The struggles on the road continued today for the Braves as Atlanta lost 8-7 in extra innings. Jair Jurrjens gave up six runs on the mound in four innings including two home runs while only striking out two and throwing 99 pitches. The two home runs were the same as the total he has surrendered in 66 innings on the mound this season. One of those homers was to Ken Griffey Jr. who hit his 599th career homer. For the Braves Greg Norton, Mark Teixeira, and Jeff Francoeur all hit a long ball. Rafael Soriano was given his first chance for a save in nearly a month and he gave up a game-tying run in the Ninth. Then the rookie phenom of the Reds, Jay Bruce, came to the plate with the game tied in the tenth to hit the walk-off homer off Manny Acosta for the 8-7 win. Bruce was the winning run last night in the extra-innings win for the Reds in just his fourth Big League game. The Braves are continuing to fight their road struggles as they take on the Reds tomorrow at Great American Ball Park with Tim Hudson taking the mound.
The Braves lost in eleven innings against the Reds on Friday night and not only was Chipper Jones 0-5 for the first time since April 30, but the League’s star hitter also had two costly defensive errors in the Eleventh in the Braves’ 19th consecutive one-run road-game loss. Jones’ League best batting average was lowered to .409 as the Braves lost another road game after Tom Glavine went six innings giving up two runs on five hits and striking out five while only walking two. The Braves’ first run came in the Sixth when Mark Teixeira hit a sacrifice fly to center to knock in Kelly Johnson and the second run came in the Seventh when Greg Norton scored on a double-play ball hit by Ruben Gotay. The road woes continue for the Braves who have now just one game in four since leaving Atlanta earlier in the week.
Starter Jorge Campillo had a little help at the plate from Mark Teixeira and Chipper Jones in an 8-1 victory over the Brewers. Teixeira hit a three-run home run in the Fifth and Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 with two walks, which brings his batting average to .420. In five innings, Campillo allowed four hits and one run off a homer while striking out six and throwing 49 of 73 pitches for strikes. The win marked the seventh one on the road for the Braves in the last 25 games away. The one run given up by Campillo came on his first pitch in the Fifth when Russell Branyan hit it into the stands in right field. It was the first run he has surrendered since May 10, a 20 1/3 innings streak. The Braves must now take on the Reds on the road.
In their first game on the road against the Brewers, the Braves lost 3-2. Starter Tim Hudson gave a solid outing giving up two runs in eight innings, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Brewers got the go-ahead run in the Ninth to win the game. Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 at the plate boosting his batting average to .418. Atlanta’s runs were scored by solo shots from Kelly Johnson and Gregor Blanco. In the second game of the series, the Braves lost 1-0 but Jo-Jo Reyes also gave a solid performance on the mound. In seven innings of work, Reyes allowed only one run on two hits and struck out nine while only walking three. Brewers starter Jeff Suppan held the Braves to four hits on the night and led his team to a 1-0 victory. The Braves have one more game in Milwaukee tomorrow before heading to Cincinatti. With the next games on the road, the Braves continue to hold hope that things will turn around for them on the road.
In 4 2/3 innings, Jair Jurrjens allowed three earned runs on eights hits while only striking out four earning a no decision on the day, but on the other side of the ball, the Braves’ bats were going and they hit their way to a 7-3 win splitting the series against the Diamondbacks. Mark Teixeira led the way at the plate as the Braves were able to get seven runs out of ten hits off Arizona starter Brandon Webb. Webb is the National League leader for wins and the ace pitcher for the Diamondbacks this season, but he met his match at the plate today when Teixeira had a two-run double in the First and a two-run single in the Second. Catcher Brian McCann hit a solo shot in the Fifth inning to notch his ninth homer for the season. Chipper Jones went one for three with two walks and now is batting .416. The Braves now have the second-best record at home with 22-7, but have the worst record for away games with 6-16. Now the Braves must try to improve that away record on the road starting tomorrow against the Brewers.
The Braves lost 9-3 this afternoon to the Diamondbacks as veteran Tom Glavine gave up two home runs including a grand slam to Eric Byrnes in the Fifth. Omar Infante and Yunel Escobar both had RBIs for Atlanta, but the damage done to Glavine in just 4 2/3 innings was too much for the Braves to recover. The grand slam by Byrnes was only the second grand slam Glavine has given up in his 22 seasons as a pitcher in the Majors. Glavine also walked a season-high of six batters and is now 2 and 2 for the season. All the excitement and momentum created just last-night off the walk-off home run delivered by Jeff Francoeur was crushed this afternoon when the Braves were unable to get the win with the veteran on the mound. Chipper Jones was scratched from the lineup prior to the game due to back spasms, but he is expected to play tomorrow night for the last game of the Arizona series. Jair Jurrjens (5-3) will start on the mound tomorrow against Brandon Webb (9-1) before Atlanta heads to Milwaukee to battle the Brewers away.
