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13 May

Phillies 7, Braves 4

Gordon Beckham, fresh off the DL, played third and went 2-4 with a bases-loaded double and three RBI — that’s good!
Aaron Blair got knocked out in the fourth inning — that’s bad.
Erick Aybar started at shortstop and didn’t make a single run-scoring error — that’s good!
Instead, Kelly Johnson did — that’s bad.
The Braves got a late-inning comeback, tying the game with a four-spot in the seventh inning — that’s good!
Jason Grilli immediately gave it back in extra innings — that’s bad.

44 Responses to “Phillies 7, Braves 4”

  1. 1
    blazon Says:

    I came away impressed with Mr. Krol last night. About whom i knew/know very little. How you handle adversity, they say, that tells you.

    After a pretty spectacular entry against the lefties he is employed to smother he met his Waterloo via Fredi and the bare bullpen. Up to that time he had been noticeably aggressive, amusingly so, looked almost demonic to me. Lovely.

    Then Rupp(Ruff?), 0 for 4 and 2 strikes and Chip salivating, killed him, and us. A mistake i guess. His rage was palpable, he really cared.

    That’ll do for me with some of our milquetoast patsys to offer contrast. Sign him up, extend him. Don’t feed him till after the game.

  2. 2
    braves14 Says:

    Fredi was clearly not anticipating them pinch hitting for Howard.

  3. 3
    coop Says:

    Your recap: good. Thanks.

  4. 4
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Blair is Harang very-lite.

  5. 5
    csg Says:

    Anyone recall seeing this quote from Swisher?

    “Being released by the Braves in the long run is gonna be the best thing that ever happened to me, man . . . I’m actually happy that it did happen because after seeing what’s going on over there, I don’t know if that’s where I would want to be right now.”

  6. 6
    Seat Painter Says:

    I swear one Friday I’m going to recap the game before the first pitch.

  7. 7
    blazon Says:

    On the age front…
    Breaking news from Barcelona…
    Red Bull F1 team have just replaced one of their top two drivers with another from their back-up Satellite team..
    Max Verstappen is 18…
    nah, he can’t be ready yet…too much still to learn.

  8. 8
    cliff Says:

    Thanks, Alex.

    @2 braves14,

    Howard is hard to figure. Despite becoming awful by 1B standards against everybody else’s righthanders, he has continued to light up the Braves righthanders. And Ruf hasn’t been REALLY good ever, and certainly not lately.

  9. 9
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Speaking of people who light us up, if you think that other teams’ pitchers tend to do really well against us, you’re not wrong:

    2016, all pitchers: .096/.127/.096, .223 OPS
    2016, P vs. Braves: .138/.163/.180, .344 OPS.

    More than 100 points better!

  10. 10
    DWonder Says:

    I’ve decided I want Javier Baez to play 3b for us.

  11. 11
    krussell Says:

    @9, It might have something to do with the fact that we’re rolling with the worst offense ever assembled.

  12. 12
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    No — that’s just all pitchers hitting, versus pitchers hitting against the Braves.

  13. 13
    krussell Says:

    Ah. Comprehension fail. Well, we do run out a lot of “pitch-to-contact” guys. If there’s contact, then you have a good chance of reaching base against our infield.

  14. 14
    Adam R Says:

    I persist in feeling warm and fuzzy feelings about Lucas Sims, Wren’s lasting contribution to our gaggle of pitching prospects, particularly if his gopherball tendencies turn out to be fluky.

  15. 15
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Our pitchers seem to acquire exaggerated gopherball tendencies when they come to Atlanta.

  16. 16
    John R. Says:

    @10, I’ve decided I’d like Javier Baez to be our new Martin Prado.

  17. 17
    Smitty Says:

    Mike Soroka is a stud. He is killing it at Rome.

  18. 18
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Better than anything about this current team: A look back at the nicknames on the jerseys in 1976:

  19. 19
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Regarding nicknames, Sansho1 contributed this genuine all-time classic thread a little while back:

  20. 20
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Other than maybe Alejandro Pena, has any Braves RP ever started off as hot as Hunter Cervenka? He’s yet to give up a run and has given up 1 hit in 10.1 innings with 13K.

  21. 21
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    There was one guy…

  22. 22
    cliff Says:

    Should we consider trying to deal for Braun? His numbers (cost) don’t look too bad in light of what contracts are now. Right handed. Can play left or maybe right, so right positions. He has a no trade, so somebody would have to sell him on “we will suck this year, be mediocre the next, but maybe deep in the hunt the next.”

  23. 23
    cliff Says:

    Alex @21,

    That way of introducing that reminds me of Gordo Cooper (played by Dennis Quaid) at the end of “The Right Stuff” responding to a question about who was the best pilot he had ever seen.

  24. 24
    Rob Cope Says:

    Apparently Chevanka hasn’t given up a run since joining the organization in July last year from the independent league. Haven’t looked that up.

  25. 25
    Smitty Says:


    If he can stay healthy, he would be a good fit. We also wouldn’t suck as bad if he keeps putting up those numbers.

    The Brewers would (as should) ask for a lot. Probably more than we should pay for an aging outfielder with an injury history.

  26. 26
    cliff Says:

    Smitty @ 25,

    Olney suspects, reasonably, that Brewers would have to eat a lot of it to move him. We can offer some miscellaneous high upside pitching and take the whole contract.

  27. 27
    D Says:

    Fredi’s lineup:

    Markakis DH, Inciarte 7, Freeman 3, Flowers 2, Johnson 4, Francoeur 9, Beckham 5, Smith 8, Aybar 6

  28. 28
    csg Says:

    Braun can block trades to almost every team in baseball. I think there are six teams they can trade him to without his approval. We are not one of those six.

  29. 29
    braves14 Says:

    20 — Arodys Vizcaino hasn’t allowed much since rejoining the Braves either.

  30. 30
    coop Says:

    That was quick.

  31. 31
    coop Says:

    Poor Julio.

  32. 32
    Smitty Says:

    What a terrible throw by Frenchy. He is the MVP of the game so far

  33. 33
    Rob Cope Says:

    Inciarte sucks.

  34. 34
    coop Says:

    My Braves suck.

  35. 35
    Rob Cope Says:

    I tell ya, this is just the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

  36. 36
    JohnWDB Says:

    The thing about this team is I don’t get my hopes up when we have them at first and third. I assume we won’t score, and we generally don’t. In the odd chance we do, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a Schopenhauer approach to baseball.

  37. 37
    JohnWDB Says:

    I still think we should call Dansby Swanson “Samsonite”

  38. 38
    beege Says:

    I won’t back off Dans Dans Revolution.

  39. 39
    JohnWDB Says:

    That’s pretty good, even better than mine, but I’m digging in my heels bc it works on multiple levels: Dumb and Dumber, the Samson-esque hair, the superhuman strength, girlfriend named Delilah. Ok I’m making some of this up.

  40. 40
    John R. Says:

    Who jinxed Hunter Cervenka?

  41. 41
    carl Says:

    chief nocahoma and rob cope @ 20 and 24 double jinxed him…how about trying it on the other team next time ;)

  42. 42
    JohnWDB Says:

    The Twins have made it known they will not roll over and give us the #1 pick. We’re going to have to earn this thing.

  43. 43
    beege Says:

    Didn’t even think about the hair. Good point. But if I’ve learned from this blog it’s that we are capable of sustaining multiple nicknames for the same guy.

  44. 44
    Seat Painter Says:


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