ATLANTA, GA - MAY 30: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is greeted by teammates after hitting a first inning home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on May 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Cardinals Vs. Braves: Atlanta Overcomes Hudson's Struggles In 10-7 Win

The Braves have won two in a row following their eight-game losing streak.

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Braves vs. Cardinals Series Recap: Atlanta Takes Two Against Hot-Hitting Redbirds

The Atlanta Braves entered their series this week with the Cardinals losers of seven straight games, and after stumbling yet again on Monday the club battled back to take the final two games. The Braves finished their regular season stint with a 5-1 record against St. Louis, an impressive feat against the league's highest scoring offense.

The Braves dropped game one of the series by a score of 8-2. Tommy Hanson was not sharp early in the game, and Lance Lynn had his way against a depleted lineup. Their losing streak was now at eight games, which was the worst streak in nearly a decade.

Atlanta ended that streak on Tuesday night behind strong pitching performances from Randall Delgado and the bullpen. Dan Uggla's three-run homer proved to be the difference as the Bravos went on to claim a 5-4 victory.

The series finale saw Tim Hudson get out to an early 5-0 lead thanks to home runs from Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman in the first inning. Hudson was unable to hold the lead and eventually exited in the sixth inning, but the offense clubbed around the St. Louis bullpen throughout most of the night on their way to a 10-7 win.

Atlanta now will have a much needed day off on Thursday before hitting the road once again. They will begin a three-game series with the Nationals on Friday evening.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Atlanta Braves Send Tyler Pastornicky To Triple-A, Andrelton Simmons Called Up

The Braves made a big move following their win on Wednesday night.


Braves Defeat Cardinals 10-7 As Freddie Freeman Returns To Lineup

The Atlanta Braves have struggled to consistently push runs across the plate in recent weeks without Freddie Freeman, Chipper Jones and Brian McCann in the lineup. While Jones remains on the disabled list, Freeman and McCann showed just how big of an impact they can have as they both made the start for the first time in more than a week.

Despite moving out to an early 5-0 lead in their series finale with the Cardinals, the Braves rallied in the late innings to claim a 10-7 victory. They finished their regular season series with St. Louis at 5-1, with their lone defeat coming on Monday.

McCann hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Cardinals pitcher Kyle Lohse, and Freeman followed two spots later with a solo home run of his own to make the score 3-0. Freeman then doubled in his next at-bat to drive in a run, and Jose Constanza made the score 5-0 with a line drive single back up the middle to bring Freeman home.

The Cardinals rallied for five runs in the sixth inning, doing so with five singles and a walk. Tim Hudson exited the game after 5.2 innings as his struggles against St. Louis continued.

Atlanta pushed three more runs across in the bottom of the sixth to take back an 8-5 lead. St. Louis scored two in the top of the eighth, but the Braves rallied again for two runs of their own to go up 10-7. Craig Kimbrel struck out two of the four batters he faced (one reached on a Jack Wilson error) as he closed out the ballgame.

The club will finally get an off day on Thursday before beginning a three-game series with the Nationals on Friday.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Braves vs. Cardinals Lineups: Freddie Freeman Returns With Sports Glasses

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has received his customized sports glasses in time for Wednesday night's game with the Cardinals, and after a bit of pleading with manager Fredi Gonzalez he has been inserted into the lineup. Freeman will bat fifth for the Braves.

Jose Constanza will make another start in left field and will bat seventh tonight after hitting ninth on Tuesday. Jack Wilson is also starting in place of Tyler Pastornicky as he usually does when Tim Hudson takes the mound.

