Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – August 19, 2012 – ESPN.
The “doesn’t know how to win” jokes are starting to lose their humor. Mike Minor had one of his best games, plenty good enough to win — seven innings, five hits, no walks, two strikeouts — and got hung with a loss because nobody else showed up. Minor made one mistake, a fifth inning solo homer by the generically named Luis Cruz. The Dodgers also threatened in the third, but he pitched around that despite a dumb decision (take the out, stupid) by Brian McCann.
The Braves had only three hits on the day and just one extra-base hit — a fourth-inning triple by Jason Heyward that at least broke up a no-hit bid, but came with two out. If not for Minor keeping the Dodgers from scoring further, the Braves would never have been in it. This was showed well after he left. Chad Durbin allowed a run in the eighth, and Cristhian Martinez had a catastrophic ninth inning (aided by some sloppy defense) in which he gave up three runs to end all hope.
317 thoughts on “Dodgers 5, Braves 0”
This was the sort of game that used to occur in June.
It’s still a streaky offensive team that’s more built around hitting than pitching. Fortunately, our pitching’s coming around. Unfortunately, they can’t win when we get shut out.
Do u know when barves play ???? Tonight
Martinez didn’t have a catastrophic ninth so much as he was forced to get 5 outs–as both Heyward and Bourn misplayed pop ups that fell for “hits.” He continues to be the second best righty out of the pen.
Is the barves game going on right now ??????????????????
When is the barves game !!!!?????!!!) tell me plase
Zig, stop it or you will be banned.
Ok but when s it
Today takes us from a 5-2 week (hooray!) to a 4-3 (meh). Shame.
THERE IS NO GAME TONIGHT. Sheesh.
When is the next game ???
There’s evidently an alter-zig. Have I been hacked??
Tomorrow. This is freely available information and not at all difficult to find. In the future, click on the side bar link for “Braves Schedule”. Or just Google “Atlanta Braves”.
This is lower case zig, not a hack, I think. Neither of you is registered.
I’m ethan I’m 8
Could you send a test e-mail to Sigmundkaufmann@mac.com?
I need to communicate privately, if you will.
Which time is trmmoorws game
Garnpa ??? It’s you
It’s a tie with prites and cardinals garnpa 2 to 2
Real Zig, lowercase zig is posting using your email address. That means he knows it, not necessarily that he has access to the account.
Okay, it’s just a kid, everything’s settled now.
Guess he zigged when he shoulda Zigged.
You gotta admit, lowercase zig was really funny and added a lot to the discussion.
Here’s Brian McCann’s August: .111/.289/.111
You guys watching the St Lous / Pirates game? tied in the 17th.
Ethan & I are… They just showed the key “highlight” in last year’s 19 inning Pirate loss.
@Bethany: yea, I am now thanks to mlb.com. Crazy!
@25. I am starting to get very worried with BMac. I am not expecting much from him this season anymore but hope he will bounce back next season after he gets his shoulder issue fixed. Based on Fredi’s decision in benching him and his own reaction to the rest, it seems Iike he is the kind of person who would be honest with his own injuries.
I think the upcoming series with the Nationals is pretty much it for the Braves as far as the division. They have to at least win 2/3. The fact is, the Braves have been pretty mediocre or worse against the better teams:
San Francisco 1-2
Los Angeles 3-3
St. Louis 5-1
Yep, we have a chance to draw blood with the Nats. If we don’t, wild card here we come.
To make the division more realistic, I’d say we kinda need to sweep ’em. That would put us 2 out.
Guess some days you just have to tip your cap to the sun…. Even though that probably means you’ll drop another ball as you take your cap off to tip it….
Yeah this is a huge series, but we do have our 3 best starters going. Im hoping for a series win, but my guy tells me thats probably not going to be the outcome.
guy = gut
Pirates win, 6-3 after 19. Awesome. I’m rooting for the Pirates, plus I hate the Cardinals. The Bucs are such a great story.
For a minute there, I thought you were connected to a sports psychic or something.
