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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

AJC: Simmons’ error costly as Braves’ skid reaches 7 games

Even in games when the Braves gave Aaron Harang little or no offensive support, they at least played crisp defense behind the veteran pitcher. That changed Monday against the Cardinals, when an error by the Braves’ best defender led to two unearned runs in a 4-3 loss that extended their skid to seven games.

The Braves rallied most of the way back from 4-0 deficit with a two-run sixth inning and Ramiro Pena’s seventh-inning homer, but they couldn’t complete the comeback on a night when they went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position to continue a disturbing trend. Pena also doubled, but the utility man was in no mood to enjoy his productive night.

“At the end of the day we lost, and we need to win games,” Pena said.

Jason Heyward doubled with one out in the seventh and was stranded there when the inning ended, and the Braves had two on in the ninth when suddenly slumping Justin Upton struck out looking to end the game, his fourth strikout of the night and 11th in four games.

The Braves are 6-for-51 with runners in scoring position during their losing streak, their longest since an eight-game skid in May 2012. They took some solace in hitting several balls hard with runners on base.

“We were in the game the whole game,” first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “That’s something we haven’t been able to say the past week. So you’ve got to take the positives when you get them, and go in tomorrow with a better mindset.”

Esoteric Posted: May 06, 2014 at 04:52 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

SI: Watch as Jose Fernandez executes a brilliant pump-fake to deke Braves into running into an out at home plate

If you don’t enjoy watching Jose Fernandez play baseball, you don’t enjoy baseball.  Click through and enjoy.

That Jose Fernandez can pitch with the best in the game is beyond doubt. That he can hit pretty well for a pitcher is no secret either — particularly to the Braves. But who knew he had such presence of mind in the field?

On Wednesday night against the Braves in Miami, with the game still scoreless, Fernandez got into a bit of a jam in the third inning by walking Tyler Pastornicky and allowing a Jason Heyward double. When Ramiro Pena hit a tapper halfway down the third base line and got a great jump out of the box, it appeared as though the Braves would put across the game’s first run, but instead of throwing to first base, Fernandez pump-faked, fooling Pastornicky into breaking for home. While Pastornicky eluded the pitcher’s initial attempt at a tag, Fernandez quickly flipped the ball to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in time to nab him. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez considered trying to challenge the call but ultimately did not.

Esoteric Posted: April 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: atlanta braves, miami marlins

 

 

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