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20 Sep

Hippo rider: Sept. 20, Braves at Phillies

And now, Jeff Francoeur riding a hippopotamus.

Ride that hippo, cowboy!

237 Responses to “Hippo rider: Sept. 20, Braves at Phillies”

  1. 1
    justhank Says:

    I love this Monty Python-like kick Mac is on.

  2. 2
    Smitty Says:

    Hippos kill more people than Lions in every year in Africa

  3. 3
    Seat Painter Says:

    Well of course they do, but once N’domakung Suh figures out the double team schemes, the Lions will pick up the pace I think.

  4. 4
    justhank Says:

    Are there any college or professional teams named the “Hippopotamusses” or “Hippopotami”?

  5. 5
    hpotter Says:

    Melk-man in center

    Infante – 4 Heyward – 9 Prado – 5 Lee – 3 McCann – 2 Diaz – 7 Gonzalez – 6 Cabrera – 8 Jurrjens – 1

  6. 6
    Marc Schneider Says:

    I wouldn’t put Melky in center against the Bad News Bears. I don’t care if Hamels is left-handed; it’s not like Melky is going to hit him anyway.

  7. 7
    DowneasterJC Says:

    $1 says Bobby pulls the Kyle Davies switcheroo with Beachy. Only not as effective because the Phillies have had a few hours to scout him.

  8. 8
    braves14 Says:

    Melky Cabrera eating something off of his bat.

  9. 9
    justhank Says:

    Quickest of hooks for JJ tonight? Like walking one Phillie?

    Is that really true about Werth and Mrs. Utley?

  10. 10
    Bethany Says:

    @8 I haven’t laughed so hard in quite some time.

    Mac, that picture is like my favorite thing ever. GO BRAVES!

  11. 11
    ububba Says:

    Have an interesting evening ahead. Going to the Yanks/Rays game & they’re dedicating a monument (in Monument Park) to Generalisimo Steinbrenner before the game. (Torre & Mattingly will be there. ) Curious to see the reaction.

    BTW, somebody’s gotta cool off the Phils. Might as well be us.

  12. 12
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Another senseless “FREEBIRD!”-related crime.

  13. 13
    Kristen Says:

    Best picture ever. I have finally found something worthy of being my work computer wallpaper.

  14. 14
    Johnny Says:

    Pittsburg State (KS) Gorillas, original mascot unlike Lions Tigers and Bears OH MY!
    Atlanta has(had?) a professional soccer team called the Silverbacks. I know, nothing to do with Hippos but continuing the primate theme.

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    hpotter Says:

    o boy. good luck kid

    RHP Brandon Beachy will be pitching for the Braves tonight in place of JJ. He’ll wear #37

  16. 16
    hpotter Says:

    Opposing batters have referred to getting struck out by Beachy as “Drowning at the Beach.”

  17. 17
    Smitty Says:



  18. 18
    Ben Says:

    I do not understand why McLouth has not earned himself the job of every day starter, at least until he comes back to Earth. What happened to playing the hot hand?

  19. 19
    csg Says:

    Beachy, Minor, Hanson vs Hamels, Holliday, Oswalt = 1 win please…

  20. 20
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Terry Pratchett made his own sword. By hand. Out of meteorites! | Blastr.

  21. 21
    Ben Says:

    I think someone has been having fun with the Kid’s wikipedia page….

    My love for baseball really comes from my relationship with my brothers. We used to toss each other the ball in our back yard. And by toss each other the ball, I mean that I would just throw fireballs and my brothers would be too scared to catch them because they were made of lightning. Have you ever caught a fireball made of lighting? I would be scared to catch it too.

  22. 22
    csg Says:

    Ill take 5IP with 4ER or less from Beachy

    speaks a lot about how the Braves view KK now

  23. 23
    sdp Says:

    Alexis Texas.

