August 9, 2012 at 8:18 am by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
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Braves.com recap for Wednesday’s win.
AJC quotes following Wednesday’s win. David Ross on his first career stolen base: “You know it’s funny, Mac’s got a ton in his career and I’m just jealous. I need to catch him a little bit. He’s got like five or six a year. I have one in my career. I told Mike B when I came in after the game, I’m coming for him.”
Tim Hudson: “I was telling Rossy, I went about four innings where I hardly missed a spot to a 25-pitch stretch where I don’t know that I really hit one. Just didn’t make any good pitches, fell behind in the count. Whenever I did make a good pitch, they fouled it out and then they just got some pitches to handle, got some base hits. Obviously the big blow was there to Howard. Just couldn’t get that sinker in there on him. Tried to freeze him with a frontdoor sinker, and a couple of them came over the middle of the plate. He fouled a couple of them off. I tried to make an adjustment and threw it back over the plate and he got me.”
Mark Bowman’s notes include quotes from Jonny Venters saying his arm is feeling the best it has all season right now. Venters’ elbow didn’t respond following his activation from the disabled list a couple weeks ago, but added rest seems to have made a big difference. He has looked good in his past two outings, namely a fastball that is sinking at 94-95 again.
Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes on the speculation surrounding Michael Bourn to the Phillies this offseason.
Andrew Sisson of Brave Decisions writes on the inevitable Peter Moylan situation and how Cory Gearrin is better off in the Atlanta pen.
Around the NL East
Ozzie Guillen will attempt to justify the Heath Bell contract by putting him back in the closer’s role. If Ozzie thinks Bell is the best option for the spot, so be it. But it’s comically bad when the decision is based on a contract, and it’s pretty obvious that’s the case here. Current closer Steve Cishek hasn’t allowed a run in his last 15.2 innings dating back to June 25, and he’s 6-6 in save opportunities over that span.
Giancarlo Stanton went off on the Mets last night, hitting two home runs off Chris Young in his second game back. ESPN Stats & Info has the numbers on his performance.
Dayn Perry of CBS Sports says don’t forget Stanton among the best young players in the game.