Here is the rest of the Atlanta batting order:

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 3B
Brian McCann C
Dan Uggla 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B
Jason Heyward RF
Jose Constanza LF
Jack Wilson SS
Tim Hudson P

And the Cardinals:

Rafael Furcal SS
Skip Schumaker RF
Matt Holliday LF
Yadier Molina C
Matt Adams 1B
Tyler Greene 2B
Daniel Descalso 3B
Shane Robinson CF
Kyle Lohse P

First pitch from Turner Field is set for 7:10 p.m. EDT as Atlanta looks to win their first series in nearly 10 days.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Freddie Freeman Injury: Prescription Sports Goggles Expected To Arrive On Wednesday

Freddie Freeman's long wait for prescription sports goggles appears to be about over and he could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday for the Braves. Freeman has battled vision problems since an early May series in Colorado. He has missed the last four games and is hitting just .150 in the 16 games since that Colorado series.

Freeman's problems stem from his eye not producing enough tears to keep it moist therefore making wearing contacts virtually impossible. He tried a set of glasses but didn't like the way his peripheral vision was effected. His only recourse has been to rest his eyes and treat them with eye drops for the last four days.

It took time for the goggles to arrive as they had to be specially made to fit Freeman's prescription and was compounded by a holiday weekend. Freddie Gonzalez stopped short of saying that Freeman would return to the lineup on Wednesday but it appears he would be on course for this weekend at the very least.

For more on Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves head over to Talking Chop. For more Major League Baseball news and notes check out Baseball Nation.


Braves Vs. Cardinals: Game 3 Preview, TV Info And More

The monkey is off the back of the sliding Braves - they broke an eight-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over St. Louis on Tuesday night - and now Atlanta will try and begin to dig themselves out of last place in the NL East by taking the rubber match against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Veterans Tim Hudson and Kyle Lohse will square off, with current St. Louis hitters enjoying a .329 career average against Hudson.

Freddie Freeman will try out specialty goggles on Wednesday, after missing several games with dry eyes that made it impossible for the first baseman to wear contacts.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 30, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: SportsSouth

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Tim Hudson (3-2) vs. Kyle Lohse (5-1)

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Cardinals, go to Viva El Birdos. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for additional news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Atlanta Braves End Losing Streak With 5-4 Victory Over Cardinals

The losing streak is finally over! After going eight days without winning a game, the Atlanta Braves rode a big three-run homer from Dan Uggla on their way to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Michael Bourn continued his stellar play and led off the game with a solo homer to right field, a no-doubt shot off Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook. Dan Uggla delivered the big blow of the game in the third inning with a two-out, three-run jack to center field that gave the Braves a 4-0 lead.

Randall Delgado pitched well despite some control issues early and picked up his first win in the month of May, improving his record to 3-5 overall. The young righty lasted 5.1 innings and allowed three runs to score on six hits and three walks. Delgado struck out just one batter while throwing 98 pitches. He exited in the sixth in favor of Chad Durbin, who came up with two big strikeouts to end the scoring threat for St. Louis.

With the score 4-2 in the fifth it was Jose Constanza who ignited a rally with a single to lead off the inning. He came around to score on a passed ball to give Atlanta a three-run cushion.

Yadier Molina led off the sixth with a solo homer, and St. Louis added another run in the seventh off Jonny Venters with a two-out, RBI single from Molina. Venters struck out Matt Adams with two runners on to end the scoring threat.

Eric O'Flaherty worked a perfect eighth inning, and Craig Kimbrel recorded his 14th save of the year with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.

The two clubs will play the series finale on Wednesday night. Tim Hudson will square off with Kyle Lohse on the mound.

For more on the Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop.


Braves Vs. Cardinals, Game 2: Lineups Announced

The Braves will look to snap their eight-game losing streak without shaking up their lineup, starting Tuesday night's game with St. Louis with their "normal" lineup sans Chipper Jones and Freddie Freeman. Brian McCann is back and paired with Dan Uggla in the 3-4 spot, while Eric Hinske fills in for Freeman at first and Martin Prado gets the nod at third. Pitcher Randall Delgado will get the rare eighth slot hitting, while Jose Constanza will bat ninth.


