RECAP.. BRAVES 4 PHILLIES 5…it was Kiplingesque… by blazon

…it’s not often we want to get out of town but back-to-back wet and muddy losses to the Marlins will do that to you…you might say, simply, their pitchers adapted to the conditions better than ours did…to regain the positive let’s move on…

A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote
Play up!  Play up! and play the game!                                                            Henry Newbolt 1892 
this leaves the Philly fan  to be addressed…
misogyny be not so vile
as is the fevered Phillyphile
his bulk a dull disgrace
his corrugated face
Division lead? it’s been a while.
and what about their GM ?
‘he should have bought much smarter
he’s spent their final dime, you’ve surely heard?
amaro and amaro and amaro
creeps on his manic race to overpay
with the last dollar of indentured time
while aging sluggers with their faded tools
await dear dusty death.  Out, Out, Inhaler!
they’re but a walking shadow, poor players
who strut and spend their power upon the stage
and then can hit no more.  It is a tale
told of an idiot,  spending ad absurdum,
accomplishing nothing.


Maholm in place of Hudson.. bad call but when was Simmons last called out on strikes?  Progress?  JuP double, FF grounds out…
 Laird catching..Maholm gets away with dbl to Utley..awful Freeman throwing error scores 1…DP..            PHILLIES 1-0


 Decent contact off Lee all 3 hitters including Uggla single but BJ hits into douple play…his last AB last night awful…
 Revere bloop dbl, JuP decent attempt..Quintero 2R opp field HR after umpire confab… yuk,this must stop…  PHILLIES 3=0


 gets worse, Laird tossed arguing strike 3..3 up, 3 down..Lee loving it, we need some fire – and some breaks..Fredi gone too..
 monster 2 out HR Ryan Howard…they are playing with us..Brown doubles…the hounds are baying, the fox cornered PHILLIES 4-0


 JuP single, 2/2.. CJ has the best outs on our team, mostly hard hit..Angel Hernandez both wrong and riled up – bad mix..
 10 pitch 1,2,3…between innings Angel Hernandez pursues Freddie to 1st base…apology?  don’t think so, GTFA…


 BMac, hitting eighth for Laird, 2 out single..mound conference??  Maholm pops out..
 Rollins 2 out single.. Average age Phillies 44.6, Braves 17.3….feels like it but the old geezers are winning…


 3up, 3 down..AS seems unlucky re BAPIB now he’s on the ground a lot more… Jason’s last 2 outs weak roll overs…
 Quintero with 2 out double scores Young when Mac can’t hold on to strong Uggla throw…  2ND  Upton ‘can’tquite’…PHILLIES 5-0


 ff hppb.. cj is good!! UGGLA 3 R HOMER !!  BMac 1 out dbl..RJ p/hit single, Mac stops at 3rd.. LEE OUT..Ramirez in, AS line drive sac fly…JHey walks, JuP disappointing 3rd out strike out…                                                                   PHILLIES 5  BRAVES 4
 Avilan pitching against top of the order…95!  K..(love Chase, what a player)2 out..Rollins flies out, Avilan good again, what a rock..


 Bastardo pitching..Freddie lines out.. CJ flies out deep Rt Fld.. Uggla K’s..Hope Bastardo doesn’t get to pitch the 9th, he looked good…CJ again makes a hard hit out…
 Avilan again, for Howard..ground out, Howard can barely run..Mayberry walks, Revere singles, 2 out..Vavaro gets 3rd out..


 Papelbon, good! BJ, want him out? hard right down the middle…BMac unlucky, great catch in RF… here’s Joey! First hit! 2 out..decent at bat by AS but can’t finish it…                                                                                        PHILLIES WIN 5-4

so close, a run short…and three of theirs were less than pure to some degree – Freddie’s first inning error, the wrong home run call in the second and Mac dropping Uggla’s throw for what proved to be the winning run…still, we made a real game of it and gave them a fright…their best pitcher now departs the scene also…

so now is Kipling time, saved from last week…ever one to rally the troops with a fine turn of phrase this is his type of situation…he would have loved it…

if you can still your head when them about you
are moving theirs and blaming it on you
if you can trust yourself when all blogs doubt you
and try to vilify your pouting too
if you do fan but soon grow tired of fanning
and surely turn away from soft hit flies

and being canned do not accept the canning
yet cut the unctuous umpires down to size.

if you can throw and then just throw it faster
with never yet the need for taking aim
if you can meet with triumph and disaster
and treat those two imposters just the same
if you can count the piles of bats you’ve broken
the several times you’ve surely bent the rules
or offer a resistance more than token
to second baseman with just average tools.

if you have made one pitch in these nine innings
while risking all, a slow beguiling toss
and lose and start again at your beginnings
and never breathe a word about that loss
if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

to hit your weight long after they have gone
and so hold on when there is nothing in you
while spinning out exactly like fat Juan.

if you ignore the crowds that boo and hurt you
and still perform so mighty in the clutch
let never any sliding pitch divert you
you know it dips but surely never much
if you can fill the unforgiving minute

with sixty seconds worth of hits and runs
yours is the field and everything that’s in it
and what is more we’ll all be fans, my sons.

