Atlanta Braves: What impressed you most about extra innings comeback win over the Chicago Cubs?

Can’t top the way our own Carroll Rogers put it in her game story from Tuesday’s dramatic Braves comeback victory over the visiting Cubs:

“From the throes of being no-hit by Chicago Cubs, the Braves came up with the most remarkable thing — a five-run rally in the late innings, a two-out, two-run game-tying home run by Jeff Francoeur and a win. The Braves used the two runs he drove in to prolong what looked like a loss into a 12th-inning win when Chipper Jones singled in Yunel Escobar for a 6-5 Braves victory.”

YOU TELL US: In a night of thrills at The Ted, what strikes you as the most important move made by the Braves to get the rally going? Or did the Cubs blow it? Share your thoughts on what made Tuesday’s Cubs Comebacker extra special.

135 comments Add your comment

Mike Jones

June 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

I’ve gotta say it’s Anderson going yard in back to back nights. Here’s hoping the outfield can put these rumors to rest with a few solid outings at the plate. Way to go boys!

Jones

June 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

BravesFan

June 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

FRENCHY! THAT’S WHAT HE DOES PEOPLE! THAT’S WHAT HE DOES! DON’T GIVE UP ON HIM, DON’T TRADE HIM, ALL OF YOU WILL REGRET IT!

Virginia Ranger

June 3rd, 2009
9:57 am

Now we know how the other teams feel when we give games away to them. I am really surprised we did not win by a Passes Ball or HBP earlier in extra innings.

I had to watch the game on WGN and even their announcers consistently commented on how impatient our hitters are and they kept panning to Terry P.

Could it be that everyone except B Cox and T Pendle understand one of our biggest problems.

Mustard Man did well, especially in the field, this may have been a turn around game for him, could if have anything to do with Jordo’s relocation to a northern suburb?

Shawn Taylor

June 3rd, 2009
9:58 am

The Cubs definately gift wrapped the game for us, but could Jeff Franceour have picked a better time to come through with one of the biggest hits of his life?

Ripped again.

June 3rd, 2009
10:05 am

Don’t go crazy Jeff’s guessed right and hit a homer ,everyone gets lucky every now and then ….

JOHNNY HARRIS

June 3rd, 2009
10:08 am

BEST PART OF GAME…HEARING SCHAFER IS SENT DOWN

Jfreak

June 3rd, 2009
10:11 am

To all you haters out there I hope enjoy wiping the egg off your face! Way to go Franceour! Good for you! Give this “young” guy some time to figure it all out. He is great in the outfield and his character is what we as parents want our children exposed to. Sports doesn’t always have to be about the numbers because I’d rather lose with good guys then win with bad ones …. example Michael Vick! This one at bat could change the Braves season and Franceours future?

Paul In Richmond

June 3rd, 2009
10:11 am

It was entertaining! Bunts, past balls on third strikes, steals and a couple of long balls. It was bad baseball by the Cubs but it was entertaining for an Atlanta fan. BTW- Diaz came through only to die on third.

James

June 3rd, 2009
10:13 am

Great to see just exactly why Frenchy should NOT be thrown away like so many other Braves… Check his numbers when the hits count his average is high… Just leave him alone with Chipper to learn how to hit, lead and be a major leaguer.

Nativebird

June 3rd, 2009
10:23 am

Schafer going to Gwinnett: Well I hate to say it, but this simply had to happen at some point, the kid simply wasn’t ready for ML level pitching. I will say this though: his struggles can be also greatly contributed to a one Mr. Terry Pendleton, the WORST and most INNEFECTIVE hitting coach in the Major leagues! Why bobby Cox continues to keep love-buddies around long past their proven ineptness is beyond me.

Heck, we’re sending our batters to the TEXAS RANGERS hitting coach to get remedial instruction! It is a sham. Pendleton must have pictures of Scheurholz with a Shetland pony or something.

Good luck Jordan! Go learn and practice a solid ML level consistent swing and come back soon. There’s no doubt you have the talent to do it.

As for the Walk-off Win v. Cubs: NOTHING is better than to see all those ATLANTA-BASED ATLANTA RESIDENT trader Cub-fans’ face in STUNNED AGONY!

I’ll say this again as it’s a huge problem in Atlanta more than any other naturally transit vibrant American city: IF YOU LIVE, WORK,PLAY AND PLAN TO STAY AND RAISE YOUR FAMILY IN ATLANTA, then YOU need to get on board with the home town team and pack you child-hood fan gear in the attack!