1. Michael Bourn (L) CF

2. Martin Prado (R) 3B

3. Brian McCann (L) C

4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

5. Eric Hinske (L) 1B

6. Jason Heyward (L) RF

7. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS

8. Randall Delgado (R) P

9. Jose Constanza (L) LF


1. Rafael Furcal (S) SS

2. Skip Schumaker (L) CF

3. Matt Holliday (R) LF

4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF

5. Yadier Molina (R) C

6. Matt Adams (L) 1B

7. Tyler Greene (R) 2B

8. Daniel Descalso (L) 3B

9. Jake Westbrook (R) P

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Cardinals, go to Viva El Birdos. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for additional news and analysis around Major League Baseball.

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Atlanta Braves Send Kris Medlen To Triple-A, Jose Constanza Called Up

Losers of seven-straight games, the Braves made a pretty substantial roster move on Tuesday.


Andrelton Simmons, Kris Medlen Could See Expanded Roles Soon

With the Atlanta Braves experiencing their biggest slump in years, the team is forced to consider making drastic adjustments to the lineup in order to salvage some of these losses. That could mean Andrelton Simmons becoming the starting shortstop and Kris Medlen making the switch from reliever to starting pitcher, according to Braves blogger Mark Bowman.

Tyler Pastornicky's limitations at shortstop have been a concern all season for Atlanta, and even though he isn't necessarily the source of the team's current woes, he could bare the brunt of the subsequent moves to get out of the funk.

This, from Bowman:

In fact, Pastornicky's defensive limitations have been a concern since Simmons came to Spring Training and showed why many scouts had labeled him the best defensive shortstop at the Minor League level last year.

Some members of the Braves organization lobbied for Simmons make the jump from the Class A level to begin this year as Atlanta's starting shortstop. But it was decided that he needed some more time at the Minor League level to strengthen his once-questioned offensive skills.

To get Medlen in the rotation, the Braves would probably need to send him to Triple-A Gwinnett to make two or three starts. This could take weeks and even weaken the bullpen for some time, but the Braves would be hoping for Medlen to provide the dependability lacking in Mike Minor and Randall Delgado lately.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop. Also be sure to check out Baseball Nation for additional news and analysis around Major League Baseball.


Evaluating Brian McCann And His Future With The Atlanta Braves

Brian McCann could become a free agent in 2013. Will he stay in Atlanta?


Freddie Freeman Injury: Blurred Vision, Irritation Continuing

Freddie Freeman's eye issues have continued, and now the first baseman is waiting for some prescription goggles.


Braves Vs. Cardinals, Game 2: Preview, TV Info And More

In eight days, the Atlanta Braves went from the top of the National League East standings all the way to the bottom of it. On Tuesday, the Braves will try to avoid suffering their ninth consecutive loss when they play the St. Louis Cardinals for the second time in as many days.

The Braves (26-24) have averaged 2.5 runs and hit .178 during this skid, striking out 10 or more times in three straight games. The fact that Brian McCann has missed some time due to illness, while Chipper Jones (leg) and Freddie Freeman (vision) are both out, have not helped Atlanta's cause.

Randall Delgado (2-5, 4.53 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves, while Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook (4-3, 3.37 ERA) gets the start for St. Louis.

Here is a look at the game schedule:

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 29, 7:10 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports, SPSO

Online streaming:

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Cardinals, go to Viva El Birdos. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for additional news and analysis around Major League Baseball.


Cardinals Vs. Braves: Fredi Gonzalez Talks Struggles, Pitching After Monday Loss

After eight straight losses the Atlanta Braves are searching for answers however, there isn't a clear cut solution to their problems. For the last week Atlanta has struggled in nearly every facet of the game but manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Monday's loss that it starts with on the mound with pitching.

"I think starting pitching sets the tone. I thought getting out of the bases loaded jam with no outs facing the middle of the order, I thought it was going to give us a boost, give Tommy a boost to keep going. He got into another jam in the second and got out of it. Maybe he just tired out. I don't want to give anybody any excuses and just couldn't overcome those two high-pitch innings, and we got behind the eight-ball."

