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Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds – Box Score – July 22, 2011 – ESPN

Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds – Box Score – July 22, 2011 – ESPN.

You can’t spell “dangerous” without “Dan”. Continuing to suggest that he is the genuine article that the Braves traded for and not some sort of cheap knockoff, Dan Uggla hit a pinch two-run, two-out homer in the top of the ninth to give the Braves a 6-4 lead and the eventual win.

It was all homers, or almost all, last night. I suppose there are those who like such things, but I personally find it unelegant. The Reds got a solo homer to take the lead in the first. Jason Heyward and Brian McCann hit back-to-back solo homers in the sixth to make it 2-1. The only non-homer run scored in the sixth when Alex Gonzalez singled in McCann.

Unfortunately, Jair Jurrjens couldn’t hold the lead, allowing a two-run shot to tie followed by a solo homer to take the lead in the botton of the inning; Jurrjens allowed four hits on the night, but three were homers.

Martin Prado tied it in the seventh with, of course, a homer. AAG singled leading off the ninth, followed by a bunt because that’s what you want on a night where six homers have been hit. With two out, Uggla homered him in. Craig Kimbrel got the save with no difficulties.

165 Responses to “Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds – Box Score – July 22, 2011 – ESPN”

  1. 1
    csg Says:

    July –

    Uggla – .279/.362/.639/1.002 (Do we stop “Ban the Dan!”?)
    Freeman – .309/.397/.632/1.030

    Heyward also has a .509SLG% this month.

  2. 2
    jjschiller Says:

    I’m under the impression that we’ll Un-Ban the Dan once he hits the mendoza line.

    If Heyward’s really alive, it’s going to be fun.

  3. 3
    Trace Says:

    Can’t really fault Jurrjens too much tonight. He didn’t have his best command but Lewis’ homer and maybe the first one as well wouldn’t have left the yard in Atlanta.

  4. 4
    PaulV Says:

    Braves are 59-41. Play .500 and Braves will win 90 games. I would not be excited if Braves back into the Wild Card. Bench is contributing and we are almost healthy again. There is a chance to catch Phils if they stop being so lucky.

  5. 5
    PaulV Says:

    Braves need to score bunch of runs with Lowe pitching in the heat.

  6. 6
    PaulV Says:

    Watched a cub fan catch a HR with his bare hands on highlights. I pity a fan who tries to catch one of JH’s line drive HR with his bare hands.

  7. 7
    csg Says:

    I wouldnt say the Phils are lucky, they have given up the least amount of runs in the majors with (322). Braves are second at (351). If we could get Proctor out of the pen, we might close that gap.

  8. 8
    ryan c Says:

    Crossing fingers for a BJ Upton acquisition.

  9. 9
    PaulV Says:

    Phils are 17-9 in 1 run games, Braves 17-16. Outlier.

  10. 10
    csg Says:

    Gwinnett last night….

    Pastornicky went 3 for 5 now (.421)
    Jaye Chapman had another good outing, season stats 37.1IP 23H 12BB 45K 2.17ERA 0.90WHIP

  11. 11
    ryan c Says:

    We have lost 4 games this year by one run that Scott Proctor was either the direct cause (giving up the go-ahead run) or the indirect cause…
    May 18th- came in 7th with 3-2 lead and gave up a run
    June 18th- came in 10th tied ballgame and gave up a run
    July 3rd- came in 7th after Braves rally with 4 runs and quickly gives up 2 runs
    July 8th- we know the story…

    Scott Proctor sucks. 21-12 would look a whole lot better!

  12. 12
    PaulV Says:

    @11 yes, Phils are still lucky. Even likely rookie of year has blown saves.

  13. 13
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    #8–and I am hoping that we don’t learn that the Braves traded a top prospect for two months of Beltran….

  14. 14
    DowneasterJC Says:

    As the deadline nears, the Mets are apparently softening up on their “eat all of Beltran’s salary” stance.

    I think Beltran can be had for less than Pence.

