Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note: Try not to stare at the below box score for to many seconds, you’ll hurt your eyes trying to count all the hits. Fredi Gonzalez seemed to put out a good lineup against Cole Hamels…except for sitting Evan Gattis who was 3-6 against Hamels with two homers. Julio Teheran pitched well through six innings but in the seventh inning, he gave up a three run triple to Ben Revere to put an end to his day.
|Jason Heyward RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||4||.272||.354||.391||.745|
|Emilio Bonifacio CF||3||0||0||0||1||3||4||.277||.317||.362||.678|
|Freddie Freeman 1B||2||0||0||0||2||2||4||.290||.387||.473||.860|
|Justin Upton LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.286||.358||.516||.875|
|Jose Constanza PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.000||.000||.000|
|Chris Johnson 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.270||.296||.371||.667|
|Philip Gosselin 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||4||.316||.350||.386||.736|
|Andrelton Simmons SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.246||.291||.341||.632|
|Gerald Laird C||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.215||.289||.271||.560|
|Julio Teheran P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.083||.113||.100||.213|
|Luis Avilan P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Joey Terdoslavich PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000||.000||.000||.000|
|Chasen Shreve P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Juan Jaime P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|James Russell P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Julio Teheran, L (13-10)||6.2||5||5||2||4||3||0||2.90|
Braves no-hit by Hamels, three Phillies relievers
Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note: Hamels shut the Braves down for 6 innings and then the Phillies bullpen shut us down for the rest. It was an ugly day on Bobby Cox’s bobble-head day for the Braves offense. After the game Manager Fredi Gonzalez said “I thought we had good at-bats. He wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen him. We’ve seen him throw 100 pitches and go 9 innings complete but they no hit us. We got no hits. We had some opportunities and we had some people on base early.” Thanks Fredi
Cole Hamels threw the first six innings, then relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon did the rest, as thePhillies had a combined no-hitter in dropping the Braves 7-0 Monday at Turner Field.
It was the sixth time the Braves have been no-hit and the first since Ubaldo Jimenez had one for the Rockies on April 17, 2010. Turner Field has been the site of three no-hitters, but none of them have been thrown by an Atlanta player.
Despite Hamels’ five walks and twice getting a runner at third base the Braves couldn’t cash in.
Braves didn’t draft Chipper Jones
Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note: One of the best players to wear an Atlanta Braves jersey, Chipper Jones, was almost not a Brave. In the 1990 draft, the Braves were thinking of selecting a pitcher out of high school but were insisted not to go that route. For almost 20 years, Jones helped the Braves to a World Series and 14 straight divisional championships. I think the Braves made the right decision.
The Atlanta Braves were strongly considering selecting Todd Van Poppel, a high school pitcher out of Arlington, Texas, with the No. 1 overall pick in the June 1990 draft until Braves scouting director Paul Snyder essentially said he would resign if the club didn’t take the high school shortstop from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. The Braves did, but it still makes us wonder: What if the Braves had selected Van Poppel instead of Chipper Jones?
The next 20 years in the National League might have changed dramatically if they had. Van Poppel got to the big leagues in 1991 with the Oakland A’s, but his last year was 2004 after pitching for six teams, including the Texas Rangers twice, and recording a 40-52 record with a 5.58 ERA in 359 games. Jones became, by most statistical measures, one of the five best third basemen in major league history, with the highest OPS of anyone ever to play the position.
M-Braves Win Season Finale but Miss Playoffs
Tomahawk Take Editor’s Note: The Mississippi Braves had a terrific season going 44-26 in the second half and 83-56 for the entire season. But missed out on making a trip to the playoffs. The Braves needed to win and a Jacksonville loss to secure a spot in the playoffs. Mississippi did their part with a 2-1 victory but Jacksonville also won and eliminated the Braves from the playoffs.
With the division loss, the M-Braves become the first team in Southern League history to finish with the league’s best overall record but not make the playoffs because of the first-half, second-half system.
Seth Loman broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning when he came up with the bases loaded and one out. He rolled one to second base for a force out, and Kyle Wren came across for a 2-1 lead.
The lead came only after a great pitcher’s duel between Mitch Atkins and Brent Suter. Atkins fired six innings of two-hit baseball, allowing just a solo home run to Hainley Statia in the first to trail 1-0.
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