Conrad: Mr. Late Innings now thrust into starting role

So how does a guy who spent nearly a decade in the minors, and entered this season as a 30-year-old with a .192 average in 73 major league at-bats, wind up having the Braves’ highest average and OPS in the late innings of close games?

To hear Brooks Conrad tell it, it’s mental more than anything else.

After nearly a decade in the minors, journeyman infielder Brooks Conrad has become a  clutch performer with the Braves, and a cult hero as popular with fans as he is with teammates.

After nearly a decade in the minors, journeyman infielder Brooks Conrad has become a clutch performer with the Braves, and a cult hero as popular with fans as he is with teammates.

“That’s what’s helped me this year in those situations, just staying confident,” said Conrad, whose seventh-inning triple Tuesday night drove in the tying run and woke the Braves’ offense.

Eric Hinske followed two batters later with a two-run, two-out pinch-hit homer and the Braves beat the Marlins 3-2 for their 45th come-from-behind win, second-most in the majors.

Melky Cabrera had led off the inning with a single, making some amends for his early poor defensive play on a flyball-turned-double that led to the Marlins scoring the first run.

But it was that Conrad triple off the center-field wall that really energized the Braves’ dugout, something the unheralded utility player has done far more than anyone ever imagined when the season began.

“It was huge,” Hinske said of the Conrad triple. “When it’s stagnant on offense and not a lot of guys are getting hits, somebody needs to get a big hit to get it going. And that was Brooksy right there.”

The past two nights, with the Braves winning 2-1 in 11 innings Monday and 3-2 on Tuesday, reminded not just Braves fans, but also players, of long stretches earlier in the season when the team pulled out win after win in the late innings, particularly at home.

“We had a lot of magic games there, a streak where it seemed like we were winning a lot of games like that at home,” Conrad said. “We’re going to have to keep doing that. You can’t win them all 6-nothing. You have to win those nail-biters and come-from-behind [games].

“If we’re going to be where we want to be, which is the playoffs, we’re going to have to keep doing it these next few games.”

Conrad has learned things from watching Hinske, here shown hitting his game-winning homer Tuesday night, two batters after Conrad's game-tying triple

Conrad has learned things from watching Hinske, here shown hitting his game-winning homer Tuesday night, two batters after Conrad's game-tying triple

Hinske and Conrad had major roles in that earlier success, and with Hinske’s homer last night they became the first pair of Braves ever to have three pinch-hit homers in the same season (the last major league teammates to have three pinch homers apiece were the 2007 Diamondbacks’ Tony Clark and Miguel Montero).

It hasn’t been surprising to see Hinske play an important role off the bench for the Braves, who signed the veteran because of his track record in that capacity. He has played for three different teams in the past three World Series, and teammates on the Yankees, Red Sox and Rays said it wasn’t just a coincidence, particularly Tampa Bay teammates who said they would have never made it the World Series without Hinske’s production and leadership.

(An aside from last night: We’re interviewing Hinske at his locker, and Brian McCann and some other Braves in a jovial mood were sprawled on a nearby couch, watching other baseball games on the overhead big-screen TVs. They had comments, loud enough to make sure we all could hear, teasing every player we interviewed, such as Tim Hudson — “Nice [goatee] on your chin, Huddy,” McCann said, using another term. And on Hinske: “I’ve played in the past three World Series,” one unidentified player said in a deep, serious tone, as though he were Hinske. “That’s what I do,” another player chimed in. It was funny. It was all that Hinske and Hudson could do not to bust out laughing mid-interview.)

Anyway, back to Conrad…

The former journeyman has been thrust into a crucial role in this final week for the Braves, taking over at third base in place of injured All-Star Martin Prado, whose torn oblique and hip pointer will keep him out for the rest of the season and any postseason games the Braves might play.

Cox said Troy Glaus and also Hinske are available to play third base, if needed, but he’s made it clear he plans on going with Conrad as the lineup regular.

