…although this is the rubber match of a 3 game series the intro tonight is still somewhat of a stretch, just a little bit outside – in almost my first week working in the U.S. in a typically mixed bag Florida real estate office i was in the crowded bullpen work area writing up some schedule or another, in pencil, and made a mistake -‘anyone got a rubber i can use, please’, i said to the room in general-male/female, young/old…a few days later i was showing a sweet old lady some oceanfront condos and we ran out of time..’not to worry’, i said, ‘ i’ll come by your hotel at nine tomorrow morning and knock you up’…around the same time, there was an ice cream soda shop next door and some kind soul going to get his sundae offered to bring me one…’no nuts please’ i said(can you guess what’s coming?) of course the sundae came back in toto so naturally i said, ‘anyone want to eat my nuts?’ such are the under-appreciated perils of emigration within the English speaking world…
BASEBALL!! forgive me… Mejia/Hale…sounds good but last Thursday i said Zimmerman/Hale did not sound good so what do i know… Senor Mejia though is 1 and 0 with a 1.5 ERA- he can likely lob a ball or two…he’s 24, interesting first name, Jenrry…(Febrry?) Best first name on the Braves definitely Andrelton, it just flows, like his throws – according to an unnamed Curacoan source though, in one of the many native tongues used there it translates ‘ famous ass hurler’… or should. Fredi with the quote of the week on AS – “he doesn’t strike out” – really? he’s going to hit .300 this year BTW and you read it here first…some folks also here think .200 more likely – amazin’, just like the Throneberry Mets.
Tennyson will see us through tonight… ‘Dreams are true while they last, and do we not live in dreams?’
1 Braves give up stupid run on Young walk, Doumit throwing error on steal, ground out…silly…Hale control poor
Heyward walks, steals second, BJ and Freddy fly out, CJ K’s MUTS 1 BRAVES 0
2. Better for Hale…1,2,3…Big highlight was BJ shouting go away to JuP while catching 3rd out…did you miss that? i was all ears.
Justin lead off Homer to RF! Chip excited, gets the score wrong..Dan walks, goes to 2nd on WP, gets to 3rd on Doumit ground out……1 out Pena fails to get him in…Hale nearly gets it past the infield…still, big chance wasted by my man Pena .. BRAVES 1 MUTS 1
3 Young bunts for l/off single, steals second…C’MON!…Murphy walks…Wright singles to center, scores Young, Murphy to 3rd..still no outs..Hale gets Granderson, K…Davis taps back, scores Murphy… Chipper in the booth tho’, all is well with the world… MUTS 3 BRAVES 1
Jason K’s…BJ triples over right fielder’s head…FF singles him in, he’s amazing..BJ clearly metamorphosing to Chipper clone, more exclusives later.. CJ K, his second…WOW!! Justin, 2nd homer, 2 run blast…Dan K’s…apparently Dan now also on the Chiptrain… BRAVES 4 MUTS 3
4 Hale gets the bottom of the order 1,2,3…
Doumit walks, Pena K’s…again, Hale pathetic bunting…WTF Fredi?? inexcusable…Jason walks, 2 on 2 out..BJ grounds out, BUT HE HIT IT HARD…
5 Young again, triple off BJ’s glove, dear me…infield in… Murphy ties game with single..Wright walks…still no outs…Wright forced, 1st and 3rd, 1 out…Davis up, Granderson steals, infield in…walk…Hale yanked with bases full, poor control all evening, pitching from behind…down to earth? Vavaro in with the bases loaded, 1 out, game tied,,,FABULOUS JOB, STRIKE OUT AND GROUND OUT… BRAVES 4 MUTS 4
Freddy has 2nd hit, lead off single…CK 3 K’s, somethings wrong…Jup, down 2 strikes, singles to right..Dan grounds out, so does Doumit who continues a horrid night leaving runners on 2nd and 3rd…go away please, you can’t throw, you can’t frame and you can’t hit…
6 still Vavaro…1 out, Satin pinch hits, strikes out, 2 down…HERE’S YOUNG!! great job Anthony, k’s him…sitdown..
new pitcher for Mets, Torres… Pena breaks his duck with l/off single…Schafer pinch hits..if you thought Hale was a bad bunter, and he is, Schafer was pathetic, 2 outs, both bunts appalling…Heyward grounds out…jeez, can’t believe Schafer, that’s one way he makes his living…
7 Avilan on…Murphy singles, Wright K’s…wild pitch, Murphy to 2nd..Murphy steals 3rd, they are humiliating us on the bases…Davis pops out, big second out..Avilan gone for Pickles…Lagares singles in go ahead run on a pitch that was up…clever, effortless stroke to the opposite field just like last night when he drove in 2 in the ninth…Pickles made it easier though..
BJ strikes out, so does Freddy, so does CJ for a golden sombrero…well, well, what an innings for Torres. MUTS 5 BRAVES 4
8 THE GAME IN A CAPSULE..Pena can’t make an inning ending DP throw…Young steals his third base of the night, Murphy doubles him in with his third hit of the night on another pitch from Pickles that was up…they are leading to this point and deservedly so… MUTS 6 BRAVES 4
Farnsworth, surely we can get to him…no we can’t, JuP, Dan, Doumit all ground out…made bearable by Chip, great reminiscing on the famous Farnsworth/Wilson body slam saga at Wrigley years ago..new material for me was Wanstead taping it and making all his linebackers watch it..and Steve Stone saying Wilson’s nose looked as though a falcon had landed on it…miss him
9 Ian Thomas pitching, k’s Granderson…k’s Davis…k’s Lagares…he and Vavaro our only 2 exceptions to some poor bullpen pitching these last two nights…
now, base runner plus Gattis please… no such luck…Pena and Gattis pop up to Valverde who closes out the game striking out Jason…
FINAL MUTS 6 BRAVES 4
no complaints from this observer, we were outplayed tonight, in some areas embarrassingly so…the score did not flatter them…i had wanted to end with some fun stuff about Chipper and his fascinating BJ tutorial which was immediately followed by a triple…the guy can coach, can’t we formalize something with him even if it’s only at home, no travel…seems absurd not to…the bad stuff tonight is best forgotten, let’s end with the Chipper thought and have Lord Alfred urge us on to better things…
‘If I make dark my countenance,I shut my life from happier chance.’
for the Muts..
‘and men whose reason long was blind from cells of madness unconfined
oft lose whole years of darker mind.’
As i am quite unable to make it disappear this space available to the Braves to advertise their need for a BUNTING COACH!!