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01 Oct

Phillies 11, Braves 5

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – October 01, 2010 – ESPN.

LP – Beachy, (0-2)

So damned unfair. The kid went out there and pitched great. He allowed seven hits, almost any one of which could have been an out with a good defensive play, walked one batter (intentionally) and struck out five. He left with two out in the sixth and the game still tied at two. By the end of the inning, he’d been charged with two “unearned” runs and the game was a rout.

The Braves took the lead in the first when Jason Heyward walked and then scored ahead of a Derrek Lee double, though Melky, still inexplicably in the fifth spot, quickly made the third out of the inning. Beachy was cruising, having allowed one hit (off of Alex Gonzalez‘s glove). Ryan Howard, with one out, got just about the only clean hit the Phillies got off of Beachy, a single to center. A single to left that a real outfielder (that is, not Melky) might have had a play on followed, and then Beachy got a double-play grounder up the middle that AAG whiffed on to tie the game. Another Melky special, with two out, made it 2-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, Lee came through again, singling in Beachy himself (who had walked leading off the inning). With two out, Melky popped up the first pitch to end the inning. But in the sixth, Nate McLouth misplayed a fly ball into a double, Beachy walked the next man, and then got a strikeout, before being lifted for Peter Moylan. Moylan did his job, getting a grounder to Brooks Conrad at third base, and from that point on nothing went right all night. Conrad wanted to go the short way to second, Omar Infante was nowhere near the bag, and instead of adjusting and throwing to first, Conrad threw to Omar anyway, all hands safe, E-5. Moylan walked the go-ahead run in, and then Jimmy Rollins hit a grand slam off of Michael Dunn to put the game away. The Phillies got four more runs off of Cristhian Martinez and Mike Minor in the eighth. All the Braves could do is get J.C. Boscan in the game late. He walked to load the bases, and Lee came up with his third RBI hit of the night, a bases-clearing double to make the score a little more respectable.

247 Responses to “Phillies 11, Braves 5”

  1. 1
    sdp Says:

    Katy Perry.

  2. 2
    jdpeace Says:

    I think the Phillies are better at playing baseball than we are.

  3. 3
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Just saw that Caleb Sturgis will miss the game tomorrow, surprisingly not because he was arrested.

  4. 4
    sdp Says:

    We should play a game. One screwdriver for each time Chipper refers to Bobby as a “favorite grand dad.”

  5. 5
    Troy Says:

    Yeah, that was tough, but i loved the late runs. I know it’s ‘garbage time’, but it gives you a little good feeling coming out of the game, and you can think things like, if Brooks throws to first and then catches Utley’s foul pop in the 8th, we would have been right in that game, and we still have that late-inning offensive resiliency. Those are some bad errors. He’s our third-string 3B, so what do you expect? But maybe he gets some of those things ironed out.

    All we need to do is win tomorrow. We’re going to get this. Don’t we have Hanson tomorrow? and Hudson on tap?

    and i do wish i had that espn insider, cuz Buster Olney posted something about comparing the Braves to the ’88 Dodgers, another team that had great stretches but didn’t end up with the best of lineups due to injuries and what not, and still pieced a postseason together with clutch hits here and there to win a world series.

    That’s definitely the blueprint i’m working with here.

  6. 6
    Joe Defeens Says:

    Since 1990, Our Braves dominated the Phillies forever with the exception of a few obvious years. We, as Braves fans should not give a damn about the Phillies. At least, I dont…

    Go Braves!!

  7. 7
    Marc Says:

    With Chip making comments like “We don’t know who the Braves will play in the first round” and FSS telling us all to tune into their special playoff postgame shows, I’m becoming convinced we will miss the postseason.

  8. 8
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Conrad admitted that he messed up and apologized to the team. Meanwhile, has Melky ONCE admitted that he sucks and is killing the team and destroying all that is good and holy? NO.

  9. 9
    Remy Says:

    Does anyone know if there are any subscription packages for Latin American games televised this winter?

  10. 10
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Sweet jumpin’ jeebus, Giants, do you dopes want to win the West or not? How is it even physically possible to give up 6 runs to this team? With, I’m assuming, more to come?

  11. 11
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @8, It’s hard to apologize with a mouth full of Cheetos.

