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11 Sep

Braves 6, Cardinals 3 (12 innings)

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – September 11, 2010 – ESPN.

My nerves can’t take much more of this. (Nor can my thumbs — I was switching back and forth with the Alabama game.)

The Braves never trailed in the game, but were always in danger of losing on one swing, which is often the case when you’re playing a team with Albert Pujols. In the first inning, the Braves got two-out hits from Martin Prado and Brian McCann, and Derrek Lee then walked to load the bases. Bobby’s experimenting with Nate McLouth in the six spot, and it’s working, as he suddenly looks competent, and he drew a walk to make it 1-0. Alex Gonzalez struck out to end it. They loaded the bases with two out again in the second, on a single by Omar Infante and walks to Jason Heyward and Prado, but couldn’t get any runs. So six runners left on in the first two innings — not good.

Fortunately, Tommy Hanson was dealing, and the Cards couldn’t get much of anything going against him. In the fifth, Prado and McCann singled to make it first and third, none out, but a botched play wound up with Lee hitting into a double play and Prado still standing at third. No problem, as McLouth came through again, tripling to right to make it 2-0, though he was stranded when Gonzalez flew out.

In the sixth, they got to Hanson, getting a couple of singles, then a two-run double from Pujols. (If Melky Cabrera wasn’t so godawful slow, they might have cut off the second run.) Pujols got caught stealing third to help them out of the inning.

Heyward led off the seventh with a homer, off of a LOOGY (why lefthanders throw him inside, I’ll never know). The Braves had a good chance to get another run when Lee doubled with two out. Rick Ankiel ran for him, and McLouth was intentionally walked. Gonzalez struck out to end the threat. Things weren’t looking too good for AAG at this point, but wait.

The Cards got the run back in the eighth against Jonny Venters, who just isn’t what he was a few weeks ago but also got some horrible defense behind him, including a grounder to Prado that probably should have been an inning-ending double play but which Martin dropped to load the bases. Pujols beat out another double play try to tie the score at three.

From then on, nothing much happened for a while. Billy Wagner walked the leadoff man in the ninth but no harm, and Takashi Saito was terrific in the tenth. Heyward made a big catch in the eleventh, the dreaded Kyle Farnsworth inning, a shoestring play on a line-drive with a runner already on. Craig Kimbrel demolished the Cards in the twelfth, striking out two.

But the Braves were just going down meekly in order. Finally, Ankiel, after falling behind 0-2, worked a walk with one out in the twelfth. Eric Hinske hit for Kimbrel and singled, getting Ankiel to third. Bringing up… Gonzalez. Who fell behind 1-2, then fouled two off. Then hit a homer to left field. Ballgame.

239 Responses to “Braves 6, Cardinals 3 (12 innings)”

  1. 1
    desert Says:

    Gonzo’s Walk-off:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11964119

    I could watch that all day. In fact, I think that I just did.

  2. 2
    csg Says:

    that was a bomb…great win, but this shouldve been taken care of in the 1st or 2nd innings tonight…Tommy deserved the win

  3. 3
    desert Says:

    Csg,

    After the last five years, I’m not complaining.

  4. 4
    ryan c Says:

    what a win! mclouth is looking solid and i was uber pissed when he came out of the game. it worked out though. seriously, when is bobby going to realize how bad of an outfielder melky is?

  5. 5
    Tomas Says:

    Great win, hopefully a big morale booster.

    Medlen jumping around with the arm brace and a batting helmet :)

  6. 6
    Andrew B Says:

    Gonzalez struck out to end the threat. Things weren’t looking too good for AAG at this point, but wait.

    classic…

  7. 7
    IthacaBraves Says:

    McClouth/Diaz platoon in left with the Melkman being the odd man out? Bobby really like Ankiel’s arm and D in late and tight situations.

  8. 8
    desert Says:

    I prefer a Diaz/Ankiel platoon in left with McLouth starting everyday.

    What a difference a few days can make…

  9. 9
    kc Says:

    @7 I would take that.

    I will say this again. Yunel who?

  10. 10
    td Says:

    I think Venters has either lost a little break or a little speed on his pitches. He’s still getting the groundballs, but I think the k’s are a little down. I wish they could give him some rest, but at this point in the year I don’t know if a rest will help him or hurt him.

  11. 11
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Props to Ankiel for drawing the walk. Not a great player but after striking out nine times, it takes balls to draw the walk. I love the little things like that and getting to third that decide baseball games. We are lucky the Cards threw. AAG a slider.

  12. 12
    Weldon Says:

    I’d expect AAG to get plunked tomorrow. I don’t care, and I don’t think he does, either.

