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22 Apr

Braves 3, D-Backs 2

Atlanta Braves vs. Arizona Diamondbacks – Box Score – April 21, 2012 – ESPN.

So the Braves can win the close ones, too. Tommy Hanson had his best outing of the year, going seven innings, striking out seven, and allowing just two runs. Meanwhile, the bullpen was impervious.

All the runs came early. The Braves should have gotten more than one run in the first, scoring on a bases-loaded walk by Chipper (hitting sixth) But that was all they got. Hanson allowed a single and a double in the first, then a groundout to tie it.

Martin Prado hit a single to score Jack Wilson in the second, then the D-Backs tied it with a homer in the bottom of the inning. Dan Uggla countered with a homer of his own in the third, and that was it for the scoring.

The D-Backs got a couple on in the third, but couldn’t score, and Hanson shut them out from there. Jonny Venters struck out the side in the eighth, then Craig Kimbrel did in the ninth. It’ll work.

110 Responses to “Braves 3, D-Backs 2”

  1. 1
    sdp Says:

    That was one hell of a dominant performance by Venters and Kimbrel.

  2. 2
    Seat Painter Says:

    And Hanson from the 4th through the 7th was pretty good as well.

  3. 3
    ryan c Says:

    Fredi says it’s no certainty that Delgado goes down when Hudson returns, but could send him to the bullpen. It didn’t sound like they’d even discussed the possibility of DLing or sending Jurrjens down (who still has options).

    One good thing: Next week might be the end of Durbin. I’m sure the Braves will put him on waivers and pray to the Gods that someone is stupid enough to pick him up. If not, surely he’d accept the assignment to AAA considering he’d still be getting paid big league dough.

  4. 4
    Adam R Says:

    Like everyone else from SoCal, I guess Hanson can’t be bothered to show up until the 4th :)

    Hanson’s Yahoo ownership actually went down 1%. justhank must be playing in a lot of leagues this year.

  5. 5
    Dan Says:

    McCain has justhank. Jones has Tad. Who will be our resident Freeman hater?

  6. 6
    John R. Says:

    Next week might be the end of Durbin. I’m sure the Braves will put him on waivers and pray to the Gods that someone is stupid enough to pick him up. If not, surely he’d accept the assignment to AAA considering he’d still be getting paid big league dough.

    I’d say something appropriately Tad-like to Durbin to motivate him: “Look, you got a really great contract, far better than someone at this stage of your career can expect. But it’s time now to start thinking of the team. Do yo really want to hobble the team’s chance at success for your own vanity and ego? Aren’t there higher aspirations for someone like you than being an overly-paid anchor in the payroll just playing out the string? We’re gonna try and do right by you, but maybe you could try and do right by basic human decency and just walk out on top.”

    Whatcha think?

  7. 7
    Jick Says:

    Needs more ellipses.

  8. 8
    sdp Says:

    It’s Sunday, ya’ll.

    Bourn cf
    Prado lf
    Freeman 1b
    McCann c
    Uggla 2b
    Hinkse rf
    Francisco 3b
    Wilson ss
    Delgado p

  9. 9
    Bethany Says:

    McCann and not Ross? Well he didn’t totally punt.

    You guys don’t care, but I have to say that I’ve never lived in a place where the people were as unlikable as they are in Boston. I’ve been here 3 months and haven’t met anyone worth getting to know better.

  10. 10
    Adam R Says:

    Another day without word of a longer term deal for Heyward or Freeman, another day I chew off a fingernail.

    Hinske in RF today, according to DOB. Funtimes.

    (I’m starting Ian Kennedy today. I have no choice. Outside parentheses, I will be rooting for the Braves. Inside, I will tell you I am filled with utter dread for Mr. Kennedy. Utter dread.)

  11. 11
    PaulV Says:

    Worse than Baltimore, Bethany?

  12. 12
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Look, I know all you morons just loooove Freddie Freeman because he had a couple good games against a couple terrible pitchers. Whoopee. Apparently you all forgot that he started the season 4-for-21 or that he batted .251/.307/.385 in August and September last year. Maybe if our slugging first baseman had actually hit down the stretch we would have made the playoffs.

