Padres-Braves Preview: Friars head to Atlanta for four games

Struggles at the plate are costing the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race, but an unusually sloppy performance from Craig Kimbrel provided the latest setback. Facing the San Diego Padres may not provide much relief, either. The Braves attempt to get their bats untracked in the opener of this four-game wraparound series with the Padres on Friday night. Atlanta (55-47) led Washington...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Wild pitches cost Braves in loss to Marlins

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, the usual ninth-inning ace up the franchise's sleeve, suffered a bit of misfortune of Thursday night while accepting his second loss of the season in a 3-2 loss to division rival Miami. Though he allowed just one single and didn't give up a walk, Kimbrel was charged with the game-winning run. It was the Braves' ninth loss...
Via Fox Sports South
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Koehler-Teheran pitching duel ends with Marlins' 10-inning win

Bases loaded in the ninth of a 1-1 game and the Marlins couldn't score. They weren't about to let it happen twice. In the 10th with the bags packed again, this time with one out instead of none as was the case an inning earlier off Craig Kimbrel, the Marlins got a two-run single from Garrett Jones. That propelled them to a series-opening, 3-1 win against the Braves at Turner...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ladies and Gentlemen, your 2014 Braves All-Stars!

85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.(Source: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images North America) 2014 gave us three Braves all-stars, all very talented and the honor was well-deserved. Here are some pictures and things from the game last week, in case you missed the wall-to-wall coverage on practically every sports network except ESPN. ;) FYI...
Via Love My Bravos
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves stars Kimbrel, Freeman stand out in All-Star appearances

A year removed from a forgettable All-Star experience for Atlanta, two Braves stars delivered for the National League team in the later innings on Tuesday night. Top closer Craig Kimbrel was the only Atlanta player to enter the 2013 MLB All-Star Game -- first baseman Freddie Freeman missed the game with an injury and catcher Brian McCann, Freeman's replacement, never entered...
Via Fox Sports South
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Atlanta Braves Pitcher Craig Kimbrel Shags Balls During Home Run Derby

Funny thing is he didn't do half bad with it either. Hey--didn't those pro golfers use putters with crazy long shaft for awhile? Maybe there is something to it... Loading...
Via FatManWriting
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bats cold in Big Apple, set for final series of half

For the Braves, there are few things that sting quite like a series loss to the Mets. Unfortunately for Atlanta, losses within the division have come regularly in the first half of the season. If the Braves want to make a strong run for a division championship in the second half, there is no question that consistency and wins within the division will be paramount. Aaron Harang leads...
Via BravesWire
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves beat Mets to snap losing skid, avoid sweep

The Atlanta Braves' three-game losing steak ended on Thursday night after handing veteran starter Aaron Harang an early lead and simply letting him navigate his way through the New York Mets lineup from there. The Braves avoided the four-game sweep with the 3-1 win and now head to Chicago for a three-game set against the Cubs in the final series before the All-Star break. Here...
Via Fox Sports South
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves sending 3 to ASG, J-Up part of final vote

The Braves learned Sunday that Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel would represent the team at the upcoming All Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota. They, like the rest of us, were also thrilled that Justin Upton is one of 5 players vying for the final roster spot. The Final Vote closes at 4 p.m. (ET) on Thursday. Justin Upton is one of 5 vying for a final roster...
Via BravesWire
21 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Week in Review – NL East

The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals are having a race in the NL East (via districtondeck) 1st Place: Atlanta Braves (49-39). Last Week: 5-1 Before Alex Wood was credited with the 3-1 loss against Arizona, despite allowing only two runs over seven innings on Sunday, the Braves were on a nine-game winning streak, with seven of those games coming against divisional opponents...
Via Grandstand University
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves place 3 on NL All-Star team; Upton in NL Final Vote

ATLANTA -- Three members of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves landed on the 2014 National League All-Star roster, according to an announcement made by Major League Baseball Sunday night. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran, closer Craig Kimbrel and first baseman Freddie Freeman have all been named to the NL team. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves place 3 on NL All-Star team

ATLANTA -- Three members of the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves landed on the 2014 National League All-Star roster, according to an announcement made by Major League Baseball Sunday night. Starting pitcher Julio Teheran, closer Craig Kimbrel and first baseman Freddie Freeman have all been named to the NL team. The game will be played on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis...
Via Fox Sports South
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves nip Mets, net season-high 6th straight win

