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20 Jul

Braves 11, Nationals 10

San Francisco Giants vs. Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals – Box Score – July 19 20, 2012 – ESPN.

   ”That’s why,” said Azaz, “There was one very important thing about your quest that we couldn’t discuss until you returned.”
   ”I remember, said Milo eagerly. “Tell me now.”
   ”It was impossible,” said the king, looking at the Mathemagician.
   ”Completely impossible,” said the Mathemagician, looking at the king.
   ”Do you mean—” stammered the bug, who suddenly felt a bit faint.
   ”Yes, indeed,” they repeated together; “but if we’d told you then, you might not have gone—and, as you’ve discovered, so many things are possible just so long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”
——The Phantom Tollbooth

So it was Tommy Hanson versus Stephen Strasburg. In the first inning, Tommy Hanson gave up a 3-run homer to Michael Morse: 3-0, Nats. In the fourth inning, Tommy Hanson gave up a 3-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman: 6-0, Nats. In the fifth inning, Hanson gave up two straight singles to start the inning, and Luis Avilan came in to walk the bases loaded, walk in a run, and give up a two-run single. 9-0, Nats.

Against Stephen Strasburg. It was impossible. Completely impossible.

Brian McCann came up in the 6th and hit a two-run homer. Strasburg came out of the game at that point, giving way to our old friend Mike Gonzalez, the former Automatic Lefty. In the same inning, Martin Prado hit a two-run double. It was 9-4. Cristhian Martinez came in and held the Nats scoreless for two innings despite giving up four hits.

Then, in the 8th, Dan Uggla singled — one of his three hits on the day, his first multihit game since June 5 — and then stole second. Janish walked. Prado walked the bases loaded. Heyward walked in a run. Chipper singled in two runs. Freeman singled in one more. It was 9-8. Medlen pitched a scoreless 8th.

In the 9th, Uggla walked and took second on a wild pitch, and Janish was hit by a pitch. Then, Fredi Gonzalez pushed all of his chips to the table and actually sent David Ross to pinch hit. Ross struck out, but Michael Bourn hit a two-run triple. Prado struck out and Heyward grounded out, the second day in a row that they’ve stranded Bourn at third after a one-out triple, but never mind. It was 10-9 Braves. And Kimbrel was coming.

It would not be that easy, because it was the Nationals. Kimbrel gave up a home run to Danny Espinosa, and it was 10-10, and you could feel the hope deflating from your body.

But you were wrong.

O’Flaherty held the Nats scoreless in the 10th. In the bottom half, Uggla reached on an infield single, took second on a throwing error, and took third on a passed ball. The Nats fatefully pulled in their infield, and Paul Janish did the sort of thing that Luis Gonzalez did to Mariano Rivera in the World Series in 2001, except this wasn’t the World Series, but still. He blooped an RBI single over the drawn-in shortstop. 11-10 Braves.

Chad Durbin, fresh off becoming the first pitcher in major league history to give up two three-run homers in the same inning in extras, retired the Nationals in order. The last play, fittingly, was a terrific diving stop on a grounder up the middle, with Dan Uggla throwing out Danny Espinosa — the man who’d tied the game in the 9th — from his knees. The Braves won, after being down 9-0 to Stephen Strasburg with 12 outs to go.

Before tonight, the best win of the season was clearly this one: down 6-0 to Roy Halladay and the Phillies, the Braves won 15-13 on a Chipper Jones walkoff homer in the 11th inning. But the Phillies aren’t a great team this year. We play them just for pride and old times’ sake. We play the Nationals for all the marbles. They’ve been the best team in the league all year, and they have killed us for years. Tonight, the Braves got smashed in the mouth and they stayed on their feet and kept punching. Today, the Braves showed some heart.

Walk tall, boys. You did yourselves proud.

149 Responses to “Braves 11, Nationals 10”

  1. 1
    Smitty Says:

    Great recap. I hope Mac was watching

  2. 2
    Philip Says:

    I just moved to DC and was able to go to the game tonight, it was incredible! Couldn’t wait to get home and read the recap. Anyone know of a good Braves bar in DC to watch the non-DC games?

