Looking back on a couple crazy games and Moyer’s history vs. Braves

As the Braves were moving toward Friday night’s 11-inning win over the Rockies, it was easy to draw comparisons to Wednesday’s 11-inning victory over the Phillies.  Atlanta overcame a deficit of at least five runs in both of these games that were decided by two-run home runs.

Chad Durbin was credited with both victories and the Braves notched 19 hits in both games.

But the eerie similarity was realized when the official scorer announced Friday night’s game had lasted exactly four hours, just like  Wednesday’s win.

There have a number of crazy numbers and facts created over the past few days.  My favorite is that the Braves outhit the Rockies 19-4 after Friday night’s first inning and still had to go 11 innings to get the win.

“That’s kind of scary,” Chipper Jones said when informed of this fact.

The Braves certainly conquered a higher degree of difficulty on Wednesday, when they overcame a six-run deficit against Roy Halladay and then the four-run deficit they were facing in the eighth inning.  But the Braves experienced a bit of rarity on Friday night, when they spotted the Rockies a 5-0 first inning lead and then took advantage of Coors Field’s offensively-friendly environment.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, last night marked the first time in more than 20 years that the Braves won a game after encountering a five-run, first-inning deficit.  The Braves had not done this since overcoming the six-run first inning deficit Charlie Leibrandt created on Oct. 1, 1991.  Four days later, they celebrated the first of their 14 consecutive division titles.

Like Freddie Freeman enjoyed a four-hit game in the three hole on Friday night, Terry Pendleton notched four hits while batting third in that game that was played in Cincinnati more than 20 years ago.  And like Eric Hinske decided Friday night’s game with a two-run homer, David Justice also ended that memorable game in his hometown region with a two-run blast.

Odds and ends about Moyer:  With Mike Minor set to oppose Jamie Moyer in tonight’s game at Coors Field, let’s look at a few fun facts about the Rockies’ 49-year-old pitcher.

  • Moyer was 19-19 with a 5.09 ERA in the 51 appearances (49 starts) he had made before Minor was born.
  • He made his Major League debut (June 16, 1986) before nine members of the Braves’ current 25-man roster were born.  This includes four members of Atlanta’s five-man rotation.   Those nine are Tyler Pastornicky, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Craig Kimbrel, Randall Delgado, Tommy Hanson and Minor.
  • Moyer is older than Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and bullpen coach Eddie Perez
  • Moyer’s first appearance against the Braves was made on May 23, 1987.  The first batter he faced that day was Andres Thomas.
  • Moyer was 3-8 with a 5.42 ERA in the 12 appearances (11 starts) he made against the Braves before his 45th birthday. He is 3-2 with a 4.43 ERA in the seven appearances (six starts) that have followed against Atlanta.

A look at how a couple of the Braves coaches fared against Moyer during their playing days:

Terry Pendleton 4-for-13, 1 HR, 3 RBI

Scott Fletcher  1-for-7 , 1 BB, 1 K

Eddie Perez and Greg Walker did not face Moyer

Martin Prado was  under the weather on Friday night.  But he certainly has reason to feel better today.  He has batted .400 (10-for-25) with two doubles and three home runs against Moyer.

Freddie Freeman has never faced Moyer.  But as long as Moyer is wearing that Rockies jersey, Freeman has reason to be confident.  The 22-year-old first baseman has batted .474 with seven home runs and a 1.644 OPS in his first 38 at-bats against Colorado.  He set a career high with his four-hit performance on Friday night.

Speaking of four-hit performances, Eric Hinske now has two within the past five days.  Before this week, Hinske had notched this career-best total since 2004.  He has 10 hits in his past 15 at-bats.







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Crickets are chirping over here at this blog…how many people read it, like 7? There is literally no discussion at all lol. I wonder if that has something to do with the fact that anyone who doesn’t agree with Bill is greeted with a barrage of insults…(one is the loneliest number).

Oh, sniff , sniff the only reason whoever you are come on here is to whine about me. Why not try some intelligent thought on baseball.Oh, wait, that’s not possible.