Conrad has hit .241 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 141 at-bats (99 games) for the Braves, but that doesn’t begin to tell the story of his impact. Dude has had more big moments this season than plenty of big leaguers have in a career.

Here’s the stats that, along with his hard-nosed play, his shaved head, reddish beard, selfless attitude and perpetucally dirty uniform, have helped make Conrad practically a cult hero this year in Braves Country:

He’s hit a team-best .313 (15-for-48) with four doubles, a triple, five homers and 17 RBIs after the sixth inning in close games, with a 1.015 OPS that includes a .750 slugging percentage.

Conrad has hit just .183 with no homers and a .233 slugging percentage in 38 at-bats during the first through sixth innings, but has a .284 average with 16 extra-base hits including seven homers in 77 at-bats after the sixth inning.

“I don’t know,” Conrad said of the disparity. “I wish I could get more hits early in the game, especially when I get a starter.”

But if he’s only going to get big hits in a few innings, then the Braves sure like the fact that he’s getting them in the late innings, often in high-pressure situations.

Again, this is a guy who spent eight full seasons in the minors before even getting his first cup of coffee in the majors with Oakland in 2008 (19 at-bats), and who played in only 30 games (54 at-bats) for the Braves in 2009.

So how does Conrad explain his effectiveness in so many crucial situations this season? Again, it’s in the head more than anything else, he says.

“If you didn’t get it done in the at-bat before, just remember back to the times you did, and stay confident every at-bat,” he said. “Because if you find yourself getting a little hesitant, confidence isn’t real high, you’re really not in a good mindset up there.

“So even if you’re feeling like that, you kind of have to trick yourself into staying confident and just believing in yourself, that you can do it every time. And if it doesn’t happen, just forget about it right away, kind of like an NFL quarterback if he throws an interception.

“You’ve got to forget about that right away and build on your next at-bat.”

Hinske leads the Braves with a .320 average after the sixth inning, and has four homers, a .402 OBP and a .557 slugging percentage in 97 at-bats in those situations.

Conrad said he’s learned from watching and picking the brain of Hinske and Greg Norton last season. As much as Norton was criticized last season, the fact is he was one of the best pinch-hitters in the NL in 2008, before his bat slowed.

Norton’s baseball acumen is evident from the fact he’s already a Triple-A manager with the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins affiliate).

Derek Lowe will work on short rest today against a Marlins lineup that's again without Hanley Ramirez, who's been a thorn in Braves' side and particularly against Lowe in the past. Ramirez has been out of the lineup all three games in the series with an elbow injury.

Derek Lowe will work on short rest today against a Marlins lineup that's again without Hanley Ramirez, who's been a thorn in Braves' side and particularly against Lowe in the past. Ramirez has been out of the lineup all three games in the series with an elbow injury.

“The last couple of years, we had Norty last year and Hinske now,” Conrad said. “Just kind of talking to them, watching them, seeing what they think about in certain situations. Definitely a big help, huge plus to have guys like that you can learn from and just kind of watch what they do and emulate them.”

Now he’s taking over at third base for Prado, who was a heart-and-soul leader of the Braves. Conrad could understandably be nervous, maybe even question whether he’s best suited in a bench role and whether he’s ready to play every day in the stretch drive and the postseason, if the Braves get there.

No way, Conrad said. Maybe a little nervous, but he’s got no doubts, no wariness, none of that stuff that you might expect a 30-year-old journeyman bench player thrust into a starting role to have.

“I mean, you’re only human if you have a little bit of [nervousness],” he said. “But it’s exciting. Go back to that positive mindset and just being confident. Why not give it your best shot? It’s an opportunity that you’re given, and just go for it.”

Brooksy’s ready to play some ball. Braves had best have extra stain remover ready for the stretch drive.

