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BRAVE KID
06-21-2009, 11:21 PM
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Chicago Cubs (http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=chc) @ Atlanta Braves (http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=atl)

Monday, June 22 Turner Field | 7:10 PM ET


Ryan Dempster, RHP (http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=133225) (4-4, 3.92) Cubs (34-31) @ Javier Vazquez, RHP (http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=134320) (4-6, 3.41) Braves (32-36)


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Scouting Report:

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Cubs: Dempster did notch his ninth quality start in his last game against the White Sox, but he also walked six over six-plus innings. He took the loss, and of his 104 pitches, only 51 were strikes. That's not a good ratio. It was the 14th time in his career the right-hander has walked six or more in a game, and the first since July 25, 2008. Dempster has gone six or more innings in all but one start this year. He was 1-0 last year against the Braves, but is just 2-10 lifetime.


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Braves: Vazquez has encountered nothing but bad luck, as the Braves have scored three runs or fewer during each of his past five starts. While going 0-2 with a 2.54 ERA in his past four outings, the 32-year-old right-hander has limited opponents to a .173 batting average and .206 on-base percentage. The durable veteran has completed eight innings in each of his past two starts and exited with a loss. He is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA in his past five starts against the Cubs.

BRAVE KID
06-21-2009, 11:33 PM
Vazquez looks to get back on track
Atlanta (32-36) vs. Chicago (34-31), 7:10 p.m. ET


BOSTON -- Having won just four of his first 10 decisions, Javier Vazquez hasn't realized the results that he wanted during the early portion of his career in Atlanta. Instead, he's encountered a rash of bad luck that has obscured the solid work he's provided on the mound.

"I just want to start winning," Vazquez said after his complete-game four-hitter against the Reds on Wednesday resulted in him losing his third consecutive decision.

While going 0-2 with a 2.54 ERA in his past three starts, Vazquez has limited opponents to a .173 batting average and a .206 on-base percentage. In the process, he has worked 28 1/3 innings, registered 34 strikeouts and issued just three walks.

But his efforts have gone for naught as the Braves have scored a total of eight runs in the past five games that he's started.

"Baseball is a weird sport," Vazquez said. "During stretches like that, all you can do is keep battling."

Vazquez will prolong his battle when the Braves return to Turner Field on Monday to play a makeup game against the Cubs. Before rain forced its postponement, this game was originally scheduled to be played on June 4.

Having just completed a nine-game road trip that included just three victories, the Braves will now begin a 10-game homestand that will pit them against the Cubs, Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies.

After staging two late-inning rallies that allowed them to tie the game twice during Sunday's final three innings, the Braves suffered a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. While the loss provided further discouragement to a club that has won just nine of its past 25 games, Chipper Jones grasped for the positives by saying the weekend series in Boston proved that he and his teammates can compete against the game's best.

"We just have to limit our mistakes and be more consistent," Jones said. "Our starters give us a chance to win every game that we play. We just have to start being more consistent with the bats."

With a National League-leading 112 strikeouts, Vazquez has undoubtedly provided reason to argue that he's been among the game's best pitchers this year. But while providing eight-inning efforts and losing both of his past two starts, the 32-year-old hurler has undoubtedly put himself in position to be considered the pitcher who has encountered the worst luck.

Vazquez's bad luck actually started on April 8, when he exited his regular-season debut with a 9-3 lead and then saw his bullpen allow the Phillies to take the lead with an eight-run seventh inning.

Vazquez has allowed three runs or less in 10 of his 14 starts. But the Braves have also scored three runs or less in seven of the games that he's started.


Pitching matchup
ATL: RHP Javier Vazquez (4-6, 3.41 ERA)
Vazquez has encountered nothing but bad luck, as the Braves have scored three runs or fewer during each of his past five starts. He is 0-1 with a 5.93 ERA in his past five starts against the Cubs.

CHC: RHP Ryan Dempster (4-4, 3.92 ERA)
Dempster did notch his ninth quality start in his previous game against the White Sox, but he also walked six over six-plus innings. He took the loss, and of his 104 pitches, only 51 were strikes. It was the 14th time in Dempster's career that he has walked six or more in a game, and the first since July 25, 2008. Dempster has gone six or more innings in all but one start this year. He was 1-0 last year against the Braves, but is just 2-10 lifetime.