  15. 15
    csg Says:

    He should be had for less than Pence. He’s got 2 monts left on his deal and cant be offered arb. I would like to see us improve the team, but whats the cost and does it put us over the top?

  16. 16
    Tom Says:

    13, agreed 100%. Minor’s value is so much higher than 2 months of Beltran that I would not even consider that trade even if the Mets paid all of those 6 million.

  17. 17
    Smitty Says:

    I think Beltran goes in the next few days. He has to be dealt 24 hours before the trade deadline ends. I don’t think teams will risk him vetoing anything and running up to the deadline scurrying for someone.

    Of course, Boras is probably in on any deal and Beltran’s interest would be known in advance.

  18. 18
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I guess I just don’t get the attachment to Minor. I would understand if he was our future in the rotation and we were pinning our hopes on him, but.. he isn’t. We have a number of other rotation options, some still in the minors and some in the majors. Assuming they all pan out (and since we’re assuming that Minor is going to pan out in our reluctance to trade him, I think it’s fair to do so here), Minor would probably end up the fifth best pitcher in the rotation behind Teheran/Delgado/Hanson/Jurrjens. And, that’s also assuming Vizcaino goes to the pen, Beachy regresses a good deal, and we don’t bother with any “veteran” pitchers.

    Even if I’m generous and assume that Jurrjens leaves and Hanson ends up worse than Minor, I’d still do Minor for Beltran or Pence.

    Maybe I’m just young and hasty and would prefer to win now than to dream about the future.

  19. 19
    spike Says:

    21-12 would look a whole lot better!

    No it wouldn’t – I hate that record.

  20. 20
    ryan c Says:

    Buster reporting that we are in (along with the Nationals) on Upton.

  21. 21
    spike Says:

    Minor’s a lefty mlb ready starter, and one should have a care about giving him to a divisional rival. For the record, most Top 10 reports had he and Delgado ranked equally, or Minor a bit ahead, FWIW.

    /edit – I’d much rather deal a top prospect to Tampa.

  22. 22
    Smitty Says:

    I wouldn’t give up too much for Upton. I think we may just be checking the price to use as a counter.

  23. 23
    Smitty Says:

    Jays send Jo jo to AAA and call up Wilfredo

  24. 24
    Bethany Says:

    I won’t lie, I’d be stoked if we got Upton.

  25. 25
    csg Says:

    Upton’s away stats and vs LHP splits have me liking him more.

    Joseph Reyes was DFA’d

  26. 26
    Bethany Says:

    It would be similar to the reverse of the Yunel trade in some ways. Someone with a lot of potential that you think just needs a change of scenery.

  27. 27
    John Gaines Says:


    Yeah, and maybe the Rays will flip the best pitching prospect in the deal to KC for Franoeur..

  28. 28
    ububba Says:


    Dang, another “27 Club” member.

  29. 29
    Dan Says:

    I guess I just don’t get the attachment to Minor.

    Especially considering that on the day Minor was drafted; about everyone here was complaining and saying the Braves wasted their first round pick on a future #4 starter.

  30. 30
    Smitty Says:


    Except Stu

  31. 31
    braves14 Says:

    #Braves lineup: 1. Prado 3B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. McCann C, 4. Freeman 1B, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. McLouth CF, 9. Lowe P

  32. 32
    Tom Says:

    28, she was not in the same league though.

  33. 33
    Smitty Says:

    Whit Heyward’s recent uptick and Uggla hitting, doesn’t it really make sense to go after a CF that can lead off and get on base?

  34. 34
    Rusty S. Says:

    @33 – Well, compared to Schafer, Upton is a leadoff man.

    But really, I guess Prado would lead off. I would see Upton as a 7 or 6 guy.
    He’s a heck of a CF. I just don’t know if what we have is what TB needs/wants.

  35. 35
    PaulV Says:

    Would CJ lead off? CJ, MP, JH, BM, FF, DU, AG, CF, P?
    He is good on base man. or Prado could lead off with JH second?

  36. 36
    Smitty Says:


    I doubt it

  37. 37
    Bethany Says:

    If we got Upton….


    That’s a pretty badass lineup.

