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15 Apr

Braves 2, Brewers 1

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – April 14, 2012 – ESPN.

The Braves got their first really strong pitching performance of the season in a gem by Mike Minor, though once again the assistance of Everyday Jonny Venters and Save-A-Day Craig Kimbrel was required. Minor struck out four and allowed just two hits and a walk, and threw 99 pitches (67 of them for strikes) in 7 1/3 innings, leaving only after giving up his first extra-base hit in the eighth.

The Braves got their offense in the second. Jayson Heyward singled with Brian McCann on first and one out. An attempt to throw McCann out failed and allowed him to score and Heyward to go to third, whence Juan Francisco did something right for a chance and drove him in.

Venters allowed a single to the first man he faced, but he didn’t score, and a way out showed up when the next batter hit into a fielder’s choice, runner at third out at home. Uggla threw away the next man’s grounder (it was judged a single and a throwing error before Venters finally finished it with a strikeout. Kimbrel gave up two walks and a single, but got two strikeouts to excape,

95 Responses to “Braves 2, Brewers 1”

  1. 1
    Dan Says:

    In before the pointing out of mistakes.

  2. 2
    PaulV Says:

    Will CM, Medlin and EO’F be 7,8 & 9 men today?

  3. 3
    Troy Says:

    I was skeptical of the taking out of Minor after his second hit of the game, (and probably more so with hindsight of Uggla’s error etc), but it worked out! Otherwise, very happy. That’s the heralded young pitching we were hoping for and will need. .500 for the first time; that’s a very welcome development.

    Go Beachy, let’s get that sweep.

    Anyone else happy Fielder’s not in the middle of that lineup anymore?

  4. 4
    kc Says:

    I don’t care aginst who, but let’s get a sweep when there is a chance.

  5. 5
    sansho1 Says:

    So Buck Belue just said that Jackie Robinson helped pave the way for players like Buck O’Neil. Ummm….

  6. 6
    oldtimer? Says:

    That was ugly Martin.

  7. 7
    Bethany Says:

    Holy crap on a stick, I got to work! And on my tv!!!

  8. 8
    oldtimer? Says:

    The app is quite good, I use it all the time.

  9. 9
    Stu Says:

    Three things:

    1) It is such a thrill to hear Murphy in the booth.

    2) Why in the world was Prado sac-bunting against Chris Narveson in the first inning?

    3) It would be nice if the guy who always labors to go more than five innings didn’t have such brutal defense played behind him in every game.

  10. 10
    Bethany Says:

    @9 The defense thing also sucks because Beachy seems to really lose it when things go bad.

  11. 11
    csg Says:

    That error cost him about 20 pitches or so. Now he’s over 50 and still in the 3rd.

  12. 12
    csg Says:

    @ last thread. DOB posted they were bringing the post game comments back last week sometime. Said the majority asked for them and were polite about it.

  13. 13
    Bethany Says:

    Lovely curveball.

  14. 14
    Bethany Says:


  15. 15
    urlhix Says:


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    ububba Says:


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    Grst Says:

    Prado smoked that ball. I think he was harboring some anger from earlier.

  18. 18
    Bethany Says:


  19. 19
    Tom Says:

    Well done old man.

  20. 20
    Grst Says:

    He’s awful. Cut him.

  21. 21
    csg Says:

    Man, gonna miss him!

  22. 22
    Njbravesfan Says:

    Yes! This makes me so happy to see chipper hit like this!

  23. 23
    Stu Says:

    I am gonna miss watching that man’s swing.

  24. 24
    Tom Says:

    The radio overlay on MLB.TV, which I discovered today, is the greatest accomplishment in the history of mankind. Now I will never, ever have to listen to Chip Caray again.

  25. 25
    Tomas Says:

    If only Chipper was 26 again.

  26. 26
    jjschiller Says:

    Chipper Jones is my hero and I love him.

  27. 27
    Timo Says:

    Beachy’s cruising now.

  28. 28
    ububba Says:

    Dang, crushed it.

  29. 29
    Bethany Says:

    Holy crap, way to go Jason!!!

  30. 30
    RJ in KS Says:

    Oh heck yeah!

  31. 31
    Bethany Says:

    I want to also note that I approve of Jason Heyward and Cam Newton’s longer haircuts. Very nice.

  32. 32
    Trace Says:

    I think it’s about time we move Jason up in the order.

  33. 33
    csg Says:

    #32 – I wouldnt change a thing w/ Heyward right now.

  34. 34
    sansho1 Says:

    I’d switch him out with Freeman. He’s hitting better, and he’s supposed to be the better of the two anyway.

  35. 35
    RJ in KS Says:


  36. 36
    Rusty S. Says:

    They are giving us a run if Uggla will take it.

  37. 37
    Ethan Says:

    88 pitches for Beachy through 6. Hope Fredi has the stones to send him out for the 7th

  38. 38
    Bethany Says:

    @37 I think he’ll handle it like he handled Minor yesterday. He’ll send him out and yank him if he allows a baserunner.

  39. 39
    Rusty S. Says:

    Beachy might get a little more rope, because the lead is bigger.

  40. 40
    MikeM Says:

    Something I’ve always wondered about the Bark In The Park thing: What do they do when nature calls for all those dogs?

  41. 41
    PaulV Says:

    We do not talk about fight club, we do not talk about Jason and his swing.

  42. 42
    urlhix Says:

    @40, They have an area for the dogs to use. Mine usually does his business on the walk to the park, though.

  43. 43
    joelk Says:

    Really nice day for Beachy! I wouldn’t have guessed he would go seven after his pitch count after 3.

