Braves beat Phillies in 11 on Chipper’s walk-off HR

Already one of the most tumultuous and tantalizing games in recent Braves history, Chipper Jones took it to another level with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning Wednesday night, giving the Braves a 15-13 win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field.

The 40-year-old third baseman homered off Brian Sanches with none out and got a curtain call after the epic four-hour game, as the Braves snapped an eight-game losing skid against the Phillies in grand fashion.

“That was the most psychotic game I’ve ever been a part of,” said Jones, whose game-ender was the 500th home run of his professional career, including 458 in the major leagues.

After Brian McCann’s grand slam off Roy Halladay punctuated an improbable comeback against one of the best pitchers in a generation, the Phillies stormed back and threatened to break hearts again across Braves Nation.

But these Braves have insisted at every opportunity that they aren’t last year’s Braves and aren’t going to crumble. They backed up the talk, coming back twice from big deficits — six and four runs — before pulling out an exhilarating win.

“For us to fall down 6-nothing to Halladay and come back the way we did, time and time again after falling down, says a lot about this ballclub,” Jones said.

McCann said, “As far as things that you never see, tonight was something you don’t see.”

For the Phillies, the loss was their first since 1969 in a game in which they scored 13 or more runs, snapping a string of 111 consecutive wins meeting that criteria.

“It was just a weird game all the way around,” said McCann, the fourth player ever to hit a grand slam off Halladay, who had not allowed a homer by anyone in 2012. “I’ve never been a part of a game quite like this before….

“We played the Cincinnati game [in 2010] where Brooks Conrad hit a grand slam walk-off. It matches right up there with this one. This one was unbelievable. It had everything you could possibly want.”

After coming back from six down to take an 8-6 lead in the sixth inning, then falling behind again 12-8, the Braves fought back with a five-run eighth to reclaim the lead. But it still wasn’t over.

The Phillies tied the score with a run in the ninth to hand Craig Kimbrel his first blown save of the year, and the Braves had to play beyond nine innings for the first time this season pulled out the win on the latest in what is already a series of memorable moments this year for Jones, who is retiring after the season.

After Dan Uggla led off the 11th with a single, Jones hit a towering would-be homer that sailed about 10 feet to the right of the foul pole. Then — cue the dramatic music — he homered two pitches later to right-center field.

The eldest Brave’s long ball ending the highest-scoring extra-inning game in the National League since the Braves lost 16-13 to the Mets in 19 innings on July 4, 1985.

“You don’t see stuff like that,” McCann said of the balky-kneed team leader’s walk-off blast. “You try to throw a cutter in on him, he pulled his hands in nice. Try to go away from him and he made him pay. What a cool moment that was not only for Chipper but for the rest of us to be able to enjoy that or watch that, to see him walk down the first base line like that.

“That’s a treat for all of us in here. What he’s done for his career. What he’s meant to this organization, to this city. He’s going out this year. That was one of the coolest moments I’ve had on the baseball field.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he’d never seen anything like it in Atlanta in his years as a third-base coach or manager.

“I can’t even describe it,” Gonzalez said of the win. “I don’t even know who started the game. I tell you what, I’m so proud of those guys. Coming from six runs down against Doc Halladay and they battled and battled.

“We scored a six-run inning and a five-run inning and still had to play extra innings. I’m so proud of them. I don’t know where to start. Good for us that we’re smiling today, and happy we got a ‘w’ because there was a lot of weird stuff happening out there. The heart that these guys showed today was terrific.”

McCann’s grand slam capped a six-run fifth inning that erased a seemingly insurmountable deficit against Halladay, and the Braves had as many bases-loaded hits (three) in that one inning as they’d had all season before Wednesday.

Jason Heyward’s two-run single in the sixth put the Braves ahead 8-6 and sent the Turner Field crowd into another round of boisterous chopping and chanting.

The Braves went 7-for-13 with runners in scoring position after going 4-for-36 in the previous four games.

But the Phillies rose from the slab again, and Carlos Ruiz’s three-run homer off reliever Eric O’Flaherty in the seventh gave the Phillies the lead, which they added to when Ruiz hit a three-run double in the eighth off Kris Medlen during another plunge on the rollercoaster ride taken by a crowd of 26,504.

Ruiz had seven RBIs to set a Phillies franchise record for catchers.

