Atlanta lost 2 of 3 games this week against the red hot Washington Nationals dipping their record to an NL-East worst 12-16. Kenshi Kawakami continues to struggle dropping his record to (0-5) with a (5.47 era). Something has to give with Bobby Cox in this anemic Atlanta offense. Nate McLouth still continues his lead off duties with an average of (.176). The last time I checked a team with a lead off hitter under the Mendoza Line has not finished with a winning record. My advice for the past month has been to ship McLouth to the minors. Jason Heyward continued to carry the team on his back by going 2-2 including a solo home run (8). Livan Hernandez imporved to (4-1) on the season with superb 5 inning performance only allowing the 1 run. Washington went on to beat Atlanta 6-3 in game 1.
Tommy Hanson took the hill in game 2 only to get shelled by the National hitters. Hanson however got the no decision as the Atlanta bats came alive. With the score tied up at 6 in the 10th inning an unlikely hero showed up for Atlanta. The .200 hitting Matt Diaz came through in the clutch with an RBI single to put Atlanta up 7-6. Billy Wagner would close out the bottom half of the 10th to preserve the victory.
The story of game 3 was all about Nats pitcher Scott Olsen as he took a no-hitter into the 8th inning only to be broke up by Atlanta’s David Ross. Olsen would soon after leave the game only surrendering 2 hits, and was responsible for 1 earned run after he left. Braves rookie of the month outfielder Jason Heyward did not start in this game due to a sore groin, but made his presence felt with a pinch hit 2 RBI single late in the game. Braves ace Tim Hudson had another strong outing only to get the no decision. Willie Harris delivered the walk off bases loaded single in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. Atlanta, or any team is not going to win very many ball games with 4 hits. It is really getting pretty pathetic how offensively handicapped the Braves are right now.
Atlanta starts a 3 game weekend series against the NL-East leading Philadelphia Philles. Derek Lowe gets the start tonight against old man Jamie Moyer. Philly got the best of Atlanta the first time around by taking 2 of 3. This series is pivotal for Atlanta to get back in the NL-East hunt.
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.