  24. 24
    Ben Says:

    So given that Jurrjens hurt himself Fri., wouldn’t it have made sense for Beachy to go against the Mets and have Hudson go against the Phillies after an extra day of rest? Let Beachy get his debut against a lifeless Mets club and save Hudson for the all important Phils series, rather than toss the kid into basically a playoff atmosphere for his MLB debut. I dunno how much composure the kid has, but facing Howard, Werth, Utley et al. in front of 45,000+ screaming Philadelphians will not be easy.

    Not to sound pessimistic, but in this series, we’re sending Hanson and two rookies, one of whom has had dead arm for a couple of weeks, against three pitchers who all have number one type stuff. At least the Roys are right-handed.

  25. 25
    Kevin Lee Says:

    Terry Pratchett convinced me that the most valuable trade is armourer.
    “Nobody ever wants to kill a good armourer,” he wrote.

  26. 26
    sdp Says:

    Beachy has the green light, per DOB.

  27. 27
    TomL Says:

    @24 – Couldn’t agree more

  28. 28
    IthacaBraves Says:

    Is it even official? I haven’t seen it reported on AJC or the braves official site.

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    IthacaBraves Says:


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    Marc Schneider Says:

    It might work out. The Phillies have never seen him; remember Kyle Davies’ debut in Boston against the defending world champion Red Sox. At this point, he probably can’t be any worse than JJ. As for saving the top guys for the Phillies, I’m not sure that would be such a good idea. Whoever the Braves pitch, the matchup would still favor the Phillies and, at this point, catching the Phillies is unlikely. May be better to keep the rotation in order and go after the other games.

    No doubt, a sweep by the Phils is definitely possible. On the other hand, the Phils are bound to lose a game eventually.

  31. 31
    Brandon Beachy Says:

    If anybody needs me between now and first pitch, I’ll be in the clubhouse puking.

  32. 32
    ryan c Says:

    bobby playing the small sample rather than playing hot streaks. melky is 4/9 in his career against hamels while nate is only 1/9. i still dont like it.

  33. 33
    spike Says:

    @23, you’re a bit late with that.

  34. 34
    jdpeace Says:

    Come on Mac. We need a player write-up for Beachy. Please make him sound like Sidd Finch. I have so little right now.

  35. 35
    Marc Schneider Says:

    I will gladly take one out of three in Philly. Winning the series would be fabulous but avoiding the sweep is key.

  36. 36
    Smitty Says:

    Well it is now on the offical site. Doesn’t get more offical than that.

  37. 37
    carl Says:

    @30 agreed. We pull one game out of this series and actually show up for the Nats and Fish, we could still make the wild card.

  38. 38
    jj3bagger Says:

    On a positive note, DOB is reporting that Saito MRI showed only tendinitis, and is expected back in a few days. That’s huge.

  39. 39
    Smitty Says:

    I don’t know if I should be pumped or pissed.

  40. 40
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I’m pretty pessimistic, but I’m not sure why everyone seems like taking 1/3 here would be the best possible outcome. It’s almost like we’re the Mets or Astros or something.

    The only game I’m really worried about is tonight’s simply because Hamels is a lefty. At this point I think Mac could go up there and throw the ball lefthanded and give up less than 3 runs to the Braves. The only consolation here is that Hamels is probably the lefty that the Braves hit the best, so maybe we can do something there.

    The Phillies have nearly the same problem with lefties, so I’m not particularly concerned by the Minor/Halladay game either, especially since he’s looked the worst of the 3 lately.

    Hudson/Oswalt is a toss-up I guess. It all depends on how well Hanson keeps the ball in the park and how alive the Braves offense wants to be on that given day.

    2/3 is definitely possible, and a sweep isn’t out of sight either imo. If McLouth keeps up and Derrek decides to be slightly better than abysmal, I think we have a shot.

  41. 41
    Stu Says:

    After Wednesday, the
    Braves will be tied for first, and
    I’ll almost be free.

  42. 42
    Smitty Says:

    I know of what Beachy has done somewhat, anyone got a scouting report or have any idea what he thorws? He strikes a lot of guys out, so I assume he has at least three pitches with one quality out pitch.

