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04 Oct

plaisir d’amour…BRAVES 4 DODGERS 3


Plaisir d’amour ne dure qu’un moment.                                                                nana mouskouri
chagrin d’amour dure toute la vie.


so we remember the awful losses, they endure…victory, if gained, is fleeting…in baseball as in love, surely?

not tonight, Josephine…something must wash that taste away, in this instance we care not for how long.




another botched relay, is it nerves?  or Karma?                                                     DODGERS 1-0

2/0 count, Jason rolls over…Darling speaks up for us on close calls..


Freddie splitsville…DP…2 singles...Greinke flies out CF

OSB, my man, l/off single..Mac advances him.. CJ  K..  F***ing lovely Andrelton OF Dbl…past Puig!!          1-1


Minor location problems..great DPlay!!  Andrelton, 10 yrs, $165 M, backloaded…Frank called me

good line from Darling on Pitcher’s BP – HR contest with no Home Runs..we go meekly


AGon l/off single..Puig K.. out of trouble..LaSorda lovely reaction to 53 years in not 63..enjoyed by all

Freddie, l/off double, smashed..Gattis fails, Mac too…CJ !! something else!! Our first series lead                 BRAVES 2-1


Good news –   Much Minor’s best, no messing..Bobby Cox angelic as usual…

Minor unlucky, Puig hauls in his line drive..Greinke lovely s/out curve freezes Jason


Ramirez 1 out double…great strike out of AGon..Puig infield hit..Fabulous escape under pressure by MM..

Justin continues to disappoint, FF battles and grounds out..1,2.3 we need more runs, too tight as it is..


L/off single..Minor out, too soon? Who’s as good? Greinke also out..Ayala in..horrible play at first on

grounder, 1st and 3rd  , Ayala leaves..we’re in trouble..Avilan against top of order..DP! BRILLIANT!

WOW!!   now Withrow on, who he,rubbish??  Mac walks, BJ PR!! bold..CJ! br bat single…no steal from BJ..

AS great bunt..2nd and 3rd, 1 out…squeeze..please! poor old EJ, what a goat..feel sorry for him..K..LHP coming

in for Constanza(Rodriguez)…i am quietly, its Reed! they’ll walk him..Jason, your moment..loaded..2 out

FANTASTIC JASON, 2 run single… Belisario loads the bases..Howell pitching..FF grounds out.                     BRAVES 4-1


Carpenter walks lead off hitter, Ramirez 2 run homer…hanging curve, no outs.. Agon K’s..Puig K’s..much drama..

Kimbrel in for a 4 out save…(good recovery by Carpenter, high heat)..Uribe grounds out..                                 BRAVES 4-3

Wilson on to pitch…Laird/BJ/CJ i,2,3…BJ did make some contact though!


Kimbrel back, 3 more needed…Schumaker, K…Ellis WALKS..Ethier PHits, Gordon PR… LAIRD !!!!

C/S…we may have got a break on the call…great pick up and tag AS.. Kimbrel plays with fire, another walk..

Crawford ..2/2…  DEO GRATIA.. KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK                                                                                        BRAVES WIN 4-3


so love has triumphed, it will endure at least ’till we get to L.A…

celebrate with your beloved and sing-a-long  here

Andrelton extended through 2040, Frank called again.

Laird statue under consideration.


325 Responses to “plaisir d’amour…BRAVES 4 DODGERS 3”

  1. 1
    spike Says:

    Sorta JC’ed –

    Great win. For the record, I am no Fredi hater, but my god that sequence between he and Mattingly in the 7th was just some of the worst managing ever.

  2. 2
    Grst Says:

    That got more interesting than I would have preferred, but it was nothing to have an exciting game start to finish for once.

  3. 3
    csg Says:

    Guys on ESPN and MLB so desperately want LA to win. Some clown on MLB thinks LA will close us out and score a “ton” of runs in LA. Someone should let Teheran hear that over and over.

  4. 4
    kc Says:

    I just want to say Mike Minor turned in an ace performance considering the situation. He is as cool as ice after the first double play. Great job Mike!!!

  5. 5
    Rob Cope Says:

    I’m not typically a media conspiracy theorist, but it definitely seems like the announcers are rooting against Atlanta. And if I see Uggla after another time Johnson does something bad, I’m going to throw something at the TV. WE GET IT! THERE WAS A CONTROVERSY OVER THE ROSTER! YOU’VE MADE YOUR POINT!

    Go Barves.

  6. 6
    Smitty Says:

    If we beat Ryu, we force them to pitch Kershaw in game four and we avid Nolasco. I like our chances in that scenario. I think we can Ryu

  7. 7
    spike Says:

    From a poster over at BBTF, it sure looks like Gordon was out

  8. 8
    F Says:

    @5 One of them is a Mets’ announcer.

  9. 9
    Dan Says:

    I think the wilting flower image should be replaced by this .GIF of Dee Gordon’s reaction to being caught stealing:

  10. 10
    spike Says:

    Andrelton doing “Yeah you’re out” just makes that priceless.

  11. 11
    Remy Says:


    Thanks for that. Now someone should send it to Mitch Williams, et al. who begrudgingly acknowledge a Braves victory tonight.

  12. 12
    Smitty Says:

    Gordon was out

  13. 13
    blazon Says:

    if you like recaps of wins here’s another…

  14. 14
    fm Says:

    In the time it took you to read this post, Kimbrel just struck out the side.

