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September 30, 2008

Braves Drop Final Series of 2008 Season

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The Braves lost the first game 5-4, won the second 11-5, and the lost the final game of the series and season 3-1.  Casey Kotchman hit a two-run single in the Fourth to cut the lead of the Astros to two with a score of 4-2.  The Braves tacked on a run in the Eighth and then tied the game in the top of the Ninth, but Atlanta’s bullpen could not take the game to extra innings as Julian Tavarez gave up a walk-off homer by Darin Erstad in the bottom of the Ninth as Houston clinched the win.  In the 11-5 victory,  former Astro Josh Anderson hit a solo homer in the First followed by a two-run homer in the Second as Atlanta would rally to score 9 runs in the first two innings.  Jeff Francoeur and Brandon Jones each had three RBIs on the day and Brent Lillibridge had two.  James Parr gave up five runs (4 earned) on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out none and walking one, and Vladamir Nunez of the bullpen receiving the win.  In the final game of the series and season, the Braves lost 3-1 with Mike Hampton going six innings giving up three runs on four hits while striking out five and walking none in Atlanta’s 90th loss of the season. It was Atlanta’s first 90-loss season since 1990.  Chipper Jones was the NL batting champ for the 2008 season with a .364 batting average as he fell just short of Mickey Mantle’s .365 record.  Jones had a walk in his only plate appearance and if he had hit a single he would have topped Mantle’s record.  The Braves finished the season 72-90 and 20 games behind the NL East champions, the Philadelphia Phillies.  After the season started with much anticipation, the Braves were plagued by injury and were unable to find the rhythm and health they needed to clinch a playoff birth. 

Phillies Lead Drops as Braves Take 2 of 3 in Series

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In the Braves second to last series of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies, the Atlanta Braves won 2 of 3 games.  After losing 6-2 in the first game, the Braves came back to take the next two 3-2 and 10-4.  Kelly Johnson extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a two-run homer as he tried to help Jair Jurrjens pull of the win in what started as a close game.  The game was tied at two going into the Eighth inning but then the Phillies scored four runs to win the game.  Jurrjens gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out one and walking one, and was not given the loss as Jeff Bennett gave up three runs and recorded the loss.  In the second loss, Kelly Johnson extended his hitting streak to 21 games as he went 2 for 4 with an RBI single helping Mike Hampton to secure the win.  Hampton pitched six solid innings giving up two runs on six hits while striking out four recording his third win.  Casey Kotchman hit a solo homer in the Sixth to help booster the Braves to the win.  Phillies starter Cole Hamels suffered his first lost to the Braves in two years.  In his previous eight starts, Hamels had gone 6-0 with a 2.96 ERA.  In the final game of the series, the Braves won 10-4 as Chipper Jones hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the six-run Fifth inning.  Jo-Jo Reyes three runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings as he was unable to give Atlanta a solid start, but the offense came together to pull off the win.  The Braves last series of the 2008 season was against the Houston Astros.

September 22, 2008

2 of 3 Go to Braves in Series Against Mets

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The Braves lost 9-5 on Friday against the Mets but were able to come back Saturday and Sunday to win 4-2 and 7-6 to take the series.  The game was tied going into the Eighth on Friday but the Braves slipped with an error by Kelly Johnson and a rundown play gone wrong to allow four runs to the Mets and the game.  Jo-Jo Reyes gave up the five runs to the Mets in 3 1/3 innings of work on the mound.  Reyes struck out 2, walked 2 and gave up 7 hits.  Manager Bobby Cox blamed Reyes for the lost that gave the Mets the lead in the standings.  Reyes has gone 0-7 in his last 12 appearances with a 7.79 ERA. At the end of the day, the team just didn’t get the job done.  In the 4-2 win on Saturday, the Braves had a three-run First inning led by a double from Kelly Johnson followed with a groundout from Brian McCann and a single from Casey Kotchman.  The 3-0 lead was topped off with an RBI single in the Sixth from rookie Josh Anderson.  Starter Jorge Campillo allowed two runs on five hits in six innings in his eighth win of the season.  Rookie starter James Parr allowed four runs on four hits and four walks while only striking out two in Atlanta’s 7-6 win yesterday that put the Braves in a hole they would rally out of in the Eighth scoring four runs.  Jeff Francoeur hit a one-out triple in the rally in the Eighth and went 3 for 4 on the day.  The Braves’ bullpen held the Mets to just a two-run homer by Carlos Delgado in the Ninth.  The home finale went out with a bang as the Braves pulled off the win.  The Mets are now 1.5 games behind the Phillies who the Braves will now travel to face off against in a three-game series.  It is the second to last series the Braves will have this season as they finish this disappointing season this weekend starting Friday with a three-game series against Houston.