The Braves had lost 18 of their past 25 against the Phillies before Wednesday, and for much of the ninth it looked like the mental edge would only grow for the five-time defending NL East champions.

That is, until the Braves mustered another rally in the eighth against Jose Contreras, using two hits, an error and a walk. Tyler Pastornicky had an RBI single off Contreras, and Michael Bourn drew a base-loaded walk after reliever Michael Schwimer entered the fray.

Martin Prado followed with a two-run single to tie, and the crowd was on its feet again, re-energized. Freddie Freeman followed with a sacrifice fly for a 13-12 lead.

After Kimbrel blew the save, the Braves needed two extra innings — their first extra-inning game of the season — before Jones ended it, homering two pitches after he hit a would-be homer that barely sailed wide of the right-field foul pole.

“It’s unbelievable to finish a game like that,” said Pastornicky, a rookie shortstop who had his second three-hit game. “That’s what you dream of as a little kid, to get to be a part of that…. That’s the best game I’ve ever played in my life.

“That’s Chipper. It’s amazing, and it’s cool to be a part of, I can tell you that.”

Prado smiled and said of Jones’ walk-off  homer: “I don’t know, man. He has a secret. I’m going to find out.”

The Braves are 11-2 with Jones in the lineup, 4-8 when he’s not started.  He missed the first four games of the season while on the disabled list recovering from March 26 knee surgery, and has dealt with recurring fluid in the knee since.

“I wish my knee would have allowed me to be in there more, because I feel like I have the skills to be able to play this game and play it well,” he said. “But unfortunately at 40, my body just doesn’t allow me to sometimes. But when I am in there, I want to make a splash. And I think I did it tonight.”

Braves starter Tommy Hanson lasted just 3-2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and four runs with two walk. He threw 95 pitches and recorded 11 outs. Reliever Cristhian Martinez gave up two more runs in the fifth as the Phillies produced more run support for Halladay than they typically provide for him in three or four games combined.

O’Flaherty gave up three runs on two hits and a walk in the seventh to give him seven earned runs allowed in 8-1/3 innings this season — only one fewer than he allowed in 73-2/3 innings in 2011, when he set a major league record with a 0.98 ERA in 78 appearances.

Halladay gave up 12 hits and eight earned runs in 5-1/3 innings, his worst start in five years.

“Everybody put together good ABs,” McCann said of the rally against Halladay. “Everybody got on base. I know he tried to get the cutter in a little more than he did and he left it out over the plate. I was able to put a good swing on it in a big situation. That was good.”

The Braves trailed 6-0 until the fifth, when they got five singles off Halladay before McCann’s two-out grand slam to the right-field seats, the eighth slam of the catcher’s career. Bourn and Prado each singled in a run before McCann went ‘yard to give the Braves the first six-hit inning off Halladay since 2007.

McCann got poked in the eye by an excited Michael Bourn during the high-fiving celebration, but stayed in the game after being examined in the dugout by trainer Jeff Porter after the inning.

Heyward’s pinch-hit two-run double in his first plate appearance since Sunday (strained oblique), made it the most earned runs against Halladay since he was charged with 12 hits and nine earned runs in 5-1/3 innings at Texas on May 5, 2007.

“This team goes all the way to the end,” Prado said. “That’s what I like about this team, we don’t give up. Nobody wants to make a bad pitch, nobody wants to make an error, nobody wants to strike out with the bases loaded. But in the end, we put everybody on the same page, and we’ve got good results.”

Halladay had allowed only nine earned runs in 47 innings in six career starts against the Braves before Wednesday.

145 comments Add your comment


May 2nd, 2012
11:19 pm

Dang, you can type fast DOB.


May 2nd, 2012
11:20 pm

I think he starts writing the recap during the game.


May 2nd, 2012
11:21 pm

Bravo Braves!

bucky oneil

May 2nd, 2012
11:22 pm

Un-freaking real!

Mike S

May 2nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Amazing! What a great comeback, AGAIN! Great at bats all night long…


May 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

Wow. Great baseball. Love it when we win. I like the swings. Hats off to new hitting coaches.


May 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

Chipper is still the man even at 40.

