Jul 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a three run home run against Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) during the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Take Game 1, Thanks Brian McCann


 

With Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman all still dealing with their injuries, Brian McCann came into the game on Friday night knowing he had to step up offensively if the Braves had a shot to win.

Jul 19, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann (16) hits a three run home run against Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) during the sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

In the 6th inning, McCann battled hard with Chicago White Sox’s starting pitcher John Danks fouling off six pitches before launching a 3-2 changeup into Atlanta’s bullpen in right field.  This was an epic at-bat that McCann walked away (ran around the bases) victorious.  This broke up a 2-2 tie and the Braves never let that lead slip away from them.

McCann spoke after the game “I’ve been feeling good for a while now and I got to swing a little bit over the All-Star break at the game, which was nice.  I think it takes every player in baseball four or five innings to get back into the swing of things when you take four or five days off.  It was nice to get a win the first game back.”

Tim Hudson got the win on Friday, after not winning a game in June, he now is 3-0 in his three starts in July.  Huddy has struggled in Chicago over the years, posting a 3-3 record with a 5.19 ERA in eight career starts.  Though, his last win in Chicago came in 2002.

Hudson spoke to the media after the game about not being able to win in Chicago “It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten a win here … about 15 years?  I haven’t fared too well here over the years.  I don’t think I have a lot of games pitched here, but when I have pitched here, it hasn’t been too pretty at times.  It’s nice to finally get in the right column.  It was still close.  It was never easy, but a win’s a win.”

The plan for Saturday is supposedly Freeman and Heyward will be back in the lineup for starting pitcher Paul Maholm.  But on Friday night, McCann was the star and if he continues, that wouldn’t bother me at all.

 

 

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  • cheadrick

    Evidence is mounting that if we’re going to have a bit of extra money for 2014, at least “some” consideration might be given to trying to keep BMac. He doesn’t seem to be regressing just yet. DH in the AL? What a waste!

    • fireboss

      I never doubted we should, I just can’t see how we will. It’s not the money really, for the next three years or so he’ll be worth 18M barring injury. I suspect he’ll be offered 5 at that by the Yankees and while they did it for Chipper I’m not sure they’ll do that long at the rate for BMac. Going that would surely mean trading Gattis, He’s wasted on the bench, the outfield’s full and he needs 450 ABs a year. He would however bring a nice haul. Wren could watch them arrive as he hangs tarred and feathered from the scoreboard

      • cheadrick

        Yes, I agree that losing Bmac is probably going to happen, but it kinda galls me. I don’t think it’s necessarily the smart move to put keeping Gattis over any decision w/ Bmac. Agree, Evan is wasted on the bench though, and that’s the only reason I cannot see them doing everything they can to keep Brian. If it was just Laird or Bethancourt in the picture, with the extra money I think they’d try to keep Brian, but you’re right – it’s hard to see it happen with Evan also in the picture.