(Ryan) Church in session at Dodger Stadium

 

Church (right) is hugged by McCann after homer Friday

  Los Angeles – The Dodger Stadium denizens let him hear it Friday in his first start here since the infamous May 18 game when he missed third base. But he had the last laugh.
  To refresh for those who might not recall the incident, Church was with the Mets on May 18 when he scored from first on an Angel Pagan triple for the lead in the 11th inning.
 Or not.
  He missed third base headed for home, and the Dodgers appealed and Church was out. Replays showed he missed the bag. Stepped beside it.
  Dodgers won in the bottom of the 11th. Mets manager Jerry Manuel didn’t exactly Bobby Cox it in terms of protecting his player.
  No, Manuel said: “It’s hard to miss third base. I don’t know if I ever remember seeing anyone miss third base in a situation like that. I don’t have any explanation for it.”
Not a high point in Church career.
  Then came Friday, his first start back at Dodger Stadium. Fans shouted “thanks” to him and told him he was going to miss third base again.
  Well, he didn’t miss third. Not when he walked and scored on Kelly Johnson’s two-run homer in the seventh, and not when Church hit a three-run homer that drove the final nail into Mannywood in the 12th inning of the Braves’ rousing, come-from-behind, 9-5 win.
  ”I touched third base,” he said, laughing as reporters approached him after the nearly 4-1/2-hour marathon. “It does feel good to come up with a decisive blow like that.”
  He added: “I always like hitting against the Dodgers.”
  Particularly at Dodger Stadium, where Church has a .423 average (22-for-52) with five doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in 16 games, with a .508 OBP and .692 slugging percentage.
  He had three hits and four RBIs in the Braves’ 12-inning win, then moved to center field Saturday and hit leadoff as Cox decided to give Nate McLouth a day to rest his aches.
  It was Church’s first start leading off since May 6, 2006.
  (Saturday was a good night to rest any lefty hitter, given Dodgers lefty starter Clayton Kershaw entered with a microscopic .174 average, .252 OPB and .228 slugging percentage by lefty hitters. Yes, a .480 OPS by lefties. Yikes.)
  Church had three hits Friday and nearly had four, as Manny Ramirez made an awkward (and lucky) catch with his glove extended straight overhead on the warning track, nearly toppling backward as he somehow managed to hang on.

Mota, I can't hear you....

Mota, I can't hear you...

  ♣ Hot since break: Braves hitters entered Saturday with a league-best .360 OBP and .286 average (second to the Dodgers) since the All-Star break, and Church was one of six active Braves hitting .307 or higher in at least 35 at-bats in that period.
  Adam LaRoche has a team-best .423 average (11-for-26) in seven games, and Kelly Johnson was 7-for-22 (.318) with five extra-base hits since the break. But of the guys with at least 35 at-bats, only Yunel Escobar (.371) had a higher average than Church (.343) since the break.
  Church was 12-for-35 with two homers, 11 walks and a .500 OBP in 15 games since the break.
  Garret Anderson had a .337 average with five doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs in 21 games since the break, and Escobar had four homers, 15 RBIs and a robust .600 slugging percentage in 19 game since the break.

 ♣ Aussie workhorse on a roll: Couldn’t believe it when I looked it up Saturday and found that Peter Moylan pitched in 21 of 33 Braves games through Friday, when he worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 11th inning pitching in his third consecutive game. He told me today when I asked him about the workload — he’s got a majors-leading 62 appearances and was on pace for a franchise record 91 — that his surgically repaired elbow feels fine and that if it doesn’t, if he has any problem at all, he’d tell Cox. He was adament about that when I asked him.
  Pete said he actually throws best when he’s working all the time, because he gets into a rhythm and can “hone his craft.” After posting an 8.44 ERA and .435 opponents’ average and blowing three saves during a seven-game stretch through July 12, he’s allowed no earned runs and a .196 opponents’ average in 13 innings over his past 13 appearances.