    Kimbrel's 9th inning fastballs in order: 98, 99, 98, 99, 99, 100, 99, 99, 98, 100, 99, 100, 100, 99, 100, 100, 98. #yesidid #heat— Andy Odenbach (@THEEODENBACH) October 5, 2013

  15. 15
    W.C.G. Says:

    @7, I watched the replay on Taco Mac’s projector about 10 times. Gordon was safe. I’m OK with this. Updated W.M.B.P.L.A.Y. odds:

    3:1 Dead Man Walking
    4:1 The Clincher
    4:1 The Ambush
    25:1 The Gut-Shot
    40:1 The Umpire
    20:1 That Which Dare Not Speak Its Name

    (If I ever write these odds to turn out as a Dutch book, keep in mind I’m a guy who likes drinking beer and watching the Braves, not a professional oddsmaker.)

  16. 16
    iceberg584 Says:

    @14 I get the feeling that “the Clincher” is the most likely outcome at this point, at least more so than “the Ambush”.

  17. 17
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Gordon was totally safe, and we’re owed it, so I don’t give a crap.

    Kimbrel had too many Red Bulls.

  18. 18
    W.C.G. Says:

    @15, peak Ambush was in the aftermath of last night, when they looked completely flat and like a candidate to get swept in three. Good rebound tonight; most of that credit belongs to Minor for being a stopper when we needed one.

  19. 19
    sdp Says:

    Gordon was out. And who cares if he wasn’t–compensation for POSEY BEING OUT.

  20. 20
    Grst Says:

    I thought he was clearly safe at first, but after about the tenth reply changed my mind. The glove appears to make contact with Gordon at the same time as it catches the ball. Out.

  21. 21
    Korben Says:


    Steve Lyons: “You guys know I love what Hanley is doing. You also know that I believe a HR that doesn’t tie, or put U ahead… Kills rallys”

  22. 22
    PAULV Says:

    @19 REASON made him look out by letting ball come to him and keeping ball low as he tagged him. Since their is no butt cam, call stands.

  23. 23
    fm Says:

    Gordon was out. Here’s definitive proof.

  24. 24
    Grst Says:

    @21 No doubt that call only happens, regardless if it was correct or not, because Simmons is awesome. He did so many little things there to make that play what it was.

    Edit: @22 Thank you. Looks definitive.

  25. 25
    kc Says:

    @20. Frenchy’s best friend!

  26. 26
    Anon21 Says:

    22: That’s from this game?

  27. 27
    Johnny Says:

    Gordon was out.
    Minor was incredible.
    I’m not sure my heart can take another game like this.

  28. 28
    Brian J. Says:

    21- Because someone has to say it: In LA, I expect the Dodgers will listen to Reason.

  29. 29
    Dan Says:

    “You guys know I love what Hanley is doing. You also know that I believe a HR that doesn’t tie, or put U ahead… Kills rallys”

    They needed three runs, but Ramirez only hit a two-run home run. Talk about coming up short when it matters most.


  30. 30
    Dirt Napper Says:

    Just got home from the Ted – my impressions:
    – The most impressive player in the ballpark tonight was Hanley Ramirez. That dude looked like he could do no wrong.
    – I have never, in over 30 years of attending Braves games, have heard a home crowd as electrified as this one was on the big plays. The noise on Heyward’s single, the Dee Gordon caught stealing, Kimbrel’s final out – absolutely deafening.

    Just a great night to have been at the ballpark.

  31. 31
    kc Says:

    Who can say anymore the braves fans don’t care?

  32. 32
    kc Says:

    Our usual five-game series script:

    Game 1: a convincing loss
    Game 2: a close win
    Game 3,4: win one of two
    Game 5: a convincing loss

    Let’s hope we win game 3 and 4 this time…just to shut up the entire national media.

  33. 33
    jjschiller Says:

    We’ve got a better offense than these guys. None of our pitchers is in the class of Kershaw or Greinke. And we still hung a loss on Greinke.

    I think we can beat Ryu. If we beat Ryu, what does LA do? Kershaw threw like 130 pitches, are you really going to bring him back on short rest?

    We beat Greinke. We can beat Ryu, and we can beat Nolasco.

  34. 34
    Edward Says:

    29 – Last night’s first inning when Medlen struck out the side, too. Unreal.

  35. 35
    Dan Says:

    I started following the Braves regularly in 2005, and both years they made the postseason (2005, 2010) it was:

    Game 1: lose
    Game 2: win
    Game 3: lose
    Game 4: lose

    Hoping it’s different this time.

  36. 36
    td Says:

    BJ’s at bat was frustrating as usual,but maybe even worse than normal. He took several good swings and worked the count to 3-2. I almost had a glimmer of hope that he would walk or get a hit. Then he does his “wind up” swing and it’s all she wrote.

    How long can we put up with him or Uggla if they play like this next year? My guess is we’ll end up eating most of these guys’ salaries for several years to come. Right now paying them to play for another team seems like a better idea than having them play for us.

  37. 37
    PeteOrr Says:

    Definitely the loudest I’ve heard the Ted this evening, and that’s despite the absolutely atrocious “DJ” Dan trying to kill the crowd.

  38. 38
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Pedro is fat as hell these days, but the chin fuzz and greased curls are awesome as always.

  39. 39
    PAULV Says:

    @34 There is a chance that Uggla can adjust to his eye surgery. I expect nothing in a trade for him now.

  40. 40
    Dirt Napper Says:

    @35 – He was terrible, I’ll give you that.

  41. 41
    BMan Says:

    Andrelton Simmons is unbelievable. He’s good in ways that I didn’t even know existed until he does something to demonstrate how much better he is than others. That simultaneous catch and tag while his foot blocked the bag was just another example.

  42. 42
    mavery Says:

    I had a lot of fun watching this game. I was going to a show (friend’s BD), so I basically hung back at the bar we went to prior to the show to see the 8th and 9th. Totally worth it.

