So I was sitting there watching the game in the eighth inning and I thought to myself. “Boy. I’m glad I don’t have to recap this thing.” That’s when I realized that I had promised Rusty S that I would recap this thing. My next thought is that it would have been good if I’d started watching before the fifth inning. My next thought was to paraphrase Animal House: “You f’ed up, Rusty: You trusted me.”

Ok… So what happened? Well, it was one of those games where we fell behind early as Elder coughed up five runs in the first, including two on a 400 foot homer by a pretty good-looking shortstop named Swanson. If Arcia falters at some point maybe we can trade for him. When I say he’s good looking, I mean he looks a lot like Charlie Culberson.

We managed a few half-assed comebacks. Albies homered to cut it to 5-2, but the Cubs shortly got the two runs back.

The critical inning was the sixth. Rookie Daniel Palencia walked three guys with one out. Harris got one in on a sac fly, and RAJ singled to bring another. A walk to Albies loaded the bases with two outs and Mighty Casey Riley at the plate representing the tying run. Instead, he represented the inning-endng strikeout. Wrigleyville was happer than Mudville.

Matt Olson had another two run homer in the 9th, but it was too little, too late.

Ozuna was ejected for protesting a strike. I feel like replay has really cut down on ejections. I don’t like to see the game being about umps, but I kinda miss ejections.

In any case, we won the game if you threw out the first inning. But if you’d thrown out every first inning this year, I think we’d trail the LOLMets.


Through August 5th: 147 hits, 25 homers, 52 stolen bases. Earliest achieved in MLB history:

Cesar Cedeno 1974 (25th homer and 52nd stolen base on September 15th.)

Rickey Henderson 1986 (147th hit on September 19th)

Rickey Henderson 1990 (147th hit on September 19th)

Joe Morgan 1976 (147th hit on September 21st)

We’re starting to close in on combos no one has ever reached.

Final Thought

A team that plays badly and loses by just two is a pretty good team, right?

Rubber game tomorrow.

*Everything below are Ryan’s words, not Jonathan’s. I do not have the wits to speak for him.

Braves Sunday Lineup

Braves will send Charlie Morton up against LHP Justin Steele. Steele has been quite good this year, throwing 115.2 innings carrying a 2.65 ERA and 12-3 record on the year.

Thank God. Kevin Pillar finally gets a start in place of Eddie Rosario.

Thoughts on Jose Ramirez TKO’ing Tim Anderson

A league-wide respected player sends league-wide dissed Tim Anderson into the spirit realm and I applaud him. He’s had it coming for awhile.