Mar 14, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher David Hale (57) against the Tampa Bay Rays at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros Vs. Atlanta Braves: Live Game Thread!


April 11, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros baserunner Jose Altuve (27) is picked off second base as Atlanta Braves infielder Jack Wilson (2) applies the tag in the fifth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Houston Astros travel to the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Bravestoday, Champion’s Stadium, to take on our Bravos at 6:05 PM EDT. We’re having another Live Thread during the game to discuss the game itself of course, but also the recent news of Freddy Garcia, player movements, injuries, and some possible rumors!

Taking the mound for the Braves today is RHP David Hale, the likely #3 starter to open the season, while the Astros will start  Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel has pitched to a 4.85 ERA in 13 Spring Training innings thus far, while Hale sports a 5.11 ERA in 12.1 innings. While the sample size is very small, it would be very encouraging to see David Hale post a good outing today, as we will need him to start for a while.

 

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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ Julien Benjamin

    Play ball!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Thanks for posting Julien. Didn’t think you were going to be able to

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ Julien Benjamin

    Mark Bowman ‏@mlbbowman 9s
    Tonight is a replay game. The #Braves did not challenge a play during their only two previous replay games.

    hmm

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Ouch! I thought this was a LIVE game.. hrmmm… if it’s a replay, we might want to delete this post

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ Julien Benjamin

        no, meaning that they can use replay tonight

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          oh, LOL. Sorry, I get it now

          • Jeff Schafer

            HAHAHA, I was aout to change the channel…glad I read down

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Having to watch on MLB.tv so alternating screens if I don’t catch a comment speedily.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Hoping Hale has good command. We need to see it as April quickly approaches

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Projected field for the regular season on the field tonight.

  • Jeff Schafer

    All hustle from JHey….love that, wish MLB was more about hustle

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Yeah see the tweet from Bowman that the Braves are interested in Harang? hrmmm is all I can say to that

    • Jeff Schafer

      Yes, his 5.00 ERA is very welcoming

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Yeah that would, to me, make the garcia release even more suspect.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    That’s cuz Freddie can hit to multiple fields Chip.

  • Jeff Schafer

    I think Heyward is going to have a huge season

  • Jeff Schafer

    CJ with a bomb!!

    • Jeff Schafer

      He drove that low ball way out of here

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Guess that all BABIP eh? hehe

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Johnson with a 3 run shot to near center to put the Braves up 3-0.

  • Guest

    Ugh, people hitting you up on Twitter for donations for financial struggles they are having… just irksome.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Lol??

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I like what I see from Hale’s movement so far. If he can continue, good deal.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Hale getting behind hitters, but doing enough to get out of jams. As Joe said, he may be working on some tweaks in-game, or could just be struggling to find a rhythm.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Almost a foul decision by Fowler.

  • Jeff Schafer

    The big Danny with a big E

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I’d like a medial meniscus, well done, with a side of toast.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I should go to bed at 7 pm and attempt to get 11 hours sleep. I’m so beat.

  • Jeff Schafer

    Andrelton saved a run there

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    If I caught the triva ? correctly, I’m going to guess Rockies

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Did Joe just say 1st time Andrelton’s seen live pitching in 5 days?

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Appeared to get him by a half step maybe

    • Jeff Schafer

      It was close…how about the 3 change ups Gattis chased in the dirt

  • Jeff Schafer

    Braves sign Harang????

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      I’m totally PO’d at that, but appears so.

      • Jeff Schafer

        It just doesn’t make sense….how much is he charging?

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          He aint cheap, and he AINT very good, IMO

          • Jeff Schafer

            Yeah, or on the broadcast….WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE RYAN!!!!

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Ryan sent an email to just you and me, and I asked him to copy everyone. Suppose someone should confirm and post if this is true.

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          FYI.. no tweet I’ve seen from DOB or Bowman on that… nothing on MLBTR… still trying to confirm Ryan’s email

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    On Harang… a “baseball executive” said this, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal. I wouldn’t take that as gospel just yet.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      DOB says it’s true, what KR first reported.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Freddie! Could he win a batting title this year?

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Dan, dan da….

    • daniceleigh

      Simba saves em, uggs loses em… Somehow it’s got to even out right?

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Haha. I think that’s some other sport, but I’ll go with you on it :)

  • daniceleigh

    Good evening all. This game defines ugly. Is this more typical of Hale or an aberration? He threw behind the count all night. Oh & what the hell is up with Harang signing with the Braves? Why would we want him??

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Answers so far…
      > I’ve been a bit concerned about Hale for the 2nd/3rd times through the same batting order. We’re getting to the point this spring now in which that’s starting to be a factor. Is that gonna be typical? Hard to say: short term, maybe. Longer term will depend on how well he can adjust during a game.
      > On Harang. It’s pretty evident at this point that Garcia was dumped because they think Harang will be better. I don’t think anybody here is convinced of that yet… despite good Spring numbers w/Cleveland this Spring… in limited action.
      > Why do we want him? Depth/security… pretty much the same reasons I was surprised Garcia got dumped this morning. I’m guessing that the coaches/scouts saw something in Garcia that they didn’t like; something that Harang doesn’t have.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        HaWRONG… hmmm. Trying to be positive here, he has shown good signs in spring, despite dismal numbers last year, and they should get him cheaper on the vet. minimum that some think. We shall see. Downside? It’s just HaWRONG.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Add to the prior reply…
      Harang still can hit 90 mph w/ a fastball; Garcia sits around 86-87. That doesn’t leave a lot of margin for error, so on balance, Harang is probably a better option there.

      Cost: he was on a $1m deal with the Indians – if he made the club (and of course, that’s how come he was available). There’s no way Atlanta paid any more than that.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Yeah, BJ’s real enthused on that Harang signing, too.
    Oh, and Mejia can really hit.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Few are talking much about Justin Upton’s struggles this spring, but he appears early on to have caught his brother’s virus from last season. Need to see him pick it up in these last few games before the season starts.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      He has been – ripped several shots in 1 game late last week (one homer stolen)…. I think he’s about there now.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Nice play, Pena… doesn’t have SImba’s cannon, but it was juuust enough.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I read about Jafet somewhere

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    My work is never done. I must break to wash some clothes, and clean up a little. I don;t want to come home from work tomorrow to things left undone. Bye everyone. Sorry I missed you Danice.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    I’ll be watching in case we find somebody else from the pitcher’s retirement center (Jamie Moyer?) to sign later on.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Really thinking Lerud may have passed up Bethancourt in the “next catcher to call up if somebody gets hurt” pecking order.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Pena double in the 8th. Had a lotta air under it, but got it to the wall.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Dang – Kimbrel already 3rd in Braves’ history for total saves… and likely will be #1 by mid-year.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Well, that’s the game for the night… Kimbrel gives up a run in the 9th and the Astros prevail 7-5. G’night all, drive home safely!