In the Ninth inning of the second game of the series against Arizona, Jeff Francoeur boosted Atlanta to victory with a walk-off home run to ensure a 3-1 win. The Braves took the lead 1-0 in the Third before the Diamondbacks tied it in the Seventh after a controversial call by the umpire. Then in the Ninth, Chipper Jones managed to get on base with a lead-off single, so when Francoeur came through with a homer off reliever Chad Qualls, he clinched the 3-1 win. Braves starter Jorge Campillo had to leave early due to a blister on his right index finger after four scoreless innings, but even with a blister that caused concern amongst the Braves trainers the right-hander only allowed two hits. At the plate, Chipper Jones went 2 for 4 and now has a .417 batting average. Tomorrow night the Braves will look to win the third game of the series with veteran Tom Glavine (2-1) getting teh start on the mound against Micah Owings of the Diamondbacks. The Braves are just one game behind the Marlins in the standings for the NL East.
In five innings, Jo-Jo Reyes allowed eight runs including seven earned while only striking out four and gave up three homers in Atlanta’s 11-1 loss to Arizona last night. At the plate Chipper Jones went 1 for 1 boosting his batting average to .415 and Kelly Johnson had the only RBI in the Second inning, but in the end the Braves couldn’t get the hits at the plate. After much success at home this season and coming off a four-game sweep of the Mets, the Braves were feeling quite confident headed into this series against Arizona, but as it often happens in sports, just when things seem too good to be true the bubble burst and your brought back to reality. The Braves have game two of the series tonight at Turner Field hoping to return to the blissful victories at home.
Manager Bobby Cox not only was given a win by the Braves on Wednesday for his 67th birthday, but today the organization responded by ending rumors that this season might be his last. The long-time skipper of the Braves was signed to a one-year extension on his contract that will have him as the manager through the 2009 season at an estimated contract salary of $3 million.
Even though the 370-consecutive game streak of Jeff Francoeur came to end on Tuesday night in the sixth inning of the second game of the doubleheader, Francoeur came off his rest by going a double shy of cycle helping Jair Jurrjens led the Braves to an 11-4 win. Jurrjens went five innings gaining his fifth victory and allowing only one run while striking out one and giving up only five hits. In the process, Jurrjens lowered his ERA to 2.64. In the Sixth inning Francouer’s homer ended his drought of 133 consecutive homerless at-bats. Just prior to Francouer, Chipper Jones in the Fifth inning hit his 398th career home run and 12th of the season. Jones now joins legendary favorite Dale Murphy on the Braves all-time home run list at 45th. Mark Teixeira also had a great night at the plate going 3 for 5 with three RBIs. On Thursday night Chipper Jones continued his hot streak at the plate helping a Tim Hudson in his solid performance minus back-to-back home runs in the Second by hitting the go-ahead RBI single in the Seventh to give the Braves the 4-2 win. Hudson might have given up those homers in the Second but with the help of Jones at the plate and Kelly Johnson who had three hits including the double in the Seventh that ignited the rally that resulted in the RBI by Jones. Hudson went eight innings striking out four and giving up two earned runs on seven hits getting his seventh win for the season. The Braves are now five games over .500 for the first time this season. The Braves took on the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at Turner Field with Jorge Campillo (1-0) facing off against Randy Johnson (4-1).
Against his former team, Tom Glavine was solid in his performance on the mound leading the Braves to a 6-1 victory versus the Mets. Glavine retired 17 straight at one time during his six inning outing. At the plate, Brian McCann hit a home run and had three RBIs, while Mark Teixeira had his first three-hit game of the season. Chipper Jones went 1 for 4 with with a walk resulting in his batting average falling to .406. Luis Castillo had the only run for the Mets with a solo homer in the First with one out off Glavine. Glavine recorded his second win of the season after starting the season struggling for a win. In the second game of the doubleheader, Jorge Campillo in just his second career start earned the win going six innings allowing three hits and striking out seven. The rookie showed veteran qualities in his performance of 54 strikes on 78 pitches, thus giving the boost the Braves needed to win the game 6-2. At the plate, Chipper Jones hit 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the first. Mark Kotsay hit his fourth homer of the season in the Eighth with one on and one out. Yunel Escobar went 5 for 9 in the doubleheader. The doubleheader victories marked the first doubleheader sweep for Atlanta since 2005. Tonight, the Braves will look to take on the Mets with Jair Jurrjens (4-3) on the mound for the start against Mike Pelfrey (2-4).