  13. 13
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Phillies will be without Jimmy Rollins for a couple of days. Probably not much of a good thing, as he’s not really that good.

  14. 14
    RobBroad4th Says:

    “It takes balls to draw the walk.” Well done, sir.

  15. 15
    Jonathan Says:

    @5 – I noticed that too; I enjoy seeing stuff like that.

    Also, I’m not sure what to make of this, but it was funny to me. My mother-in-law – who is not a sports fan – has been staying with us for a week. When AAG came up to bat, she said “hey, isn’t that the guy who almost always swings at the 1st pitch?” Apparently I have been watching a little bit of baseball (and listening to my comments about the team & games as well) during her visit here. I was impressed (and we were both surprised when he took a close pitch for ball 1, but the whole house got to celebrate moments later)…

  16. 16
    Johnny Says:

    Best player I saw today: Denard Robinson. He just may save RichRod’s job.

    I am pooped. Attempting to watch 2 football games and the damn Braves simultaneously is tiring.

    Our shaky defense and AAG scare me going forward.

    But I love AAG. At least today.

    Any doubts I had about Tommy were erased today.

  17. 17
    Jeremy Says:

    So, Bama is pretty good. Can anyone in the SEC beat them?

  18. 18
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Not if Florida doesn’t get itself straight.

  19. 19
    Lane Says:

    @13 but Rollins is better than Valdez

  20. 20
    Johnny Says:

    The SEC may be down to one dominant team this season.

    It sure is good to see Nate show some signs of life lately.

    Even Derreck got an extra base hit. Dang next thing you’ll tell me is that USC beat Georgia.

  21. 21
    sdp Says:

    What’s the consensus on the Clemson-Auburn game next Saturday?

    In traditional Clemson fashion, we’ve played two patsies in a row to “kick off” the season.

  22. 22
    Mac Thomason Says:

    No matter what happens between Auburn and Auburn-of-South-Carolina, there will be a lot of heartbroken livestock. Mooooooooooooo!

  23. 23
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I don’t really hate Clemson, or even think about them at all. I’m still a little bitter about NCAA baseball, and I reflexively root against anyone in orange.

  24. 24
    td Says:

    Bama still has some work to do on defense. Even though we held Penn St. to 3 points, we let them drive the ball quite a bit – it was almost bend but not break. )-; We definitely miss Cody up the middle, but getting Dareus back will be nice. The offense looked great (unstoppable at times), but I don’t know how good PSU’s defense is.

    Auburn has the poltential to be a decent team, but they’re not very good now. My guess is they’ll beat Clemson, but if they lose their qb at anytime (a likely occurance given his style of running), Auburn is in big trouble.

  25. 25
    Smitty Says:

    Tennessee has no depth. Great first half and that was it.

  26. 26
    Tomas Says:

    Just saw some of the highlights from tonight and there was one of Votto’s homer with the booth guy or something going “Joey’s done it again! Joey Votto, a walk-off home run, the first of his career.”

  27. 27
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I wish the Oregon-Tennessee game had six quarters, just so the Ducks could score some more.

  28. 28
    csg Says:

    when you play 6 straight SEC teams after their BYE weeks, any team can beat you….Bama is the best team in the Nation, but we have a long road ahead

  29. 29
    Smitty Says:

    I thought Dooley had a good game plan. I was impressed with him. Get your licks in now on the Vols. We’ll be back.

  30. 30
    Mark Says:

    @12

    Are you expecting that simply because he had the GW homer? Or because he kind of overzealously celebrated? I’m guessing the latter, but how can you blame him after the day he had to that point and how important these games are with the playoffs on the line.

  31. 31
    Stu Says:

    I remember what
    Smitty said when Lane was coach.
    It still makes me laugh.

    Vanderbilt football.
    Turkey insemination.
    Five more syllables.

  32. 32
    Smitty Says:

    USC’s D sucks.

  33. 33
    Adam M Says:

    He might be plunked for flipping the bat, but if so, it’s my sincere hope that during the ensuing brawl somebody takes a shot at LaRussa. What a douche.

  34. 34
    Stu Says:

    LaRussa is to
    Douches what Pujols is to
    Right-handed hitters.

  35. 35
    sdp Says:

    Gonzalez also skipped like a schoolgirl down the line from third base to home.

    Escobar exiled
    Antics and bat flips hated
    His replacement now just skips

  36. 36
    braves14 Says:

    sdp thinks it’s 5-7-7 because he goes to Clemson.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. :)

  37. 37
    ASG Says:

    @36 Ha!

    Celebration time!
    A great win to tie the Phils.
    If he’s hit, so what?