    I do have to say, the managerial choices in that game was beyond questionable. I won’t get into Mattingly beyond saying YOU DON’T WALK JOSE CONSTANZA TO PITCH TO JASON HEYWARD I DON’T CARE WHICH LIMB YOUR PITCHER THROWS WITH.

    For Fredi, it’s a bit more complicated. He basically decided to have Carpenter pitch to the the Dodger’s 3 best hitters (and Mark Ellis), and after that stretch was done (with no one on and Carpenter actually looking really good), he decided to bring in Kimbrel in a situation he’d used him in exactly twice the entire season prior. And this to pitch to Juan Uribe?

    Look, if Carpenter can face Adrian Gonzalez and co, he can face Juan Uribe. If you intend to do something weird with Kimbrel, how about using him to go for the best hitters in the Dodger lineup rather than the worst? It just…. I don’t know. It made no sense to me. Either bring Kimbrel in earlier to pitch to frickin Hanley Ramirez.

    But whatever. It worked out. And you know what? Even when it was a one-run game, I wasn’t really that worried. Even with Puig up there. I thought Carpenter would get it done. Go Braves!

  43. 43
    kc Says:

    @40. I believe Fredi did that once…walking someone weaker to get to CarGo so he can get the lefty-lefty matchup…at coors…

  44. 44
    csg Says:

    Btw, BMac has no shot at throwing out Gordon

  45. 45
    krussell Says:

    Fredi sac bunted to set up second and third with Elliot Johnson and Constanza coming up. I was yelling at the tv but I guess he didn’t hear me. Then Mattingly called Fredi’s stupid and raised him by twice when he walked the bases loaded to get to Heyward. That was a gift. It was awesome to see us take advantage. Probably one of the worst managed half-innings of all time.

  46. 46
    Rob Cope Says:

    Yeah, you definitely don’t sac bunt to set up second and third with Elliot. You do that to set up Uggla. Duh.

  47. 47
    csg Says:

    I don’t think Fredi wanted Kimbrel to have to get 6 outs. I think it was the right move to bring him in when he did. Now bunting with Andrelton to set up EJ is a different conversation.

  48. 48
    csg Says:

    Mat tingly refusing to pitch to Constanza and Reed to throw to Heyward definitely tops the worst managing moves of all time. Constanza can’t hit one past an infielder and Reed hasn’t had a hit since probably June. Thanks!

  49. 49
    PAULV Says:

    Matting has read this board and knows Roadrunner is awesome.

  50. 50
    Rob Cope Says:

    Yeah, that Mattingly move was an example of match-ups to an extreme. I wonder if Tony La Russa would have done that.

  51. 51
    John R. Says:

    Fredi dug such a deep hole starting with pinch-running BJ for McCann (not Georgie? Or not at all?) that he wound up looking like a genius after the fact thanks to Mattingly.

  52. 52
    Dan Says:

    Yeah, you definitely don’t sac bunt to set up second and third with Elliot. You do that to set up Uggla. Duh.

    SmElliot Johnson has been as bad as his detractors could have predicted. 0-fer for the series, defensive play that costs the Braves two runs, failure to simply make contact in a runner-on-third, one out situation. There’s no way Uggla could have done worse.

    It’s like having a second pitcher in the line-up, but even that’s not fair to say, as Greinke can hits circles around Johnson. Greinke is hitting .328/.409/.379 in 58 at-bats in 2013.

    I think it’s a mistake Fredi will correct should the Braves reach the NLCS.

  53. 53
    Remy Says:


    McCann gets the ball to Simmons on a short hop, and Gordon’s standing safe at second. Absolutely the right call to put BJ in as a pinch runner.

  54. 54
    'Rissa Says:

    I just saw this quote from Freddie about the DP Avilan started:

    “It was a great play by [Avilan] and a great turn by Andrelton. Luckily, I caught the ball. It kind of rattled around my glove. I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ That would have been on the all-time Not Top 10 right there.”

    If he drops that ball, I bet we lose the game.

  55. 55
    roadrunner48 Says:

    @52 Dan, your nemesis Elliot turned a double play last night that you could never have done. It was one of the key plays of the game. You may have noticed if you weren’t too busy sulking.

    E Johnson can’t hit. Neither can you. Get over it. Focus on what you’re still good at: arm curls and banging strippers. Soon, you’ll have unlimited time for these activities. Smile. You’re still going to get paid! Just think, there will be no more of that asshole Fredi not understanding your greatness. Frank will be out of your life. We’ll all be out of your life. Everybody wins.

  56. 56
    John R. Says:

    @52, You’re not thinking of putting in BJ as a pinch-runner because McCann will need a defensive replacement. One has nothing to do with the other.

  57. 57
    ububba Says:

    Fun moments at The Ted last night: First time Puig came to the plate, the stadium organist played The Beatles’ “Piggies.”

    The second time, he played Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”

    The third AB, I couldn’t hear because the crowd was booing too loud.

  58. 58
    mavery Says:

    I think the 2B umpire would’ve ruled interference on Uribe anyways. He slid like two yards off the bag to try to keep Andrelton from making a bad throw. It didn’t matter because Freddie made the play, but I think it was a fairly obvious call.

  59. 59
    Korben Says:

    I have a good feeling about Teheran tomorrow

  60. 60
    csg Says:


    @ajcbraves: #Braves Fredi G said Freddy G (Garcia) starts Game 4 regardless of outcome of Game 3.

  61. 61
    coop Says:

    Smitty, your Vols played a helluva game and deserved to win. My Dawgs were lucky.

  62. 62
    mavery Says:

    I think Florida just caught a huge break there…..

  63. 63
    Rob Cope Says:

    A huge one. That’s a fumble all day.

    EDIT: I’ll take that too.

  64. 64
    Trace Says:

    When three of your top playmakers on offense go down with knee injuries, I find it hard to say that your team is “lucky.” Tennessee certainly played their tails off. And Aaron Murray is clutch.