It wouldn’t break my heart to see Pittsburgh & Baltimore make the post-season.
The Melky story gets hilariouser and hilariouser:
Yeah we have to sweep this series to have a real shot at the division. Just don’t get swept…the WC lead is thin enough as it is.
What is the Braves’ record on national TV? It seems as if they lose almost every nationally televised (MLB, ESPN, Sunday TBS) game.
This Melky story is truly hilarious. I have this vision of Melky and his crew sitting around a bong hatching this plan.
But I do have a serious question: what role did the banned substance play in Melky’s remarkable turnaround?
Don’t look now, but aren’t we in exactly the same position as last year?
You know, when the collapse (led by McCann) began?
It’s a better team than last year if, for no other reason, the bullpen is better rested. Losing two games does not constitute a collapse but if they struggle badly on the road trip, the Braves could be in some trouble.
The crazy thing is that Chipper Jones is still the (at worst) second or third best player on the team and certainly still the best hitter.
@43, In what’s by far the worst year of his career, with a BABIP .070 below his career norm, McCann is still a 2.0 fWAR player. (In other words, even if you’re trying to plant the seed of McCann hate with subtle insults in parentheses, it’s probably not going to take hold.)
I don’t hate Brian, at all. But I think we have to cut him loose when his contract is up.
I love McCann, but facts are facts.
The team’s collapse coincided directly with his last year. Everyone contributed, but as an ostensible team leader, McCann’s poor performance was significant.
You try leading the team with a severe oblique strain or what he’s got going on this year, according to my fantasy baseball notes: McCann says an MRI done “a while ago” showed a cyst on his joint and a frayed labrum. The cyst is pressing on the joint, causing pain when he bats, but not when the throws. He does well enough with it on a normal swing, but when he gets extended and finished with a one-handed swing, that’s where it gets him.
You’ve probably all seen this, but just for the record…Boras on Derek Lowe: “Derek Lowe in the bullpen is a Lamborghini because he can do it all. He can pitch long, he can pitch in the seventh, eighth, or ninth. This man is a Renaissance man.”
I wonder whether this injury would be severe enough to disable a lesser player. Does McCann get to play with what sounds like a significant injury due to his team leader status? Or because he’s a catcher, whose responsibilities on the field extend beyond the parameters of physical health?
Are Lamborghinis versatile?
Does this Lamborghini have cargo space? How about sliding rear doors so the kids can get in and out themselves?
Sounds like this “Renaissance man” is more like a minivan in the bullpen… an old, beat up minivan that burns oil and smells like the family dog lives in it.
I think he means that the Renaissance is when he pitched well.
Billy Hamilton, 143 steals and counting in the Minors:
Ross and McCann should maybe swap roles…just a thought.
Not so bold prediction: if Uggla continues to be completely awful then we won’t make the playoffs. I think we really need him to carry the team for like a two week stretch while some of our other guys regress to their means.
Dan has a .796OPS this month. Thats a huge improvement over his .648 and .460 the prior two months.
Thanks for the link.
I’ve got tickets to tomorrow night’s game here in Pensacola. Hope to see Hamilton break the record. Now if the rain will hold off . . . .
I think McCann is hurt much more than he is letting on.
Back when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, Roy Campanella won the MVP basically playing with one arm. He hit barely above .200, although I do think he had a bunch of home runs. He won the MVP because of his “leadership qualities.”
Of course back in those benighted days before Sabermetrics, we old fogies believed that some players brough intangible qualities like leadership, etc. to the game.
On the other hand, BMac is having a miserable offensive year, but what other catcher hitting in the seventh slot has helped his team more?
Can the Braves afford to pay Brian $13 mil a year for the next five years? No. Does he still provide value? I think so, but then I believe in intangibles.
I don’t doubt for a moment that he provides value. He’s a smart player who does literally all the little things right. But he’s trending down at an age where you expect catchers to trend down, and I just don’t believe that there will be a way to square what I see as his value going forward with what he’ll cost to keep as a free agent.