    I mean a strike out pitcher that these guys have never seen, might not be too bad.

  43. 43
    carl Says:

    I don’t see 1/3 as the BEST possible scenario, it’s the most realistic outcome.

  44. 44
    Rob B Says:

    Peter did a great scouting report of Beachy awhile back.

  45. 45
    Ben Says:

    Once our WHIPs were low.
    Philly crowds wreck rookie nerves.
    Beachy year no more.

  46. 46
    jeff Says:

    Phillies big three are going to be a force to reckon with, Hamels/Oswalt/Halladay is just rediculous. With the offense the Phillies have, I see no NL team being able to compete.

  47. 47
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I know virtually nothing about the minor leagues. All I know is the stats and the one game I watched. Beachy’s stats are ridiculously good. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana, and I will never under any circumstances play the video for “Kokomo”.

  48. 48
    Marc Schneider Says:

    My guess is if Beachy gets through the first inning, he will do pretty well. Veteran teams (not just the Braves) often have trouble with pitchers they haven’t seen. There really shouldn’t be much pressure on him because no one expects him to win anyway.

  49. 49
    JoeyT Says:

    What’s the roster move to get Beachy on the 40 man? Is it moving Chipper to the 60 day DL?

  50. 50
    JoeyT Says:

    At this point, they might as well DFA Kawakami.

  51. 51
    hpotter Says:

    Beachy led the entire Minor Leagues with a 1.73 ERA

    What To Make Of Braves Pitching “Prospect” Brandon Beachy

    Interview with Beachy

  52. 52
    Mac Thomason Says:

    They put Brandon Hicks on the 60-day with a broken finger.

  53. 53
    Mac Thomason Says:

    The ERA is a bit of a joke — 11 of the 34 runs allowed by Beachy this year were “unearned”, which is high even for the minors. I’m more impressed with 148 strikeouts and 28 walks in 119 1/3 innings and just five homers allowed.

  54. 54
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Brandon Beachy has a kind of unimposing real name. He needs a killer nickname. How about The Beachmaster?

  55. 55
    sdp Says:

    @50: Pinch running doesn’t require healthy fingers.

  56. 56
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Brandon Beachy has a chance to become a Braves legend if he wins this game and starts a run to the division title. Or not.

    I think the Braves strategy should be to try to hit fly balls to left; it doesn’t much to go out in that bandbox. I wonder how many cheap homers Ryan Howard gets that would be easy outs anywhere else. The one he hit the other day against the Nationals, even he was grinning because it was really a pop fly that carried.

  57. 57
    ASG Says:

    I’m with you. The Phils are, after all just a baseball team. A very good, and lately very hot one, but we took 10 of 8 from them last season and 7 of 12 so far this season. Perhaps the Mets sweep is a sign that the Braves are heating up as well. This should be a very competitive series. I live in Philly, and my friends who are Phils fans don’t consider this series a done deal (at least not the ones who are thinking baseball fans). They are confident, but view the Braves a very dangerous team. I find they often fear the Braves more than I give the team credit for.
    Anything could happen.

  58. 58
    hpotter Says:

    He has 549 friends on Facebook which is a lot.

    Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor – the Philthies always struggle against alliteration

  59. 59
    John Gaines Says:

    Beachy will be wearing 37.

    If I were him, I’d ask for number 11.

  60. 60
    carl Says:

    @56. He’s either gonna have a lot more or a lot less after tonight.

  61. 61
    jdpeace Says:

    @45 Mac, if he throws a no-hitter you play Kokomo.

  62. 62
    jdpeace Says:

    Per Facebook he also likes National Treasure 2, Con Air, and Hanging Out with Friends.

  63. 63
    Mac Thomason Says:

    A perfect game, maybe.

  64. 64
    sdp Says:

    Jordan Capri.

  65. 65
    jdpeace Says:

    His friends on Facebook include an inordinately large number of guys with their shirts off. In the circle of gayness/super not gay that’s the demarcation separating the two at the top of the circle.

