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15 Jul

Atlanta 4, Arizona 3

The second half kicks off with a series against the NL Wild Card leading Diamondbacks, so sounds like as good an excuse as any to inflict a Running Diary on you all! Muwhahaha!

7:00 Happy Bastille Day as we tune into Brave Live Pregame Show.

7:02 The starting line up includes Rookie Shortstop Sensation Dans Johan Camargo at short.

7:03 Lt. Dans not the only regular who’s getting some time off. Paul Byrd is filling in for Joe Simpson, who is off for a well deserved vacation at I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Sabermetrics Park.

7:07 Chip Caray tells us we’re about to “Duel the Desert Denizens.” I see he’s already in second half form.

7:10 During the commercial break we see that NASA is bringing their Mars Rover prototype to Battery Atlanta. I’m disappointed when it doesn’t transform into a semi.

7:19 The pregame show has a cool segment showing how Tyler Flowers and R.A. Dickey have clicked as a battery.

7:24 Acuna, Acuna, Acuna. Thank you sir, may I have another?

7:28 Mars Rover is back and still not transforming. I feel my tax dollars are being wasted on a non-transforming Rover. Get Michael Bay on the line.

7:29 Brian Jordan picks Freddie Freeman and Daniel Descalso (who is ONLY 5-10 lifetime against Dickey) as his Picks to Click. Way to go out on a limb there, BJ.

7:33 Chip lets us know that there are 5 members of the NL All Star team in the game. I count 6, as I am pretty sure he’s forgotten about The Freeze.

7:40 DelayGate in Atlanta! The Natspos aren’t the only team to have suspicious goings on around the start of the game, as the in-stadium music won’t stop, and home plate ump Dana DeMuth has to wave up to the booth to stop the music. Total time of delay – 15 secs. Just 2 hours 59 minutes, and 45 seconds less than the Nats ‘Rain’ delay.

7:42 Dickey’s knuckleball must still be dancing to the DelayGate music, as 4 of the first 5 dance outside the zone and A.J. Pollock walks.

7:43 Nice running backhand grab by Brandon Phillips to force Pollock at second.

7:44 Paul Goldschmidt bounces a come backer off Dickey, who tries to crawl after it. Not a good start so far.

7:45 Jake Lamb with the tailor made DP to Rookie Shortstop Sensation Dans Johan Camargo.

7:46 Chip teases a new Promo – the ‘First Chop’ of the night.

7:47 And the First Chop goes to…Paul Byrd! He gets a big tomahawk to chop with. Here’s his opportunity, but, he swings like the pitcher he was and misses Chip. I think he might have pulled a muscle there.

7:49 Ender Inciarte doubles down the left field line to start the first. Did you know he was an All Star?

7:55 Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker throws a nasty slider to Freddie Freeman for the strikeout.

7:56 Matt Kemp picks up Freddie with the single to score All Star Ender Inciarte.

8:06 Chip lets us know that Brandon Drury has been to All Star Games in FOUR different Minor Leagues. Man Ender needs to get on the ball, he’s only been to ONE All Star Game in the Bigs.

8:10 All Star Ender Inciarte covers an acre and a half to rob Jeff Mathis of extra bases. Great camera work from high over home plate showed that All Star Ender Inciarte had that all the way.

8:16 Ugh. Chip just said that Jake Lamb was not ‘b-a-a-a-a-a-d’. I bet Paul Byrd wishes he could try the First Chop again.

8:23 Chip tells us about Dickey and his many travels in his baseball career. Drafted by Texas….

8:24 …in the Minnesota farm system, to Seattle, back to Minnesota, back to Seattle, back to Minnesota….

8:25 …and signed by Atlanta. Phew.

8:28 Dickey walks Lamb. Arizona has had runners all over the bases so far.

8:29 Freddie with the dive to spear a liner to end the third! Move over Nolan Arrenado, your new NL Gold Glove 3B, Freddie Freeman!

8:33 Chip: ” Ender lines to Lamb, who wasn’t fleeced on the play.” Gonna be a long weekend with the sheep puns I fear.

8:38 Kelsey Wingert with the minor league report from last night. Acuna, Acuna, Acuna! Yes, please.

