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23 Sep

Braves 7, Nats 4

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals – Box Score – September 23, 2011 – ESPN.

Get out to a big lead and then try to hang on. It’s not like it’s symbolic of the season or anything.

The Braves jumped up 3-0 in the first, sending eight men to the plate. Dan Uggla singled in Michael Bourn, Freddie Freeman did likewise for Chipper Jones, and Uggla then scored on an error. The Nats got a run back in the second, a two-out single off of Tim Hudson.

But in the fifth, the Braves seemingly got a safe lead. Uggla doubled home Bourn, then Brian McCann doubled him home along with Chipper, and it was 6-1 while Tim Hudson was cruising.

And then suddenly he wasn’t. After getting the first out in the sixth, Hudson allowed hits to four of the next five batters and it was 6-3 with the tying run at the plate. Cristhian Martinez finished the inning.

Eric O’Flaherty allowed a two-out single in the seventh, but that was all. He never causes any trouble. The still clearly not-right Jonny Venters allowed a leadoff homer in the eighth, but that was all. And in the top of the ninth, the Braves stole a run when Bourn singled, stole second, and then got into a rundown on a Chipper grounder; Ryan Zimmerman dropped a throw, Bourn and Chipper were both standing at second, and in the course of chasing Chipper back to first they let Bourn go all the way home because nobody was covering. Craig Kimbrel allowed one of those leadoff singles to right but that was it, striking out two.

160 Responses to “Braves 7, Nats 4”

  1. 1
    csg Says:

    Soriano 3r HR 4-1 cubs

  2. 2
    Brian J. Says:

    ALFONSO!!! Cubs 4-1 on a 3-run HR by Soriano!

  3. 3
    Smitty Says:

    4-1 Cubs in the 8th. 3 run shot by Soriano!

  4. 4
    Tomas Says:

    From the game thread since I’m slow at posting; the Bourn run is up on MLB highlights for those who didn’t see the game.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_09_23_atlmlb_wasmlb_1&mode=video

    And Soriano just hit a 3-run homer, go Cubbies!

  5. 5
    JoeyT Says:

    Awesome. Great night. Maybe I should catch the late night showing of Moneyball to cap it.

  6. 6
    Smitty Says:

    Hat tip tonight to Phil Collins. Way to save him Mac and play the perfect song

  7. 7
    braves14 Says:

    Sussudio!

  8. 8
    Smitty Says:

    I don’t care what the recap says. No way we win this game. Not with Strasberg pitching. Best pitcher ever.

  9. 9
    Brian J. Says:

    Craig rolls into a DP. Still 4-1 Cubs after 8.

  10. 10
    ububba Says:

    Cards are biting it hard tonight. Another rally-killing DP…

  11. 11
    Rusty S. Says:

    High leverage use of the Collins.

  12. 12
    PaulV Says:

    How did the Braves score runs without any homers?

  13. 13
    braves14 Says:

    Hudson had cramps and is fine.

  14. 14
    Brian J. Says:

    5-1 Cubs, on a single by Starlin Castro.

  15. 15
    Smitty Says:

    The Cardinal pen is awesome!

  16. 16
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    As someone said on another site, turns out you can’t unpiss your pants.

  17. 17
    Brian J. Says:

    Cubs win! Cubs win!

  18. 18
    Marc Says:

    Cubs Win, Cubs Win

  19. 19
    ububba Says:

    OK, it’s a 3-game lead with 5 to go.

    Amazing how fast things changed in the space of 24 hours, with one bad Cardinals 9th inning & one good Braves 1st inning.

  20. 20
    F Says:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7009925/atlanta-braves-rhp-tommy-hanson-pain-shoulder-blade

  21. 21
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    I’m sorry for being so negative. I was wrong. I can admit that. I just had a bad feeling about this. I’m glad I was wrong.

  22. 22
    Rob Cope Says:

    And Moylan’s gone for 2012. That hurts.

  23. 23
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Moylan, god love him, is replaceable. Hanson, not so much.