  38. 38
    Mac Thomason Says:

    If you didn’t see
    I have changed the tag line to
    Something suitable.

  39. 39
    Parish Says:

    Now I have written
    My first baseball haiku verse.
    Let’s all do the wave.

  40. 40
    desert Says:

    Breakup yesterday.
    The Braves win in style today.
    Hot date tomorrow.

  41. 41
    kc Says:

    I am not as good as you guys, but I am going to say this:

    We may be struggling, but we aren’t dead.

    Btw, in case you are too caught up with the division race, look at where the Rockies are standing now. Can someone please get rid of them from the race?

    Oh, and you have to check out what Frenchy did today. Talk about another way to get a walk-off win.

  42. 42
    spike Says:

    Amsterdam is pretty
    Pennant races are wracking
    Enjoying time off.

  43. 43
    Remy Says:

    Fans cheer with great joy
    as Sea Bass rounds the bases,
    skipping toward home.

  44. 44
    rehabreject Says:

    did nate earn the mc back?

  45. 45
    Marc Schneider Says:

    The Fox announcers kept talking about how the Braves were lucky to have a veteran like AAG up in that situation, apparently forgetting his previous at bats. Do any of these talking heads have the slightest idea what they are talking about?

    As for Francouer, I’m surprised he didn’t swing at the pitch that hit him.

  46. 46
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Yes, it sounds wrong, but
    My enemy’s enemy
    is my friend. Go Mets.

  47. 47
    Mike N. Says:

    Huddy on the mound.
    Matty Ice under center.
    Today could be good.

  48. 48
    jjschiller Says:

    The fucking Marlins,
    Scratching John Johnson against
    The Phils. Fix is in.

  49. 49
    Kirk H. Says:

    Saw the new tagline
    At first twas a mystery
    Now an annoyance

  50. 50
    se1915 Says:

    FrostTips or Gonzo?
    Alex each day of the week
    And twice on Sunday.

  51. 51
    JoeyT Says:

    Yeah, this whole haiku thing peaked with the left-hander throwing cherry blossoms. Probably should have closed up shop and called it a fad after that.

    I’m glad the Braves game is late tonight. I’m really looking forward to Lincecum vs Latos.

  52. 52
    braves14 Says:

    51 —

    I think that it has
    Become a superstition
    After the two wins

  53. 53
    jjschiller Says:

    Complaints are wasted.
    Bloggers will type as they wish,
    It’s always the case.

  54. 54
    Smitty Says:

    The Raiders’ offensive line is terrible. Like, junior college bad

  55. 55
    Brian J. Says:

    Feeling better now
    Since the Phillies have to have
    Their left fielder pitch.

    (That’s a joke, son.)

  56. 56
    stupup74 Says:

    Oregon is fast
    Tennessee is not very fast
    Beatdown was unavoidable

  57. 57
    PaulV Says:

    Was Lane Kiffin as bad at UT as he is at SC-west

  58. 58
    ralphdibny Says:

    Braves Journal’s become
    All haikus and football talk.
    Quite unexpected.

  59. 59
    Brian J. Says:

    Oh come on, Ralph.
    Football talk conquers this blog
    Every September.

  60. 60
    rehabreject Says:

    Five eight, is it, though?
    Mac works at library and
    resides in ‘Bama.

  61. 61
    Brian J. Says:

    Meanwhile, in New York,
    Phillies win three to zero.
    Gotta win tonight.

  62. 62
    NickC Says:

    I think tonight will be a blowout win.

  63. 63
    Smitty Says:

    @57

    No.

  64. 64
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    You don’t like haikus? Here’s a villanelle.

    The games are tense and taught,
    September’s raison d’etre:
    The pennant race is fraught.

    Our lead has gone to pot:
    Though we’re not ruined yet,
    My confidence is naught.

    My playoff seats were bought!
    It seemed an easy bet
    Or so at least I thought.

    And now I rue my haught,
    My haste has me upset:
    Cuz I’m why we got caught.

    It’d help, though, had Wren bought
    A bat, or just had let
    Fred Freeman get his shot.

    The Fish, now, drew the lot
    To sweep the Phillies’ set;
    But they, we know, are not
    The answer that we’ve sought.

  65. 65
    rehabreject Says:

    wow…

    64, you just improved our odds of victory a few percentage points for tonight per baseball prospectus

  66. 66
    Remy Says:

    #64

    Well done! You’ve made this former English major very proud.

  67. 67
    Tomas Says:

    I find I’m rooting
    against CarGo hits as much
    as Rockies winning.

  68. 68
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Update: Now getting Spanish-language spam. This replaces the Finnish spam, which replaced the Russian spam, which replaced the probably Korean spam.

