Freddie Freeman Homers. Photo Courtesy Canadian Press

Braves Top Seattle In Typical Braves Fashion, 3-1

Hello once again from comfortably warm southeast Michigan. It’s very late at night, or early in the morning, if you prefer; do you know where your favorite team is?

If your favorite team happens to be the Braves, they are in the locker room in Seattle, savoring their hard-fought victory.

In what has become an almost predictable manner this season, the Braves struggled to get hits, managing only five against Seattle’s stellar southpaw Erik Bedard and his bullpen cohorts. But they made them count, with Brian McCann‘s solo shot and a monstrous two run blast to dead away center by Freddie Freeman accounting for all the Atlanta runs. Freddie’s homer was so massive that you could see Eric Bedard mouth the word “wow!” on the replay when he watched the ball sail over the wall!

On the pitching side, the Braves formula was the same as usual, except a day of needed rest for Jonny Venters altered the usual sequence of things. Brandon Beachy was once again superb, throwing six innings of dominant work, fanning nine and allowing only one run, that coming via a solo homer by Adam Kennedy in the fourth inning. Beachy left after throwing 108 pitches that resulted in only three Seattle hits. George Sherrill came on to start the seventh and had nothing. He allowed two hits, though one was a chopper off home plate. He was bailed out of major trouble when Nate McLouth made a “web gem” worthy sliding catch of a sure double by Miguel Olivo. Scott Linebrink came on to clean up the mess he inherited from Sherrill. In a case that highlights how misleading relief pitcher stats can be, in an outing where he had nothing, Sherrill’s ERA went down while he also earned a hold. Eric O’Flaherty pitched a scoreless eighth inning, while a very rested Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth, mixing 98 MPH heat with nasty sliders. He picked up his 21st save in 26 chances.

The Braves once again demonstrated that a couple of long balls are all the offense you need when you have lock-down pitching. A great game for Braves fans, but I for one would love to see a little cushion for the starters. Your thoughts?

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Tags: Atlanta Braves Brandon Beachy Braves Brian Mccann Craig Kimbrel Eric O'flaherty Erik Bedard Freddie Freeman Fredi Gonzalez George Sherrill Jonny Venters Nate Mclouth Scott Linebrink

  • Mike

    Yeah a cushion would be nice. Starters can stop trying to pitch perfect and hopefully last longer into games, and not to mention some lesser innings for that over taxed bullpen. Our dynamite pitching going to wear down if we cant get it some run support soon.

  • Mike

    “is going to wear down” is what I meant. And no I am not cajun.

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  • Dane from Indy

    I’m glad we got Sherrebrink in and would vouch for their use more often if it results in scoreless innings. Anything to keep O’Ventbrel rested.

    Proctor can continue to rot for all I care.

    My question is: Where the heck is Asencio (6g) and Martinez (19g)? They can’t be any worse than Sherrebrink. Let these two eat up innings to save the big guns.

  • Fred Owens

    Thanks for staying up late while went to bed Bob!
    I love Freddie Freeman, he’s going to be a star longer than Heyward. My support of course dooms him but there you have it.
    @Dane I guess you missed the Padres beating Asencio like a rented mule. In 10.1 innings this year he’s allowed 16 hits and 11 runs (8 earned) and walked 5/ Hitters line against him .340/.404/.511. I’ll pass on Asencio thank you.
    Martinez started off well in long relief but in the seven games prior to his clean inning in San Diego his ERA was 4.73, WHIP 1.578 and opponents slash line .259/.333/.370. I like Martinez in the long man/early or extra inning relief multi-inning role best; pressure situations are not his best spot as his clutch stat of -0.9 indicates.
    I was glad to see JV rested for in spite of his comments after San Diego I thought he looked completely lost out there. Jonny is too good a player to miss a ground ball like that; too good. I have no idea what, maybe he just had one of those days when everything is out of whack, but he was not JV that night.
    The bullpen could use the return of Corey Gearrin but I suspect he’s injured thus we have Asencio instead. You may soon see Anthony Varvaro or Dustin Richardson (though he’s a lefty) instead. I’d be in favor of talking to Billy Bean about Grant Balfour or the Padres about a Mike Adams Ryan Ludwick package. Since the GM always thinks different than I do I’m sure neither will happen.

  • Bob Horton

    Thanks for chiming in everyone. Good thoughts on the pen; if nothing else, it shows how questionable the support for the Big 3 in the pen is. Has anyone heard when we might get Moylan back? Adding Moylan and maybe Medlen to the pen would be sweet.


  • Fred Owens

    Well….according to an informed source “Peter Moylan will resume playing catch in a “couple weeks.”
    The source? Peter Moylan via twitter:-)
    That would put him in the pen mid-August or thereabouts. Medlen was transferred to the 60-day DL from the 15-day DL, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. This is just a procedural move to clear a spot on Atlanta’s 40-man roster and doesn’t indicate a change in his progress from Tommy John surgery. Medlen has started throwing bullpen sessions and could return in August or September.
    Personally I’d just as soon he come back next year and rush back and set himself back again. I really like the idea of a Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, Lowe, Beachy, Teheran,Medlen, Minor starting spot fight next year.
    Everyone looks at power arms as THE answer but who won the most games, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz or Greg Maddux. Medlen is very Maddux-like and to me anyway Beachy much akin to a young Glavin while Teheran could end up in the Smoltz mold. I’m not as sold on Minor as I once was and think he’s the trading chip we use to get what we want. I’d do Minor for Adams and Ludwick and throw in an Asencio/Linebrink/Sherrill/Redmond or two if I got to negotiate an extension with Ludwick. If they throw in Buddy Black I’ll send Fredi, Parrish and Julio Lugo too :-)
    The last bit is of course a daydream but the first could be done. We have the chips the Phightin Phils don’t have. I’d like Jason Bartlett too but I mustn’t be greedy…:-P

  • Dane from Indy

    Good call on the “other guys” Fred, I haven’t followed Braves blogs before this season and hadn’t considered that it’s normal for a few guys to not get much work. I hope we’re not building a house of cards with the way we’re working Venters/Kimbrel but they’ve got young arms.