Kyle H

May 2nd, 2012
11:27 pm

Braves fans, I felt the need to come on here and share. What. a. game. I cannot remember watching a better game. I barely have words to describe it. I dont think I will ever forget sitting here watching this game. What a perfect ending on a walkoff homeun after one just sailed foul. And the hero was Chipper Jones. What a perfect ending, especially in Chippers last season. This season has certainly had some storybook moments for Chipper. I think looking back after Chipper has retired, I wont be able to help remembering me sitting here watching this game, holding my head in disbelief after the potential walkoff going foul, thinking of how great an ending it would have been, only to have it end the same perfect way seconds after. Unbelievable game, so glad I stayed up for this one.

Tech Fan

May 2nd, 2012
11:29 pm

What a night! Losing to the Phillies again would have put me in a sour mood, especially after coming back from being down 6-0. Who needs sleep for work when you get this kind of adrenaline rush. I just knew Chipper was going to hit a dinger to end it!
Go Braves!

Kyle H

May 2nd, 2012
11:29 pm

I guess this night paid off for us fans who watch every game until the end. I imagine lots of people turned the tv off being down 4-0 to Halladay.


May 2nd, 2012
11:30 pm

Both managers decided to go to the mat tonight. “Chipper’s daily decision” became the right one.
This was four games rolled up into one. Anyone who was smart enough to be there should be charged an extra $100. Wonderful win. Will probably be the best game of the season.


May 2nd, 2012
11:31 pm

Hey DOB,
Please pass on to some of the braves players that they need to keep a wheelchair on hand for any future Chipper walk offs. As soon as he hits the plate, put him in there and wheel him around for the fans.


May 2nd, 2012
11:31 pm

Where are all the chumps that have been calling for Chipper to retire and calling him a “has been?” I suppose that is the difference in a baseball GM and a blogger. Fun game, glad #10 was there.


May 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Why did both managers give their pitching staffs the night off ?

Overseas Braves Fan

May 2nd, 2012
11:32 pm

whoever in the ballpark tonight got their money’s worth, and some more…..


May 2nd, 2012
11:33 pm

Amazing, thanks Chipper for more great memories!


May 2nd, 2012
11:33 pm

Anyone who thinks Chip won’t be an American League designated hitter next year, please stand up.
So close to 500 career homers, why not.


May 2nd, 2012
11:33 pm

Thanks, Braves! I was working and couldn’t watch it, but I kept tabs via Internet, and that was one humdinger of a comeback…and back…and back.

I do think Roger McDowell owes both hitting coaches a steak dinner ASAP!


May 2nd, 2012
11:34 pm

Hey Spud, the chump is on 680 the fan with the name of “Chuck”. He will up-chuck over this one.


May 2nd, 2012
11:35 pm

What a game between the Phillies and my Braves… WOW! Down 6-0 to Roy Halladay, Braves tied the game on a Grand-Slam by Brian McCann. Then 13-13 in the bottom of the 11th, Chipper Jones missed a 2-run Homer by 3-feet. Two pitches later, Chipper hits the Homerun to win the game 15-13 Braves. This is what makes baseball special. GO BRAVES!


May 2nd, 2012
11:35 pm

Pretty good Dave. You had this out in under 10 minutes. Amazing


May 2nd, 2012
11:36 pm

hooray Chip…thanks for saying “fire Fredi”!! I agree.

Ken Stallings

May 2nd, 2012
11:39 pm

Well, that was fun!

I would say that all the demons are exorcised now!

Baseball! The most unpredictable game for a single game as there is. That’s why I love it so much!


May 2nd, 2012
11:40 pm

Braves fans have got to get up and give up for this team. You have to TIP YOUR CAP and believe what the bubble gum cards says.


May 2nd, 2012
11:42 pm

See what a little emotion will do. They were fed up and it showed. Way to go Bravos!!! Somebody please get that midget Ruiz out. Please!!

Butch in Aiken

May 2nd, 2012
11:47 pm

Someone asked me if Roy Halladay is an organ donor.

He must be. Brian McCann took out his heart.


May 2nd, 2012
11:49 pm

Insane. Chipper rocks my face. Go Braves.

Bubba won the Masters

May 2nd, 2012
11:54 pm

Simply unbelievable!!! Chipper Jones! I am so glad I got to watch your career. Go Braves!

Marlon D.