Braves lineup

  1. Infante 2B
  2. Heyward RF
  3. Diaz LF
  4. Lee 1B
  5. Gonzalez SS
  6. Ross C
  7. Conrad 3B
  8. Cabrera CF
  9. Lowe RHP

♣ Alright, let’s get this posted before the first pitch. We’ll close with another great tune from the great singer/storyteller Todd Snider. You can listen to it here.

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“I CAN’T COMPLAIN” by Todd Snider

A little out of place

A little out of tune

Sorta lost in space

Racing the moon

Climbing the walls

Of this hurricane

Still overall

I can’t complain

All I wanted was one chance

To let freedom ring

They said I had to get a permit

Tags and everything

I never made it through the red tape

I got this paper hat

I got a job working weekdays

You want fries with that

I got nothin to lose

Cause there’s nothin to gain

It’s like a one way ticket to cruise in this passing lane

I can’t complain

I was talkin to my girlfriend

I told her I was stressed

I said I’m going off the deep end

She said give it a rest

We’re all waiting in the dugout

Thinking we should pitch

How you gonna throw a shutout

If all you do is bitch

I got nothin to lose

Cause there’s nothin to gain

It’s like a one way ticket to cruise in this passing lane

I can’t complain

So now I got a brand new dance

I need one more shot

I just need one last chance

I know I won’t get caught

I gotta make my last stand

This time I can’t be bought

Then again on the other hand

How much have you got

I got nothin to lose

Nothin to gain

It’s like a one way ticket to cruise that passing lane

I can’t complain

A little out of place

A little out of tune

Sorta lost in space

Racing the moon

2,408 comments Add your comment

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

.563

September 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

.563

September 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

…and DOWN the stretch we come!

Nova Scotia Steve

September 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

timthebrave

September 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

Posted on last blog so sorry for the repost

The only people that care about attendance is the people that don’t go to the games. I do my part for attendance by going 20 times a year. 2.5 million and I can get a ticket easy and cheap. I can park easy and get on the road easy. I would only go to a few games a year if I had to deal with 1 hour traffic to park and $50 a seat prices. I much prefer paying $5 and sitting wherever the f*** I want. Go Braves!

Bat Masterson

September 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

brian

September 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

as previously said, Diaz hitting #3 is a joke for a playoff team.

That being said, I would love for Matty to show me and the Marlins up

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:25 pm

Travis-

Yes, but TBS made me a fan in IL and SportsSouth has kept me on MLB EI, minus Chip Caray…

Chip on the other hand would drive you straight to the park if you lived close enough.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

thanks bat!! that works

MZ

September 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

some of my favorite Snider tunes: “Alright Guy”, “Talkin’ Seattle Blues”, “Trouble”, “Easy Money” … dude’s so underrated

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

please please please. can we rough up this freaking jobber Miller?! Everyone else has except us.

DC Brave

September 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

“Gillick had known Cox since the early 1970s, when Cox managed a winter league team in Venezuela”

Good grief….WHO IS OUR MANAGER??? So awesome…Sorry to the bashers, but I would love to see a movie…documentary…whatever…about Bobby Cox.

Bat Masterson

September 29th, 2010
4:27 pm

I’m gonna shoot the next person that bitches about the Braves attendance in the foot.

NCBRAVESFAN

September 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

I’m ready to win this game, get September out of the way and start heating up in October to finish strong.

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

I hope we ween

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

T for Texas You have gotten positively snarky as of late. You are cracking me up.

Haha, thanks…I think. ;) Always glad to be able to bring the laughter. :P

BTW, “Morse is a Morse of course, of course” was specifically penned for you.

Loved it! :D

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

FEAR-

Love that you used the word “jobber” to describe Miller…

Hillbilly

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

I killed Oscar and I forgave me.

Heisenberg

September 29th, 2010
4:29 pm

Does the milk dud have compromising photos of BC somewhere? How does this guy stay in the lineup?

Chop Chop

September 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

I bought my World Series tix today.

