I’m currently zonked out on morphine and percoset, and waiting an X-ray. Let’s just say that I am not currently functioning at 100 percent. Call it Snitker Mode. I also have the manual dexterity of Brooks Conrad playing short, which limits my typing. More later.
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Great to hear from you, Mac! Take it easy.
Welcome back, Mac. Enjoy the drugs.
I’ve said it before: regular posters should pick one game to watch under the influence of something and see how things go on here. I bet it would be classic.
The trade deadline is a game of chicken. Proctor, Heyward, Schafer, and Louth are doing their best to make sure it’s Wren that blinks first.
I vote for a playoff game
Glad you’re back, Mac.
Glad to hear you are on the mends Mac.
Get well Mac.
Here`s something to light up your mood (old german proverb: “laughing is the best medicine”):
(esp. no 11 and 28)
Willkommen zurück, Mac!
I agree, Mac should have Brian Jordan’s job. But for now I’ll count my blessings. Glad to have you back with us, maestro.
Hey, speaking of rock and roll….
Black Flag – Wasted
Glad you are on the road to recovery, Mac. Just don’t watch Gonzalez, McLouth, or Schaefer hit or you will have a setback.
Glad you’re back, Mac. Motor problems aside, now might be a good time to do some automatic writing. Get well soon!
Lugo at short…I like it
No word yet on Chipper, other than that he’s obviously not playing tonight?
weeeeellllllcooooommmmmmeee bbbbbbaaaaaaackkkkkk mmmmmmmmmaaaaaaccccccccc.
@7 funny stuff, thanks.
And, of course, the Camper Van Beethoven version:
Watching a lot of MLB Network this week. I never knew Kevin Millar was such a douche.
Rosenthal on Twitter:
Sources: #Phillies most aggressive on Pence. #RedSox have inquired, tough finding match. #Braves not currently involved. #tradedeadline #MLB
Watch the Phillies acquire Pence and the Braves get bupkis.
If the Royals get Upton, we could get Lorenzo Cain. That Minor for Cain deal kinda makes sense in hindsight.
We need to destroy Pittsburgh tonight.
As I watched the game last night, all I could think was that if the team wanted to show they were more talented than the Pirates yet still lose the game, they couldn’t have done a better job.
James McDonald would be our #3 in AAA right now.
James McDonald would be our #3 in AAA right now.
He’s better than Lowe.
Apparently Schafer might have to go on the DL after all. Good thing Fredi dialed up his thunderous bat to pinch hit last night in a crucial spot to reset his DL clock. I was really worried that I wouldn’t get to see enough McLouth in CF before he leaves us for good.
Revised lineup: McLouth 8 Prado 5 McCann 2 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Hinske 7 Heyward 9 Lugo 6 Hanson 1
Sheesh. I think Schafer going to the DL will officially take us out of the Beltran sweepstakes (at least if that was the only move Wren planned to make) and increase our interest in Upton and/or Pence.
Glad to see that neither the surgery nor the drugs has dulled your sharp wit.
I feel like I may have to take some drugs to prepare for the inevitably disappointing trade (or non-trade) the Braves are about to make . . .
Joe Alleva to be announce as the new Tennessee AD
@23 – I think this has come up before, but I blame that on Wren. Tell your manager not to use him, or DL him.
Also a Tennessee fan, but why not… he shouldn’t have any problems fitting in:
In 2006, Alleva and his sons were involved in a boating accident which left Alleva with an injured head. His son, J.D., was charged with operating a boat while impaired after refusing to give a blood sample for testing. Three officers smelled alcohol on him hours after the incident.
Also dealt with Duke lacrosse. An old pro.
He also hired three football coaches while at Duke. But football doesn’t’ count at Duke
Nats just got Johnny Gomes. Thank God
@31 – Ha! I feel like a guest on Maury who just found out that the other guy is the father. Whew!
FWIW, Peter Gammons today on WFAN said, “A couple of friends of mine who work for the Braves have insisted all along that they will trade Mike Minor & a lesser prospect [for Beltran], and that might do it.”
Nothing we didn’t kinda know, but it’s nice to believe we’re still in the race.
@22- Obviously the salaries skew it, but based solely on talent and track record, you would trade Derek Lowe for James McDonald? There’s no way in hell I would.
Tommy Hanson, superstar.
That would be overpaying. Remember we thought Heyward could play first? Now he can barley man right
Also, McDonald is 26, was a decent prospect, and throws pretty hard. Considering that going forward he’s likely to be better than Lowe due to age, yes, I would trade them straight up even if salary wasn’t a factor.
I’m going to attempt a morning recap; I should be running on what passes for peak performance then.