  24. 24
    Smitty Says:

    We might get Medlin back. That would be great if he pitches well

  25. 25
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Is there any way that Hanson could come back in the NLDS?

  26. 26
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Central Florida’s QB is so stupid

  27. 27
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Smitty, his name is Medlen, not Medlin. Learn to spell, please.

  28. 28
    Smitty Says:

    Learn to not be a douche

  29. 29
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    You’re the one who called me a tool first!

  30. 30
    desert Says:

    30,

    Naw, Smitty wasn’t first.

    Can anybody at BYU dig up some golden tablets containing offensive schemes or instructions on how to wrap up tackles? Can’t wait to hear about how great we are BECAUSE WE BEAT UCF.

    No, I’m not over that Utah game. Why do you ask?

  31. 31
    Brian J. Says:

    And just to make the night perfect, Chris Young just doubled in a run to bring Arizona into a tie with the Giants, 1-1. A D-Backs win all but eliminates the Giants (5 behind us with 5 to play) and gives Arizona the NL West.

  32. 32
    PeteOrr Says:

    @30 – Smitty could’ve been referring to the host. I wouldn’t have argued with that.

  33. 33
    Smitty Says:

    Sorry if I offended

  34. 34
    Smitty Says:

    These next two games should be winnable

  35. 35
    Dan Says:

    So what are Emma’s playoffs odds for the Braves now? 15%?

  36. 36
    Brian J. Says:

    Goldschmidt triples in two runs to make it 3-1 Arizona, bottom of the 8th.

  37. 37
    F Says:

    If the Arizona and Anaheim scores hold up, that will be 3 divisions in 1 night.

  38. 38
    Brian J. Says:

    And all four (mathematically alive) teams chasing the wild-card leaders losing, while we win and the Red Sox were rained out. Every game result will end a race or make it less competitive. Weird.

  39. 39
    Brian J. Says:

    Aubrey Huff pops out. Giants lose 3-1. Diamondbacks win the West. Giants one loss or one Braves win from a lot of golf.

  40. 40
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    @36 i would say 83 percent

  41. 41
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Who owns the tiebreaker for the number 2 seed?

  42. 42
    Anon21 Says:

    42: The Dbacks do. Still hoping they manage to beat out the Brewers for the two seed.

  43. 43
    Nick Says:

    Ha! I told you guys the Cubs would take at least one from the Cardinals! Firmly back in control! Now let’s keep it that way, and pray to God that Hudson is alright!

    In answer to the Hanson question, they are acting as if it’s possible that he would be back for the NLDS, but if he can’t get through a damn instructional league rehab game three weeks after being shut down before, I really don’t see that there’s much hope of that happening. And even if he does get through an instructional league game, without a Major League game under his belt, would you really wanna start him in a playoff game? Even over Lowe?

    Medlen is good and unexpected news though, and hopefully makes up for the loss of Moylan. Apparently Sherrill will be back for the playoffs, too, and despite all the crap we give him around here, we have definitely missed him.

  44. 44
    F Says:

    Angels lose, Rangers pour ginger ale* on each other because Josh Hamilton used to do drugs.

    *not joking

  45. 45
    Nick Says:

    They did that last year, too. I actually think it’s kind of cool. Certainly a nice gesture, anyway. And incidentally, if they did it the same as last year, Hamilton left later and they proceeded with the standard booze shower.

  46. 46
    DG Says:

    Crazy sidebar, but I just now watched the Sheen Roast that I’ve had on the DVR for awhile, and one of the co-producers was former MLB player Todd Zeile. Turns out that he and Winning are really good friends.

  47. 47
    Ryan c Says:

    Sucks that my favorite website on the planet, after a win by my favorite team and a loss by the trailing wild card team, still has a troll dominating the posts.

  48. 48
    Ray Says:

    All the Emma hate around here is getting really annoying. Live and let live… as long as he refrains from insults and unnecessary profanity (profanity after a Braves loss, however, if perfectly acceptable to me).

