Sunday, September 9, 2012

Corner Turned?

The Braves offense kicked back into high gear yesterday and two very important bats woke up in a big way, leading the team to an 11-3 win over the Mets.

After a season of scuffling and struggling, Brian McCann went four-for-five with four RBIs and he scored three times.  B-Mac's highlights included a two-run double in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fifth.  That's his first long ball since July.  His thoughts?

"It felt like the first time in a while that I've actually made an impact on a game.  It felt good."

After being benched by Fredi Gonzalez early last week, Dan Uggla went three-for-three and walked twice.  Dan crossed the plate three times.  That much-needed performance followed an equally good outing on Friday, where Uggs doubled and homered in a 3-0 win over the Mets.  Dan's reached base in his last seven plate appearances.  He's been a streaky hitter ever since joining the Braves and if there is ever a time to get on hot one, it's now. 

Eric Hinske came off the bench and hit a solo home run in the eighth inning and Martin Prado had his 52nd multi-hit game of the season. 

It was nice to finally see some relaxed smiles throughout the dugout.

Kris Medlen's strong outing was limited to six innings due to the lengthy rain delay.  He gave up two runs which ended his streak of not allowing an earned run in 40 1/3 consecutive innings.  Kris said he didn't feel as "crisp" as he has recently but it was still a good outing.

Chipper's not in the starting line-up today as the knees are acting up.  That said, Chipper said he wants to be the first player called upon to pinch hit.  He has to get into the game.  I want (and need!) to hear that "La-Ree" chant one more time.  Although, last night I swear I heard "Chipper" being chanted instead of "La-Ree" as well as the Braves chant near the end of the game.  Did y'all hear it?

Ok, I need to wrap this up quick.  Chipper just brought out the line-up card to a thunderous ovation, that's after being mobbed leaving the hotel this morning.  I don't want to miss a second of this one!  Gotta brody!

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