HOme town support should ALWAYS outweigh city of birth or there’s NO HONOR in TAKING the career, money, economic growth, attractive cost of living, great weather, great place to raise a family and all the things that ATlanta provides you, and THEN not support it’s home team as your number 1 team! No one cares about your nastalgia! Get on board HERE, if you plan on making HERE your future.

or go back to Chicago (or NY or whereever the heck your from). Period.

atlbravesfan44

June 3rd, 2009
10:27 am

I second the notion that Anderson going yard again impressed me the most. We need someone in that outfield to step up and start hitting consistently and he looks like the one who is going to do it. Let’s not get crazy and dub Francoeur the natural all over again. He hit a home run on a fastball down the middle. He also swung and missed on a fastball down the middle on the pitch before. I need a few more doubles and HRs before I’m convinced he should stay.

ann lewis

June 3rd, 2009
10:30 am

Watched every glorious moment. Horay for French after all the bad mouthing.
Keep up the good work.

Bill in MS

June 3rd, 2009
10:30 am

The best part was having that feeling that we WERE going to win. That’s nice, and I was not sure why I felt so confident. I’ve missed that feeling…

Bamafan

June 3rd, 2009
10:31 am

The game was great for the Braves to come back and win and hope it will get the Bravos kick started
on a long win streak!! GO BRAVES!!

jwilli120

June 3rd, 2009
10:32 am

Hello everyone, let’s see if the TEAM can use this to start a great run
and take over the division, the mutts, and filthies are not playing great now, the Braves need to make a move like they use to back in the
day and take control of the division lead and strangle the daylights
out of the other teams. GREAT WIN BRAVES LET’S BUILD ON THIS WIN!!!!

PMC

June 3rd, 2009
10:37 am

what is it with the number 7 in this town?

Leroy Updike

June 3rd, 2009
10:38 am

Overall, Frenchy did good last night and so did the Braves in general. However, if we are going to be the winners that we can be, the team needs to look not at just the right things they did but also the wrong things that required the Cubs to give them “Gifts”.

proeye

June 3rd, 2009
10:41 am

Come on you guys… Jeff Francoeur got lucky. In that situation the strategy with two outs in the middle of the ninth, game tying run at the plate, is to swing for the fences. That’s exactly what Frenchy did and he got lucky. He’s a big guy and naturally if he swings like that he’s going to hit a few. Good for us.

This does not turn around the season for the guy nor does should it change our outlook. One hit in a critical situation does not make a season nor does it make a career. I still believe he should be traded or released at the end of the season if he doesn’t come around.

Not to take a damper off the game… ;-)

Clearly, the Cubbies BLEW this one. There was mistake after mistake after mistake. Even in the end WHY WERE THEY PITCHING TO CHIPPER JONES!?? They had first base open! While I respect Brian McCann and his hitting prowess, I would not be pitching to one of the greatest hitters of our time if I don’t have to.

Great win by the Braves. While the Cubs blew it, they Bravos still had to come through. While this should not be a strategy or a emotional boost, because they could just as well lose the next 6 games in dramatic fashion, it was nice to see them play good baseball for a change and actually push hard to win a game they had no business winning.

15 outs - TWICE !

June 3rd, 2009
10:43 am

Most exciting part -

Hearing the wind come out the sails of that trumped up little puss, Chip Caray

Karl Childers

June 3rd, 2009
10:44 am

This game was almost as enjoyable as biscuits with mustard….

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………..

proeye

June 3rd, 2009
10:46 am

Everyone forget it… I’ve been happy too about this game but let’s think: TRADE. The shot in the arm this team needs is a couple of outfielders who can hit better than our best hitting pitcher. The way this team is constructed right now, we are no better than a .500 club. It’s better than last year but with a little boost, this division can be had.

SavannahGA

June 3rd, 2009
10:46 am

This is the best win that I have witnessed in years! Way to go team! Hopefully, this can spark a long winning streak.

(P.S.) – Nativebird…you sound like a true Braves fan, but I must critique your argument.

First, look at this sentence…”then YOU need to get on board with the home town team and pack you child-hood fan gear in the attack!”

The word you were looking for is attic, not attack. Those are two completely different words.

Also, look at this: “NOTHING is better than to see all those ATLANTA-BASED ATLANTA RESIDENT trader Cub-fans’ face in STUNNED AGONY!”

If an Atlanta resident roots for the Cubs, then he/she is a traitor…not a trader. A trader is someone that exchanges goods and services.

I’m not trying to be mean, but using the right words will help strengthen your argument next time.

Greg from Marietta

June 3rd, 2009
10:51 am

The best part about last night’s win was seeing the team not give up. They were being shutout through seven and down by five but instead of rolling over and quitting they fought back and won. I just hope that “Frenchy” can use this as a confidence builder and get back on track. What can you say about “Chipper”, he’s the man!!

15 outs - TWICE !