That’s the second time this week Heyward has misplayed a double into a triple.
As night follows day McLouth will be running.
At least he made it
Chip makes me want to become a fan of another team
Minor and more for a rental? No thanks. I might do Minor for Beltran plus Isringhausen.
At this rate, Beltran might reject a trade to the Braves if we can’t even beat the Pirates.
The sad part is that was the best portion of our lineup.
This team makes me want to be a Pirates fan.
45—Exactly. Gammons appears to be as clueless as usual.
Why is it that this team is incapable of hitting a sac fly?
Karstens has been the luckiest pitcher in the majors (based on ERA-FIP) to this point. Glad to see it will continue at least one more game.
Geez, I hate Tommy Hanson.
There’s our best pitcher, gang.
This shit is getting old.
is there a replay on Sports South? I just turned it on and its the same old crap
That looked like one of his Coors Field pitches.
At least the Pirates are earning their runs this time instead of relying on McLouth like they did in 2008.
Pathetic. Just pathetic. A whole lotta losin’ goin on lately. What the hell has happened to Hanson during the break?
And should we trade Mike Minor to a division rival for two month of a player we have no room for I might throw up.
Yes, I am in a goddam bad mood. Sorry. Good night.
At this point, Beltran would be the second best hitter on the team by a long shot. We’d make room for him.
McDonald’s K’s, BB’s and hits per 9 are worse this year than his career norms. Assuming that he improves simply because of his age and current velocity isn’t enough IMO. You could fill books with guys who have had careers similar to McDonald’s up to this point and then flamed out.
I’ll take Derek Lowe, and that’s not even mentioning the postseason, where he has a legit and recent track record.
Hanson should be fined for every run he gives up in the first 2 innings. Maybe that will motivate him not to suck horribly early in the games
It only took two years for Joe Simpson to notice the slow pace of Hanson’s delivery.
27—Doesn’t look like that’s true.
Maybe we can trade Tommy Hanson to a division rival, so that maybe we can score some runs?
If we get a hitter back, bonus.
61 — Really? You’d take a 38 year old sinkerballer in decline who has only slightly performed better (arguably) this season than a 26 year old with better K rates? Sounds like something Steve Phillips would have done with the Mets.
Yeah, instead of hanging on to all of the young pitching lets dump Hanson and call one of them up. I am tiring of his episodes and Wren’s lack of urgency
Uggla is at .200!
McDonald’s K rates aren’t even really down. His career K per 9 ratio is 7.8 and his season number is 7.7. It’s lower than when he was used as a reliever when he was first called up, yes, but that’s probably because of the inning increase now that he’s a starter and has to pace himself. Hits per 9 innings is not a dependable metric to predict future performance. He allows a few more homers than you’d like and walks a few more, but remember we’re comparing him with Derek Lowe going forward whose periperhals are likely to decline to similar HR and BB ratios.
You forgot the worse hit rate and the significantly worse HR and BB rate.
You could frame it in a million ways, but if I’m Frank Wren and and the Pirates offer me James McDonald for Lowe contingent upon me paying the difference in their salaries over the next two years, I would say no and not think twice about it.
I edited my post at #69 while you were writing #70 that answers your first paragraph.
All of a sudden, the Braves suck.
Maybe Wren really wants to become a seller and stockpile more pitching that he won’t ever trade
Unban the Dan!
‘Roasting hot?’ LOL
It’s nice to have Dan Uggla join us.
It’d be nice to have Jason do something here.
Good result, but that’s a pitch Heyward should have been able to drive.
Annnd our SS’s still collectively can’t hit for shit.
I know Yunel’s a douche, but couldn’t they’ve tried a brain transplant or something?
3-3, right? Yahoo boxscore is contradicting itself.
Yep, in case anyone else was confused.
Maybe I’ve got the mind of a 13-year-old, but “Freeman’s Seamen” is an ill-advised fan group.
@84: I think it’s pretty hilarious, actually
They were set to announce him and LSU gave him more money at the last second.
Second and third, no one out and it wouldn’t surprise anyone here if the Braves do not score.
A strikeout is probably the best outcome.
Still hate McOut
Boy I’m tired of McLouth.
But this offense is just fine….screw off Wren
This is getting old.
I thought it was pretty believable…
@91 Wren would be in a better position to deal for everything this team needed if he didn’t have cheap, corporate ownership that would rather maximize profit than wins.
Im waiting on DOB and Bowman to blame the fan for touching the ball and not Lugo, McOut and Prado for not scoring the run
Take care Mac.
I really hate Nate.
To be honest, I was pretty pissed that the fan picked up the ball cause I knew we wouldn’t score after that.
