Braves 3, Marlins 2

Florida Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – September 28, 2010 – ESPN.

Eric Hinske sticks an epi pen into the heart of the season!

For six innings, the Braves were a completely different team than last night, in that they were losing 1-0 behind a brilliant pitching performance and they weren’t getting any runners to speak of on base so they could be stranded. Completely different. The Marlins’ lone run off of Tim Hudson came in the third when Melky completely and utterly misplayed a long fly ball into a double. He didn’t even come close to hit, so of course it was scored a hit, though Tim Hudson‘s instant classic reaction to it is yet another nail in the coffin in the “earned”/”unearned” run distinction. The Marlins then got two infield singles to score the run. It was pathetic. And through the first four innings, Melky had the Braves’ only hit. In the fifth, Ankiel reached on an infield single with two out, so you can guess how helpful that was.

Jason Heyward laced a single up the middle with one out in the sixth. He was forced at second on a groundout by Brian McCann. Derrek Lee then hit a double into the corner, Snitker sent McCann, and Brian wasn’t out by more than fifteen feet. In all seriousness, Dan Uggla, the cutoff man, had the ball before McCann rounded third. He double-clutched and didn’t make a particularly good throw, but he could have run Brian out. Snitker is the worst.

But in the seventh, Melky’s second hit of the night was a single leading off the the inning. Alex Gonzalez bunted him over, which… whatever… but Brooks Conrad, Folk Hero, was on the case. Conrad tripled off the wall in right-center (Cameron Maybin was injured trying to make the catch) and tied the game. Ankiel, typically, struck out when a fly ball would have given the Braves the lead, but Eric Hinske, the missing man of late, hit a high homer to right field to make the game 3-1.

They needed that second run, because Peter Moylan allowed a leadoff homer to Uggla. He got the next man, then gave way to fellow ubiquity Jonny Venters, who gave up an infield single (the Marlins had lots of them, all night) but then got a GIDP to end it. Billy Wagner had one of his no-touch outings, striking out Wes Smelms, then walking Emilio Bonafacio, only to strike out the next two. Same old, same old.

UPDATE: I am reminded that Craig Kimbrel, who got the win for pitching the seventh, struck out the side, looking particularly unhittable as he did. I figure there should be a ceremony where Bobby hands the keys to Kimbrel over to Fredi Gonzalez and says, “Here, ruin him. Do it for me.”

161 thoughts on “Braves 3, Marlins 2”

  1. No comment on The Filthy Craig Kimbrel? I think that should be his official Braves’ Journal moniker, btw.

    EDIT: One ‘l’ in Kimbrel.

  2. I was in despair for awhile. The thought of being one hit by Anabelle Sanchez being too much to bear.

    Huddy was running on guts and adrenaline tonight. What a gamer.

    Why isn’t Nate starting in CF? Ankiel sucks. isn’t too bad even though it crashed my mac twice. at least I think it was flash. anyway great win. Great tribute by Jayson Stark on Bobby too.

  3. Well, Louth also sucks. They’re better than Melky, who both sucks and blows, but not so much that you’ll notice the difference. (Man, I wish Schafer hadn’t imploded.)

  4. Baseball Tonight said the Giants are moving Lincecum up a day to pitch against the D’Backs tomorrow- allowing him to pitch on three days’ rest on Sunday if needed.

  5. Someone needs to create one of those Internet thumbnails with the short video clip that repeats over and over (I’m sure there’s a proper name for it, I just don’t know what it is) with the clip of Hinske hitting the ball and admiring it in the background, and Sanchez swearing so violently that his hat flies off in the foreground. I would probably watch it for 15 straight minutes before even remotely beginning to get sick of it.

  6. DBacks can easily outscore SF. Here’s hoping that they do just that. Would be nice if the final game or two against Philly didnt mean anything

  7. The Padres have a sandpile beyond their outfield wall with “Believe” sculpted into it (I just saw it on WGN). Given how well that worked for us last year, I feel really relieved.

  8. The Cubs announcing crew is even more inane than Chip and Joe. They’ve spent this entire half-inning talking about a Mexican superhero that somebody came to the park dressed as.

