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Game Thread: Astros at Braves, Oct. 1
October 1, 2006
GAEM THRED JUEN 8 BRVAES AT ASSTROES
June 8, 2006
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August 31, 2006
Braves 4, Phillies 3; Phillies 16, Braves 4
September 2, 2006
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- Ryan Cothran on Rosario grand slam spurs late comeback to salvage road trip
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- KirkH on Rosario grand slam spurs late comeback to salvage road trip
Helluva pitching matchup tonight. Wish the game was being shown on WTBS.
I know it’s difficult to digest those brutal blown saves, especially after such a great effort to take the lead this past Friday, but the bright side looks like this:
We got through the week and finished up at .500. Since we were staring at 10 games outta first place this past May 7, the Braves have gone 10-4. A couple of the losses have been disheartening, sure, but 10-4 is still 10-4. They all count.
I’d love to go 4-2 the rest of this trip, but 3-3 shouldn’t kill us either. A big Smoltz effort will help.
ububba, with the way the Braves play on the road this season, getting a .500 record on this road trip may be a wishful thinking…
…and Bobby implements a home/road platoon for Frenchy? Free Diaz and Betemit!!!
am i blind or is the link to the forums missing?
Well, here’s to the new format- I am in NH this week so it’s all Sawx all the time, but maybe I’ll get to see some highlights on the hotel cable
I’ve added a link to the boards on the sidebar.
3-3 the rest of the way would be fine. The Mets and Phillies are due to go back at it and we have managed to get back into the race.
I just hope that we can figure out our bullpen….
I always think wishfully. Otherwise, what’s the point in paying attention to this stuff? To be miserable?
Sorry, but the bright side is what always keeps me going. Here’s to 4-2.
ububba, I can definitely understand being positive, but I can’t be positive as long as this bullpen is not sorted out…
Jordan playing tonight?!
I can be positive. This isn’t a bullpen full of Travis Smith’s. These guys have been successful, if not great, at times throughout their career. I’m just waiting for them all to put it together and be led well by our pitching coach, and I think it’ll happen soon.
Lets hope that we do not see the bullpen anytime soon…
Call me Mr. Brightside.
Woot, Ryan. Woot, I say.
It just seems like the Braves need complete games from Hudson and Smoltz on all their starts…which is not good…
BTW, as usual no recap tonight because I need my sleep. I’ll try to have it up about 8 AM ET but it might be later.
colors look good mac. great job!
Anybody watching the San Antonio-Dallas game? Crazy game.
And the look on Mark Cuban’s face: Priceless.
Its nice to have Piazza back behind the plate…
C’mon Andruw, be clutch…
Nice story by Pete:
“Jeff Francouer is the most enthusiastic person I think I’ve ever met. I once met him going back into a hotel, and he asked me, ‘Where are you coming from?’ And I said, “I went to go get some lunch.’ And he said, ‘Was it good??’ And he meant it! He meant it!”
The Padres announcer is very enthusiastic about Peavy’s strikeouts. Yeah, he has a lot. And he’s only given up 3 hits. It’s been a fantastic outing.
Dude, you do know you guys are LOSING, right?
Jeff Francouer is starting to become one of my favorite players. He may not take a walk, but he’s a REALLY fun player to watch.
Jenny, I’ve missed ya here lately. How did your semester go, ya flaming liberal! haha
Man, this peavy dude is filthy. Langerhans’ cheap HR notwithstanding, we’ve hardly been able to touch him tonight. Fortunately, Smoltz doesn’t appear to be feeling a hangover from the 130 pitch outing he had last week.
Helluva basketball game tonight, too. Just when I thought Nowitzki had disappeared, he made a great play to tie the game (what on earth was bowen doing fouling him? then again, bowen commits a foul roughly 90% of the time he guards someone). The Spurs did a great job sticking to what they did best and executing their offense – I wonder why they went away from Duncan at the end of regulation.
I was amused by the “Mavs will be devastated” angle. All the old Mavs are gone! Nowitzki is really the only guy on that team who has been there more than two years. Finley, Nash, etc have all moved on.
