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Winning games like this feels good, especially when they're against the Mets.
The Braves and Mets battled back and forth through the whole game, but Atlanta snatched victory away late to extend their winning streak to six games.
The seesaw battle began in the second when New York struck first on Josh Thole's RBI double off Tommy Hanson, but Atlanta answered right back against R.A. Dickey. With the bases loaded and one out, Eric Hinske drove a two-run double to left and Michael Bourn added a run-scoring single for the third run of the inning. A speedster Hinske is not, as he was thrown out at home on Bourn's hit.
In the fifth, Martin Prado was at first with one out and Jason Heyward batting. Heyward hit a line drive to left that Mets outfielder Jordany Valdespin trapped, but was originally called a catch with Prado being doubled off. The call was overturned, and that resulted in Mets manager Terry Collins arguing and ultimately getting tossed from the game. That hit led to Freddie Freeman's two-run double to put the Braves back in the lead.
But the Mets would not stay away. Thole and Torres reached on consecutive one-out singles in the sixth before pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled in a run. Chad Durbin relieved Hanson, but he gave up two more singles. New York scored three runs on five straight hits in the inning and now had a one-run lead. Anthony Varvaro entered in the eighth and gave up a run-scoring single to Ruben Tejada, putting the Braves down 7-5.
Atlanta, though, still had some rally left in them. Brian McCann drew a leadoff walk in the eighth and Dan Uggla singled, but both Tyler Pastornicky and Juan Francisco struck out, leaving the Braves' hopes of a comeback on Michael Bourn and he delivered. Bourn, Prado and Heyward all singled in runs against Bobby Parnell, and gave a one-run lead to Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Kimbrel showed no mercy to the Mets, striking out the side to preserve the win.
Luis Avilan made his MLB debut in the sixth, striking out Ike Davis. Varvaro earned the win, the first of his major-league career.
Saturday, Jul 14, 2012, 6:10 PM MDT
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.
Andre Dawson 1987 Fleer Update – Autographed!!! I’ve always thought that it would be a fun challenge to try to get all of Andre Dawson’s cards issues during his playing days signed. Yes, a definite challenge! And while I have … Continue reading →
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As we move past the all-star break and closer to the trade deadline, we will start hearing more and more rumors regarding potential players on the move. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at a few of the top pitchers who have been[...]
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Jake Peavy (7-5, 2.85 ERA) vs Luke Hochevar (6-8, 5.15)
Peavy is the second straight White Sox pitcher with an ERA under three whose periphal stats suggest he is due for regression the second half of the season. Peavy has a 3.21 FIP, 3.52 xFIP and a 3.57 SIERA; all good numbers, but not as strong as his ERA.
It's fairly incredible the season Peavy is putting together. Along with fellow teammate Adam Dunn, Peavy is a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. The right-handed starter has 2.9 fWAR this season, his highest total in a season since he accumulated 6.1 fWAR for the Padres in 2007. Peavy, Dunn and Alex Rios and A.J Pierzynski are three veterans who have drastically exceeded expectations and have helped the Chicago White Sox to their surprising 3.5 game lead in the Al Central.
Luke Hochevar takes the mound for the Royals, and future Cardinal great Chris Getz returns to the lineup. Ned Yost also says the entire bullpen is available tonight after last nights marathon.
Josh Rutledge came in Friday afternoon. He already had a spot on the lineup placed for him. His new teammates received him with open arms.
What he didn't know was he would get a dream-like Major League Baseball debut, going 2-for-2 with a double, driving in two runs and becoming a major factor for the Rockies win over the Phillies 6-2 at Coors Field.
It was an interesting move for Colorado. Troy Tulowitzki is currently on the disabled list, and there seems to be a possibility Marco Scutaro is also on the trading block.
Rutledge was saying things you would expect from a 23-year-old kid getting his first taste of life in the Big Show. "This is a dream come true," he would repeat often. Common words, true, but heartfelt.
His gear was a combination of current and past Rockies premiership: Rutledge wore Carlos Gonzalez's shoes and Troy Tulowitzki's batting glove. He wore number 14, the same one Blake Street Bomber Andres Galarraga used during his tenure with the Rockies starting in the franchise's first season in 1993.
Scutaro Consistent Along The Way
Infielder Marco Scutaro was acquired by the Rockies last January in a trade that sent RHP Clayton Mortensen to the Boston Red Sox, aspiring that the 36-year-old veteran infielder could become a second baseman and that his productive offense would contribute.
Scutaro has been so far a reason for debate due to a defense which has contrasted at times with his stellar career of 11 MLB seasons and with the credentials he has in his native Venezuela, where he is considered one of the most influential players currently in the Show.
However, manager Jim Tracy will tell you he's no reason for concern.
"Personally, I feel this way. If there's been a lot of adjusting he's having or difficulties he's had to face, I haven't seen any signs of that," Tracy said. "Through the first half, Marco Scutaro would be near the top of at the top" among the Rockies most consistent players, according to the skipper.
Lately, Scutaro has been involved in several trade rumors. He is currently batting. 273, with 90 hits in 330 at-bats, with 13 doubles, 24 RBI and 4 homers.
Ramon Hernandez "Not Paying Attention" to Rumors
Catcher Ramon Hernandez was back in the Rockies lineup Friday afternoon after being away for 42 games on the Disabled List. And he was the same Hernandez fans are used to see: his battery work was crucial during Christian Friedrich's solid performance during 6.0 innings. He communicated with Scutaro and was able to get John Mayberry out. He also drove in a run and scored one after a triple by Michael Cuddyer.
It has been said Hernandez is also raising interest for a trade. There have been reports the Mets are interested in his services. This is not uncommon for a guy who has been in the Majors since 1999.
"I don't really pay attention to any of that," Hernandez said. He was resting after the wear-and-tear of a demanding day behind the plate. "I don't think about it. I'm here today. If any of those things happen, that's a part of baseball ever since it exists. Nobody lasts forever anywhere, you can't take the fact you're at a certain team for granted. I love being here. Every organization makes a trade for the better. So if they trade me, it will be because the Rockies will improve because of that".
"So far, I'm happy to be here. I'd love to stay here. Great group of teammates and coaches and yeah, I would be delighted to remain a Rockie. But if they decide to trade me, I will accept it as part of this business," Hernandez said.