@91 Chipper says the same thing.
Nice at bats to start the inning by Mac and Freeman
Chipper shouldn’t be allowed to talk to the press unless he plays three games in a row.
I think Heyward should call him out. I understand the knee stuff, but a tweaked thigh muscle?
The shirt on the Uggla bobblehead doesn’t look tight enough
At least Pittsburgh is out of lefties? Assuming Beimel doesn’t mow down several more guys.
Miss Escobar. It’d be nice to have a short stop that provided some offense again. Cox and crew ran him out of town simply because they didn’t like his attitude.
Vizcaino gives up a solo homer in his first AAA inning, according to former wrestling announcer Tony Schivone
Most of the people on this site were fed up with him too.
Has anyone else noticed that Venters is a stud?
I just asked Tony Schiavone ‘Have you ever been calling a G-Braves game and just felt like yelling “Look down in the bull pen…OH MY GOD…IT’S STING!’
Two awful AB’s from Hinski and Jhey there
Glad to see Chipper’s wittle weggy isn’t too bad!
@101 Agree 100%.
@106 Let’s just move on from the Yunel trade.
Might just need to DL Chipper again. This looks painful.
I went to the same high school as Tony Schiavone’s sons and two of them were announcers for our baseball team. Every once in a while they wouldn’t be able to do it and Tony would step in. So on more than one occasion I was introduced into the game, be it as a reliever or batter, by Tony Schiavone.
They are talking like Chipper lost his leg in Vietnam or something
“Let’s just move on from the Yunel trade.”
It’d be nice to, but watching the .261 OBP starting short stop flail at pitches away and in the dirt day-in and day-out makes it hard to forget.
Gonzalez is Francoeur without the on-base ability and the home run threat. Think about that.
@108 Hilarious…laughed out loud at that one
Blaming the trade misses the point that Yunel was not willing to play with any reasonable degree of effort for this team anymore. Blame him, not the people who acted on that fact.
“Wait a minuet Mike Tenay…could it be? THAT’S MIKE N’S MUSIC! THIS COULD BE THE GREATEST MOMENT IN SPORTS HISTORY!”
Tony answered me:
LOL. no but I’ve felt like yelling. It’s wild, the umpire has a chair, we are out of time….!!!!
Using our best relievers in a tie game? Who taught Fredi how to properly use a bullpen? Oh right, we’re at “home”, so that means you’re actually supposed to do the right thing.
And then I would emerge from the dugout shrouded by smoke and pyrotechnics.
Nice use of Kimbrel here. Linebrink should be able to hold McCutchen down.
Eh, 7-8-9 hitters even if he blows it. I think the point still stands, especially after Fredi’s quote from earlier in the year. It didn’t make sense to hold onto Kimbrel then, but I think it did this time.
@122 Thank god we are at home. Otherwise we will have another Kimbrel debate again.
@115 You mean Frenchy actually has on-base ability and is a home run threat? I see them as essentially the same player while AAG can actually play some defense. Thank goodness they are not on the same team. Unfortunately we have Nate.
That was nice.
Wow, did we switch uniforms?
I love the squeeze.
I think the Braves have someone that is adept at stealing signs. They had a successful pitchout in Colorado too.
“You mean Frenchy actually has on-base ability”
Not really. But even at his worst, Francoeur’s OBP never fell to .261. It usually hovered in the .290-.310 range.
At least Fredi hired somebody useful.
Nicely done Craig.
Come on. Let’s score a run and go home.
Dan, they are both terrible. I think we can both agree on that.
McOut still stuck at one career walk off…shocker
Edit: Was Fredi arguing or did he get lost on the way to the bathroom?
Can’t blame him after that AB – what a quirky strike zone.
Way to come in late Fredi, you fat ignorant slob.
So, Nate is both terrible and stupid, apparently.
This umpire has been brutal all night, though.
Looks like we may be seeing Heyward in CF if this goes to extras.
Can’t spell out without McLouth
Earth to Fredi…
Fredi is going to get suspended.
Is it possible to accrue WPA between plays? Our chances of winning had to just skyrocket when Nate and Fredi got thrown out. Props to the ump!
Well, Bobby is clearly better at the ‘realizing you’ve been ejected’ metric.
Yeah, McLouth and Gonzalez just got thrown out. The odds of winning just shot up.
@143 Funny but true!!!
I think Fredi knew he’d been thrown out, he was just pissed and was refusing to leave for a minute.
Oh wait, I didn’t realize Schafer was already in CF. So I guess AAG will go to SS, Lugo to 3b, and Prado to LF.
@140, Can he get suspended for not leaving after being ejected?
