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July 29, 2008

Braves Still Struggling, Lose to Cardinals

by @ 8:17 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

In the start of the series against the Cardinals the Braves lost 12-3 with Charlie Morton allowing 8 earned runs on 7 hits in just 3 2/3 innings.  Mark Kotsay and Yunel Escobar both drove in a run.  In game two of the series, the Braves lost 8-3 with the Cardinals scoring the winning run in the Eighth with the game tied at two when Albert Pujols came home on a throwing error by catcher Corky Miller and the Cardinals topping off the win with five runs in the Ninth off Mike Gonzalez. Jeff Francoeur, Gregor Blanco, and Greg Norton each drove in a run to account for Atlanta’s three runs on the day. Jorge Campillo who had the start for the game allowed two earned runs on seven hits in seven innings, but Atlanta couldn’t help him secure a win.  In other Braves news, Mark Teixeira was traded to the LA Angels for first baseman Casey Kotchman, who is expected to join the team on Wednesday in game three of the series against the Cardinals.  The Braves are hoping Kotchman will reach the potential of Teixeira over time.

July 28, 2008

Braves Making Moves Before Series Begins Tonight

by @ 3:36 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Charlie Morton was recalled from Triple-A Richmond to make the start tonight after being optioned on Saturday to make room for Mike Hampton on the active roster. Chipper Jones was placed on the 15-day DL for the first time this series due to his left hamstring, and joing him on the DL is Tim Hudson with tightness in his right elbow.  As Morton was recalled up, Jo-Jo Reyes was optioned to Triple-A Richmond.  Righty Jeff Bennett was promoted to the Braves from Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach alongside catcher Clint Sammons who was also recalled.

Braves Drop Series to Phillies

by @ 3:31 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After a two hour rain delay, the Braves took an early lead in the First 2-0, and then in the Fourth went to 5-0 with back to back home runs from Kelly Johnson and Omar Infante, but the bullpen would soon surrender 12 runs and the Braves would 12-10.  In the bottom of the First, Brian McCann tagged out Chase Utley at home to protect the lead, but later in the Sixth in another collision at home, McCann would suffer a headache and mild concussion forcing him to leave the game.  After 1 2/3 scoreless innings from Jorge Campillo, he was forced to leave early due to the rain delay and entered Jo-Jo Reyes who will not be making his schedule start today.  Reyes was solid until the Fourth when he gave up a two-run homer to Chris Coste and a three-run homer to Shane Victorino to tie the game at 5.  The Braves would rally for five runs in the Eighth but it wouldn’t be enough as the Phillies held on for the 12-10 win.  Tonight the Braves start a four-game series against the Cardinals at Turner Field with Charlie Morton (2-3) taking on Braden Looper (9-8). 

July 26, 2008

Braves Split with Phillies Going into Game Three of Series Tomorrow

by @ 9:00 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After winning 8-2 on Friday, the Braves lost to the Phillies today 10-9.  Friday night, Jair Jurrjens held the Phillies to three hits in eight scoreless innings while managing to strike out six and only walk one.  At the plate he had a little help from Brian McCann hit hit a solo homer in the Fourth and then in the Ninth he broke the game wide open hitting a grand slam home run.  Going into the Ninth, McCann’s solo shot was the only run on the board, but then in the Ninth the Braves rallied for seven runs including McCann’s grand slam.  The Phillies also managed to put a few runs on the board when Ryan Howard hit a homer with a runner on and two out.  Coming off a game in which the Braves emerged with such a win with the power hitter Chipper Jones out of the line up, Atlanta succumbed to a 10-9 loss against the Phillies today.  Going into the Fourth inning, the Braves were trailing by three when they rallied for nine runs in the inning, with a 9-3 scored going into the Fifth, the Phillies turned things around and put seven runs on the board to take the 10-9 and hold on until the end.  For Mike Hampton though the day wasn’t all that bad as the Braves lost, because it was Hampton’s first start in nearly three years in the Majors. Hampton went four innings allowing six runs on the day and striking out one, walking two, and giving up eight hits.   Omar Infante, Gregor Blanco, Mark Teixeira, Jeff Francoeur, and Mark Kotsay all managed an RBI or more on the day.  Teixeira hit his 20th home run of the season when he hit a three-run homer in the Fourth.  After another one-run loss on the season, the Braves now hope to bounce back by taking the series from the Phillies who alongside the Marlins are a game and a half back from the Mets in the standings for the NL East.  To take the series from the Marlins and then the Phillies would be a great morale booster for the team who stand seven games behind the Mets.  Tomorrow Jorge Campillo (5-4) will get the start against Joe Blanton (5-12). 