 ♣ Etc.
 – Yunel Escobar led the NL with a .419 average with runners in scoring position before Saturday, including 14-for-28 with 20 RBI in those situations since since June 25….
  – The Braves had a string of four consecutive games with double-digit hits entering Saturday. They had batted .338 with five homers and 28 runs in that 3-1 stretch against the Padres and Dodgers….
 – Brian McCann got a day off Saturday after catching six consecutive games and all 12 innings Friday. He was 3-for-23 (.115) with no extra-base hits and seven strikeouts in his past seven games.

GREY IN L.A.” by Loudon Wainwright III

When it’s grey in L.A. I sure like it that way
Cause there’s way too much sunshine round here
I don’t know about you I get so sick of blue skies
Whenever they always appear

And I sure love the sound of the rain pouring down
On my carport roof made out of tin
If there’s a flood then there’s gonna be mudslides
We all have to pay for our sin

And I suppose that they’ll close canyon roads
And the freeways will all start to clog
And the waters will rise and you won’t be surprised
When your whole house smells like your wet dog

When it’s grey in L.A. it’s much better that way
It reminds you that this town’s so cruel
Yeah it might feel like fun when you’re sportin’ sunglasses
But really you’re one more fool

And I’m just a chump
And this whole town’s a dump
We came out here to dump all our dreams
Of making it big but we’re stuck in a sig alert nightmare
That’s just how it seems

And I suppose Laurie David sure knows
All those cars we drive heat up our earth
And sea temperatures rise and those constant blue skies
And brush fires can sure curb your mirth

Brad Grey’s in L.A. yeah OK I should stay here
There’s no place that’s better i know
For a wannabe star stuck in a car
On a freeway with nowhere to go

 

 

4,538 comments Add your comment

william

August 8th, 2009
10:38 pm

45th!!!!!!!!

keylargo

August 8th, 2009
10:38 pm

JesupBrave

August 8th, 2009
10:39 pm

Can’t be 1st

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:40 pm

Rafael

August 8th, 2009
10:40 pm

DOB,what did Bobby say about the blown strike call last night?

JesupBrave

August 8th, 2009
10:40 pm

What is with all the lineup changes?\

brian

August 8th, 2009
10:41 pm

you da man DOB – thanks!

The Bird and Indian

August 8th, 2009
10:41 pm

Oh no! Kenshin better watch that neck if he keeps this going!

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:41 pm

David

August 8th, 2009
10:42 pm

so far so good with KK

Mitchell

August 8th, 2009
10:42 pm

John

August 8th, 2009
10:42 pm

They lose a “big one, they rally to win a “big one”. Who cares. The Braves will be around .500 at best and that isn’t even enough to entertain.

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:43 pm

Damn Diory. Swing.

John

August 8th, 2009
10:43 pm

Would our OF of… Loaf…Church…and Diaz….be in the running for…”Worst defensive OF in the history of baseball ? “…

stamper

August 8th, 2009
10:43 pm

According to the Verizon question, one of our braves is a fan of Howard Jones? I’m going with Pete Moylan or Kelly Johnson. who you guys have?

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:44 pm

I like KK’s swing, can he play first?

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:45 pm

Ugh, KK’s shaking his hand like it hurts. Not good.

Shamus Thacker

August 8th, 2009
10:45 pm

Thanks for the bonus blog DOB, excellent info too..

stamper

August 8th, 2009
10:45 pm

oh come on, he didn’t need to dive for that one… show off.

John

August 8th, 2009
10:46 pm

If the Dodgers don’t score….this game could last til dawn….

Gov. Clinton Tyree

August 8th, 2009
10:46 pm

Won’t someone please tell us what the latest Bill Shanks rumor is?

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
10:47 pm

Jeff Passan wrote a great article about Hamilton. Like I said before, I don’t expect people to feel sorry for him, but I hope they can understand that addiction is a monster

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AiDnRWVfqLlthJsBnWM1gE05nYcB?slug=jp-hamilton080809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

Rafael

August 8th, 2009
10:47 pm

6 k’s already. all swinging at a ball for the 3rd strike. Hernadez took strike 3 looking.