I would think so
Who’s playing center?? Chip didn’t think that was an important thing to mention this inning.
@146, Didn’t notice that either.
Linebrink’s got to be batting in McLouth’s spot right?
150 — No, but that’s not a bad thing since AAG is in that spot and Ross is the only PH left.
Just when you think this can’t get any worse …
Just what we need. Both Chipper and BMac on the shelf.
Schafer has been in center for a few innings.
McCann out. This is bad.
Just need a proctor appearance now
@90–ask and you shall receive
Thanks again, Nate. I’m looking forward to releasing you.
@151 – Opinions vary… Please tell me Sherrill’s going into McCann’s spot.
Only good thing about this is maybe Frank Wren gets off his ass now and makes a trade!
Should have run Kimbrel out for a second inning
So he can go see Dr Andrews sooner?
@160 Until Liberty says, “No payroll increase.” Sorry, there’s stockholders to be placated.
159 — Yes, it would be moronic not to do that, now. But I didn’t see Tosca go to the umpire.
@160, i’m with you
Come on Resop. Cough one up for old time’s sake. Do it for Mac!
Beat the Poser.
Joe said that the pitcher’s spot is first, Ross is in McCann’s spot, and AAG is in the 6 hole.
Pirates felt bad and brought in Resop to make things fair
What happened to McCann?
@170 – seemed to hurt his back when trying to throw out a runner.
Well then, why didn’t they put Ross in the 1 spot and the pitcher in the 3?
If I recall correctly they didn’t make the pitching change yet when they took McCann out.
saw that one coming
We’ve been Sea Bassed.
170 — Looked like an oblique strain when he tried to throw out a runner stealing.
Good to have Gonzalez back in the game.
Sorry about that then.
Just remember though…we have lots of pitching in the minors. I guess that makes Wren and Liberty sleep well at night, doesn’t do so much for me
Gonzalez is such garbage
Gotta love AAG.
At least the Braves brought in the Lisp before the Proctologist.
This is going to be a funny looking box score in the morning.
@182 Since we are playing at home, the rush of leaving isn’t as great, ha.
Lisp with the surprisingly strong inning
The question isn’t if the braves will loose this game, but what will be the straw that mercifully breaks this camel’s back?
Hi Jason, it’s time to end the game.
@186 If you think Jason is going to do anything positive at the plate, you are crazy. Any hit he gets at this point is a gift.
Is Heyward waiting for the ball on a tee? He takes so many nut high pitches it is ridiculous
Lugo being useful? on MY team?
Simpson would really have Schafer bunt here with one out if a pitcher wasn’t batting next?
I have seen too many of these games over the last couple of years.
This is getting absolutely ridiculous. We are dropping like flies. Wren is going to have to trade for warm bodies just to finish the year at this rate.
Ouch, poor Jordan.
At this rate, Hudson will be playing the outfield before long.
Was that the same place as the injury? i hope not
194 — Wrist/forearm.
@194 – looked like the left wrist.
Prado continues to produce in the clutch
We suck so bad.
Well winning this one after that would be pretty miraculous
I guess we need to start hating the Pirates for keep hurting our players.
Bethany pointed this out yesterday… Prado kinda sucks this year. A corner outfielder that can hit would be really useful.
So how many minor leaguers do you need if you want to trade for 8 major leaguers?
Is it anyone else, or has Prado been killing the Braves lately? With big at-bats with no hits and crushing errors at third base.
@203 That applies to almost the whole team right now.
Uggla is gonna end it this inning. Count it.
Either we end the game now or we wait for another hour.
It is not that Prado has sucked this year. He had a career year last year. Prado is an solid Mid IF/utility man miscast as an everyday corner player because Liberty Media sucks as owners.
He is coming back down to earth from last year. Solid player, but the braves ask so much of him.
I kind of like it when I come home, expecting to watch the archived game on mlb.tv, and it’s still going on in the 12th inning. Yeah live action.
Prado’s BABIP is also 45 points below his career average…his peripherals are all near his career norms.
I’m not against calling out Prado for struggling, but to do so because he’s a “corner outfielder” is extremely disingenuous.
Dan, end it please. Otherwise a triple play is coming.
Gonzalez: GIDP time.
AAG is SOOOOOO awful
I’m not blaming Prado for not being a corner outfielder, just pointing out that we need one.
Ok Lugo, be a hero.
How about a BB Lugo?
“I’m not against calling out Prado for struggling, but to do so because he’s a “corner outfielder” is extremely disingenuous.”
Hey, the commercial says he can do “everything.”
I figure our best bet is a walkoff walk
I’ve got a bad feeling Martinez gives up a two-spot in this inning.