As shocking as this may sound, Robbo, my term is not yet done. Exams next weekend! I’ll be back in hot, humid, yet vastly preferable Maryland on June 6. Things I’m looking forward to:
1)Being able to drive again
3)Not having to pay every time I want to eat something
4)Halfway decent-sized TV with enough channels
5)Respectable internet connection
6)Not wearing flipflops in the shower
7)Seeing my cat, my brother, and my parents, in that order
I can’t believe freshman year is almost over. It flew by. I feel like I was just on summer vacation. WHERE IS MY LIFE DISAPPEARING TO?
Yeah, that SA-DAL game was crazy.
I thought they pretty much did go to Duncan about every time down the stretch in regulation–he just passed out of it if he was doubled. When Ginobili hit that 3, I was sure that Dallas was done.
What was more surprising was how many little shots around the basket that Duncan missed in the OT.
If DAL plays PHX, it’ll be the no-defense West Final. Can’t say that I find that matchup too appealing.
Personally, now that the Nets & Spurs are done, I’m now rooting for the Clippers. But, I expect that rooting interest only to last another 30 minutes or so.
Well the website lookes pretty great Mac. It’s gonna take some getting used to, but I’m just glad to not be a vagabond anymore. I really wish I could see this game so I could appreciate how filthy Peavy must be tonite.
As for the basketball game, I can’t believe that the Mavs actually pulled that out. I really never thought they would beat the Spurs. Pretty impressive!!! I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a mavs v. phx west final. It would be fast paced NBA basketball with lots of scoring. I was never looking forward to the drag a spurs v. pistons finals would be (sorry alex r.).
So far, it’s another gutty outing from one of our top starters.
Smoltz is up to 98 pitches, Peavy 96.
If Smoltz gets through the next inning, I figure we’ll get 2 more at-bats until Smoltz comes out of the game. Hopefully, we can do some tacking on. We’re probably gonna need it.
Oh, and Peavy’s up 4th next inning.
this padres announcer has now had 16 orgasms. coincidentally, peavy has 16 strikeouts. it seems as though they may be intertwined
I say we trade LaRoche, Reitsma, and Sosa for Peavy. What do y’all think?
I know, I seriously want to kill these guys. Either they’re screaming in ecstasy or acting like 12-year-old girls. I swear they were slapping each other with thunderstix earlier. It’s pathetic.
This game=Ben Sheets 18 K game except we’re not losing.
And that is a fabulous idea, Stu. Does somebody want to fly to SD and get Kevin Towers hopelessly drunk so he’ll think it’s a good idea, too?
I was kinda hoping that they’d get a runner on so that they could pinch-hit. I may regret saying this, but I’m glad we didn’t get that DP. Let’s put the big K on Bellhorn & bring on their bullpen.
Wow, I’m glad that Peavy’s out.
And I really respect Bochy for putting his pitcher’s health first. (I really wish Bobby would stop using Smoltz’s arm for so many pitches. I fear this will haunt us soon.)
251 pitches over his past 2 starts….
Don’t forget that the Padres are losing. They gotta pinch hit there, even if Peavy’s only thrown 50 pitches.
Roberts will be Smoltz’s last batter. He’s due up second. And he threw 121 pitches tonight.
I take your point (121 pitches), but Smoltz is a great athelete and knows how to get the job done. It would certainly be different, if we had a reliable bullpen.
But your point is well-taken. Because Bobby doesn’t have anyone he can trust in that situation, he left Smoltz out there. These types of wins could turn out to be Pyrrhic Victories.
I’ve said it before – Wilson would start for at least 15 teams.
Hey y’all. Who’s gonna pitch the 9th… (gulp)?
make that the 8th and 9th…? looks like it’s Ray to get it to somebody.
I disagree, ububba. If I’m the Pads, with 2 out and a man only on first, I like my chances to win better leaving Peavy in and conceding the 7th, knowing Smoltz will be coming out after that inning and the top of the order’s coming up in the 8th. I think that move was strictly based on Peavy’s pitch count.
After Ray, I have no idea who Bobby will bring in. I’m assuming it won’t be Reitsma. Here’s their order:
We’re very different managers. I always pinch hit in the 7th or later down by more than 2 runs. In my mind at that point, you gotta try to score & assume your relievers will hold them. Any number of Peavy Ks won’t add up to any runs for you.
San Diego’s got a fine bullpen – you’ve got to try to score in the 7th
We need to score some runs–I would not be surprised to see McBride in the 9th.
Do we need (dare I say it) Remlinger Room? Or will it be Paronto?