  49. 49
    Seat Painter Says:

    The spelling correction was a tad annoying, and if it had been anyone but Emma, I think Smitty wouldn’t have dropped the douche-bomb.

    Anyway, compared to what we saw several weeks back, I’d say Emma is improving in his etiquette.

    That looks odd, doesn’t it?

    Anyway – how ’bout them Bravos!

  50. 50
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Iwas at the game. The Nats were hitting shots all night, a lot of which found gloves. Uggla hit the shit out of the ball a couple of times and the play Wilson made to keep the ball in the infield saved a run. (But, yes, why the hell was he batting behind Freeman and in front of Heyward?) The team played well, got some help from Ryan Zimmerman who, unusually had a terrible night defensively. But if Strasburg hadn’t left, the Braves wouldn’t have scored any more; he was beginning to cruise. He really is good. I think you could say Bourn manufactured that run in the 9th. What I don’t like about going to Braves games in person, though, is I can’t fast forward through the 9th inning. So, instead, I got up and walked around the conoourse after Kimbrel gave up the hit on an 0-2 pitch. I couldn’t stand to watch. I did actually see the two strikeouts from right behind home plate.

  51. 51
    Timo Says:

    There’s much too much focus on Emma Lawson. Just ignore him if you are as annoyed about him as I am but please, let’s stop talking about this guy.

    You gotta feel bad for Moylan. That means he’s probably pitched his last game for the Braves. He was, well is, one of my favorite guys on the team.

  52. 52
    Smitty Says:

    @52

    Moylan could be fine if it is a small problem.

  53. 53
    csg Says:

    According to Wren, Moylan has been pitching with a small tear in his rotator cuff for a while now. They said his outing went fine the other night but he couldnt even play catch the next day. They mentioned the tear has worsened. Dont see it being a small issue, but I hope thats the case.

  54. 54
    Smitty Says:

    Bourn 8 Prado 7 Jones 5 Uggla 4 McCann 2 Freeman 3 Wilson 6 Heyward 9 Beachy 1

  55. 55
    Adam M Says:

    Well, he probably wasn’t coming back next year anyway, so yes, his stint with the team is likely over.

  56. 56
    csg Says:

    Guess AAG needed another day.

  57. 57
    ryan c Says:

    @myself

    Never post at 2:00 in the morning after listening to you favorite band and having a plethora of beers. It sucks that my own post annoys me.

  58. 58
    John R. Says:

    I don’t get this tweet from DOB:

    “Hot-as-fire beef szechwan at 1:45 a.m. from restaurant in Chinatown. Saw a table full of Braves fans there. They used chop stix. Impressive.”

    Because Braves fans are provincial redneck morons who one can’t assume able to manipulate a couple of small pieces of wood as eating utensils? Am I misreading this?

  59. 59
    PaulV Says:

    @57 Being 3 up on Cards allows AAG more rest. Another win and McCann can rest.

  60. 60
    PaulV Says:

    @59 After a night drinking I use my fingers.

  61. 61
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I’m not a redneck, I wouldn’t say. But I suck at using chopsticks, so I always ask for a fork.

    Not everyone is great at manipulating a couple of small pieces of wood.

  62. 62
    csg Says:

    Well, DOB did follow it up with this tweet.

    •I used a fork, because I never could get hang of chop sticks. No patience. RT @trwinstead: @ajcbraves Kimbrel used a fork. He’s advanced. 3 hours ago

    I guess he was just impressed. I hate chopsticks and dont understand why anyone would use them. Its like using a hammer and a nail to build something instead of a nail gun. When technology improves something just go with it.

  63. 63
    ryan c Says:

    @62
    Jerry Seinfeld: “I tell you what I like about those Chinese people. They’re hanging in there with those chopsticks. Oh, they’ve seen the fork…and the spoon. I don’t know how they’ve missed it. Chinese farmer goes to the field in the morning…HELLO! Shovel! You’re not plowing 20 acres with a couple of pool cues.”