The Bird and Indian

August 8th, 2009
10:48 pm

John: If the Dodgers don’t score, we can’t lose.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:49 pm

No way in hell all these Braves have Verizon wireless phones.

Innocent Bystander

August 8th, 2009
10:49 pm

Hah, the Pirates haven’t had a southpaw in the ‘pen since the deadline. What would Bobby do if he were the manager? He couldn’t play the match-ups…

Mitchell

August 8th, 2009
10:49 pm

Give me a break man.

Kershaw a Highland Park grad or so I hear. Little private school bitch.

Of course, I went to SMU so who am I to talk?

Highland Park is Dallas’ equivalent of Buckhead, or at least what Buckhead used to be. Only, the way Dallas is set up it’s like Buckhead being right next door to Little Five Points.

Dallas is weird.

Go KK.

McFann :Ô:

August 8th, 2009
10:49 pm

LOL! Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Brian McCann got a day off Saturday after catching six consecutive games and all 12 innings Friday. He was 3-for-23 (.115) with no extra-base hits and seven strikeouts in his past seven games.

Oh…that is uuuugly!

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
10:49 pm

haha, Boog’s great

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

What did Hamilton do? I love that guy.

Mitchell

August 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

“Give me a break man.”

That was a reference to the catch by Kemp in center off KK.

Daybed Wagmoe

August 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

Let’s go BRAVES!!!

McFann :Ô:

August 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

Yeah…with all the K’s the Braves are rackin’ up, I’m not gonna have a huge problem with going to bed early…

The Lammer

August 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

Guys…this is going to Be worse than Lincecum…way worse..

RHR

August 8th, 2009
10:50 pm

lol @ prince

John

August 8th, 2009
10:51 pm

TBAI…yep…but I’m sayin’ it would probably be around “dawn o’clock”….before the Braves would score….

lou Vales

August 8th, 2009
10:51 pm

Dave, I must ask you on new Blog–Has Smoltz FINALLY made enough money for all those Missionairy Positions??

What was missing in Smoltzie’s last pitch for Boston was it did not have the death rattle feel of Tommy Teamster Leader”s last pitch for the Mets. What a beautiful afternoon. Was there courtesy of my brother-in -law and to hear Miniature Jimmy Hoffa escorted off the field to those boos–Well, it was quite heart warming.

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
10:51 pm

Jeffrey,
Not to get into a deep discussion like this on a Braves blog, but when do we stop blaming the addiction and start blaming the person?
Like I said earlier, I understand it’s hard to stay on the wagon. Impossible for some, apparently.

But that’s certainly not an excuse to publically humilate and embarass the one woman who has stood by you through EVERYTHING. He should have more f’n compassion than that. Addiction or not.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:51 pm

Kenshin Kawa-Kickass!

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:52 pm

Jurrjens4NLCY, see the link below -

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4385960

He relapsed, got drunk this past January and there’s some photos floating around out there on Deadspin that show him doing some stupid stuff in public.

Mitchell

August 8th, 2009
10:52 pm

KK, all you need to do now is hit a grand slam and you’ll be good.

toga party

August 8th, 2009
10:52 pm

Quick poll: Those of you watching on MLB Extra Innings who have the choice tonight between the Home and Away video feed, which one are you watching? Usually it’s a no-brainer for me to watch the Braves feed, but listening to Vin Scully sure is a nice treat every once in a while. Thursday night, I switched it over to Scully so I could fall asleep to those dulcet tones. Tonight, I’m switching back and forth every inning.

So, which is it denizens, the homers or the legend?

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
10:52 pm

Kershaw looks like he can swing the bat a little bit.

David O'Brien

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

Nice play by Diory. Very nice play.

Paul Lentz

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

Diory preserves the perfect game.

Kate

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

good play Diory, and I’m pretty sure Mac put that bubblegum on JJ’s cap

Heath

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

KK keeping up his good performance tonight….

3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 38 pitches thrown

I’m pullin’ hard for ya KK!!!! Go Braves!!!!

The Bird and Indian

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

Watch your NECK next inning Kenshin!