May 2nd, 2012
11:55 pm

CHIPPER WILL ALWAYS BE “THE MAN” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 2nd, 2012
11:56 pm

Great game but I have TWO complaints. The Braveaux’s really showed some resilience and I am proud of them for going out there and giving us a team to root for. But 2 questions….what is up with Kimberly against the 1st 2 or 3 batters? Whatever McDowell is telling him works every time. Too bad us being straightened out after putting a batter on base. And 2nd, I don’t agree with Jack Wilson being the late inning ss. Je can’t make the plays T.P.2 can make and his bat is inferior as well. Let the kid play….Fredi . I’m nite a nit picker…I just don’t understand those 2 things about our Braveaux’s.


May 2nd, 2012
11:57 pm

Boy…typing on this new phone Suuucks. Excuse the typos above.

Bob the Blogger

May 2nd, 2012
11:58 pm

I don’t remember ever seeing, hearing or reading about a Braves game like this, and I’ve been following them since ‘66.


May 3rd, 2012
12:00 am

Let’s hang his number tonight!!! Why wait? Chipper is THE MAN

the truth...

May 3rd, 2012
12:00 am

I saw every game (in person at the old stadium) in ‘91 from June thru the World Series….what a ton of great games and comebacks over and over…..

This game was much like that magic summer….. better than all of them?????

A fabulous game…..and we saw Chipper do what Chipper does and what makes him a first round HOF’er for sure…..

quack quack

May 3rd, 2012
12:06 am

Thank you Chipper, and Team. I can now take 911 off speed dial.
Keep it rolling…GO BRAVES!!!

Who Me?

May 3rd, 2012
12:11 am

had to know LWJ was going yard after he pulled the earlier pitch just foul but with pleny o’ distance.

Nice poke Pops, way to finish the Phillies….

Brooks Conrad on a cracked but still functioning iPad2

May 3rd, 2012
12:13 am

Larry Wayne Jones Juniorrrrrrrrrr! Legendary. One of the greats of our time. Slap yourself if you don’t agree.


May 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

If Francisco is Chipper’s replacement, Chipper better sign on for a few more years.

Step on a crack break your hitting streak

May 3rd, 2012
12:17 am

I tell you … that Carey boy needs to do the game in sign language, and let the two announcers do the talking. The second he said, “With the Braves up 8-6, going into the 7th inning, you would have to think the Braves have the advantage with their bullpen: O’Flaharity, Venters, and Kimbrel.” No! Don’t say that! There might not be crying in baseball, but there sure is superstition you fool! O’Flaharity – 3-run homer (after rookie SS drops a ball, and rolls on top of a routine grounder and can’t toss to second before the runner gets there); Venters gave up the game yesterday! So, on comes red-cheeks Medlin and after they jinx him by saying, “Nothing scared Medlin,” he can’t throw a strike. Maybe walks should scare Medlin, fools! He throws a 4-pitch walk to set up a bases clearing double. Kimbrel gave up a run that would have been meaningless is Jack Wilson had been playing shortstop in the 7th inning, as slick as he fielded a routine grounder up the middle and slick-flipped to first, just barely missing the runner.


May 3rd, 2012
12:18 am

@CajunStorm – i cannot disagree with you more. Pastornicky actually should have made at least one of those plays in the inning when medlen was pitching. Because of his defense, the phillies were able to load the bases and score 3 on ruiz’s double.

And did you see that play that jack wilson made in the bottom of the 9th? of course victorino beat it out , but had it been Rev at short, I doubt he would have even gotten to the ball.

I’m not knocking pastornicky, but i can’t knock gonzalez for putting in wilson when wilson is proven to be the much better defender.


May 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

Chipper (MF) Jones!

Texas Brave

May 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

Amazing. That’s all you can say. and Chipper!!!

Cybernetic Angel

May 3rd, 2012
12:19 am

Bwahaha @ Section242

Yeah he will, particularly since he left early to go watch Nickleback hahaha. Matt is gonna rip him a new one on the air tomorrow lol

NorCal Brave

May 3rd, 2012
12:20 am

I’m with Bob the Blogger; most improbable Braves win I can remember. Why I don’t bet on sports.


May 3rd, 2012
12:24 am

Hoss does it again, how about just missing one to right foul pole.
Chipper is like Jeter, counted out as over the hill, not so fast. The talent they have – to hit a 95 mph fastball is the hardest thing in sports. Ask Michael Jordan, it ain’t easy.
Don’t take these 2 for granted – they come alone like a rare comet – 2 HOF with same team for 20 years.


May 3rd, 2012
12:27 am

What a game. I think the bullpen will settle down against the non-pennsylvania teams.


