Friday, April 16, 2010

Braves' wacky road trip finally ends

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 7:59 PM

ATLANTA LOVES THE CRACK: Of baseball bats in the spring
The first road trip of the 2010 season came to a mercifully overdue conclusion last night for the Atlanta Braves.

Posting a 3-3 record over a six-game stretch against the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, the Braves endured a 13-inning marathon, a four-hour rain delay and a 15-run blowout loss.

Not exactly ideal circumstances.

Sure, spending the week playing baseball in California may seem like a relaxing, enjoyable vacation road trip, but the scheduling fairies didn't do the Braves any favors when mapping out their maiden voyage away from Turner Field.

Just take a look at this itinerary (all times EDT):

April 8th: Braves lose to the Cubs 2-0; game ends at 9:55 p.m.

April 9th: Following a long night of travel, Atlanta takes the field for a 4:35 p.m. first pitch--less than 19 hours after their last game ended.

Braves lose a 13-inning, four-hour affair to the San Francisco Giants, 5-4; game ends at 8:36 p.m.

April 10th: Following a 25-and-a-half hour layoff, Atlanta suits up for a late night 10:10 game time.

Braves somehow muster the victory, 7-2; game ends at 1:16 a.m.

April 11th: Original game time slated for 4:05 p.m but thanks to that unpredictable San Francisco weather, first pitch is delayed until 8:14 p.m.

Atlanta would ultimately lose 6-3 with the game wrapping up at 10:34--ending a 10-hour day for the Bravos that provided plenty of Doppler radar-watching.

April 12th: Another peculiar start time of 6:35 p.m. for the series opener against the Padres ends as quite possibly the longest day of the road trip for the Tomahawkers.

April 13th: A much-needed day off allowed the Braves some time to reflect on their worst performance of the young season.

April 14th: Late night 10:05 p.m. first pitch--over 48 hours since last game ended.

Despite two-day layoff, Braves win 6-1; game ends at 1:04 a.m.

April 15th: 6:35 p.m. start time; three-hour game ends with a 6-2 victory to close out the week-long roller coaster ride that was the Atlanta Braves' first road trip of the 2010 season.

Wacky Road Trip by the Numbers:

Average time-off between games: 25 hours, 1 minute (four hours over the game-to-game average)

Shortest time-off: 17 hours, 31 minutes

Longest time-off: 48 hours, 24 minutes

Despite the sleepless nights and nap-filled afternoons, Atlanta managed to stay afloat and end the road trip with an overall record of 5-4.

As they welcome the Colorado Rockies (5-4) to the Ted tonight, one thing is on the minds of every Brave player: home sweet home.

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