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

In two hours, when they’re interviewing KK on SportsCenter about his perfect game, they’re going to show that play repeatedly.

18 more to go, people!

stamper

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

Diory can’t hit to save his life, but that was a pretty sweet play

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

Oh Jurrjens, =( My my my.

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:53 pm

Haaa @ whoever put that bubblegum on JJ’s hat.

Great play Deeoreeeeeeeeeee.

Shamus Thacker

August 8th, 2009
10:54 pm

DOB “”Particularly at Dodger Stadium, where Church has a .423 average (22-for-52) with five doubles, three homers and nine RBIs in 16 games, with a .508 OBP and .692 slugging percentage.”"

I love when we have a player who absolutely kills the Dodgers. Residual hatred from NL West days.

Anybody old enough to remember the Bob Watson homer?

Johnny Quest

August 8th, 2009
10:54 pm

I’ll take Paul Lynde to block:
http://www.paullynde.info/

Eric In Albany N.Y.

August 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

you people did nothing but Knock DH before the game… The kid is stepping it up this game… let them play the game people!

Figure out what went wrong after the 27th out not before the first one!

Matt

August 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

I love Joe and Boog, but I do have to admit, I have the MLB Package, and Im listening to Vin Scully, theres times where hes just fun to listen too…

ChurchMan

August 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

stop striking out two times every inning braves

RHR

August 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

Are you kidding me with that play? WOW. I’m glad the blog ripped on him and KK earlier. They’ll show us! Keep it up, blog!

bravefaninok

August 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

that was a sweet play by Diory…

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:55 pm

Javy did it! Funny stuff. :-D

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
10:56 pm

Diory’s doing his best to make us feel bad for doggin him. A couple more K’s oughta remedy that.

WestCoastBrave

August 8th, 2009
10:56 pm

KK doin work, keep it up!!

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
10:56 pm

Toga,
I usually listen to Scully for about an inning. Then I turn over.
He just talks SO MUCH — which isn’t really his fault, sine he works alone he sort of has to.

But I just can’t handle it for long stretches. He has a story, a little factoid, a little “they say Yunel is a…..” type antecdote for every batter, every pitcher, every play.

Great broadcaster. Don’t get me wrong. Just can’t listen to him for long stretches. But what a voice. Wow.

Shamus Thacker

August 8th, 2009
10:56 pm

Diory paying his way with the glove! Great play!

Daybed Wagmoe

August 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

Hey, Kawakami’s looking pretty good so far.

Soph

August 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

Did you guys see the initials on JJ’s cap? I think it said CR. Any idea who that is?

Johnny Quest

August 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

DOB just started the wave!

Innocent Bystander

August 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

jeffrey d- Thanks for the link to the Hamilton article. Well stated by Passan.

John

August 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

If Church hadn’t screwed this thing up…we’d be on course…for the seldom seen…”double perfect game”….( I know…I know)

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
10:57 pm

Thanks Soph. In regards to Hamilton, who cares? Call me when Prince Fielder fights dogs and A-rod bring a gun in his sweatpants at a club.

McFann :Ô:

August 8th, 2009
10:58 pm

OK, that thing with the bubble on JJ’s head was great! Vazquez… :lol:

That was funny.

David O'Brien

August 8th, 2009
10:58 pm

O-Dog can play. What a signing. Can’t imagine why so many teams passed on him.

Trey06

August 8th, 2009
10:58 pm

DOB- JJ has CR written on his hat. Do you know what it’s for?

Shamus Thacker

August 8th, 2009
10:58 pm

Did you guys see the initials on JJ’s cap? I think it said CR. Any idea who that is?

Carroll Rogers?

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
10:59 pm

I could understand CCR. But not CR.

stamper

August 8th, 2009
10:59 pm

O-Dog? Please tell me that’s not really his nickname.

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
10:59 pm

chilidog – I’m not saying Hamilton is completely innocent and didn’t know what he was getting into. What I am saying is I hope that people know that Hamilton and Addict Hamilton are two different people.