Roy Campanella DID NOT win the MVP hitting .200. Here are his three MVP seasons:
He did have a bad year in 1954 (I think his hand was hurt most of the year) and hit .207.
Roy Campanella > Brain McCann
Goes to show what relying on memory does, huh, Marc?
Campy still had value, but my story was obviously a made up memory. Coming from a family of librarians, you’d think I would have learned to look things up.
Sorry for the organic fertilizer.
@ 59: AAR, I think BMac would be best served by going to an AL teaam.
@61: Smitty, indubitibly.
It happens to all of us-I know! Campy had a number of poor seasons sandwiched around his MVP years, which is what you were probably thinking about. He hit .207 in 1954 but still made the All-Star team. In 1956, the year after his last MVP, Campy hit .219/.333/.394 with 20 homers but still made the All-Star team. I think Campy is a good example of what happens to catchers-it’s such a difficult position that it’s hard to stay healthy with age and your hitting declines. But, at least reputationally, Campy was known as a much better receiver than McCann, whose value is almost entirely offensive.
Of course, one bad season doesn’t mean it’s over but I don’t think McCann is a good bet to sign long-term as he moves into his 30s.
I hope McCann doesn’t fall off the way Murphy did.
Thanks, Marc. I love BMac and wish him nothing but success in the future with his new American League team.
If you look at HOF catchers like Campy, Berra, Bench, and, eventually, Piazza, their offense fell off significantly in their early/mid thirties. But they all were much better than McCann. If this is what he doing now, it figures to be much worse in a couple of years.
Hudson, the stopper, is on tonight. McCann is clearly injured. I think it’s too early to write him off just now.
Well, Adam’s BABIP stat is a significant part of what is going on with McCann. All his other peripherals are consistent with his career norms. He’s been somewhat unlucky this year, and would certainly be on my list of bounceback candidates, either later this season or in 2013.
Beyond luck, though, there are issues with 1) the increased deployment of overshifting, which seems to have affected McCann’s success, and may need to be accounted for in any projections, and 2) frankly, his weight. He could stand to lose, what, 30 pounds? Being even a step faster would affect how deep in short right field the 2B can set up in the shift.
Babe Ruth > Brian McCann
Brian McCann > Corky the Hamster
Ok, Smitty, I’ll play:
Brian McCann > Biff Pocoroba
I really think this series will hinge on Medlen’s start. He has been as good as anyone in the rotation, but he’s had the benefit of starting against Miami, Houston, San Diego, and the Mets.
We really need Hudson to be great tonight. Washington has hit him hard this year. 12IP 8.53ERA
Brian McCann : Melky Cabrera :: _________ : __________
Death, taxes, Alex complaining about Andruw, Marc complaining about Heyward, and hank complaining about McCann.
Hey, Stu, I haven’t complained about Heyward in at least two weeks.
Fireworks: House Fire
Hank Aaron > Brian McCann
@69, I don’t disagree. I read an article somewhere that the shift was impacting McCann’s BABIP exactly as much as you’d expect it to, statistically. Isn’t it crazy that it took this long to come up with a way to mess with McCann’s game?
BTW, Joe Poz’s book on Joe Pa is out tomorrow.
Here’s a brief USA Today column (brief, for him) that he wrote about doing the book:
At the very least, the circumstances around the book appear to be fairly unique: He was at PSU doing the book when the scandal broke–obviously, the project took a bit of a turn.
FWIW, he’ll be on WFAN tomorrow at 2 pm to discuss it. You can listen online: http://www.wfan.com
Baserunning win Championships?
@80 Lonnie lost one with bad baserunning
Braves have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal, and apparently plan to bring him up in September.
What say y’all?
@82 – Looks to me like they may have given up on Hinske. Overall it looks like a decent move. Will he be elgible for post-season?
Only if they bring him up on 7/31 or before.
Or if Hinske gets “hurt,” I guess.
Been a while since I last triple-posted…
zig’s posts, in this thread and the previous one, came off as more intelligent than Emma’s did before his ban.
