The good news is the Braves scored 6 runs again. The bad news is the other teamÂ scored 10 runs. The bad news outweighs the good, sadly.
Things started well, as Atlanta jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Dan Uggla provided the bigÂ blow – a 2-run homer in the 2nd. An inning latter, Justin Upton singled in a run whileÂ Freddie Freeman scored another on a sac fly. Yay big early leads.
Paul Maholm, however, had absolutely nothing. In a disastrous home half of the 3rd, theÂ soft-tossing lefty surrendered 5 runs and, with them, the lead, largely on the back of anÂ Alex Rios grand slam. Not content to go yet to the pen, Fredi stuck with Maholm to startÂ the 4th. That was a mistake. Maholm surrendered a double and an RBI single, and thenÂ left the game anyway with what they’re calling a sprained wrist. David Carpenter thenÂ allowed a Grybo to score, and then two of his own runs, and before the 4th inning wasÂ over the White Sox had opened up a 9-4 lead. And yeah, that was basically theÂ ballgame.
Maholm’s injury may well render the whole Kris Medlen-to-the-pen thing moot, orÂ perhaps it just allows Brandon Beachy to come back with only Medlen going to the pen -Â for Alex Wood is down in AAA stretching out as well. I really don’t know what will happenÂ next. What I do know is that Paul Maholm has not been very good since the nice start toÂ his season. He has a 5.33 ERA since his April 14th masterpiece against Washington, andÂ things are only deteriorating: he has now surrendered 15 runs in just over 13 JulyÂ innings. He’s not striking guys out, he’s walking too many, and he has given up too manyÂ home runs lately. Something has to give. Perhaps it already has.
Rubber match tomorrow.
We have too many guys pitching like fifth starters.
Kameron Loe, of all people, called up from Gwinnett and corresponding move before game.
@ajcbraves: #Braves called up RH Kameron Loe from Triple-A Gwinnett. Corresponding move to come before game.
Well that’ll solve all the problems.
We do not need to replace Maholm for 4 games.
Pastornicky sent down.
Heyward not in lineup again. What a wuss!
That’s it. I’m hereby referring to Jason Heyward as Mr. Glass.
Yeah for someone go just had “soreness” he could probably play through it. Schafer was unlucky to have his injury during this time.
^^ go means who
He had soreness a week and a half ago. God knows what he’s suffering from now. The memory of the soreness? Let us pray to God that he doesn’t pick up a slight knock going into the playoffs. He’d be out the entire month of October.
At this point I expect him to go on the DL with a case of “feeling faint.”
This team is going to be renamed the Porcelain Braves.
“F–in” Quintana… that creep can roll, man.”
Dodgers bat around against Zimmermann. Seven runs across in the top of the second.
I guess it’s alright at this point to be worried about the Dodgers?
These White Sox unis were ugly then, they’re ugly now.
Put a shift on and pitch outside, that’s what will happen.
Adding to the Major League record of 2 strike/ 2 out hits given up in one season.
McCann doing McCann things.
Bases loaded no outs. What’s the ending to this story?
Alright. Now we’re in strikeout-double play territory.
“This is not going to work, falling behind this Atlanta ball club.”
— Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, curiously opting to ignore the existence of yesterday’s game, and the Braves’ consistent implosions with bases loaded and no one out
Watch Fredi try a squeeze here with Freeman at 3b.
Well played, @21. And what do we have for our winner, Don Pardo?
I have nothing to say.
It sure would be nice to add another game to the lead, seeing as how the Phils and Gnats are both losing.
Seems like our bases loaded no outs always starts with an Uggla strikeout.
BMac, please do something to refute my utter lack of faith in this team with the bases loaded.
Time for Bmac to do his thing.
This year it feels like it takes 5 hits in an inning to score a run. Home runs are so much easier. Hopefully we’ll hit a few today.
Nice throw, Justin.
Both of their runs have come due to our defensive positioning. A shift on Adam Dunn scored the first. The second a weak pop up with our infield in. Might not be our day.
When Vin Scully talks about Uggla’s name meaning, “owl” in Swedish, it sounds like Pavarotti at his apex. When “Hawk” Harrelson says the same thing, it’s like listening to Dirk Diggler in the recording studio.
Laird might have a broken finger or two. Leaving game now.
Simmons took a called first strike then swung at two pitches that weren’t even close. That’s our leadoff hitter folks.
It is bad when your glove first ss hits 120 infield popups in the 8 hole, something so much worse when he constantly does it from the lead off spot
ugh, this team is so infuriating….I don’t think having heyward and bj will improve things much either.
Andrelton plays almost every game. Mr. Wonderful’s has a boo boo and can’t play, so let’s rag the guy who’s on the field.
They should have put Heyward on the DL in the first place. Everyone knew he’d sit out until August anyway.
@41 – I’m perfectly capable of being sick of Andrelton Simmons and Jason Heyward at the same time. I don’t feel like I have to choose.
As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sick of all these guys, except Freeman and McCann.
But I mean, if I work at it.. I could probably be sick of all 25 of them at the same time.
Grow the legend, Evan.
Uggla only hits solo shots .. dont want him up there with men on base for sure .. he gags …
Well, that grows it a little bit.
Uggla … here goes a SO for sure
or a folyout
flyout .. i was typing fast
Nice throw, Evan.
Uggla has 8 HR with people on base and his numbers are identical whether there are men on or not. #fail
So if Laird goes to the DL I suppose Pastornicky comes right back up.
Edit: The announcers just said it is a contusion so he’s probably day-to-day.
Few more plays like that and I could start dislking Simmons, too, considering that his glove is all that keeps him on the field.
We had 4 days off, came back to face a last-place team, and we’re sucking wind.
9 hits, 3 walks, 1 run.
I guess that’s what happens when none of them are extra base hits.
This might be the most uninspiring first-place team I’ve ever seen.
Fortunately, we’re being “chased” by perhaps the most uninspiring second- and third-place teams I’ve ever seen.
And Reed gets robbed.
Next three players to bat have the following OPS: 678, .541 and .637. Fighting the temptation to say, “Ballgame.”
Are u f-ing kidding me?
That’s a worthy cap-tipper.
So it seems pretty clear that today is not our day.
This month, we have lost series to two of the three worst teams in the sport — and three of four over the last 30 days. Glad the Astros aren’t on the schedule.
That was a great outing by Minor. So at least there’s that. Jason just needs to rest a few more weeks – gotta have everything feeling right when grounding out to second.
That was lackluster.
I miss Success.
I miss success.
Failing to capitalize on Washington and Philly’s struggles are going to haunt us.