May 9, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) during a run down between first base and second base during the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves Vs. Chicago Cubs Live Thread: Broom Time!


Braves’ Broom Time!

Happy Mother’s Day to all your wonderful mothers, whether you are a Braves’ fan or not!  

The Atlanta Braves have won two in a row! Yes, that’s two!  Yes, in a row! Granted, the wins have come against a struggling opponent in the Chicago Cubs, with a struggling bullpen, and again the Braves have put few runs on the board in doing so.  Be that as it may, you know the old saying, a win is a win is a win!

Since April 28th, the Braves are averaging just 1.91 runs per game! That MUST change!
Atlanta will get our their brooms, and hopefully their bats as well, and try for the urgently needed (for morale) sweep today in the final game of the series, as Aaron Harang takes to the mound to try and hold the Cubs to fewer runs than Atlanta.  With the meager runs the Braves have been scoring lately, it would seem that would almost always be an uphill battle, but then our pitching has been great in the first two games.

Both Julio Teheran in game 1, and Ervin Santana in game 2, pitched well, with Teheran limiting the Cubs to just 1 run on 1 hit, while walking only 2 batters and striking out 9!  Santana followed up that performance in game 2 with a gem of his own, giving up 5 hits, but allowed zero runs, walked only 1 batter, and struck out 7 himself.  As hot as Atlanta pitching can be most of the time, Braves’ bats are still relatively cold.  We’ll again look to see improvements there today.

 

Game 3 Details

When? 1:35 PM EST, Sunday, May 11th

Where? Fox Sports South, Turner Field

Probables:  Edwin Jackson (2-2, 4.57 ERA) vs Aaron Harang (3-3, 2.98 ERA)

 

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

    Minutes til game time! Harangutang!

  • Glen Morrow

    Ok the party can start , I am here .

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

    Stuffing my piehole. Be here soon. :P

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

    Happy mama’s day

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

    Despite the excitement, routine snag of a liner by CJ.

  • Glen Morrow

    Harang has a shut out going thew 1/2 of a inning .

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

      Ugh

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

    Pink bats… I’ll be surprised if we’re not going into the 10th scoreless

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

    Harang’s release point is too varied lately. His location gets off at times, when he’s almost slinging the ball instead of just relaxing and pitching like he’s able.

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

    Is Evan Gattis distantly kin to Gregor Blanco?

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

    Chris Johnson with a single to center field, advancing Gattis to scoring position at 2nd.

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

    Doumit with a good opportunity, zero outs and two on. Need to at least get Gattis to 3rd here with a fly to right.

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

      Forget a fly to right! A base hit by Doumit scores Gattis. 1-0 Braves.

      • Glen Morrow

        Rally Time maybe this is a start .

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

    Andrelton Simmons doubles to right center to drive in Johnson, and make this a 2-0 game.

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

      CJ, not Doumit

  • Mushy Peas

    Sometimes all it takes is a little girl power!

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

      There are girls playing?

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

        ;-)

  • Mushy Peas

    If they keep this up, they may keep all this pink gear.

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

      It’s the pink the Cubs are wearing that is causing the Braves bats to come to life ;)

  • Glen Morrow

    Well there goes that pink gear …lol

    • Mushy Peas

      Only for Jordan…..

  • Mushy Peas

    Maybe some pink tomahawks?

    • Glen Morrow

      I am sure they have some in the stadium today.

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

    Heyward battles the mid-day Atlanta sun, but makes the golden glove catch. 1 down.

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

    Wait, there is a girl playing. Darwin Barney, the baby faced, former assassin :)

  • Mushy Peas

    I swear Harang looks like he should either be doing hits for the Irish mafia or bouncing at a bar in Beirut.

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

      He looks just like his moniker to me… Orangutan. Set a pic of one beside him. Uncanny

      • Mushy Peas

        And Doumit looks like a demon with those black eyes of his. Spooky!

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

    Barney reaches (oddly), but on (what I would deem an error) by Andrelton Simmons.

    • Mushy Peas

      CJ now has the fewest errors amongst the regular infielders :)

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

        Bizarro world, right? I keep telling people who regularly rag on CJ’s defense, that he has slowly improved since coming to Atlanta. He still blunders more than a dozen a season, but each year he gets better.

        • Mushy Peas

          He’s working hard and doing the best he can and that’s all you can ask of a guy.