  69. 69
    ralphdibny Says:

    Wife: Hey, whatcha doin’?
    Me: Reading a baseball blog. They are talking about football. In haiku form.
    Wife: You don’t have to be a smart-ass. If you are looking at porn, just say so.

  70. 70
    Smitty Says:

    @69

    I read my haiku to my wife yesterday. She made fun of me for the rest of the day. I went to a buddy’s house to watch the Tennessee game, she thought she would embarrass me by telling my friends about it. We spent the next 30 minuets coming up with haikus, it totally blew her mind.

  71. 71
    Rob Cope Says:

    Having gone through life’s formative years since the last Braves’ playoff appearance, I have a new approach at following September baseball. I had been watching the standings of both the Wild Card and the East every day since late August, but when the Braves went on that little skid, I didn’t even bother. There was no point in checking the standings if the Braves were going to wear down, I was thinking. It’s kinda like not wanting to check your online bank account page during certain parts of the month. You know it’s bad, so why bother?

  72. 72
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Omar: 81
    PA away, 19 games.
    No rest, he makes it.

  73. 73
    spike Says:

    I love the haikus. Brevity is the soul of wit, and I think they convey ideas as well or better than most posts.

  74. 74
    Mac Thomason Says:

    There is a Braves Haiku guy on Twitter.

  75. 75
    Brian J. Says:

    Damn you, Giambi.
    Walk-off homers are no good
    Unless Braves hit them!

  76. 76
    Michael Says:

    My wife and I went out to a sports bar for dinner in Birmingham Friday night. The place was covered up with Penn State fans. They played a Metallica song on the stereo and the place went nuts. The Keystone was flowing like wine.

    Seriously, they were very annoying, doing synchronized cheers. I’m not a Bama fan but I found myself wanting the Tide to kick their teeth in.

  77. 77
    Ringer Says:

    I think the plethora of haikus yall have created illustrates several key reasons that have made bravesjournal one of my daily stops on the web – 1) Mac’s write-ups 2) the generally high level of intelligence among the followers 3) the fantastic sense of humor at the heart of the dialogue

  78. 78
    Mike N. Says:

    Anyone know why Mike Vick is playing alot? Kevin Kolb hurt, performance reasons, anything?

  79. 79
    Robert Says:

    Kolb got a concussion.

    Was Lane Kiffin as bad at UT as he is at SC-west

    Yeah, screw that guy. He should be 6-0 by now.

  80. 80
    Weldon Says:

    Kolb wasn’t playing well before Clay Matthews concussed him.

  81. 81
    braves14 Says:

    Same lineup as last night.

  82. 82
    jjschiller Says:

    I’d watch the NFL if they did away with the helmets, and gave everyone four ounce gloves, and found some way to incorporate grappling. But as it is, I’m too much of a man for such a wussy league.

  83. 83
    desert Says:

    jjschiller,

    I think that the rule is that if you can do it, you don’t have to show respect for it. If you’re implying that you could run the strength and conditioning exercises that these players run, learn to recognize and read plays at the level that these guys do, find a way to perform consistently over a long season and prepare over an off-season, let alone do it at an above-average level of performance, then you most certainly have a right to call them wusses. If not, don’t complain and insult people that are doing things that you couldn’t do.

    It’s not as manly a sport as Rugby, but that doesn’t mean that these guys don’t pull their weight.

  84. 84
    Jeff K Says:

    So, I admit not following you guys closely the last several days. Mac, can you explain 5.7.5?

  85. 85
    Brian J. Says:

    And Vick is stopped on a half-assed running play to lose the game for the Eagles. Reminds you of old times, doesn’t it?

  86. 86
    Mac Thomason Says:

    That’s the meter of haiku.

  87. 87
    Rusty S. Says:

    The new adventures of old Vick.

  88. 88
    jjschiller Says:

    desert-

    I’m comparing football to ultimate fighting super championship CIIIXV!!!!1. I think the sport is stupid and over violent. Concussing an opposing player should not be part of game strategy in a stick-and-ball kind of sport.

  89. 89
    desert Says:

    JJ,

    Alright, my bad, I misunderstood you. Criticizing the sport is fine, not criticizing the players.

  90. 90
    Jeff K Says:

    Ah, thanks. Well, the obvious smacks me in the face.

  91. 91
    jjschiller Says:

    No I think the players are absolute gladiators and I think their union is a joke and their bosses are scum. It’s a shame that they will all talk like Ali and Frazier when they’re 60.

  92. 92
    Bethany Says:

    Vick outplaying Kolb only to lose to the Packers made my day.

