2am this morning, storms finally passed through. 100 souls at an 18 hour all night open air fundraiser wrecked by the rain , 7 still to go -missed Friday’s game. Tired, wet, blah. Then the DJ puts this out. I never heard song/singer before. Transformed the scene, the people.. Fired up for the Brew Crew. WooHoo!
Home to find DVR screwed up – really wanted to see the Camargo/Swanson plays late as expertly recounted by tfloyd. Still, fresh meat this afternoon. My man RAD, i’m a fan, find him intense, committed, he cares. Not pleased Jace has reappeared – why? New haircut, inspired by Johan, won’t help. Brandon Phillips – what a deal. Best example I know of a massive reverse weight shift as he aims for the fences. Twist and turn.
Crazy first inning took 35 minutes, both pitchers combining for more than 50 pitches. Hits, walk, balk, caught stealing overruled, ejection. Ends 1-1, masterly at bat from Flowers gets us level. RA stayed cool, rewarded by 1,2,3 top of the 2nd. JS lobbed softballs by the Fox crew- people would give more credence to them if, just occasionally, there was a critique suggested, implied even, on something. Did i say Brandon at the top? 2 run homer, what are we going to do with this guy? 3/1 Braves after 3.
Top 4. 1,2,3 for RA, looking cool, in charge for now. We waste Camargo lead off double partly due to Jace, predictably looking overmatched. He is not a major league player. Have him manage the Fire Frogs. He proves me right in the top of the 5th with a poor throw to 2nd that costs us an out.Nil desperandum, RA strands him.
Top of 6, Dickey allows long single to Thames off the RF wall but leaves him there. Pitch count in the mid eighties, Garza at 90, retires 9 in a row. You still have the feeling at this number RA is still in control of the game. This is not a Garcia situation where around inning 5 the Prince turns into a frog. (Do i have that right?) Swanson playing good D but has not yet middled the ball. Same with Camargo. We want to hear that CRACK. Talk to Brandon.
Top7. Dickey 1,2.3. 7 strikeouts. It is now very clear, we are en route to our first complete game of theyear. Seriously, why not? Pitch counts don’t bother him, he’s still in total charge and our bullpen has been half assed lately. THIS IS A FORMAL PREDICTION. I will not erase it!
I have just heard them say(!) RA is coming out. Absurd, totally stupid. Bill Hader, on for Garza, walks PH Lane Adams. Snit, jumping up and down, says – TOLD YOU ! Hader pretty unhittable, we waste a 2 on no out situation, 1 for 9 RISP. And…Ramirez and JJ warming up. Weak choice, no guts, the whole thing. Ramirez unforgivably walks Sogard after having him 0/2…gets next hitter, lifted for Sam Freeman to pitch to Thames , 1 out. Sam does a great job, his slider dominating Thames and Santana. Still 3/1 Braves going to the top of the ninth.
And there it stayed, miribile dictu. JJ, to his credit, allowed only a bloop single to close them out. He obviously benefited from his day off. Back to back, nice. RAD was our man of the match (Extend him , now! Why not?), followed by Brandon’s and his homers, Flowers and that big RBI to tie early, and Sam with that excellent hold.
Some final thoughts.
As Camargo’s defense at third passes the ordinary, so his bat declines. In Cinci he was squaring everything, hardly now. Talk to him.
Did you get a little, queasy feeling watching him defend the hot corner today? The way we will be structured soon Freddie must have watched that display with just a little twinge. A study in contrasts, particularly laterally and coming in?
Snit. If you get to interview him, go in hard.
If anyone needed and more evidence of how our NL East clearly outmatches the Central and West it was there today, on view. Forget the numbers, we have the mentality. We are the Braves.
The key to Dickey’s success for us was the way he battled through a very difficult first innings giving up just that one run. No others were to follow.