Tidbits
Braves center fielder Nate McLouth has six hits, including two homers and a double, in his past 17 at-bats. ... The Braves and Cubs needed extra innings to complete the first two games they played against each other this year. ... Even with the Red Sox throwing a right-hander on Sunday, Martin Prado was given a chance to start at second base, and he responded by matching his career-best three-hit performance. Kelly Johnson entered Sunday's game after Jones was ejected and recorded a double that led to a game-tying eighth-inning run. Johnson has just nine hits in 61 at-bats this month. braves.com

NBA_Starter
06-21-2009, 11:33 PM
Maybe the offense has a game like today (offensively) left in them and Javy has another 8+ outing in him!

BRAVE KID
06-21-2009, 11:38 PM
if we can just keep scoring 4+ runs, we should be in good shape..it's up to the offense to save this season.

ATLKoos16
06-22-2009, 12:53 AM
We really need to win this game to start this homestand off the right way.

MrJones
06-22-2009, 10:09 AM
Yeah, get the brooms out fellas. Let's get this 1 game sweep !!!!

Brave4life
06-22-2009, 10:14 AM
Its going to be awkward that this whole home stand we will have more opposing team fans than braves fans at the stadium. Where are the fans of the 90's????

A_Brave_Pack
06-22-2009, 11:02 AM
Its going to be awkward that this whole home stand we will have more opposing team fans than braves fans at the stadium. Where are the fans of the 90's????

They bailed off the bandwagon in '05.

Half-Truism
06-22-2009, 01:36 PM
if we can just keep scoring 4+ runs, we should be in good shape..it's up to the offense to save this season.

Yep. On TBS yesterday they were showing stats about us scoring runs:

4 or More = 29-7
3 or Fewer = 3-29

That just shows if we had some sort of big bat we'd be hard to beat.

Half-Truism
06-22-2009, 01:37 PM
Its going to be awkward that this whole home stand we will have more opposing team fans than braves fans at the stadium. Where are the fans of the 90's????

Lol yep. The Yankees fans overpowered the Nationals fans there last series.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 01:52 PM
Yep. On TBS yesterday they were showing stats about us scoring runs:

4 or More = 29-7
3 or Fewer = 3-29

That just shows if we had some sort of big bat we'd be hard to beat.it doesn't even need to be a big bat just a consistent effort from the offensive group. I still believe this lineup has enough talent to score 4 or more runs consistently, even without a "big bat." Also goes to score you how good our pitching is, I'm afraid though that won't last..

Half-Truism
06-22-2009, 01:54 PM
I am loving the platoon of Anderson and Diaz. Anderson is finally showing some effort. He is a beast with runners on 3rd, I think he's like 10-12.

Half-Truism
06-22-2009, 01:55 PM
Our only holes are 2nd and Right. If we play Prado more then that will clear up quick. Would anybody bring up Schafer again to play right? Or have McLouth play right?

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 01:57 PM
I know that we have been losing but if you guys dont see that we are ONLY 4 1/2 games out and we just need a win here and win atleast 2/3 games from the yanks and then we can easily be only 3 games out.

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 01:58 PM
Our only holes are 2nd and Right. If we play Prado more then that will clear up quick. Would anybody bring up Schafer again to play right? Or have McLouth play right?

schafers hurt.

Half-Truism
06-22-2009, 02:00 PM
I know that we have been losing but if you guys dont see that we are ONLY 4 1/2 games out and we just need a win here and win atleast 2/3 games from the yanks and then we can easily be only 3 games out.

We can be closer than that. The Phillies play the Rays and the Mets play the Cardinals. So..

Half-Truism
06-22-2009, 02:01 PM
schafers hurt.

Really? I guess we won't see him till what next year?

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 02:11 PM
^^
Its only a couple week thing, no big deal. I think its the best thing that hes hurt bc then he can heal up his wrist and w.e bothering him.

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 02:14 PM
We can be closer than that. The Phillies play the Rays and the Mets play the Cardinals. So..

But we have to start worrying about the Marlins now since their starting to heat up so there not going to trade anyone with us if they think they can win.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 07:57 PM
due to the game going on right now, just wanted to say nice hit by McClouth.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:01 PM
wow what an at-bat by KJ. 10 pitches, esco would of never done that. great job drawing the walk.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:03 PM
wren did a hell of a job getting mcclouth just a solid ball player. great job wren.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 08:05 PM
yeah too bad for the strike him out/ throw him out. But got the lead and made Dempster throw pitches

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:05 PM
well there goes mcclouth perfect streak of stealing bases..it's amazing how we get something great going then put it to an abrupt end in SECONDS.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:11 PM
that is nice for a change we get a lead and then actually hold it the next inning. sweet.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:12 PM
alright same thing bravos, work dempster get into that pen of theirs. we have a run on 1 hit and it wasn't on a homer how did we do that. EXECUTION AND PATIENCE, follow that and we should have no problem scoring runs.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:16 PM
is garrett anderson actually starting to heat up?

