never trailed against the Dodgers on Saturday, cruising to a 4-3 victory.
kidding. The Braves really did defeat
the Dodgers, and the Dodgers never led.
But those of you who watched the game, didn’t it feel like the Braves
were trailing throughout? Given the recent struggles of the Braves bullpen, one
could be forgiven for lacking faith.
Twenty-five years ago, on August 11, 1994, the baseball
season came to an abrupt end, leading to the ultimate cancellation of the
season and of the World Series. I’m not
here to rehash the rights and wrongs of that abysmal episode. I do have strong opinions—the owners can
never be trusted, and Bud Selig is on my forever bad list—but my main memory is
We all know why Anthopolous
worked so hard to add relievers at the deadline: so we would not have to watch
Luke Jackson with the game on the line. No
such luck tonight. Shane Greene was given his first save opportunity as a
Brave, entering the ninth with a 4-3 lead.
He now has his first blown save as a Brave. Give Jackson…
All of a sudden the ship has been righted. With the Braves second consecutive rout of
the Phils, and the Nats second loss to the Dodgers, the Braves lead is back to
6.5 over the Nationals and 7.5 over the Phillies. Although the game officially ended only a few
minutes ago, it was over after the third inning. The Braves opened up a 11-1 lead…
Exactly fifty years ago today, the Atlanta Braves defeated
the first year expansion team San Diego Padres 10-0. The victory gave the Braves sole possession
of first place by one game over the Giants and the Dodgers. I really don’t remember most games that I saw
or listened to in the 1960’s, but I do remember this one. The big deal about the game was…
In a tight,
tense, thrilling game Saturday night, the Braves beat the Padres 7-5 in 10
innings. Props to San Diego for starting
at 5:40 Pacific time, rather than a couple of hours later as the night before. Otherwise I would have gone to bed and missed
one of the most exciting games of the year.
For those who desire a summary of the game before my
idiosyncratic ramblings about matters related and unrelated:
Top first, Max Varsity Fried Pie (I prefer the peach, but my
wife insists on the apple)—retires the Fish without any damage. First pitch bottom of first–RAJ bomb. Immediately thereafter, Ozzie triple (don’t
pay attention to the official scorer on this one)—score on FF groundout.…
In a pre-game celebration, the Mets honored the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Miracle Mets World Champions. They are so proud of that season that they recently hired 82 year old Phil Regan as pitching coach. His apparent qualification for the position is that he was a prominent relief pitcher for the Cubs in 1969 as they collapsed and surrendered their large…
The Braves’ 8 game winning streak, and their knack for scoring runs in the late innings, came to an end on Saturday. The Braves led the Phils 5-4 going to the ninth, but Luke Jackson gave up two in the ninth, the Braves went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, and the Phillies came away with a 6-5 win.