    LETS GO BRAVES!

  93. 93
    Mike N. Says:

    Oh crap, I forgot we’ve got Joe Morgan.

  94. 94
    Mac Thomason Says:

    How hard can it be to outperform anyone named Kolb?

  95. 95
    Bethany Says:

    @94 I know, so why can’t the Eagles see that? They gave away their best player to bank on Kolb and he was awful then got hurt. It was awesome.

  96. 96
    Smitty Says:

    Jon Jay? The former Supreme Court Justice? He has to be like 200 years old! Hit it to second!

  97. 97
    Bethany Says:

    More terrible defense.

  98. 98
    Tony Says:

    Dammit Omar…don’t start this shyt

  99. 99
    Bethany Says:

    Niiiice. That works.

  100. 100
    Smitty Says:

    Very Nice!

  101. 101
    braves14 Says:

    Thanks, La Russa!

  102. 102
    Grst Says:

    That’ll do.

  103. 103
    urlhix Says:

    Very nice.

    edit: heh. And what luck we didn’t get burned for 3 there.

  104. 104
    Bethany Says:

    Blarg. At least they erased the baserunner.

  105. 105
    Brian J. Says:

    At least there was no one on.

  106. 106
    Grst Says:

    That won’t do.

  107. 107
    Tony Says:

    Thanks for the DP…

  108. 108
    Mike N. Says:

    Dammit, Pujols

  109. 109
    Smitty Says:

    Always walk Pujlos
    Even with three runners on
    Right hand Ted Williams

  110. 110
    Bethany Says:

    LaRussa looks like a corpse from the 70’s reanimated.

    More bad defense.

  111. 111
    Brian J. Says:

    Anyone feel like playing defense tonight?

  112. 112
    Tony Says:

    A rarity with McCann? Obviously this guy hasn’t seen the Braves play much.

  113. 113
    braves14 Says:

    Orel Hershiser hasn’t seen McCann’s defense or defensive statistics before, apparently.

  114. 114
    Bethany Says:

    Remember McCann is the second best defensive catcher in the NL!

  115. 115
    Smitty Says:

    He hit that ball hard

  116. 116
    Smitty Says:

    So did he

  117. 117
    James Says:

    Seems strange that it was called a WP. It was a pretty half-assed attempt by Mac.

  118. 118
    Brian J. Says:

    In general, we
    Fall apart against pitchers
    Who completely suck

  119. 119
    Bethany Says:

    McCann has been pretty awful lately.

  120. 120
    Tony Says:

    McCann, Omar and Prado need to collectively get it together.

  121. 121
    James Says:

    I give Prado a little more leeway, he is playing with a broken finger.

  122. 122
    braves14 Says:

    Joe Morgan thinks Brendan Ryan sucks because of Mark McGwire…not because of him being Brendan Ryan.

  123. 123
    Grst Says:

    @120 Both Infante and Prado are hitting over .300 during the last 10 games…

  124. 124
    Smitty Says:

    @123

    You know all too well the expectations of this board.

  125. 125
    Smitty Says:

    We are just missing off this guy.

  126. 126
    Tony Says:

    @123 I was just speaking about the last few innings…not their OVERALL performances. Is that allowed, Smitty?

  127. 127
    Smitty Says:

    Is Eric Hinske dead?

  128. 128
    Smitty Says:

    @126

    Maybe. We get a little too quick to bash on here. As I just did with Melky.

  129. 129
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Never let it be said that Melky isn’t a gentleman. He is so courteous, making things easy on the other team. And he never rushes.

  130. 130
    Tomas Says:

    Melky, just bloop one.
    Chances would be better than
    going for a hit.

  131. 131
    Bethany Says:

    Freaking crap. Hudson is coming back to earth along with the rest of the team.

  132. 132
    Smitty Says:

    Huddy is leaving they ball up

  133. 133
    Tony Says:

    Are u kidding me? Defense, defense, defense. Ankiel would have had a shot. Hudson following his career pattern, faltering in September.

  134. 134
    Mike N. Says:

    Oh dear God, Joe Morgan interviewing Bobby Cox

  135. 135
    Bethany Says:

    At least Jason showed up.

  136. 136
    Brian J. Says:

    We’ve got ourselves a right fielder. Now, we need to build a team around him.

  137. 137
    braves14 Says:

    Sometimes I wonder if Bobby ever brushes his teeth.

  138. 138
    Bethany Says:

    MARRY ME MARTIN!

  139. 139
    Brian J. Says:

    The Prado: Should still be feared.

  140. 140
    Tony Says:

    Thanks Martin…

  141. 141
    James Says:

    Well it’s good to see that we are capable of scoring against terrible pitching.

