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05 Aug

Saturday, Saturday…No Aggravation…Braves 7, Fish 2


Yeah, Folty, Elton, Saturday, WIN! Sweet. Let that tape rip, celebrate with me. Central Park 1980.



11 strike outs, no walks…up against an excellent pitcher, Straily, who had already beaten us twice this year and showed us why tonight again for 5 innings. Folty coming off a poor performance in Philly was superb -totally under control in every sense, composed, deadly. Mano a mano for 5 plus innings, and then..

Don’t think i’ve ever seen a home run like Stanton’s opener in the sixth. It didn’t match his monster 477 last night but that was off a weak ineffective pitch that sat up. Tonight, Folty threw one at 96 right down the middle but UP. Watching the slo-mo replay of Stanton’s swing you could not be but vastly impressed by his fluid, new weight transfer and how he somehow managed to bring his hands up and through the ball. What an athlete now he’s sorted things out, he hit another screamer late off the wall which was hit so hard on a low line that it bamboozled Ender into his second error of the year- he simply wasn’t given enough time to think.


Down one latish was nervy but Freddie settled that quickly driving in Ender and BJ in the bottom of the same innings to take a slim lead. Straily was gone, a little unkindly perhaps but anyway, after him, le deluge. No one else could pitch worth a damn for them.. We added 5 in the 7th including a 3 run FF homer. They picked up a solitary run in the 8th but, comically, they somehow brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th due to some ineffective relief from Motte and Jackson(enough already), So Viz had to be brought on and did an admirable job dispatching the final 2 outs. Back to back, Saturday, nice.


Bits and pieces. The crowd, 40K,  really got into it tonight and created quite an atmosphere. Lots of noise and at one point a multitude of smartphone flashing lights around the stadium. More of both please.

Folty’s final line – 6.1IP/ 4H/ 1 ER/11K’s. His highlight was the 4th inning when he struck out the heart of their order in sequence – Stanton/Yelich/Ozuna. Magnificent to watch.

Freddie is hitting the ball hard again. Ender just missed a 3 run homer to dead center, late, much to his annoyance.,game_tab=box,game=491743



36 Responses to “Saturday, Saturday…No Aggravation…Braves 7, Fish 2”

  1. 1
    blazon Says:

    folt free

  2. 2
    Brave Marine Says:

    Joey Wentz tonight: 7ip, 2h, 1r, 1w, 9k. He’s getting better as the season progresses. Now 7-3 w/ a 2.43 era. He keeps this up another month and he should start to creep into some top 100 lists too.

  3. 3
    John R. Says:

    Giancarlo Stanton
    The kind of swing that puts your pants on
    Acquiring him’s no harm
    Even if it costs the farm

    Is there any hitter from another team you’d rather have in the Braves lineup? I’d be curious to see the list. He’d fit right in on this team: Right-handed outfield power bat just coming of age.

  4. 4
    Z in DC Says:

    Albers 8ip 5h 1bb 10k. Tough being the age where they don’t want to call you up; he’s been brilliant.

  5. 5
    timo Says:

    Thanks blazon, great performance – both on the fleld and on paper.

  6. 6
    Smitty Says:

    The chop with the cell phone lights is cool

  7. 7
    coop Says:

    What Timo said. Well done, bard. I do so love Sunday afternoon games.

    Go Braves.

  8. 8
    blazon Says:

    Is it ‘fried’ or ‘freed’?

  9. 9
    John R. Says:

    @8, Not sure. I figured I’d wait til Chip Caray has his way with the name and then pronounce it the opposite.

  10. 10
    Rob Cope Says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s “freed”.

  11. 11
    beege Says:

    But I had so many chicken jokes planned for his name.

  12. 12
    John R. Says:

    There’s still the possibility of “freed range chicken” jokes.

  13. 13
    Coop Says:

    Come on, Lucas. Throw strikes, kid.

    Maybe not throwing strikes is better.

  14. 14
    Z in DC Says:

    Apparently, the left field wall is two feet short of a country mile from home-plate.

  15. 15
    sdp Says:;

  16. 16
    timo Says:

    Wait what? Has the game started?

  17. 17
    Rusty S. Says:

    I’m going to miss Brandon Phillips when the time comes.

  18. 18
    Z in DC Says:

    I wouldn’t mind him as the third-baseman of the (near) future.

    One of the better infields we’ve fielded since that one guy left.

  19. 19
    Nick Says:


    The left field wall is really deep really quickly. It basically goes straight back over the course of the bullpen fence and winds up being 375 in pretty much straightaway left. It gets somewhat overlooked by all the talk of the drastically shortened right field configuration and the center field wind tunnel.

  20. 20
    Coop Says:

    Oz is competent with the glove. Not flashy but solid.

  21. 21
    Nick Says:

    Will the “never overturn anything” idiocy work in our favor for once?

    UPDATE: No, of course it won’t! Silly me.

  22. 22
    Coop Says:

    We have a good defensive infield right now; and after the first, Lucas threw a good game. Kid’s got movie.

  23. 23
    blazon Says:


    Solid yes, but flashy is to come when needed i suspect.

    ‘movie’ – PG? – moxie?

    i thought you said you were able to stay awake for afternoon games.

    Cheers, as always.

  24. 24
    John R. Says:

    Motte and Ramirez again? Down three runs? Free Fried!!

  25. 25
    Tfloyd Says:

    Well, I’m just checking in on the game, but it looks like Sims pitched a 5 2/3 inning shutout (after the first five batters of the game, that is). Really, that does show moxie or movie or something good.

  26. 26
    blazon Says:

    Matt Adams
    Tussaud Madams
    regressing in wax
    sharpen the executioner’s axe.

    I thought at the time that the abandonment of the Freddie to third plan was unseemly fast. What had been carefully planned, discussed and put into fine practice by Freddie was thrown out with the bathwater.I wondered then and believe now they thought they saw things deteriorate with Matt’s swing so they bit the bullet. Sadly, it looks as though they were right.

  27. 27
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    IF he had any value/offers when he was blazing hot, it was a mistake not to trade him.


  28. 28
    Coop Says:

    Never could get my tv’s and d’s straight. Moxie it should have been. Is there a proofreader in the house?

    I am pleased with the effort if not the outcome.

  29. 29
    coop Says:

    V’s and TV’s too. I’m too dumb to use a smartphone.

    And d’s and x’s. Jeez Louise.

  30. 30
    Tfloyd Says:

    Coop–Autocorrect does some interesting things. A few days ago when I posted something about Christian Pache it came out “Peach.” Let’s hope the Braves PR folks don’t try to market him as the new “Georgia Peach.”

  31. 31
    coop Says:

    “And the Braves center (right?) fielder CHHH-RIS-TINN JAWJUH PEACH!”

    Endorsements are going to make Christian one rich boy, if only he keeps keeping on. The Georgia Baptist Convention’s already clamoring for him to do a joint ad with President Jimmy. That’ll keep those Piscopalians in their place.

    Thanks for assuming I’m not brain dead. Yet. I’m working on it.

  32. 32
    sigmundc Says:

    Today’s third baseman for Rome Braves: Drew Lugbauer. College player we took this year, a good hitting catcher with power, not known for defense…. First I’ve noticed he’s played 3rd. Hmmm…

  33. 33
    Rob Cope Says:

    And today’s second baseman for Gwinnett is Dansby Swanson.

  34. 34
    Rob Cope Says:

    Does anyone know how Sean Rodriguez did today?

  35. 35
    Rusty S. Says:

    @34 lol.

  36. 36
    Rusty S. Says:

    Recapped (sorry Rob.)

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