  65. 65
    spike Says:

    @51, I think pinch running BJ was pretty sound – if anyone gets a hit, he’s got a better chance to score and he stays out of the DP better You slide Gattis behind the plate and BJ makes your defense better without burning a good PH and Gattis hits first next inning. If BJ comes up in 8th (8 batters later) then probably something good has happened and it’s a non-issue. Carpenter yakking up two to undo it was unfortunate. Pulling Gattis for Laird at the end of the inning was a bad idea that worked out anyway.

  66. 66
    braves14 Says:

    59 — I don’t get it. Medlen only threw 74 pitches in Game 1 and wouldn’t Minor be in normal rest in Game 5?

  67. 67
    coop Says:

    @63: make that “lucky to win” then. The injuries will continue to hurt, for sure.

  68. 68
    Edward Says:

    65 – I’ve been thinking the same thing all day. Why would we start Freddy over a Medlen who only threw 74 pitches Thursday night? Worst-case scenario, Medlen looks shaky in the early-going and we have another starter stretched out for some long relief.

  69. 69
    Dan Says:

    Didn’t think about it until now, but yesterday could have been McCann’s last game at Turner Field as an Atlanta Brave.

  70. 70
    csg Says:

    Oh this is nice.

    @ajcbraves: #Braves Schafer has flu symptoms, thought he was getting better yesterday but felt real bad today.

  71. 71
    mavery Says:

    Disgusting that I have to watch CB Bucknor call a playoff game.

  72. 72
    mavery Says:

    The crew doing the Florida game is really touchy….

  73. 73
    spike Says:

    A win’s a win, Auburn and that was a big one, but damn.

  74. 74
    Brian J. Says:

    70- Yep, there’s CB being CB.

  75. 75
    Korben Says:

    Bucknor is atrocious

  76. 76
    'Rissa Says:

    @68 I thought about it. When he was pulled and the cameras showed him in the dugout, I felt a moment of sadness. Here’s hoping we get at least a couple of more weeks of him as a Brave.

  77. 77
    kc Says:

    The dodgers seems to have figured out Medlen pretty good in the first game. I wouldn’t mind starting Garcia to see if he has better luck and use medlen as the long reliever. I would definitely start Minor if there is a game 5.

  78. 78
    ryan c Says:

    In last night’s game, there were 5 caught looking Ks that were out of the zone. That’s unacceptable.

  79. 79
    blazon Says:

    @ 77

    awful…and worse that Selig allows it to endure.

    How about Sonny Boy though? Never heard of him, out of the blue. Extraordinary mound presence c/w great stuff.

    That was a fine game of baseball marred by CB.

  80. 80
    Remy Says:

    Sonny’s another Vanderbilt grad.

  81. 81
    Smitty Says:


    Thanks. Butch and company did a great job, especially in the second half.

    I’m really sold on Butch now. I felt he out coached Richt.

  82. 82
    Smitty Says:


    I would have Uggla take hit roster spot.

  83. 83
    blazon Says:

    @ 79

    pre or post Minor?

  84. 84
    Remy Says:


    They were teammates (scroll down).

  85. 85
    blazon Says:

    @ 83

    Thank you. So, 2 years behind Mike but also a first round pick.

    You must forgive my ignorance of most things SEC…coming to this country half way through your life it’s hard to first understand and then accept what the NCAA is and does to higher education here so I’ve never become a follower.

    Had I attended one of those colleges myself of course such scruples might well have been left at the door!

  86. 86
    csg Says:

    If Jordan has the flu or is unable to play they really have no choice but to swap he and Uggla. We née another infielder anyways.

  87. 87
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    By the way, I tweeted out Ububba’s comments at @56, and Matthew Kaminski, the Braves organist, retweeted it. (He’s @bravesorganist.)

  88. 88
    Remy Says:


    So what song did Kaminski play before Puig’s third at-bat?

  89. 89
    spike Says:

    Suggest “Pigs (3 different ones) to him!

  90. 90
    Remy Says:

    Here you go, Spike:

  91. 91
    spike Says:

    you gotta admit, it’s got a tasty keyboard part.

    //Floyd is a “guilty pleasure” of mine.

  92. 92
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh, I don’t think anyone need apologize for liking Floyd. They’re like Zeppelin to me. Forget the politics of who’s supposed to hate them, and they’re just a good rock band.

  93. 93
    csg Says:


    If we win today we would have a Kershaw vs Garcia matchup in game 4. If we lose today we would have a Nolasco vs Garcia matchup in Game 4.

  94. 94
    Remy Says:

    I’m okay with starting García as long as Fredi has a short hook. I can see García exploiting the Dodgers’ aggression at the plate. Crawford, Puig, Hanley, maybe Ethier–they’re pretty free swingers, are they not?

  95. 95
    csg Says:

    Kershaw hasn’t ever pitched on short rest before. I’m really hoping that we can get to him after Mattingly let him throw 125 pitches in the blowout 6-1 game. Let’s win these two.

  96. 96
    spike Says:

    @92, from one of my favorite movies…

    “This is the day, Judah!”

    “Yes, Messala, this is the day.”

  97. 97
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Win today. Worry about tomorrow tomorrow.

  98. 98
    coop Says:

    Tell it, Sam.

  99. 99
    fm Says:

    I am 100% convinced that Dodgers fans live in an alternate universe. They apparently think the TBS broadcasts have been biased FOR the Braves.,0,1538384.column#axzz2gxoQHRUV

  100. 100
    timo Says:

    @98 to be fair, I did not feel that they were LA-biased, especially in Game 2. I found them pretty neutral.

    At some point I heard them say that they felt that all close calls have gone the Dodgers way.