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

FEAR

Miller usually locates good against us, if you know what i mean

Coach

September 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

Why isn’t Heyward hitting third?
Third in the order is where he needs to be now and for the future.

Bat Masterson

September 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

Sure FEAR, happy to help.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 29th, 2010
4:31 pm

“Nice [goatee] on your chin, Huddy,” McCann said, using another term.

OK, not sure I wanna know what that means!

“I’ve played in the past three World Series,” one unidentified player said in a deep, serious tone, as though he were Hinske. “That’s what I do,” another player chimed in. It was funny. It was all that Hinske and Hudson could do not to bust out laughing mid-interview.

:lol:

Great stuff…

groundfog

September 29th, 2010
4:32 pm

Matty D is going to get hot,I can feel it.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:33 pm

melky goes all Haku on miller and hits a dinger!

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:33 pm

Anyone else think Aaron Boone looks like Johnny Knoxville

Josh

September 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

Braves attendance is terrible..now shoot me

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

Wouldn’t Melky be closer to D-Lo Brown?

Drop the Lo Down on Miller :lol:

David O'Brien

September 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

Brave4life: Now that you mention it, Boone really does look like Johnny Knoxville. Not only that, he actually sounds a bit like him.

mcbravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

September 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

Chop Chop – need a date? ;) My husband doesn’t care if I go to a game with another guy, or so he says :grin:

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:35 pm

sutton said last night that these guys (sinkerballers) like coming back on short rest because it makes them not throw as hard or over throw. So then how come everyone gets 5 days rest?

TennesseePaul

September 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

Thanks for the work D.O’B.

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

Gotta love it: Braves announcers say D-Lowe is great on 3-days rest. ESPN announcers say he has been terrible on 3-days rest.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

P-Town Brave – nah. I think he really looks like Haku. He should just charge the mound and give miller the tongan death grip

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:37 pm

MFin04 – of course espn is going to bad mouth any braves decision

BL

September 29th, 2010
4:38 pm

Trey

September 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

Do you think ESPN will be upset if the Braves make the WC, or do you think they even care since the Phils won the Division?

Bobby's chauffeur

September 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

I have a feeling a lot of people think this is a 7:00PM start

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

Lowe game plan

1. Keep bonafacio off the bases
2. .Keep Uggla in check
3. try to go deep, bullpen could use a couple of nights off

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

September 29th, 2010
4:39 pm

did saito show up in a kimono? thats been good luck for us

Bobby's Cox

September 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

The Dodgers may sell a lot of tickets, but as far as “attendance” is concerned, not many people show up at games.

They get a lot of corporate sales, and a lot of people who buy packages to sell on eBay & the likes.

My dad & I always joke about the wording they post on the scoreboard here: “Attendance” or “Ticket Sales”

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

noleeeee

September 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Braves New World, Buster Olney, ESPN Insider

Having been a rabid Dodgers fan in the first 24 years of this life, I present to you the championship lineup for Tommy Lasorda’s team in Game 5 of the 1988 World Series:

2B Steve Sax
1B Franklin Stubbs
LF Mickey Hatcher
RF Mike Marshall
CF John Shelby
DH Mike Davis
C Rick Dempsey
3B Jeff Hamilton
SS Alfredo Griffin

Lasorda’s choices had been greatly altered by injuries to Kirk Gibson, Mike Scioscia and others, but in a short window, this collection of journeymen and castoffs somehow managed to finish off the Mets in the National League Championship Series and then win four of five games from an Oakland team loaded with the likes of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire and a bunch of other mashers. They rode the brilliance of Orel Hershiser and the Dodgers’ pitchers to a title.

If Lasorda had been forced to use that lineup the entire summer, the Dodgers wouldn’t have ever had the chance to compete in the postseason, but in a short time frame — in a small window — they made it work.