  3. 3
    Anon21 Says:

    So after coming back from 6-0 against Halladay and 9-0 against Strasburg, I kind of want to see what they do down 12-0 against Verlander. Can we set that up somehow?

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    redclay Says:

    Great recap.

  5. 5
    Putter Says:

    Very well put, AAR

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    asg Says:

    Hell yes. Very well put. I feel like John Wayne.

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    csg Says:

    Lost in all of this chaos was Chipper’s record setting RBI’s

  8. 8
    csg Says:

    Fredi just said he didnt want Kimbrel or EOF pitching 4 straight days, so both are unavailable for tomorrow. We better get some long outings from our starters tomorrow.

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    Putter Says:

    @6 I was thinking about that myself… That is something that should get a lot more attention

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    James Says:

    I gave up on this game after seeing Hanson give up a 2nd two-run homer, but McCann’s homer got me to check back in & witness our big 8th inning and the rest of the game. Amazing win & quite fun to get to only watch the good part.

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    Anon21 Says:

    7: Yeah, I dunno. Really a legitimate clusterfuck–two of the most important games of the season, probably, and your two best relievers all worn down. I don’t know that I’d be declaring in advance that you won’t see them, but any way you deal with that, it’s just a tight spot the Braves are in.

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    Tom Says:

    Never in serious doubt.

    RIP Skip, hope you were watching from above. Miss you.

    Great recap, Alex. I went to bed when it was 9-0 Nationals and just woke up to THIS. Wow.

  13. 13
    ububba Says:

    Well done, AAR.

    I’m celebrating with a fellow Georgian at the top of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Ain’t the beer cold?

  14. 14
    Tom Says:

    7, 10 The good thing about that is that the Nats burned their relievers as well.

    6, 8 I second that. What a career. Some other stats that deserve attention: Derek Lowe, who gave up nine runs today, is now 8-8 with a 5.04 ERA. And Uggla is closing in on Chase Utley, .223 to .228. Good times.

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    ububba Says:

    So now, we’re watching a Dutch DJ in a Braves cap playing an R.E.M. remix.

    Of course…

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    Putter Says:

    Baseball Tonight calling this the game of the year so far

  17. 17
    Tommy Says:

    Dan Uggla was amazing. As I was writing about this game, I became amazed how many times I kept writing Uggla. He seemed to spark everything and then…that play to end it. Hopefully, this is what gets him going for the rest of the year. If Uggla can provide some kind of consistent right-handed bat, the lineup seriously just got better.

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    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Yeah, Uggla positively gets the game ball.

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    ububba Says:

    Still glowing. Would be nice to take 3/4 this weekend.

    From previous thread…

    beege,
    Thanks for the offer, but I’m staying downtown & heading out to Morrison again tomorrow & Sunday, doing an EDM fest there that runs from 5 pm to 2 am. Doubtful that I’m gonna get to do much more than that. (Here’s to 24-hr room service.)

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    zig Says:

    Red Rocks…. I and my cousin tried sneaking into a Springsteen concert there in the year nineteen hundred and…. never mind.

    Crawled all the way up the mountain to some fence at the back of the crowd and a bouncer/security guy was just standing, waiting for us… waving us away w/ his flashlight like a bored traffic cop.

    Got back to my cousin’s car, and he’d DROPPED HIS CAR KEYS somewhere in that Westscape. We hiked back up and–Lord I don’t know how–found them.

    Almost as improbable as being down 9-0 to the Strasburg and then….

  21. 21
    ryan c Says:

    An amazing writeup. As an elementary Ed teacher, I can appreciate the Phantom Tollbooth reference. Well, I’m shipping out to my motherland Ireland today. First stop is in Dublin for 3 days then the wife and I are hiking the Dingle peninsula. You guys keep the boys rolling and I look forward to coming back to a team that’s traded Varvaro for Joey bats and Pastornicky for Jered weaver. Take care, BJ!

