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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Topic Start: August 14, 2006, 05:30:11 PM »
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Ramon Ortiz; 9-9, 4.60 ERA..............................Chuck James; 4-3, 4.69 ERA

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The Atlanta Braves need to put together a winning streak in order to make a serious run at a playoff berth. Facing the last-place club in their division could be a good place to start.

The Braves seek to win consecutive games for the first time since the first two days of this month when they open a four-game series with the Washington Nationals at RFK Stadium on Monday.

Atlanta (54-62) is currently six games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the lead in the NL wild-card race. The Braves have not won two games in a row since recording victories over the Pittsburgh Pirates - the worst team in the NL - Aug. 1-2.

Atlanta has alternated wins and losses in its last eight games, including a 7-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday to complete a 3-3 homestand.

''Maybe we can get on that streak we keep talking about,'' Braves manager Bobby Cox said. ''We want to get back in this thing. That's what we're here for. We're going to battle down to the end.''

The Braves activated third baseman Chipper Jones from the 15-day disabled list Sunday and were rewarded when he hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh inning. Catcher Brian McCann also homered in the rally.

''We know that playing .500 baseball from here on out is not gonna cut it,'' said McCann, who has hit safely in nine of his last 11 games and is batting .350 on the season.

Left-hander Chuck James (4-3, 4.69 ERA) takes the mound for Atlanta in the series opener looking to end his three-decision losing streak after recording wins in his first four starts.

The 24-year-old rookie pitched effectively against Philadelphia on Wednesday, limiting the Phillies to one run in six innings, but did not record a decision in Atlanta's 9-3 defeat. James had posted an 8.77 ERA in losing his prior three starts.

He has never faced the Nationals.

After facing last-place Washington, the Braves will conclude their seven-game road trip with three games at Florida.

Meanwhile, the Nationals (51-66) have lost six of their last eight games after Sunday's 3-1 defeat to the New York Mets in which Alfonso Soriano 's 200th career home run came in a losin cause.

It was the second consecutive loss for the Nationals, who look to avoid a three-game skid when they send Ramon Ortiz (9-9, 4.60) to the mound.

With the Aug. 7 trade of Livan Hernandez to Arizona, Ortiz has the most wins this season of any pitcher remaining on the Nationals' staff. He has also won his last three decisions over four starts.

''I don't think like that,'' Ortiz said. ''When (Nationals manager) Frank (Robinson) gives me the ball the day I pitch, it's my day. It doesn't matter what position I have right now. I think every time he gives me the ball, I'm doing my job. I'm doing the best I can.''

Ortiz is just 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA in five career starts versus Atlanta, but defeated the Braves at Turner Field on June 7, when he allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 5-2 Washington victory.

The right-hander beat 2005 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Dontrelle Willis and the Florida Marlins Wednesday, allowing two runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings of another 5-2 win.

The Braves have split eight games with the Nationals this season, with Washington taking three of the last four.


ATLANTA
1.  M. Giles 2B .267
2.  E. Renteria SS .305
3.  C. Jones 3B .331
4.  A. Jones CF .271
5.  B. McCann C .350
6.  J. Francoeur RF .258
7.  A. LaRoche 1B .266
8.  M. Diaz LF .339
9.  C. James P .000

WASHINGTON
1.  A. Soriano LF .289
2.  F. Lopez SS .268
3.  R. Zimmerman 3B .291
4.  N. Johnson 1B .290
5.  A. Kearns RF .267
6.  A. Escobar CF .345
7.  B. Harper C .333
8.  B. Castro 2B .125
9.  R. Ortiz P .091

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #1: August 14, 2006, 06:45:17 PM »
Harper gets the start as catcher tonight.  Apparently Schneider's in anger-management time-out tonight.   :lol:

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #2: August 14, 2006, 06:47:17 PM »
Lets Go Nats!

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #3: August 14, 2006, 06:49:04 PM »
Quote from: "Senators2005"
Harper gets the start as catcher tonight.  Apparently Schneider's in anger-management time-out tonight.   :lol:


I think you're right.  I guess wearing Schneider out by playing him in every game wasn't enough reason on its own to give him a break.  And can't they give Nick just one game off every 3 weeks?  You've got Ward, use him.

Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #4: August 14, 2006, 06:53:47 PM »
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Harper gets the start as catcher tonight.  Apparently Schneider's in anger-management time-out tonight.   :lol:


I think you're right.  I guess wearing Schneider out by playing him in every game wasn't enough reason on its own to give him a break.  And can't they give Nick just one game off every 3 weeks?  You've got Ward, use him.


Oh but didn't you get the memo?  We are only like 7.5, 8 games back from the wildcard.  We have so many positives to look at too.  Oh, and we have Soriano for two more months if that before he becomes a free agent. :roll:

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #5: August 14, 2006, 07:02:01 PM »
dcrtv.com lied.  Carpenter is in the booth

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #6: August 14, 2006, 07:03:07 PM »
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dcrtv.com lied.  Carpenter is in the booth
maybe they had the wrong night?  Hmmmm.  I was looking forward to a change...just for the sake of change.   :|

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #7: August 14, 2006, 07:04:08 PM »
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dcrtv.com lied.  Carpenter is in the booth
maybe they had the wrong night?  Hmmmm.  I was looking forward to a change...just for the sake of change.   :|

Me too.  I like Carpenter, but it would have been nice to hear Charlie for a few nights.

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« Reply #8: August 14, 2006, 07:07:07 PM »
Hasn't Harper started 1 other game? I remember him getting a double in his first at-bat.  Bob said this is his first ML start.

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #9: August 14, 2006, 07:08:28 PM »
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Hasn't Harper started 1 other game? I remember him getting a double in his first at-bat.  Bob said this is his first ML start.

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #10: August 14, 2006, 07:10:39 PM »
laugh Ramon just gave Andruw a face full of baseball.   :lol:

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« Reply #11: August 14, 2006, 07:11:18 PM »
nice pitch Ramon!  He's locating well

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #12: August 14, 2006, 07:11:20 PM »
and then strikes his silly ass out.   :twisted:

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« Reply #13: August 14, 2006, 07:14:05 PM »
Soriano- Leadoff double! He is good

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #14: August 14, 2006, 07:14:34 PM »
Soriano gets this party started!  Leadoff Double!  

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« Reply #15: August 14, 2006, 07:15:50 PM »
late K call!! give me a break

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #16: August 14, 2006, 07:15:51 PM »
umpires  :?

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #17: August 14, 2006, 07:17:13 PM »
Zimmerman: psssst!  It's 1st inning with 1 out...write it down!   :lol:

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #18: August 14, 2006, 07:18:06 PM »
DON'T NOT SCORE WITH A LEADOFF DOUBLE!

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #19: August 14, 2006, 07:19:06 PM »
Paciorek is embarassing when he does his voice impressions. :oops:

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« Reply #20: August 14, 2006, 07:20:17 PM »
made james throw pitches but gets out.. ughh

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« Reply #21: August 14, 2006, 07:20:31 PM »
Zimmerman at the 3 spot just isn't working

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #22: August 14, 2006, 07:23:33 PM »
There it is.

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Gameday Thread: Nationals vs Braves, Game 1 (L)
« Reply #23: August 14, 2006, 07:24:03 PM »
AUSTIN KEARNS WITH THE RBI!

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« Reply #24: August 14, 2006, 07:24:07 PM »
Nice hit Austin Kearns.