May 3rd, 2012
12:32 am

I was there. And I won’t forget it.


May 3rd, 2012
12:34 am

Can’t remember a more exciting and intense braves regular season game in a long time. What a freakin game. Couldn’t have picked a better ending or player to end it… Of course we won’t hear anything from the few regulars on here that say Chipper’s been hurting us more than helping over the last couple years. Can’t stand the Chipper hate one can read on this blog from time to time. Chipper is among the two greatest Braves of all time and he continues to show us why after almost 20 years in a Bravos jersey. Gotta love it.


May 3rd, 2012
12:36 am


This comeback reminds me of the 2010 team. All those come-from-behind wins…in dramatic fashion. Of course, this one was nuts cause it was multiple times.



May 3rd, 2012
12:50 am

Is it just me or doesn’t Tyler Pastornicky look like John F. Kennedy ??? But great win for the braves!!!

Rik Sanchez

May 3rd, 2012
12:53 am

Take that DAVE! Chipper in your face again!


May 3rd, 2012
12:54 am

Go ahead and hang 10 up on the outfield wall.


May 3rd, 2012
12:55 am

Great job this could have been the game that truly exercised the demons from that September collapse last year


May 3rd, 2012
12:56 am

Who Me?: gonna quote you for the next few days about this one -”nice poke, pops.”

What a remarkable game to show off the resiliency. Musta been fun to watch in person and to play, ’cause it was lots of fun from my recliner. Glad they didn’t beat poor ol’ Hoss to a pulp at the plate. Coulda put him on the bench for another week. As it is, they almost poked BMac’s eye out.


May 3rd, 2012
12:59 am

I do think we might need to rethink EOF role in the Bull-pen he has been hit hard all season. I think we mght need a 3rd lefty on the Bull-pen

Gulf Shores Dawg

May 3rd, 2012
1:02 am

I love it! OMG! Go Braves! Go Chipper!! we love u man!


May 3rd, 2012
1:03 am


did you bring your sleeping bag to spend a quick night in the press box before the nooner tomorrow? I’ll stay up a little later waiting for your post-game quotes to savor every word!

David O'Brien

May 3rd, 2012
1:05 am

DOB, did you bring your sleeping bag to spend a quick night in the press box before the nooner tomorrow? I’ll stay up a little later waiting for your post-game quotes to savor every word! — Choppinmama

No, because I’m flying to Colorado tomorrow. Carroll’s got series finale.

Had enough

May 3rd, 2012
1:05 am

The greatest win in turner field history!

Braves Season Ticket Holder

May 3rd, 2012
1:05 am

Tonight, the Braves reminded once again why Baseball is indeed THE GREATEST GAME.

Shame on everyone who left the ballpark once the Phils took a 12-8 lead over the Braves.

Savor Chipper Jones every single time you possibly can this year, Folks.
(One day, probably next season, you’ll wish you had.)

David O'Brien

May 3rd, 2012
1:07 am

Dang, you can type fast DOB. — mb

Yes, I can.


May 3rd, 2012
1:08 am

I remember back when the Braves were BIG losers (78-79ish) they were down 8-0 to the Dodgers, in LA. They scored like 9 runs in the 8th inning, and another in the 9th to win 10-8 (or something close to that). Tonight was more meaningful, but keep in mind they did give up 13 runs. Chipper needs less stress on his heart, as well as the knees.

Braves Season Ticket Holder

May 3rd, 2012
1:10 am

I am so thankful to live in a city that has an MLB Franchise, particularly one run as well and as professionally as the Atlanta Braves.

Also, Thank You for all the Great Memories, Chipper.

larry wayne

May 3rd, 2012
1:33 am

You’re welcome.

David from Athens, AL

May 3rd, 2012
1:41 am

DOB, what happen to Jim Powell on radio?

Positive comments

May 3rd, 2012
2:10 am

I was a serious doubter after 4 games and I was wrong sorry for being skeptical but being a Georgia native and a fan of all sports teams I have been accustomed to failure not success just look at hawks Tuesday night home game half their players missing and we still can’t beat a team we should have obviously beaten braves have been missing bats for many years now but what I have seen so far they maybe able to hang with phillies boppers!

hiway 61

May 3rd, 2012
2:11 am

How do you like me now!! Got to love Chipper Jones..what a game.