  22. 22
    oldtimer? Says:

    Wow, jut wow. I dod not expect this when I woke up and checked the box scores.

  23. 23
    Coop Says:

    Elegant prose, AAR. Let’s play two today.

  24. 24
    jjschiller Says:

    Of secondary importance, the Braves were the only NL East team to win last night. Fish, Phils, and Mets all lost.

  25. 25
    csg Says:

    Per my fantasy team, Hansons last 30 days

    7.32ERA 1.55WHIP 29.2IP 37H 24ER 9BB 29K = unacceptable

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    Adam R Says:

    Love me some Phantom Tollbooth.

    I can’t watch the games right now, so I’m going to try to guess the score by the level of hysteria on here. I knew we’d be down at least seven when someone questioned Tommy’s commitment to baseball. It’s not like he had to put in a lot of effort to remake his delivery in the wake of an injury that came close to ending his career, or anything.

    It’s supposed to be games like this — or when you eventually find out Player X has been sucking because they’ve been playing with an injury for Y amount of time — that teach fans to have an even keel.

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    Adam R Says:

    29 Ks and 9 BBs in 30 IP isn’t horrible at all. It’s the 5 HR in that span that are killing us. Especially when the HRs are occurring with men on base, due to all the hits he’s giving up. I feel like he might be hurt again.

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    csg Says:

    Yeah, its mostly from his past two starts. He’s walking too many and then its being followed up by long HR’s. I just saw the pitch that Morse hit out and Tommy actually hit his spot. The one to Zimmerman was bad. Last two 9.1IP 17H 14ER 6BB 10K. Hopefully he’ll figure it out before his Miami start.

  29. 29
    Hap Says:

    Will this be the game that sparks the Braves to ramp things up for the end run? It certainly feels like the kind of game the announcers will talk about late in the season… “it all started with the extra innings game against the Nats…”

  30. 30
    ryan c Says:

    Venters activated from DL and Diaz DL’d with thumb injury. Hopefully we will see one of those thriving AAA RH bats before too long. I’d take Mejia!

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    td Says:

    We really need a combined 15 innings from our starters today. Let’s hope Sheets outing is consistent with his last one!

  32. 32
    sdp Says:

    Diaz has a thumb injury like I have a M.D.

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    Anon21 Says:

    Yeah, the Braves are playing fast and loose with the DL, what with Jonny and now Diaz. But so long as the commish doesn’t mind, I don’t either.

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    ryan c Says:

    Dia might have to have surgery. Reed Johnson please!

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    mravery Says:

    That game was just…. Wow.

    I didn’t get to watch it live, so I was surprised when I turned it on late last night that the condensed game wasn’t up. I was even more surprised that that was the case when the Nats were up 9-0 after a few innings. WTF. Well, figured I, there’s a ton of rain, so maybe it’s just a rain delay. (I had started skipping the bottom halves of the innings once Tommy gave up the 3-run shot and it became clear that he was pitching backwards to poor effect.) Even after McCann’s shot, I didn’t really think it was going to happen.

    One of the major drawbacks for watching it by delay is that you can see the time bar, so after Heyward dribbled out to finish the bottom of the 9th (two really poor results for him and Prado in the 9th and 11th, but w/e), I had a sneaking suspicion that someone was going to run into one off of Kimbrel. Makes sense given how much praise he’s gotten lately. :-)

    Anyhow, at that point, I switched to the condensed game, otherwise you always have a pretty good idea of when the games going to end. SUPER excitement to see that little bloop from Janish land. And combined shock/excitement that Durbs was able to finish it off! Great comeback from him after sucking so hard last time out.

    What a great win for the Braves! Man, if the Nats had ended up winning that, it would’ve been a disaster.

  36. 36
    Smitty Says:

    Diaz really is hurt.

    I will say this for Hanson, he kept us in the game. Had the Nats scored 11, we would have lost!

  37. 37
    Coop Says:

    You speak truth, Smitty.