  101. 101
    John R. Says:

    I can understand Dodgers fans feeling ripped off by that close call on Laird throwing out Gordon. To them I’d say, “Welcome to our world.”

  102. 102
    csg Says:

    Apparently they are doing their job correctly then. Both sides think they are biased for the opposite team.

  103. 103
    spike Says:

    Normally, I’d consider that the fallacy of the mean, but I think there is a fair bit of truth to it in baseball broadcasts.

  104. 104
    Trace Says:

    Same lineup

  105. 105
    jjschiller Says:

    “I mean, I know he WAS out. But you couldn’t tell from where he was standing. The fact that he got the call right doesn’t change the fact that he’s against us.”

  106. 106
    PeteOrr Says:

    Medlen announced as the game 5 starter if necessary. What is going on with the starting pitching decisions in this series? Am I mistaken in thinking that Minor would be on full rest come Wednesday?

  107. 107
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Elimination games are all hands on deck anyway. If Medlen looks shaky Minor is a long reliever that game.

  108. 108
    csg Says:

    St. Louis just tied the game on another missed call. He was out trying to steal third. Beltran singled in the next Ab that scored two with 2 outs.

  109. 109
    braves14 Says:

    If we lose I would rather lose with my best guys with Medlen and Minor than Freddy Garcia in Game 4.

  110. 110
    coop Says:

    A Cardinals loss is a good thing. Now let’s slaughter them bums.

  111. 111
    csg Says:

    If we lose this series it will come down to roster decisions. Elliot Johnson, a sick Jordan Schafer, Jose Constanza, starting Garcia. Medlen didn’t throw 80 pitches in the first start. Go with him on short rest and have Minor start game 5 if needed.

    Let’s just win though.

  112. 112
    csg Says:

    Let’s get to them early.

    Talk about a lot of empty seats.

  113. 113
    'Rissa Says:

    Freddie needs to do his thing here.

    Edit: Or not. Come on Gattis, pick him up!

  114. 114
    iceberg584 Says:

    Justin rips a double and most of the announcers’ praise is for Puig’s hustle to the ball…

  115. 115
    John R. Says:

    Justin Upton gets a double and it’s all about Puig as far as these announcers are concerned.

  116. 116
    'Rissa Says:

    El Oso! Yes!

  117. 117
    braves14 Says:


  118. 118
    John R. Says:


  119. 119
    mavery Says:

    YES. EVAN.

  120. 120
    Remy Says:

    People are always slow to arrive at Chavez Ravine. Wait until the fourth inning.

    Gattis with the RBI. Go, Braves!

  121. 121
    iceberg584 Says:

    GATTIS…nicely done.

  122. 122
    Johnny Says:

    @114 – Its annoying as hell.

  123. 123
    beedee Says:

    c’mon mac!

  124. 124
    iceberg584 Says:

    Regress this!

  125. 125
    Johnny Says:

    Ryu reminds me of the kid in the pixar film Up.

  126. 126
    braves14 Says:


  127. 127
    mavery Says:


  128. 128
    beedee Says:


  129. 129
    mavery Says:

    I hope Andrelton pops one.

    edit: NOT what I meant…..

  130. 130
    Askia Says:

    That was a terrific start. Nice to get going early.

  131. 131
    Korben Says:

    I love Regression’s approach at the plate

  132. 132
    'Rissa Says:

    Alright, Julio, show this national audience what’s what.

  133. 133
    csg Says:

    94 twice and 95 to start it for Teheran

  134. 134
    Korben Says:

    What is a “shutdown inning”?

  135. 135
    iceberg584 Says:

    @132 That shows he might be a little bit too amped up though.

  136. 136
    beedee Says:


  137. 137
    braves14 Says:

    1 out.

  138. 138
    'Rissa Says:

    @133 In the inning after your team scored you some runs, you don’t want to give any up to keep momentum on your side. I have never seen it as hyped up as TBS has hyped it this series. I would think that pitchers would want every inning to be one in which they shut out the opposition.

  139. 139
    beedee Says:

    great inning!

  140. 140
    iceberg584 Says:

    Looking good Julio. Nicely done.

  141. 141
    braves14 Says:

    Teheran looks nasty.

  142. 142
    mavery Says:

    Nice comeback Julio!! Gonna have to settle down, but that’ll do for now. :-D

  143. 143
    Tomas Says:

    Felt like Julio’s arm slot was a little lower than normal, but I’m probably just seeing things.

  144. 144
    Korben Says:

    as opposed to every other inning where your goal ISN’T to shutdown the other team and mass and velocity are irrelevant?

  145. 145
    'Rissa Says:

    Not bad for your first postseason inning! Hard to believe the Braves haven’t started a rookie in the postseason in 65 years. How did we avoid that during the streak?

  146. 146
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Teheran has some nice stuff, doesn’t he?

  147. 147
    'Rissa Says:

    @143 I know it. I think the concept is incredibly silly. I have never seen “shutdown inning ERAs” shown before. I wonder who had the brilliant idea to have TBS focus on it so much.

  148. 148
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Pedro Martinez has to be feeling pretty strange, watching a younger version of himself find that extra gas in the postseason just like he used to do.

  149. 149
    Smitty Says:

    Julio looks nervous. McCann did a great job calming him down ad helping him through the inning.

  150. 150
    CoronitaKing Says:

    I’m off to bed thinking happy thoughts

  151. 151
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    By the way, I am so ecstatic about the the Pirates beating the Cardinals. McCutchen really isn’t leaving any doubt about the MVP race, is he?

  152. 152
    mavery Says:

    Bummer. Time to get some more outs, Julio!

  153. 153
    John R. Says:

    Fredi missed a good opportunity to swap Elliot and Julio in the batting order.

