Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Box Score – May 07, 2011 – ESPN.
So, Julio Teheran wasn’t great, but then it didn’t much matter, as the Braves were (as usual) completely stifled by Kyle Kendrick, who is now 6-1 in his career against Atlanta.
Teheran went 4 2/3, allowing but four hits and two walks, but the hits included a monstrous solo homer by Ryan Howard in the fourth and a triple by Shane “Burn In Hell” Victorino in the fifth that scored the third run of the game and chased Teheran. Teheran only struck out one, and his command was off, but you could see from time to time that he was just a little bit away from being strong.
You could say that about the Braves’ offense against Kendrick, as they had at least three shots that would have been homers, or at least off the wall, on a normal night. (The wind was blowing in.) As it was, they rarely threatened except in the sixth, after Kendrick was gone, when Joe Mather, of all people, doubled leading off and Martin Prado walked, but they didn’t get anything after that, and were limited to five hits and three walks — the same as the Phillies — on the day. Linebrink, Sherrill, and Gearrin finished off, so at least the good relievers got some rest — though the bad ones pitched pretty well in fact.
I missed the game, because I was at the track. I hope some of you took heed of my picks on here last night when I picked Animal Kingdom 1st and Nehro 2nd. KACHING!
Wtf – Kendrick?
No shock here. We can beat the Cliff Lee’s of the world, but the Kyle Kendricks is who we turn into the next CY Young winner.
My god. There was one time through the lineup that 7 of 9 hitters absolutely smoked the ball off Kendrick but only one of them got a hit. Oh, and one of the two that didn’t, Teheran, had an 8-pitch AB. Just one of those games to throw up your hands and say, “That’s baseball!”
Gotta go get Hamels tomorrow.
Just gotta tip your hat.
Does anybody really wear hats other than for the Kentucky Derby?
Diory did not play for Gwinnett last night. Might be an indication that he is being called up today.
Win tonight, and all will be well with the world. Lose tonight, and we can still go beat up on the Natspos and we won’t be in bad shape.
@8 You say that like we’ve proven capable of beating the Nationals on any consistent basis. There’s a very good chance we win today and get swept by them.
John Sickels opened a thread on Julio Teheran’s first game:
Some of the comments were ungenerous to say the least–but it is fun to think how the prospect of another Braves’ ace frightens people….
Everyone’s a critic.
Teheran’s stuff will play. He just needs better command of his off-speed stuff. I think the nerves may have gotten to him a bit.
By the way, that sliding catch Prado made in the 8th was incredible.
Chief Nocahoma killed Kendrick’s family. There’s no other explanation for it.
I’m not concerned about Teheran. He wasn’t locating at all with the FB, and no one was swinging at the off-speed stuff as a result. His change clearly had a lot of movement on it, and it didn’t look like he was tipping it or anything. I put the mediocre performance mostly on nerves leading to poor location on the FB, which meant his other stuff couldn’t get set up. I have full confidence that he’ll do great in AAA for the rest of the year and maybe get a call-up come September.
A run or two couldve helped him calm his nerves too.
Diory is up for Teheran per DOB.
Also, “MILFs” is the 4th highest trending topic on Twitter at the moment.
MILF is a pretty common misspelling of “Fire Fredi Gonzalez.” That’s what my spellcheck always tries to change it to.
Fortunately, I married a MILF.
Happy MILF’s day, by the way.
Fortunately, I have internet access.
This thread really took a turn, didn’t it?
An (e)ffing turn…
On Mother’s Day, no less.
From Bill James Online, “Anonymous” is me:
Gregor Blanco is now a Nat.
Ya know, this Happy MILF Day idea really has some marketing legs. I can see it now …
What is more hateful: Fredi’s bunting tendencies or those damn Tommy Hilfiger commercials? Discuss.
All I know is, usually when I google ‘milf’ it doesn’t bring me to a thread featuring Diory, Gregor, and Kyle Kendrick.
I just got my fake Bobby V mustache ready, let’s go JJ!
Well, this’ll have a ways to go to be as memorable as last Sunday night’s game…
Guys, let’s just not try to steal bases any more. You suck at it, in case you haven’t noticed.
Oh dear God. Why does this team even try that crap?
Would be happy to never see another stolen base attempt by the Atlanta Braves for the rest of the 2011 season.
Fredi, I hate you.
Bobby Valentine on Placido Polanco, he of the career 99 OPS+ and entering his age 35 season:
“I think he’s a terrific young hitter.”
Hamels is averaging a K per inning and Jason has been striking out about 1 every 5 ABs. The risk is not worth it, especially with on frickin’ outs.
Uggla just looks awful. Pitiful.
Wow, Alex made that look easy.
