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August 30, 2008

Braves Take 2 of 3 in Series with Marlins

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On Tuesday the Braves won 10-9 against the Marlins followed by a lost on Wednesday 4-1 before bouncing back Thursday 4-2.  In the 10-9 victory, the Braves had a four-run rally in the Ninth with the winning RBI single hit by Yunel Escobar.  Marin Prado went 2 for 4 with a walk and two doubles on the day that helped the Braves past a rough start after Jair Jurrjens allowed six runs in three innings on six hits giving up a two-run home run and walking one.  On Wednesday, the Marlins 4-1 came against Mike Hampton who went eight innings giving three runs on eight hits while falling to 2-2 for his record on the season.  The bats though weren’t going for the Braves to support the solid performance by Hampton and the only run came from groundout single that scored Kelly Johnson following his triple in the Fifth inning.  The Braves bounced back Thursday though to win 4-2 with Brian McCann leading the way as he hit a three-run homer in the Fifth to cap the game for the Braves.  Charlie Morton went over six innings allowing two runs on four hits as the bullpen saved his victory giving him his fourth of the season.   With the Marlins behind the Braves, the Braves will now leave Turner Field as they look to take on the Washington Nationals in a three-game series that ended today.

August 25, 2008

Cardinals Take Two of Three

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The Cardinals trumped the Braves on Friday night 18-3.  Charlie Morton had the best taken from him by the Cardinals as he gave up four runs in 1 1/3 innings while walking five.  The damage was done and the Cardinals continued to extend their lead throughout the night. Albert Pujols went 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs for St. Louis.  Greg Norton hit a pinch hit homer while Kelly Johnson and Brandon Johnson each had an RBI. On Saturday, the Braves bounced back to win 8-4 as Jorge Campillo gave the Braves a good start.  Campillo went five innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  Norton pinch hit to drive in two runs in the Eighth with two outs to put Atlanta in the lead, then Jeff Francoeur added a two-run single in the Ninth to seal the deal for Atlanta’s win after losing six in a row.  Yesterday, the Cardinals returned to take the win and the series as Atlanta lost 6-3.  The Cardinals took an early 2-0 lead in the First but the Braves rallied for three in the Second, and as the Cardinals were able to tack on a few more runs, the Braves were not.  Jo-Jo Reyes gave up six runs (5 earned) in 5 2/3 innings and on the other end the three runs came from two-run single by Reyes who tried to help his cause and Gregor Blanco drove in another run.  The Braves will now return to Atlanta to take on the Marlins in a three-game series starting tomorrow. 

Mets Take Final Game of Series

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The Atlanta Braves lost 5-4 on Thursday against the New York Mets as the Mets broke the tie in the Ninth on a misplayed ball by Omar Infante.  Yunel Escobar hit the first pitch of the game in deep for his seventh homer of the season.  Atlanta was up in the Sixth when Infante hit a RBI single, but the Mets came back to tie it up in the Seventh.  Mike Hampton had been set up for the win but the Braves just couldn’t hold out. For the Mets Pedro Martinez went seven innings giving up four runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking one.  The Braves are now set to take on the Cardinals in a three game series. 

August 20, 2008

Braves Drop First Two Games of Series Against Mets

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The Braves lost the first two games of a three-game series to the Mets at Shea Stadium 7-3 and 6-3.  Jo-Jo Reyes got the start in the first game, his first start since returning from Triple-A.  He held the Mets to two runs and the braves were leading 3-2 when he exited the game after six solid innings, but the Braves bullpen gave up five runs in the Eighth to give the Mets the 7-3 victory.  Then in the second tonight, the struggles started in the First for the Braves as Jair Jurrjens gave up five runs and the defense committed two errors.  Gregor Blanco went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run in the loss.  The Mets starter Mike Pelfrey pitched a complete game giving up three runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three. In tomorrow night’s final game of the series, Mike Hampton (2-1) will get the start against Pedro Martinez (4-3). 