  9. Happy days are here again
    except for Prado and his kind kin
    I love Bobby until he blows again
    happy days are here again

    (everyone knows that the Phillies come into the Ted and end our season, right?)

  10. Mac…on another note, Bama looks poised for another repeat this year.

    I’m hoping my Clemson boys can finally win another damned conf championship.

  11. I dont think Auburn beats Arkansas, however, theyll be favored in every game until the Iron Bowl

    KJ doing what he does, just hit his 26th…2-0 now

  12. RBI double by Fukudome scores “unearned” run. Especially “unearned” since the error was on Latos. 1-0 Cubs. Also, 2-0 D-Backs.

  13. Yeah, that always kind of bugged me. The run’s still the pitcher’s fault, so it seems to make sense for it to be earned.

    Cubs get another run on a bad throw by Tejada, on a play where he couldn’t have gotten an out anyway.

    Dodgers lead Rockies 8-6 in the 8th. Rockies are eliminated with a loss.

  14. Tejada retardedly throws on a sure infield single and wings it into the dugout. That one might be rightfully unearned. 2-0 Cubs.

  15. Yeah, Brian J. Even if you buy the whole unearned run rule, it still makes zero sense not to have an error on the pitcher count for an earned run. Either that or we should start having a designated fielder stand next to them.

  16. I could probably spend about 15 minutes talking about how much Aramis Ramirez pisses me off.

    @23: At least it means he should be warm for their series with the Padres.

  17. I didn’t get to watch the game but did catch 10th Inning on PBS. Great movie by Ken Burns. God, I love baseball.

  18. i dont know if this was posted but it’s a paragraph from francoeur’s tribute to bobby cox:
    “And then of course, probably the greatest story was when I got tossed the first time in ‘06 out in San Diego right after the All-Star break. I’ll never forget it. I got tossed and Bobby got tossed and we come in and I’m like, ‘What do I do?’ He said, ‘Go have a couple cold beers and get in the cold tub or something and relax. And then you’ll probably have to write a $500 check. Or you can do what I do, write a $10,000 one and tell them when it runs out, let me know.”

  19. And the Rockies almost do the same, but Spilborghs strikes out with the bases loaded. 8-7 Dodgers going to the 9th.

  20. Nick, that’s exactly what I thought. A pleasant chemical reaction in my brain followed something Alfonso Soriano did. What a strange feeling!

  21. @Mac

    Especially since he’s a catcher. It wouldn’t be nearly as weird if it weren’t for that, but since he is one, I was operating under the assumption that he was Randy’s son and Todd’s brother all the way up until a couple months ago.

    It would be like if another catching Molina showed up and he wasn’t one of the Molina brothers.

  22. Colorado still has 5 games after tonight, and if they win tonight they’d be 4.5 back. They’re pretty much all but eliminated, and the next Braves win/Rockies loss makes it official.

  23. 39- The Rockies have six games left to play (counting tonight). If they win all their games and we lose ours, we’d both finish at 89-73.

  24. There are (according to a SURELY authoritative website) 8382 people in the United States with the last name “Hundley”. The odds against two unrelated Hundleys both being major league catchers must surely be astronomical.

  25. We get Andrew Miller tomorrow against the Marlins. Miller is 1-4 with an 8.19 ERA this year. He’s pitched in parts of the last 5 years and has a 15-25 record with a 5.78 ERA. His only win – you guessed it – was when he only allowed one run the last time he pitched against us. Let’s hope Miller’s luck has run out!

  26. @49

    I think so. Him strangely turning down an interview (not the job, an interview) with the Cubs was quite revealing on the topic.

    I do think that, of the available Cox disciples (Guillen has already signed an extension with the White Sox), he’s probably the best. We could definitely do worse.

  27. Have you seen the rest of their schedule? They’ve already essentially clinched bowl eligibility (four wins with ULM and Chattanooga in pocket). They go to Ole Miss, who are woeful, and host Georgia, who are even worse. So 8-4 is basically the floor, and neither Kentucky nor LSU are world-beaters. Kentucky can’t play defense, and LSU’s offense can’t even figure out what the ball looks like.

