3:01 pm August 22, 2009, by David O'Brien
August 22nd, 200910:05 pm
MFIKY = mah-fick-ee or em-fick-ee = MoFo I Kill You = Soriano
Nova Scotia Steve
9-6 now for the Rockies.
August 22nd, 200910:06 pm
Yunel talking to marlins announcers right now
Game Over Time To watch White Chicks on FX…
Terry Crews is Crazy in that movie….lol
Talk about good TV!
10-6…Helton hits a bomb…7 run inning for Rockies
Enjoyed it folks, lets gettem tommarrow.
August 22nd, 200910:07 pm
7 Rockies runs in the current inning…. kinda like the Braves giving up 8 to the Mets…
10-6 Rockies. Bottom of the 6th. 7 runs scored so far in the bottom of the 6th.
August 22nd, 200910:08 pm
8-8 Milwaukee/Washington….just sayin
If the Rockies/Giants score holds up..we’ll be right back in the same spot we were before yesterday’s game.
Big start for Lowe tomorrow. He needs to come up big.
August 22nd, 200910:10 pm
The Braves have a very good shot at being 3 out tomorrow if they can get a solid performance from D Lowe.
You gotta hope/expect Lincecum can get the job done.
August 22nd, 200910:13 pm
Cubs look like they might be 7 out at the end of the night….basically a 4-team race of the WC now.
The Rockies are only “The Rockies” at home!
August 22nd, 200910:15 pm
8-8 Milwaukee/Washington….just sayin – Nova Scotia Steve
Wonder how fielder is liking that Brewers bullpen meltdown…..again?
August 22nd, 200910:16 pm
Enter your comments here
August 22nd, 200910:18 pm
Lincecum tomorrow against the Rockies and pitching opener of 3 game set in SF when both teams meet again. Cain will pitch in SF as well so maybe they can cool off WC leaders.
August 22nd, 200910:20 pm
August 22nd, 200910:21 pm
You know, I’d be willing to bet the Braves record from Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday is better than Friday, Sat, Sunday.
They definitely haven’t been good lately in big weekend home series. I guess since the only game they won against LA and Philly was the Saturday game, tomorrow might be yet another disappointment.
August 22nd, 200910:22 pm
I am such and idiot! Again – refresh, not enter comment (not my fault the neighbor just gave me Bombay Sapphire).
August 22nd, 200910:23 pm
that is what you get for drinking gin…
Enter your coments here
August 22nd, 200910:24 pm
I’m on a roll tonight
August 22nd, 200910:28 pm
Heath, I can’t believe you would even mention the Cubs at this point.
You’ve been listening to Peter Gammons too much lately.
The Cubs were done long ago much to the dismay of ESPN who still find ways to talk about them. No one cares.
That’s me saying “no one cares.”
The Braves just have to win man. Can they just win? I think that should be our new motto. Yes, I say we take a page out of Al Davis’ book: JUST WIN BABY!
August 22nd, 200910:31 pm
I honestly can not even tell you the last time I heard/read anything from Gammons. I was just looking at the WC standings and point out what I saw.
August 22nd, 200910:32 pm
Guess its just us here. Braves must have won tonight.
August 22nd, 200910:33 pm
Rockies pretty much put this one away… 11-6 now.
August 22nd, 200910:36 pm
If you have VH1 Classic, the Who doing Tommy live from many years ago right now… for those, who unlike my girl, have heard of Tommy…
August 22nd, 200910:37 pm
Next week(starting tomorrow) makes or breaks this team. Lowe needs to come up big(I think he will) and you absolutely have to sweep the Padres and somehow win two in Philly. The Rockies should mow down teams the first two weeks in September. Anything more than 2 games out going into September is going to be difficult to catch these guys.
August 22nd, 200910:39 pm
It’s okay Heath, I believe you.
I heard him on the radio the other day talking about if they can just get Aramis Ramirez healthy, and I’m like, “he’s been healthy for two months, it’s over, they’re done.”