For the Pads, looks like it’ll be Castilla, Barfield & probably Blum (a switch-hitter). Whoever it is, please don’t throw a first-pitch fastball to Castilla.
Forget it. Sounds like it’ll be Reitsma. Lordy…
From Pete Van Wiren “Chris Reitsma up in the bullpen”….shows you what I know..
The radio guys said Reitsma is up in the pen. Is that right?
There’s some Reitsma Room. Gonna need it.
i officially hate cox if reitsma is brought in. way to go chipper
Chipper!!–We still need more Reitsma-proofing.
Cue the Chicago Bulls Intro music for Reitsma. Yes, at Petco Park.
Can we get a run off Jim Brower, please? He owes us.
Brower will continue to owe us: he just struck out the 18th Brave of the night, which ties the record….
Who’da thunk it?
A very improbable win, and it’s a 2-2 road trip.
Three–and Good Night
Well whadda ya know
Reitsma gets 2 groundballs and a strikeout to win. It shouldn’t be a pleasant surprise to see a Major League closer doing his job, but it was a nice touch tonight. If it weren’t for Chipper’s run and the fact that the bottom of the order was up, I bet we would have been seeing Paronto take the ninth.
And it’s nice to hear those Padres announcers silenced. They remind me of David Cross’s impression of morning radio DJs. I’ll take Joe Morgan any day.
What a game! I didn’t hear the Padres announcers (was watching the game on TS) but Peavy earned every gush they gave him. He basically had the one mistake to Langerhans, and that wasn’t an awful pitch. I wasn’t keeping track, but (I guess) Pacoriek said the Braves didn’t get a ball out of the infield except for Langerhans’ homer.
Games like tonight are very nice to win, because you feel like your team didn’t deserve to win (so it kind of makes up for games that they lose when they did deserve to win)…
I’ll pay (in lost sleep) for watching the whole thing, but it was worth it (I was VERY concerned seeing Reitsma out there in the 9th – I thought I’d gone to all the trouble of staying up late only to see him blow it – thankfully I was wrong – although, as I think about it, if tonight gives Bobby more confidence in Reitsma, the 1-2-3 9th may have been a bad thing in the long run – though if he does that all the time, then I don’t care if he goes out there to close – oh well, at least I go to sleep happy 🙂
This is very encouraging to know…
“Jeff Francoeur got his second walk Sunday. His average of one walk per 95.5 plate appearances was lowest in the NL, but two American Leaguers had fewer. Detroit’s Placido Polanco had one in 155 plate appearances and Kansas City’s Angel Berroa had one in 150.”
Was tempted to listen to the Pads guys, but (as usual) I stuck with the WGST guys on mlb.com. Smoltz’s 120+ pitches notwithstanding, tonight was the kinda NL game that I love.
Tomorrow, it’s Sosa vs. some guy named Mike Thompson who won his only start. Then it’s our Thomson on Wedesday. No reason we can’t get out of SD with 2/3.
Let’s see Philly take at least a pair at Shea & we’ll be creeping back into this thing. I’m not saying we’re any good, mind you, but if we ever get good, we won’t be too far out of it.
Nice effort, Smoltzie.
Yes, I agree ububba. It’s important not to slip too far behind again. Gotta thanks those Marlins, Natspos, and the Brewers.
Was at the game tonight and boy was that a lot of fun. Somehow we were surrounded by Braves fans including some folks from Richmond. Let me join the Francouer fan club as the only 2 players that stopped to sign anything were Langerhans and Francouer. Francouer was smiling the whole time talking with kids, thanking people if they even just said something like ‘Good luck tonight’ and he signed for quite a while (I got my ball and I’m a very happy camper!). The play by Giles and save by Jordan and the catch by Andruw were awesome. The place was electric with Peavy mowing everyone down, but Smoltz got the job done and never gave in. We all held our breath knowing Reitsma was coming in but I think Chipper took a little pressure off him. WIll be there tomorrow night too but with Sosa going I thing it will be a slugfest.
have they decided on whether or not there’s gonna be a new closer yet?
and side note, if we trade away marcus for prospects (which i’m all for after the past couple weeks… and 2 more K’s tonight), does anyone here think that Wilson would be versatile enough to start there? He doesn’t fit the mold of a 2nd baseman whatsoever, but at least at the plate, I don’t think he’d look as lost as Marcus looks right now.