  38. 38
    DWonder Says:

    I’m starting to think we should be concentrating more on upgrading SS instead of CF.

  39. 39
    Smitty Says:


    There are more CF out there than SS. Not sure if any of the available short stops would be an upgrade.

  40. 40
    Dan Says:

    Not sure if any of the available short stops would be an upgrade.

    Any short stop would be an upgrade.

    Gonzalez: .227/.261/.341

  41. 41
    spike Says:

    Well the Hanley hate is running high again in Florida – they’d probably take Fredi back as part of the deal too:

  42. 42
    reaganman Says:

    @41 – But since Fredi is going nowhere, there is no way he would sign off on a deal for Hanley.

  43. 43
    Dan Says:

    @42: wasn’t aware the manager “signed off” on trades?

  44. 44
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Well, when Bobby was here, there was no way in hell Wren was making a deal without his consent. Now that it’s Fredi, whom Wren hired, I think Wren would be able to override Fredi. But it’s generally unwise to import players whom your manager vehemently doesn’t want to manage.

  45. 45
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    By the way, the Blue Jays DFA’ed Jo-Jo Reyes. (Hilariously enough, they did so to make room for Wilfredo Ledezma.)

    I still don’t understand why teams refuse to just make him a LOOGY.

  46. 46
    csg Says:

    Last year I wouldve agreed AAR, but lefties are hitting .317 off of him this season. He’s only K’d 14 of 40 lefties also.

  47. 47
    Trace Says:

    Apparently Chipper is rehabbing tonight and tomorrow in Rome and may be available to play Monday.

  48. 48
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    In Reyes’s career, right-handed batters have 1063 plate appearances against Reyes, and they have amassed a .910 OPS (!). Lefties have a .744 OPS against him. He is so not a starting pitcher.

    But if you assume that moving to the bullpen tends to add about 1.5 miles an hour to the average pitcher’s fastball, there’s an outside shot that he might be able to exploit a platoon split. He’ll probably have a career shuttling between the minors and the majors for another 10 years because of WHIL — the acronym I invented a few years ago that stands for Well, He IS a Lefty — but there is no justification whatsoever for allowing him to start games or pitch to right-handed batters.

  49. 49
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I haven’t seen it mentioned but the Lisp is back, and Gearrin is gone.

  50. 50
    csg Says:

    JHEY is so good when he doesnt try pulling every pitch.

  51. 51
    csg Says:

    BTW, the fox announcers just talked about the struggling Dan Uggla. Yeah, last 6 weeks he’s been brutal.

  52. 52
    Morrie Says:

    That is getting old

  53. 53
    andrew b Says:

    he was safe.

  54. 54
    Dan Says:

    Okay, so who are these “people” the announcers are talking about who are allegedly saying that Prado is the Braves’ MVP this season?

  55. 55
    oldtimer? Says:


  56. 56
    ralphdibny Says:


  57. 57
    Grst Says:


    Great slide by Heyward, for sure, and it looked like he made it in safe. But you’re never going to get that call when the ball beats you by that much. That ball was hit too hard to send the runner.

  58. 58
    Tom Says:

    How many more until that joke of a coach gets fired?

  59. 59
    Nick Says:

    The next time an umpire is in the right position to make a call might be the first time it will have happened all year.

  60. 60
    Brian J. Says:

    Mac, in your poll where you ask about Snitker, “Wait, he’s getting PAID for this?”

    … do we know for sure who’s paying him?

  61. 61
    csg Says:

    Geez, folks. You gotta send Heyward there. Gomes made a perfect throw and it looked like he was still safe. Its not like he was out by 10 feet

  62. 62
    Bethany Says:

    Bah, yeah, safe but you’re not going to get that call.

  63. 63
    Kyle B. Says:

    @54 – Last night, Brennaman said he was told this by Joe Simpson.

  64. 64
    NickH Says:

    The announcers are now admitting that Heyward was safe at home.

  65. 65
    Bethany Says:

    Another game where we give up a run in the 1st.