Zito Shuts Down Braves as Giants Win 5-0

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The Braves were held to seven hits this past Monday against the Giants as Barry Zito recorded his seventh win of the season.  The Braves starter Jorge Campillo gave up three runs in the First but the Braves could not come back for the win.  Then the Giants scored a run in each of the Sixth and Seventh to top off the 5-0 win.  In other news, Tom Glavine is now done for this season due to his elbow injury and the results of his MRI will determine if his career is done too.

August 17, 2008

Braves Break Five Game Losing Streak But Fall Come Sunday

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Last night the Braves came back after a five-game losing streak to beat the Giants 11-5. Starter Mike Hampton went six innings striking out four while allowing two runs on seven hits and walking two.  Hampton also had an RBI single in the Third. The offense had things together with Jeff Francoeur going four for five with 2 RBIs and Omar Infante and Greg Norton both had two RBIs as well.  With great momentum going into today’s game, the Braves were looking to start a winning streak, but the Giants came back to take an early lead and never surrender it winning 3-1.  Charlie Morton pitched six innings for the Braves giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out six as the Braves starters are starting to give solid outings. However, it wouldn’t be enough as the bats just couldn’t get going and they were held to two hits in the first seven innings. The Braves did have a short-lived rally in the Eighth in which Mark Kotsay had an RBI single, but once the Giants went to their bullpen the rally ended their with the bases loaded. The last game of the series is tomorrow with Atlanta’s Jorge Campillo (7-5) taking on Barry Zito (6-15) of San Francisco.

August 16, 2008

Giants Stomp Over Braves

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Jair Jurrjens lasted seven innings on the mound only allowing two runs on eight hits, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Braves lost 5-1 as Atlanta’s offense could not get the job done while the Giants came alive against the Atlanta bullpen.  Jurrjens had control throughout the night not walking anyone and striking out nine. Chipper Jones knocked in Atlanta’s only run and is now batting .366.  The Braves bullpen has been overworked in recent games with the starters not having solid outings, so when one starter finally does, the bullpen just couldn’t come from the recent slam. The Braves take on the Giants again tonight with Mike Hampton on the mound looking to end the current five-game losing streak.

August 15, 2008

Glavine Falls to Cubs

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In his first start since June 10, Tom Glavine fell to the Cubs in an 11-7 loss as he gave up seven runs on seven hits in four innings putting the Braves in a hole in which they just couldn’t climb out.  The day however wasn’t so gloomy for Mark Kotsay as he went cycle with a double in the seventh that non only completed the cycle but gave him his 1,500th career hit.  It was the second time this season the Cubs have swept the Braves as they went 6-0.  Jeff Francoeur went yard for his first time since July 9th as he went 3 for 5 on the night.  The Braves will now look to face the Giants at Turner Field starting tonight as Jair Jurrjens takes the mound.  In the meantime, questions still swirl as to whether or not Tom Glavine will return this season or ever as he is placed back on the DL due to his elbow. 

August 14, 2008

Brave Shutout 8-0 by Cubs in Second Game

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The Braves combined for three hits on the game and were never able to pull things together in the 8-0 loss to the Cubs last night.  Starter Jorge Campillo allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings as he struggled against the bats of the Cubs who combined on the day for ten hits.  The Braves were just not productive against the Cubs getting outscored 18-2 in the doubleheader on the day.  Yunel Escobar had two of the three hits for the Braves.  Casey Kotchman went 0-8 in the doubleheader and has hit .188 since being traded by the Angels to the Braves for Mark Teixeira.  Tonight the Braves will look to their veteran Tom Glavine to shutdown the bats of the Cubs in Glavine’s first start since June 10. 

August 13, 2008

Cubs Win 10-2 in First Game

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The Cubs won 10-2 against the Braves this afternoon in the make-up of last night’s game postponed game due to rain.  Charlie Morton gave up four runs in just 2 1/3 innings on four hits while also walking four, putting Atlanta in a hole they would not be able to climb out of even with the bat of Omar Infante driving in a run and going 3 for 4 on the day.  Jim Edmonds hit a two-run homer in the Third off Morton before Morton was taken out of the game.  Mark Kotsay drove in the other run for the Braves.  Manager Bobby Cox was ejected before the Fifth Inning could start when he was arguing with the third base umpire about the lights.  Cox did not want to wait for the lights to finish powering up and instead wanted to continue the game despite the ruling by the umpires to wait for the lights.  It was Cox’s 142nd all-time ejection.  Also ejected in the game was relief pitcher Francisley Bueno for a high pitch that went above the head of the batter Alfonso Soriano in the 9th.  Now tonight in the second game the Braves will look to redeem themselves with Charlie Morton getting the start on the mound.   