  64. 64
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Chopsticks are amazing. I cook and eat with them all the time. I only own like 3 forks

  65. 65
    Mike N. Says:

    Recently I was the only one in a group of like 11 to use a fork instead of chopsticks. I tried but dammit I just couldn’t use the chopsticks!

  66. 66
    Smitty Says:

    I learned to use chop sticks in college, you had to do something to make Ramen Noodles interesting

  67. 67
    csg Says:

    Ramen Noodles are interesting as soon as you buy them. Its like 30 meals for $5.

  68. 68
    Smitty Says:

    They needed some pep on about meal 24

  69. 69
    F Says:

    It’s a cultural thing.

    You’re not supposed to bring weapons to dinner, iirc.

  70. 70
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Chopsticks are more civilized than stabbing your food at the table. (The fork was a compromise by the Euro-barbarians from just bringing their daggers to dinner to spear the meat.)

    If using a knife and fork, at least have the good graces to use the knife in the right hand and the fork in the left, as if you’ve had *some* small semblance of schooling.

  71. 71
    Rusty S. Says:

    At my school, we used a knife in both hands.

  72. 72
    Timo Says:

    @ 70, yes, and keep your elbows off the table when eating, please.

  73. 73
    Bethany Says:

    I only use chopsticks when I’m eating sushi, I fail completely at using them for anything else.

  74. 74
    John R. Says:

    I was pretty swift on the uptake when learning to use chopsticks and enjoy using them quite a bit, and I’m also from the South. Apologies to DOB if I found offense where none was intended.

    MLB.com’s front page has a subheadline about today’s game that indicates our starting pitcher is named “Brandy” Beachy. Now, I’ve known a lot of pretty girls who could use chopsticks named Brandy, but no dudes with that name.

    Great first inning by Brandon, btw. Efficiency AND strikeouts!

  75. 75
    John R. Says:

    Well, I guess that decision precludes the 2-run Jack Wilson homer.

  76. 76
    DG Says:

    Why is McCann, the slowest person on earth, trying to steal against Pudge?

  77. 77
    Bethany Says:

    @76 Frediball!

  78. 78
    Bethany Says:

    Beachy Breakdown.

  79. 79
    Phillip Says:

    Somebody better get some Phil Collins in here, quick.

  80. 80
    Adam M Says:

    Beachy… sigh.

  81. 81
    John R. Says:

    So much for efficiency.

    I think Beachy had 8 in the first inning and 30 in the second? Come on, Brandon. Ya gots to do better…

  82. 82
    Adam M Says:

    Well, that sure helped. Thanks Natspos.

  83. 83
    John R. Says:

    Bad Bunter Brandy Beachy.

    It’s painful to watch some of these guys bunt.

    Goodness gracious, he foul tipped ball four. Ugh.

  84. 84
    John R. Says:

    Wow. Rick Ankiel sure comes up big against the Braves. You’ll see that highlight after pictures of Werth handing Ankiel his sunglasses in the field on SportsCenter.

  85. 85
    PeteOrr Says:

    Beachy is unbelievable. He might have a Javy Vasquez-like, under-performed periphals kind of career, but he’s still really fun to watch. I’m a sucker for strikeouts.

  86. 86
    Stu Says:

    73—Same here.

  87. 87
    Adam M Says:

    Remember when Brian McCann was good? The first half of the season seems like a long time ago.

  88. 88
    Smitty Says:

    @87

    He needs some rest

  89. 89
    John R. Says:

    Please not another episode…

  90. 90
    John R. Says:

    Wow. Tim Tschida… What a stoic response to getting hit in the face mask with a foul ball.

  91. 91
    Bethany Says:

    Oh, Brandon.

  92. 92
    John R. Says:

    Crap on a stick!

  93. 93
    Brian J. Says:

    Ugh. There’s no excuse for that, Brandy.

  94. 94
    Dan Says:

    So…only Hudson is somewhat trustworthy for the (possible) postseason.

  95. 95
    Catz Says:

    Guess I’ll change over to RA Dickey [redacted]ing the Phillies.