  38. 38
    jjschiller Says:

    Somebody complimented Fredi’s bullpen management, and I have one quibble with that.

    We went all the way to Double-A to get a left-handed reliever when Jonny Venters hit the DL. You’d think it was because we, ya know, wanted a left-handed reliever.

    But after making his ML debut facing one left-handed batter and striking him out, Luis Avilan has been shifted to the Livan Hernandez role.

    His next outing, against the Giants, he came in losing 6-0 with runners on second and third to face a righty and two switch hitters. He gave up a two-run scoring double to Posey, then struck out Pagan and Sandoval. 8-0. He was then run back out there for three more innings, allowing only one run of his own.

    That was almost the story again last night, when he came in losing 6-0, with runners on first and second and THREE RIGHTIES COMING UP. He went line-out, wild pitch, walk, walk, 2-run single, double-play to allow both inherited runners and one of his own runs to score. 9-0.

    He was pinch-hit for in the top of the next inning.

    This was the same nonsense that Fredi always pulled with Livan. The guy is your long reliever because he’s your worst reliever. You bring him in when your losing, sure, but can’t you use a middle-quality reliever to get you out of the inning before you go the long man?

    Only, Avilan isn’t Livan. Livan was signed because he was a starting pitcher who could eat some innings. You went all the way to Double-A to get this kid, because of his handedness. Why is he pitching long-relief? Couldn’t we have called up Buddy Carlyle for that? Or how about Yohan Flande, who is both a starter AND a left-hander?

    Granted, Durbin isn’t very good. But he was a better choice to get out of the 5th. And if he had, you could then pinch hit for him, and then give the ball to Cristhian Martinez until you had an idea of whether the team had a chance to get back in the game or not. Which is what Fredi did, he gave Cristhian the ball and let him pitch til we were back in it, then he went to the good part of the bullpen with Medlen, Kimbrel and O’Flaherty.

    But if he had stopped the bleeding before worrying about innings, that comeback would have won the game in 9.

  39. 39
    jjschiller Says:

    @37 – I will also point out, this is exactly what he did to Gearrin. The kid has been a late-inning reliever in AAA, with a great K-rate, and a projection of right-handed/groundball specialist.

    He comes up, makes his first appearance in long-relief, and pitches two scoreless innings. And then is asked to pitch the VERY NEXT NIGHT, after pitching multiple innings, and comes in with a man on. Gives up a two-run homer, (one inherited run allowed, one earned run.) That’s all Fredi wished to see of him, as he was sent to packing to Gwinnett, never to be seen again. We have since been subjected to Anthony Varvaro, he of the 5.28 ERA, for reasons we will never know.

  40. 40
    krussell Says:

    Still not sure how we won that game. Looking back on it now that the excitement of the moment is gone, I would say that the Nats played absolutely awful. Their bullpen was terrible and they played poor defense, which I guess is about the only way you can blow a 9 run lead. It will be interesting to see how their young team bounces back from that. Can they just flush it and move on or will it lead to a hangover-like losing streak like we experienced after blowing that lead against Toronto a while back.

    Their manager took all the blame for last night. Contrast that with Fredi who consistently blames his young players. I bet the Nats come out ready to play today. Davey Johnson is perfect for that job.

    On our side it was awesome to see Uggla have a night like that. Game MVP for sure. Let’s hope that’s the spark he needs to get going.

  41. 41
    Dan Says:

    I will say this for Hanson, he kept us in the game. Had the Nats scored 11, we would have lost!

    Know how to win.™

  42. 42
    Adam R Says:

    Heh. Also on the “bright” side, Tommy’s no longer outpitching his peripherals. His xFIP’s now lower than his ERA.

  43. 43
    Nick Says:

    @37

    You’re honestly complaining about not playing lefty/righty during a blowout? At that point, Avilan is the long reliever. You don’t use a pitcher to get out of an inning when down 7-0. If you do come back, you’ll want that guy later (case in point: we needed Durbin in the 11th), and if not, who really cares?