  66. 66
    jdpeace Says:

    Or in the Venn Diagram of Gay/Not Gay that’s where the circles overlap.

  67. 67
    jdpeace Says:

    All my guy friends on facebook may also just look particularly bad with their shirts off. I just thought of that.

  68. 68
    jdpeace Says:

    @52 The Sandman

  69. 69
    timo Says:

    @49 hpotter. Thank you. cool interview. Looks like a great kid!
    Go Beachy!!

  70. 70
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Well he’s a fan of The Office so he can’t be that bad. Then again National Treasure 1 and 2 are pretty awful.. maybe he just likes the historical aspects and not Cage’s terrific acting.

  71. 71
    Mike N. Says:

    Don’t understand all the hate for Nic Cage. He makes enjoyable movies, dammit!

  72. 72
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Yes, he does. He also makes mounds upon mounds of crap.

  73. 73
    daniel Says:

    i feel like comment 69 should have been reserved for someone to write a random porn star’s name.

  74. 74
    braves14 Says:

    There aren’t many more stressful scenarios for a major league debut than tonight.

    Maybe Jair’s injury is why he’s been pitching shitty.

  75. 75
    DowneasterJC Says:

    He plays the same character in every movie, just in different situations. It’s like he’s trying to make his life into a vast situational comedy where he and a bunch of convicts hijack a prison plane, then he gets out of that jam and joins a bunch of nerds looking for hidden Freemason treasure (twice), and then has a wacky adventure after he makes a deal with the devil and becomes a motorcycle driving D-list superhero.

  76. 76
    Mike N. Says:

    The Rock was an awesome movie. That might have been more Sean Connery and Ed Harris, though. But I am entertained by the National Treasure movies, although as you said that might be more about the historical aspects.

  77. 77
    Brian J. Says:

    69,70- And enjoyably crappy ones, like the Wicker Man remake! I did enjoy the National Treasure movies, though.

  78. 78
    justhank Says:

    Ah, come on, Mac. I wanna catch a glimpse.

    Con Air is a guilty pleasure to which I readily confess. (But have you ever heard a worse Southern accent in your life?)

  79. 79
    Remy Says:

    If he gives up too many homeruns, his nickname may end up being “Beach Ball.”

  80. 80
    spike Says:

    a motorcycle driving D-list superhero.

    You’ve nailed my aspirations down pat.

  81. 81
    Remy Says:

    Nicolas Cage was pretty good in The Bad Lieutenant. At least he’s not Jennifer Aniston. Talk about mounds and mounds of crap.

  82. 82
    Cory Says:

    He’s also had some really good ones; just last year I thought he was great in Bad Lieutenant.

  83. 83
    csg Says:

    Jennifer is hot though

  84. 84
    csg Says:

    well, Werth may be off our radar now. The latest….

    It didn’t take long for Scott Boras to start hinting at Jayson Werth’s free agent value. The agent, who recently added Werth to his long list of clients, suggested to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the outfielder will be seeking more than the $66MM Jason Bay obtained as a free agent last winter. Without making demands or mentioning dollar figures, Boras made it clear that he considers Werth more similar to Matt Holliday (a Boras client who signed a $120MM deal) than Bay.

    “Werth is a totally different type of player [than Bay],” Boras said. “He’s an athlete who can play center field, run, steal bases, be a Gold Glove type outfielder.”

  85. 85
    hpotter Says:

    Raising Arizona is still top 5 all-time for me. Probably where Cage peaked too

  86. 86
    sansho1 Says:

    I’m already pissed at Chip for shouting “and Beachy looks peachy!”, and it hasn’t even happened yet.

  87. 87
    jdpeace Says:

    @83 Or, it’s been no day at the Beach for Beachy. I can hear it in my head.

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    LetTheWookieWin Says:

    In law school, we used to have “Bad Nic Cage Movie Night,” where we would drink 40s and be astonished by the mere existence of Nic Cage. The Wicker Man, in which he dresses in a bear suit and punches a lot of women in the face, was definitely the most baffling.