ATLANTA -- Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 5-4 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday, clinching Atlanta's sixth straight victory (new season high). 1. The Braves possess the necessary mojo (and scheduling path) to keep this gravy train rolling into the All-Star break You'd have to go back to late August of last year to find the last time the Braves...
Via Fox Sports South
27 days ago  |  Discuss

DRIVEN -- Craig Kimbrel: The Closer to debut

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Via Fox Sports South
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves beat Nationals again, this time in 13 innings

The Nationals, their fans, and surely pitcher Stephen Strasburg keep thinking this is the game, this is the series, when the tables will be turned against the Braves. But even after Craig Kimbrel gave up a two-run, game-tying homer by Anthony Rendon in the ninth inning to blow a save Friday, the Braves ratcheted up the Nationals’ frustrations some more by pulling out a 6-4 win...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

As Braves scuffle, visiting Nats hold first place

The Atlanta Braves have lost 3 games in the past week when they have a had a lead in the late innings. They’ve lost 2 games where they’ve battled back to make it to the 13th inning only to give up 5 runs and the ballgame. They were swept by the Phillies who, by all indications, are on the verge of trading away some or all of the pieces that once brought them multiple division...
Via BravesWire
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves get 7 in 1st inning, hang on to beat Rockies 13-10

The Braves had seven runs on seven hits including an Andrelton Simmons grand slam before making their second out Tuesday night. But nearly four hours later, Craig Kimbrel was closing the game in a save situation. It was that kind of night at Coors Field, like a game straight out of the late-90s at the notorious hitters’ haven. Braves starter Mike Minor endured another mile-high...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves bullpen in need of bounce back

The Braves bullpen is in a funk. One of the franchise's mainstays during the Frank Wren era -- the 2008 season, Wren's first as acting GM, is the only campaign in which Braves relievers posted a sub-3.0 wins above replacement since he took over -- Atlanta's bullpen is having trouble closing out games lately. Or, at the very least, it is not keeping up with the lofty standards...
Via Fox Sports South
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

D-backs get to Kimble, win in 11th

PHOENIX -- Gerardo Parra's bloop single brought Cody Ross home from second in the 11th inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. One night after he set the Braves franchise record for career saves, Craig Kimbrel blew his third of the season in 19 opportunities. The Diamondbacks were 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves' bullpen falters in extra-inning loss to Diamondbacks

The Atlanta Braves held two late leads against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night, but their bullpen could not put the game away, blowing two saves in a 4-3 loss in 11 innings. Here are three observations from the Diamondbacks' walk-off victory: 1. Working against five relievers in the final four frames, the Diamondbacks' offense never let up One night removed from...
Via Fox Sports South
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel passes John Smoltz for save record with Braves

Craig Kimbrel recorded four outs against the Diamondbacks last night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona to finish off a 5-2 victory for the Braves. This particular save had a little more meaning than usual, as it was the 155th of his career, surpassing John Smoltz for the franchise record. Smoltz established the previous record during his stint in the bullpen from 2001-2004. Kimbrel...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kimbrel gets saves record, Braves beat Dbacks 5-2

He did it while much of Braves Country slept, but Craig Kimbrel did it. He became the new Braves saves king late Friday on a night when Julio Teheran and Jason Heyward continued to sizzle in the desert. Kimbrel moved ahead of John Smoltz for sole possession of the franchise record with a four-out save in a 5-2 series-opening win against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field, where Teheran...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves trip D-backs; Kimbrel breaks saves record

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night: 1. Craig Kimbrel will forever be The Man in Atlanta, saves-wise Zach Dillard addressed Kimbrel's record-breaking 155th save in great length here, a mark that only took 49 months of MLB service time to achieve. As a result, Kimbrel has a great chance of piling on...
Via Fox Sports South
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Craig Kimbrel passes John Smoltz to become Braves all-time saves leader

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Friday, but with their win came history. In the 5-2 win, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel came in to get his 16th save of the season, which also was his 155th save of his career. With his 155th save, Kimbrel passed Braves legend John Smoltz for the […]
Via Full Scale Sports
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves get best of pitching duel with D-backs

PHOENIX -- Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs to break the Atlanta record for career saves in the Braves' 5-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Kimbrel, with his 16th save of the season (in 18 tries), has 155 for his career, one more than John Smoltz. His 155 saves have come in 172 opportunities. Jason Hayward drove in three runs, two with a home run,...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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