  142. 142
    Mac Thomason Says:

    The Braves’ basic problem is that there is only one Jason Heyward.

  143. 143
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, who else can we talk crap about?

    Lee, you suck and need to be put down.

  144. 144
    Tony Says:

    @141 I was starting to wonder for a second. FYI: Lowe is facing the Nats tomorrow, so the Braves might want to win tonight.

  145. 145
    Bethany Says:

    GOD LEE.

  146. 146
    Tony Says:

    No comment

  147. 147
    Weldon Says:

    Anybody have a super secret poison ivy cure? I’m enduring my third day of looking like Joseph Merrick. It sucks.

    Lee isn’t making things any easier.

  148. 148
    James Says:

    Ugly swing. Nice to see some signs of life on offense though.

  149. 149
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Free Glaus!

  150. 150
    braves14 Says:

    Lee Corso was just plain creepy on that commercial.

  151. 151
    Tomas Says:

    Goddamn, Lee. You’re not even worth a feeble attempt at a haiku at the moment.

  152. 152
    Mac Thomason Says:

    How about a limerick? I’ll start you off.

    There was an old man named Lee…

  153. 153
    Brian J. Says:

    Derrek Lee shows us
    That players who have broke back
    Make mountains of outs

    In what commercial
    Or other appearance does
    Corso not creep out?

  154. 154
    Smitty Says:

    Glaus must be dead

  155. 155
    Brian J. Says:

    Goddamn you, Rasmus.

  156. 156
    Smitty Says:

    McLouth must have pissed off the baseball gods.

  157. 157
    braves14 Says:

    Poor Nate.

  158. 158
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Poor Nate.

  159. 159
    Tomas Says:

    I don’t think I can distil my current annoyance with Lee into something that rhymes.

  160. 160
    Bethany Says:

    There we go, Alex.

  161. 161
    c. shorter Says:

    Seriously, Nate’s getting robbed on a regular basis now.

  162. 162
    Robert Says:

    LeBron at the Cowboys-Skins game. Apparently, growing up in Ohio, he took time out from being a big Yankees fan to be a big Cowboys fan. What a front runner. He plays the villain role well.

  163. 163
    Smitty Says:

    Pinch hit for Melky here

  164. 164
    braves14 Says:

    LOL Joe Morgan

  165. 165
    c. shorter Says:

    Joe, I’m pretty sure the Braves weren’t expecting 30-100 from Melky.

    But as Joe says, he has a lot of ability…

  166. 166
    reaganman Says:

    Joe Morgan thinks we thought Melky would hit .300 with 20-30 homers…

  167. 167
    Smitty Says:

    And by the way, he is a former Yankee

  168. 168
    Brian J. Says:

    Goddamn you even more, Rasmus.

  169. 169
    Smitty Says:

    Next inning we are scoring three

  170. 170
    Bethany Says:

    Fudge.

  171. 171
    c. shorter Says:

    Melky became a leader in the Braves clubhouse because he had been a Yankee? What?!!!

  172. 172
    Robert Says:

    Love Rasmus. Dude can play.

  173. 173
    Mac Thomason Says:

    As I recall, Jeff Francoeur also had a lot of ability and was a clubhouse leader.

  174. 174
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @166, He still might!! We love you Melk-Man!!!

  175. 175
    Adam M Says:

    I hate Melky and I hate Joe Morgan. That is all.

  176. 176
    Tomas Says:

    Among the stupid that Morgan let’s out on a constant basis, that has to be up there.

  177. 177
    Bethany Says:

    Frack.

  178. 178
    Robert Says:

    That was not a good pitch.

  179. 179
    Grst Says:

    These poo holes are starting to agitate me.

  180. 180
    c. shorter Says:

    umm, let’s keep it down, Timmy

  181. 181
    Bethany Says:

    Letting a guy singlehandedly beat you with no one on base is pretty dumb baseball.

  182. 182
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Ugh.

  183. 183
    braves14 Says:

    First place is slipping away again.

  184. 184
    Brian J. Says:

    The Cardinals are showing what a real 1B and CF can do if you’re not saddling yourself with Derrek Lee and the McLouth/ Ankiel/ Melky circus.

  185. 185
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Hanson, JJ, Freeman, and Terehan for Pujols, imo.

  186. 186
    Adam M Says:

    Hudson looks horrible.

  187. 187
    Brian J. Says:

    More of that defense
    That has made the Braves into
    What they are today.

    (Namely, a team desperately trying to hang on to the wild card.)

  188. 188
    Bethany Says:

    God we suck.

  189. 189
    sdp Says:

    DAMMIT HUDSON!