Lasorda’s lineup came to mind after word broke about Martin Prado’s injury on Tuesday night. Prado is done for the year in Atlanta, and so is Chipper Jones, leaving Bobby Cox to quilt together some young players and veterans around the steady Brian McCann. An example:

2B Omar Infante
RF Jason Heyward
C Brian McCann
1B Derrek Lee
LF Melky Cabrera
SS Alex Gonzalez
3B Brooks Conrad
CF Rick Ankiel

The 2010 Braves look like the ‘27 Yankees in comparison to the ‘88 Dodgers, and they have three good starting pitchers and a very deep bullpen. But the mystery every day will be about how the runs can be produced, and some pixie dust will be needed — the unexpected bolt, the kind that came in the seventh inning on Tuesday night.

Eric Hinske chatted earlier this year about the Braves, and near the end of the conversation he mentioned his personal postseason streak. He was with the Red Sox when they won the World Series in 2007, was part of the Rays that made it to the World Series in 2008 and then he was in the group of Yankees that sprayed champagne in 2009. He’d like to keep that streak going, he said cheerily.

When Cox sent Hinske to the plate in the seventh inning, he was 31 days removed from his last home run; he’s hitting .250 for the month of September after batting .180 in August and .212 in July. And the pitcher he was about to face, Anibal Sanchez, has been one of the best in the National League at keeping the ball in the park.

When Cox sent Hinske to the plate in the seventh inning, he was 31 days removed from his last home run; he’s hitting .250 for the month of September after batting .180 in August and .212 in July. And the pitcher he was about to face, Anibal Sanchez, has been one of the best in the National League at keeping the ball in the park: Sanchez had allowed only eight homers in his first 189 innings this season, and no homers since August 26. And Hinske was 0-for-10 in his career against Sanchez.

Sanchez threw a thigh-high two-seam fastball on the inner half of the plate, Hinske jumped it, mashing the ball so cleanly that he knew on contact that he had hit his first homer in a month. As Hinske dropped his bat and took the first step in an I-know-it’s-gone strut, Sanchez jerked his head back in anger, so violently that his hat flew off.

On Sept. 28, 2010, the pixie dust fell on the Braves: Tim Hudson was excellent on three days’ rest, the bullpen dominated for three innings, Brooks Conrad hit a pivotal RBI triple and Hinske blasted an improbable home run. The Braves are upright despite losing Prado, writes Jeff Schultz. To climb to where they want to get to, more of the same will be needed. You can’t imagine how it could happen, but it’s happened before, as the living members of the 1988 Dodgers will tell you, and it can happen again.

Buster’s New Book

Olney Buster Olney is the author of the forthcoming book “How Lucky You Can Be” about basketball coach Don Meyer. In 2009, Meyer was the honored recipient of the Jimmy V Award at the ESPYS.

“Surprising and unforgettable.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“Olney knows the beating heart of life and the pulse of humanity that makes sports matter.” – George F. Will

“A true inspiration.” – Pat Summitt

The Braves are 1½ games ahead of the Padres in the wild-card race now, one game in the loss column; Atlanta is 89-69 and San Diego 87-70. Atlanta plays Florida today and then the Braves have three games this weekend against Philadelphia, while San Diego plays the Cubs today and tomorrow before playing three games in San Francisco this weekend.

The Padres need their own dose of pixie dust, as well, in the aftermath of their latest loss: Mat Latos reverted to his early season form, writes John Maffei. Nick Hundley thought about what might have been.

The Giants lead the Padres by a couple of games after their win over Arizona, after Pablo Sandoval mashed a baseball against the bricks. Nate Schierholtz stepped up with a big hit, John Shea writes. A Giants regular will play hurt the rest of the year, writes Henry Schulman.

Brian Wilson is pitching with a weird beard.

The Giants announced that Tim Lincecum will pitch today, and that could have big implications, writes Tim Kawakami.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

uh oh….cmon DP!

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Can we score more than 2 or 3 runs today? And can we score some runs early? Can we hit a lefty?