  154. 154
    John R. Says:

    @150, Aren’t MVP voted already in?

  155. 155
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Yes, but this is the cherry on top.

  156. 156
    MikeM Says:

    Look at Heyward cut that ball off! All-star stuff right there. Why aren’t the broadcasters talking about this?

  157. 157
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh, Evan. That was catchable, if you weren’t playing deep and slow as molasses.

  158. 158
    beedee Says:

    could have used some “folk hero” speed on that play

  159. 159
    Korben Says:

    Wow. Crazy movement on that

  160. 160
    beedee Says:

    Sit on it Potsie!

  161. 161
    Eric R Says:

    Julio throwing wicked stuff!

  162. 162
    Remy Says:

    Nice frame job by McCann.

    Cather at the plate. Need to turn two here.

  163. 163
    MikeM Says:

    Um that first pitch to Ellis was clearly a strike.

  164. 164
    iceberg584 Says:

    Was that strikeout pitch close? Didn’t look like it to me.

  165. 165
    beedee Says:

    that may have been a 6 seamer

  166. 166
    mavery Says:

    Mmmm. Not getting the high strike on the FB.

  167. 167
    mavery Says:

    That was uncalled for against AJ Ellis. He can’t hit the heater.

  168. 168
    Eric R Says:

    Let Ellis get away there . Sigh

  169. 169
    iceberg584 Says:

    Need the fielders to be sharp here.

    Edit: And that almost got away from Upton.

  170. 170
    mavery Says:

    @164- K-zone had it as a strike.

  171. 171
    beedee Says:

    c’mon julio let’s get out of this inning

  172. 172
    beedee Says:


  173. 173
    mavery Says:


  174. 174
    Korben Says:


  175. 175
    'Rissa Says:

    Well, crap. What an inning.

  176. 176
    Eric R Says:

    What the heck just happened?

  177. 177
    Remy Says:

    Still early.

  178. 178
    DG Says:

    Well, that sucks. Still plenty of time, but he has to stop allowing the leadoff man to reach. Oh, and I don’t think we’re going to get Crawford out tonight.

  179. 179
    Remy Says:

    Crawford hit a three-run HR.

  180. 180
    Korben Says:

    Crawford hit an off-balance HR on a breaking ball. 4-2 LA

  181. 181
    Dan Says:

    How many times have the Braves walked the Dodgers’ eighth-place hitter, Ellis?

  182. 182
    MikeM Says:

    That sucked.

  183. 183
    coop Says:

    Go get ’em, bats.

  184. 184
    mavery Says:

    I like how after the HR, McCann had Teheran throw the same pitch. This time, Julio got on top of it and it produced a swing and miss. That curve is a pitch Teheran’s going to need to execute the rest of the game, so he needed to throw one and not hang it.

    Let’s go, offense.

  185. 185
    krussell Says:

    It was a changeup and it was a terrible pitch selection. Crawford was sitting on it because of the waste-pitch fastball up. Grrrrr. Still early though.

  186. 186
    iceberg584 Says:

    We are going to need to find our long ball at some point if we really want to win this series.

  187. 187
    Eric R Says:

    Good start to the 3rd.

  188. 188
    Eric R Says:

    El Oso Blanco working hard

  189. 189
    beedee Says:

    nice at bat

  190. 190
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    What an at-bat!

  191. 191
    krussell Says:

    How did we not score on that?

  192. 192
    Eric R Says:

    Bring them all home, Brian!

  193. 193
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh no Capuano is in the bullpen

  194. 194
    beedee Says:

    c’mon braves!

  195. 195
    iceberg584 Says:

    That’s the sort of thing that happens to us.

    Edit: And so is that terrible decision to go to the plate.

  196. 196
    Eric R Says:

    Wow, caught a break there.

  197. 197
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Ryu is laboring. Let’s not take our foot off the gas.

  198. 198
    krussell Says:

    Damn, McCann had two 3-2 fastballs down the middle. The Dodgers are lucky.

    But maybe we’re getting even more lucky with their bad D.

  199. 199
    beedee Says:


  200. 200
    MikeM Says:

    Wow. Lucky this inning. I’ll take it.

  201. 201
    Eric R Says:

    Looks like us in Game 1.

  202. 202
    DG Says:

    Back in it now. Keep it up.

  203. 203
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I’ll take all the dinks and doinks in the world. Tie game, baby!

  204. 204
    'Rissa Says:

    Regression and his BABIP strikes again!

  205. 205
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Argh. Darn it, Andrelton.

  206. 206
    DG Says:

    Simba is killing us at the plate tonight.

  207. 207
    krussell Says:

    That could’ve been an inning where we took control of the game. At some point someone is going to have to get an extra-base hit with runners on.

  208. 208
    Eric R Says:

    Tough double play there. Thought Simmons might have beaten in out, but twas not to be.

  209. 209
    carl Says:

    julio get it together now please and all will be forgiven

  210. 210
    Smitty Says:

    I’ll take that tough

  211. 211
    Remy Says:

    It’s okay. The Braves are back in the game.

  212. 212
    MikeM Says:

    That was strike 3 you blind bum!

  213. 213
    krussell Says:

    McCann is calling a terrible game. Just terrible. Throw fastballs until they hit one! Grrrr.

  214. 214
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Damn it, he had Hanley struck out.

  215. 215
    Trace Says:

    Dammit that was strike 3

  216. 216
    MikeM Says:

    That is completely on the umpire. Unacceptable.

  217. 217
    beedee Says:

    damn…defense is killing us

  218. 218
    krussell Says:

    We’re going to regret only scoring two last inning.

    Since this is basically an elimination game for us, we need to call it a night for Julio.

  219. 219
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Who are these clowns, Jesus..