I kind of hate to “have a go” at Peter Gammons as the Brits would say because I mean, he is a Hall of Fame writer but he’s still just as much of a homer as the rest of them.
I don’t know, who cares. I just have a hard time containing my hatred of the Cubs.
August 22nd, 200910:41 pm
Jim – you are not that old. Are you? LOL
August 22nd, 200910:42 pm
I despise the Cubs. Always have, always will.
August 22nd, 200910:43 pm
RHR – I learned it at a very early age –
Yes, yes he is
August 22nd, 200910:45 pm
While i agree that every game/series is important from here on out…i’m not quite giving make or break status to each game/series just yet. Too many crazy things can happen coming down the stretch (just ask mets fans the last couple of years!).
Just keep playing good ball and things will work out, or not. Too many variables at this point.
Just keep playing good ball
August 22nd, 200910:46 pm
I think that will be all for now.
Glad they came out with some early runs for Tommy. I didn’t even get to see it.
They really need to win tomorrow. It’s not even runny… runny? What’s runny?
Derek Lowe better have his @#$% together.
Is it me or are KK and Hanson becoming the surest things on the rotation? 9 and 2 baby. Gotta like that. Happ can go straight to hell for all I care.
Tommy Hanson, ROY.
August 22nd, 200910:48 pm
Soph, you just said that because I said I hate the Cubs.
You’re not fooling me.
Very profound and succinct. Can’t ask for too much other than to be playing meaningful baseball this time and year and enjoying it.
August 22nd, 200910:50 pm
You’re right Mitchell, I secretly adore them.
August 22nd, 200910:52 pm
By the way, did you behave yourself tonight Mitchell? Did I miss any of your profanity laced rants?
August 22nd, 200910:56 pm
So should I watch “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”? I’m waitin’ on some new movies to come in the mail, so, I’m lookin’ through the ones available online….
August 22nd, 200911:01 pm
Hmm…last night it appeared he’s still going through it…hitting a whopping .194 this month. Yee-haw. yes, and now Chipper and Escobar have joined in the fun. Who’s next? (mcFann)
a lot of it is your fault. he told me he comes on here for a pick-up from reading your posts and they been kinda down on him lately and it’s breaking his heart. He figgered he could always turn to you for support, but lately……
August 22nd, 200911:04 pm
Heath, if there’s anything better than a movie about the Holocaust as seen through the eyes of a child on a Saturday night, I haven’t found it.
August 22nd, 200911:06 pm
No ranting tonight Soph.
August 22nd, 200911:07 pm
Naw, Mitchell was a good Boy Tonight…lol
Ross is in a steady decline….Bobby needs to get him a few more ABs. Needs to use him as a PH. (Heath)
he has a .226 career batting average. has played way over his head so far this year thankfully, but is likely to regress.actually the more he plays the more likely the regression as the pitchers get a better feel for him again.
August 22nd, 200911:08 pm
Agreed! i’m enjoying every minute of it, unlike a lot of other folks, apparently! here’s to playing meaningful ball the rest of the way…..starting with a statement start from Lowe tomorrow.
August 22nd, 200911:09 pm
Gonzo said they talked (don’t know if he meant bullpen or whole team) before game about how they had to do whatever it took to win tonight. “There was no chance of us losing tonight,” he said….
Gonzalez also said they were focused on keeping Hanley Ramirez off bases. (He went 0-for-3 with a walk and ended his 16-game hitting streak)….
Comedian Chris Tucker was in the Braves’ clubhouse afterward, in jersey and Braves cap, posing for pics with players. Funny to see Kawakami getting picture with him….
Rewrite of game story should be posted soon online. But here it is straight from my laptop:
By David O’Brien
He was a late entrant to the race for National League Rookie of the Year, but Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson is gaining ground on the leaders with performances like Saturday night.
The big right-hander worked seven strong innings and the Braves rode a four-run first inning to a 4-3 win against the Florida Marlins at Turner Field, which evened the series between wild-card contenders at a game apiece.