    Look, I have nothing against the guy. He just isn’t ready for the big leagues. Albert Pujols was available on the free agent market. Prince Fielder was available. Jim Thome was available. And Frank Genius Wren decided to hand the job to the guy who choked away the season in September.

    Hope you liked watching that ohfer of his yesterday. Better get used to it.

  13. 13
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    That work for you, Dan?

  14. 14
    sdp Says:

    Not sure if serious…

  15. 15
    Bethany Says:

    @12 Bravo, Alex.

    @11 Fewer crazy people than Baltimore, but everyone is a selfish jerk and a huge gossip. People who pick on old southern ladies and call them gossips haven’t been to Massachusetts.

  16. 16
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Bethany, everywhere sucks. It’s the nature of existentially fallen man. On the upside, you get decent mass transit and cheap seafood.

  17. 17
    John R. Says:

    #15: Thanks for pointing out the picking on old southern ladies. That’s a pet peeve of mine. Every stereotype has merit, but people lean on that one a little too hard.

  18. 18
    John R. Says:

    Why the rest for Heyward? Guy’s hot and young. Seems he wouldn’t need to be rested 2 out of the first 16 games.

    I do assume that Fredi is eyeing Hinske’s small sample size success against Ian Kennedy: 4 for 12, 2 doubles.

    Whatever. We’ll see if it works.

  19. 19
    Bethany Says:

    I don’t have any problem giving Heyward, our second most injury-prone position player, days off.

    @16 The transit is awesome, I’m not a seafood fan so that perk is lost on me. Did I mention the TMI problem? Because I know WAY more about everyone I’ve met than I care to.

  20. 20
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Thank you, thank you.

  21. 21
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Look…Fredi Freeman is justas good at baseball as Fredi Gonzalez…who didnt even make it out of double-a lololol!

  22. 22
    Dan Says:

    The Diamondbacks’ Kennedy should not have won the 2011 NL Cy Young award, Simpson.

  23. 23
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Are we going to call Francisco El Gordo?

  24. 24
    Bethany Says:

    They are definitely making this pitcher work.

  25. 25
    Bethany Says:

    Ugh.

  26. 26
    Putter Says:

    That is inexcusable…not one pitch was close

  27. 27
    MikeM Says:

    Wow. WTF?

  28. 28
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh, for Lord’s sake, Randall. You don’t walk the flipping pitcher.

  29. 29
    James Says:

    I wonder how many intentional walks will have to fail before Fredi realized that they’re a terrible idea.

  30. 30
    Putter Says:

    Delgado deserved that and just pitched his way back to AAA when Hudson returns

  31. 31
    joelk Says:

    Why didn’t they go after the 8 hole hitter?!!

  32. 32
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Well, that pretty much guarantees Jurrjens’ roster spot.

  33. 33
    Bethany Says:

    Oh my god.

  34. 34
    Dan Says:

    Enjoy the bullpen or AAA, Delgado.

  35. 35
    Putter Says:

    And so starts the beginning of the 4 game losing streak

  36. 36
    MikeM Says:

    I’ve seen some wheels fall off in my day, but damn…

  37. 37
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    They didn’t go after the 8 hole hitter because Delgado got to a 2-0 count. So rather than try to get him to groove one to get a strike, they decided to just attack the pitcher.

    Unfortunately, Delgado couldn’t find the strike zone.

  38. 38
    Stu Says:

    Yeah, when you IBB the #8 hitter with two outs, you deserve that.

  39. 39
    Bethany Says:

    If Delgado can’t fix his control problems I don’t want him in the bullpen either.

  40. 40
    Kyle B. Says:

    That was a fat pitch to Parra. Wow, things escalated quickly.

  41. 41
    csg Says:

    Why didn’t they go after the 8 hole hitter?!! – joelk

    You have to be careful with a guy hitting .167/.244/.411. Thats why!

  42. 42
    Bethany Says:

    This isn’t Fredi’s fault, it’s Delgado’s fault for being unable to throw a single strike to the PITCHER.

  43. 43
    DG Says:

    Wow. I think I’ve found someone slower than McCann, and that is Delgado. How in the world did he not beat that high chop grounder?