  44. 44
    Bethany Says:

    Whew, glad Sheets got out of that.

  45. 45
    Coop Says:

    Scared me, Ben. Get him some runs, boys.

  46. 46
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    With this strike zone he is going to have to give up a bunch of hits today. But his fastball looks good.

  47. 47
    Bethany Says:

    McCann is a machine right now. Maybe he caught wind of some trade rumors.

  48. 48
    Coop Says:

    Okay, BMac. I apologize for doubting you.

  49. 49
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    More of that please.

  50. 50
    Coop Says:

    Nice catch,dammit.

  51. 51
    Bethany Says:

    Gah, really wish Freddie could have caught that.

  52. 52
    Coop Says:

    Way to hang in there, Mr. Sheets. Runs, please.

  53. 53
    desert Says:

    If Freddie catches that, I think Desmond goes to third on the play. Silver lining.

  54. 54
    desert Says:

    Weird question to ask, but does anyone here own/have recommendations on radar detectors? Ohio is a terrible state for driving.

  55. 55
    Bethany Says:

    Dammit McCann.

  56. 56
    Bethany Says:

    Whew! Great time for a DP.

  57. 57
    Coop Says:

    Again, whew.

  58. 58
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Currently, my FHE factor is lower with Sheets than with any of our other starting pitchers.

  59. 59
    Coop Says:

    Watching Franciso hit is almost, not quite, as bad as watching Hanson pitch.

  60. 60
    Smitty Says:

    @37

    I said Fredi did a good job with the pen last night. He managed it well and they had a big role letting us to get back in the game.

    Davy did a poor job and it cost them the game. Plus, it really has put them in a bind for the rest of the weekend.

  61. 61
    Bethany Says:

    Sheets doesn’t have his command today.

  62. 62
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Francisco-Janish-Sheets have to be at least close to the worst 7-8-9 hitters we’ve ever had. Sheets is historically bad. Francisco, alas, probably has too much raw power, and there have been plenty of worse 8 hitters than Janish. But damn, that is a terrible, terrible, terrible bottom third.

  63. 63
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    He’s getting bailed out by his defense on the double plays, but hey, I’ll take four scoreless innings.

  64. 64
    Coop Says:

    A few more runs would be nice.

  65. 65
    Nathan Says:

    Interestingly, Sheets has 54 pitches through 4, whereas Jackson has 72. If Sheets can hold it together through 7 innings and we can limit Jackson to 5 innings, that would be pretty awesome for the second game.

  66. 66
    Smitty Says:

    I really don’t get all the negativity on this board of late. We are coming off one of the biggest wins in team history. We are winning this game with a 1-0 shutout.

    Do we have to go 162-0 and win every game by 15 runs?

  67. 67
    Bethany Says:

    Janish is so bad at running the bases.

  68. 68
    Adam R Says:

    “Of late”?

  69. 69
    ububba Says:

    And how ’bout Ben Sheets so far?

    zig,
    Amazing you could find anything up there in the dark.

    They still have those guys stationed along the rocks. Occasionally, a messy raver will get the bright idea to go for a climb & get quickly turned away.

    Was talking to one of the security guys & he said, “Oh, this is nothing. It’s much worse when the jam bands play. You can’t even have a conversation with those people. We have even more security for those shows.” I can only imagine.

    I’m guessing this is the Springsteen show you’re talking about:

    A Remembrance: http://tinyurl.com/copqs77

    Setlist: http://tinyurl.com/d7f2wuu

  70. 70
    Smitty Says:

    @ 67

    LOL, yeah, it has gotten worse over the last few weeks.

  71. 71
    braves14 Says:

    Smitty, I imagine a lot of it has to do with the state of the starting rotation.

  72. 72
    drewdat Says:

    Looked like Janish got forced out at third to me. Bad tag.