        • Mushy Peas

          I always judge a guy’s defense by whether or not I get that sudden rush of anxiety when I see the ball hit to them in any form. (i.e. Evan when in RF or poor ole Dan). I don’t panic when I see the ball hit to 3B.

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

    Commercial Break in progress :)

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

    Miss my mom. She was a huge Braves fan, her and dad both toting me to the old Fulton Co. Stadium when I was still wrapped in swaddling clothes. Braves’ fandom lost something with her passing.

    • Mushy Peas

      I grew up in an NFL household. All Washington fans. I don’t know what to call them now. Mom still is. She plops on the sofa with a beer and screams at the tv. It was traumatizing to say the least. That’s probably why I ended up a baseball fan.

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

        I grew up in a, if sports are on at all, we’re watching, so it was everything. My dad however played a lot of baseball, and so I did as well, and that was the sport we all loved most. Mom wasn’t an athlete… just a huge fan.

    • Glen Morrow

      I with you there Chris same here , I remember Mom and Dad taking me to Fulton County for a double header , it rained that night and games not over till 2am and we got home a daybreak .

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

        Who knows Glen, we may have been at many of the same games.

  • Mushy Peas

    Top of the order not doing much. Freddie scared me last night slamming and breaking his bat. He’s channeling a bit of CJ I think.

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

    Among my tattoos, I never got a “Mom” one. May have to remedy that. Perhaps a Braves/Mom custom design :)

    • Glen Morrow

      That would be awesome chris

  • Jeff Schafer

    Pastornicky hitting the ball well today

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

      Given the chance, he could help this team if FW would get out of the damn way!

      • Jeff Schafer

        Yeah, players inside the organization are pushing for Pastornicky. …I wonder which are doing so

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

          Probably not Dan ;)

    • Mushy Peas

      Always felt Tyler has alot of potential. Just not given the opportunities and had unfortunate injuries.

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

        I think he still has to change his pants after a pop fly in the gap between 2nd and left LOL

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

          Oops meant right

  • Mushy Peas

    Harang’s magic wearing off.

  • Mushy Peas

    Cmon Aaron! We got you 2 runs! What more do you want?!

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

      Based on averages, that may well be all he gets

      • Mushy Peas

        You were saying?????

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

          hehe I will say it will take more than 1 extra run to increase the their current average. Color me impressed when we start seeing 3 as a minimum every game, particular against pitchers we should be scoring more frequently on. :)

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

    Big attempt to get Simmons for Olt back in 12 I think it was. No dice, good decision.

  • Mushy Peas

    Kershaw vs Huddy later. Good match up.

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

      Love Huddy, but Kershaw he aint :) Still, have to say I hope the Giants win that one. Perhaps they’ll get cocky for our visit.

      • Mushy Peas

        Dodgers defense is baaaaadddd though.

  • Mushy Peas

    Enjoyed watching the Nats blow the save last night vs As.

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

      A’s hot outta the gate again.

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

    And Evan puts the Braves back on top with a solo shot!

    • Mushy Peas

      I had an intuition Evan was gonna hit one out today. Love it when that happens.

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

    Harang, couple mistakes, but he’s absolutely beating that outside corner to death, showing overall good command. Good to see him bounce back after a couple shaky starts.

  • Mushy Peas

    3pm….Sorry, but I can’t stick around and chat. Got some food prep to do. Grilling a pork roast today. :)

  • Mushy Peas

    Have a great rest of the day! Thanks for the email btw. Very helpful. You definately are the answer man! ………Go Braves!!!!

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

      Thanks for coming, and have a great rest of the day :)

  • Glen Morrow

    Braves need some more runs here , 1 run lead is not comfortable to me.

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

      It’s nor comfortable for me nyther ;)

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

    Thread appears dead. Where’s Fred, I have often said.

    • Glen Morrow

      where o where is fred at i seached the Tomahawk take over and thought i found ole Fred u met another Fred was gone.

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

        LOL. Here’s my rendition of that: Where O Where, Is Fred Tonight? Why did he leave us here all alooooone? i search the thread over, and I thought I’d found you Fred, but YOU met another, and POOT you were gone!

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

    Moderation queue vacated for a few. Be back. Visitors, talk amongst yourselves, and Go Braves!

    • Glen Morrow

      I am got of here .. Have a nice Mothers day everyone .