To start things off I would just like to say happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone, especially those families, and friends that have lost someone they truly love fighting for our country. You have done a great service to this country, and I would just like to say thank you.
This week went quite well for the Atlanta Braves taking 2 out of 3 games from the Florida Marlins. Atlanta is now 3 games over .500, and a mere 1.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL-East race. The Marlins won game 1 by a score of 6-4, but Atlanta went on to win the next 2 games creating some momentum going into Memorial Day weekend.
Okay I’m all about giving players their fair opportunities, but Kenshin Kawakami has out stayed his welcome. Kawakami’s record has now dropped t0 (0-7) to start the year. It is time to give someone else their shot at a big league opportunity because Kawakami has proved that he doesn’t have what it takes. Atlanta lost the game by a final score of 6-4.
Atlanta came roaring back in game 2 to beat Florida 7-3. Yunel Escobar snapped out of a horrific hitting slump in this game by hitting a pair of singles, in a 6 run 7th inning. Troy Glaus also brought the wood by driving in a pair with a 2 run double. Tommy Hanson improved to 4-3 by going 6 strong innings only surrendering the 2 earned runs.
Game 3 was a lot like game 2 as Atlanta went on to win by a final score of 8-3. Tim Hudson only lasted 4 innings due to a long rain delay before getting the hook. Atlanta’s bullpen once again stepped up to the challenge by shutting down Marlin hitters. Offense in this game was yet again provided by Yunel Escobar with a pair of hits, and an RBI. Chipper Jones is starting to seriously come around after one of his worst starts to a season ever. Jones went 2-4 with an RBI and a pair of walks. Jason Heyward also hit his first big league triple in this game also scoring a run.
The Braves start Memorial day weekend tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner field. Derek Lowe will take the hill for the first of 3 games this weekend. This is a pivotal series for Atlanta going into the Phillies series early next week. It is important not to over look the Pirates, and simply take care of business. Atlanta has a real shot to be in first place after this weekend, and I expect nothing less.
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.