    Nic Cage is the Jeff Francoeur of actors. For every Lord of War or Bad Lieutenant, there are the other ten movies per month he makes that are really head scratching.

    For Your Consideration:

    And a PSA:

  89. 89
    jdpeace Says:

    OR if he’s going well: There was an Ubermensch in Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche. Tonight he’s on the mound and with that fastball Thus Spoke Beachy.

  90. 90
    urlhix Says:

    Shoot, I still love Valley Girl. Although that’s mostly because of The Plimsouls, but Cage is great.

    Go Braves!!

  91. 91
    jdpeace Says:

    Among his Facebook likes he has included “Laughing”.

    I checked. Mac does not like laughing.

  92. 92
    LetTheWookieWin Says:

    He also enjoys “food.”

  93. 93
    spike Says:

    Re:85 – you can’t say we lack for obscure cultural references here at the ol’ Braves Journal.

  94. 94
    Brian J. Says:

    85- Sounds much too highbrow for Chip.

  95. 95
    jdpeace Says:

    How about: No one has collaborated with an enemy this bad since Vichy, Beachy!

  96. 96
    ryan c Says:

    magglio ordonez is venezuelan and he’s going to be a free agent next year.

  97. 97
    NickC Says:

    I’m guessing Ordonez won’t be offered arbitration either.

    Anyone else surprised how slow Prado was at getting down the line there?

  98. 98
    ryan c Says:

    brandon beachy wears a magnetic necklace.

  99. 99
    Dan Says:

    Mac, this should have been your Francoeur-hippopotamus image:

  100. 100
    jdpeace Says:

    @93 That’s attractive.

  101. 101
    Randy Says:

    That was Peachy, Beachy! Let’s get some runs!

  102. 102
    sansho1 Says:

    Big ump strike zone and the wind blowing in is working for the kid so far. Nice play by Diaz, too.

  103. 103
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @92, Absolutely. It wasn’t even close.

  104. 104
    Tomas Says:

    Diaz getting his cardio in.

  105. 105
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Hell yeah!!

  106. 106
    Brian J. Says:

    Nice work, B-Mac!

  107. 107
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Question: Why didn’t I ever give Yunel Escobar the nickname “The Frosted Flake”?

  108. 108
    ryan c Says:

    you just did…it’s a better nickname for someone not on the team you root for.

  109. 109
    ryan c Says:

    does anyone have any confidence in melky getting brian home here?

  110. 110
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Melky sucks.

  111. 111
    ryan c Says:

    f*ck a fat bastard. nice managing bobby.

  112. 112
    Brian J. Says:

    Thanks, AAG and Melky. I was getting confused by our sudden competence.

  113. 113
    Dan Says:


    What is it with Cox and these center fielders? Cabrera, Blanco, Jones in 2007…none of them should have gotten the playing time they did.

  114. 114
    FlaBravesFan Says:

    How does Beachy look so far? Hard to tell from Gameday, however, I do have the pleasure of watching the Rays and Yakmees play.

    Raising Arizona is on my all time list….love that line ” Son, you got a panty on your head “

  115. 115
    JJ Says:

    We’ve got to be the worst team in MLB at getting runners in from 3rd with no outs.

    Should McCann have been sent on the Diaz single? I’m following on the internet, and once McCann got held, I assumed we wouldn’t score.

  116. 116
    John Gaines Says:


    Wow, I dunno. It’s so perfectly obvious.

    Better late than never.

  117. 117
    Bethany Says:

    That sucked.

  118. 118
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Why can’t our fat guy hit like that?

    McCann held up on the ball, it was a liner past the shortstop. He would have been out by 40 feet.

  119. 119
    Tomas Says:

    I think Melky hits the ball so softly because the bacon wrapping is dampening the impact.

  120. 120
    ryan c Says:

    we can blame melky all we want but bobby fills out the lineup. putting melky in center tonight is idiotic.

