What a week it’s been with the Celtics knocking off the Cavs, the Canadians jousting the Penguins, and my Braves sweeping the Brewers in Milwaukee! Atlanta appears to be back in business after beating Milwaukee by three touchdowns 28-7 in the 3 game road trip. This series was no fluke either. Atlanta has the ability to light up the scoreboard week in and week out. The offense was matched by the Braves own pitching performances with wins by Tommy Hanson (3-2) Tim Hudson (3-1) , and Derek Lowe (5-3).
Tommy Hanson got the win in game 1 going 8 strong innings surrendering no runs, and striking out 8. Martin Prado provided some much needed power in this game by blasting the Braves 1st grand slam since Vietnam. Okay maybe not since Vietnam, but it’s been awhile. July 25th 2008 to be exact. The 6th inning was where it was at for Atlanta piling on 7 runs (Prado’s grand slam) to go along with Troy Glaus’s 3rd HR of the season.
Game 2′s win goes to Timmy Hudson (3-1) backed by offensive from Troy Glaus belting his 2nd home run in as many nights, and Eric Hinske driving 3 runs. Atlanta went off for 16 hits in this 11-3 dismantling of Milwaukee. It was good to see Jason Heyward back in the lineup after being out 2 weeks with a pulled groin. In his first game back Heyward contributed with 2 hits, an RBI, and 2 walks.
Derek Lowe improved to (5-3) with a 6 inning 2 earned run outing. Brooks Conrad provided enough offense for Atlanta by homering, doubling, and driving in a game high 4 runs. Chipper Jones remains out of the lineup with a pulled groin. His return is still day to day. I’m not going to write Chipper off this early, but it’s not looking good for the Braves future hall of famer. Age is Chippers worst enemy, and he isn’t getting any younger.
All in all Atlanta had a fantastic week of baseball. They hit, pitched, and fielded better than they have all season. The key to making a run this year has to be staying healthy. Atlanta is awaiting the return of short stop Yunel Escobar, Chipper Jones, and Jair Jurrjens. The Braves kick off a 7 game home stand tonight with the first 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kenshin Kawakami (0-6) will be hungry for his first win of the season tonight. Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson get the starts in games 2 and 3.
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.