99 thoughts on “RECAP.. BRAVES 4 PHILLIES 5…it was Kiplingesque… by blazon”

  1. I bet Hudson asked not to pitch the game so he wouldn’t have to deal with Angel Hernandez. Smart move.

  2. In the same vein:

    What the moral? Who roots may read.
    When the night is thick and the umpires blind,
    A friend who will bat’s a pinch-hitter indeed
    But a fool who expects help from batters behind.
    Down to Gehenna our lead it has flown,
    He loses fastest who loses alone.

    Dark hands cling to the splintered wood,
    Goggle-eyed as the ump calls “Strike Three,”
    Learning not after e’en a hundred times
    That this disaster could happen to me!
    Fans’ hopes will fade as our weakness is shown-
    He loses fastest who loses alone.

    Two may fall but each falls by himself-
    Falls by himself with himself to blame.
    Two keep failing but collect their pelf-
    Uncounted millions and unearned fame.
    Plunder shall ever be these brothers’ own;
    Who strikes out fastest may strike out alone.

    But off in the distance a helper awaits
    To save us as he has done once before,
    Heretical, true, but with the team in dire straits
    We need all the help he can provide and more.
    Our Texan catcher will soon return to our zone
    And win games through his presence alone!

    From The Winners (“The Story of the Gattisbys”).

    And Kipling picks up a few rpm.

  3. I’m eager to see Chipper put his citizen organizing skills to work. And I’m still not going to sweat any of this unless our pitching continues to falter.

  4. @6 You stole that joke right out from under me. (Although nowadays no one remembers the card the original quote is from, nor the meaning of the word “tippling.” But I got it. ;-) )

  5. Simmons 6
    Heyward 9
    JUpton 7
    Freeman 3
    McCann 2
    Uggla 4
    BUpton 8
    CJohnson 5
    Hudson 1

  6. Since May 1

    JUpton .225/.333/.319 3 HR 19 RBI
    BUpton .188/.292/.321 5 HR 14 RBI
    Heyward .260/.346/.396 4 HR 12 RBI

  7. @15 thanks!

    the search for truth it all begins
    reporting both the losses, wins
    we feign would tip the scales
    promote all happy tales
    then stand corrected for our sins.

  8. Kimbrel only Brave to make All-Star roster. Freeman one of the final vote candidates, but since there’s a Puig on there he won’t win.

  9. Well, after Freddie Freeman loses to Yasiel Puig in the Final Vote thing, we’ll only have one All-Star. Kimbrel, obviously, for those who didn’t gather that.

    EDIT: Or what he said…

  10. While I’m not a huge fan of the ASG, and I don’t mind the Braves players getting a chance to rest, this has made me root even harder for the Braves to win the NL pennant. Having a team with only one All-Star win the pennant would be sweet. And it would show once again how ridiculous the All-Star game is.

  11. Well, we did win the dynasty’s first pennant with one All-Star (Glavine). And a World Series with only two (Maddux, McGriff). So it may be for the best.

  12. And that is what happens when your number 8 hitter hits lead off, despite the occasional home run

  13. It sure is amazing how good the Braves are at squandering scoring opportunities! Dan Uggla striking out with a runner at 3B and one out seemed like fait accompli, though I was pleasantly surprised by BJ’s lineout to RF to end the inning – that one was well-hit, at least.

  14. Ugh. The Phillies should just put one of our runners on third to leadoff- best way to ensure that we won’t accomplish anything.

    And then Justin lost his script!

  15. So, even before players start pulling out of the All-Star game with injuries and so on prompting new reserves to be named, there are no less than 68 All-Star players.

    Talk about something being watered down.

  16. Tim! If you want a job done right, do it yourself. And ignore Fredi.

    Now we clear the 10-hole.

  17. Simmons tried it, would have been stellar if that had gone through the wickets or Young had thrown high to first.

  18. 60 — I think a hitting strategy that works two thirds of the time is pretty valid in baseball.

  19. Before tonight’s game started, McCann had an OPS+ of 138. And that’s only gone up with this game. He is quietly having a good year and earning more money from the Yankees next year.