8:50 Taijuan Walker settling in. Matt Adams JUST misses one flying deep to right. Ronald Acuna would’ve hit that out.

8:53 Gold Glove Alert. Freeman cuts off a short chopper. Great play! Adams saves the airmailed throw with a swipe tag. So? Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know.

8:55 Dickey quick pitches David Peralta for the strikeout. Peralta looks like he’s complaining to DeMuth. Swing the bat you big baby.

8:56 Goldschmidt grounds to second. Dickey’s first 1-2-3 inning.

9:00 Tyler Flowers doubles off the right field wall, bringing up Rookie Shortstop Sensation Dans Johan Camargo.

9:02 Maybe Dansby isn’t that bad?

9:04 Dickey pops out after a 7 pitch AB. Paul up in the booth was talking about how, as a pitcher at bat, you want to make the other guy throw at least 5 pitches so he’ll be tired for the next batter.

9:06 All Star Ender Inciarte grounds out on the first pitch. So much for ‘tired.’

9:11 Flowers, according to Advanced Paul Byrd Approved Statistics, is getting 9% of pitches outside the zone called strikes. No wonder Dickey has been so good the past 4 starts.

9:12 Chris Owings singles.

9:17 Four Time Minor League All Star Brandon Drury singles. Dickey not fooling anybody.

9:18 Daniel Descalso singles off Dickey’s glove for his third hit of the night as Owings scores. Tie game.

9:20 Mathis bloops one to right, but not deep enough to score Drury from second. Four straight hits, but only one run in, Dickey is living right.

9:23 Walker grounds into what is called an inning ending DP, although replay showed he might have beaten it out. Paul thinks he was safe. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo is apparently on the phone with Dominos and doesn’t ask for a review. Walker has now made the last out of the 2nd, 4th, and 6th innings, yet Dickey has only given up one run. Wonder if that horseshoe placement is hurting R.A.

9:27 Paul talks about how Walker might be tired after trying to beat out the DP last inning.

9:30 Freeman homers on a hanging slider. Quick Paul, text me tomorrow night’s Powerball numbers to play.

9:31 Chip: ‘A defensive ca-Lamb-nity at third.’ And yes, I heard the ‘n’ in there.

9:38 Sam Freeman in to start the 7th. His reward? He gets to face the top of the D-backs order.

9:40 Gold Glove 3b Freddie Freeman with the Hot Corner nabbing of a Pollock liner.

9:41 S. Freeman now has gone 3-0 to Pollock and Peralta. What? Can’t Flowers steal any strikes for him? Did Sam sit in TFlo’s chair? Get Kelsey on this developing story!

9:44 And we’re tied, as Paul Goldschmidt shows why he was an All Star. Just like Ender.

9:56 Acuna, Acuna, Acuna! Sheesh, just call him up already.

10:00 Jose Ramirez in to pitch the 8th. Owings lines one just over Rookie Shortstop Sensation Dans Johan Camargo‘s glove.

10:02 Owings steals second, and goes to third when Flowers tries to catch him stealing by throwing to All Star Ender Inciarte.

10:03 Minor League All Star Brandon Drury pops to short right. Owings stays put. One away.

10:05 Drawn in infield, and Descalso isn’t facing Dickey. He grounds to Rookie Shortstop Sensation Dans Johan Camargo, who holds Owings and gets the out. 2 down and we may get around the throwing error.

10:07 Ketel Marte in to pinch hit for Mathis. I’m waiting for Chip to make the ‘Pot calling the Ketel black’ pun. Although, now that I think about it, that MIGHT not be a good idea.

10:09 And Ramirez throws one to the backstop, and Arizona leads 3-2.

10:10 Marte walks, and the Braves Bullpen Implosion continues.

10:13 Rex Brothers in to finally get the third out.

10:18 Archie Bradley and his Manly Beard in to pitch the bottom of the 8th for Arizona.

10:20 All Star Ender Inciarte with the infield single.

10:22 Dat Dude BP doubles down the right field line. 2nd and 3rd no outs. Here comes the Intentional Pass to Freddie.

10:22:30 What? They’re pitching to Freeman? Is Lovullo busy with his pizza?