June 3rd, 2009
10:51 am

Savannah – I am trader and I never exchange goods for services

just the pain and misery of losers for my winners

Shane

June 3rd, 2009
10:52 am

The best part was the fact that all those transplanted Cubs fans who walk around all day talking about how much greater Chicago is than Atlanta had to sit there and watch it. One thing you can always count on is the Cubs being the Cubs

dogsbrekky

June 3rd, 2009
10:54 am

I am so glad I lost that 33 lbs so I can fit into my 2005 Chipper Jones jersey. I proudly paraded it around in front of the “Cubs fan” owned bar in my building last night..

The sight of those poor long suffering folks emerging from that bar was just priceless. Of course, these are the same idiots who were bagging me earlier in the evening.

dogsbrekky

June 3rd, 2009
10:56 am

Shane – I have has more bad experiences with the 2 faced northerners from Chicago than any other people from any city in the world.

bhambravesfan

June 3rd, 2009
10:59 am

Saying “Come, on, Jeff, you can do it, man,” to myself in my den and hearing the crack of that bat!

burke

June 3rd, 2009
11:02 am

The Braves got the big hits when it counted. They took advantages of a few miscues on the Cubs part (the passed ball) and it paid off. It’s nice to see Frenchy hit that bomb and shut up all the stinking Cubs bandwagoners chanting “Let’s go Cubbies” when there were 2 strikes and he punts the ball out of the stadium to tie the game. The place was actually slightly loud for a change too! The players showed lots of emotion, which is something I haven’t seen from the Braves in a really long time. I think now they are finally tired of being mediocre and are all rallying together to try to bring back dominance to Atlanta! The pieces are there! Let’s just start playing like champions! Go Braves!

GPB

June 3rd, 2009
11:04 am

I’m happy to see that we pulled it out but Frenchie has got to do it even when the game isn’t on the line. Besides, the Cubs pretty much threw the game away, like someone said. Come on, shut out through 7? And Marmol struggled again with his command or it would have been through 8.

I really would like to see Blanco get into gear and improve on last season’s numbers and fight to keep Schafer’s spot on the roster. Schafer wasn’t ready and I don’t really want to see him rushed back into things here.

Someone needs to be a leadoff hitter and I don’t think it will stay Kelly. Infante was money until the injury and Escobar shows some promise. Blanco might be able to make a case too. But all things being equal, maybe this is the spark to light up the offense. Francoeur had a good night so maybe the monkey finally gets off his back and the rest of the team gets some love too.

tke443

June 3rd, 2009
11:07 am

I gotta say the most thrilling part is being completely put in my place. I had all but given up on the game last night but kept it on as background noise while I worked. I sure am glad I did because that was the best Braves game this year so far.

Chicago Transplant

June 3rd, 2009
11:08 am

Being from Chicago and after living in Atlanta for 17 years (and becoming an avid Braves fan) I have been having to put up with my old homies consistent chatter about the Cubs for years. I was sitting with a group of Cub fans who were chanting and cheering and downing the Braves, Atlanta, and the South for seven innings. So to me the best part of last night’s game was seeing the egg on the faces of all the Cubbie fans at the all park when Francour hit his homer in the ninth and the utter shock when Chipper knocked in the winning run. Oh, that was sooooo sweet. I pull for the Brave every game but I pull for them extra hard when they play the Cubs. Go Graves.

El Bravo

June 3rd, 2009
11:09 am

Boy, talk about selective sampling by the Frenchy lovers! He finally works the count for a change and gets a 2-1, belt-high, BP fastball and does what every Major Leaguer should do with it and the Frenchy lovers want to ignore the other 800 at bats over the last two years. The guy has a ton of talent but he will revert to the free swinging hack he is come tomorrow. The Majors is not the place for him to work his demons out. He is still killing the team and one at bat does not change that fact…

getmattholliday

June 3rd, 2009
11:12 am

Let’s hope this victory propels the Braves to at least a 6-4 or 7-3 homestand.

getmattholliday

June 3rd, 2009
11:15 am

Because these last three non playoff years, June has been the killer month

Luke

June 3rd, 2009
11:15 am

If i told you before the season Frenchy will hit .250 20 homers and drive in 90 runs i think most of you would have taken it. Well he is off to slow start and is on pace to hit just over .250 hit about 14 homers and drive in 80 runs. Not far off, he needs a couple good at bats and he’ll be an pace. Frenchy isn’t our problem, we need some production out of center field and GA seems to be turning the corner, add a bat and we’ll be in this for the long haul!!

getmattholliday

June 3rd, 2009
11:24 am

Luke -

Add a bat and we’ll WIN the division and go deep into the playoffs.

BossLady

June 3rd, 2009
11:32 am

Francoeur’s homerun. Without it the game was over, what do your think?