Nice, nice play
Phillies are getting in some good swings. Is JJ working behind a lot?
A-Gon is motivated tonight.
Bah, poor luck.
Cole Hamels is a good pitcher.
What’s a Dane Sardinha?
49- $7.95 a pound at the nearest grocery store.
HE IS A FREE MAN!
Way to go, Freddie
My favorite thing about Freddie: when he does something well, he can’t hold his grin back.
The Braves has to be the worst bunting team in the league.
We’re finally able to get a bunt down and that happens.
Man, can we send our pitchers to bunt camp?
So no more bunting or stealing. Ever. Yikes.
The Phillies suck.
Dane Sardina is a former Chattanooga Lookout if I am not mistaken.
Alright I am going to ask it, who ends up with the better career, Heyward or Freeman? Right now, I am going with Freeman.
Surely you kid on the Heyward vs. Freeman question, Stupup? Heyward is certainly struggling right now, but I have faith that he’ll get things straightened out shortly.
In other news – the Braves have sucked at the ‘little things’ tonight, failing at a hit-and-run and a bunting attempt. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t come back to bite us.
Heyward and McCann have looked like fools at the plate tonight.
@60 This is one of those Zen questions, right? Both is the only answer.
Nice play on the bunt by JJ. Hope he can get out of this jam.
edit: yeah, DP will do just fine
Perfect timing for that.
Heck of a pitch there, JJ.
Whatever AGon had for lunch today needs to be served to the other offensive players. Or maybe force-fed.
I’d have destroyed my remote by now if I was a Phillies fan. I’d have spit on my mom and drowned a puppy too, since those are just the kind of things a Phillies fan would do.
Don’t forget the looting.
Well, tonight’s starting pitcher for the Phillies did record a PSA on how to deal with random grenades, so obviously he’s used to them in that city.
My comment at 60 is more of frustration with Heyward than anything.
Parrish is probably screwing him up, but he has not looked good for most of the year.
Question, why isnt Ross catching JJ? Esp. with Hamels pitching tonight.
Fredi mentioned McCann’s great record against Phillies pitching. You can imagine the miniscule size of the sample he used to make that decision. His SABR friends can’t be pleased, nor am I. He also said some garbled thing about not wanting to get completely locked into a Jurrjens/Ross team, which is very sensible unless a tough lefty is pitching, like tonight!
Manuel is using his backup catcher to pinch-hit. IS HE MAD?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I knew it was you, Pete Orr.
I have to say, JJ has been the recipient of some pretty good batted-ball luck this evening (plus some very good defense by AAG). He’s consistently falling behind batters. OK, well, O’Flaherty time now.
Damn me. Also, score one for the Fredi G. Bullpen Usage Flowchart. I can’t complain about seeing Eric O’. here, however.
Love them DPs.
EOF to the rescue!
another dp. yes!
What’s this?! Fredi appears to have decided against bunting with Hinske! Surely he just missed the sign.
Thank god. Wow.
But now it’s not a save situation!
The little things don’t matter so much when you do so many big things right.
He cranked that one.
Maybe we should let pinch hitters swing away sometimes, huh?
Man, I wonder who’s gonna have a better career– that Heyward stiff or this Hinske kid?
Right now I’d have to go with Hinske.
Hinske is such a hoss. Man, I love him and David Ross, great bench assets.
There is no better image than that of a dejected Phillies fan.
When he gets a hold of one, it sounds so good off Hinske’s bat.
‘Terrific field manager.’
So, 10 runs scored in the series and 4(!) allowed. We’ve got a pretty good team here, I think.
@92 – Since all Mets fans are dejected, I’ll agree with that statement.
@94 – Yeah, every word out of his mouth was a left-handed compliment, at best.
This team can pitch.
#95 – but, but, ESPN will continue to tell us how much better that Phillies pitching staff is over everyone else!
Oh, Uggla… I don’t recall him ever looking this bad when he played against the Braves. He looks like he’s not tracking the ball well.
AAG out with a “slight groin sprain.” Great, now it’s time for the Diory Experience.
Diory in. AAG out w/a groin strain.
nevermind, see above
@99 – Shockingly, ESPN was being pretty darned fair-handed in their analysis of the two pitching staffs so far, though they did throw in the ridiculous caveat that the Braves were doing it with guys who don’t have as much name recognition. Who, if not ESPN, is responsible for that inequity?
Wow, that was a four run tripple. Oh wait…
Victorino knows that HR’s kill rallies.
man Im glad Diory is here
This is not happening.
I hate loathsome, and the Diory Experience is off to a great start…
105- Yeah, this Hudson schmuck has never done anything, and JJ’s “ceiling” is a fourth starter, and we’ve never heard of this Beachy guy…
Oh god, Diory. AAG’s groin can both create life and destroy hope, it seems.