10:23 Freddie! Phillips trips as he rounds third, but Gregor Blanco was lobbing the ball in to second, so BP pops up and hustles home with the go-ahead run. I’ll go ahead and say it before Chip does – ‘Brandon comes Stumblin’ Home.’

10:36 Bradley strikes out Kemp and Nick Markakis, but Big City singles Freeman to third, but Flowers can’t get the insurance run in. Jim Johnson on for the save. Goldschmidt lurking as third man up.

10:38 All Star Ender Inciarte with another entry in the Gold Glove campaign, as he runs clear across the Back 40 to make a leaping grab against the fence of Pollock’s screaming liner. It was a poor man’s version of his highway robbery job in New York off Yoenis Cespedes. Thank you Dave Stewart.

10:40 Peralta pops out to second. Only Goldschmidt to get now. Or, as I like to call him, Freddie Freeman West.

10:41 JJ gets a quick 0-2 count on Goldie.

10:41:20 Foul 1.

10:41:40 Foul 2

10:42 Strike 3! Braves win, Braves win, Braves win!

So, a good start to the second half, as Atlanta notches its MLB leading 15th win in their last At bat. Let’s do it again tomorrow.

82 Responses to “Atlanta 4, Arizona 3”

  1. 1
    coop Says:

    Thank you, Seat Painter, for the all star worthy post. Great read.

  2. 2
    Ben Emanuele Says:

    You’ve set the bar high for best second half recap!

  3. 3
    Seat Painter Says:

    Well, right now the competition is non-exsistent. Who knows what tonight will bring…

  4. 4
    Dirt Napper Says:

    Can we call him “Acuna-matata” (sung to a well-known Lion King tune) already?

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    JohnWDB Says:

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    blazon Says:

    Painter…such detail…Sistine Chapel worthy…thank you.

  7. 7
    blazon Says:

    Ender Inciarte
    Balletic, Beaux Arte
    your eyes, let them follow the ball
    he’ll likely catch up, no time at all.

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    csg Says:

    Peanut is saying Santana and Rodriguez could both be activated by Monday. Seems like a roster crunch is coming.

    Could make sense to send Jace and Dansby back down, but you know, that whole marketing thing and all.

  9. 9
    coop Says:

    csg’s lips to the Johns’ ears.

  10. 10
    JohnWDB Says:

    Show of hands, who would’ve been happy with, say, Bryse Wilson and Ozzie Albies for Quintana?

  11. 11
    Rob Cope Says:

    Unhappy. We only have so many championship-quality players, and Albies is one of them.

  12. 12
    blazon Says:


    Certainly not me. Currently we’re working on the Arc principle, Coppy as Noah. Our prized untouchables are paired off and move up as one. First Albies and Acuna. Next September, Maitan and Waters. In between these pairs and,separately shortly after the second one, will be 2 pitchers. Thus 4 position players, 4 pitchers.So they won’t get lonely. Clever, eh. The way he explained it to me was ‘Apres nous le deluge’. As to which pitchers, you tell me, Soroka very likely, the rest still seem to be battling each other to get aboard. Quintana, my wife tells me, is cooked – rumors all over her native Chicago he’ll be 40 in October. Oh the shame.

  13. 13
    coop Says:

    Nor I. Chris Archer maybe; probably not.

  14. 14
    JohnWDB Says:

    That link I posted from Passan’s twitter said we offered a package including Albies. I wouldn’t trade Albies for Quintana one-up.

  15. 15
    Rob Cope Says:

    Agreed. Even just Albies for Quintana straight up is a bad deal, IMO. But perhaps there were other players coming from Chicago’s side. We don’t know.

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    Stu Says:

    It would’ve been Albies+ for Quintana, and that would have been plenty fair from a value standpoint. But I don’t really get why the Braves think they need to be making those kinds of deals at this point of the rebuild. It now seems inevitable that they’ll trade Albies for a pitcher, and I just don’t get it.

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    JohnWDB Says:

    Coppy also thought two years ago he needed to trade very young, controllable talent for a 30-yo third baseman with no experience above A-ball. So his noggin probably also calculates that we need to trade 6 years of cheap Albies for 3 years of declining, more expensive Quintana.

