Aeolian Cadence? Mahler, M’Lud….. Braves 4 Phils 2

Not a Second Time, surely? There seemed no way our Freeman-less offense could surmount the early 2 run lead we had given up. Our chances of a second, back to back win against our nemesis Phils seemed remote. A cloud of inevitability was settling over our Park accompanied by a bundle of wasted scoring opportunities. Leaving the bases loaded at least twice, runners on third with one outs stranded etc. It wasn’t pretty, it became dull even, an old song we had heard so many times with the Phils  before over the season.

And then. Rio, who had a miserable evening early sitting on the Mendoza, striking out and making two poor plays at third, surprisingly got into one in the sixth and hit a solo homer to halve the deficit – we were alive. Poor Rio, he had not looked the same guy who took Lester out at Wrigley into a strong headwind. But here he was.

Julio had pitched a great game and departed after 7 in some style. Somehow, with 2 out, the bases had loaded themselves and Snit came out looking exhausted after apparently vacuuming his new house. There was the predictable will he/won’t he leave him in moment, to his credit he did and Julio only took one pitch, his 102nd, to reward his confidence.

Into the 8th we struck. Got 2 on in scoring position but with 2  out, Dansby had driven in the tying run.. My man Camargo came on to pinch hit, from his weak left side, and quickly had two strikes on him . He then went down inches off the ground and cracked a line drive double, his 21st, that effectively won the game as Vizzy cleaned up.Wow. An aside while we’re here. No more sabermetricians please telling us they can’t take this guy seriously as a Major Leaguer because his minor league numbers were so anemic. HE’S NOT IN THE MINOR LEAGUES ANY MORE. As we grow into manhood judge us by our contemporaries at whatever stage we and they have then reached. The past is irrelevant.And then BABIP. Oh Dear. He keeps on being so lucky, doesn’t he? Yes, if you call it luck he hits so many balls so hard on a line that outfielders tend to have to go laterally to the ball or it is past to the wall. His winning hit tonight exemplified that. For pure line drive hitters BABIP is BS. Shoot me.

I’ll tell you what bothers me about Camargo – I believe over 162 games he would be a significantly more productive short stop than Dans and that thought upsets me. At least, if you insist on ‘bringing in’ a proven 3rd basement you are almost bound to have him at short it would seem to me. He can’t sit on the bench.Don’t let’s be half ass about it.

Some bits and pieces.

Ozzie made yet another poor throw under pressure to a base to try and out a runner, this time to home plate from a distance just outside the second bag. It was weak and five feet down the first base line, no chance to get the runner. This now seems to be happening every time, work needs to be done on this specific in the winter (I typed that as minter, Ha!) On his plus side it was good to see him respond with the bat late when he could hit from the right side and hit the ball hard twice.

Dansby’s been struggling going back to hitting everything into the ground but tonight, when it mattered, he elevated to line drive to the off field which were crucial to our comeback. Good on him.

Ender is scrapping hard for 200. My money’s on him.

Flowers    2 hits and a passed ball for their second run. So pleased about Kurt coming back but have quite forgotten – knucklers apart, who’s the better defensive catcher?

Freddie       get well soon

The Adams family     Matt, almost, twice.  Lane, more and more a pinch hitter.


So good night. Stay on if you can or come back and learn something about a song that helped turn the world round when a newspaper article came out 56 years ago in the dry and stuffy, but venerated  by the Establishment, Times of London. It has brightened my life and a few others and you may not know of it. Cheers.


How about the guy on the Rickenbacker??!! He did a job, didn’t he.


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24 thoughts on “Aeolian Cadence? Mahler, M’Lud….. Braves 4 Phils 2”

  1. In honor of Suzuki’s day, feel free to enjoy his eventual game-winning hit in the 2004 College World Series:

  2. The Twins had the worst record in baseball last year and will most likely make the playoffs this year. May this be our future.

  3. Jihwan Bae
    The kid can play!
    Well, that’s according to a scout.
    We signed him for $300 thousand so I guess in about five years we’ll find out.

    Can someone translate that into Korean?

  4. @3

    hey timo, thanks…forgot to mention a new record in the books for STP Park last night by the elegant Aaron Altherr. He got into one late and hooked it well foul up and over the Upper Deck, the light standards, everything, out into the night. According to Chip anyway and i hope he was right. There will be cynics who suggest other altherrnatives – caught by the old lady from Savannah?

    And didn’t Rio look funny- and tiny – playing first in the ninth!

  5. Housing

    allow for future September expansions
    Snit in overall charge
    chances of significant rental reductions are large.

    Someone may be playing a game here-

    Price per square foot in an apparently pretentious location is way low.
    He doesn’t surely need anything like that amount of space, can’t afford to run it/taxes etc.
    He’s a blue collar guy to the core, that ain’t blue collar country.

    If you know please tell all.

  6. Minority report: Johan is a better hitter and defensive shortstop than Swanson. Dansby’s okay in spurts, but Camargo’s just plain better. Two old goats agree.

    Julio pitched a good game in STP. I’d rather keep him, thank you.

    Thank you for the late edition, blazon. You do good work at odd hours.

  7. I, for one, don’t miss Matt Kemp at all. It’s like we’re doomed to have at least one bad contract for this entire decade.

    Blazon, I do agree that Camargo has really made things interesting for himself.

  8. David O’Brien‏Verified account

    #Braves’ Rio Ruiz on Johan Camargo: “Margo – that dude’s unbelievable. He gets better and better ever single day.”

    8:06 PM – 23 Sep 2017

  9. ‘Margo!
    if only we had known – was there an embargo?
    nicks should be posted
    winners appropriately roasted.

  10. @9

    There are some analytics that say he’s one of the best in-game coaches. Outside the box thinkers would like him since he seems to play the numbers well on 4th downs, kicks, onsides, etc. Trying to find the article…

  11. I miss the Kemp of April and May but at this point that seems to have been a mirage.

    Matt Kemp
    In 2017 not quite a Fat Blimp
    But he belongs in the AL
    Trade him to the Athletics and wish him well.

  12. Is anybody else just getting audio from the field and crowd mics, and not hearing the commentators at all? It’s kind of nice, but it means I have to actually watch to see what’s going on.

  13. Sometimes, on certain devices, has this glitch where it only does the game video/field mic feeds and no announcer feed. I have to reload the broadcast and it gets it right.

  14. @3 i can confirm Altherrs foul ball left STP last night. Had a chance to land in the section next to us but it hit the roof and didn’t come down. Impressive…

  15. Ender’s really having an unforgettable season. He got the first hit at STP, the first homer at STP, caught the first out at STP, and looks like he’s going to have 200 hits (could reach it tomorrow). He may even win another Gold Glove. Something special.

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