  121. 121
    Mac Thomason Says:

    The Round Mound of Grounding Into Double Plays.

  122. 122
    Bethany Says:

    Aw shoot.

  123. 123
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Do you guys think a girl will ever play in MLB? Besides Hamels I mean.

  124. 124
    BraveFanInChi Says:

    Really hurts not to have Chipper tonight.

  125. 125
    Brian J. Says:

    123- Rafael Belliard spent 17 years in the majors, and I’m sure there are women who hit better than him. Similarly, there’ve got to be women who throw harder than Livan Hernandez or field better than the Melkiest Man on Earth.

  126. 126
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @123, There’s that ugly chick named Tim who plays for San Francisco.

  127. 127
    Brian J. Says:

    Ah yes, where the women are women… and so are the men.

  128. 128
    Robert Says:

    I’m already pissed at Chip for shouting “and Beachy looks peachy!”, and it hasn’t even happened yet.

    This was great sansho. Very funny.

    Yeah that is pretty tough to do Joe, especially since ‘don’t take to much responsibility on yourself’ is pretty worthless piece of advice for a starting pitcher.

  129. 129
    Bethany Says:

    The Melky is clearly a frog transformed into a human. How else can you explain the video @8?

  130. 130
    Robert Says:

    It’s days like this we miss not having Smoltz in the booth. Chip and Joe bring nothing to the table in talking about a young pitcher.

    “Try to keep the top of the order guys off base”. Yeah, no shit. For that matter try to keep everyone off base and try not to let their power hitters hit any home runs.

  131. 131
    Ben Says:

    Walkin’ a tight rope but kept it okay so far.

  132. 132
    braves14 Says:

    He’s throwing strikes, no unintentional walks so far, but isn’t missing many bats either.

  133. 133
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    I’d feel better about this if Hamels was closer to 70 pitches right now. This feels like delaying the inevitable.

  134. 134
    carl Says:

    braves free swinging or is hamels dealing?

  135. 135
    sdp Says:


  136. 136
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    2GIDP’s certainly didn’t help matters.

  137. 137
    Smitty Says:


    He is dealing

    This has to be it for Beachy, they are hitting the ball super hard off him.

  138. 138
    carl Says:

    @136 sounds like par for the course, for the bottom of the order.

  139. 139
    Robert Says:

    #137 – I wouldn’t mind at all bringing out a fresh pitcher to start the fifth. Top of the order, third time through, it could get ugly.

    Obviously, I don’t think there is anyway that it happens.

  140. 140
    braves14 Says:

    Lots of fly balls. I see good control but not overpowering stuff. Average fastball, changeup, curveball.

  141. 141
    Brian J. Says:

    If you’d have done that last at-bat, AAG, we’d have had two more runs.

  142. 142
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    so? do they strand AAG here?

    btw, whatever became of the folk hero?

  143. 143
    carl Says:

    @142 I’m afraid so.

  144. 144
    ryan c Says:

    melky=frankier francoeur

  145. 145
    Smitty Says:

    Hamels is good

  146. 146
    Randy Says:

    I actually had more confidence in Beachy getting a hit than Melky.

  147. 147
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I hope Melky’s philly cheese steak didn’t get cold while he was striking out.

  148. 148
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    Beachy has handled himself awfully well tonight, but someone has to tell him to keep the bat on the shoulder.

  149. 149
    carl Says:

    @144 at least frenchy could throw the ball. melky does nothing,least we count keep the bats clean.

  150. 150
    braves14 Says:

    I would have PH for Beachy there.

  151. 151
    Bethany Says:


  152. 152
    carl Says:

    who’s warming up in the pen, its time?

  153. 153
    Coop Says:


  154. 154
    Smitty Says:

    That was Melky-licious The Phillies are about to explode

  155. 155
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    @150, I think I’d reluctantly agree. He is 3rd time through the order now.

    ah crap.