  28. The chances of our front office paying Torre what he wants are about as astronomical as the chances of a Major League catcher named Hundley not being related to the Hundleys. (Although clearly that has happened, so there’s always a chance, I guess.)

    The Padres are kicking the ball all over the yard.

  29. SF now up 3-2. Our old friend, Mike Hampton, on in relief for the Dbacks. Hampton has pitched in all of 2-2/3 innings this year.

  30. 64- Only ass crack I can find is whoever made Uggla’s HR available as a highlight but not Hinske’s. (To be fair, Conrad’s triple is available.)

  31. Mac:

    “and host Georgia, who are even worse.”

    Let us recall 2006, when a 6-4 Georgia team that had losses to Kentucky and Vanderbilt on the ledger, came to the Plains to meet a Top-5 Auburn team.

    It…it wasn’t pretty:

    (Then again, that was about the time 2008 Matt Stafford got in his flying DeLorean and went back to 2006 to tell himself to stop screwing around, there was NFL Draft moolah on the line.)

  32. Really good job of nutting up by Dempster. Two on, nobody out and he struck out the side. Soriano again, also. God help me, I think I’m actually liking the Cubs.

    Also, the Padres have a stuffed Yoda doll in their bullpen, so clearly that will help them at some point.

  33. Juan Uribe hit his 150th career home run tonight. I am old enough to remember when that was a lot of home runs for a shortstop. He’s not even that old, just 30.

  34. Cashner gets the Padres 1-2-3 in the eighth, including clearing Eckstein, Tejada and Gonzalez. Marmol will have to face Ludwick, Stairs and Headley.

  35. Hey, Tejada actually ate that one. Maybe he’s learning. Cubs have runners first and second, one out.

    God, Aramis Ramirez has looked like a windmill tonight.

  36. Yunel Escobar is with the Cubs now?

    so do we pull for SF to sweep the Pads?

    Of course. As long as they stay in first in the NL West, the Giants are completely irrelevant to the Braves. The Padres are the only team the Braves want to lose now.

  37. Marmol should be fined for wearing his pants like this. Does someone have to help him get in them?

    Big loss for the Pads with Latos on the mound

  38. Mac, I’m old enough to remember when Juan Uribe played SS for the Giants,and it isn’t even the same guy.

  39. 88- I remember him too; the current Uribe is Jose’s nephew. The older one used to be known as Jose Gonzalez, but asked to be called Uribe when traded to the Giants- the ultimate player to be named later. Died in a car crash a few years ago.

  40. Marmol’s breaking ball has to be one of the five nastiest pitches in Major League Baseball. If he’s throwing it for strikes, you have absolutely no chance.

    Bravo to the Cubs for this, really. They are playing hard. I might actually have to let a small portion of my hate for them go if we make the playoffs.

  41. @69

    I’d say the Marlins announcers who insist on saying “His name is Dan Uggla!!!!!!” every time he hits a home run are also pretty large ass cracks.

  42. @ 104
    Lots of horrible home team TV announcers. Radio is usually better bacause they have to describe the play and do not have to use inane comments they have prepared before game started

  43. As I watched Heap rounding third base, I wondered to myself, “why hasn’t this guy had a day off? He looks absolutely gassed.” I was more upset at Bobby than Snitker.

  44. Huddy’s reaction to Melky’s botched catch reminded me of a Manning Face

    Also today’s game will be on ESPN for those outside Atlanta. Or more specifically “ESPN Wednesday Night Baseball presented by Captain Morgan Part of Lee Jeans Hunt For October”

  45. Fun fact: If the Braves win today, and both the Padres and Giants lose, the Braves clinch a tie for the Wild Card.

  46. Another fun fact: If the Phillies win, and the Giants lose, the Phillies clinch home field and have zero incentive to play any of their regular starters against the Braves.

  47. Oh, wait, my mistake. Phillies already clinched home field. They can rest everybody for the remainder of the season. Halladay’s pitched a lot of innings. He needs a break.

