Atlanta Braves Week Two Review

Brett KettyleCorrespondent IApril 20, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 31: Right fielder Jeff Francoeur #7 of the Atlanta Braves follows through on a 12th inning solo home run during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field March 31, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Pirates beat the Braves 12-11 in 12 innings.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Records and Standings

Week Two Record: 1-5

Overall Record: 6-6

Streak: Won One

Current Standing: Tied for second, five games behind Florida

Week in Review

Apr. 14: 5-1 Loss vs. Marlins

Javier Vazquez had a solid outing (6 IP, 3 ER, 12 K) but ultimately lost as the Braves hardly had any offense. The offense had only four hits and was shut down by Chris Volstad. Jeff Bennett struggled out of the bullpen and Garret Anderson committed two errors.

Kelly Johnson: 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Apr. 15: 10-4 Loss vs. Marlins

Derek Lowe was unimpressive while giving up four runs, and Blaine Boyer and Peter Moylan struggled out of the bullpen. The Braves only managed six hits against the Marlins.

Jeff Francoeur: 2-for-4

Apr. 16: 6-2 Loss vs. Marlins

Kenshin Kawakami and Jorge Campillo both struggled on the mound, but another poor offensive performance ultimately doomed the Braves. The Braves did manage nine hits, but scored only two runs off of Anibal Sanchez.

Jeff Francoeur: 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Garret Anderson: 2-for-3

Kenshin Kawakami: 2-for-2

Apr. 17: 3-0 Loss @ Pirates

Jair Jurrjens pitched a great game (6.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 K) but the Braves offense continued to struggle. Mike Gonzalez gave up 2 runs in just 1 inning out of the bullpen, as the Braves tallied only six hits, none of which went for extra bases.

Jeff Francoeur: 3-for-4

Apr. 18: 10-0 Loss @ Pirates

Jo-Jo Reyes struggled (5.2 IP, 5 ER) after being called up in place of the injured Tom Glavine. Buddy Carlyle and James Parr were each scored upon out of the bullpen, and the Braves offense managed only four hits against Ian Snell and the Pirates.

Omar Infante: 2-for-4

Apr. 19: 11-1 Win @ Pirates

The Braves finally won behind the return of Chipper Jones and a dominant start from Javier Vazquez. The bullpen was solid in three innings of work, and the offense pounded out 15 hits in defeating the Pirates

Chipper Jones: 1-for-3

Jordan Schafer: 3-for-5

Martin Prado: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI

Jeff Francoeur: 2-for-5, 3 RBI

Casey Kotchman: 2-for-4, RBI

David Ross: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI


Tom Glavine was unable to make his first start of the season due to a shoulder injury which may result in an end to his amazing career. Glavine set a timetable of two weeks, and said if his shoulder wasn’t making progress by then, he would likely retire instead of going through a long rehab period.

Pitcher Jorge Campillo was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder tendinitis.

Third Baseman Chipper Jones was battling a sore thumb which caused him to miss a majority of the week. It hurts him more batting left-handed, which is why the Braves brought him back against lefty Zach Duke.

Shortstop Yunel Escobar suffered an abdominal strain while doing his pre-at-bat jump in the on deck circle. He should return during the series with the Nationals.

Brian McCann has been unable to play catcher due to blurred vision in his left eye. He has tried multiple treatments so far, and if nothing works he may need surgery which could knock him out for a week or more.

Catcher David Ross was activated this week and has been playing in place of Brian McCann. He has already smacked his first home run of the season, and appears to be fully healthy.

Statistical Leaders

Batting Average (Min 25 AB):Yunel Escobar (.343), Jeff Francoeur (.333), Chipper Jones (.333), Omar Infante (.310)

Homeruns:Kelly Johnson (3), Brian McCann (2), Jordan Schafer (2)

RBI: Jeff Francoeur (10), Kelly Johnson (7), Brian McCann (7)

Wins: Jair Jurrjens (2), Javier Vazquez (1), Derek Lowe (1), Kenshin Kawakami (1), Jorge Campillo (1)

ERA (Starters): Jair Jurrjens (2.04), Derek Lowe (2.81), Javier Vazquez (3.00)

ERA (Bullpen): Rafael Soriano (0.00), Jeff Bennett (1.29)

Strikeouts: Javier Vazquez (25), Kenshin Kawakami (15), Derek Lowe (15)

Their Struggling (Batting Average for Hitters, ERA for Pitchers)

OF Garret Anderson (.200)

C Brian McCann (.200)

OF Matt Diaz (.217)

2B Kelly Johnson (.244)

SP Kenshin Kawakami (5.25)

RP Mike Gonzalez (7.20)

SP Jo-Jo Reyes (7.94)

RP Eric O’Flaherty (8.10)

RP James Parr (9.00)

RP Peter Moylan (13.50)

RP Blaine Boyer (40.50)

Players of the Week

Offense: Jeff Francoeur (.434, 5 RBI in 23 AB)

Pitching: Javier Vazquez (1-1, 2.25 ERA, 20 K in 12 IP)

On Deck (Stats as of 4/20)

Apr. 20: Atlanta Braves (Derek Lowe, 1-1, 2.81) @ Washington Nationals (Jordan Zimmerman, Debut)

Apr. 21: Atlanta Braves (Kenshin Kawakami, 1-1, 5.25) @ Washington Nationals (Shairon Martis, 1-0, 4.82)

Apr. 22: Atlanta Braves (Jair Jurrjens, 2-1, 2.04) @ Washington Nationals (John Lannan, 0-2, 6.46)

Apr. 24: Atlanta Braves (Javier Vazquez, 1-1, 3.00) @ Cincinnati Reds (Edinson Volquez, 1-1, 9.64)

Apr. 25: Atlanta Braves (Derek Lowe, 1-1, 2.81) @ Cincinnati Reds (Bronson Arroyo, 2-0, 4.38)

Apr. 26: Atlanta Braves (Jo-Jo Reyes, 0-1, 7.94) @ Cincinnati Reds (Micah Owings, 0-1, 7.20)


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