pitching–there is a guy that has a heart and fire in the belly.

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