I said before that Addict Man doesn’t care about religion, family, how long you’ve been sober, etc. I just hope people don’t write him off as a terrible person because this is a disease he’ll battle the rest of his life.

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 8th, 2009
11:00 pm

I thought Kershaw is supposed to have some control issues? Well, I ain’t seeing it.

Mitchell

August 8th, 2009
11:00 pm

I love when we have a player who absolutely kills the Dodgers. Residual hatred from NL West days.

If I had gone to one of the games at Turner Field I seriously would have considered making an “LA Sucks” sign.

I probably wouldn’t have though. Not to criticize Braves fans, but I will, the collective baseball IQ at Turner Field is not especially high.

I doubt many people remember the era of “LA Sucks” T-Shirts being worn around the ATL back in ‘91.

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
11:01 pm

Two hits, baby! And two straight batters that haven’t struck out.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
11:01 pm

I know, I hate those. J-Roll, A-Rod, A-Ram, etc.

John

August 8th, 2009
11:01 pm

Gotta feelin’ there’s not enuff mustard in Dodger Stadium…to cover the …O-Dog….

Innocent Bystander

August 8th, 2009
11:01 pm

CCR. Maybe he’s a Creedence fan?

Gemini

August 8th, 2009
11:02 pm

Nobody rips on Diory’s defense. It’s his bat that is horrible. And that strikeout looking wasn’t good.

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
11:02 pm

But like you said…I don’t want to get into a big deep discussion here.

Steve from OH

August 8th, 2009
11:02 pm

DOB–yep, he’s a really valuable player. Dodgers got a very good value.

Pete

August 8th, 2009
11:02 pm

jeffrey d: “Jeff Passan wrote a great article about Hamilton. Like I said before, I don’t expect people to feel sorry for him, but I hope they can understand that addiction is a monster”
Well there are monsters, and then there are intentionally self-inflicted monsters…big difference between the two. The most hilarious statements in that article are:
“Alcohol killed Billy Martin. Drugs killed Steve Howe. Drugs and alcohol torpedoed the careers of Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden.”
Just amazing…..these guys are not responsible at all. I guess its the same as “cancer/heart attack killed whomever”…..the players were somehow forced to do drugs and alcohol I guess. Unbelievable.

chilidog75

August 8th, 2009
11:02 pm

I bet Derek Jeter is one answer.

SoWeGa Fanatic

August 8th, 2009
11:03 pm

Thinking of hard throwing lefties made me think of John Rocker. Guy had the world in his hands, and pi$$ed it away.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
11:03 pm

In the minors wasn’t Diory a great hitter and bad fielder.

Cactus Jack

August 8th, 2009
11:04 pm

Im pretty sure Helton has the highest career BA of all active players

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
11:04 pm

Is Garret Anderson number 2? In the question?

Heath

August 8th, 2009
11:05 pm

Up-to-the-minute odds for the Braves playoffs chances:

Div – 12.8%
WC – 3.4%
Total – 16.2%

Would be interesting to see how the numbers change with a win tonight… yep…staying positive.

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
11:05 pm

Really? Your gunna pickoff Anderson?

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
11:06 pm

nah, Loaf’s at .296

Innocent Bystander

August 8th, 2009
11:06 pm

Pete- I think the point is that while nobody is forcing Josh to drink, he doesn’t have the self-control or self-power to say no. He knows the horrible consequences, so why would he completely willingly do what he did? He is simply powerless at times to his addictions, which is very sad. I can’t say he’s a bad person because of his struggles.

Trey06

August 8th, 2009
11:06 pm

Stamper – that’s his nickname alright.

jeffrey d

August 8th, 2009
11:06 pm

Let’s hope KK will be just as effective 2nd time through…

Jurrjens4NLCY

August 8th, 2009
11:06 pm

Ok, gut check time for Kenshin Kawa-Kickass!

Paul Lentz

August 8th, 2009
11:08 pm

Derek Jeter has a .316 career average in 2088 games. Vladimir Guerrero has a .323 career average in exactly 1800 career games. That’s my answer to the AFLEC trivia question.

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