The San Francisco Giants took 2 out of 3 from Atlanta this weekend. Game 1 ended in total heartbreak for the Braves losing in 13 inning on a walk off single by Aaron Rowand. Tim Hudson through an absolute gem in his season debut going 7 innings scattering 3 hits, 2 runs, 0 walks, and 2 k’s only to let old man Billy Wagner let up a game tying home run in the 9th. Is it too early in the season for me to be worrying about Billy Wagner? I don’t think so at all. Tim Hudson looked like the Tim Hudson of old which I am ecstatic about, but come on Wagner. I had the luxury of catching a few Red Sox game last season at Fenway, and I’ve been all over him ever since. When I saw that the Braves had signed him I legit felt sick to my stomach. There is so much talent all over the league, and their own farm system is loaded with talent!
Atlanta bounced back in game 2 as Derek Lowe improved to 2-0 on the season. The “Say Hey Kid” (Jason Heyward) caught fire after going 0-5 (4 K’s) in game 1. Heyward got back into the swing of things literally. The hyped up phenom battled back to go 3-3 with a home run (2) and 2 RBI’s in the second game.
Game 3 resulted in more headaches for the Braves losing 6-3 in the bay series finale. Kenshin Kawakami (0-1) got the loss in yet another great Atlanta pitching performance going 6 full innings giving up 5 hits and only 2 runs. Giants ace Tim Lincecum was just too much for Atlanta to handle while striking out 10. Lincecum is straight up filthy by the way. There isn’t another pitcher in the league today that can rival the talent this kid possesses. Highlights for the Braves include home runs by McCan, and Heyward once again.
Atlanta travels to San Diego Monday to start game 1 of 3 against the Padres. Jair Jurrjens gets his first start of the season in the first game of the set. Games 2 and 3 will be played at Petco park on Wednesday, and Thursday. Look for the Atlanta to sweep the set against an inferior San Diego Club.
About the Author
Written by Bill Furey
My name is Bill Furey, and I am from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I am 25 years old, and a complete baseball guru. This will be my first year blogging for major league baseball, and I am really looking forward to both voicing my opinion as well as covering games. As a former 3rd basemen for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell I got the amazing opportunity to compete, admire, and most importantly learn from some of the most talented players, and coaches this great game has to offer. Growing up in New England I have always been a die hard fan of the Sox, Pats, Celts, and Bruins. My love, understanding, and respect for the game of baseball takes major precedent in my life. I currently coach one of Massachusetts best 13 year old baseball teams. Teaching the game of baseball to young talented players is something I truly look forward to every time I take the field. The relationships I built from this wonderful game are better than any home run, stolen base, or any winning season. Baseball has given me life lessons I couldn't have learned anywhere else in the world. A baseball quote that best describes my passion for the game is this: "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Jim Bouton, Ball Four, 1970. I look forward to covering the Atlanta Braves this season, and getting some great feedback from my followers. Play ball.