[Our movie inspiration is a bizarre yet classic tale in which Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, is forced to repeat the same day over and over. The basic link is that each inning for most of the game seemed the same. Braves score, Brewers score. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Only when Phil “gets it right” is he allowed to exit the repetitive loop and stop hearing “I Got You Babe” on the clock radio.]
Rob Whalen got another chance to pitch. 7 k’s, 1 bb, 5 hits, 6 innings, 3 earned runs. Earlier this year, that was 75% likely for a loss. Now, it is more like 60% likely for a win. Another “second tier” pitcher actually looking pretty good. In about a year, we should be dealing off a bunch of 3, 4, and 5 starters for decent returns.
Nick Markakis led off the scoring in the second by hitting one to Punxatawny. Braves led 1 to 0.
But, it was Groundhog Day. So, the Brewers version of Randy Ventura known as Keon Broxton singled home a run to return to “tie status.” So, the clock radio plays “I Got You Babe.”
In the 4th, Freddie Freeman is thinking 2 and trying to get in at second. He overslides second, but runs into the umpire who stops him, then Freddie dives back to second, and the tag seems late. Then Matt Kemp singles him in.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Brewers blow the pattern, scoring none. So, in the 5th, A. J. Pierzinski hits a solo shot.
About here in real life, a thunder storm shut down my satellite, so I retired to the bedroom listening on the clock radio. Why is it that the Braves org has its best 2 announcers on the less utilized medium? I am thinking about rigging a radio to mute the tv to watch. But, the satellite signal is about 3 to 5 seconds behind the radio, so it does take away a lot of the suspense.
So, obviously in the bottom of the fifth, this being Groundhog Day and all, the Brewers tied it up. The clock radio started playing “I Got You Babe” so I smashed it with a hammer. Not really, but I felt like it.
So, now, Groundhog Day REALLY settles in. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Braves don’t score, Brewers don’t score. Kind of like Bill Withers in “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Have you ever counted the “I know”‘s? So, yes, absolutely time to smash the radio. And, because I have dealt with the losing culture of the 2016 Braves so much (and this aspect goes back several more years), I just KNEW that there is now way Braves win an extra inning game on the road. But, Gordon Beckham got one home in the 12th, and since the Braves had “gotten it right” the Groundhog Day time loop ended.
Special note should go out to the bullpen. 4 guys, 6 innings, no runs. Cunniff gets the “win” and Jim Johnson gets the “save.”