  20. @18 I’ll explain, but it won’t be at all funny by the end. :-)

    The quote in @6 is from a greeting card from around the turn of the century (19th to 20th). The illustration on the front features a young couple courting with a picnic basket under a tree on a hill. As Jonathan wrote, the caption has the nervous young man stammering to his date the question, “D-d–do you like Kipling?” To which the young lady replies with willing if coy assertiveness, “I don’t know, you silly boy – I’ve never kippled!” The joke is a double entendre with the now obsolete verb “tippling,” which meant to drink alcohol, perhaps to excess. The young lady, you see, has misunderstood her beau – but apparently is game for more than he expected.

    See? Told you it wouldn’t be funny. But I admit that joke has run through my mind as well every time you (Blazon) have referenced Kipling. :-)

    And now back to this stirring baseball game. (One crummy All-Star? Seriously?)

  21. Thom Brennaman thinks McCann has always batted 3rd. Guess someone never saw a Braves game the last 20 years.

  22. Starters
    C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
    1B: Joey Votto, Reds
    2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
    SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
    3B: David Wright, Mets
    OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
    OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
    OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals

    LHP: Madison Bumgarner, Giants
    LHP: Aroldis Chapman, Reds
    LHP: Patrick Corbin, D-backs
    RHP: Jose Fernandez, Marlins
    RHP: Jason Grilli, Pirates
    RHP: Matt Harvey, Mets
    LHP: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
    RHP: Craig Kimbrel, Braves
    LHP: Cliff Lee, Phillies
    LHP: Jeff Locke, Pirates
    RHP: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
    LHP: Travis Wood, Cubs
    RHP: Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals

    C: Buster Posey, Giants
    1B: Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
    1B: Allen Craig, Cardinals
    2B: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
    2B: Marco Scutaro, Giants
    SS: Everth Cabrera, Padres
    SS: Jean Segura, Brewers
    3B: Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
    OF: Domonic Brown, Phillies
    OF: Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
    OF: Carlos Gomez, Brewers
    OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

  23. Jason! If he ever gets on track and stays there, this offense is good enough to survive Simmons and BJ- if we can ever have someone else lead off.

  24. It’d be great to get 8 out of Huddy and give everyone a rest down there. I doubt Fredi runs him back out, though.

  25. No, seriously: the freakin’ MARINERS have two All-Stars. That the division leader with the largest lead has only one is a disgrace. Bochy should be ashamed of himself.

  26. The Braves are a TEAM. The ASG is a miscellaneous collection of good players. No one is hurt by three less days in NYC. I know… I live here.

  27. @85, in two weeks or so you are going to have Gattis, Laird, Schafer, Pastornicky, Reed, Janish, and JoeyT with only 5 spots on the bench. Unless you are going with Pastornicky as your sole MI backup, which of Gattis, Reed or Schafer gets cut?

  28. @82—Really, it’s just Freddie that I think deserves to be there and won’t be (I’m not optimistic about the Final Vote).

  29. If Puig beats out Freddie it will be a travesty, but a perfect snapshot of USA 2013.

  30. Does anyone else think that the addled Angel Hernandez actually thought he was reinforcing his ejection of Gerald?

  31. @82 If I’m Bochy, I want Simmons there for late innings with a lead. Dude is on pace for the greatest defensive season by anyone ever, using WAR.

  32. Wow, what a game! Too bad I missed it. Every time – EVERY TIME – I’m in Florida, and Fox has the Saturday game and it’s the Braves, somehow the other game features the Marlins or the Devil Rays. Tonight it was the D-Rays. Thus, no Braves on the Extra Innings package. Bah!

    @89, We need Success to balance out Dos Uptons. The guy has just done it all this year off the bench. He stays.

  33. @82, @90 Yea, there aren’t many you can make a solid case for. Maybe if Gattis hadn’t gotten hurt. Or if Minor’s last few starts weren’t mediocre.

    The one I’d say that really has a case though is Simmons, purely on defense. I don’t think folks appreciate just how absurdly good he is.

    Edit: Basically, I agree with @95

  34. @85, in two weeks or so you are going to have Gattis, Laird, Schafer, Pastornicky, Reed, Janish, and JoeyT with only 5 spots on the bench. Unless you are going with Pastornicky as your sole MI backup, which of Gattis, Reed or Schafer gets cut?

    We will have the same bench as before, just swapping Janish for Pena. None of the three you have mentioned will get cut. Gattis, Schafer, Reed, Laird, and Janish will be your bench. Janish will stay until Wren finds a better MI bat around the deadline.

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