The Braves returned to victory today at Turner Field with a 5-2 win against the A’s. The Braves have won the last 9 of 10 home games and have the second-best Major League record at 16-5 when playing at home. The Braves bullpen clinched the victory continuing their streak of scoreless innings to 16. In the First Inning, Brian McCann hit a double to knock in Yunel Escobar to tie the game at one. Then in the Second inning, Escobar hit a two-run single to put the Braves ahead. Oakland came back with a run in the Sixth, but it wouldn’t be enough as Atlanta went on to add two more runs in the Eighth. Pinch hitter Omar Infante hit a two-run triple in the Eighth and the Braves went on to win 5-2. Chipper Jones went 1 for 3 and now has a .410 batting average continuing to lead the Majors. The Braves have tomorrow off before a three-game series against the New York Mets before a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks all at Turner Field.
In just five innings, starter Tim Hudson managed to surrender two home runs on five hits and five walks while only striking out three to setup the 5-4 win for the Oakland A’s over Atlanta. Hudson gave up all five runs in just the first three innings of play causing his ERA to slide to 3.06 and his record to drop to 6-3. Atlanta matched Oakland for hits at seven a piece, but Atlanta was only able to add three runs in the Ninth to the one run scored in the Fifth falling just short of Oakland. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak at home for Atlanta. Chipper Jones went 0-4 resulting in his 4.18 batting average falling to .412. Atlanta took on Oakland again today at Turner Field with Jo-Jo Reyes on the mound intending on returning to their successes at Turner Field.
Another victory at Turner Field for the Braves as Mark Kotsay hit an RBI double in the Eighth inning to knock in Chipper Jones for the go-ahead run and break the 2-2 tie. The Braves won against the A’s 3-2 at home tonight extending their winning streak at Turner Field to eight. In 13 one-run decicisions, the win was only their second victory in one-run game. Chipper Jones hit a single up the middle to start the rally by the Braves in the Eighth. Jones had missed yesterday’s game due to a strained groin against the Phillies in which Chuck James struggled on the mound, but he returned tonight with precision at the plate. Jones went 2-3 and increased his Major League-leading batting average to .423. The Braves started rookie Jair Jurrjens on the mound with short rest for the first time in his career. Jurrjens lasted five innings and surrendered eight hits and no earned runs. However, the two runs that did score were due to his throwing error on a play off a sacrifice bunt. Atlanta will continue the series against Oakland tomorrow at Turner Field with Tim Hudson on the mound.
In four innings Chuck James struggled on the mound giving up five earned runs on six hits including three homers and walking five. In combination with the Braves lack of offense at the plate with a total of four hits with one each by Omar Infantante, Jeff Francoeur, Brian McCann, and Gregor Blanco. The Braves were shutout 5-0 by Cole Hamels of Philadelphia. Hamels pitched a complete game in which he walked two and struck out six limiting the Braves to the four hits mentioned above. The Braves have continually struggled this season on the road and last night it did not help their cause in having the MLB-leading hitter Chipper Jones with a .418 batting average out of the lineup with a sore groin, but in the end no matter the reason the Braves have to turn things around against Oakland by returning to winning at home, but also need to become more successful outside of home sweet home Turner Field.
Tonight in the second game of a three-game series against Philadelphia, veteran Tom Glavine recorded his first win of the season as the Braves took an 8-6 win on the road from the Phillies. It was two birds with one stone as this win ended a winless streak on the road and a winless streak for Tom Glavine. The Braves took advantage at the plate with runners in scoring position and also had solo homers from Yunel Escobar and Chipper Jones in the First inning and Kelly Johnson in the Second. Glavine went a little over five innings striking out four and giving up four runs. Finally some frustration has been relieved for Atlanta with this win and the Braves hope to build on this momentumby taking the road series from the Phillies tomorrow night. Atlanta is now three games behind the Marlins in the NL East standings.