Omar Infante and Yunel Escobar hit home runs in the first and the Braves never trailed en route to their 12th win in 17 games, moving into a tie with Florida for third in the wild-card race and second in the NL East.
“It was good to get that [early lead],” said Hanson (9-2), who took a no-hitter to the fifth inning and won his fourth consecutive start. “I just wanted to go out and stay aggressive, let them put the ball in play.”
He allowed three runs, four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings, including five where he faced the minimum three batters.
“Tommy pitched a four-hitter; he pitched a great game,” said manager Bobby Cox, whose Braves were 3-1/2 games behind wild-card leader Colorado before the Rockies’ late game ended Saturday. “Hopefully he’ll be rookie of the year.”
Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano (19th save) pitched a perfect inning apiece to complete the four-hitter against a Florida team that began the day with the majors’ best batting average (.314) in August.
The Marlins on Thursday snapped a string of 15 consecutive games with 10 or more hits — the longest such streak in the NL in 80 years — and beat the Braves 5-3 in Friday’s series opener.
“We had to make sure we got this one,” Gonzalez said. “We talked about it a little before the game, how we had to do whatever it took to win. There was no chance of us losing tonight. Tomorrow, we have to keep that same attitude.”
The Marlins didn’t get their first hit against Hanson until Atlanta native Jeremy Hermida’s two-out single in the fifth. Wes Helms followed with a double and Jorge Cantu had a two-run, pinch-hit single.
“Every one of their hitters is good,” said Hanson, who is 4-0 with a 2.81 ERA in four August starts. “I was lucky to get out of that inning with those three runs, and glad it stuck.”
He wasn’t brought up from Class AAA until June, but Hanson nine wins in 14 games (all starts) rank second to Philadelphia J.A. Happ (10-2) among NL rookies. Happ got his 10th on Saturday in his 17th start and 29th game.
Hanson walked a batter to start the fourth and walked another with one out in the sixth, but the redhead induced double plays to end each of those innings.
The Braves played without injured outfielders Ryan Church, Garret Anderson and Nate McLouth, and with catcher Brian McCann out of the lineup for a rest.
That didn’t stop them from punching out four runs in the first against Chris Volstad (9-10), who gave up a homer to Infante on his fourth pitch.
“In the leadoff spot, I’m just trying to see the ball good and take the base if they give it to me,” said Infante, who led off a game with homer for the sixth time in his career, and also drew two walks.
After Adam LaRoche’s RBI single, Escobar hit a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead before Volstad recorded his second out.
“It was a bad pitch, and I took advantage,” Escobar said through a translator. “We’re in the same situation [as the Marlins]. We’re trying to gain ground.”
Escobar’s first homer since July 23rd tied McCann for the team lead with 62 RBIs.
The Braves got more hits (four) in first inning than they had in seven innings against Volstad on April 14, when he held them to one run and three hits in seven innings of a Marlins win in Atlanta
cabravesfan – have I mentioned that you are …well, you know…
August 22nd, 200911:10 pm
OK….I’ll watch it.
Well, got up this morning and saw we lost Friday so it left me kinda blue. Went to the movies tonight and got to the bar at Longhorn at the end of the 8th. Glad I got to see them pull out a win. Now, lets get another one tomorrow and end this series. GO BRAVES!!!
August 22nd, 200911:12 pm
Great win tonight! I’m a bit surprised they pulled it off considering the line up, outfield arrangement & scoring zero runs after the first inning. They usually find ways to lose these types of games, but didn’t tonight. It’s a good sign.
To get a W tonight is amazing with McCann resting, Chipper hurting/slumping, Reid Gorecki starting in center & Prado/Anderson/Church out/unavailable.
That being said the Braves have to get some guys healthy & fast. They can’t continue short handed every night. Chipper needs some rest, he’s obviously bothered by injuries but has to be in there because Prado is out & Infante is playing second in place of him or in the outfield to cover for Anderson.
If Infante had not returned when he did this team would have really serious issues right now. His versatility is really keeping things together the past few games.