  190. 190
    NickC Says:

    How do you manage to cut off the ball before the warning track and still concede a triple?

  191. 191
    Dan Says:

    Blah. I’m convinced this team ain’t getting to the playoffs.

  192. 192
    ryan c Says:

    tim hudson looks rough, but melky is an f’n disgrace of a ballplayer. how can a ball be hit to the left center gap, not make it to the fence, and be a triple?

  193. 193
    Putter Says:

    And of course we won’t hit Lohse, his ERA is over 7.00

  194. 194
    Tony Says:

    Well will watch Heyward hit and then watch the Redskins/Cowboys….

  195. 195
    Adam M Says:

    How does someone get burned by the bottom of that batting order? Oh nevermind, it doesn’t matter.

    And what it will take to get Melky out of the lineup… I don’t know.

  196. 196
    Jeremy Says:

    The Cards have three good hitters, a rookie in Jay playing 8 miles over his head, and shit. How does Hudson get bombed by that lineup?

  197. 197
    Jeremy Says:

    Typical.

  198. 198
    Brian J. Says:

    The Prado: Should no longer be feared until further notice.

  199. 199
    Bethany Says:

    That’s it for me, folks. What a shame.

  200. 200
    Adam M Says:

    For me, the bigger story is the lack of offense against Lohse.

  201. 201
    Dan Says:

    How many of those “strikesout are bad, just put the ball in play and good things will happen” meek two-strike swing double plays have the Braves hit into this year?

  202. 202
    DougM66 Says:

    Doesn’t anyone except Heyward remember that you do not have to swing at bad pitches? We knew that early in the season, I think.

  203. 203
    Brian J. Says:

    We traded away Escobar to get AAG and then Blanco to get Ankiel. Clearly, Braves players drew the lesson that walks get you run out of Atlanta.

  204. 204
    Jeremy Says:

    200,
    True. 1 run through 5 vs Lohse is comically bad. Had a chance for a big inning in the third (I think) but Derrek Lee swung at a 3-2 slider a foot off the plate.

  205. 205
    Bethany Says:

    @203 Their .200 batting averages had nothing to do with it. Sure, it was the walks that did them in.

  206. 206
    Factory Jones Says:

    I’m pretty sure Joe would wipe Alberts ass if he asked. Are we just a joke for ESPN? Heyward walks and we get a replay of “juiced” two hrs.

  207. 207
    Factory Jones Says:

    Is there a way text Joe a photo of my hatred towards his broadcasting skills.

  208. 208
    Brian J. Says:

    Ankiel, AAG, and Lee are combining to hit .251 coming into tonight. Glaus, Escobar, and Blanco combined to hit in the .240s. Clearly, average wasn’t the consideration here.

  209. 209
    Brian J. Says:

    Pedro Feliz declares himself an honorary Brave with the first-pitch DP.

  210. 210
    Adam M Says:

    Having Melky in the lineup also exacerbates everything bad. He can’t field, he can’t run, he has little plate discipline, and he lacks power. When you throw him in there with an Alex Gonzalez and a scuffling Lee and another crappy outfielder (take your pick), you have half a lineup that’s below average.

    Of course, the Cardinals have that now, and we can’t get any of them out.

  211. 211
    Bethany Says:

    @208 And I’m sure Wren didn’t anticipate that kind of performance when he brought them in. At least Alex is providing some power, which Blanco and 2010 Escobar didn’t.

    I can see complaining about the Yunel trade, but wistfully reminiscing about BLANCO? Come on. He struck out more than he walked and had zero power, and he really didn’t make contact all that often to take advantage of his speed. And he had all of one stolen base. He’s not a good player.

  212. 212
    Factory Jones Says:

    Blah blah blah Cardinals blah blah blah blah. He should have caught that one. Lucky Braves there. Blah blah blah Cradinals.

  213. 213
    Grst Says:

    I love how complicated Morgan makes it that Rasmus had to run further to that ball than the first one he robbed.

  214. 214
    Adam M Says:

    five more runs guys!

  215. 215
    Brian J. Says:

    211- Blanco’s not suited to start, but he’s a reasonable fourth outfielder and has a better CF glove than anyone now on our roster. The bigger problem is that we ditched players with plate discipline to acquire players who didn’t, which says something about our priorities, which our incumbents noticed.

    The problem with getting AAG, Lee, and Ankiel wasn’t so much any of them as all of them.

  216. 216
    ryan c Says:

    prelude to this rant: i think bobby cox is a great manager.

    i’ll question anyone’s sanity who continually starts melky cabrera over anyone with 4 appendages.