I believe it would require an electron microscope to detect the praise in that statement.
From the AJC article:
“He’s had interest all along, but I think he wanted to take his time and make sure he made the right decision,” Wren said. “We’ve been talking about once a week since then, just checking in. There wasn’t a great deal of urgency on either side. He does need to start playing and we need to have him in the organization prior to Sept. 1.”
By virtue of being in the Braves organization before Sept. 1, Overbay would be eligible to make a potential postseason roster. He could be added in place of someone who’s on the disabled list. Overbay played in the National League Division Series last year with Arizona, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in two games against his former Brewers team.
Overbay would fill a similar role as Eric Hinske, who is also a left-handed hitting first baseman. But Hinske is hitting only 7-for-45 as a pinch hitter (.156).
I only complain about Andruw as a humorous homage to the original Alex R. The guy I hated more than everyone was actually BJ Surhoff.
Emma predicted the collapse. It was crazy, true, but it also happened to happen. zig is… something else.
p.s. I like the Overbay move. Overbay, Johnson, Ross, Janish, and Francisco is a solid bench.
Wow, bad call on the steal.
Don’t. Give. Them. Free. Outs.
Okay, Tim, be real good tonight.
It’s great to try to stir something up, but Jason needs to learn that you don’t give outs to the Nats.
I mean bad call as in the steal was a bad idea.
WHY CAN’T WE PLAY GOOD BASEBALL AGAINST THE NATS?
Jeez, Chipper. Catch the damn ball.
For the love of God, Tim, get a DP ball.
Gosh, this is even more fun living near DC and having to listen to the home commentary.
Lets get a triple play?
I’m not sure what’s the bigger concern in the short term: Hudson’s thumb being examined or his 9.00 ERA this season against the Nats.
I’m just so done with this team.
Well, now I don’t have to stay up late for this one.
Make that 10.80.
Good thing we brought our A game and had our ace going.
This is why Medlen is the only guy I trust to pitch the one game playoff.
Seriously, guys? We’ve already got a run off Zimmermann, and it’s the second inning. Pretty early to throw in the towel…
Actually, Hudson might be the right guy for the one-game playoff, if the Braves qualify. He just has to be bypassed against the Nats at all costs.
Bad play three games in a row.
Hey, McCann going the other way!
“Hey, McCann going the other way!”
That hit at least cleared the two pitchers for next inning.
This is how pretty much all of our losses against these guys go. Get behind early and have the pressure turned way up on every subsequent at bat. Just once it’d be nice to take a 3 or 4 run lead into the middle innings against them.
I think if we played the Nationals 100 times we’d win about 30 or 35 at most.
OK, we’re 4-8 vs. Wash. In 9 of 13 games so far vs ATL, the Nats have scored in the first inning. In 5 of those games, they’ve scored at least 3 first-inning runs against us.
Hope we’re in a hitting mood tonight.
They clearly aren’t.
Oh Lordy, they’re not going to score with runners on second and third and less than two outs, are they?
What have you done for me lately, BMac?
See? Janish has the magic.
Janish really does seem to get on board more when I watch. Test for this theory – I’ll be at the game the next two nights. Janish to go 6/8 over those games.
What’s the thing about hope, Mac?
A sign of life!
JASON!! We’re back in business!
Heyward’s pretty good.
Now that’s more like it! Jason!
We’ve made Zimmermann work, 102 pitches in five innings. That’s probably the last we see of him. That’s a good thing.
Thank goodness the sun has set.
Bethany, what’s your preferred email font?
I’m sending out an email to about 3000 faculty/staff. I’m leaning toward Verdana 10pt.
@133 That’s a good choice. Verdana looks best at smaller sizes.
Need the option of a quick hook here, Fredi …
Fredi has the mindset of sticking with starters longer right now because of the smaller 6 man bullpen.
So glad Frediot let Hudson hit there. Clearly they didn’t need to try and score there, and Hudson has shown so much he needed to be sent back out.