In the First inning, the Braves got off to a good start with four of the first five hitters reaching base safely including an RBI single from Chipper Jones, the leader of the majors with a batting average over .400. After Jones, Jeff Francoeur followed with a two-run single. Starter Jo-Jo Reyes struggled in the Fourth and Fifth surrendering the lead to the Phillies to make the score 4-3. In the Seventh, when Reyes gave up another run, Jorge Campillo came in to relieve him. The Braves rallied for one run in the Ninth with an RBI double from Brian McCann, but in the end the Braves dropped another one-run loss and had another road loss. The Phillies out-hit the Braves 13-9 and the Braves left four runners in scoring position with two out. Tonight the Braves take on the Phillies for the second game of the series with veteran Tom Glavine on the mound still searching for his first win of the season. Glavine will duel Brett Myers of Philadelphia.
In the second game of yesterday’s double-header, the Braves won 8-1 against the Pirates. In the Fifth inning, the Braves rallied for four runs including a three-run homer from catcher Brian McCann. McCann wasn’t alone on offense though as centerfielder Mark Kotsay went 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs and outfielder Jeff Francouer went 3 for 5 with two runs. Atlanta combined for a total of 14. Starter Tim Hudson lasted seven innings giving up one unearned run on just two hits. Hudson had five strikeouts and improved to 6-2. Tonight the Braves are on the road again in Philadelphia taking on the Phillies with Jo-Jo Reyes on the mound.
After yesterday’s game was delayed until today, Jair Jurrjens took the mound in the first game of a doubleheader. Jurrjens went five innings and gave up three hits. However, one of those hits was in the Fifth inning when he gave up a two-out, bases-loaded double to Freddy Sanchez resulting three runs in the inning. The Pirates tagged on two more in the Eighth for final score of 5-0 shutout win. The Braves had more overall hits than the Pirates with 8 to their 5, but were unable to capitalize at the plate. In each of the first seven innings, the Braves had a baserunner, but were never able to score. Atlanta dropped another road game and continue to search for a turn-around this afternoon in the second game of the doubleheader. In their first 18 road games, the Braves have just won 4. There was a bright side for third baseman Chipper Jones who was able to record a hit for his third consecutive game going 3 for 4 on the day. Jones leads the Majors with a .410 batting average.
In yesterday’s game against the Pirates, the Braves had a great start in the First inning when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run. The long shot was not enough as the Pirates held the Braves to just these two runs for the rest of the game and in the end the Braves lost 5-2. Chipper Jones was unable to improve his .400 batting average as he has just one hit in his last 11 at-bats. Braves starter Chuck James lasted six innings and gave up five runs on five hits. James struck out seven and walked four. Pirates outfielder Jason Bay hit a two-run shot in the Fourth and the Pirates combined for a total of six hits on the day. In the end, James went 2-2 for the year and the Braves lost another road game. With each road loss, the team’s frustration builds and the battle to turn things around gets tougher.
Yesterday afternoon, the Braves dropped their first game on the road since the recent success at home. The Braves lost against the Pirates 2-3, another one run loss. Tom Glavine remains winless this season after failing to capture a win in his sixth start, which lasted seven innings. Glavine gave up 2 runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out three. Atlanta took the lead in the Sixth with one run but Pittsburgh battled back in the Seventh to take the lead 2-1. Then in the Eight, Atlanta rallied for another run to tie the game at two. Both of Atlanta’s runs were knocked in by outfielder Jeff Francouer. However, once again the Braves were on the losing end of a one-run game when in the Ninth Freddy Sanchez hit a two out, walk-off RBI single to win the game for the Pirates. Glavine recorded a no decision, and now will have to fight to get his first win in his seventh start. The Braves take on the Pirates again tonight with Chuck James getting the start on the mound.
Yesterday, the Braves finished up their series at home against the Padres with a 5-4 win. Thus, sweeping the Padres at Turner Field after losing four straight on the road. Jo-Jo Reyes, the recent addition to the Braves rotation, was forced to leave the game in the Third inning with a blister developing on his throwing hand’s index finger. Reyes allowed five hits and two runs in the 2 2/3 innings. Atlanta has struggled this season in the one-run games, continually being on the losing side, but yesterday, the Braves not only continued their success at home, but did so by winning a one-run game. The Braves had lost nine one-run games. In the bottom of the Ninth with the bases loaded, Matt Diaz hit a walk-off single and the Braves won the game. The Braves are 4-11 on the road and with that in mind are hitting the road to take on the Pirates. Veteran Tom Glavine (0-1) will take on Ian Snell in hopes of success on the road to boost Atlanta in the competition for the NL East.
