May 5, 2012 at 10:36 am by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Back in the Win Column
The Braves and Rockies went 11 innings on Friday, but the Braves managed a 9-8 win thanks to an Eric Hinske bomb. The two teams will be back at it tonight at 8:10 on Peachtree TV, Fox Sports South and MLB Network. Mike Minor faces Jamie Moyer.
Braves lineup: Michael Bourn (CF), Chipper Jones (3B), Freddie Freeman (1B), Brian McCann (C), Dan Uggla (2B), Matt Diaz (LF), Jason Heyward (RF), Tyler Pastornicky (SS), Mike Minor (P).
Rockies lineup: Marco Scutaro (R, 2B), Dexter Fowler (S, CF), Carlos Gonzalez (L, LF), Troy Tulowitzki (R, SS), Todd Helton (L, 1B), Michael Cuddyer (R, RF), Wilin Rosario (R, C), Chris Nelson (R, 3B), Jamie Moyer (L, P).
Chipper Jones knows how Mariano Rivera is feeling right now after Rivera tore his right ACL during batting practice on Thursday.
Fredi Gonzalez has become a mean father, banning Frisbee play prior to games for risk of injury.
David O’Brien’s latest blog post prior to Friday’s game.
AJC quotes following Friday’s win. Eric Hinske: “We’re swinging the bats well as a team. Even when we’re losing we’re getting that pitcher’s pitch count up, trying to get in the bullpen, and guys are having good team at-bats. That’s what [Greg] Walker preaches and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Kiley McDaniel of ESPN scouts University of Georgia’s best pitcher, Alex Wood.
Jayson Stark gives us some scheduling changes in the works for 2013, including interleague changes. MLB is attempting to match up an interleague “rival” for each team that will play every year, and Stark uses the Braves-Blue Jays/Red Sox as an example.
Craig Calcaterra of HardballTalk recaps the Phillies-Nationals game from Friday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer examines the use of Jonathan Papelbon only in save situations and basically says it’s stupid, which we can all agree is true and have seen for ourselves more times than we can count.