  73. 73
    Smitty Says:

    Nice play there

  74. 74
    braves14 Says:

    Does anyone else remember the game in either 02 or 03 when Furcal took a bad hop grounder to the groin and was on the ground for about 10 minutes? I simultaneously felt much sympathy but thought it was hilarious at the same time.

  75. 75
    Coop Says:

    Thought the ump was going to punch Ben there.

    Runs, please.

  76. 76
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Sheets is amazing. He always had such great stuff that I never realized how smart he is as a pitcher. Still early yet, but I’m ready to say lightning meet bottle.

    The negativity is probably a PTSD thing after last year. But I also think sometimes “negativity” is imagined. E.g. it isn’t necessarily negativity to talk about how bad Francisco is. And I am genuinely curious if anyone can remember worse 7-8-9 hitters. Back when we had Lemke and Belliard starting together that was a guy who usually OPS’ed in the 600 range followed by a dude in the .500 range. But most of our pitchers were decent hitters.

  77. 77
    Nathan Says:

    According to gameday, Sheets’ fastball loses a couple mph pretty quickly; he’s only at 70 pitches now, but he’s already at 89-90 instead of 92-93 early in the game.

  78. 78
    Landogarner Says:

    He just threw a 92 mph fastball…

  79. 79
    Coop Says:

    Ben’s been good. Dare we ask for more?

  80. 80
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Sheets is incredible.

  81. 81
    Nathan Says:

    What we should do is have the bases loaded when Sheets comes up, so we have to pinch-hit for him. That would be my strategy.

  82. 82
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Let him go one more.

  83. 83
    Bethany Says:

    Amazing high wire act from Sheets.

  84. 84
    Tom Says:

    Sheets certainly made the pitches he had to make. Not much luck involved there. Call me impressed. Here’s hoping he can stay healthy.

  85. 85
    Bethany Says:

    Come on Janish, be a hero.

  86. 86
    Coop Says:

    I like Janish. He’s a scrub, but he can play short.

  87. 87
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Need this run.

  88. 88
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Never mind.

  89. 89
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Need two hitters for the bench.

  90. 90
    Dan Says:

    Gotta win this. Delgado pitching tonight.

  91. 91
    Bethany Says:

    OH MY GOD I LOVE MEDLEN

  92. 92
    Coop Says:

    Woo-hoo!

  93. 93
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Brilliant pitch. Can’t believe he tried to bunt it.

  94. 94
    DG Says:

    As long as Medlen makes plays like that, I’ll try not to say anything about his flat-billed cap.

  95. 95
    Coop Says:

    Good inning, Meds. Stick around.

  96. 96
    braves14 Says:

    It’s too bad we don’t have a guy who has shown he can be an effective starter in the major leagues just sitting around in the bullpen…oh wait…

  97. 97
    Bethany Says:

    Great job Bourn!

  98. 98
    Adam R Says:

    Bunting with Prado. Sigh.

  99. 99
    braves14 Says:

    So since O’Flaherty and Kimbrel are unavailable I wonder if Medlen is going to stay in for the 3 inning save.

  100. 100
    Landogarner Says:

    Wow, Los Bravos are feeling it today!

  101. 101
    Bethany Says:

    Ah, the old double steal.

  102. 102
    braves14 Says:

    Thanks, Nats!

  103. 103
    Bethany Says:

    YAY WILD PITCH

  104. 104
    Tom Says:

    Bourn created that run Jackie Robinson style. Absolutely great.

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    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    I sense a Nationals bullpen fail.

  106. 106
    Coop Says:

    It would be tough to work where you got booed every time you weren’t perfect.

  107. 107
    Smitty Says:

    Wow, pulled him mid ab. I think there should be a rule against that

  108. 108
    braves14 Says:

    Can’t say I’ve ever seen Fredi give a pitcher a vote of no confidence taking a pitcher out in the middle of an AB before.

  109. 109
    Nathan Says:

    Why’d Rodriguez leave in the middle of that at-bat? Did he hurt himself?

  110. 110
    Nathan Says:

    I thought there /was/ a rule against that.