  12. 12
    Bethany Says:

    Kendrick is the sort of pitcher this team would have eaten up earlier in the year. He was not throwing strikes, it would have been easy to just let him beat himself.

  13. 13
    Mark Graybill Says:

    Tonight’s the night the Braves wanted to do business. Tomorrow, they face a guy they’ve never seen (we know how that goes with this team) and Sunday they face Cole Hamels (we know how that goes). With the Pads putting up a fight in SF–the kind of fight the Braves couldn’t put up last week against the Phils on their home turf–things don’t look good at all.

  14. 14
    Mark Graybill Says:

    Bethany @ 12: Agreed. AAG and Brooks both swung at pitches that Escobar and Chipper would have probably taken to work walks. And Melky killed a couple of would-be rallies as well–earlier in the year he seemed to be showing a little more patience. Or maybe he didn’t, but his free–swinging ways did less damage with more patient guys in the line-up around him.

    Ugh. I was going to watch every game, no matter how pessimistic I felt or painful it got, but I think I’m going to bail. I’ll go see a couple of movies tomorrow and Sunday, and if the Braves surprise me, I’ll watch them in postseason. Maybe the sweep of the Marlins was as good as it gets with this team.

  15. 15
    FUWren Says:

    Tomorrow is most favorable pitching matchup of the weekend. We pretty much have to win.

    We have the worst outfield in the majors defensively (Heyward is even kinda shakey but at least he can run and throw). Given that all our options are terrible for CF and LF, I would err on the side of putting in the guys that at least have a little power. Play Diaz or Hinske in LF and Ankiel in CF. That’s my least-worse lineup.

    Bobby’s faith in Melky is disturbing, what does he see that everyone else doesn’t?

  16. 16
    Marc Says:

    If the Pads hang on they will be 6-1 at SF this year, a sweep is a real possibility. And of course the Braves being swept is also a very real possibility. A 2 game lead with 3 to play and blowing it, now that would be choke city.

  17. 17
    OneEye Says:

    6-4 pads going to the eighth…

  18. 18
    redclay Says:

    Bobby’s faith in Melky is disturbing, what does he see that everyone else doesn’t?

    Friend of mine never bitches about the Braves. When something inexplicable happens, he says “Yeah. Well. You know Bobby drinks a little, right?”

  19. 19
    Adam M Says:

    Melky is doing so much damage out there. And now he’s batting 5th! 5th!!!

    What is happening? Has the world gone mad? Is Bobby Cox perpetrating some joke as he retires? What is the punchline?

  20. 20
    Catz Says:

    This may be a stupid question, and it may not even be possible, but what would happen if a team is tied for both the wild card and the division…

  21. 21
    Marc Says:

    Well Cox and Melky were both Yankees so maybe that’s it. Of course Hinske was a Yankee too but he can’t sniff the field despite being one of our first half MVP’s and swinging the bat well lately.

  22. 22
    Grst Says:

    @ 20 Playoff for the division, loser plays again for the wild card.

  23. 23
    Marc Says:

    Sanchez is an idiot, his run meant nothing there.

  24. 24
    Marc Says:

    That’s it, Pads win, lead down to 1.

  25. 25
    Bethany Says:

    What if we choke again and lose the wildcard, on Bobby’s final day? I feel physically ill.

  26. 26
    Tom Says:

    Relax. The Phillies want us in the playoffs, not the Padres. They know they can beat us at will, while the Padres are unpredictable. They will let us win tomorrow and even on sunday if necessary.

  27. 27
    Nick Says:

    You guys really think the Giants are gonna get swept at home when one game wins the division? I don’t.

  28. 28
    braves14 Says:

    26 — The Phillies can’t play someone from the same division in the first round.

  29. 29
    Marc Says:

    @26 Tom, They aren’t running their best out there but it’s still more than enough to sweep us. The players that are put in still play the game, they don’t care who it’s against.

    @27 Nick, The Padres are 6-1 at SF this year, a sweep is very much in the cards.

  30. 30
    Tom Says:

    28, you don’t say!

    29, they certainly did on Friday, but I doubt that they will on Saturday. We’ll see.