Tim has 4 walks, 1 K, and 1 HR allowed tonight.
Sending Hudson back out was the smart move, given the way he’s pitched in innings 2-5. It just isn’t working out, though, and it’s time for the ‘pen.
Beautiful pitch, Tim.
OK, maybe it did work out. Still really uneasy about sending Huddy to face the top of the lineup in the 7th. A few runs might ease my stomach.
That turned out well.
That was some clutch pitching.
Well done, Tim. Didn’t think you had it in ya.
That was a proper tailing fastball, after a couple tries.
Chipper’s AB really ruined the inning.
Bullpen time, please.
Wow, what poor luck.
Damn it, Chipper.
Fredi at least did all he could to get Hudson a loss.
Bryce Harper dropped a sacrifice bunt? Anyone want to try to explain that?
The good news is, we won’t have to commission a statue of Chipper. We can just use the one standing next to 3rd base.
Way to be, Jonny!
What a beautiful time to return to your 2011 vintage, Jonny.
Why the hell do you bunt with “Wheels” McCann on first?
That was the most graceful slide I’ve seen in .003 seconds.
It was like the death throes of a harpooned whale.
Now a triple gets McCann in.
Nice job Prado..gack
Can’t locate the strike zone and Prado swings … SMH
Second time in a tied game tonight Prado came up with runners on first and second and two outs.
You’d think last year would have taught the club it’s a bad idea karmically to advertise postseason tickets too soon.
Come on EOF…geez
I feel ill.
Just feels like Washington’s year.
One more, EOF. C’mon.
He’s teed up now.
Oh my god.
Throw strikes, please.
Damn…can;t throw a breaking ball close to a strike
Wow….I thought that was way out of there
Whew. Let’s not make it so dramatic next inning.
That. Was. Excruciating.
Bases loaded, one out, no runs.
Wow the camera work on that fly ball was awful.
Whew. Glad we’re not the only ones leaving runners on base.
The camera work is pretty awful overall. That center field camera needs to be moved over about 10 feet. It’s way to difficult to see balls and strikes on TV.
Is Durbin really the fourth best reliever on the roster? That doesn’t /sound/ right…
Uggla just sucks.
190: I think it was Fangraphs did an assessment of all the centerfield cameras in baseball for how straight-on they are on the plate, and the Braves had the best camera for watching pitches.
Nice at bat Dan…
Dan Uggla has become fairly shitty.
Well, at least Uggla’s predictable strikeout made the fact that Chipper wasn’t running on Freeman’s single irrelevant
Uggla is a black hole. Reed Johnson should have a platoon partner with Prado playing 2B.
I just don’t like the sounds of Durbin vs Zimmerman or Morse
Wow…I love it when I am wrong
@193, Yeah, they ran that piece last year. I know I’m spoiled, but it shouldn’t be that hard to fix, buy some cables, move the camera over.
Good job, Durbin.
Wow. Durbin takes out the heart of the Nationals’ order without much difficulty.
@198 — Even Janish to 2B for Uggla when Simmons returns might be an improvement at the plate. It certainly would be defensively.
Free baseball ahoy.
Putter, I agree that a mediocre-at-best lifer versus strong hitters should end in disaster, but somehow it worked.
Uggla has single-handedly cost us a chance to win this game. He missed two fastballs right down the middle in earlier AB’s with runners on, and now this last one was just flat out horrible. He’s not even good enough to be the whipping boy.
Wonder why Fransisco is hitting here and not a couple of innings ago when Hinske couldnt touch a fastball.
@207, I was wondering the same thing earlier. One last chance for Hinske?
Hinske has done good work for us, but he is done. Glad we picked up a decent replacement.
Way too close
If not for Brooks Conrad, Hinske would’ve been a Braves hero. Worthy of salute anyway. But he’s done.
Got a feeling that Avilan is about to give up a long one.
Whew. Very happy to see Desmond go down.
Will always remember Conrad for the grand slam against the Reds and that terrible defense in the 2010 NLDS.