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:42 pm

gotta get him here Lowe

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:43 pm

No walks Lowe

Colin

September 29th, 2010
4:43 pm

to say i am back on good terms would be a lie. Prado out, lost the East. this is what happens when I stop paying attention and go to football for a couple of weeks.

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:43 pm

Wow screwed out of a strikeout there.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Remember FEAR, they’re in Atlanta (WCW land) so he’d have to be characterized as Meng ;-)

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

P-Town Brave – hahaha. aw screw vince!

Nick

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

Ballgame already.

mcbravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

September 29th, 2010
4:44 pm

D-Lowe needs to settle in a bit, I think. A hit and a walk already. Now, get Morrison to K and maybe he’ll be okay.

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Screwed out of strikeout number 2.

mcbravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Oh, God, Nick is here :roll:

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Wow screwed out of strike ver 2.1

C's

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Whatta play!

Daybed Wagmoe

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Haha!! Nice double play!

Trey

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

MIBravesFan

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

DC Brave

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

Not the way you draw it up but I’ll take it…way to keep you head in the game ALEX!!!

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:45 pm

YES!!!!!!!! big save!

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

NICE PLAY!! Great recovery, Alex! Nice play by David, too.

noleeeee

September 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

The day the world ends in a falling sky????

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

September 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

“Brian Wilson is pitching with a weird beard”

Why does that make me think of the Just For Men commercial?

Venice Jim

September 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

Way ti sucker him in, Alex!

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

He was safe at home. But Lowe had already struckout two guys. I guess it evened out.

BL

September 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

what happened? gamecast is awful

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

damn brooks…………

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

Conrad is terrible. Takes too many hops. Get the ball there early and he can make the tag. Moron.

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:47 pm

Can someone tell me whats goin on…

Can’t listen bc I am currently in a meeting, BUT can read the blog…

Updates for at least the next 15 min please guys

Jerry

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Jesus, how many games in a row has Lee been pulled off the bag by errant throws. Defense has to get better than this.

Andy

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Can someone explain that double play for those of us looking at Gametracker? These next 13 minutes couldn’t go any slower…

groundfog

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Can’t Infante play third? Conrad just cant play it

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Derek Lowe is getting ZERO strike calls!

Nova Scotia Steve

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Time for Glaus

Nick

September 29th, 2010
4:48 pm

Conrad sucks.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

umps’ strike zone is microscopic

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

He not getting many calls

C's

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

omg, this ump can call a strike. I was worried for a second it wasn’t in his repertoire.

mcbravesgrl4lifeeeeeeeee

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Just hope the ump’s strike zone is consistent for Lowe and Miller.

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

ok get him out LOWE!!!

MIBravesFan

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Andy – comebacker to the mound, Lowe to AGon at 2nd, ball dropped on transfer, AGon picked it up and threw the runner out at home.

Mr. Neutral

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Out of this inning with no runs – gotta be a good sign.

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

atta boy Lowe

MFin04

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

WHEW! WOW! LUCKY! Lets get some early runs for him!

BL

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

DOB, what ump has the plate?

P-Town Brave ©

September 29th, 2010
4:49 pm

Whats happening in the game?

PbP anyone?

FEAR

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

damage control!

Trey

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Tough inning for Lowe, but he got out of it alive.

Jerry

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Lot of pitches for Lowe, but he gets out of it with no runs scoring. Settle down now Derek.

Colin

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

good inning, lets score lots of runs so i can go back to hw.

BoroBall3

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Way to battle Lowe! But we cant go havingthese 20 pitch innings either if he needs to get out of the 5th.

scalded balls

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Brave4life- We almost had it

September 29th, 2010
4:50 pm

Andy

Game is on ESPN

Daybed Wagmoe

September 29th, 2010
4:51 pm

That was probably one of the uglier scoreless half-innings I’ve ever seen

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