  48. our arb notes from MLBTR

    A hamstring injury cut into Jurrjens’ season, and that gets part of the blame for his worst season. The Scott Boras client still heads to arbitration with 37 wins and a 3.52 ERA, putting Jered Weaver’s $4.265MM reward in sight at the least. Prado is coming off his best year and owns a .307 career average, so he’ll top a million bucks. Relievers O’Flaherty and Moylan also figure to be tendered contracts.

    Outfielders Cabrera and Diaz were unexpectedly bad this year. The Braves could save $6MM by non-tendering both, and that money could go toward a new left fielder.

  49. Oh, hey, Manuel announced last night that Halladay will not appear for the rest of the year.

    That helps us.

  50. More fun facts: The Braves are guaranteed to win the wild card if they win 3 of their last 4, and certain to at least host a one-game playoff if they go 2-2.

  51. I think Bobby will rest Mac today since it’s a day game and we are facing a lefty. What’s the point of having Ross if we don’t play him?

  52. @117 Having the Giants and the Padres playing against each other for the last three games help us even more I think.

  53. @120, yes. The Braves could, conceivably, clinch the Wild Card before the Phillies series even starts. That would be nice.

  54. @116, hey maybe Jurrjens will be cheap enough to keep….

    Honestly, he is going to be a fine pitcher going forward, and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings a bit to have him on the club at 5M next year.

  55. I don’t want the Giants to make the playoffs. They scare me a lot more than either the Reds or Padres do.

  56. @124, we are so doooomed in the playoffs, I really am not even thinking about the opposition. I’d just like for Bobby to get in one more time.

  57. Point of Order:

    A proposal is already before the Committee to nickname Kimbrel “The Filthy”. I will support my esteemed colleague’s motion to amend however.

  58. Stu, we’ll most likely be facing the Reds though right? I guess maybe that is still up in the air. I wouldnt mind SF throwing their rotation at the Phils in a 1st round matchup

    and where are your Haiku’s

  59. If “The Situation” ends up starting a trend in nicknames (“The Filthy, The Melky”) it truly is a sign of the coming Apocalypse.

    Uh, why haven’t Hinske and Conrad seen more action? This team needs a jolt of energy and both those guys provide that.

    Bethany – if AU has a choke game in them, please let it be in Lexington.

    Also, Auburn fans need to go to that game. It’s a night game which means you’ll have time to go to Keeneland, one of the classiest – ok, Saratoga wins – thoroughbred tracks in North America. It’s a great day and the most fun you can have in Lexington with your stylish clothes on.

  60. Only if someone can draw a cartoon of Pig Pen on the mound hurling a ball through a cloud of filth. The man needs a logo.

    Will also accept photoshop of the Sex Pistols wearing Anarchy in the CK t-shirts.

  61. 130- The Folk Hero has those rules- you know, don’t put him in direct sunlight, get him wet, or play him before the seventh inning. The Hinske has also been very streaky and is a defensive liability. Now I’ll stop with The Nicknames before I get on The Nerves.

  62. 229—Martin’s being done for the year broke my spirit. And the Giants currently have a better record than the Reds, which means we’d play them if the season ended right now.

    I like “Pigpen,” too.

  63. so, i’m going to go ahead and assume that we’re going to make it to the postseason. here’s the 25-man i’d like to see.
    1.d. lee
    3.alex g
    11. ankiel
    12. heyward
    13. ross
    14. mccann
    15. hudson
    16. d. lowe
    17. jurrjens
    18. hanson
    19. martinez
    20. moylan
    21. kimbrel
    22. dunn
    23. wagner
    24. saito
    25. venters
    minor, diory, and farnsworthless are the 3 players that dont make my cut. do you guys think this is what we’ll see? i’m guessing diory might be on the team to back up aag, but it seems rather pointless considering we have infante that can shift over there in a pinch.

  64. Blasphemy time:

    I truly love Bobby, but if he were not retiring, I’d be calling for it. It’s just time.

    AND (other than McDowell) I’m not going to miss this coaching staff.

    I truly think they should offer the job to CHipper. Probably crazy, but the idea continues to grow on me.