Braves Win With Tough Knocks

by @ 8:46 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After Tim Hudson pitched six shutout innings on Wednesday night, he had to leave the game early due to elbow tightness and Chipper Jones was forced to leave early due to an injury sustained on a groundout, the Braves came through with a 9-4 win to take the series from the Marlins.  Gregor Blanco and Yunel Escobar both had multi-hit and RBI days and Jones had an RBI before he left the game.  Hudson gave up three hits and struck out six in his 11th win of the season.  The Braves are now set on taking the series from the Phillies.

July 23, 2008

Braves Can’t Recover

by @ 5:00 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Braves lost 4-0 yesterday in the second game of the series against the Marlins.  Charlie Morton gave up only two hits in just over five innings of work and held the Marlins hitless in 3 and 2/3 innings, but one of those two hits was a three-run homer in the Fourth and the Braves were never able to recover as Morton suffered his third loss of the season.  Rick VandenHurk of the Marlins held the Braves hitless in five innings of work while striking out seven and walking five. Atlanta’s lone hit of the day came from Chipper Jones when he led off the Sixth with a single.  In the last game of the series tonight, the Braves will look to gain ground in the NL East standings with Tim Hudson (10-7) taking the mound against Ricky Nolasco (10-5). 

July 21, 2008

Campillo Leads Braves to Shutout Victory

by @ 7:26 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Jorge Campillo held the Marlins to two hits in seven innings on the mound and with an RBI from Chipper Jones, Mark Kotsay, and Mark Teixeira the Braves won the series opener 4-0.  Campillo had a no-hitter going into the Fifth when Mark Jacobs broke that streak with a hit.  The Braves are now six games behind New York and moving closer to Florida with the win.  The Mets will be taking on the Phillies who are tied with them for first in the NL East standings for a three-game series starting Tuesday.  The Braves will look to keep making up distance in the standings again tomorrow night at Dolphin Stadium. 

July 20, 2008

Smoltz Coming Back as Sportscaster This Season

by @ 5:21 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Since being unable to return this season due to his season-ending shoulder surgery, John Smoltz will now be working with former teammate Brian Jordan for FSN on Wednesdays and Sundays for the Braves pregame shows aired on FSN South and Sportsouth.  Smoltz will be able to offer his first-hand knowledge of the game alongside Jordan to provide Braves viewers with entertaining commentary. 

Nationals Take Two of Three From Braves

by @ 5:18 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After starting the second half of the season with a win on Friday night against the Nationals 7-6, the Braves returned from the All-Star Break to drop their first series as the Nationals went on to win Saturday 8-2 and today 15-6.  On Friday, Tim Hudson got the win giving up five runs on nine hits in 6 and 2 1/3 innings of work.  At the plate, Brian McCann helped Hudson out with a bases-clearing double in the third to score three runs as the Braves would rally for four in the inning.  Shortstop Brent Lillibridge, center-fielder Mark Kotsay, and McCann all had at least one RBI on the day. Chipper Jones with 1 for 3 with a walk and is now batting .375.  On Saturday, Jair Jurrjens recorded his fifth loss of the season as his 6 1/3 innings of work in which he struck out five and gave up five runs on eight hits was not enough to hold the Nationals off.  In the Fifth, Chipper Jones hit a two-out RBI and Greg Norton hit a solo homer in the Ninth to score Atlanta’s only runs on the day.  The Braves did not make the most of their opportunities and in the game left stranded the runners with the bases loaded twice against the Nationals pitcher John Lannan.  The Nationals were able to combine for 14 hits on the day, and former Brave catcher Johnny Estrada went 1 for 4.  Today, the Nationals rallied for 15 runs on 17 hits.  After just 2 1/3 innings Jo-Jo Reyes was taken out of the game after giving up six runs on seven hits while only having one strike out and walking four.  The Braves were left to rely on their bullpen for the remainder of the day and were unable to recover.  Mark Teixeira hit two homers and had three RBIs on the day going 2 for 4 with a walk and strikeout, and pinch hitter Martin Prado even had a solo homer.  Now the Braves will turn around and travel to Florida for a three game series starting tomorrow with Jorge Campillo (4-4) on the mound against Chris Volstad (2-0) of the Marlins. 