The Braves gained their fifth straight victory last night against the Padres with a 5-2 victory at Turner Field where they have recently enjoyed success. The Braves have won the last 12 of 14 at home and lost the last 11 of 15 on the road. Last night, starter and veteran pitcher Tim Hudson lasted seven innings. Hudson gave up only six hits and two runs with three walks and three strikeouts while improving to 5-2 for the season. The change in the lineup of adding pinch hitter and first baseman Greg Norton paid off the for Atlanta as it was his RBI single in the seventh with the bases loaded that sparked a three-run inning. The Braves play again home this afternoon to wrap up the series against the Padres. The other addition to the Braves lineup, Jo-Jo Reyes, will take the mound and look to continue the momentum at home for the Braves.
Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings, allowing only one run and seven hits, while striking out eight and walking only one. Chipper Jones hit a 2-run homer in the Third and Mark Kotsay not only had a highlight catch in center field, but he also helped Jurrjens out at the plate having a two hit, two RBI day. Kotsay hit a RBI single in the Second and later a solo shot in the Fourth. Kotsay had been hitless in his last 12 at bats against Padres starter Chris Young. For Jurrjens it was his fourth win in seven starts as the Braves improved to over .500 for the first time since April 25th with their continued success at home winning the last 11 of 13 at Turner Field. Tonight, Tim Hudson will try to further the team’s success at Turner Field taking on Randy Wolf and the Padres.
In a seven-run second inning, Chipper Jones hit a three-run home run and later in the inning had a two-run single. Jones was 3 for 6 on the day and now has a .425 batting average. The Braves combined for 19 hits including a 4 for 6 day for Kelly Johnson and a solo homer in the 8th by Mark Kotsay to top the Reds 14-7. The Reds’ starter Bronson Arroyo was pulled from the mound after 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career out of 166 starts. Starter Tom Glavine gave up six runs on seven hits, but was pulled from the game after 4 2/3 innings, and thus was unable to earn the win. The Braves have today off before facing San Diego at Turner Field tomorrow. Rookie Jair Jurrjens (3-2) will take the mound against Chris Young (2-2) of the Padres.
After a close 2-0 win on Friday, the Braves combined for 15 hits to beat the Reds 9-1. Rookie Jo-Jo Reyes was solid on the mound. Reyes only allowed one run on four hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings. The score was 2-1 until the 7th when the Braves rallied for six runs and added one more in the 8th to stretch the lead even further. Yunel Escobar hit 3 for 4 having two runs and an RBI, and Brian McCann was once again a valuable bat with two RBIs. Jeff Francoeur and Mark Teixeira both had an RBI during the night as well. The Braves now have back-to-back wins after their four-game losing streak, the highest of the season thus far. This afternoon the Braves will take on the Reds for the last game of the series with veteran Tom Glavine taking the mound in search of his first victory of the season against Josh Fogg.
In the 4th Inning, Braves catcher Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to give the Braves all the lead they would need to boost them over the Reds for a 2-0 win. Starter Tim Hudson earned his fourth win and pitched a complete game giving up only three hits. The Braves needed a solid start from a veteran and they got more than they bargained for when Hudson put on a show for the entire game striking out ten and walking none. Hudson needed the turn-around outing after lasting only three innings in two of his last three starts. Consequently, not only did he eliminate any doubts as to his health, he also earned his 22nd complete game outing. Atlanta will take on Cincinnati again tonight with Jo-Jo Reyes on the mound for the Braves and Matt Belisle for the Reds.
In the 12th Inning, Mark Kotsay’s RBI single in the top of the inning was not enough last night to give the Braves the win. In the bottom of the inning, the Nationals rallied back to win the game 3-2 against Manny Acosta and Buddy Carlyle. Yet again, the Braves lost by one run, the 14th straight one-run decision that goes back to last season. The rookie Jair Jurrjens once again dominated on the mound, pitching seven innings and only allowing two hits alongside one earned run. Yet, the bad luck continued for the Braves in the one-run game loss. In other news, John Smoltz has declared he will return as a reliever once coming off the disabled list. The Braves have today off before looking to turn around their bad luck against the Cincinnati Reds this weekend with Tim Hudson taking the mound on Friday.
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