Let’s do a notes column as we haven’t done that for awhile

T1 – Strider starts hot, looks unhittable. D’oh! How did Arcia not get to that pop? 10 extra pitches to get out of it, which could be the difference between 6 or 7 innings
B1 – Acuna has slow bat syndrome at the moment. If Dans is going to start walking too then he really might be MVP at the end of the year. Olson was behind everything there. Good steal. Riley finally recognizes the curve! BJ noticed! Chip has been subdued so far – think 3 in the booth could be the answer for him?

T2 – How is it that Lars Nootbaar made it to the plate without his broadsword? 5 outs/5 k’s so far. Make it 6.
B2 – Hustle double for Duval. Went to the opposite field so Joe Simpson needs to change his underwear. Duval runs into a stupid out. Again. We need to cash in some of these opportunities…

T3 – 7 for 7. Should we tell Chip that 2 Cards have reached? 8 for 8. Yepez looks really good for a guy I was happy to give away. I still say Matt Adams was worth it that year. 9 K’s now, but 51 pitches.
B3 – Ronald pops up again, late again. Does their guy ever throw the curve in the zone? Surely someone has noticed. Olson was on that one, shame on the lack of elevation.

T4 – Popup! Good, he really should get a few outs quickly. That foul off Travis’ shoulder looks like it hurt. I expect them to steal. Nope. That was automatic back in my little league days. Great jump by II on the liner to center.
B4 – Brian has noticed the curve is never a strike. Good walk from Travis. Doesn’t he need a nickname? Yepez shows why we thought he was a DH. 2nd and 3rd/no outs we must get 2 here. Ump is very uneven tonight, seems to be guessing about everything on the edge. Ouch on the strikeout for Duval. Counting on Arcia??? Come on Harris! That was not how great teams do it 🙁

T5 – Sosa could have swung that in a phone booth 🙂 10k’s now although Romine shouldn’t count as he really can’t hit anymore. Great play by Arcia up the middle. The bottom of the order hasn’t hit tonight but they are all contributing. Good teams get that.
B5 – Good play from Sosa on Ronald. Better swing that time. Lucky break on the bad throw. Base hit?? Twice tonight Olson swings at ball 4. Really need to cash in some of these guys in scoring position.

T6 – 11K’s on the slider. And now 12. Popup and that’s likely it for the day. Guren *níniatha n’i lû n’i a-govenitham!
B6 – Let’s get the kid some runs now. Hancock in the pen. This is not a bad role for him. Good walk from Travis. The difference between Hicks and Strider is that Strider repeats his delivery very well while Hicks release point has extreme variance. 0-8 w/RISP is not good.

T7 – I note that Snit brought Smith in to face the 3 lefties. Not that it matters to Hancock! The regular nightmare ensues. Maybe Pujols can help? Terribad throw from Duval with no carry to it. We waste another gem. If you throw your bat your runner should not be allowed to advance. Nice high cheese for out 2. 17/19 were strikes, so that was good for once.
B7 – MoneyMikee! Ronnie needs a day off. 3-2 on Olson again.

T8 – Don’t like O’Day in this spot but is justified by Yepez/Goldschmit batting 2 and 3 here. I guess we can call that an episode for him. Like Mac, I’m surprised he kept control of all of his bodily functions along with control of the strike zone. Big strikeout from Lee. May I exhibit some optimism here?
B8 – Riley singles. Good start. Really good double play, dammit. Another howler from Blue – we will take it. Another walk. Eddie needs at bats to get his timing back. Ugh.

T9 – I note that the Braves have no sac bunts this season. All Snitger haters take heed. DH sucks in so many ways. The Cards are not that stupid either. 18 strikeouts so far.
B9 – Time for a walkoff. Or a walk and the play of the season. Dang.

And now for the horror show that is Braves extra innings.

T10 – Of course they score immediately. Great catch by II.
B10 – Olson! We never score here. Riley! Who are these guys? Back to normal so on to the 11th

T11 – What can I say, this is the worst rule change ever and I said so before it was instituted.
B11 –