I think if Prado can return then Chipper could get some time off against the Padres. He’s not doing them any good right now & I think the little nagging injuries are bothering him more than he’s letting on.
The Braves need to be at full strength or close to it by the end of next week. That 7 game road trip with the Phillies/Marlins will really set the tone for the last month of the season.
If Anderson/Church are forced to the DL it’s either Brandon Jones or Heyward to replace them. Are there any other choices right now?
August 22nd, 200911:13 pm
Jim, you had a chance to go with the “I became a fan after they died” (or disbanded or whatever) but instead you went “early age” …. which is far less believable.
August 22nd, 200911:14 pm
Good Mitchell because I didn’t need you to rant today. I was actually okay. Probably because I missed the inning where Hanson gave up the three runs though.
August 22nd, 200911:15 pm
Smokey was in the clubhouse? Love it.
Funny to see Kawakami getting picture with him…
I hope they reenacted the “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?!” scene
August 22nd, 200911:19 pm
RHR – okay, I was in high school when it came out (only the drummer and bassist died – Roger and Pete never disbanded) – and, damn it, I had the original on 8 track tape. I hope you’re happy
August 22nd, 200911:20 pm
Chris Tucker? Really? We can’t do better than that? Very random.
ok, i’m apologizing for this before i type it, so…um….here we go….
I wonder if kawakami could…understand the words that were coming out of his mouth?!?!
i in no way feel good about that, but it had to be done….right??
August 22nd, 200911:21 pm
Was I too racey? Didn’t mean to kill the conversation…
Ahh, nevermind. Blog was just doing its “keep hitting refresh and I’ll keep bringing you to your last post and nothing else” thing.
August 22nd, 200911:22 pm
Meanwhile….SF making it interesting… 14-11 now in the top of the 9th…1 out… Giants still trailing.
August 22nd, 200911:25 pm
Heath – it’s Saturday night – is that all you have to pay attention to?
August 22nd, 200911:27 pm
Giants stayed alive?? I thought they were done…
August 22nd, 200911:28 pm
okay, I was in high school when it came out (only the drummer and bassist died – Roger and Pete never disbanded) – and, damn it, I had the original on 8 track tape. I hope you’re happy (VJ)
never was a big Who fan even at Woodstock or any other of their big concerts, certainly not recorded. they kept putting the same songs on all their albums.(Ok a bit of an exaggeration)
LOL Jim … oh well, next time you’ll know how not to give it away.
I mean, I love Hank Williams but I certainly wasn’t alive when he was. Also love Hank the 3rd, by the way.
How can SF trail in extras if they’re playing in Coors field??
August 22nd, 200911:30 pm
Omg, Im I high or something??? Whats going on in Denver???
I love Hank Williams but I certainly wasn’t alive when he was. Also love Hank the 3rd, by the way. (RHR)
sure, sure I believe you weren’t. ahem.
How ’bout Jr??
August 22nd, 200911:31 pm
Giants lost. 14-11. At least that’s what ESPN says.
Lol, thats what I’m doing
“Somebody get me a snickers!!”
August 22nd, 200911:37 pm
the 7 run 6th inning broke the Giants back but that 4 run 7th killed them, can’t give up 11 runs in two innings and hope to win.
August 22nd, 200911:47 pm
Not really a fan of jr, nolie. Jr’s son sounds a lot like SR when he wants to. My granddaddy listened to hank records ALL the time when I was growing up, but I mean, I don’t even think my mom was alive before he died…lol I’ll have to check to confirm that.
August 22nd, 200911:48 pm
OK I have confirmed. My mom was 4 when he died.
RHR: You got that right — Hank Sr. and Hank III are stellar.
Steve from OH
August 22nd, 200911:51 pm
Hank Sr. died too young, man. Seems like all the good artists (bands) have too short a run…
August 22nd, 200911:52 pm
Just 2 comments:
1. As I said to someone this afternoon, Infante is a great fielder with smooth hand, and he is a great hitter, a martin prado type hitter, who can find gaps, lines and with some power……..he showed all those things the same day I said it, only I said he would come around by midweek next week…….I guess he was in a hurry.