  65. SI says:

    “Atlanta LHP Eric O’Flaherty who last pitched on Wednesday, is not available. He said he has been suffering from lightheadedness, dizzy spells and blurred vision and is undergoing tests. It could be related to a spell of mononucleosis, which had him on the DL from July 10-Aug. 20.”

    Read more.

  66. They should offer Chipper the hitting coach job. Hell, even if he does come back next year, they should offer him the chance to be player/hitting coach, as far as I’m concerned. I don’t think he wants, nor is ready for, the manager job.

    I will miss McDowell quite a bit. After all the hand-wringing over him, he’s turned into an excellent pitching coach. The best that can be said about him is that every time we have a pitcher with a minor mechanical flaw, it gets fixed. Moylan has looked so much better since whatever they did to him, it’s like night and day.

    Is it common for people with mono to have relapses a month later?

  67. Infante – 4
    Heyward – 9
    Diaz – 7
    Lee – 3
    Gonzalez – 6
    Ross – 2
    Conrad – 5
    Cabrera – 8
    Lowe – 1

  68. well then cincy needs to do us a favor and start their best players from here on out. Their rotation shouldnt scare anyone. Cmon Dusty – win out

  69. 142—You will miss McDowell? Is he going somewhere? I assume the pitching coach job will still be his, if he wants it.

  70. #151 – that’s awesome

    Looks like we will avoid both Roys this weekend and maybe see Hamels for just a few innings-

    Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick will pitch Friday against the Braves at Turner Field, which has become a meaningless series for the Phils since they clinched their fourth consecutive NL East title Monday. The club has not announced starters for Saturday or Sunday, but manager Charlie Manuel said after Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Nationals that Halladay will not pitch this weekend.

    It is unclear how they will use Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, if at all. Oswalt said Tuesday he does not expect to start this weekend. He said he expects to throw longer bullpen sessions to keep sharp for the playoffs.

    If they pitch Hamels one more time, he likely will follow Oswalt’s program from Tuesday. Oswalt threw 66 pitches in five innings before leaving the game.

    Manuel said the Phillies have informed Major League Baseball that they’re choosing to play an eight-day NLDS because it allows them the luxury of pitching only Halladay, Hamels and Oswalt on normal rest through the five-game series. Because the Phillies only need three starters, they might carry fewer pitchers in the first round.

    The Phillies would like to give left-handers Antonio Bastardo and Mike Zagurski work this week to see if they can carry two lefties in the bullpen. Bastardo struck out the side in the eighth inning Tuesday.

    They also suggested lefty Jamie Moyer, who has not pitched since July because of a left elbow injury, could be ready to pitch in the later rounds of the postseason. But Moyer just started throwing off a mound, and he only has thrown four-seam fastballs, which he does not throw in games. He is a ways away from returning.

  71. glaus made one play at 3b and the throw started bouncing around the pitchers mound. i dont want to see him at 3b unless it’s absolutely necessary.

  72. so this weekend we’ll likely see

    Beachy v Kendrick

    Hanson v Hamels (for a few innings)

    Hudson v ? – not Joe Blanton since he pitches today, maybe Drew Carpenter? or maybe they’ll activate old-man Moyer to finish us off with 75mph fastballs. Hopefully Sunday doesn’t matter for us anyway :)

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  74. Personally, I’m hoping the Braves take care of business tonight and on Friday so we can rest Hanson and Hanson.

  75. A game against the Hanley-free Marlins in an hour. Three games against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this weekend. Go 3-1, and it doesn’t matter what the other teams do. Go 2-2, and the team will still probably be fine.

    If, at the beginning of the season, you asked me if I’d be happy with this situation with four games left in the year, I would have said yes. Emphatically.

  76. The Braves chances if each outcome is a coin flip, unless I messed up the math.

    Right now, the Braves have an 80% chance of winning the WC outright, and a 15% chance of there being a WC tie involving the Braves.

    If the Braves win, there’s a 91% chance of an outright WC and an 8% chance of a tie for the WC.

    If the Braves lose, there’s a 69% chance of an outright WC and a 22% of a tie for the WC.

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