Way to rub it in, Alex.
So many blown chances. First and second and no one out and it surprised no one they couldn’t score there.
If he can’t even play defense well, there has to be a better option somewhere.
Good now AAG cant field a grounder
So tell me again what AAG’s value is?
I don’t want to rush the kid, but could Pastornicky do worse?
He’s not Yoko.
“So tell me again what AAG’s value is?”
Apparently just the fact he’s not Escobar and doesn’t jump up and down in the on-deck circle.
I’ve been reluctant to criticize Alex Gonzalez because I hated Yunel Escobar’s dumb tips-frosted ass. But I’m pissed enough now to publicly berate AAG with the disclaimer that I still wouldn’t want Yunel back. Because I still hate him. And he’s a dumbass.
@231 And he doesn’t get hurt once a month.
I’m in deep hate mode, but it’s first at the coaches. Fire them all.
Thank goodness. Ok guys, you get another shot.
You know what happens when we don’t bring Proctor in? They don’t score runs. This pen is tight.
Chip, except that muscle that moves his arm to throw the ball.
Did Chip just say “hot smash to second?” That sounds disgusting.
We are just delaying the proctor eff up that we all know is coming
If we don’t score this inning, bend over, the proctologist is probably coming in.
Joey, it’s the Bucs.
“Did Chip just say “hot smash to second?” That sounds disgusting.”
Time to rough ’em up in the bottom half.
So we’ve got a one-handed Schafer, and the pitcher’s spot with no PH’s available, this inning. Awesome.
McCann to DL.
Bmac, strained oblique….15 day DL tomorrow
Best catcher in baseball on the DL? Crud. It’s like we’re the Twins.
Ok, so McCann is on the DL. Wren, the baseball gods are FORCING you to get a bat.
Maybe Wren will finally be compelled to do something.
McLouth and Beachy missed about a month with their oblique problems.
Yes! Martinez is batting!
Hot shot in the hole!
See, Fredi. That’s fate telling you to never play Scott Proctor.
Christhian Martinez for shortstop.
David Ross finally has a chance to play everyday again!!!
Prado fail again.
Single to the right by the Lisp. Of course he bunted with 1 out last time. I know, I know, it’s a decent call. I just hate the bunt.
Prado again with the big gack…geez, come up big one time already
Morphine and Percocet? You should post a Spiritualized song.
Now the best back-up catcher in baseball
BTW, I gotta say: it’s good thing Fredi’s back to needing long relievers.
COME ON FREDDIE!!!!
Not a strike.
Boscan’s on the 40 man, even though he’s sucked it will probably be him. Mathew Kennelly has a solid OBP but isn’t on the 40 man.
I wish I was drunk.
When the Braves lose, they can’t say they didn’t have a ton of chances.
When Boscan comes up, we go from the best backup catcher in baseball to the worst.
This umpire sucks.
How much are you selling your morphine for Mac? Beer ain’t cutting it for this game.
I’m getting ready to jinx myself but …
Kinda like the dichotomy of Bethany on the treadmill, the Braves have lost the last nine games I’ve seen. Going to bed and hoping for the best.
Whatever happened to Sammons?
Edit: seems to be with the Florida Marlins organization now.
I just hope someone scores this inning. LISP deserves a win, but this offense just cant do anything once someone gets in scoring position.
So, we don’t get that call?
Umps are BIGGER than the game
Umpires are jokes
Replace them with computers, and throw one into to replace fredi while youre at it.
Great, an ump picking a fight. Just what we need.
Can we just bring in Proctor to get this thing over with? I want to see LISP blow up on this ump…
We should call Bobby instead.
Somebody, somewhere, someday soon is going to lose it on an umpire one day and it is going to get ugly. Some guy is going to lose it on an umpire and hurt one of them one day.
When it happens, the media and fans are going to go nuts and decry the sanctity of the game, etc., but damn if the Jerry Meals, Bob Davidson’s and that guy who looks like Super Mario, are just frankly asking for it with their actions.
Martinez is such a trooper. He sure puts together some gems in long relief sometimes.
That little girl or whatever screaming in the stands is getting really obnoxious.
Yep a nice outing by Martinez
the pitch tracker on mlb.com is wrecking this Jerry Meals clown. it’s a joke
Ok, Uggla walk off.
So, no position players, but Hudson was a college outfielder and Beachy was a college infielder, in case there’s an injury.
The Lisp is kind of a pretty good pitcher. It’s pure insanity that he’s been lower on the bullpen depth chart than Proctor.
Alright, fellas, 14 is enough.
End this, please.
I don’t think it’s as much that he’s lower as that they like to keep him rested for situations like this.