August 12, 2008

Braves Fail to Sweep Diamondbacks

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On Sunday afternoon, the Braves failed to finish the series with a sweep of the Diamondbacks falling 6-1.  Cy Young candidate Brandon Webb went six innings against the Braves striking out five and one run on six hits.  Webb had a double at the plate driving in two runs in the Fourth in his 17th win of the season.  Atlanta’s Mike Hampton allowed six runs on five hits in four innings and is now 1 and 1.  The Braves lone run came on a sacrifice fly from Omar Infante in the Sixth. The Braves will now face the Chicago Cubs at home with Charlie Morton getting the start.  Skip Caray was honored today at Turner Field and tonight’s game will be extra special considering Skip’s father Harry Caray was announcer for the Cubs.   

August 10, 2008

Sweep of Diamondbacks Possible with Win Today

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On Friday night, the Braves bats were going and Jorge Campillo got his seventh win of the season as the Braves took the second game of the series 11-6.  Chipper Jones capped off the win with a two-run homer in the Ninth after Martin Prado led the way with three RBIs on a triple and two doubles.  Campillo went 6.1 innings allowing five runs on eight hits while striking out five and walking none.  The Diamondbacks managed a run here and there taking the lead in the First 1-0, but they would lose the lead and to never recover it as the Braves came alive. Yesterday, the Braves won the third game of the series making it possible for a four-game sweep with a win today.  The Braves took the lead early with a two-run homer in the First by Brian McCann and Jair Jurrjens came through on the mound with a solid outing of six innings to lead the Braves to an 11-4 victory.  Jurrjens allowed four runs on six hits with three of them earned while striking out six and walking two and McCann went 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs.  Chipper Jones had an RBI and is now batting .370 with Yunel Escobar and Kelly Johnson each recording two RBIs on the day.   Today Mike Hampton will be taking the mound after just recording his first win in three years in the Major League in his last start.  Hampton (1-0) will be battling Brandon Webb (16-4) for the win today. 

August 8, 2008

Morton Gets Win After Three Consecutive Start Losses

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Charlie Morton held the Arizona Diamondbacks to no runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out four.  Morton is now three and five after yesterday’s win following his three previous losses.  The Braves took the lead 1-0 in the First and never gave it up.  Mark Kotsay made it 2-0 in the Fifth with a solo home run, and then in the Eighth the Braves rallied for four, but the Damondbacks came back in the bottom of the Eighth for four runs of their own.  Yunel Escobar had two RBIs in the four-run Eighth Inning rally.  Casey Kotchman, Gregor Blanco, and Brian McCann also had RBIs on the day. Tonight in the second game of the series, Jorge Campillo (6-4) will get the start against Doug Davis (4-6).  The Braves remain 9.5 games behind the Phillies in First for the NL East standings.

August 6, 2008

Braves Drop Series to Giants

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Last night the Braves won 11-4 as Mike Hampton in just his third start after three years got his first victory of the season.  Hampton pitched seven innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking two and walking only one.  At the plate, Hampton drove in a run on an RBI double and had a little help in his trek to victory with Yunel Escobar, Omar Infante, Kelly Johnson, Casey Kotchman, Greg Norton, and Mark Kotsay each driving in at least one run with the Braves combining for 14 hits on the day.  Today, the Braves lost 3-2 making it their 26th straight one-run loss on the road.  Chuck James got the loss allowing three runs on five hits in four innings as the Braves bullpen would hold the Giants scoreless.  Atlanta tacked a run on the board in each of the Fifth and Sixth, but the Giants held on for the win.  Brian McCann went 3 for 4 on the day with Mark Kotsay and Yunel Escobar each driving in a run.   The Braves dropped 2 of 3 to San Francisco and will now be travelling to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks for a four game series. 