  66. 66
    Nick Says:

    Yeah, the chances of Heyward scoring on that play before the throw was made were surely better than the chances of someone getting a hit to drive him in.

  67. 67
    Dan Says:

    How many games in a row now have the Braves given up (a) first inning run(s)?

  68. 68
    Catz Says:

    I’m so glad we didn’t get Dick Stockton today

  69. 69
    Brian J. Says:

    67- Five. (Of course, we’ve won two of the first four anyway.)

  70. 70
    Brian J. Says:

    Dan’s now just three points away from lifting the Ban.

  71. 71
    ralphdibny Says:

    That’s why we ran on Gomes–he’s not a good outfielder.

  72. 72
    csg Says:

    AAG, do NOT suck here

  73. 73
    Dan Says:

    ‘GIDP’ Gonzalez up.

  74. 74
    csg Says:

    How bout that throw from Stubbs?

  75. 75
    Nick Says:

    Could someone please jam Mitch Williams into a paper sack and throw him into the dumpster out back?

    I like Thom Brennaman, but yeesh, the idiots they have him working with every week…

  76. 76
    csg Says:

    nicely done Derek

  77. 77
    Catz Says:

    How about that?

  78. 78
    ralphdibny Says:

    Helping his own cause!

  79. 79
    Brian J. Says:


  80. 80
    Brian J. Says:

    (I’ve got to stop coming up with the same quotes as other people.)

  81. 81
    Bethany Says:

    Hahahahahahahhaa!!!! Way to go, Lowe!!!!!

  82. 82
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Derek Lowe is Mr. Bases Loaded.

  83. 83
    NickH Says:

    Did anyone else notice that Derek’s single hit the edge between grass and dirt in the outfield and kicked back towards Gomes in left? If that doesn’t happen, the ball may have hooked into the corner for a 2B.

  84. 84
    Catz Says:

    Greg Norton is a AAA manager now? I would never have guessed…

  85. 85
    csg Says:

    Nick, it was a 2B

  86. 86
    Askia Says:

    Yeah, the way they cut the grass and made it hard against that dirt mound definitely affected the play. I’m sure it’s intentional too, because it funnels the ball back towards the OF.

  87. 87
    Grst Says:

    I did Nick. It had some kind of interesting spin on it.

  88. 88
    NickH Says:

    @85 – well, Lowe did reach 2B on the play but without that weird bounce it’s quite likely that McLouth would also have scored.

  89. 89
    csg Says:

    what a waste

  90. 90
    Nick Says:

    Should’ve had more from that.

  91. 91
    NickH Says:

    Braves have been wasting chances left and right so far, and with Derek Lowe pitching in this bandbox I’m fairly sure we’ll need more than 2 runs to win this one. Sigh…

  92. 92
    Grst Says:

    Frustrating, but their pitcher isn’t fooling anyone and at this rate isn’t long for this game.

  93. 93
    Tom Says:

    AAG sucks, sucks, sucks. That would have been yet ANOTHER easy DP ball with less than two outs.

  94. 94
    Douglass Says:

    I don’t wanna jinx it, but if Uggla were to get a hit in his next at bat, he will have reached the mendoza line.

  95. 95
    Brian J. Says:

    The no-hitter outlasted the shutout by two innings.

    Edit: Nice to see that we’re not the only team that screws up the sacrifice bunt.

  96. 96
    ralphdibny Says:

    Thanks for the outs, Dusty!

    EDIT: Apparently Brian J. and I are the same person today. If so, he is as stunningly handsome as he is witty.

  97. 97
    Brian J. Says:

    Thank you, Ralph. I’ve always found you charming and debonair, myself.

    Seriously, Dusty Baker is basically essence of distilled Fredi.

  98. 98
    Morrie Says:

    Mitch Williams has a man crush on sac bunts

  99. 99
    Dan Says:

    So many LOB.

  100. 100
    NickH Says:

    I feel compelled to renew my distate and the Braves’ extraordinary inability to advance and drive in runners in this game. Yes, Bailey will/should be out of the game soon, but we should be running up the score here. Very frustrating.