  31. 31
    ryan c Says:

    FUWren,
    heyward’s defense is shaky? right…

  32. 32
    Smitty Says:

    Still not time to panic

  33. 33
    Kevin Lee Says:

    @5 Troy
    Exactly the kind of thinking I needed to hear Saturday morning.

    Go Braves!

  34. 34
    Parish Says:

    I think we will win one and the Pads will lose one, but the best case scenario is probably both of us winning out.

  35. 35
    mraver Says:

    The Braves control their destiny. Win today and maybe you don’t have to start Hanson tomorrow.

  36. 36
    braves14 Says:

    30 — Well, I don’t see your point, because the Phillies aren’t going to lose on purpose.

  37. 37
    justhank Says:

    Tommy needs to drill Rollins in the earhole on the first pitch.
    ———–

    If the Braves lose and Florida wins tonight, I’m jumping off the Talahatchee Bridge.

    (If I can find it.)

    (If it exists.)

  38. 38
    Nick Says:

    @29

    I’m aware of that stat, but I’m pretty sure that has more to do with them playing those games back when the Padres were the best team in the league than some sort of hex on the Giants. The Giants are the better team now, and they’re not gonna get swept.

  39. 39
    ryan c Says:

    NO MELKY!
    1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. McCann C, 4. Lee 1B, 5. Conrad 3B, 6. McLouth LF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Ankiel CF, 9. Hanson

  40. 40
    Dan Says:

    NO MELKY!

    Cox really wants to win today.

  41. 41
    Nick Says:

    Since bad defense torpedoed us last night, it appears Bobby is going back to his defensive-minded lineup.

  42. 42
    braves14 Says:

    Conrad batting 5th is certainly better than some other options.

  43. 43
    ryan c Says:

    for those unaware, the braves’ home site will be broadcasting the bobby cox tribute @3:30 eastern.

  44. 44
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I put up a new tagline…

  45. 45
    csg Says:

    4 racks of ribs on the grill, just need a Braves and Crimson Tide victory to go along with them

  46. 46
    stupup74 Says:

    Good one Mac

  47. 47
    jj3bagger Says:

    I just saw something that is hard to believe, but true. Bruce Chen is the first Royals lefty to win 12 or more games since Charlie Leibrandt.

  48. 48
    braves14 Says:

    Very nice ceremony for Bobby.

  49. 49
    mikemc Says:

    Looks like the Phils are using the first stringers.

  50. 50
    csg Says:

    as they should be.

    Were all the players, including the Phils, out on the field for Bobby’s ceremony?

  51. 51
    csg Says:

    Pads up 1-0 with bases loaded in the 1st

    edit: 2-0 now, Zito has walked three and given up 2 hits

  52. 52
    rehabreject Says:

    oh great…. NYY vs BOS here in Florida.

  53. 53
    Dan Says:

    Zito is melting down.

    Go Braves.

  54. 54
    Bethany Says:

    Freaking Zito.

  55. 55
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Who’s doing color for FOX today? Because he was just whining about a strike call that Ibanez, um, swung at.

  56. 56
    Bethany Says:

    Good lord, McCann.

  57. 57
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Fox Saturday games screw me once again. And of all the games to be blacked out on too.

  58. 58
    csg Says:

    that was Jeffyesque Bmac

  59. 59
    Dan Says:

    That looked like a Francoeur swing by McCann.

  60. 60
    Guillermo Says:

    BMac was guessing all the way.

    Force them to come inside BMAC, come on!

  61. 61
    jdpeace Says:

    If Frenchy is in the playoffs and the Braves are not I will do something hyperbolic.

  62. 62
    Nick H Says:

    So, is Mac going to throw the ball into CF again?

    He didn’t get a chance. Great play by AAG.

  63. 63
    csg Says:

    how is that not interference?

  64. 64
    Bethany Says:

    Wow, nicely done Agony.

  65. 65
    NickC Says:

    Should have just thrown at Victorino. It was a free shot.

  66. 66
    Nick Says:

    Hanson pulling a Russ Ortiz, so far

  67. 67
    Guillermo Says:

    DOn’t swing NAte!

    Edit: That was not a strike. He didn’t give tommy that pitch.

  68. 68
    csg Says:

    Pads up 3-0

  69. 69
    DJ Says:

    Padres now up 3-0. Ugh.

