After getting shellacked by San Diego 17-2 in game 1, Atlanta bounced back by taking the next 2 games from the pesky Padres. Game 1 was just one of those nightmares that every team seems to encounter at some point of the season. Jair Jurrjens was the victim of this slug fest giving up a career high 8 earned runs in only 3 and 1 third innings. After Jurrjens got the hook Jo-Jo Reyes picked up right where he left off surrendering 9 earned runs in the next 3 and 1 third innings. Braves manager Bobby Cox said ” This is the worst game I have ever seen him pitch” I have a lot of faith in the young talented Jurrjens. Being around, and part of baseball for as long as I have you have to expect these kind of outings once in a while. The kid is only 24 years old, and is just starting to get his feet wet.
Game 2 was a complete test of character for the Braves. “It isn’t about how hard you get hit, it’s about how hard you get hit and keep moving forward.” Now I may be quoting a Rocky movie, but I think that quote applies to just about everything in life? Atlanta battled right back when newly aquired 1st baseman Troy Glaus got his “swag on” by belting a 3 run homer in the 7th to help his team rebound with a 6-1 victory over the Padres. It was only a matter of time before the veteran first baseman broke out of his power slump. I have not been concerned about Glaus yet this season. He has had some great at bats thus far, but has unfortunately been plagued by some bad luck. I love the way Glaus approaches the plate. He shows great discipline, patience, and timely power.
Tommy Hanson (1-1) picked up his 1st win of the season as the San Diego native son went 6 full innings, giving up 4 hits, and only 1 earned run. The Braves bullpen later finished the job with 3 perfect innings by Moylan, Saito, and Wagner in a non save situation.
In the rubber match of the series no one at Petco park was more proud to represent Jackie Robinson day than Jason Heyward. The best part about Jason Heyward isn’t his freakish strength, power, vision, or speed. It’s the way he respects the game of baseball, and most importantly the people who have paved the way for him to be here. Jackie Robinson revolutionized the game of baseball by breaking the color barrier 42 years ago.
Tim Hudson earned the win, and I used the word “earned” very strongly. After pitching an absolute gem in his first start of the season, Hudson was let down by his bullpen. This time around Hudson went 5.2 strong innings by scattering 6 hits, and allowing only 2 earned runs. Only up 1 run in the 5th when Hudson exited it was up to the Braves bullpen once again to hold on and get the veteran his first win of the season. They did just that over the next 4 innings with work from Medlen, O’Flaherty, Moylan, Saito, and Billy Wagner.
Martin Prado led the way for Atlanta going 2-5 including a solo home run in the 1st inning. The Braves 2nd baseman has quietly been under fire with a whopping batting average of .459. Heyward also did his part going 2-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Other offensive standouts for the game were Yunel Escobar who went 2-4 with an RBI, while McCann and McLouth both nocked in a run a piece. Atlanta finished the west coast road trip going (3-3).
Atlanta gets to head home to take on the Colorado Rockies tonight for a 3 game weekend series. On the hill tonight for the Braves is Derek Lowe (2-0) against Jason Hammel (0-0). Both teams have started the season with identical (5-4) records, and look to jump out to an early season lead.
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.