Cristhian has really pitched tonight. Great job.
It’s a shame that 4 (will it be 5?) innings of shut-out relief is going to get him sent to Gwinnett tomorrow, since he will be unavailable for 3 days after this.
Freeman was a pitcher i believe, maybe we see him on the mound with Huddy at first before proctor sees the light of day.
Uggla’s out. So much for this inning.
According to ESPN Gamecast, the first strike looking to AGon was in the dirt. Is that how it looks in the real world?
Maybe tomorrow is dfa day for Proctor
AAG can’t even hit the ball in the air.
This is so lame.
297 – it was in the dirt, almost
Heyward and Agon are completely lost up there.
The umpire is only the sixth worst thing about this game.
I keep seeing the 3 names due up each bottom half, and thinking ‘Well, it won’t be this inning.. but we gotta be coming up on our good hitter’s soon.’
Heyward is 2 for 5 with 2 walks.. and I still don’t like him.
Been out all night, though I’ve been monitoring the game on my phone. The home plate umpire has been awful, eh? Shocking.
Prado is 0 for 7. Our pitchers have more hits in the same at number of at bats.
Am I reading Prado’s line correctly?
That’s the 20th strikeout.
Anybody into 60’s and 70’s reggae? Doesn’t Andrew McCutchen look alot like Bunny Wailer?
Wow. That has to be Martinez’ last inning. Stellar work.
I’m glad that kid is having a good time at the game, but someone needs to move him away from the mic.
Martinez should win a medal for this outing. He’s been spectacular.
Man, Lisp so deserves to get the win tonight.
The Lisp has to be a better pitcher than Lowe, doesn’t he? I’d much rather watch him than sweaty ass Lowe anyway.
The Lisp has been pretty awesome to watch tonight. But yeah, can we get a win now?
Can we PLEASE get a run and win this game for Cristhian???
Proctor still lurks, waiting for the chance to lose this game.
Martinez has been starting for Gwinnett. I think he can go one or two more.
I have lost interest in this game, does that make me a bad person?
Happy Meals is the McDonald’s of umpires. In a profession noted for a high instance of assheads, it really takes a lot to step to the forefront as the biggest asshead of all.
That’s a bit too brief. Self-censoring the rest.
Cristhian Martinez is going to go Rick Camp on a pitch this inning.
@320 – Not a bad person, just a bad fan. There will be no place for you at the championship parade.
Martinez is by far the biggest offensive threat out of these three.
“with guts like a cat burglar”
He’s still batting? I would have thought they’d PH Hudson.
Guts like a cat burglar Chip?! WTF does that even mean?! Is that a saying?
I’d pitch out here if I was Pit.
Don just dropped a “Shades of Mickey Mantle right there” after Schafer’s bunt.
Man, I was really hoping they wouldn’t bunt there. I don’t know why I bothered.
Schafer’s bunt was a classic no-lose. What, is he going to get an actual hit?
Prado’s due, right?
“with guts like a cat burglar”
This is the announcer who once said, in reference to hungry bees: “maybe they’re going to Ar-bees (Arby’s).”
no matter how this game ends, cristhian martinez is the man tonight!
You gotta admit: It’s pretty damned cool to have a relief pitcher with two sacrifice hits in the same game.
Okay, no. You don’t.
Prado, that was horrible. Quit sucking and make good contact.
0 for 8
Looked a tad low, asshead.
Wow, Prado. Just wow.
This is 2008 Prado…absolute hack
Prado, you suck. Everyone but Cristhian sucks.
“Guts like a cat burglar” just HAS to replace “Ban the Dan”, right?
It’s too bad we have to put so much pressure on the guy coming off the DL with a staph infection.
I’d rather have a starter pitch next and call up Minor or Delgado for a turn than let Proctor in for one pitch.
So how tired does Cristhian have to be before he’s worse than a fresh Scott Proctor? 140 pitches? 160?
Was going to say “wish the Braves could have Johnson back from the Diamondbacks,” so Prado could assume the Infante role. But a quick check reveals:
Though the 17 home runs are right at the top for second basemen.
Wow, great play, Freddie.
CB Bucknor is on this crew too? Sheesh.
I guess freeman didn’t fall asleep yet.
That’s gotta be third best on our team though, right?
347 — Uggla has 18.
@346–not until his arm falls off
This ump seriously needs to go **** himself.
I meant his OPS. I was a little high.
Unlike that pitch, which was right down Broadway. Are McKenry and Meals an item or something? How will McKenry ever know if he’s good enough to stick in the majors without this guy spoonfeeding him calls?