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    RobBroad4th Says:


  157. 157
    braves14 Says:

    Bobby’s going to let the bases be loaded with a run or 2 in before he considers getting someone up.

    Edit: Okay, maybe not. Still should have pinch-hit for him.

  158. 158
    Smitty Says:

    Just keep us in it young man

  159. 159
    Smitty Says:

    Smart move Bobby. Good job Beachy

  160. 160
    Bethany Says:

    Good try, Beachy. It’s not your fault.

  161. 161
    Coop Says:

    Kid did well.

  162. 162
    Cory Says:

    He kept us in the game. Can’t ask for much more.

  163. 163
    ryan c Says:

    bobby’s doing a bangup job tonight. i dont think i’ve criticized him hardly at all this year, but letting beachy hit last inning (after he’d been hit hard in all 4 innings) with a runner on is may management, not september playoff hunt management.

  164. 164
    Randy Says:

    The kid pitched really well, right now he’ll have to be considered for a spot on the pitching staff next year.

  165. 165
    DowneasterJC Says:

    AAG had Victorino dead to rights, imo.

    Can we get Cueto to kick AAG into retirement?

  166. 166
    Bethany Says:

    You have got to be kidding me. Screw you Brian.

  167. 167
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Sloppy baseball.

  168. 168
    Smitty Says:

    Walk him

  169. 169
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Dear Chipper, please let your last parting gift be teaching McCann to play third.

  170. 170
    Smitty Says:

    Good walk

  171. 171
    Smitty Says:

    I think Prado should have caught that ball

  172. 172
    ryan c Says:

    that wasnt on mccann, and he’s been a much better defender this year than previous.

  173. 173
    RobBroad4th Says:

    171, Agreed.

  174. 174
    Bethany Says:

    I blame Heyward for effing up this inning.

  175. 175
    braves14 Says:

    This may be the ballgame here.

  176. 176
    DowneasterJC Says:

    And it starts.

  177. 177
    Jeremy Says:

    Why didn’t Bobby bring in Moylan to face Werth?

  178. 178
    Smitty Says:

    Good play AAG

  179. 179
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Tough break.

  180. 180
    ryan c Says:

    see melky, you have to actually make contact.

  181. 181
    braves14 Says:

    177 — Because Ibanez was on-deck.

  182. 182
    Bethany Says:

    This sucks.

  183. 183
    Smitty Says:

    I’ll take 3-1. If we hold these guys to three that is something. We have to have better AB’s and force Hamels out of the game. We can score on their pen.

  184. 184
    Adam M Says:

    Three runs is too much against one of the best lefties in baseball. Nice work defense.

    And nice work by Moylan there.

  185. 185
    Smitty Says:

    Our D and wasted AB’s have cost us in this game. Beachy pitched as well as could have been expected. Bobby has made good moves so far. The Phillies have just taken advantage of our mistakes. That is what good teams do. They know they can step on our throats this week and they plan to do it.

  186. 186
    Smitty Says:

    However, it isn’t over. In this park we can score two. We just need to work Cole Kofax better

  187. 187
    Dan Says:

    So, how much longer does Cox bat Prado third? Last I saw: Prado’s OPS was over .850. Now it’s currently .815.

    Also Prado is hitting .253/.291/.320 in September.

  188. 188
    Coop Says:

    The game is not over, and our pen’s outstanding. Two runs isn’t that big a deficit to overcome.

  189. 189
    Smitty Says:

    Bad AB by Infante

  190. 190
    JoeyT Says:

    Good PA. Make him throw a lot of pitches with no out. Get him out of this game.

  191. 191
    Smitty Says:

    Great AB by Heyward

  192. 192
    Smitty Says:


  193. 193
    Bethany Says:

    Man, I thought that was gone.

    And there’s the expected result.

  194. 194
    JoeyT Says:

    Instead, the inning is gone.

  195. 195
    carl Says:


  196. 196
    TomL Says:


  197. 197
    Smitty Says:

    Utley is damn good

  198. 198
    Adam M Says:

    Utley is so good out there. Tough break for Prado.

