Braves attempting to cure no-hitter hangover
After Ubaldo Jimenez completed his masterpiece at Turner Field last night, Chipper Jones walked through the Braves clubhouse and said, “No batting practice, 13 hits, batting practice and we get no hits.”
Jones was playfully referencing the fact that the Braves opted not to take batting practice on the field on Friday and then erupted for 13 hits in the series opener against the Rockies. Then after going back to their regular pregame routine on Saturday they were saddled with the frustration of Jimenez’s no-hitter.
As was mentioned in today’s game story, Jones and a handful of other players and coaches have said “a loss is a loss.” While I think they’re trying to soothe the mood following Jimenez’s gem, Saturday’s loss certainly didn’t prove to be as frustrating as the one the Braves suffered on April 9, when they blew a two-run lead with one out in the ninth.
Talked to Derek Lowe about the no-hitter that he threw for the Red Sox back in 2002. He had gone seven years without watching footage of that game before the Braves video coordinator gave him a DVD copy to view on Saturday.
“What are the odds,” Lowe said.
Well the odds are pretty good that the Braves will tally at least one hit against Greg Smith today. Here is the lineup that Bobby Cox has assembled for this afternoon’s series finale.
Matt Diaz 7
Martin Prado 4
Chipper Jones 5
Brian McCann 2
Troy Glaus 3
Yunel Escobar 6
Jason Heyward 9
Melky Cabrera 8
Jair Jurrjens 1