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:18 PM
well so much for a guy on second, not sure exactly what happened but guessing garrett wasn't too smart on the basepaths..

KingsFiend
06-22-2009, 08:18 PM
that a boy frenchy. Just one question. How does Kotchman not score on that hit??? There was 2 outs, he should have going from the crack of the bat

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:23 PM
good effort from the kid, made him throw 8 pitches..we are working dempster I'll give the braves that. sucks that frenchy's double had to come with one of the slowest guys on base.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:24 PM
that a boy frenchy. Just one question. How does Kotchman not score on that hit??? There was 2 outs, he should have going from the crack of the batcasey is pretty slow.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:27 PM
okay who is injuried?

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 08:27 PM
Kotchman didn't score because he is sooo slow

ugafan
06-22-2009, 08:28 PM
okay who is injuried?

Mac dove for a bunt and slammed into the wall. he was bloodied up, and said his right knee hurts, but he stayed in and looks fine.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 08:32 PM
Mac dove for a bunt and slammed into the wall. he was bloodied up, and said his right knee hurts, but he stayed in and looks fine.

Shades of Matt Diaz in Milwaukee last year. Thank goodness for his shin guards.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:33 PM
Mac dove for a bunt and slammed into the wall. he was bloodied up, and said his right knee hurts, but he stayed in and looks fine.that is braves baseball right there, what a trooper b-mac.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 08:34 PM
68 pitches through 5, our other starters should be taking some notes

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:37 PM
68 pitches through 5, our other starters should be taking some noteshe still almost got 70 before completing 5, but he has been the best at throwing strikes and the best of taking it into his own hands and getting the out.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:40 PM
that is the KJ I know working the count, drawing walks. GETTING ON BASE. two walks for him today, CJ he is on for you got to take advantage of it.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:41 PM
alright b-mac it's all you man, second and third drive them home.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:45 PM
just a hunch but did lee make some kind of play on that "line out" by b-mac?

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 08:45 PM
Another atom ball by Big Mac. It was smoked.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 08:46 PM
did kelly get hurt?

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 08:46 PM
McCann crushes the freakin ball right at Lee....... Kotchman smoked one to their third basemen earlier in the game. I wonder if we have the lowest BABIP as a team in the Majors.....

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:47 PM
any particular reason why KJ was pulled..did he hurt himself on the CJ double?

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:50 PM
Another atom ball by Big Mac. It was smoked.figured, kotchman has been getting a lot of those lately. just our luck

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 08:50 PM
I really hope we're able to hold on to JV and acquire the the type of offensive help we need. He is steady eddie.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 08:51 PM
did kelly get hurt?

He was stretching like he may have heat cramps. IDK

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 08:54 PM
I really hope we're able to hold on to JV and acquire the the type of offensive help we need. He is steady eddie.

If we hold on to Vazquez and let Huddy walk, that is 12 million we will save.... Any FA bats available next year other than Holliday?

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:54 PM
javy is battling man, almost 90..

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 08:56 PM
yeah this is a tough inning for javy, leg cramps for kelly. Also Jason Bay hits the free agent market this offseason

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:57 PM
okay javy come on man, get it done.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 08:59 PM
damn..come on javy just 1 more out..

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:00 PM
Javy is battling a little neck strain. Doesn't look serious but if it causes him to change his delivery they need to take him out.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 09:01 PM
sweet

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:02 PM
Javy's in the mid 90's. I imagine he's done. Great outing.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:03 PM
that may have cost you another inning but good battle javy, no damage. now back him up

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:03 PM
That is some toughness being shown by Vazquez.... I know a neck strain isn't really serious, but for a guy that Ozzie Guillen said wasn't a big game pitcher and wasn't mentally tough..... Getting out of a bases loaded jam with a neck strain is showing toughness

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:08 PM
that looked like a ball hit by kotch

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:10 PM
humm garrett AND frenchy heating up??? naaa that can't be.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:12 PM
rather have had diory sacrificed his bat and move the runners over, not like he is capable of hitting anything for a hit.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:13 PM
figured cox would leave javy in there.

and the weakest guy in the lineup is always put in big time situations, today it was mr. diory, normally it's franky or KJ., before it was schafer. just can never catch a break

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 09:15 PM
surprised dempster is batting for himself

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:15 PM
damn dempster still going out there? humm that pen must have been worked..