2. Tommy Hanson is just spectacular, his stuff is explosive. I cant recall any pitcher but Smoltz and Maddux that could make hitter look so bad (in a braves uniform that is). This guy is above the law. He just looks so comfortable on the mound and he knows he is in charge. He is in control. Man you just got to love how intimidating he already is and he is a rookie. He is going to fill Smoltz shoes pretty quick. IMO he is so much better than JJ, he is not messing around. And Im not saying JJ is not good, JJ is great, so that tells what I think of Tommy. This kid is the real thing, forget about sophomore jinx, it aint happening.
August 22nd, 200911:54 pm
Man does it feels so good to have an intimidating power pitcher again……..we are so lucky we could have replaced smoltz with a “twin brother” the same year he left…………just amazing.
Oh, and thanks for the response earlier, Dave. Left shortly after I asked…
Good win tonight against Florida. Four out of the wild card with 39 to play. You mentioned the Braves margin for error getting smaller by the day. I have to agree. However, four out is still attainable.
Dave, a question: Say this team plays seven over 500 the rest of the season, which would be 23-16, and would give us 88 wins, and we fall a game or two short of the wild card. Would you consider that a successful season, a year after losing 90 games, or would that still be underachieving in your mind?
I will be very interested to hear your thoughts on that.
Steve Holt!!! (fists in the air)
August 22nd, 200911:58 pm
FYI the Saltillo Sarape Makers just beat Cancun Tigers 7-6 in the first game of the Summer Mexican Baseball League Final Series YEAHHH!!!!
Don’t be hatin’ on The Who. Them’s fightin’ words. One of the 3 greatest rock bands ever. Those of us of a certain age (me and probably you) know who the other 2 are.
40 years after it was recorded, still get chills listening to “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at the end of “Tommy.”
August 22nd, 200911:59 pm
nolie – if you’ve never seen/heard Hank III – check him out.
Mitch (if I may)–definitely a success. How can anyone (he asks, only half joking) consider going from 90 losses to nearly 90 wins a disappointment?
August 23rd, 200912:00 am
Are the other two bands Hanson and Matchbox 20?
August 23rd, 200912:02 am
Don’t be hatin’ on The Who. Them’s fightin’ words.
Seems like all the good artists (bands) have too short a run…
My art professor always said, “If you want to be somebody, you gotta die young!”
August 23rd, 200912:04 am
Don’t be hatin’ on The Who. Them’s fightin’ words. One of the 3 greatest rock bands ever. Those of us of a certain age (me and probably you) know who the other 2 are. (Mr Baseball)
Sorry, we gonna hafta disagree about that. I really never cared much for them at all. Not saying they weren’t great musicians, just never got into their music. Saw them live several times, but never because of them being there IYKWIM.
August 23rd, 200912:05 am
RG–I’d like to be somebody! Maybe I should go get some heroeen…
Head off to The Garden?
(Couldn’t pass up an opportunity to shamelessly post songs I like…)
August 23rd, 200912:07 am
nolie – if you’ve never seen/heard Hank III – check him out (RHR)
thank you hon. I have seen and heard him some, and liked what I heard. I prefer Sr. to either of the progeny. Jr is ok for background beer party music, but not a great fan either.
Last night during the rain delay I watched Elvis’ 68 comeback special on youtube. I’d seen parts of it before, but dang, what amazing performances
yup, really…(hangs head in shame)
August 23rd, 200912:09 am
Man nolie, I’ve got the Who right up there with the Stones, the Doors, Zep, etc. on my list of 60’s/70’s rockers…
Oh, and I likes me some Ted Nugent too…
August 23rd, 200912:10 am
I’m with nolie, no disrespect but The Who? Meh. I don’t get it.
August 23rd, 200912:11 am
Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright is the best 1-2 in baseball, and I stand by it…
August 23rd, 200912:13 am
I think messers. Lincecum and Cain may have something to say about that…
I’d take Haren and (a healthy) Webb over them, too, just off the top of my head.
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