The offense is certainly feeling the pressure with Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann who returned to the lineup on Monday. The offensive struggles have put pressure on the pitching staff to not make a mistake which has led to everyone trying to do just a little too much.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Cardinals, go to Viva El Birdos. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for additional news and analysis around Major League Baseball.


Braves Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Atlanta Drops 8-2 Decision To Redbirds

The struggles continued for the Atlanta Braves on Monday when the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals handed them an 8-2 loss, which extended the Atlanta losing skid to eight games.

Atlanta has given up seven runs or more in four straight games. This is the worst Braves losing streak in over two years, when they lost nine in a row from April 21-29, 2010.

Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn improved his record to 8-1 on the young season, while holding the Braves to two runs on five hits in seven innings of work.

St. Louis scored four runs in the third inning and another pair in both the fourth and sixth innings.

Daniel Descalso hit a two-run blast as a fill-in starter at third base for David Freese, who was given a day off due to mild sprain of his right hand.

Read more on the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Cardinals, go to Viva El Birdos. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for additional news and analysis around Major League Baseball.


Braves Vs. Cardinals: Game 1 Lineup Announced

The lineups have been announced for the series opener between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. Both teams have had dramatic changes to their season early on, having been at the top of their respective divisions a couple of weeks ago before taking skids.

This is a chance for one of them to get back on the winning track. Take a look at the lineups for Monday's game:

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Jason Heyward (L) RF
6. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
7. Eric Hinske (L) 1B
8. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
9. Tommy Hanson (R) P

St. Louis Cardinals

1. Rafael Furcal (S) SS
2. Skip Schumaker (L) CF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
5. Matt Adams (L) 1B
6. Yadier Molina (R) C
7. Daniel Descalso (L) 3B
8. Tyler Greene (R) 2B
9. Lance Lynn (R) P

Read more about the Braves at Talking Chop. For more on the Cardinals, check out Viva El Birdos and go to Baseball Nation to read additional news and analysis around the Major League Baseball.


Braves Vs. Cardinals: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

After losing seven straight games last week, things don't get any easier for the Atlanta Braves, who begin a series with the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Tommy Hanson will attempt to stop the skid, and he has a history of success against St. Louis to draw off of. In two career starts, Hanson sports a 1-0 record and a 2.25 ERA against the Redbirds.

This year's biggest pitching surprise, Lance Lynn, will oppose Hanson. But it was against Atlanta that Lynn suffered his only loss of the season. Jason Heyward hit a three-run double in the third inning of that game to give Atlanta a lead they would not relinquish.

Game Date/Time: Monday, May 28,1:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: Tommy Hanson (5-3, 3.12 ERA) vs. Lance Lynn (7-1, 2.54 ERA)

TV: SportsSouth

Radio: WNNX 100.5 WCNN 680

Online Streaming:

For more on the Atlanta Braves, check out Talking Chop. St. Louis Cardinals info can be found at Viva El Birdos, and all your MLB news is at Baseball Nation.


Braves vs. Cardinals Preview: Atlanta Looks To End Losing Streak Against Slumping Redbirds

The Braves look to end their seven-game losing streak this afternoon against the slumping Cardinals.


MLB Standings: The Atlanta Braves Continue Slide Down NL East

A seven-game losing streak has the Atlanta Braves just one game ahead of the last place Philadelphia Phillies. It was just a week ago that the Braves were sitting pretty in first place.

NL East Standings

Washington 29 18 .617 0 Won 3
New York 27 21 .562 2.5 Won 3
Miami 26 22 .541 3.5 Lost 1
Atlanta 26 23 .530 4 Lost 7
Philadelphia 25 24 .510 5 Lost 1

(updated 5.28.2012 at 5:24 AM PDT)

The NL East has turned out to be the toughest division in baseball, as it is the only one with all five teams sporting a winning record.

The road does not get any easier this week for Atlanta as it plays the St. Louis Cardinals, who are in second place in the NL Central, and the first-place Washington Nationals.

For more on the Braves, head on over to Talking Chop.

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