August 5, 2008

Giants Take Game One of Series

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The Brave lost yesterday in San Francisco 4-2 as Jair Jurrjens once again lasted six innings, but the Braves were not able to pull off a road-win.  Jurrjens gave up four runs on nine hits, walking three and striking out one in his tenth consecutive start pitching at least six innings.  Before the game, the Braves removed their hats and stood for a moment of silence for Skip Caray.  Jeff Francoeur and Omar Infante each drove in a run for Atlanta but the Braves were not able to come back as the Giants took the lead early in the Third. Tonight Mike Hampton (0-0) will take the mound for his second start on the road this season battling Jonathan Sanchez (8-7) of the Giants.

August 3, 2008

Skip Caray Passes Away

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The well-known and well-loved Braves announcer Skip Caray passed away at his Atlanta home today at the age of 68 just days away from his 69th birthday on August 12th.  The announcer was the son of Harry Caray, a Hall of Fame announcer of the Cubs that use to make the play-by-play for the calls as well.  Caray leaves behind his wife, Paula, two sons, Josh and Chip, and two daughters Shayelyn and Cindy.  Josh is an announcer for the Braves’ Class A organization in Rome while Chip is the announcer for the TBS MLB coverage as well as the Braves announcer.  Caray had been batting the effects of Diabetes and had missed this weekend’s games due to bronchitis.  Caray began broacasting Braves games in 1976 and will be missed in the Braves family and by Major League Baseball.   

Braves Beat Brewers in Series Finale

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Today, after losing the first two games of the series, the Braves bounced back to win 5-0.  Jorge Campillo came out on top in his duel against Ben Sheets.  Campillo allowed six hits and no runs in seven innings while striking out six.  Whereas, Sheets allowed three runs on six hits in six innings.  Yunel Escobar drove in two runs while Jeff Franceour, Omar Infante, and Mark Kotsay each drove in one.  Infante and Kotsay put the Braves out on top as each hit an RBI double in the First.  The Braves now travel to San Francisco for a three game series taking on the Giants with Jair Jurrjens (10-6)  scheduled for the first game against Matt Cain (6-9) of the Giants. 

Braves Hoping to Take One of Three From Brewers This Afternoon

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After having success in Triple A ball, Chuck James was brought back to the Majors for his first start since May on Friday night.  James allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings, and the Braves were never able to recover losing the first game 9-0. The Braves managed to comvine for five hits on the day. Yesterday afternoon, the Braves lost 4-2 in the second game of the series in a duel between CC Sabathia of the Brewers and Charlie Morton of the Braves.  Morton held the Brewers to just one single in six inning but then in the Seventh, Prince Fielder drove Morton’s first pitch of the inning over the wall for his first homer of a two-homer night; his second came in the Eight off Rafael Soriano.  Casey Kotchman and Kelly Johnson each drove in a Braves run.  Today in the last game of the series the Braves are looking to block the sweep with Jorge Campillo facing off against Ben Sheets of the Brewers.  In other news, Chipper Jones will soon retrun from the DL but Tim Hudson has opted to have Tommy John right elbow surgery reconstruction which will end his season.

Braves Keep From Being Swept Against Cardinals

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In the third game of the series on Wednesday, the Braves lost 7-2 with Jair Jurrjens going seven strong inning before Albert Pujols finally got to him with an RBI double in the Seventh to put the Cardinals ahead 3-2. Later in the Eighth and Ninth, Cardinals would add two runs in each inning as Atlanta’s two runs were driven in by Jeff Francoeur and Omar Infante.  With three losses in a row, the Braves went into the Fourth game of the series trying to salvage the series by keeping from being swept. Mike Hampton received a no decision in his first home start since 2005 but the Braves won 9-4 with Clint Sammons getting his first career home run in the Sixth to break the night.  Sammons had a three-hit, three-RBI night. Hampton went five innings on the mound allowing four runs and at the plate drove in two runs on a double and a single.  The Braves next series is agains the Brewers who just came off a strong series sweeping the Chicago Cubs.

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