Rochester Braves

June 3rd, 2009
11:35 am

AWESOME win by the Braves last night!! Hopefully this will spark and turn things around!

As you can see, I am a lifelong Braves fan living in Rochester NY. The G-Braves are now in town thru Friday and Ive been trying to find concrete information on when Tommy Hanson is pitching. From the number of days in between his start, he should be pitching on Friday night. I want to make sure before I buy the ticket to see him up close. As a fellow Braves fan calling out in Braves nation, can someone PLEASE give me something so I can buy the tickets ASAP!

Thanks!!

Tennbravefan

June 3rd, 2009
11:36 am

I’m really happy for Frenchy. Maybe this will be what gets him turned around. For the sake of the season I sure hope so. As for Anderson really never had any worries about him. He’ll put up his 290 15 HR 85 RBI like he has for most of the past 5 years.

RHR

June 3rd, 2009
11:39 am

I agree BossLady, after all, he got it in the 9th with 2 outs. Never in a million years did I think that would happen. Hats off to Francoeur for tying it up and Jones for putting the bow on it and to peachtree tv camera guys for showing us the stunned faces of the Cubs fans.

leggomyego

June 3rd, 2009
11:40 am

Frenchy’s AB was a real thing of beauty. Laid off the bad pitches, took good, committed cuts at the good ones. Whiffed on one, and i think we’re still waiting on the other one to land. Great job Jeff. Those are exactly the kind of AB’s it’s gonna take to right the ship. Jeff made them pitch to him, and it paid off. Granted that’s an every day type of approach for guys like Chipper Jones, and you can see the patience chiseled on that emotionless mug of Garrett Anderson, but for Frenchy it was a welcome approach to what has been a long run of instability at the plate. Let’s hope he can adopt that kind of dangerous approach full time, and he’ll grow right out of that ‘Frenchy’ moniker and we can all start calling him ‘Mr. French.’ But let’s not get ahead of ourselves… we’ll keep it with this: he looked dialed in up there for a change, and yes, after just that one AB I personally think we should keep him around and see if he can’t get more AB’s like this one. This one AB changed my whole opinion of the kid. There, I said it.
GO BRAVES

JeanE

June 3rd, 2009
11:43 am

I admit it, when Francoeur came up to bat, I said to myself, that’s it & I got up to go into the kitchen. My husband says, I think that’s outta here & I could not believe it! Good for him, good for the Braves! Loved how they all thumped him when he go to the dugout! Hilarious when they were chasing Chipper at the end of the game, great win! Still would love to have DeRo here!!!

Keith Davis

June 3rd, 2009
11:45 am

Being in attendance at this game, needless to say after the game those somewhat over confident cubs fans got what they deserve…a chin dropping LOSS.

Rich W

June 3rd, 2009
11:49 am

The issue with Frenchy:
*The potential is clearly there — as he showed last night at bat and in the field.
*Trading him to “get rid of him” is crazy.
*The Braves should only trade him if they can get a better replacement. Who’s that? Not DeRosa.
*Now Centerfield, that’s a real problem. That needs a solution more than the Frenchy issue. He might turn it around some. Blanco? There’s not much there. We’ll have to do something about cf. Let’s concentrate on that.

Eddie

June 3rd, 2009
11:51 am

That game “could” be a big turning point for this team. You could literally see the pressure come off of Francoeur when he hit that home run. I do still think we need one more bat, but this team is capable of winning this division. Great Game!

Native Atl

June 3rd, 2009
11:55 am

The 1995 World Championship seems SOOOOOOOOOOO long ago. And now, 3 years out of the playoffs seems like an eternity!

To me any thing other than a World Championship is meaningless. If only the Braves Front office could see that

Winning a Championship is what it is all about and not just having a major league team with 25 Baseball players on a roster.

I want them to make some move to get us ANOTHER CHAMPIONSHIP – Not just having a winning record or a “good year”!

Last night reminded me of year gone by…and I am not thankfully speaking about the 70’s and 80″s!

Coyote

June 3rd, 2009
11:56 am

It’s just 1 win but it sure felt good. Haven’t seen a dramatic comeback by this team in quite awhile.

We still have issues on offense however and I hate to see decent pitching wasted so often. If Francouer can return to his April form and we get Kotchman back in the lineup soon, we might have just enough to make a run at the division.

By the way, lots of love for Frenchie but what about Chipper? He broke up the no hitter which got the bats going and singled in the winning run. He’s a legit all-star and should be getting more votes, along with McCann.

Michael W.

June 3rd, 2009
11:56 am

Being a Braves fan living outside of the southeast, I don’t get to watch the Braves like I used to be able to. Last night was a rare chance for me to catch them on the tube, and it was fantastic!