September 19, 2008

Phillies Sweep Braves

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The Braves were swept this week at Turner Field by the Phillies in a three-game series.  On Tuesday, the Phillies won 8-7 in a tough loss for the Braves. The Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hit a game-winning two-run homer in the Eighth inning off Mike Gonzalez who suffered his second blown save in 43 opportunities.  Jame Parr who had six shutout innings on the mound left in the Fifth after surrendering four runs on ten hits and striking out four.  The win put the Phillies as the sole holders of first place in the National League East standings.  On Wednesday, the Phillies won 6-1 as the Braves were held scoreless until Greg Norton hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the Ninth.  Jair Jurrjens fail to 13-10 as allowed four runs in the First inning and five hits over five innings total work.  Chipper Jones went 1 for 3 and is now batting .365 on the season.  Last night, the Phillies clinched the series with a 4-3 win as the Braves went 0 for 9 at Turner Field this season against the Phillies.  Mike Hampton allowed four runs on six hits in his seven inning outing but the Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels held on to win the duel.  Hamels gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. Casey Kotchman hit his first homer as  a Brave, a solo shot in the Second. Kotchman had been acquired in the July trade with the Angels for Mark Teixeira.  Pat Burrell had a Sixth inning two-run homer to help the Phillies clinch the win and series.  The Phillies 9-0 performance at Turner Field was the first time in Braves franchise history since 1909 that a team was swept during a home season series of more than games (Elias Sports Bureau).  The Braves will now take on the Mets at Turner Field for a three-game series before travelling to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies followed by their final season series at Houston against the Astros. Atlanta has fallen to 19 games behind the leading Phillies in the NL East standings. 

September 14, 2008

Braves Win 2 of 3 Against Mets

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The game Friday was postponed due to weather until Saturday for a doubleheader but the Braves won the first game of the three-game series 3-2 as Mike Hampton came out on top in the duel against Johan Santana.  Hampton went six innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out four while walking five.  In the Eighth inning Jeff Francoeur hit a bases-loaded single to tie the game and then Omar Infante hit a sacrific fly to give the Braves the lead. In the second game of the doubleheader, Jo-Jo Reyes had a tough outing giving up four runs on five hits including two homers in two innings in the 5-0 loss. The bullpen held the Mets scoreless as did rookie Jonathan Niese did to the Braves.  It was Reyes’ 11th loss of the season.  The Braves redeemed themselves on Sunday to get the win and take the series as the Braves won 7-4.  Going into the Ninth inning the Braves were down 4-2 but they rallied in the Ninth as Greg Norton hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in a five-run rally by the Braves to win the game in the Ninth in their final game at Shea Stadium for the season.  Jorge Campillo had given up four runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings in his start. The Braves will now have a six-game stand at home taking on the Phillies for a three-game series and then the Mets for a three-game series. 

Braves Sweep Rockies

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In a three-game series against Colorado, the Braves took all three games to win the series.  In the first win on Tuesday, the Braves won 5-4 as a balk in the Tenth inning from Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz allowed Kelly Johnson to scored from third and give the Braves the win following the first blown save from Mike Gonzalez in forty opportunities.  Jorge Campillow allowed three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking three.  In the second win, the Braves won 9-5, as Chipper Jones had three hits and Kelly Johnson knocked two homers. James Parr pitched another shutout in his second Major League game as he went six innings giving up five hits while walking none and striking out five on the day.  Parr also recorded his first Major League hit as he knocked a double in the Third. To clinch the series, the Braves won 8-4 as Jair Jurrjens struck out ten in six innings to lead the Braves to the victory.  He allowed four runs on eight hits in his 13th win of the season.  Yunel Escobar hit a three-run homer in a five-run Sixth and Gregor Blanco went two for four with two RBIs while Chipper Jones went 1 for 4 and scored two runs. After winning their first three-game series since May the Braves are now set to take on the New York Mets in a three-game series this weekend away.