  220. 220
    beedee Says:

    oooooo…i hate that rabbit

  221. 221
    Eric R Says:

    Can Terehan get out of this inning so we can hit for him?

  222. 222
    c. shorter Says:

    Garcia ready to go?

  223. 223
    beedee Says:


  224. 224
    krussell Says:

    This is why we carry 11 pitchers…so we can watch one guy get totally shelled and just sit there and do nothing?

  225. 225
    Trace Says:

    Good Lord Julio is awful.

  226. 226
    MikeM Says:

    Why was a bigger deal not made of Hanley getting 4 strikes? Led to both these runs.

  227. 227
    Johnny Says:

    we forget that teheran is a rookie.

  228. 228
    Eric R Says:

    Need a DP here on the catcher

  229. 229
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Julio just looks lost.

  230. 230
    John R. Says:

    Yes, TBS. Puig manufactured that last run.

  231. 231
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Teheran is not not getting swings and misses. But I don’t understand why McCann is calling so many breaking balls.

  232. 232
    Eric R Says:

    Julio’s done. Bring in a short reliever to go after young

  233. 233
    Putter Says:

    Well, at least we get Garcia tomorrow…yay

  234. 234
    beedee Says:

    ok…i’m gonna take one for the team and stop watching. maybe that will take some pressure off.

  235. 235
    braves14 Says:

    225 — I know right? That has ended up being huge.

  236. 236
    MikeM Says:

    It took Minor a year or so to get to where he could put a way guys more consistently after strike two. That needs to be Julio’s next step.

    Did Wood have the gameplan written in his hat? That’s how I passed sophomore history.

  237. 237
    MaverickJB Says:

    Julio was no Cole or Sonny Gray. Keep your confidence up kid .

  238. 238
    krussell Says:

    Alex Wood for one out?

  239. 239
    'Rissa Says:

    After all of that Fredi caves and brings in Wood. This really should have happened three batters ago. Also, I thought Hale was our long guy?

  240. 240
    Johnny Says:

    C’mon kid just need 1 out.

  241. 241
    Eric R Says:

    Double switch, or is Wood going only1/3 of an inning? Careful there, Andrelton!

  242. 242
    Dan Says:

    Pathetic that the Braves gave Teheran all this run support and he just craps the bed.

  243. 243
    Covert Says:

    So I know it’s easy to find other things to blame for us losing (other than our suck), but I completely agree about Hanley getting the extra strike being to blame here. That’s disgusting and makes me want Robot Umpires.

    Screw this.

  244. 244
    braves14 Says:

    Teheran was throwing in the mid-90s, so have him throw a bunch of crap breaking balls.

  245. 245
    csg Says:

    Brian is really calling a bad game. We are getting ahead with fastballs. They are sitting on the offspeed.

  246. 246
    Eric R Says:

    Just missed with the 1-2 heat

  247. 247
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Attaboy Wood!

  248. 248
    krussell Says:

    Well we just wasted arguably our best option for long relief…I guess David Hale is gonna have to throw three shutout innings now.

  249. 249
    Remy Says:

    The Dodgers have to be worried that the Braves will come back on them, especially since they, the Dodgers, just left two men in scoring position. This game is far from over.

  250. 250
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    The worst part about this is if we were just down 2-0 we would still get to face Ryu. Now we get five innings of shutout (junk)ball from Capuano.

  251. 251
    Trace Says:

    Wood will probably just hit for himself.

  252. 252
    Eric R Says:

    And throws the change to almost the same spot and Young whiffs. Too bad that will be all for him, although you could argue that our punchless pinch hitters would not be much of an improvement

  253. 253
    Game, Blauser Says:

    I have to believe Fredi will let Wood hit for himself and see if he can pitch 2-4 innings for us.

  254. 254
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    If EJ gets on base Freddie will let Wood hit for himself. Yeah, I know, LOL.

  255. 255
    csg Says:

    Capuano great. ball game

  256. 256
    krussell Says:

    Why is EJ so aggressive when up in the count? Dude needs to wear a fucking shock collar.

  257. 257
    Eric R Says:

    0-for October Elliot

  258. 258
    krussell Says:

    Well the impossible just happened. Now we can try to avoid bunting into a double play.

  259. 259
    Eric R Says:

    Praying for a walk, and sometimes prayers are answered

  260. 260
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Nice bunt by the kid.

  261. 261
    c. shorter Says:

    well done, wood.

  262. 262
    DG Says:

    So is this going to be a 12-11 game?

  263. 263
    csg Says:

    And Capuano gets a larger zone? Not a strike to Heyward

  264. 264
    Eric R Says:

    Oh well, on to the good Upton

  265. 265
    mavery Says:

    Sure. NOW that’s a strike.

  266. 266
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:


    Of course. MLB will not be denied in its quest to perpetuate its storyline.

  267. 267
    braves14 Says:

    Capuano owns us.

  268. 268
    Eric R Says:

    Good night, Upton

  269. 269
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Ugh. Classic Capuano-vs.-the-Braves.

  270. 270
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Capuano was the one I feared. Soft tossers: kryptonite.

  271. 271
    krussell Says:

    We’ve had chances. Plenty of them. Can’t get a hit when it matters. Not over yet, but we’ve seen this movie a thousand times.

  272. 272
    DG Says:

    Trust me. We aren’t getting Crawford out tonight. I don’t care who’s pitching.

  273. 273
    braves14 Says:

    Guys, don’t worry, we’ve got Freddy Garcia starting an elimination game tomorrow!

  274. 274
    Eric R Says:

    What’s with all the bunts?

  275. 275
    Eric R Says:

    Simmons hasn’t had many opportunities tonight; a 6-4-3 would be nice.

  276. 276
    MikeM Says:

    Lead off man on in every inning for the dodgers.