  44. 44
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Never forget that Parra kills us. .328 .379 .475. And while that’s his first grand slam, he was a .417 career hitter with the bases loaded.

  45. 45
    Rusty S. Says:

    The intentional walk was exactly the right move, in this very specific situation.

  46. 46
    csg Says:

    #42 – He also couldnt get one over the plate to McDonald either.

  47. 47
    csg Says:

    Nice job Martin

  48. 48
    Bethany Says:

    WOOOO! Chipping away.

  49. 49
    Adam R Says:

    Go Prado. Go Braves. (It hurts. It hurts.)

    Hey, a rally. (This does not look good.)

  50. 50
    Kyle B. Says:

    If Chip and Joe say anything else about Kennedy being robbed of the 2011 Cy Young I’m going to face palm myself into oblivion.

  51. 51
    Bethany Says:

    @46 very true.

  52. 52
    Mike N. Says:

    Ah hell

  53. 53
    Dan Says:

    If Chip and Joe say anything else about Kennedy being robbed of the 2011 Cy Young I’m going to face palm myself into oblivion.

    But he won 21 games!

    (The 2003 Ortiz argument.)

  54. 54
    Bethany Says:

    Really mad at McCann for not going for the sac fly.

  55. 55
    Bethany Says:

    Wooo! Martin!

  56. 56
    Stu Says:

    42—It’s never 100% anyone’s fault. But you can absolutely assign some fault to Fredi for the decision; he exacerbated the big inning with a stupid managerial decision. He does this often.

  57. 57
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Agreed, Bethany. He should have tried to get under it. Martin Prado, however, is an American hero.

  58. 58
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Stu, on a 2-0 count, it’s not outlandish to try to face the pitcher. Generally speaking, an IBB is only warranted when the OBP of the next batter is lower than the BA of the batter you’re trying to walk, and since it was the pitcher, that criterion was definitely satisfied. Battling back from a 2-0 count would have risked hanging a fat pitch to a guy who’s actually paid to hit. If he had just thrown a single strike to the pitcher, instead of a meatball to Parra, it would almost certainly have been a moot point.

  59. 59
    Dan Says:

    What was that?

  60. 60
    Bethany Says:

    Oof, bad move.

  61. 61
    Stu Says:

    58—Giving a free base to a guy who can’t hit, when there are two outs, is never sound strategy.

    And no one is saying Delgado did anything other than fail in Kennedy’s PA.

  62. 62
    DG Says:

    Down 3 and trying to stretch a clear single into a double. Not smart, Dan. Looks like today is the day the streak is broken if this kind of play keeps up.

  63. 63
    joelk Says:

    Stu, I agree!

  64. 64
    Bethany Says:

    Yeah, doesn’t feel like our day.

  65. 65
    Bethany Says:

    Dang, Bourne. I should talk crap about him more often.

  66. 66
    Stu Says:

    Why do second-base umpires hate Michael Bourn?

  67. 67
    James Says:

    awesome job with the call ump.

  68. 68
    Bethany Says:

    Jeez. What a joke.

  69. 69
    Piers Says:

    Terrible call.

  70. 70
    'Rissa Says:

    Bobby would have argued that, I bet. We would have gotten two runs out of Freddie’s hit!

  71. 71
    Bethany Says:

    Cost us a freaking run!

  72. 72
    Parish Says:

    Chip away. Chip away.

  73. 73
    Njbravesfan Says:

    Last year I woulda thought this game was over. We do have some ability to battle back. Which is nice

  74. 74
    Bethany Says:

    We could be tied if McCann had a better approach in the 3rd and second base umpires around the world didn’t hate Bourne. We are still in it.

  75. 75
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Yeah — what is up with second base umps and Bourn? Are his feet just too quick for human eyesight?

  76. 76
    Bethany Says:

    It looked like the ump didn’t know what to call and called him out on instinct. There was a guilty pause.

  77. 77
    stupup74 Says:

    MLB should adopt a NFL type replay challenge system. On plays like that, Fredi should have the option to challenge and go to replay in New York and get the call right.

    Of course trusting Fredi to challenge the right calls is another matter all together.