  101. 101
    Tom Says:


  102. 102
    Ryan c Says:

    Viscaino was called up to gwinnett’s ‘pen.

  103. 103
    Tom Says:

    At least that error took AAG out of the next inning.

  104. 104
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Thom Brennaman, horrible as usual.

  105. 105
    Bethany Says:

    Hey, at least we’re getting on base, right?

  106. 106
    ralphdibny Says:

    This is a surprisingly frustrating ballgame.

  107. 107
    Tomas Says:

    I can’t really comment on Brennaman since whatever he says gets lost in the stupid of Mitch Williams.

    Seriously, do “expert” commentators get picked at random without any kind of try-out or do they just think they have to be as stupid as Joe Morgan.

  108. 108
    Bethany Says:

    You knew Rentaria was going to hurt us there.

  109. 109
    Tom Says:

    I think we deserve to lose this one.

  110. 110
    Morrie Says:

    Derek Lowe is toast

  111. 111
    ralphdibny Says:

    It must be the 6th inning.

  112. 112
    Putter Says:

    Typical Lowe…look in control then crap on himself all of a sudden. And I am betting Fredi the brain surgeon doesn’t have anyone up in the pen yet

  113. 113
    NickH Says:

    I mean, we could still win this one, but we should have 5-6 runs already at this point if not for the Braves’ myriad offensive failures. Seems like it’s just not our day, you know?

  114. 114
    oldtimer? Says:

    Wont somebody take this clown off of our hands?

  115. 115
    Bethany Says:

    What the hell is Fredi waiting on?

  116. 116
    Dan Says:

    Typical Lowe…look in control then crap on himself all of a sudden.

    Derek Lowe: pitching incontinence?

  117. 117
    Putter Says:

    @116… pretty much

  118. 118
    Putter Says:

    So who is the skinny guy they use for Sherill’s picture on the ESPN Gamecast? Doesn’t look so much like a Civil War veteran

  119. 119
    Grst Says:

    Why am I watching the Phillies game all of the sudden? What the hell, Fox?

  120. 120
    drewdat Says:

    Lowe just savaged his trade value. Again.

  121. 121
    Anon21 Says:

    Scott Proctor. In a 2-run game.

    Go to jail, Fredi Gonzalez. You’re a bad person.

  122. 122
    PeteOrr Says:

    It looks like a textile mill in the bullpen right now – Cheryl’s 3x shirt from the left side and the white flag on the right.

  123. 123
    braves14 Says:

    Why did Fox switch away from the Braves game to the Phillies game?

  124. 124
    Bethany Says:

    Let’s watch the Padres not get that leadoff triple home.

  125. 125
    drewdat Says:

    The good news is that Fredi is bringing in a righty to face Gomes, so maybe if we get him then he’ll use him correctly. That’s probably too optimistic.

    Also, Gomes just failed in his audition, so maybe we won’t give up anything useful for him. A spare part or two would be OK, I guess.

  126. 126
    Dan Says:

    Why did Fox switch away from the Braves game to the Phillies game?

    Censoring Scott Proctor for the little kids that may be watching.

  127. 127
    Brian J. Says:

    Proctor refused to suck?

  128. 128
    Putter Says:

    I am now really against acquiring Gomes since Proctor struck him out (not that I really wanted him anyway)

  129. 129
    Putter Says:

    @126 You are on a roll today

  130. 130
    Bethany Says:

    GO GO GO…. damn.

  131. 131
    Bethany Says:

    Well, Proctor just saved his sucking for one inning.

  132. 132
    Dan Says:

    F. Gonzalez pushed his luck with Proctor.

  133. 133
    braves14 Says:

    Maybe this will finally be the outing that rids us of this clown.

  134. 134
    Brian J. Says:

    A second inning of Proctology works as well as every sane person thinks it would. Which excludes Fredlot.

  135. 135
    Ryan c Says:

    How can Frank Wren not see this atrocity and DFA this clown?

  136. 136
    Dan Says:

    Proctor deserves credit for not ‘Gryboing’ anybody. He wants his suck to be credited to only him.