Good look for Proctor…sitting in the bullpen by himself. The only place I would rather see him is on a bus leaving town tomorrow
Seriously, dude, if you’re too tired to call balls and strikes, just suspend the game or find an alternate or something.
One wonders if Proctor feels any hint of shame while watching Martinez pitch till he drops, because the team has no faith in him even though he’s sucking up a roster spot.
Win one for The Lisper?
You think AGon watched McCutchen bust his ass up the line and thought, “Huh, I wonder if I should do that too?”
Meals obviously has money on the Pirates. Good thing the Lisp is untouchable tonight.
The Lisp has now pitched 6, the same amount of innings as our starter, but with 5 fewer hits, 2 fewer walks, and 3 fewer runs, while striking out the same amount of batters.
I really think he ought to have been used more during the first half of the season. But no, he’s the one that gets sent to the minors.
I’m still trying to get over the cat burglar line.
Hey, the legit hitters are up this inning.
They just showed a fan on the broadcast, right behind the dugout with his two kids… I swear I thought it was Tyler Yates.
They need to score. You know who is coming in.
Proctor warming up.
NOW OR NEVER
Scott “Ballgame” Proctor coming up after this.
Better win it here
Oh lord, better win it now, because we’re going to wave the white flag in the 17th.
Man, I’m legitimately surprised that Meals didn’t call that pitch that almost hit Ross a strike.
I’m impressed that he let four balls go by, one of which was close, with the crowd chanting his name like that.
First time Meals has called a borderline call for the Braves tonight.
AAG up. Inning over.
Well, this is great, because Alex Gonzalez gets another critical at bat.
Ugh, Uggla sure gets robbed a lot at third.
AAG up and Proctor warming up. Good night, everybody.
2-0 on Agony..somebody take his bat away before he can swing
Edit..damn, too late
Nice one AAG.
“2-0 on Agony..somebody take his bat away before he can swing”
Or throw it at the people in the stands again.
Can alex lose his bat and hit that kid in the head. I know it sounds horrible, but christ, Its too late for that.
Great freeman looks hurt
I need to find a wall to ram my head through.
Well, that was that.
Is Freeman hurt too? This game sucks out loud.
It’s sad how every person on the planet who is paying attention to this game knew it would be a soft grounder to short or an infield popup.
LISP 6IP 2H 0BB 6K
Look at the bright side: if Proctor blows this, and he will, there will be no option but to get rid of him. I mean, right?
A normal kid, even an 8 year old, would be worn out from yelling for 17 consecutive innings.
The Lisp: 88 pitches, 62 strikes.
389 — You would think.
This is the one situation where it is acceptable to use Scott Proctor: to prevent the heat death of the universe caused by an infinite succession of boring extra innings.
Time for Proctor to work his magic….
I think Freeman is cramping.
13 scoreless innings from these two teams
80%, that’s a B, right? Oh, for giving up runs…
“13 scoreless innings from these two teams”
About to end.
Not many games are decided by which team has the better 25th man. But as the cliche’ goes, the chain is only as strong as its weakest link.
I loathe Frank Wren for allowing this man to pitch another high leverage inning.
Just… so much hate.
Leadoff walk? Not if, but how many.
Mark me down for a 5 spot.
This could get ugly for the home team.
The Lisp is my new favorite Brave. That was an incredible and gutsy outing. Mad props.
Pirates advance scouts must really suck if they think it is ever a good idea to bunt against Proctor.
Proctologist coming in… time to hit the bottle
I loathe Liberty Media by limiting Frank Wren’s budget to slip-shod “solutions” like Scott Proctor.
Please give us a bunt out. That way Proctor will only have to get two outs.
Wren is the one that decided to give Proctor a major league contract and continues to let him stay on the team.
Oh look, the IBB to face one of the best hitters in baseball.
@405, My dad and I are polishing off our third bottle. Catch up.
Walker and McCutchen. Candy.
Yep, better walk Walker just to make sure it’s totally out of reach for our offense.
Walking Walker to get to McCutchen.
Um, McCutchen isn’t going to hit into a DP.
Proctor vs. McCutchen.
That matchup does not favor the home team.
Walker looks like he’s on something at the plate right now.
Odds on McCutchen hitting a 3R bomb??
Walking a guy to get to put runners on first and second for an All-Star? We just saw this a few days ago in Colorado, and I remember not liking the ending. Apparently Fredlot doesn’t.
McCutchen is too fast for this IBB to make any sense at all.
Proctor doesn’t throw better strikes than that one, ump. We can be here all night, it’s up to you.
Proctor has no command at all.
More of a line drive pitcher than flyball, really.
Freeman does a good job of just taking the out stupid.