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 09:17 PM
1 more javy

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:20 PM
come on javy..this should be not extended for lee..

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:22 PM
javy is done take him out

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:23 PM
figured cox would leave javy in there.

and the weakest guy in the lineup is always put in big time situations, today it was mr. diory, normally it's franky or KJ., before it was schafer. just can never catch a break

If there's 1 constant in this game it's that the situation or the ball will find the weakest point.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 09:23 PM
I'd rather have a tired Vazquez than whomever we are bringing from the pen in this situation

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:23 PM
The last thing I wanted to see is Moylan on the hill in a huge situation.......

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:24 PM
alright aussie get this done man.

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Wow. Moylan did his job. Speechless...

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 09:26 PM
good job pete, lets get some insurance

ugafan
06-22-2009, 09:26 PM
Great outing by Javy

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:27 PM
Moylan avoids the bullet.....good job mate.

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 09:27 PM
gj Pete

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:28 PM
I'd rather have a tired Vazquez than whomever we are bringing from the pen in this situationno sir, Lee has had excellent career stats against Javy, a tired javy against a excellent hitter like lee in a situation like this..I'm going to the pen.


The last thing I wanted to see is Moylan on the hill in a huge situation.......moylan has been on recently. I truly believe now he has found it, and he got the job done. Oh and I rather have him than ****in bennett out there.

howiend
06-22-2009, 09:29 PM
The braves keep getting good starting pitching. I still think if we could either get Kotchman or Franky on a roll (including some home runs) the o can come around.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:30 PM
Wow. Moylan did his job. Speechless...then you haven't been paying attention recently.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:32 PM
sucks that our big left handed bat off the bench is blanco..well not like norton has done too much.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:33 PM
Our offense has shown signs of life lately. When the levee breaks.....look out!

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:34 PM
Kind of wish McLouth would have been sent..... Even with Chipper coming up. DP scares me to death with our team...

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:34 PM
good shot prado, first and third. 1 out and ONCE AGAIN CJ, men are on bring them home.

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:35 PM
Great job of hitting Chipper....

ATLKoos16
06-22-2009, 09:36 PM
Martin Prado came up huge with that single! He needs to be in the line up every single game

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:36 PM
Heads up Prado. Moves up on the fly.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:36 PM
boy just missed..did your job CJ. got him home. 2-0, b-mac it's your turn.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:39 PM
mac really struggles against lefties.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:40 PM
Huge insurance run. Pitcher?

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:41 PM
tied with diory with the most men left on base mac, not getting it done today.

Matchstckman
06-22-2009, 09:41 PM
I wish we had an Australian on our team. :sigh:

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:41 PM
Martin Prado came up huge with that single! He needs to be in the line up every single game

I agree. I would love to see him take over the everyday job at 2B. Lineup like this...

McLouth L
Yunel R
Chipper S
McCann L
Anderson L
Prado R
Kotchman L
Frenchy/Blanco R/L

ugafan
06-22-2009, 09:43 PM
I agree. I would love to see him take over the everyday job at 2B. Lineup like this...

McLouth L
Yunel R
Chipper S
McCann L
Anderson L
Prado R
Kotchman L
Frenchy/Blanco R/L

Looks good to me.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:43 PM
alrighty gonzo in to face lefty/righty/lefty. got one out.

TomahawkChopper
06-22-2009, 09:43 PM
I too would love to see Prado in the lineup everyday or at least until he showed us a reason to not let him be in it.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:44 PM
mac really struggles against lefties.

Beat lefties like a horny teenager last year. More of a free swinger this year.

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Cmon Anderson

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:48 PM
Looks good to me.I'll give it a shot but KJ would still get most of the shots with a righty on the mound. however, cox doesn't treat KJ like the golden boy.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:50 PM
A couple of runs here would be sweet.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:51 PM
garrett sure does love to swing at pitches low..good game for him though

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:53 PM
something good for kotch, dude has been getting super unlucky. a BB could do wonders..

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:56 PM
good at bat from franky, made him work couldn't execute but I'll take his 2 hit performance and that at-bat and call it a good game for him.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:57 PM
Hold'em Sori.

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 09:57 PM
Glad to see Sori in the ninth tonight.....

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 09:59 PM
man had a rook who had trouble hitting the ball, this rook has trouble getting anything from his contact with the ball. glad this guy isn't our starter.