  137. 137
    Tom Says:

    Oh, and the Phillies came right back to lead 7-4. That’s the way you do it!

  138. 138
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    What the hell does this guy have to do to get fired?

  139. 139
    Putter Says:

    @135… because Proctor struck out the immortal deadline trade target Johnny Gomes. Although Proctor did manage to raise his 6.00 ERA to 6.55 in less than an inning, which is tough to do when your ERA is already that high

  140. 140
    Morrie Says:

    Here comes the White Flag, Christian Martinez

    Would much rather had seen him instead of proctor

  141. 141
    Brian J. Says:

    Meanwhile, in Philly, Chad Qualls is doing his best Proctor impression. Three home runs in this inning!

  142. 142
    Bethany Says:

    Ugh, well, I still put a lot of blame on the offense for failing so hard early on. Their pitcher had nothing and we didn’t cash in.

  143. 143
    Tom Says:

    Comedy at its best.

  144. 144
    Brian J. Says:

    140- If Martinez is the White Flag, then what’s Proctor? Other than incompetent, I mean.

  145. 145
    Grst Says:

    This game has gone from frustrating to depressing.

  146. 146
    Dan Says:

    If Martinez is the White Flag, then what’s Proctor?

    “Little Boy.”

  147. 147
    Morrie Says:


    Proctor is the embodiment of Fredi’s incompetence.

  148. 148
    Brian J. Says:

    Can we just forfeit now and get this over with?

  149. 149
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Miguel Cairo? I can’t believe he’s still playing baseball. I also can’t believe we just walked in a run, but I guess I see why the Lisp is behind Proctor on the depth chart.

  150. 150
    Ryan c Says:

    7 runs in 1 inning by our right handed dynamic duo. This is a cry for help, wren. Bring up someone else and get us a RH reliever.

  151. 151
    Dan Says:

    Starting to think Bell from the Padres is a more needed acquisition than Beltran.

  152. 152
    Smitty Says:

    Is Alejandro Pena still alive? He is better than Proctor

  153. 153
    Scump Says:

    Wow Bastardo looks like crap right now. Go Pads.

  154. 154
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    @152 He could be dead and would still represent a significant improvement.

  155. 155
    Brian J. Says:

    Herndon looks just as crappy. He also looks like he’s getting squeezed, not that I’m complaining.

    Edit: Sadly, not quite crappy enough.

  156. 156
    jjschiller Says:

    When does one of our intrepid reporters get the nerve to ask Fredi why Proctor is on the club?

  157. 157
    DWonder Says:

    Buster Olney is predicting that Vizcaino will be in the big league bullpen before too long.

  158. 158
    Frank Says:

    That’s really going out on a limb.

  159. 159
    spike Says:

    @156, when they get a gig in a different city.

  160. 160
    Smitty Says:


    Guess his arm will fly off too, just like Woody Cowboys

  161. 161
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Since July 10, the combination of Proctor, Gearrin and Martinez (suggestions for O’Ventbrel-esque combo nickname welcome):

    9.0 IP
    22 H
    23.00 ERA
    3.89 WHIP
    12 BB/7 K

    Right-handed relieving must be atop the priority list.

  162. 162
    Smitty Says:

    Right-handed relieving is needed, but not at the top of our list. It is probably the easiest thing to get in baseball

  163. 163
    ryan c Says:

    Prediction of my own: Vizcaino replaces Proctor Monday.

  164. 164
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Short recap is up.

  165. 165
    Allen Lawson Says:

    Proctor and Martinez combine to give Reds 7 runs in the 7th. Result is, Braves will now trail Phillies by 5.5. Bullpen era MASSACRED. Here’s my deal for the Met’s, We trade (Proctor, Martinez, Minor) for Carlos Beltran, A Bag Lady and a Crack Head, who by the way both have a lower era than Proctor and Martinez. What the heck is Fredi thinking, we can’t afford to give up ground on the Phillies now. Talking about needing a bat? Lowe had the only RBI’s today, something has got to give….

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