Have a nice flight DOB.


May 3rd, 2012
2:12 am

~~~▄▄██▌▌ Phillies
▄▄▄▌▐██▌.▌ Destination: Owned


May 3rd, 2012
2:35 am

Well done Braves!

tha kid

May 3rd, 2012
3:02 am

Beautiful job braves. So glad I was there. I know ill remember this one forever.
Helluva job chip and company.


May 3rd, 2012
3:15 am

$4.00 a bottle Dasani never tasted so good. Glad I was there to experience the thrills!


May 3rd, 2012
4:24 am

Wow…what a game…I gave up at least three times…the ballpark crowd was decent and somewhat boisterous for a half filled stadium…I was ready to post a comment on the horrible Atlanta fans in all sports until this game….we stayed at the stadium with tremendous, yet unpredictable results….I truly dig this team…..


May 3rd, 2012
5:02 am

My God! And I said that a lot last night. One of the best games I’ve ever witnessed from both benches. I’m just glad this time it was the Braves that came out on top. Way to break that losing streak to the Phillie’s and to break their hearts. Hope everyone is rested for the noon game today.


May 3rd, 2012
5:13 am

That was an amazing game!


May 3rd, 2012
5:50 am

The Braves won because I quit watching when they were losing…then flipped back when they were ahead, until they were losing…then quit watching…I am so sorry to miss the end, but glad I sacrificed for the team!!! GO BRAVES!!


May 3rd, 2012
5:51 am

I was at the stadium until the end for the ‘10 Cincy game where Brooks hit the walk off grand slam – off the top of the fence no less. After being down by 8. We only stayed to the end because we were entertaining guests. Thought I would never see anything like it. But wow, last night might have topped it. Watched McCann hit the GS last night but went to bed after the Phils went up 9-6. Can’t believe this come back. These guys will be stoked for a while over this. It will mean a few more wins.. Great game, one for the ages.

coach joe

May 3rd, 2012
6:14 am

Wow.. Chipper’s 500th home run to win the game..HOF first ballot no doubt.

Too much fun… Go Braves..


May 3rd, 2012
6:25 am

First Hinske blows a catch Hayward catches every time, then Pasternicky continues his limited-range SS play, then we’re behind 6 and tehn 4. And after all the bad stuff happens, a ball game breaks out. I’d go back and watch it again, but that 30 minute extension ran out way too soon.
Hey, DriectV – add a 1.5 HOUR extension. We may need it here about.

Honest Ingine

May 3rd, 2012
6:27 am

458 in the Big’s…..Fell asleep, Dang will watch replay for sure….

scott brantley

May 3rd, 2012
6:31 am

Damn, that game was torture. Would have sucked real bad to lose that one. Go Braves!


May 3rd, 2012
6:42 am

I went to bed, I was so disgusted with our bullpen, when I woke up and heard it I was in happy shock, but I shouldn’t have been.

Chipper: you are a hitting genius!!!!! I love you, old man!!!!!! Where would we be without our Chipper, bailed us out yet again!! You are truly amazing and I hate the overuse of that word, but you genuinely are. As for our bullpen, what is wrong with some of them? I can only think they were intimidated by the Phillies, yes, that means you EOF, Kimbrel, maybe even Medlen or he was just overused and tired. On a night where our other star, Mac, hit’s a grand slammy, we are supposed to win and thanks to our Chipper, we did.

WAY TO GO!!! Just don’t hurt him during the celebration!!!


May 3rd, 2012
6:43 am

Watch the latest Hal’s Take on Sports here…


May 3rd, 2012
6:46 am

Great game, but the greatest home game will always be the Sid Bream slide in the 92 National League Championship.

Rick in Macon

May 3rd, 2012
6:53 am

What’s lost in all this celebration is the fact that the pitchers and relievers are not doing their job when the chips are down. IfI were Freddi G, I’d be a bit concerned about the lack of quality starts and especially concerned with Eric O’Flaherty. Medlin and Kimbrel are starting to look hittable now…what’s happened to these guys?


May 3rd, 2012
7:17 am

I quit watching Sportsouth because for some reason they like to show the guys in the booth and their “storytelling guests” more than the game!!!!! PLEASE . . . we don’t care about anything other than what’s going on on the field. If you guys need CAMERA TIME, get your own gig . . . we fans want to see the game, not you and listen to your gibberish! I did return to see the CHIPPER FAREWELL show though. PLEASE show the game from now on.