  78. 78
    csg Says:

    Fredi may not even know a ballgame is being played. Fredi get up to argue a call? Cmon…

  79. 79
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Meanwhile, in the NBA, Metta World Peace was just ejected for elbowing James Harden.

  80. 80
    James Says:

    oh my god why are we bringing out chad durbin????

  81. 81
    Mike N. Says:

    Get pumped, everybody…IT’S DURBIN TIME

  82. 82
    Bethany Says:

    Well he did so well in this scenario the other night, right?

  83. 83
    Stu Says:

    80—Showcase. Gonna flip him to Arizona for Parra.

  84. 84
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Great, the white flag.

  85. 85
    csg Says:

    Really Fredi, Durbin? Medlen and LISP were warming up last inning.

  86. 86
    cliff Says:

    Medlen hasn’t pitched since Thursday, right?

    Then isn’t this the perfect place for him to pitch two or three innings?

  87. 87
    Bethany Says:

    *exhale*

  88. 88
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Durbin isn’t so much a groundball or a flyball pitcher as a line drive pitcher.

  89. 89
    Stu Says:

    They should let him throw BP when our bats next to into a funk.

    Ooh, or Uggla could sleep with him, since he’s got to be the ultimate slump-buster.

  90. 90
    beedee Says:

    Makes you dream about the Kolb days

  91. 91
    Bethany Says:

    Dangit.

  92. 92
    csg Says:

    Durbin has pitched more innings than OFlaherty now.

  93. 93
    Stu Says:

    Hack, hack, hack.

  94. 94
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Remember when our offense was awesome?

    That was cool.

  95. 95
    Bethany Says:

    There’s the death blow.

  96. 96
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    So Durbin Poison was more effective today than the Lisp.

  97. 97
    David O Says:

    @94: 3 runs off Kennedy in 7 innings is an accomplishment. He’s pretty good.

    @61: No, you are mixing up can’t hit with can’t hit well. McDonald can’t hit well. Kennedy can’t hit. The decision to walk with a 2-0 count was the right one.

  98. 98
    David O Says:

    McDonald *can* field pretty well, though. My goodness.

  99. 99
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    When John McDonald was a Blue Jay, he may have been the best defensive shortstop in the league. But he couldn’t hit. He’s sort of like an AL Jack Wilson.

  100. 100
    David O Says:

    @99: Well, I’m sure in some universe it’s a good idea to pitch down two balls to the guy with a .600 OPS over a fresh count to the guy with a .427.

  101. 101
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    David, I’m not sure why you think we would be opposing managers. Here’s what I wrote above, at comment 58:

    Stu, on a 2-0 count, it’s not outlandish to try to face the pitcher. Generally speaking, an IBB is only warranted when the OBP of the next batter is lower than the BA of the batter you’re trying to walk, and since it was the pitcher, that criterion was definitely satisfied. Battling back from a 2-0 count would have risked hanging a fat pitch to a guy who’s actually paid to hit. If he had just thrown a single strike to the pitcher, instead of a meatball to Parra, it would almost certainly have been a moot point.

  102. 102
    David O Says:

    @101: My bad. Sorry also for the ninja edit as your comment now doesn’t make sense to anyone but the two of us. I erased it precisely because I realized you weren’t taking a position.

  103. 103
    spike Says:

    Francisco is on a little bit of a roll.

  104. 104
    Stu Says:

    100—I wonder if, in that universe, five runs scored in the second inning.

  105. 105
    csg Says:

    Maybe JJ can lower that 8.10 ERA tomorrow. Id advise him to pitch around Kemp and Ethier.

  106. 106
    sansho1 Says:

    Oh well. Still a very good series.

  107. 107
    mravery Says:

    Bummer. You figure if Delgado just doesn’t walk the pitcher and the 2B ump gets the call right on Bourne it’s a completely different game.

    Still, can’t complain too much right now the way the Braves are playing.

    FWIW, I had no problem with the IBB. It was the right call in that situation.

  108. 108
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    @104, probably not. But in that universe, Kang is president and Kodos is vice president.

  109. 109
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped.

  110. 110
    David O Says:

    @108: Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos.

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