  70. 70
    Bethany Says:

    God we suck.

  71. 71
    braves14 Says:

    This umpire sucks.

  72. 72
    csg Says:

    Joyce missed ball 4 twice, somehow called both of them strikes, He’s never missed any calls before

  73. 73
    ralphdibny Says:

    Louther.

  74. 74
    D.N. Nation Says:

    This umpire is BS. Hanson wasn’t getting anything even close to that.

  75. 75
    csg Says:

    yeah, my hate for AAG is irrational

  76. 76
    D.N. Nation Says:

    I’m not watching the Giants/Padres; is San Fran wearing their best red pumps and lipstick? Idiots.

  77. 77
    Dan Says:

    More free outs on the bases.

  78. 78
    Tom O. Says:

    random question: anyone know of braves bars in san francisco? i live here and as you can imagine, they’re not showing the game many places.

  79. 79
    stupup74 Says:

    csg, your hate is not irrational

    Nates OBP .295
    A-Gons OPB .294 (with Braves)

  80. 80
    Rusty S. Says:

    In fairness, the 3 – 0 pitch to Ibanez should have been ball 4.

  81. 81
    Bethany Says:

    Hanson? Nibbling? I’m shocked.

  82. 82
    Guillermo Says:

    Utley scares the hell out of me.

  83. 83
    braves14 Says:

    Hanson has really good stuff today. Howard and Ibanez looked terrible.

  84. 84
    NickC Says:

    Zito managed to go 3+ innings only. Pulled with runners on 1st and 2nd, none out.

  85. 85
    Nick Says:

    But not especially good location. The Russ Ortiz game continues: let the lessors guy on, then get Utley, Howard and Ibanez to get out of it.

  86. 86
    Guillermo Says:

    4-0 Pads.

    This is getting really tense.

  87. 87
    Nick Says:

    Did the Giants really have no one better than Zito to throw out there today?

  88. 88
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I just made up a word.

    vlander (n): To compare a major football program to Vanderbilt. “Mac comparing the Longhorns to the Commodores was a classic vlander.”

  89. 89
    Tom O. Says:

    Lincecum already pitched a couple of days ago. And Cain pitched yesterday. Tomorrow’s Jonathan Sanchez.

  90. 90
    NickC Says:

    They lined Lincecum up to give him the longest rest before the postseason, or so that he could pitch in the one game playoff.

  91. 91
    jdpeace Says:

    What happens if SD and SF are tied for the West and we are in a three-way tie with them for the wildcard. Is it just tiebreaker between them followed by tiebreaker with us? Who hosts?

  92. 92
    Guillermo Says:

    #91
    Padres host Giants on Monday. And Braves hosts loser on tuesday.

  93. 93
    jdpeace Says:

    @92 Thanks.

  94. 94
    Dan Says:

    Padres host Giants on Monday. And Braves hosts loser on tuesday.

    So essentially the Padres and Giants get two shots at getting into the playoffs and the Braves get one?

  95. 95
    Bethany Says:

    “Glasses down for Rick Ankiel” as his glasses sit on the back of his head.

  96. 96
    braves14 Says:

    Dick Stockton is a moron. “Glasses down for Ankiel” and he doesn’t even have any glasses unless they’re hanging on the back of his cap.

  97. 97
    Guillermo Says:

    #95 jajaja

    My thoughts exactly.

    #94 Yeah. Division trumps wildcard.

  98. 98
    braves14 Says:

    95 MPH “Called strike on a slider”

  99. 99
    jdpeace Says:

    Not as bad as Chip. He called him Calfkiel and said he had to leap over the wall to get it.

  100. 100
    Dan Says:

    #94 Yeah. Division trumps wildcard.

    Yeah, but after the hypothetical one-game playoff for the NL West division title: one of the Padres/Giants would lose game #163. Meaning they’d have one more loss than the Braves and thus there would be no need for a wild card playoff game.

  101. 101
    Nick Says:

    We cannot keep allowing Brian Schneider on-base in this game.

  102. 102
    NickC Says:

    #94, the Braves surrendered their first shot by not winning the division.

    I wonder what Tommy’s pitch count limit is today. No reason to hold back if he still has his stuff, and I’d like to see him get through 7 innings.

