Afternoon baseball at Wrigley…and Jason’s back!!  can’t be bad.

a thought about the bullpen before we get started…we’ve sprung a leak or two lately and it could have been seen to be on its way…the best bullpen in baseball goes AWOL for a time…here’s the prime offender…

there once was a hurler of heat

who landed on alternate feet

an unusual motion

which earned his promotion

to playoffs where he might get beat.

 here’s one for JHey, we hope he can see round that guard.

a slugger of whom we’re in awe

they’ve mended and guarded his jaw

no outfield collisions

requiring incisions

he says he will see what we saw.                                        Jason should do well at Wrigley, both parents being Ivy Leaguers.




uh oh, unknown  pitcher with silly numbers… great 10 pitch at bat for Jason, strike out but a healthy looking one…Castro super play on JuP..FF flies out

Maholm decent opening frame, single..


Gattis pop out, Mac deep fly out, CJ line drive homer…now we hear flight from DC was a wild one, all pumped up..good                   BRAVES 1-0

Paul 1,2,3    8 pitches


Jason apparently said no to PH today…back to back walks, Freddie 3 run homer to center…                                                                   BRAVES 4-0

runner thrown out at 3rd-remember when CJ couldn’t apply a tag in April? Rizzo singles home a run,Dan poor range                       BRAVES 4-1


classic CJ lead off dbl..Dan sucks..Maholm rbi dbl to the ivy !!   Wrigley half full, supposedly averaging 32,000                                    BRAVES 5-1


Upton walks, Gattis 1 out dbl…Mac fails, CJ walked..Uggla, bases loaded, strikes out

Castro lead off homer .. Maholm tiring? retires next 3, 1 fortuitously  !!                                                                                                        BRAVES 5-2


good to see AS hit it hard to right center…Jason lifted, great first outing per plan likely


Murphy l/off HR, Lake doubles…c’mon Fredi,no one warming? said he was tiring..1 out, Downs pitching..Sweeney,

phew!!  deep fly, 2 out..check swing single Valabuena..Downs fails, leaves..Maholm 5.1/8/4/..Ayala in, Castro K’s..                              BRAVES 5-4


still worrying about our pen..Justin K’s, FF HBP, Gattis just misses,Mac HBP, CJ flies out to end inning

Avilan in, he worries me, poor control..lucky, 3-0 smash caught at the Ivy, 2 out..Avilan is cooked, something’s wrong,.

Navarro homers, game tied..Avilan stays in, gets third out…this has to be physical, surely?                                                                        BRAVES 5-CUBS 5


Uggla K’s..3 up, 3 down..we’ve gone flat again…Cubs have 23 pitchers available, they’re wearing us down!

Carpenter pitching, 3 up, 3 down…that’s what you call pitching late in relief…


Schafer lead off walk, moves to 2nd, 3rd with 2 out..scores on Mac’s single…CJ drives in Freddie..Dan just misses one,

he walks, bases loaded..Andrelton 2 run double..BJ restores sanity with his patented called strike 3, 2 runners on..                                     BRAVES 9 -5


Vavaro…no, Kimbrel!! single..Double Play Castro…fly out for 3rd out, BRAVES WIN!


Down to 1, oddball game…Avilan/Downs/Walden still a concern for me…they all seem to get behind these days as soon as they come on, repetitively…lovely to see Jason back and looking good – lefty starts tomorrow so we shall have to wait and see…CJ excellent day with the bat, 3 hits including a screaming homer…kudos to Navarro who like all good fat catchers deposited his homer across Sheffield.