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    csg Says:

    DOB on twitter just said he doesn’t think that Albies is our long term 2B. Either he’s thinking the Braves might move him back to SS or the Braves are actively trying to put him in a trade deal.

  19. 19
    Timo Says:

    Recap of the year. So very entertaining. Thank you.

  20. 20
    coop Says:

    We could shop Dansby instead.

  21. 21
    csg Says:

    Drew Waters to Danville. Exciting prospect to watch

  22. 22
    braves14 Says:

    Albies was signed by the Wren regime.

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    Rob Cope Says:

    Acuna is a candidate for the #1 prospect in Sickel’s overall list. I know people were pretty high on him in the offseason, but this is a breakout year for his prospect status.

  24. 24
    Rob Cope Says:

    By the way, Sean Rodriguez has been putrid in his rehab. I don’t know why it’s a foregone conclusion he’s ready to be activated.

  25. 25
    Stu Says:

    Because someone has to play second after they trade Phillips and then Albies.

  26. 26
    Tfloyd Says:

    I’m nervous about the multiple reports that the Braves are considering trading Albies. Ozzie may not turn out to be a superstar, but given his age and production at every stop of the minor leagues, he is as good a bet to be a very productive major league player as you will find. I have a hard time buying that the FO is thinking that Camargo can be the regular second baseman for the next several years.
    Camargo has indeed been a revelation this year, and I believe that he could be a quality major league player for many years, especially given his defensive quality and versatility.
    But compare the minor league hitting stats of Ozzie and Johan; that is not even close. It’s not wise to let Camargo’s six weeks of production convince you otherwise. See, e.g., Charles Thomas.

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    Tfloyd Says:

    And for what it’s worth, shopping Dansby doesn’t make a lot of sense either. Of course he’s been a big disappointment this year. For that very reason you’d be selling low on a guy that most folks (including on this board) predicted would be the NL Rookie of the Year.
    And I still think there is a real chance Swanson could turn out to be a perennial all star. It’s true if he can’t learn to hit a slider he will never be a productive major league hitter, but there is a very good chance that he makes that adjustment over the rest of this year. Defensively, he is actually pretty good. He makes too many errors but that is the kind of thing that is often corrected with seasoning. His range, arm, and instincts are already pretty good.

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    Sean Q. Says:

    This was mentioned last thread, but I definitely prefer Paul Byrd to Joe Simpson so far as well.

  29. 29
    Tfloyd Says:

    Seat Painter, you’re an All Star in any league.

  30. 30
    coop Says:

    Good play, BP. Nick, step up your game.

    Please Lord, don’t let the Braves trade Ozzie.

  31. 31
    coop Says:

    BP! You are Dat Dude!

    Well, that was unpleasant.

  32. 32
    Tfloyd Says:

    Kemp is becoming a gidp machine.

  33. 33
    timo Says:

    @28 oh yes, I enjoy Paul Byrd quite a lot actually. Simpson should stay away permanently.

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    coop Says:

    World class shortstop play right there. At least he can hit, right?

    The F olty implosion pends.

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    Z in DC Says:

    Not sure it’s worth anything, but Folty’s giving Strasburg a run for his money in the body-language department.

  36. 36
    coop Says:

    That was a fine play, however.

  37. 37
    Z in DC Says:

    Nifty bit there.

  38. 38
    timo Says:

    @35 and Samardzija

  39. 39
    Sean Q. Says:

    Folty can’t catch a break tonight. Body language bad, but seems like he’s holding it together a little better than usual when things don’t go his way.

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    coop Says:

    Johan can play baseball.


  41. 41
    timo Says:

    Folty should not use a bat.

  42. 42
    Z in DC Says:

    He didn’t

  43. 43
    coop Says:

    I’ve seen worse infield play but not at such a consistent manner at the big league level. It has to be a new comedy routine they’re rehearsing, doesn’t it?

    @42: ha!

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    csg Says:

    Nice play by Swanson there. Hopefully Camargo pushes him and they both get better.

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    coop Says:

    Yep; and for all his struggles, Folty’s keeping the Braves in the game. Get some runs, boys.

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    Z in DC Says:

    Dansby’s been in the middle of the pack among shortstops per Fangraphs. I think he’ll clean it up a bit, but shortstops do age pretty quickly.

