Braves 2, Brewers 1

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – April 14, 2012 – ESPN.

The Braves got their first really strong pitching performance of the season in a gem by Mike Minor, though once again the assistance of Everyday Jonny Venters and Save-A-Day Craig Kimbrel was required. Minor struck out four and allowed just two hits and a walk, and threw 99 pitches (67 of them for strikes) in 7 1/3 innings, leaving only after giving up his first extra-base hit in the eighth.

The Braves got their offense in the second. Jayson Heyward singled with Brian McCann on first and one out. An attempt to throw McCann out failed and allowed him to score and Heyward to go to third, whence Juan Francisco did something right for a chance and drove him in.

Venters allowed a single to the first man he faced, but he didn’t score, and a way out showed up when the next batter hit into a fielder’s choice, runner at third out at home. Uggla threw away the next man’s grounder (it was judged a single and a throwing error before Venters finally finished it with a strikeout. Kimbrel gave up two walks and a single, but got two strikeouts to excape,

95 thoughts on “Braves 2, Brewers 1”

  1. I was skeptical of the taking out of Minor after his second hit of the game, (and probably more so with hindsight of Uggla’s error etc), but it worked out! Otherwise, very happy. That’s the heralded young pitching we were hoping for and will need. .500 for the first time; that’s a very welcome development.

    Go Beachy, let’s get that sweep.

    Anyone else happy Fielder’s not in the middle of that lineup anymore?

  2. So Buck Belue just said that Jackie Robinson helped pave the way for players like Buck O’Neil. Ummm….

  3. Three things:

    1) It is such a thrill to hear Murphy in the booth.

    2) Why in the world was Prado sac-bunting against Chris Narveson in the first inning?

    3) It would be nice if the guy who always labors to go more than five innings didn’t have such brutal defense played behind him in every game.

  4. @ last thread. DOB posted they were bringing the post game comments back last week sometime. Said the majority asked for them and were polite about it.

  5. The radio overlay on MLB.TV, which I discovered today, is the greatest accomplishment in the history of mankind. Now I will never, ever have to listen to Chip Caray again.

  6. I’d switch him out with Freeman. He’s hitting better, and he’s supposed to be the better of the two anyway.

  7. @37 I think he’ll handle it like he handled Minor yesterday. He’ll send him out and yank him if he allows a baserunner.

  8. Something I’ve always wondered about the Bark In The Park thing: What do they do when nature calls for all those dogs?

  9. @40, They have an area for the dogs to use. Mine usually does his business on the walk to the park, though.

  10. Really nice day for Beachy! I wouldn’t have guessed he would go seven after his pitch count after 3.

  11. Well, if you’re ever going to double-steal with Chipper up (a surprise to the opponent, for sure), I’d prefer it be done with a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the 7th. And, of course, it had better work.

    A little surprised Chipper wasn’t pitched more carefully, but c’est la vie.

  12. I feel pretty confident that the Braves could find some random double-A journeyman that would be an upgrade over Derpin.

  13. 64- And Chad Durbin! And Francisco, Diza, Livan…

    And now we’ll need to employ another pitcher today.

  14. This is good. The sooner, the Braves figure out that Durbin is a used up wad of excrement, the better.

  15. Why is Fredi so EFFING STUPID that he doesn’t know THIS WOULD HAPPEN. Durbin needs to be dropped in a hole somewhere. God he is atrocious.

  16. Let’s just say that Durbin doesn’t look like the greatest of additions to the bullpen.

  17. Trace,

    How do the Braves not already know this? Why DOES HE HAVE A JOB????????????????

  18. Surely this will be the end of Gas Can Durbin? Three appearances and three bombs surrendered?

  19. Joe: “Chad Durbin has now given up a home run in each of his three appearances”

    Pray there won’t be a fourth…

  20. Surely somewhere a pitcher exists who can be trusted with a six-run lead, that would allow us to not have to warm up our good guys in these situations…

  21. 67 – Stu, I was thinking the same thing.

    Perfect outing for Durbin. Proves he can’t pitch and it doesn’t even cost us a game this time.

  22. Durbin made it a save situation but does not get one because of a technicality. Why else give up two doubles and a HR?

  23. Durbin is the only active major league pitcher who debuted prior to 2000 and has a lifetime ERA over 5.00.

  24. I was just about to snarkily mention that, after allowing just the one run, he was lowering his ERA — when he grooved that 0-2 pitch to Lucroy.

  25. I was peeking at the game on my phone while grabbing some lunch. Said to my girlfriend after Hinske’s hit “Gonna be a perfect day! Get a sweep, win it big, no Venters or Kimbrel, and now maybe they’ll let Durbin pitch his way off the team!”

    Glad to see I wasn’t alone in that premonition.

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