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 09:59 PM
good at bat from franky, made him work couldn't execute but I'll take his 2 hit performance and that at-bat and call it a good game for him.

I didn't get to see his first at bat but he has looked real comfortable at the plate all night. Some of the best swings I've seen from him in a long while. Hope it's not a flash in the pan.

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 10:00 PM
Cmon Sori, Lets have a quick game.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 10:02 PM
always interesting..always damn interesting.

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 10:02 PM
Hate to see that lead-off hitter reach..... Double play ball..... Hopefully...

Born a Brave
06-22-2009, 10:03 PM
Great pitch!

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 10:05 PM
always interesting..always damn interesting.

It's a damn conspiracy I tell ya.

ugafan
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
****. Soriano hit 100

GLASSMAN
06-22-2009, 10:06 PM
Boys we've got the best 8-9 comination in baseball, hands down.

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 10:07 PM
come on soriano, I have to wake up at 5:10 tomorrow

ugafan
06-22-2009, 10:09 PM
**** yeah baby.
We needed that

wolfman2
06-22-2009, 10:09 PM
bring on the Yankees

A_Brave_Pack
06-22-2009, 10:09 PM
Woohoo!!!

TomahawkChopper
06-22-2009, 10:10 PM
Very Nice win tonight, that is such a scary stat they showed, we are 3-29 well now 4-29 when scoring 3 or fewer runs....Ouch

hawksd911
06-22-2009, 10:10 PM
PARTY!!! doo dodo dooo dododo dodood doddo

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 10:11 PM
very nice sori, that is how you take care of business handling your way. 2-0 win. FINALLY javy gets a well deserved win, the pen looked GREAT, and it seems that even though our offense didn't score many runs there may (probably not) but may be something clicking primarily with KJ and franky.

rtgthree
06-22-2009, 10:14 PM
Gotta say I feel pretty good about the Braves' latest stretch. Last five games they're only 3-2, but they've been playing solid baseball. I mean on Saturday Beckett could've shut out an MLB All-Star team. And on Sunday, the Braves fought admirably, and ultimately fell victim to Fenway Park as much as to the Red Sox (Nick Green's walkoff is an out in literally ANY other MLB park). So those are just tough. But you've got two wins where we drubbed bad pitchers like we were supposed to (Maloney and Dice-K), and one where we got behind our ace like we are supposed to (tonight's game). Imperative to keep this momentum up for the rest of the homestand.

braveMania
06-22-2009, 10:18 PM
great way to start off the homestand.. offense still struggled..but dempster pitched great and hes been pitching great..but vazquez was great again tonight..ill take the win..

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 10:21 PM
Cox, CJ , EOF getting ejected last game, b-mac getting bloodied up this game. It looks like the braves are getting hyped up, finally

forgot to mention garrett game today along with KJ and franky. good production out of the 3 of them.

ugafan
06-22-2009, 10:23 PM
Anderson is hot right now

Slash
06-22-2009, 10:31 PM
We almost lost that game. Cox completely mismanaged the relievers. He should have sent Bennett in rather than Soriano and it almost cost us the game.

CrippledRam
06-22-2009, 10:33 PM
GA is a professional hitter. He's never hit less than .280 or OPSed out of mid 700's. And he's a second half guy.

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 10:38 PM
We almost lost that game. Cox completely mismanaged the relievers. He should have sent Bennett in rather than Soriano and it almost cost us the game.he had his chance earlier in the game to send in bennett to face lee..thank our stars that worked out, you definately wanted bennett in that situation but cox made a bold move

BRAVE KID
06-22-2009, 11:23 PM
GA is a professional hitter. He's never hit less than .280 or OPSed out of mid 700's. And he's a second half guy.there is truth to that, the past 3 years he's averaged .267/.301/.402 703 OPS before ASB, after .313/.354/.497 851 OPS

He's at .285/.317/.394 711 OPS..actually doing better...somewhat

NBA_Starter
06-22-2009, 11:30 PM
It wasn't pretty but I guess a 10 hit shutout is better than giving up 1 hit and it happened to be a home run and losing or something crazy like that!:confused:

Slash
06-22-2009, 11:33 PM
...giving up 1 hit and it happened to be a home run and losing.

That's why I love baseball.

rtgthree
06-22-2009, 11:50 PM
GA is a professional hitter. He's never hit less than .280 or OPSed out of mid 700's. And he's a second half guy.