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    Putter Says:

    How many more times can Markakis miss the cutoff man? Dude gives up so many extra bases with his bad throws home

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    csg Says:

    Maitan moving up to Danville

  49. 49
    csg Says:

    Oh good, Ian Krol

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    Putter Says:

    Had markakis hit the cutoff man the inning is over at 2-2

  51. 51
    coop Says:

    Freddie is okay.

  52. 52
    Ethan Says:

    I know it’s been raised before but the Krol, Jackson, Hursh/Motte pu pu platter is really the best we can do?

  53. 53
    Ethan Says:

    Kemp outrunning anything strains credulity at this point.

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    csg Says:

    Why wouldn’t you bring in Matt Adams over Lane Adams here? Bases loaded and a righty on the mound.

  55. 55
    csg Says:

    Guess that’s why

  56. 56
    braves14 Says:

    Lane Adams!

  57. 57
    Ethan Says:

    @54 – thinking the exact same thing

    Edit: errr…nevermind

  58. 58
    coop Says:

    You go, Lane Adams.

  59. 59
    Rob Cope Says:

    Lane needed that double pretty bad.

  60. 60
    braves14 Says:

    Former Braves helping us out this inning. Delgado serving up the lead and Drury making an error leading to a run.

  61. 61
    braves14 Says:

    Well, not an error, but a “Prado.”

  62. 62
    MarsPR Says:

    Acuna with two doubles tonight. Lots of exciting talent in the minors. Because so many are 17-21, we are a good 6-7 years from them being in their prime.

  63. 63
    braves14 Says:

    Don’t get Freeman coming in to pitch to RHB’s up by 4.

  64. 64
    csg Says:

    BB, Single, BB

    Why not let Ramirez come back in? He only threw 12 pitches in the 7th

  65. 65
    braves14 Says:

    And another LHP warming in the bullpen. Snitker really doesn’t want to use Morris or Hursh for some reason.

  66. 66
    Putter Says:

    Freeman craps on himself in the 8th inning role. I also don’t get why they didn’t bring Ramirez back in

  67. 67
    csg Says:

    Per Heyman, Braves are considering Profar in a deal with the Rangers. Where exactly would the Braves put him?

  68. 68
    braves14 Says:

    Chip says Goldschmidt is 0-6 with 4 Ks against Brothers lifetime, so I guess that’s why.

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    sdp Says:

    Profar makes no sense unless you’re set on trading Albies.

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    braves14 Says:

    I’m almost convinced that Coppy wants to use Albies as his bait because he was signed by Wren’s staff.

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    coop Says:

    Come on, sdp. Don’t even think that.

    Jace? Jace!

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    sdp Says:

    Well, I suppose Profar could also play 3B.

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    csg Says:

    Profar could take the Santana/Jace Peterson role I guess. Jaime for Profar wouldn’t surprise me

  74. 74
    braves14 Says:

    I’m not optimistic about this upcoming deadline. I fear another Alex Wood type debacle.

  75. 75
    braves14 Says:

    Looks like the Braves will move to 6 GB the 2nd WC spot.

  76. 76
    braves14 Says:

    Danny Santana went 5-5 in his rehab game. I think he’s ready.

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    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    It looks like the Nats pen just needs a little Reitsma room.

  78. 78
    sigmundc Says:

    I hate the trade rumors being mentioned here… hate them. We should give Albies a chance in Atl. A Wood debacle in the offing? Possibly, yes…. Coppy / Hart: let’s show some patience, please.

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    kc Says:

    What’s the difference between Profer and Jace besides Profer is a switch hitter?

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    csg Says:

    At this point, not much

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    Ethan Says:

    @77 – Didn’t Reitsma have something to do with Soroka (HS coach, maybe?) As such, I’m more inclined to overlook some of the flaws he may or may not have had.

    @78 – Agreed, but my thoughts are more around the fact that Dansby hasn’t exactly cemented 1st division starter status yet. It would be nice to have a contingency plan; if/when Dansby is hitting a solid .275/.350/.425, then maybe pull the trigger on Albies if you think you can get SS value, but it seems premature at this point.

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    blazon Says:


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