July 17, 2008

Nationals Roll Into Atlanta to Start Second Half

by @ 6:07 pm. Filed under Braves Tickets

The All Star break is over and while the Braves aren’t out of, their playoff chances hang by a thread because of all the teams in front of them.  Still, that’s not going to stop me from checking out a game and first up are the Nationals.  Braves tickets aren’t totally easy to get so I wasn’t too surprised that the Braves box office didn’t yield much.  I was very happy with the selection from the secondary ticket market though and was able to find nice seats once I checked out a few baseball ticket brokers

Braves Highlights

by @ 5:44 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

In the All-Star game Chipper Jones went 1 for 3 with a single and Brian McCann saw action in the 15th but his tag was too late to prevent the American League from scoring the winning walk-off run as the American League topped the National League yet again.  Also, Jair Jurrjens was named Gillette Rookie of the Month for June.  Matt Diaz and Tom Glavine are recovering well, but Yunel Escobar is still questionable.

July 13, 2008

Braves Take Two of Three From Padres

by @ 8:08 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

On Friday night, the Braves started the series against the Padres on the wrong foot losing 4-0, but they would come back yesterday and today to win 4-1 and 12-3.  On Friday, Jo-Jo Reyes allowed two runs on five hits in four innings and Atlanta was unable to rally on offense.  It was the ninth time this season the Braves have been shutout.  The Padres Jake Peavy struck out seven and allowed four hits in a seven inning outing and Trevor Hoffman recorded his 17th save of the season.  Then on Saturday, Atlanta would bounce back from the 4-0 loss to win 4-1 with Charlie Morton allowing one earned run in 5 1/3 innings.  The game was tied at one going into the Sixth inning, but Jeff Francoeur came through with a two-out two-run single to put Atlanta ahead 3-1.  Later shortstop Brent Lillibridge hit a solo homer in the 9th to solidify the 4-1 victory.  It was Lillibridge’s first career home run and it was 394 feet given up by Joe Thatcher.  Yunel Escobar is having an MRI on his left shoulder Monday and Omar Infante is on the disabled list until July 22nd so Lillibridge was able to start at shortstop throughout the series against San Diego.  Former Brave Greg Maddux was on the mound for San Diego and after pitching seven innings in which he allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking two, the former Atlanta veteran recorded his eighth loss of the season.  Today, the Braves topped the Padres 12-3 to take the series two games to one.  Atlanta ended the first-half of the season on a great note winning the game with their largest margin of victory this season.  Brian McCann and Brent Lillibridge both had three hits each and eight players on the team had at least one RBI.  The Braves took the lead early with a three-run First and then rallied for five runs in the Sixth.  After topping on one run in the Seventh with a solo homer from McCann, the Braves tacked on three more in the Ninth to seal the 12-3 victory.  Jorge Campillo went six innings giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking two.  Campillo is now 4 and 4 for the season.  Tomorrow night is the Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium followed by the All-Star Game on Tuesday night.  The Braves do not resume action until Thursday night at Turner Field to start a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. 