  96. 96
    Catz Says:

    Jimmy Rollins is only 32 years old? Seems like he’s been around forever.

  97. 97
    Brian J. Says:

    At least the Cards are losing (1-0 in the 6th).

    Dan, if you really want to cheer yourself up, consider how badly Hudson pitched in the 6th after he tweaked his neck/ shoulder.

  98. 98
    Brian J. Says:

    FREDDIE! So not all is lost.

  99. 99
    Dan Says:

    That would be more exciting if not for the Beachy meltdown the previous half-inning.

  100. 100
    Smitty Says:

    Cubs just got out of a big jam.

  101. 101
    Brian J. Says:

    Seven innings in the books in St. Louis. Still 1-0 Cubbies.

  102. 102
    John R. Says:

    Just saw where Manny is talking about wanting to play again. Assuming he’s allowed back into the league, wouldn’t any team that signed him have to play with a 24-man roster for 100 games?

  103. 103
    Brian J. Says:

    No, you’re allowed to bring up a player to replace a suspended player.

  104. 104
    John R. Says:

    So a team can’t replace a player for 5 games while he’s suspended for beaning Cody Ross, but they can replace a player for 100 games for shooting HGH?

  105. 105
    Brian J. Says:

    Eight innings done in St. Louis. Still 1-0.

  106. 106
    Brian J. Says:

    I’m pretty sure, John. When Ramirez was suspended for 50 games in 2009, the Dodgers brought up a player (Xavier Paul) to replace him.

  107. 107
    Mike N. Says:

    Heading off to catch Moneyball before the big games tonight. I’ll let you all know how it goes.

  108. 108
    Dan Says:

    Braves are totally not backing into the playoffs.

  109. 109
    Askia Says:

    Cards on MLB Network now.

  110. 110
    spike Says:

    Looks like Marmol is fixin’ to yak it up.

  111. 111
    Dan Says:

    WTF? A caught stealing there?

  112. 112
    Adam M Says:

    Either Bourn or Fredi is an idiot.

  113. 113
    JoeyT Says:

    Why would he run there? OMG. RAGE….

  114. 114
    DG Says:

    Who in the Cardinals organization paid Marmol to throw this game?

  115. 115
    spike Says:

    I don’t even want to know why Bourn is going there.

  116. 116
    JoeyT Says:

    He’s going just to piss me off. That’s the only reason. It’s all about me.

  117. 117
    Brian J. Says:

    Mike Quade is apparently on Quaaludes. Why is Marmol still pitching?

  118. 118
    DG Says:

    And in flipping back and forth, I noticed that Prado’s flyball would have scored a run had Bourn not been thrown out stealing.

  119. 119
    Dan Says:

    There’s a run lost because of a really stupid steal attempt. Either Fredi or Bourn has lost his mind. The Braves are down three not two.

  120. 120
    Catz Says:

    Marmol with 3 straight walks, walks in the tying run

  121. 121
    Brian J. Says:

    Ball four.

    And a wild pitch to win the game for St. Louis.

  122. 122
    JoeyT Says:

    I can’t believe the Cubs. Bases loaded walk. Sigh.

  123. 123
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Urge to kill … rising.

  124. 124
    Tom O. Says:

    what in the world. why won’t this man throw a strike?

  125. 125
    JoeyT Says:

    Cards win? Seriously? Wild pitch? WTF?

  126. 126
    Catz Says:

    …. walkoff wild pitch

  127. 127
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I HATE CARLOS MARMOL.

  128. 128
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    Go to hell, Marmol.

  129. 129
    Stu Says:

    Mike Quade: Not even pretending to try to win that game.

  130. 130
    Tom O. Says:

    i cannot believe this.

  131. 131
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    By the way, am I crazy, or did it look like Bourn might have been safe?

  132. 132
    csg Says:

    Bourn was safe, but still stupid to run

  133. 133
    DG Says:

    Wow. Just wow. I know that you control your own destiny, but Marmol is a supreme goat right now that just gave the Cardinals a game, and HOPE, all by himself.

