After tonights performance, Javy Vazquez added another great outing to his resume. He went 7 strong innings striking out 9 batters, giving 3 base on balls and allowing 4 runs. Before tonights game, his ERA and total strike outs were in the top of the list of the National League. After tonights game, his ERA was raised to just 2.98, wich I really think its still very very good. But maybe the most amazing thing from tonights game, was when Javy struck out Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder for the 4th time in the game, with the tying run on third.
Javier Vazquez is really living for his expectations as he continues to dominate and to give the Braves a chance to win important games. After his performance in the WBC playing for team Puerto Rico, he really took that confidence he gained in the tournament and used it to just play great for the Atlanta Braves. Good job Javy and just keep it up so that the team could continue to have chanches to be contenders for the playoffs.
Braves 8 Brewers 4
What about them Braves??????????
Tonight, the San Francisco Giants sent to the mound Tim Lincecum to face an Atlanta Braves offense that has been unstoppable. Obviously when people talk about Lincecum, they include in the conversation strikeouts and domination.
Tonight only one of them came true. Trough the first 3 innings, Tim struck out 7 batters and surrendered just one base per balls. It all started striking out the two first batters of the game, at that point I said, “Oh no, its gonna be a long night for the Braves”.
But when Chipper Jones came up to the plate and hit a line drive to left field on a first pitch swing, I started jumping on my seat and screaming, “Thats what you have to do against this guy!!”…. And apparently Terry Pendleton thought so too. After Chippers hit, McCann and Anderson did the same thing (swinged at the first pitch for a hit) and by that Chipper scored the first run of the ball game.
In the bottom of the third inning, posibly the hottest Brave in the team, Yunel Escobar, hit a towering home run to center field off Lincecum with two men in base. This blast was the game changer for the Braves because from there on they never looked back again. And by this giving the Freak
But the real MVP of the game was a guy called, ummm oh yeah!, Jair Jurrjens!! Tonight he proved why everybody is saying that he is the best pitcher of the Atlanta Braves organization. He tossed 7 2/3 strong innings allowing just 3 hits, 1 base per balls, 1 ER and struck out 9 batters. After tonights win against the Giants, Jurrjens is 9-7 with a 2.67 ERA. Rafael Soriano got his 14th save of the season, in a scary way alowing a run, but he saved it!
Braves 4 Giants 2
So overall, great game for the Bravos and tonight they showed how you take down a Freak.
What about them Braves????????
Well, you all know how games are really won….. Yeah some say its because of great defense, or maybe great offense…. but do you really know the key to winning games? PITCHING …..
Being a pitcher myself, Ive been in the position many times of having the chance of controlling the outcome of a game. Yeah yeah, I know that many say that every day cant be a good day, but common, when you are in the mound all you can think about is to have a good game and doing your best.
Pitchers can decide whether to make a batter hit a ground ball, or a fly ball out, or hey they can strike out whoever they want as long as they trow their best stuff.
Javier Vazquez, Derek Lowe, Jair Jurrjens, Kenshin Kawakami and Tommy Hanson are starting to gain more confidence in themselves as we now see how for the past few games, their starters ERA is one of the best in the league. Thanks to this, the Braves just find themselves 3 games back from the Colorado Rockies and the first place spot. If they, (and by that I mean the starting pitchers), can continue with the briliant dominance they have shown till this moment, Im pretty confident that the Braves are going to have a chance to compete for a spot in the playoffs.
What about them Braves???????
Tonight, after the Braves defeated the Giants for the second night in a row, we can say that they have created a nice Post Season Run for themselves. Although the season is still very long, the Atlanta Braves are becoming the team to beat; not only I say this because I love this team, but also when we look at the numbers, this team is the hottest team in contention for the NL Wild Card right now.
Tomorrow, the team will have a very difficult task that being facing last years Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum. He will be bringing this years 10-2 record to Atlanta, and will also try to slow down the potent Braves offense that has scored 19 runs in two games. But also I have to give a lot of credit to the pitching staff. Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe, Kenshin Kawakami and Tommy Hanson are beggining to emerge as one of the leagues most dominant starting rotation by simply dominating their opponents. Its not just domination, its also pitching against great batters and making them look silly.
Thanks to this starting rotation the Braves are the team to beat if you want to win the NL Wild Card spot.
What about them Braves????