  44. 44
    Timo Says:

    Great game by BB! It is fun watching him.

  45. 45
    spike Says:

    oooooooh – is that unwritten rule breaking?

  46. 46
    Adam R Says:

    Points for Fredi there.

  47. 47
    Tomas Says:

    Fredi must have been itching to call for a double steal.

  48. 48
    Rusty S. Says:

    I’d like to see Medlen or Martinez here.

  49. 49
    ububba Says:

    Well, if you’re ever going to double-steal with Chipper up (a surprise to the opponent, for sure), I’d prefer it be done with a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th. And, of course, it had better work.

    A little surprised Chipper wasn’t pitched more carefully, but c’est la vie.

  50. 50
    ububba Says:

    Way to pick it, Freddie.

  51. 51
    James Says:

    Man, I even like just watching Heyward take a walk.

  52. 52
    Bethany Says:

    i like this.

  53. 53
    Bethany Says:


  54. 54
    Mark Says:

    There is a reason we keep re-upping this guy…way to go Hinske

  55. 55
    ububba Says:

    Pinch-hitter extraordinaire…

    Bring on the Mets…

  56. 56
    Brian J. Says:

    Well, in every perfect day a little Durbin must fall.

  57. 57
    Tom Says:

    Question is: Can Durbin hold a 6-run lead?

  58. 58
    JonathanF Says:

    It’s certainly the minimum lead to give him.

  59. 59
    PaulV Says:

    @52 JH does not want to talk about his swing

  60. 60
    Adam M Says:

    Durbin doing what he does.

  61. 61
    joelk Says:

    How does Durbin still have a job in baseball?

  62. 62
    Tom Says:

    Well, here we go.

  63. 63
    Tomas Says:

    I feel pretty confident that the Braves could find some random double-A journeyman that would be an upgrade over Derpin.

  64. 64
    Parish Says:

    @61 The Braves still employ baseball players.

  65. 65
    Grst Says:

    Durbin is awful.

  66. 66
    James Says:

    Chad Durbin is just terrible.

  67. 67
    Stu Says:

    LOL. We’re going to get a win and a DERP-in release out of this game!

  68. 68
    Brian J. Says:

    64- And Chad Durbin! And Francisco, Diza, Livan…

    And now we’ll need to employ another pitcher today.

  69. 69
    Trace Says:

    This is good. The sooner, the Braves figure out that Durbin is a used up wad of excrement, the better.

  70. 70
    Alex R. Says:

    Why is Fredi so EFFING STUPID that he doesn’t know THIS WOULD HAPPEN. Durbin needs to be dropped in a hole somewhere. God he is atrocious.

  71. 71
    TomL Says:

    On an 0-2 pitch!?

  72. 72
    Mac Thomason Says:

    They also employ Chad Durbin.

  73. 73
    oldtimer? Says:

    Chad Durbin will not be a Brave much longer.

  74. 74
    Tom Says:


  75. 75
    ububba Says:

    Durbin Poison

  76. 76
    Adam M Says:

    I don’t see Durbin. All I see is Frank Wren’s reputation falling.

  77. 77
    mikemc Says:

    Let’s just say that Durbin doesn’t look like the greatest of additions to the bullpen.

  78. 78
    Alex R. Says:


    How do the Braves not already know this? Why DOES HE HAVE A JOB????????????????

  79. 79
    ragingdrunk Says:

    Are we sure that Chad Durbin’s real first name is not Scott?

  80. 80
    Jeff M. Says:

    Holy Crap! Does he look that bad on TV (not watching)?

  81. 81
    JonathanF Says:

    Like I said. Put him in when 3 runs still don’t make you too nervous.

  82. 82
    RJ in KS Says:

    Surely this will be the end of Gas Can Durbin? Three appearances and three bombs surrendered?

  83. 83
    Ethan Says:

    Joe: “Chad Durbin has now given up a home run in each of his three appearances”

    Pray there won’t be a fourth…

  84. 84
    'Rissa Says:

    Surely somewhere a pitcher exists who can be trusted with a six-run lead, that would allow us to not have to warm up our good guys in these situations…

  85. 85
    Jeff M. Says:

    I guess it’s time for Kimbrel’s daily appearance…

  86. 86
    Trace Says:

    Dunno. Maybe he intercepted Favre-esque pictures from Wren to his mistress.

  87. 87
    Parish Says:

    67 – Stu, I was thinking the same thing.

    Perfect outing for Durbin. Proves he can’t pitch and it doesn’t even cost us a game this time.

  88. 88
    Grst Says:

    Flande has pitched 9 scoreless innings at AAA.

  89. 89
    Timo Says:

    @88, And Gearrin has 9 SO in 8 scoreless innings.

  90. 90
    PaulV Says:

    Durbin made it a save situation but does not get one because of a technicality. Why else give up two doubles and a HR?

  91. 91
    DG Says:

    Chad Durbin is not good at baseball.

  92. 92
    sansho1 Says:

    Durbin is the only active major league pitcher who debuted prior to 2000 and has a lifetime ERA over 5.00.

  93. 93
    Stu Says:

    I was just about to snarkily mention that, after allowing just the one run, he was lowering his ERA — when he grooved that 0-2 pitch to Lucroy.

  94. 94
    Mac Thomason Says:


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    jjschiller Says:

    I was peeking at the game on my phone while grabbing some lunch. Said to my girlfriend after Hinske’s hit “Gonna be a perfect day! Get a sweep, win it big, no Venters or Kimbrel, and now maybe they’ll let Durbin pitch his way off the team!”

    Glad to see I wasn’t alone in that premonition.

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