July 11, 2008

Hudson’s Great Start Not Enough As Dodgers Pull Ahead

by @ 5:17 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Tim Hudson retired the first 12 batters before giving up his first run in the Fifth, but the Dodgers came through with a run in each of the Sixth and Seventh to hold off the Braves for a 2-1 win.  The lone run for the Braves came from Jeff Francoeur who hit a solo shot in the Eighth; his first homer since June 12.  Hudson suffered his seventh loss of the season.  Tonight Jo-Jo Reyes (3-7) will be on the mound to take on Jake Peavy (6-5) and the San Diego Padres.

July 9, 2008

Escobar Breaks Game Open in Fifth

by @ 7:45 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After being held to just a lone hit by Mark Teixeira on Monday night, the Braves last night went to the Fifth inning without having a hit before they loaded the bases.  Then with the bases loaded, Yunel Escobar came to the plate and hit a double to drive in all three runs.  Jair Jurrjens pitched five innings giving up six hits and one earned run while striking out six and walking three.  Jurrjens is now 9-4 with a 3.00 ERA.  Brian McCann went 2 for 4 with two home runs and a walk on the day and Mark Teixeira went 1 for 5 with a homer. The Braves take on the Dodgers for the final game of the three-game series with Tim Hudson on the mound looking to secure the series victory.  Atlanta is now five games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the race for the NL East title. 

July 8, 2008

Teixeira Breaks Up Perfect Game Outing by Hiroki Kuroda

by @ 2:28 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The first 21 batters of the Braves were retired last night as the Braves travelled to LA to take on the Dodgers following their 17th inning win on Sunday.  Mark Teixeira broke the drought as well as the perfect game when he hitt a double to lead off the Eighth inning.  Jorge Campillo gave a quality performance in his start giving up three runs in seven inning on the mound.  The Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched a complete game in his shutout performance.  Nomar Garciaparra hit a one-out, two-run homer in the Fifth to give Kuroda the runs he needed to secure the win.  Tonight Jair Jurrjens (8-4)will be on the mound to face off against the Dodgers Chad Billingsley (8-7).

Braves Win in 17th Inning Against Astros

by @ 2:21 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After almost a two-hour rain delay and more than five hours of baseball, the Braves were finally able to capitalize on a bases-loaded single from Mark Teixeira to win the game in 17th inning in the longest game in Turner Field’s history.  By the end of the day both bullpens were completed exhausted and the Braves won in extra-innings by one run a rarity for the team this season.  The Braves tied the game at 6 in the Eighth inning with a two-out, two-run single by Yunel Escobar.  Chipper Jones went 3 for 5 with a homer, triple and four RBIs on the day. Charlie Morton was able to turn things around from his previous start going six innings and giving up six earned runs on eight hits for the day while striking out and walking two. The Braves will now head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in a three-game series.

July 6, 2008

Braves Looking to Take Series From Astros After Rough Week

by @ 4:36 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Last weekend, the Braves won game one in the series against Toronto 4-0 before dropping games two and three, 9-5 and 1-0.  Then the Braves travelled to Philadelphia this week, where the Phillies swept the three-game series with an 8-3, 7-3, and 4-1 game scores.  In the 4-1 loss, Jair Jurrjens picked up his first loss since May 12 as he gave up three solo homers.  This weekend the Braves took on the Houston Astros and opened the series after the five consecutive losses with a 6-2 win on Friday night.  In the victory, Tim Hudson recorded his ninth win of the season and the Braves saw right fielder Jason Perry get his an RBI triple in his first at-bat in the Major League. Last night, the Braves lost 6-1 to the Astros with the only run for the Braves coming in the 5th with a solo shot from Brian McCann.  Pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes had one of his shortest starts of the season going 4 1/3 innings after a previous seven-inning start and giving up four runs on six hits on the night.  Chipper Jones went 0-4 to drop to a .385 batting average.  In other news for the week, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann both are heading to Yankee Stadium in New York for the 79th All-Star game.  Chipper Jones will have the start at third base and McCann will be backup at catcher.  Today the Braves are taking on the Astros in the third game of the series with Charlie Morton getting the start after his previous game against the Phillies in which he had his first Major League struggling start as he gave up five earned runs on eight hits with two homers in two innings this past Tuesday.   

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