  217. 217
    Adam M Says:

    Walk percentages 2010:

    Rick Ankiel: 9.7%
    Gregor Blanco: 11.1%
    Derreck Lee:11.2%
    Troy Glaus: 12.9%

    I agree that Escobar for Gonzalez was a downgrade (at least longterm), but that trade was because of personality, not skill sets. The other two substitutions indeed netted us less patient guys, but only slightly so. Insofar as the Braves lost plate discipline, it was primarily because they

    (1) gave Melky and Diaz more playing time after McLouth was demoted,
    (2) substituted Infante for Chipper after the latter got hurt,
    (3) and, yes, swapped Gonzalez for Escobar.

  218. 218
    Factory Jones Says:

    So much great info given on Freeman. Nice work.

  219. 219
    Factory Jones Says:

    I question anyone’s sanity that watches SNB with the sound on, myself included.

  220. 220
    stupup74 Says:

    Haiku summing up tonight

    Heyward is real good
    Melky sucks, Derrek is old
    Braves not playing well

    Haiku summing up the situation for my favorite teams

    Cam Newton is Good
    Jason Heyward is awesome
    Both need help real bad

  221. 221
    Mac Thomason Says:

    This game is going to end too late. Recap tomorrow at some point.

  222. 222
    jj3bagger Says:

    Kimbrel > Pujols

  223. 223
    Mike N. Says:

    Well at least McLouth seems to be coming around.

  224. 224
    Grst Says:

    Nate: Rob this.

    He’s got a good swing right now. Could be the difference maker for us if he keeps it up.

  225. 225
    Frank Says:

    Where has this guy been for the past 5 months?

  226. 226
    stupup74 Says:

    Nate back on the roids
    Nate is swinging really good
    Hell is now frozen

  227. 227
    jj3bagger Says:

    Nate’s damn near the second most productive hitter on the team lately.

  228. 228
    ryan c Says:

    did i mention i hate melky?

  229. 229
    Brian J. Says:

    Yes, you did, Ryan.
    But that sentiment should be
    Repeated often.

    And so this game ends.
    Second place once more is ours.
    This team is so DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMED.

  230. 230
    ryan c Says:

    f a damn haiku
    and f melky cabrera
    lose some weight fatass

  231. 231
    sdp Says:

    Why is the ass so
    Damn attractive when it is
    Just near the anus

    5-7-5!

  232. 232
    Adam M Says:

    5-7 this month. Giants/Padres 1 game back and Rockies 2.5 games back (and winners of 10 games in a row). The Braves better get a sweep against the Nats.

  233. 233
    Marc Says:

    I don’t see us sweeping anybody. The offense is too erratic and the starting pitching has really taken a down turn. Hudson appears to be tiring, JJ is a mystery, Minor is completely unproven and Lowe is Lowe. The only person I have confidence in at the moment is Hanson.

  234. 234
    basil Says:

    @ 232, 5-7….eerily reminiscent of haiku.

    Is there a poetic form that features 18+ syllables in the opening line?

  235. 235
    kc Says:

    Excellent, Huddy picks a perfect time to struggle.

  236. 236
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Basil, you could try anapestic hexameter.

  237. 237
    JoeyT Says:

    Is that what you use when you slip and cut yourself with your hexameter?

  238. 238
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recap is up.

  239. 239
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Ten days ago, I thought the Braves were pretty much a lock to at least make the playoffs. After last night, I was pretty much ready to give up, but things still are not as bad they appear. They have 18 games left, 9 at home, 9 on the road. If they go .500, they end up with 91 wins, which might make it or might not (but likely would not win the division). If they play the way they have all year on the road, they will win, maybe 4 games. That means, if they win 6 of the next nine at home, they still end up with 92. The Giants would need to go 11-7 to get to 92 and the Rockies 13-6. I don’t know the Rockies schedule but they are bound to go on the road where they don’t play as well. The Giants are playing much better and Lincecum seems to be rounding into form, but I still have a hard time believing the Giants won’t hit a slump.

    There, that’s as optimistic as I can be.

    The weird thing is that the teams in the NL with the best run differentials (Braves and Padres) are the teams that are stuggling, which does give on pause about what run differential means as a predictive tool. September is often the time when teams that have been “punching above their weight” (I hate to say it but I saw that in the AJC) have problems. Obviously, the Phillies run differential probably doesn’t reflect the quality of the team at this moment because they are a much better team with Oswalt. Unfortunately, the Phillies appear to be better in all phases (except, possibly, the bullpen) than the Braves now that Hamels is pitching well again. I wouldn’t be surprised if McCann managed to get the first game of the WS in Philadelphia. ):

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