  103. 103
    braves14 Says:

    100 — They did away with that rule.

  104. 104
    stupup74 Says:

    The media is going to find a way not to give Jason Hewyard the Rookie of the Year.

    Of course ABs like that aint helping.

  105. 105
    braves14 Says:

    Eric Karros’ argument for Buster Posey: “Heyward doesn’t steal a lot of bases.”

    Apparently Posey is Rickey Henderson.

  106. 106
    spike Says:

    Eric Karros just gave one of the most incoherent descriptions of Jason Heyward’s game I’ve ever heard.

  107. 107
    braves14 Says:

    Are we going to get no-hit by a random September call-up?

    Thanks, Derrek.

  108. 108
    Guillermo Says:

    FOx announcer on Heyward: Yeah, he gets on base, that is “nice”.

    Talk about a stupid comment.

    Edit: I did not know it was Karros. It figures.

  109. 109
    Bethany Says:

    YES!!! GO LEE GO.

  110. 110
    JoeyT Says:

    Lee was a good pickup.

  111. 111
    stupup74 Says:

    At least some dorky looking guy will not no hit us.

  112. 112
    Jeremy Says:

    Son of a bitch our offense blows.

  113. 113
    ryan c Says:

    vent:
    ya know, i like the patience. i really do. but, how many times lately have we had a hitters count only to stare at a “get me over” fast ball right down the pipe?

  114. 114
    braves14 Says:

    Tommy Hanson doesn’t Know How to Win.

  115. 115
    Nick Says:

    Here’s the inning where we lose the game.

  116. 116
    Jeremy Says:

    What’s more incompetent: Our offense or Les Miles?

  117. 117
    braves14 Says:

    Buster “Rickey” Posey is 0-2 in SB attempts, FWIW.

  118. 118
    braves14 Says:

    Pitch right down the middle for a ball.

  119. 119
    braves14 Says:

    Ibanez hasn’t come close to the fastball all day. Throw him another one.

  120. 120
    JoeyT Says:

    McCann’s had a couple of incredible stops with Rollins at third.

  121. 121
    csg Says:

    can we not get a close call? really?

  122. 122
    Bethany Says:

    @113 The thing is these guys can’t do anything with a get over pitch either.

  123. 123
    JoeyT Says:

    One more great stop.

  124. 124
    JoeyT Says:

    Do I love Tommy Hanson, or am I in love with Tommy Hanson?

  125. 125
    csg Says:

    one hell of a stop by AAG

  126. 126
    braves14 Says:

    Strange pitch selection and it was hit hard, but he’s out.

  127. 127
    Nick Says:

    Hey! This pessimism thing works!

  128. 128
    Tom Says:

    Tommy is dancing with wolves here. Will this team EVER score any runs for him?

  129. 129
    JoeyT Says:

    This is the inning they score. I can FEEL it.

  130. 130
    braves14 Says:

    If Ankiel and Hanson weren’t due after AAG, I would endorse a bunt.

  131. 131
    JoeyT Says:

    Seriously? A sac bunt? I hate the world.

  132. 132
    ryan c Says:

    the magneticism of nate’s necklace makes his vision better.

    nate mclouth aka magneto!

    aag is the best sac bunt on the team. maybe he should look at doing that every atbat.

  133. 133
    Catz Says:

    They’re gonna pinch hit for Hanson? I don’t like the sound of this

  134. 134
    Nick Says:

    AAG, not having bunted in a year, has put down three perfect sac bunts in the last week.

  135. 135
    braves14 Says:

    I miss Blanco.

  136. 136
    ryan c Says:

    in this situation, i dont hate the sac bunt.

    edit: why cant ankiel hit a fastball anymore?

  137. 137
    Guillermo Says:

    Pathetic Ankiel!

  138. 138
    ryan c Says:

    hanson’s pitch count is at 89. he would have only pitched one more anyway.

  139. 139
    braves14 Says:

    Why won’t Bobby start Hinske in left instead of pinch-hitting him in the 5th?

  140. 140
    Catz Says:

    I hope we’re not paying Ankiel too much.

  141. 141
    ryan c Says:

    hinske also wears a magnetic necklace. no wonder he hit that homer the other night.