  277. 277
    braves14 Says:

    Seems like Hanley bats every inning.

  278. 278
    DG Says:

    I’m done. I can’t watch anymore of this crap.

  279. 279
    krussell Says:

    They brought the lumber. Hanley Ramirez hates Fredi and he’s getting his revenge I’d say.

  280. 280
    csg Says:

    Had our chances boys. Better hope we can beat Nolasco tomorrow.

  281. 281
    Eric R Says:

    Nice frame by McCann

  282. 282
    csg Says:

    Just to piss off all of baseball. Walk puig

  283. 283
    csg Says:

    Yep I’m done. See y’all tomorrow

  284. 284
    MikeM Says:

    I’m done. Night fellas.

  285. 285
    Eric R Says:

    Are you kidding me? This is ridiculous.

  286. 286
    Askia Says:

    Wow this got ugly really, really quickly.

  287. 287
    krussell Says:

    OMFG. Ok I give. No mas. See y’all tomorrow for the inevitable.

  288. 288
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Juan Uribe homered while I was looking away from the screen. This is officially a white flag game.

  289. 289
    'Rissa Says:

    Well, this went from bad to worse in a hurry. I guess it doesn’t matter which players are wearing the jerseys. This looks just like the October Braves of the last decade. I have never turned a playoff game off in my life, but I am just not up to watching any more of this tonight.

  290. 290
    Korben Says:

    I blame 149

  291. 291
    John R. Says:

    It started so promisingly.

  292. 292
    Remy Says:

    The Braves can’t be impatient. They have to make the Dodgers pitchers work.

  293. 293
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I blame Francoeur.

  294. 294
    John R. Says:

    I can take a lot of things but I can’t take Capuano.

  295. 295
    Adam R Says:

    Oddsmaker, I think I’ll be placing my bet on Dead Man Walking.

  296. 296
    Smitty Says:

    We have to get more from our starting pitching. Losing Hudson really hurt.

  297. 297
    sdp Says:

    This is a game for Kameron Loe.

  298. 298
    ryan c Says:

    And we have Freddy Garcia to look forward to tomorrow.

  299. 299
    John R. Says:

    I love underdog stories, but I don’t want Freddy Garcia to be the last man standing on the 2013 season.

  300. 300
    csg Says:

    How many pitches did Medlen throw? 75-80? He has to get the ball tomorrow.

  301. 301
    csg Says:

    If Elliot swings 3-0 down 6, I’ll drive to LA and make sure he doesn’t play ever again.

  302. 302
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    We’re gonna need a miracle.

  303. 303
    Putter Says:

    Again, Eliot Johnson was a helluva choice

  304. 304
    ryan c Says:

    Frickin vomit.

  305. 305
    mavery Says:

    Mathematically, our next pitcher should give up 2 runs and pitch about 1 inning.

  306. 306
    csg Says:

    Really Fredi? EJ 0-9 with 4Ks a DP and an error. He should be fired if he starts Garcia tomorrow and we lose.

  307. 307
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    B.J. Upton taking a a called strike 3 and arguing about it is one thing I really won’t miss about the 2013 season.

  308. 308
    krussell Says:

    4 more years!

  309. 309
    Remy Says:

    Capuano stinks, and we still can’t touch him.

  310. 310
    Linkmeister Says:

    Dammit, this is the first time in a long time that the Braves and Dodgers have played against one another in the postseason and I miss Mac. He and I would have had a great time bragging on each other’s team as we often did. I’ll raise a glass to him this evening.

  311. 311
    sdp Says:

    The Elliot Johnson decision looks stupid now. Not only has it not even worked, but also has created an unhappy player with two years left on his contract.

  312. 312
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    @309, Amen.

  313. 313
    Smitty Says:

    Fredi has done a poor job keeping these guys lose. Most of our pitchers have looked nervous. Our defense has been shaky.

  314. 314
    csg Says:

    #310 – It looked bad a week ago. We have one backup infielder and 3 backup outfielders that can’t hit. Constanza over Uggla was a stupid decision.

  315. 315
    Remy Says:

    Good play by E. Johnson to start the DP.

  316. 316
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Isn’t it typical that other teams’ rookie pitchers (Cole, Gray) pitch great, dominant games, while the Braves’ rookie pitcher shits his pants? The Braves are the French Army of playoff baseball. But at least they get to play golf while the weather is nice.

  317. 317
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    It was a great DP.

    The Braves’ tendency to make horrible miscues when the chips are down is a clear trademark of the Fredi era. He’s going to need to answer on that.

  318. 318
    Johnny Says:

    Is anyone still watching?

    My day starts at 0530, so I am out. The recap should be 2 words:
    we suck

  319. 319
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I am watching in a bar. Beer is not helping.

  320. 320
    W.C.G. Says:

    @316, Fredi is a terrible tactician and the little things (starting Teheran on the road, waiting too long to get a RP up) tend to magnify in these situations. He’s Andy Reid, like I’ve been saying all season. Andy Reid does this in the playoffs.

    I can make a solid case for both Dead Man Walking (this should be Hudson’s game really) and Ambush so far. Tomorrow will break that tie (unless we somehow win, in which case we’re headed back to Atlanta for Kershaw and a Clincher)

  321. 321
    Korben Says:


    I’ve been switching back and forth between the game and Food Network … I got a hankering for some shrimp and grits now.

  322. 322
    MaverickJB Says:

    Can’t believe I’m still watching . Jordan Walden better get fixed for next year.

  323. 323
    W.C.G. Says:

    Rembert Browne’s twitter is the best thing about miserable Braves playoff losses

  324. 324
    F Says:

    13 runs is the most we’ve given up all year.

  325. 325
    mavery Says:


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