It’s one run for MILF’s sake, guys
To be fair, Venters deflected the ball as it went past him, which made the play difficult for Diory.
Diory didnt get that ball out of his glove either.
Nice catch Nate
They changed that to a single? Wow.
At least it’s a save situation now.
Jonny just wanted Kimbrel to get a save opportunity.
Yeah, talk about home field scorer’s bias. Also, the radio guys are mentioning the possibility of a Kimbrel injury with Beachy up in the pen and a three run lead. I’d like to think it’s just a bit of progressive thought from Fredi, since 98% of MLB pitchers can save a three run lead in the 9th, but I think we all know Fredi’s not capable of such.
How in the hell was that not a swing?
Laz Diaz sucks.
Laz Diaz has given the Phillies like 6 outs this inning.
wow, how the !@#$ was that a check swing?
nice job Venters, MLB please fire some of these awful umpires
Well, that was fun
Venters only had to get seven outs that inning, including Mayberry three times.
Woof, glad that is over.
Fredi gets a bonus for that bunt, no doubt.
Laz Diaz should just have a wax figurine made of himself giving the safe call. That way he’d only have to physically show up when he’s scheduled at home plate. Though I guess he’s already mentally checked out, so it’s not that big of a difference.
Diory is already more successful at the plate than either Mather or Hicks.
Diory is basically a pitcher, so I’m not opposed to a bunt there. Come to think of it, would we be worse off with Tim Hudson manning shortstop than Diory?
Seriously, that was so obviously a swing that the home plate umpire didn’t even need a consult.
#134 – exactly…why did he even have to ask and how in the world did Diaz miss that call? Even the announcers had already called him out.
We really need to get some depth at short stop
Laz Diaz should’ve called a balk on Venters because why not
actually, ESPN guys even AFTER the replay said it was a check swing and agreed with the call
No, Valentine — who is not exactly a Braves partisan — tried to interpret the rules to make it not a swing, and failed.
Pastornicky is all we got!
Does the MLB rulebook really not define a check swing, or is Valentine just talking out of his ass?
I love the Latin music they are playing for Kimbrel
His name is Buster
Wikipedia says that there’s no rulebook definition. But if it’s pointing toward the first baseman, it’s a swing.
They shoulda checked with Diaz on that last one- I’m pretty sure it was a check swing.
I love it that kimbrel’s “get me over” fastball is 96.
How was that not a strike
I’m with you. I can’t believe it was even appealed.
I guess it is only a strike if the batter completly swings. He threw like nine strikes there
The biggest problem with all that crap last inning is that it got the top of the Phillies’ lineup back up. I would have loved to have seen Martinez, Schneider and Gload to finish it off.
@148 – Gameday had that pitch about 5 inches from dead center of the zone. Wasn’t especially close to a ball. Terrible.
This isnt looking good.
No matter what, I blame this one on Diory.
Let’s walk Shane and Howard.
Kimbrel reminds me a little bit of Marmol.
Great. The 3B ump is an Anglo Diaz. Not that it made a difference.
Sit down Shane!
Victorino’s absolutely right. That was six inches outside– but Bell’s been calling that junk a strike all night long.
What a pitch. Shane took one down the pike
Wow. Thanks, blue!
That wasn’t a strike. Thanks Wally bell.
Ha, what a comical bit of umpiring. I will take it though, and lord knows we had a makeup call or two coming our way.
Okay, it was outside.
edit: wow, Nate just about dropped that
yeah, how come no replay on that check swing? I thought he went
The Cryin’ Hawaiian.
BTW, in 3 games, the bullpen threw 9 innings & gave up zero runs.
That was more exciting than necessary, but we’ll take it!
Whewwwwww. That was a dicey one.
Nice win. Good weekend
Any 2 dimensional representation of the strike zone can be ignored straight away.
wow, did Louth just catch that on the palm of the glove?
But a nice series win. And given the stretch that the Phillies are about to embark on, I have a feeling they’re coming back to the division a bit.
Anyone else incredibly delighted by Victorino getting rung up on a pitch a foot off the plate?
I can’t stand that guy.
Nate was definitely not far from dropping that one, but luckily it stayed in the glove.
ububba, venters gave up one tonight
Wally Bell was ready to go compete with John Kruk in a cheese steak eating contest.
I stand corrected, but a 1.00 ERA ain’t so bad either.
@176- It definitely restored my sense of order in universe for a night
Ya gotta like our home stretch starting Tuesday with the Nationals, Phillies, and Astros, not to mention we play the D’backs right after Houston. Time to make up some ground.