  142. 142
    braves14 Says:

    Jim Joyce’s strike zone sucks.

  143. 143
    braves14 Says:

    Our offense is hopeless.

  144. 144
    NickC Says:

    Is it me, or does Ankiel look like he’s a pitcher again when he’s in the batters box?

  145. 145
    Bethany Says:

    This is where they win the game.

  146. 146
    csg Says:

    yep, Phils will score here

  147. 147
    Jeremy Says:

    This is excruciating.

  148. 148
    jj3bagger Says:

    My XM keeps going in and out, is there anybody that has an audio link ??? I would really appreciate it.

  149. 149
    Marc Says:

    I keep hearing Ivan Drago from Rocky IV saying “You will lose”.

  150. 150
    csg Says:

    u dont want to hear it

  151. 151
    Adam M Says:

    I’m not even angry anymore about sac bunts. If AAG hit there, he would have done nothing positive. As it is, he bunted a guy over for Rick Ankiel and Eric Hinske.

    The team is not good enough for the playoffs. Right now I wouldn’t take us in a series against Washington.

  152. 152
    csg Says:

    should Venters face sweeney?

    sure wouldnt walk sweeney to face rollins, which is what we’re trying to do

  153. 153
    JoeyT Says:

    @148, I don’t know of any audio link outside of the MLB pay service.

    The Braves Radio Network has pretty good coverage over the southeastern USA, if you’re in that region of the country. http://mlb.mlb.com/atl/schedule/affiliates.jsp is a station list.

  154. 154
    JoeyT Says:

    Nice, Venters. Nice.

  155. 155
    Bethany Says:

    Whew, nicely done, Venters.

  156. 156
    Guillermo Says:

    Clutch pitching by Venters.

  157. 157
    Dan Says:

    Hanson is out of the game. It’s safe for the Braves to score now.

  158. 158
    Catz Says:

    We needed that.

  159. 159
    braves14 Says:

    I’m anticipating a 2 inning stint from Venters.

  160. 160
    Catz Says:

    @148, @153: I sometimes just look through that list to find stations that stream online, and I can usually find one

  161. 161
    jj3bagger Says:

    Joey T, thanks but I’m in New Mexico. I have XM radio, but the signal isn’t strong in my apartment complex. They were just splitscreening it on Fox now though with SD/SF. I’ll sit out in my car the last three if I have to.

    All of the stations that people have given me before are playing college football right now.

  162. 162
    Bethany Says:

    Good way to start. Come on Brian..

  163. 163
    Guillermo Says:

    That didn’t even reach the plate. Ugh!

  164. 164
    braves14 Says:

    That was predictable.

  165. 165
    Jeremy Says:

    I’m glad I’m listening on the radio. It’s bad enough.

  166. 166
    Catz Says:

    Has Rollins really gotten that old/slow where they pinch run for him now?

  167. 167
    FUWren Says:

    Lead-off walk = run

    (except when we’re batting)

  168. 168
    Bethany Says:

    God Conrad. Just… god.

  169. 169
    braves14 Says:

    Deja vu.

  170. 170
    Guillermo Says:

    Brooks can’t play 3rd.

  171. 171
    Jeremy Says:

    Hooray for bad defense.

  172. 172
    Adam M Says:

    Live by mediocre players, die by mediocre players.

  173. 173
    Bethany Says:

    There’s the game. Maybe Brooks is being paid off.

  174. 174
    braves14 Says:

    Ballgame.

  175. 175
    Dan Says:

    The Braves’ playoff odds were 95.8% when this series started. Opps.

  176. 176
    Marc Says:

    For all the talk about how there was no way the Padres sweep and we get swept, that is exactly what is going to happen.

  177. 177
    Catz Says:

    I hate this team. Goodbye. I’ll be back in an hour or so when we are tied for the wild card.

  178. 178
    Jeremy Says:

    0-2 pitch.

  179. 179
    Jeremy Says:

    Who’s pitching tomorrow?

  180. 180
    braves14 Says:

    Hudson.

  181. 181
    stupup74 Says:

    62 errors since the break, tied for most in MLB.

    That is a damning stat.