  111. 111
    braves14 Says:

    109 — I think the rule is that the pitching coach can’t make a visit during the middle of the PA without changing pitchers (injury notwithstanding). I could be wrong on that, though.

  112. 112
    Bethany Says:

    Ugh.

  113. 113
    Coop Says:

    Well, that sucked; but the ump getting nailed was unique.

  114. 114
    braves14 Says:

    Well, that’s a rally killer.

    The umpire is lucky he didn’t tear his ACL in that collision.

  115. 115
    Nathan Says:

    Can someone describe that play to me? What the heck happened?

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    Dan Says:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=250726115

    Anyone remember how the first-place Nationals were swept by the Braves in late July of 2005, and then how the Nationals subsequently went into a tailspin and finished the season in last place in the NL East?

    Let’s have that happen again.

  117. 117
    braves14 Says:

    114 — Grounder to LaRoche at first, who stepped on first for the force. He then threw home as Prado had broken for the plate. Prado was caught in a rundown and Zimmerman ran him down at the plate and ran into the umpire who fell backwards. Heyward advanced to 2nd.

  118. 118
    sdp Says:

    Uggla sucks.

  119. 119
    Landogarner Says:

    They have too much talent for that to happen again but it would be nice to put them into some semblance of a slump.

  120. 120
    Coop Says:

    Speaking as a guy who couldn’t hit mediocre high school pitching, Dan Uggla looks lost despite last night’s heroics.

  121. 121
    Bethany Says:

    Golden sombrero for Uggla.

  122. 122
    mikemc Says:

    Uggla looks like he doesn’t have a clue.

  123. 123
    braves14 Says:

    115 — Washington’s ace that year was Livan Hernandez. ‘Nough said.

  124. 124
    krussell Says:

    Struggla. Sigh. Strike three was like a foot outside though. Still, he has no clue of the zone right now.

  125. 125
    Dan Says:

    Let Medlan pitch the ninth.

  126. 126
    Coop Says:

    Medlen’s a keeper. Good job.

  127. 127
    Coop Says:

    Nice bunt, Yawnish. Take lessons from Hanson?

  128. 128
    Coop Says:

    Not that it mattered. Woo, Chipper!

  129. 129
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Holy Shit!

  130. 130
    Bethany Says:

    CHIPPPER!!!!

  131. 131
    Piers Says:

    That Chipper fellow might be quite a player someday!

  132. 132
    braves14 Says:

    Nice cameo.

  133. 133
    DG Says:

    Let Medlen pitch the 9th for the rare 3-inning save. Save the rest of the bullpen for tonight and tomorrow.

  134. 134
    Dan Says:

    Medlen was removed for Chipper, wasn’t he? Durbin is warming up.

  135. 135
    DG Says:

    Dan: Thanks. I was so caught up in the moment, I totally forgot he pinch hit for him. In that case, bring out the Durbin.

  136. 136
    Smitty Says:

    Let Chipper pitch

  137. 137
    Coop Says:

    Great game. Let’s take the series tonight.

  138. 138
    Piers Says:

    Well done to come out and win that one – no hangover from last night.

  139. 139
    Adam R Says:

    This is how I’ve dreamed they would play against the Nats.

  140. 140
    spike Says:

    Awesome. Any word on Harper for tonight/tomorrow?

  141. 141
    Askia Says:

    Nice finish for Durbin.

  142. 142
    ububba Says:

    Hmmm, 1.5 games behind Washington for first place with 2 games remaining in the series.

    That makes for some easy math. Let’s get greedy, fellas.

  143. 143
    Bethany Says:

    Harper’s foot is swollen up, so I’m doubtful he plays tonight.

  144. 144
    Dan Says:

    Clown injury bro.

  145. 145
    sansho1 Says:

    How about clown shoe, bro?

  146. 146
    sdp Says:

    That’s a clown bunt, bro.

  147. 147
    c. shorter Says:

    144 – Nice.

  148. 148
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Recapped.

  149. 149
    Putter Says:

    And now they start playing like clowns

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