  134. 134
    Adam M Says:

    You know what? The Braves should have to win to get in.

  135. 135
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Our playoff percentage just decreased down to 14 percent. Shit

  136. 136
    Tom O. Says:

    @134-

    agreed. but marmol is still terrible.

  137. 137
    Dan Says:

    If I didn’t know better, I’d say the that Cubs-Cardinals game was rigged by MLB to keep it interesting. Three straight walks and a wild pitch with two outs.

  138. 138
    Ray Says:

    Marmol sucks so bad!

  139. 139
    Adam M Says:

    @137 But you know better. If MLB was rigging games, it wouldn’t go down like that. The Cardinals would just win the game. Marmol hasn’t been particularly good this year, and control has always been his achilles heel.

  140. 140
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Seriously, our playoff odds decreased from 83 percent to 14 percent in one DAY, how is that even possible?

  141. 141
    spike Says:

    @139, but wouldn’t a good and decent manager just CHANGE PITCHERS AFTER THREE STRAIGHT WALKS? Quade is going to so deserve his firing.

  142. 142
    Dan Says:

    Seriously, our playoff odds decreased from 83 percent to 14 percent in one DAY, how is that even possible?

    You tell us, you’re the only one making the claim.

  143. 143
    Big D Says:

    Carlos Marmol just made my enemy list. Blood pressure increasing….

  144. 144
    Tom O. Says:

    @141-

    i can’t imagine they had better options waiting in the bullpen. they’re the cubs, after all

  145. 145
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    @140

    You’re using a formula to which none of us are privy. Explain with actual numbers and data, please.

  146. 146
    Adam M Says:

    @141

    My guess is that Marmol is his closer and he just rolled with him. It’s not a fix. Quade is probably just in love with roles and deviates from his pre-determined decisions very, very slowly. Like, well, certain other managers we all know around here.

  147. 147
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    I take the schedule and my gut feeling and form a quadratic equation

  148. 148
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    You guys can’t seriously think we’re going to make the playoffs can you?

  149. 149
    Dan Says:

    i can’t imagine they had better options waiting in the bullpen. they’re the cubs, after all

    Any option is a better option than a pitcher that refuses to throw strikes.

  150. 150
    Adam M Says:

    I take the schedule and my gut feeling and form a quadratic equation

    Define “quadratic.”

  151. 151
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Does anybody think we’re going to make the playoffs, with just 14 percent odds?

  152. 152
    Brian J. Says:

    Pitching, hitting, and the quadratic equation do not work that way!

    GOOD NIGHT!

    (At least we’re still up by two…)

  153. 153
    Dan Says:

    Easy come, easy go: back to two game lead.

  154. 154
    spike Says:

    @148, really truly, I have no problem with what you are doing – I just think it is lame beyond belief at this point, and that you are still at it is one of the saddest things I’ve seen on this site.

  155. 155
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    Also, look at the momentum factor. That comes into my formula

  156. 156
    Our New Insect Overlords Says:

    @155

    How does your formula incorporate the Cardinals having lost two of their last three with their only win in that span being gift-wrapped by a wild closer?

  157. 157
    ILoveEmmaStone Says:

    it doesn’t matter how they got it. They have 4 games left, 1 against the Cubs and 3 against the Astros. We have 4 left, 1 against a surging Nats team and 3 against a Phillies team that is due for wins

  158. 158
    Stu Says:

    154—Not as sad as the folks who keep giving him attention, IMO.

  159. 159
    ububba Says:

    Well, that last 3 hours of baseball totally sucked ass. Cubs are bad for many reasons & Marmol’s one of ‘em. Two up with 4 to go. (At least the Dawgs won.)

    #154
    Often, when you’re on a crowded subway car & a “crazy person” gets on your train craving attention in an infantile way (screaming, babbling, whatever), you’ll ignore him—even when he’s five inches in front of your face. You treat him like he doesn’t exist.

    And when the entire subway car does this, he usually leaves the train & tries his annoying act elsewhere.

  160. 160
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recap.

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