  199. 199
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Went from almost tying the game to ending the inning. Baseball is a cruel sport.

  200. 200
    Weldon Says:

    Ugh, that’s just too cruel.

  201. 201
    Adam M Says:

    Prado, incidentally, has a 733 OPS in the 3-hole. That’s probably owes more to the wear of the season than his batting position, but still.

  202. 202
    Smitty Says:

    We are going to get Hamels next inning. We need a 1-2-3 6th here.

  203. 203
    Smitty Says:

    Ok, here we go. We tie it up here.

  204. 204
    RobBroad4th Says:

    There’s the Moylan I know and love.

  205. 205
    Coop Says:

    Here we go, Braves. Time to rip out their hearts.

  206. 206
    Adam M Says:

    Nice inning. Cole has at least one more inning in him… hopefully only that.

  207. 207
    braves14 Says:

    Former Gamecock WR Kenny McKinley has apparently committed suicide after being injured for 2 years with the Broncos.

  208. 208
    NickH Says:

    I think ‘ugh’ pretty much sums up this whole game so far.

  209. 209
    NickC Says:

    Our lack of speed to 1st has really cost us some baserunners tonight. They’ve been able to fumble and still throw guys out.

  210. 210
    Weldon Says:

    @207 – Jesus, really? I had classes with him, saw him around campus all the time, etc. I don’t have any words.

  211. 211
    Adam M Says:

    Did Cox forget Moylan was out there?

  212. 212
    Mac Thomason Says:

  213. 213
    Bethany Says:

    That was awesome.

  214. 214
    drewdat Says:

    Best field invasion ever?

  215. 215
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Diaz apparently tripped a fan who ran on the field. I wouldve loved to have seen that.

  216. 216
    Adam M Says:

    They didn’t show it on the Phillies network… or maybe I missed it. Did Diaz do something cool?

  217. 217
    Bethany Says:

    Diaz tripped him from behind.

  218. 218
    drewdat Says:

    Yeah, he kinda waited for the guy to pass him, then he snuck up and tripped him from behind/beside. It has to make Sportscenter.

  219. 219
    braves14 Says:

    ajcbraves Play of the night: LF Diaz just tripped a guy in orange spandex who ran on field and was alluding security. He knocked him down from behind

    Fill in the punchline.

  220. 220
    Bethany Says:


  221. 221
    Dan Says:

    I blame Melky for swinging at ball four.

  222. 222
    Bethany Says:

    God we suck.

  223. 223
    RobBroad4th Says:

    A 2009 Yankee site has Melky at 170 pounds. This year he’s 200. Could that possibly be right?

  224. 224
    Brian J. Says:

    223- I see what you mean, Rob. That 200 sounds awfully low.

  225. 225
    sdp Says:

    Diaz rocks!

  226. 226
    drewdat Says:

    Yep. Forget the scoreboard, Matt Diaz is the winner.

  227. 227
    Bethany Says:

    Terrible, Jason.

  228. 228
    sdp Says:

    Way to mail it in, Jason.

  229. 229
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @225, Thanks for sharing. That was pretty incredible. That kid has nothing on Charlie Day.

  230. 230
    Brian J. Says:

    Why are we making Lidge look like a competent closer?

  231. 231
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Damn Phillies.

  232. 232
    c. shorter Says:


    Lidge sure looks rejuvenated.

  233. 233
    IthacaBraves Says:

    Am I the only one that knew definitively that we were about to lose the game going into the 5th? I think not.

  234. 234
    IthacaBraves Says:

    The Melky GIDP in the second was pretty ominous too.

  235. 235
    ryan c Says:

    i have no confidence in a team that trots out melky cabrera’s sorry ass in their starting lineup.

  236. 236
    Mac Thomason Says:


  237. 237
    IthacaBraves Says:

    Maybe the reason we always lose against lefties is because Melky always starts. Heres hoping we see McLouth and Diaz/Ankiel in the next two.

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