These comebacks have been amazing and a lot of fun to watch. Thinking ahead to next year. Any chance Pastranicky and Simmons can both play? I really like Pastronikcy at the plate – defense not so much. Maybe simmons can play SS, and Pastronicky 3rd or LF? I know it probably won’t happen. I see Past growing into another Prado. I guess they can have 3rd, SS, CF, and LF all be non homer positions.

Oh well, nothing wrong with some depth.

“can’t have” i figured I better correct it before billreef rips my post

I have no sympathy for any of you. You all came on here end of last year and said I was an idiot and basically loved billreef. maybe you are starting to realise that the guy is simply a troll.

Well, I remember you, and I didn’t exactly agree with many of your posts. It is possible for more than one person to be annoying you know.

Man, You little boys can’t take much. I guess mommie raised you to believe that “everyone goes home with a trophy”. I haven’t heard this much whining since one of my dogs got hit by a car. Yelp, yelp….We are on an offensive road juggernaut and the best thing you can post about, is me?? So sad, I think this is all Zippy and Brandie revisited.

Was the dog okay though?

Still on the mend. Wants to lick it till it bleeds again. Kevin, kind of strange that you appear to rag on me, right when Zippy disappears. Bored, eh Zip?

Onneeee is the loneliessstt nummmberrrr. Bill, you’re your own biggest fan. You don’t have much competition in that regard, though. How does it feel to look down from that giant pedestal you put yourself on? Does it feel better when you look around you and realize you’re the only one around?

When the team is winning and hitting well (except for BMac) what is there to talk about. Even hagging Chad has done well. Looks like JJ wants back up with the way he has pitched at AAA or maybe it is time for Zippy to trade JJ.

Maybe he can slide into Randall’s slot. RDG needs some more seasoning. yeah, Kevin , you would agree with Zippy that it’s time to trade JJ, RIGHT!!!

Fredo is a moron. He makes comment to DOB that JJ is a minor leaguer now. How does that help anything? If you want to trade him it is a stupid statement, if you need to bring him back up, you have trashed him and ruined your cred as a skipper. I swear, sometimes Fredo is really saying “I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says… like dumb… I’m smart and I want respect!”

Bill your getting slow. How can you forget last year when Freedie said all the coaches were coming back and the next day your idol “Qtip” fired the hitting coach? Nice of Freddie to stand up for his pitcher hitting a batter but where has he been with other plays when he needed to stand up for his players? Hagging Chad lives up to his name again.

…Hanging Chad… my bad

I see Bill is still taking the internet as serious as ever. Frank Wren isn’t reading your blog comments, Billy, you can quit pretending to know anything about running a team. We all know that you would just have Martin Prado play every position, except shortstop and CF, because that’s where Brooksy and Jordan “Hash Brownie” Schafer would play.

I love how Bill thinks he is so clever but is wrong practically everytime. Schafer is hitting a cool .240 this year even when he is platooning! If you cant hit at least 280/290 platooning then you really are worthless. Sorry billy boy.

And your boy Nate is hitting well for him. He has it up to .211. His slugging percentage is .263.Good old, his power will come back, Nate. He has 2 doubles for 2012. Man, I could do this all day.

And OUR player Brooks is now on the active roster for the Brewers. Hate to see Gonz tear his ACL but am gald he is not a Brave.

The reason Brooks got the call? Batting .400 with 5 HRs in 50 AB’s at AAA PCL. Unlike the little soccer weinies we have here, remember, The Great Chipper Jones called Brooks the best teammate he ever had. Little soccer weinies, not so much.

Good for Brooksie. He is a Big League utility guy for sure. Not many are better than him from the 7th inning forward. Hope he does real well.

AAAA status, just like your jokes. And your mental capacity.

No Bill. Brooks hurt his shoulder near the end of spring training otherwise he would have been on the opening day roster

It’s good to see Martin’s OBP rising. He’s had some good at bats and it’s paying off, only 1 more strikeout than walks this year.

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