Proctor to get the win?
Well, that was unexpected.
A win for the Proctor?
It’s a miracle!
Thank goodness we’re facing the Pirates.
What the hell.
Oh my god, we made it out alive.
Do you believe in Miracles?!?!
wow, dodged the first Proctor bullet
Hey, Proctologist miraculously pitched a scoreless inning!
LOL, at least he only needed 2 outs. Thanks Pirates.
Our hitters better make the most of this; the way Proctor pitched, we won’t get a second chance to win.
I am laughing the hysterical laugh of despair. If Scott Proctor couldn’t end this misbegotten abomination of a baseball contest, what, tell me WHAT, IN THE NAME OF GOD, can end it now?
Wow, who knew.
Okay guys, don’t tempt fate with another inning of Proctor. Time to end this.
Wow. I’m pretty sure Sasquatch just walked past my window, and I saw the Loch Ness Monster swimming in my bathtub. Oh, and Scott Proctor threw a scoreless inning.
Before we start looking for the win, let’s remember that after Heyward it goes Lugo, Schafer, Proctor.
It’s up to Heyward.
Chip is really obsessed with the time–like he has never been up late….
Jason Heyward: Winner.
On to the 18th
So after Heywards predictably weak out to start the inning, I guess we are on to the 18th
Lugo has had a good night.
Lugo picks the worst times for his hits. Except that one time. But tonight, the worst times.
Dodgers just beat the Rockies in LA- the last game other than ours to finish.
3 hits for Lugo? That may be more than AAG has all month.
Man, how sad is it that Julio Lugo’s now our best hitter?
Wow, a Brave got a hit
Why is Schafer bunting? Isn’t Proctor on deck?
446- He isn’t, as long as Freeman’s around.
Scott Proctor is trending on twitter
I thought Schafer had actually gotten a hit for a split second.
Ok, let’s see if Proctor can pull a Rick Camp.
How many of the Braves hitters look to bunt first in order to get a hit?
I would be okay with forfeiting if Scott bunts a ball into his face and the Braves can’t continue.
“Scott Proctor is trending on twitter”
The Proctor: losing pitcher (LP) watch is on.
Just don’t hurt yourself swinging, Scott. Or, wait…
Proctor’s first ever ball hit in fair territory. He should ask for the ball.
Proctor actually put together a better AB than AAG.
Proctor was only going to get a hit there if he was facing Proctor.
So, seriously…at what point do they just call for a suspension? And if they were to do that, would the teams really be limited to the players currently on the field? We would see Scott Proctor and Notdrew McCutchen go back out there?
So the strategy is to walk the leaflet batter so the Bucs will then give us an out
#452–I think that we need to be down by 4 first–which is certainly possible with Proctor pitching….
Now the Proctologist is doing his thing
And it begins.
well, lightning doesn’t strike twice. The Pirates are gonna get across the plate this inning, I fear.
Please lose. And quickly.
@461 A suspension can kick in at 2 a.m. local time, I believe. And you are limited to who’s on the roster, so, yes, McCutchen and Proctor would remain as the pitchers.
Why bunt when Proctor can;t throw a strike?
So sick of watching the Braves lose with Proctor on the mound.
Proctor must have a new set of Pictures.
What is this…I don’t even
That kid is still going.
Guys, what the hell? IBB, really?
Okay, that was… weird. Why did they throw a strike first? Is someone actually asleep in the dugout?
IBB with an 0-1 count?
proctor throws a first pitch strike… and then they intentionally walk the batter… i don’t know why i even bother.
Is there any way the pitcher doesn’t nail one off Proctor?
An odd intentional walk after the first pitch strike.
But seriously, has anyone ever seen that before? They get strike 1, no base is stolen, nothing changes, and suddenly the pitching team just decides to issue an intentional walk? What was possibly going through everyone’s heads just there?
Would someone hit a foul ball towards that kid?
Let’s go Pirates!
Meals still sucks at umpiring.
That guy’s pretty fast.
McKenry is just that fearsome.
And now we’re doomed, because Paul and Pearce are real hitters, while Proctor’s not a real pitcher.
The choice was to face McKenry or Paul, by the way. Man on first or men on second and third.
481 – No
that looked like something you would do on MLB the show or something.
If that kid screaming for the Pirates doesn’t get a shit ton of swag from the pirates, then there is no justice in this world.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate that kid, but fair is fair.
this game has been stunning. i don’t know what else to say.
Thank god for Freddie.
Hey, no problem…
Proctor just trolled the Pirates twice. Hard.
Proctor must have been pyro as a kid. He’s pretty good at playing with fire.
That a way to be in the right place Freddie.