  182. 182
    Adam M Says:

    Don’t forget: the Phillies aren’t even fielding all of their starters. And this is happening at home, against crappy pitchers.

  183. 183
    Guillermo Says:

    How do you let Utley steal 2nd??

    Talk about shitty defense.

  184. 184
    Bethany Says:

    Guess what, Bobby, Venters is done. Thanks.

  185. 185
    Jeremy Says:

    I guess it doesn’t matter who’s pitching. Our offense couldn’t beat Charlie Morton.

  186. 186
    Dan Says:

    Happy Bobby Cox day.

  187. 187
    braves14 Says:

    Bad defense would be easier to tolerate if they were hitting.

  188. 188
    Jeremy Says:

    Wow, this is ugly.

  189. 189
    FUWren Says:

    2 runs down … 3 runs down … doesn’t matter. We can’t hit. Can’t score. Team of utility players gave it a good shot but we don’t have the horses to compete with real teams.

  190. 190
    spike Says:

    Sorry, this is just too painful. I am going to retire to my vices for the remainder of the evening. ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

  191. 191
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, I’d rather watch the rest of the Tenth Inning that this. Atlanta, you have redefined choking.

  192. 192
    Marc Says:

    This is so predictable. You try to use a gassed Venters for 2 innings and you get what you get. I think Bobby has determined that not making the playoffs is preferable to losing in the first round.

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    hpotter Says:

    Don’t worry, we’ll mash Hamels tomorrow

  194. 194
    HawkeyeFan Says:

    Are we really going to crap the bed like this? And now he brings in Kimbrel. Like you couldn’t have brought him in to start the 7th? Sometimes I hate Bobby’s bullpen management. Correction, I have always hated Bobby’s bullpen management. Can’t believe they tough it out for 160 games and then collapse at the finish line like this. Man, I hate losing this way.

  195. 195
    D.N. Nation Says:

    And a tip of the hat to the Giants, who are playing the Florida Marlinseque whore to San Diego’s Phillies, if that makes any sense at all, which it might not because I’m cheezed.

    What the hell was Lee thinking on that strikeout, anyway? Other than DERP.

  196. 196
    FUWren Says:

    It’s not Bobby’s fault that we’re relying on Royal/Pirate/Cub dead-weight and that we’ve got a million injuries. I still think it’s a miracle that this team is even still in it. Anything can happen tomorrow…who knows. Karmically we’re due for things to even out a bit. All those teams we took into the playoffs that were just loaded, and all those chokes…the baseball gods owe us one. Maybe if this team of scrubs gets in we’ll see something amazing happen.

  197. 197
    ryan c Says:

    the largest crowd in turner field history gets to see this crap of a game.

  198. 198
    D.N. Nation Says:

    This just in, America: Eric Karros doesn’t have a clue what “ironic” means.

  199. 199
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Talk about a fall from grace. Brooks Conrad: Folk Hero to Scapegoat in one series.

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    Adam M Says:

    196- I wouldn’t bet on it.

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    Bethany Says:

    Oh, we had to throw in a run on a passed ball too for the sucky defense trifecta.

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    D.N. Nation Says:

    Deedle dee dee, derp de deedily ding dong diddily doddly doo. Just awful.

  203. 203
    Marc Says:

    I blame Chip “The Braves don’t know who they’ll face in the first round” Caray.

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    Landogarner Says:

    Can we fire T.P. yet?

  205. 205
    Coz Says:

    We score six the rest of the way. Just need to get out of the inning.

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    Adam M Says:

    It was only a matter of time before Conrad’s defense would hurt us. There are too many bad defensive players out there–and not enough offense (or any).

    No amount of good pitching can make up for bad defense and hitting.

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    NickC Says:

    Ken Rosenthal talking crap there. A playoff barely affects our postseason rotation should we get there. We’d have Hanson, Hudson and Lowe all on regular rest in the first 3 games.

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    ryan c Says:

    seriously, baseball is so frickin’ hard…even as a fan. because of the last 2 days, i cant recall why conrad was one of my favorite braves.

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    D.N. Nation Says:

    Shut the hell up, Karros, you illiterate Dodger prick. Let’s count your rings, shall we?

