Saturday, April 14, 2012

Brewers @ Braves: Game 1 Recap

Does anybody else remember the regular season opener where we couldn't score a run? That was then, this is now, and our bats are hot! 10 runs on 14 hits, 2 HRs, and 6 walks all came together in a slugfest that ended with us on top 10-8. Kimbrel got another save, Brian McCann somehow actually stole a base, and Matty Diaz got his first homer in over 300 ABs. It was a down and up and down and back up again type of game.

Game MVP goes to BMac, who lived up to my expectations with a 4/5 day, a homer, and 4 RBIs. Prado, Bourne, Uggla, Diaz, and Heyward all had hits in the game that helped knock out Randy Wolf after only 4.1 innings and 98 pitches. His ERA took a serious beating as he gave up 8 earned runs while our lineup batted around in the 5th. Dan Uggla gets the Scrapper award for coming up huge in the bottom of the 8th with a broken bat single to win the game. He was 2/3 with RISP, which is a great category for him to be coming up large.

The downside of the game? WHY THE HELL DID WE GIVE UP EIGHT RUNS? Jurrjens was dealing until he got into the 6th and imploded without even getting an out. It's also not often that I say this, but Eric O'Flaherty was a greasefire last night. He proceeded to let the Brewers right back into the game by giving up hit after hit, then got completely bailed out by a double play that basically saved the game. Why? Because Cory Hart took him yard on the next pitch. So, the Fake Irishman was a disaster, and JJ fell apart. Is anybody else getting really concerned about out staff? I can guarantee you one thing, we aren't going to post ten runs at home every single game.

I want to take a moment and point out something about one of our players who is having a rough go of it lately. Freddie Freeman isn't getting a lot of hits right now, and part of that is because he has been striking out too often. If you look at his outs when he makes contact though, he's pounding the ball right now. It's just not falling into the right places or getting out of the park. Today he faces off against Marcum, and I think Freeman has a good chance of getting the better of him. Freddie was a .300 hitter against Right handers last season, and Marcum gave up over a .270 average to lefties in 2011. Freddy has also been working counts, seeing almost 3.9 pitches per plate appearance, and if you get Marcum in a favorable count, he's giving up almost .290 to hitters.

So look for Freddie to get his first base knock against the Brew Crew tonight, and make sure to send good vibes to Minor in the hopes he can get through the sixth inning!

Go Braves!

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