Braves Split Four-Game Series with Nationals

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The Braves won the first two games 2-0 and 10-5 before dropping the second two games 8-5 and 7-4.  James Parr had his Major League debut on the mound in the 2-0 win going six innings giving up two hits while striking out three and walking three. The bullpen closed the game and allowed Parr to keep his shutout and record his first win.  Brian McCann and Gregor Blanco each drove in a run.  In the second win, Jair Jurrjens recorded his 12th win of the season as the Braves rallied for seven runs in the third inning to take the lead in a tied game.  In the 8-5 loss, Mike Hampton gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings to put the Braves in position to win.  The Braves came back in the Ninth with a ground-rule double by Kelly Johnson with the bases loaded to tie the game but the Nationals would reclaim it in the Tenth while the Braves would be unable to comeback again in the 8-5 loss. In the 7-4 loss, Jo-Jo Reyes gave up one run in six innings while the offense was led by Chipper Jones who drove in two runs and Martin Prado had an RBI single in the Sixth. The Nationals tied it at 4 in the Eighth off Blain Boyer and the game stayed tied until the 14th inning when the Nationals rallied for three runs to win the game as the Braves were held scoreless for the last eight innings.

September 5, 2008

Braves Drop 2 of 3 to Marlins on Road

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On Monday, the Braves lost the first of a three-game series on the road to the Florida Marlins 4-3.  The game was tied going into the bottom of the Ninth but the Braves were unable to hold out as they called upon Mike Gonzalez of the bullpen who walked the bases-loaded before giving up an RBI-sacrific fly that gave the Marlins the game.  The Braves have now dropped 29-straight one-run road games.  Mike Hampton gave a solid outing giving up three runs on six hits in six innings while striking out two and walking three.  Two of the runs came off a two-run shot by Jorge Cantu in the First.  On Tuesday, the Braves won 16-14 in a start by Charlie Morton that put the Braves off to a rocky start.  Morton gave up four runs in just 3 1/3 innings.  Josh Anderson hit it a solo shot in the First and Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer in the Third to help give Atlanta the needed runs to earn the victory.  Kelly Johnson had four RBIs on the day going 4 for 5 with a walk to help the cause as well.  On Thursday, the Braves had a chance to win the series but lost the game 5-3.  Kelly Johnson after going 4 for 5 the day before hit a two-run triple and Jeff Francoeur had an RBI as well to account for Atlanta’s 3 runs in the 5-3 loss.  Jorge Campillo went five innings giving up three runs on four hits as he struck out seven and walked three.  The Braves are now taking on the Washington Nationals in a four-game series that started yesterday and ends on Sunday. 

September 2, 2008

Nationals Sweep Braves

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After taking on the Marlins at Turner Field last week the Braves then traveled to Washington to take on the Nationals.  The Braves were swept all three games losing 7-3, 9-8, and 8-4 as they wrapped up the series on Sunday.  In the 7-3 loss, Jorge Campillo got the Braves off to a rocky start they would never climb over as he gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.  Campillo is now 7-7 for the season.  Greg Norton gave the Braves two runs on his pinch-hit homer in the Fifth while the last run came from an RBI double off the bat of Martin Prado.  In the 9-8 loss, Atlanta took the lead in the Third 4-0, but the Nationals rallied back in the Fifth to take the lead 6-4.  Atlanta’s bats were going as Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, and Martin Prado all homered.  The Braves stayed alive though until the Ninth and with the game tied Vladamir Nunez walked home a run with the bases-loaded to give the Braves yet another one-run road loss this season extending the streak to 28.  Jo-Jo Reyes gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two in his four-inning start.  In the last game of the series, the Nationals clinched the sweep with an 8-4 win.  Jair Jurrjens allowed three runs in six innings as he struck out seven and walked three, but Elmer Dessens who was recently acquired from the Mexico City Red Devils gave up five runs and only recorded one out in his outing for the bullpen in the Eighth. Yunel Escobar helped Jurrjen’s effort with a three-run homer in the Fourth, but Atlanta would only tack on one more run as the Nationals took the series.  The Braves must now travel to Florida to take on the Marlins who took only one game in the three-game series last week at Turner Field.

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.

July 29, 2008

Braves Still Struggling, Lose to Cardinals

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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

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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.

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