  210. 210
    c. shorter Says:

    ugh

  211. 211
    stupup74 Says:

    You know something. This is the only way this could be. On Bobby Cox day, the Braves lay just a horrible egg.

    I mean, how many of these games have we endured as Braves fans over the years. Countless.

  212. 212
    Bethany Says:

    Wow, what a clustercuss that LSU ending was.

    OH MY GOD. 12 men on the field, and now they have to play the down.

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    NickC Says:

    #211, reminds me of the Mets with Glavine a few years ago.

  214. 214
    Bethany Says:

    And LSU wins. Wow.

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    Adam M Says:

    To be fair, though, it’s not just about the defense. The Braves have two hits. Two. Against a rookie with 10 innings of big league experience and the back of the Phillies (weak) bullpen.

    Two hits.

  216. 216
    stupup74 Says:

    I feel bad for my wife. She is a braves fan, and a Vols fan.

    Let’s just say she is not having a good day.

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    NickC Says:

    Giants have the tying run on 1st.

  218. 218
    Dan Says:

    Go Giants!

  219. 219
    Bethany Says:

    Go Giants.

  220. 220
    Jeremy Says:

    How bad is the SEC this year?

  221. 221
    Jeremy Says:

    Pads win. FML.

  222. 222
    Dan Says:

    F***ing Giants.

  223. 223
    NickC Says:

    Jose Guillen grounds into a double play to end it.

  224. 224
    Bethany Says:

    That was Braves like.

  225. 225
    justhank Says:

    I hate sports.

  226. 226
    Askia Says:

    Tomorrow will be a very dramatic day.

  227. 227
    Coz Says:

    The Giants could have used a little Bonds power. ;)

    EDIT – and forget my previous suggestion. Let’s just get ‘em tomorrow.

  228. 228
    Bethany Says:

    Remember when we were saying, “Hey, at least we aren’t the Padres?”

  229. 229
    Jeremy Says:

    Glaus couldn’t be any worse than Conrad at third.

  230. 230
    ryan c Says:

    @229
    i think you’re very wrong.

  231. 231
    braves14 Says:

    At least we aren’t the Pirates.

  232. 232
    kc Says:

    I don’t have words to describe how I am feeling right now.

    Can we at least try to win this game?

  233. 233
    Adam M Says:

    Not so sure that Conrad is much of a defensive improvement over Glaus. True, he has better range–Glaus has barely any movement–but Glaus has better hands, footwork, and arm. He’s also a 3B. On both plays that Conrad blew Glaus would have made the play.

    That said, I didn’t see Glaus play at AAA. What I read was that he was ok.

  234. 234
    braves14 Says:

    Glaus probably hit on Cox’s wife or something.

  235. 235
    Tom Says:

    Braves are trying not to give Glaus AB so they can save his incentives, IMHO.

  236. 236
    drewdat Says:

    I think the Phillies are pitching Hamels and Oswalt tomorrow, right? Even if it’s only 2 or 3 innings each, good luck until the bullpen. And when you get to the bullpen, good luck.

  237. 237
    Nick Says:

    Eric Karros is a complete dipshit.

  238. 238
    JC Says:

    So, do we like Robert Fick now?

  239. 239
    kc Says:

    Can the Braves and the Giants just win tomorrow and settle all these? Geez.

  240. 240
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    And Saito has nothing left. I think the only way this day could get worse is if Bobby announces that Hudson re-tore a ligament during a throwing session and Kawakami will start tomorrow.

  241. 241
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Better to learn Saito’s shot now than in the sixth or seventh inning of a close game tomorrow, I guess.

  242. 242
    drewdat Says:

    Huddy, we’re going to need at least 15 perfect innings tomorrow, probably 20. Maybe the Phillies will just quit caring and forfeit before we can score a run.

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    jj3bagger Says:

    No doubt Huddy is going to pitch tomorrow until his arm falls off.

  244. 244
    Grst Says:

    Naturally now that the fans are showing up, the team isn’t.

  245. 245
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped. It’s over, guys.

  246. 246
    Adam M Says:

    It’s hard to overstate just how awful the team has been these past two games.

  247. 247
    Tom Says:

    As pathetic as today’s game was, I am very positive that the Braves will win tommorrow and the Padres will lose. It can’t all go wrong three out of three times, can it?

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