I can’t believe Espinosa struck out on that pitch in the dirt – that was positively Ugg-lesque.
We’re due to jack one. I vote for Chipper.
That’s the old Mikey we know and love.
Way to chalk one, Marteen! C’mon, JHey…
Got to get him to 3rd
Whew. Thanks, Gnats.
I seem to recall Gonzalez being pretty dadgum good more often than not. But maybe I was just hypnotized by his butt shimmy.
We have had some terrible ABs today.
Well on our way to wasting the lead off double
Prado kinda missed the slide on that liner Espinosa caught.
@224: yeah, he was awesome for us. But that was several years and an arm surgery ago.
Lefty-lefty. I hold out little hope.
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
That was terrible…
Nothing but hanging curveballs and we still cant do anything.
Chipper has had an old man’s game tonight.
Too many wasted chances.
This loss is going to sting a little.
Never liked that dude’s dad either
@236 This would be the kind of loss that lingers like a valet’s B.O. and leads to a sweep.
Uh oh…Avilan with an episode
This is painful.
Good effing lord.
Hey, could one of you guys come over and start my heart back up. kthx
I feel like I’ve got a pacemaker and I’m standing next to a microwave.
That ball was crushed.
Please please don’t throw him that pitch again.
Harper has a bit of an anger management issue.
Yes!! We have to win now, right? … right?
Playoff atmosphere for sure…need to pull this out and then bounce off of it for a sweep
I can’t take much more of this. Can we please score already?
Harper was talking to his bat before he came up. Just staring intently at the bat held in front of him and clearly talking.
It’s kind of endearing, really.
Translated from Yucatec Maya: “Werth, from now on I’ll call you ‘Almost.'”
Piers @104: Still up?
with Janish due up, on to the bottom of the 12th
More mention should be made nationally of the Nats’ bullpen. Hard to find a weak spot there.
Walked Janish? Wat? Come on, new guy. Hit the lights out of Capt. Stammen.
Gotta be Martinez, given who’s making the decisions, right?
Yep, it’s the Lisp. Quelle surprise.
I think this is the part where we lose.
This woulda been a great time to bring in Craig early, given the significance of the game and that it’s the heart of a right-handed lineup.
#NATITUDE is just silly, guys.
Not that anyone has seriously suggested it, but I think having Sheets come in for a relief appearance in this spot would be /hilarious/.
That’s Morse Code for strikeout.
Martinez can do this for a while, as he showed during The Game That Shall Not Be Named.
Runs. Now. Please.
Great inning, Lisp.
That was a legitimately impressive inning from Martinez.
The Lisp looking pretty sharp.
Bourn is striking out a ton lately
I think Heyward goes yard here for the lead
Couldn;t have been more wrong about that…carved up
Despair encroaches on waning hope.
Craptacular. C’mon, Lisp.
I hope we don’t give Bourn all the money.
It seems like Jason has been swinging at that pitch low and inside for a while now.
Bring in Kimbrel, and if necessary let Medlen close it out.
Chipper is considering a second career in soccer.
Are you f-ing kidding me?
Uggla = useless. Prado, Janish, Chipper — anybody else at second, please.
Uggla finds new ways every day to lose games
Of course. And Kimbrel stays on the bench watching the infield give this one away.
What the hell was that??
Simple game: catch the ball, throw the ball, hit the ball.
Tough loss that we earned.
I really wish I had gone to bed a while ago.
That was quite possibly the most embarassing inning of baseball I’ve ever seen.
Uggla is uselessness personified.
Pay him to play for Cleveland.
Uggla is a complete black hole — worthless offensively and defensively.
They shutout the Nationals tonight if you don’t count the 1st or 13th.
The Nats have been winning games like this all year.
Not sure why you don’t use Kimbrel for an inning somewhere. But it doesn’t matter since we were hours in to deep hibernation mode. Dunno when we’ll score again. Maybe next series.