Since May 10, he's hitting .322/.341/.432, with hits in 26 of the 29 games he's started. I sort of hate the "professional hitter" description because it's usually just a euphemism for a guy that can't actually hit, but it works for Anderson. Doesn't do anything spectacular but rarely goes 0-fer and just generally plays without killing you. And there's value in that, even if it's tough for a weak Braves' lineup to make wins out of that value.

ATLKoos16
06-23-2009, 12:15 AM
Great way to start off a tough home stretch. Hopefully Tommy can have a dominant game tomorrow against the Yankees. Wang is pitchin for them and he's been horrible. We need to take advantage of that

nps6724
06-23-2009, 12:19 AM
Gotta love a SWEEP! :D

hawksd911
06-23-2009, 12:28 AM
Hopefully Phillies will keep sucking and that we will go to 1 game of them, thats my B day wish.

BRAVE KID
06-23-2009, 04:02 PM
Vazquez, McLouth shine in Braves' win
Starter, center fielder play key roles in shutout of Cubs


ATLANTA -- When the Braves acquired Nate McLouth earlier this month, they knew they were gaining a Gold Glove defender who could significantly upgrade their anemic outfield production. But it appears they also found a catalyst who knows how to provide a spark at an opportune time.

With their eyes now set on the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, the Braves opened a challenging 10-game homestand with Monday night's 2-0 win over a Cubs team that returned to Turner Field to makeup the June 4 contest that had been postponed by rain.

"It's a good way to start a homestand," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We need a good one."

Prolonging the success he found near the end of the recently completed 3-9 road trip, McLouth returned to Atlanta to show the hometown fans the value of his five-tool talents. His third-inning RBI single off Ryan Dempster provided Javier Vazquez all the support he'd need, and McLouth's seventh-inning RBI double put him in position to provide an insurance run that proved unnecessary when Rafael Soriano notched his sixth save with three strikeouts in the ninth.

"He's a threat every time he comes to the plate with singles, doubles, speed and power," Cox said. "He's a manager's dream."

While hitting .381 with eight RBIs over his past five games, McLouth has proven to be the player Atlanta envisioned when it acquired him from Pittsburgh on June 3. His latest contributions were certainly appreciated by Vazquez, who proved to be an adept escape artist while scattering nine hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Vazquez's effort enabled him to end a three-game losing streak that was a product of the fact that the Braves had totaled just eight runs during his previous 35 innings.

"I felt like I made big pitches when I needed to," Vazquez said. "Obviously, I didn't have my best stuff, but I battled."

While throwing a season-high 116 pitches, Vazquez first had to wiggle out of trouble in the first inning, during which a double play separated the three singles. Then in the sixth inning he surrendered consecutive two-out singles and issued one of the two walks he allowed before escaping the ensuing bases-loaded jam with Andres Blanco's fly ball to center.

When Vazquez reached for Micah Hoffpauir's sixth-inning single, he immediately felt a shocking sensation in the right side of his neck. After convincing Cox that he was healthy, he escaped the sixth-inning trouble that followed and continued pitching until Jake Fox's infield single gave the Cubs runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh.

Peter Moylan then preserved Vazquez's scoreless effort by ending the seventh-inning threat with Derrek Lee's flyout to right field.

"It would have stunk to have lost the way we played this game," said Jeff Francoeur, who highlighted his two-hit performance with one of the two fourth-inning doubles surrendered by Dempster. "We had timely hitting and good pitching."

Dempster, who was charged with two earned runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, got in trouble when he began the bottom of the third with a five-pitch walk to Diory Hernandez, who advanced to second base on Vazquez sacrifice bunt and easily scored when McLouth lofted a single to center.

McLouth added to his contributions with a seventh-inning leadoff double that helped him move into position with Chipper Jones' long sacrifice fly to center off Dempster. The one blemish on McLouth's performance occurred in the third, when he was thrown out attempting to steal third base on a 3-2 outside fastball that forced Jones to produce a protective swing and miss.

Dempster's decision to not throw an offspeed pitch led to the end of the streak that had seen McLouth successfully convert 31 consecutive stolen base attempts. In fact, this was just the second time in 73 career attempts that he was retired by a catcher's throw. His other four unsuccessful attempts came via pickoff moves made by the pitcher.

"I didn't even know about [the streak]," McLouth said. "That tells you how important it was to me."

While McLouth might not have been concerned about that streak, the Braves are certainly aware of the significant challenge that the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox will bring over the course of the next 10 days.

"These next three series are against probably the best three teams in baseball," Francoeur said. "We're going to see what we're made of. But it's definitely good that we got off to a good start tonight." braves.com

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