August 05, 2008

Braves Avoid Sweep But Still Get Bad News

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Yup, I sweated right through my clothes yesterday but I got to see my Braves play baseball on a Sunday afternoon. I love it. They must have known I was coming because behind Jorge Campillo’s shut out pitching, we got a win. 

I take what I can get. 

I will tell you this much. Watching Campillo this year makes me feel excited about seeing him in the rotation for ’09. There’s no reason he should miss out after the job he’s done. Another shutout for Jorge makes it his second of the year and the SIXTH time he’s given us a quality start in which he’s allowed two or less runs! Gonzalez didn’t get the save but I love watching him pitch in the ninth inning. 

And since I have to catch up a little and I’m on the topic of pitching… Charlie Morton had a decent start on Saturday. The problem was, he went head to head with Sabbathia and run support was hard to come by. Speaking of CC, he’s going to be a free agent this winter and we’ve got some contract money clearing up. Anyone else drool at the thought of signing the lefty?

Yesterday’s 5-0 win was highlighted by a Casey Kotchman RBI double, as well as runs driven in by Francoeur, Escobar, and Infante. Surprisingly, the Braves got to Sheets and didn’t look back. It was nice to see Casey get an RBI. He’s been off to a slow start since switching teams and leagues and I’m really pulling for him. Yesterday was my first glimpse at Kotch in a Braves uniform and although it’s with excitement I welcome him to the team, it’s sad to go to a game in August with a totally different atmosphere. It’s equally sad to not see Chipper, McCann, or Tex.   

The late west coast game hasn’t wrapped up yet but Jurrjens got us started tonight and Glavine is expected to give us a start in San Francisco. As I type the boys are down 1-4 in the 7th. 

Skip, I love you

Of course, I’m extremely saddened by the loss of Skip Caray. A voice that has become as familiar to me as my grandfather’s. I know everyone passes with time but to me, at 68 Skip was still too young. We’ll miss you Skip. 

I have a tribute page for Skip at The Launching Pad. If you’d like to swing by and leave a note, memory, favorite “Skip-ism” come by and leave a comment. Thanks so much, Braves fans. 


Keep Choppin’





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