It’s over. Glad we had our ace going tonight. Glad we ran ourselves out of innings. Glad Martin Prado had such great at-bats with runners on. Glad Fredi refuses to use Kimbrel in tie games. Glad Liberty Media owns the team.
Let’s fight for the one-game playoff.
Why talk about not using Kimbrel like Martinez blew the game? He pitched brilliantly.
Not using Kimbrel didn’t blow the game…it’s just bizarre that you’d leave your best pitcher on the bench in the biggest game of the year so far. I hate when managers do that. Especially ours.
If we’re giving out awards tonight then Uggla gets all credit for blowing the game. He was spectacularly bad in all phases.
They got a scratch infield single, then we treated the ball like it was made of Kryptonite. The Lisp was terrific.
I mean, which goose-egg inning did we want to use Kimbrel anyway? The 9th? The 10th? The 11th? The 12th? Bring him in for the 13th when we have nobody else left?
This game was lost with all the runners we left on base from the 7th inning on.
I’m too angry to rewatch that Uggla play again but what happened? It’s like the infield was playing hot potato all inning.
THis team really needs McCann and Uggla start playing well to have any kind of chance.
@300, I’m not sure if he could’ve thrown the runner out at home even if he fielded it cleanly. The runner was going on contact and the last replay that I saw made it look like our only hope was to turn two. Once he bobbled it all bets were off.
Give credit to the Nats for great baserunning in that last inning. Taking an un-covered third on that crazy high hopper was a heads-up play. Just seems like it’s their year.
At least Harper sucks.
The Nats are better than we are. We’re playing for the Wild Card. All there is to it.
Is this anger or is this accurate:
Prado is the least clutch player I’ve ever seen.
Maybe this’ll make us feel better:
In 1987, Tommy Lasorda knew he had a good team, the core of which eventually won the WS in 1988.
But they couldn’t catch the damn ball.
In the midst of a clubhouse rant, he demanded to know what 3rd baseman Pedro Guerrero was thinking out there.
“I’m thinking I hope they don’t hit it to me,” Pedro said.
Tommy exploded. “You can’t think that way! You just can’t! Now tell me what you’re really thinking, Pete.”
After a minute, Pete replied, “I’m thinking I hope they don’t hit it to Sax, either.”
I agree with Alex. They Nats are a little better than we are right now.
Tonight’s game is a must win.
Bizaare game. I was there and Heyward’s home run was hit about as hard as any ball I have ever seen. It got out in a flash. It sounded like a rifle shot.
The Nats are good and they have been having good things happening to them. They could easily have lost two games in Houston. It reminds me of the 1969 Mets to some extent.
90—Yeah, I was talking about the original, not you.
I really, truly want to love Martin Prado. I love most things about him.
But, his approach at the plate has always had me pretty close to hating him. I’ve just gotta start changing the channel when he’s up.
Both teams had numerous chances to win the game. It was a really good game. The Braves did a really nice job of running up Jordan Zimmermann’s pitch count. They played well defensively until the last inning and the bullpen pitched well. They just couldn’t get runners in (and neither could the Nationals). McCann had a terrible at bat with runners on second and third; Prado had a couple of poor at bats with runners on. But if the Braves had one, everyone would be talking about the Nats failing to score when they had the bases loaded in the 8th and so on.
Here is an interesting quote by Chipper in the Washington Post:
“I can sit here and say unequivocally I think Washington is going to be a force in the National League for the next four or five years,” Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said before the Nationals’ 5-4 victory in 13 innings. “I can’t sit here objectively and say that about this [Atlanta] club.”
Well, yeah. Even to be competitive next year, we either need to replace Chipper and Bourn, or Heyward needs to become our Chipper and then we need to replace this year’s Heyward and Bourn. And we need Teheran or Delgado to take off.
He may be right, but what a nasty thing to say about your current young teammates.
Prado did have a great AB in the 11th when he ripped double down the line. Only to be left at second.
Chipper miss playing the ball in the first inning was huge.
Well, I am glad we didn’t get Greinke or Dempster (though Dempster looked good last night)
I blame zig.