May 3rd, 2012
7:18 am

Holy cats! That was crazy. Not worried about picking things apart. Just basking in the moment. Cheers!


May 3rd, 2012
7:22 am

Man I turned the channel after the 6th run, came back right before I went to bed as Chipper was circling the bases. I might have to do that the whole season. What team has given this town more stories like this?


May 3rd, 2012
7:35 am

wow…..Chipper looks old, in person, but not with a bat in his hand!!!


May 3rd, 2012
7:49 am

Like probably a lot of you, I tuned the game in and out. I missed the 6-run 5th but did catch the 5-run 8th and suffered when Kimbrel blew the 9th. Those leadoff walks always seem to come back and bite you. But after Chipper’s walk-off all I could do was marvel. So glad I saw the comeback. This game has to be one for the ages. So many heroes….from B-Mac to J-Hey and to cap it off, Chipper.


May 3rd, 2012
7:57 am

Good game and a big win. But folks this is what big boy teams do. Losers give up, winners stay in it to the end and win. This is something the Phillies or Yankees do a couple of times a year. I don’t mean to take away from a great effort but c’mon fans – we should expect our team to battle every minute of every game. Way to go Braves, don’t ever give up.

One big exception

May 3rd, 2012
8:14 am

“For the Phillies, the loss was their first since 1969 in a game in which they scored 13 or more runs, snapping a string of 111 consecutive wins meeting that criteria.

One big exception…blew a 14-9 lead (at home) to Toronto in ‘93 World Series to lose 15-14. Helped make Joe Carter a hero (Mitch Willams the goat) in game 6. Outweighs the 111 regular season ones by a country mile


May 3rd, 2012
8:22 am

Some of us kept the faith through the 0-4 start. I haven’t seen some of the naysayers-like HT and Rafael the last couple of weeks. You still think we should fire FG? Do you still think Chipper is out of gas, JJS,and should retire? Do some of you guys still think FW is an idiot for not trading one of young guns for a bat? Still think the Braves offense is anemic? I think not! If you won’t come on the blog now when the Braves are tearing it up and admit you were wrong, don’t show up with your whining pessimistic attitude when the Braves lose a few in a row.


May 3rd, 2012
8:24 am

Wow! What a great game! Ok Chipper bashers, where are you this morning? The Bravos are 11 – 2 with him in the line-up. You guys think he does not have an impact every time he steps on the field? Do the rest of the real fans a favor and quit complaining about him for the rest of the year. Chipper is not going to be playing every day, but when he is in the line-up, he will always be an asset. Great comeback win for sure. Good job by Bmac and Jhey. An ugly pitching performance, but a W against the Phillies. I’ll take it any day.

Dr. R

May 3rd, 2012
8:25 am

Such a great game you’d think the AJC might try to get it in the paper. You guys have given up on getting any games in, it seems, unless it’s a day game. Not sure why I subscribe.

Another Clueless Blogger

May 3rd, 2012
8:30 am



May 3rd, 2012
8:35 am

Braves fan since 1957! Handful of games like this since then. Took my dog for a walk when Braves went down 12 – 8, got back in time to see Freeman hit sac fly. Amazing comeback! Agonized over Kimbrel in the ninth! Chipper really bailed out Fredi with that walk off! How do you use up your bench and your bullpen by the 11th inning? What is going on with OVentBrel? Can’t seem to count on any of the three of them. Slept soundly replaying that Chipper home run in my head! Where are the Chipper bashers today? Noon game today, let’s win the series and get into the Phillies heads!

Mike Lum

May 3rd, 2012
8:43 am

Great win!
Dan, the minor league home runs don’t matter.


May 3rd, 2012
8:51 am

Hanson, O’Flaherty, and Kimbrel were awful tonight. Add that to Venters the day before and the bullpen needs to settle down. It’s frustrating to watch a team’s strength (bullpen) do so poorly against against another team’s weakness (lineup). The Phillies are not an offensive juggernaut by any means. Credit our hitters for never giving up.

Our pitching needs to settle down.


May 3rd, 2012
8:55 am

So all you nay sayers talking at the begining of the season about the GM hiring Greg Walker from the White Sox can ALL GO EAT CROW! As a life-long White Sox fan and a recent Atlanta resident I can say none of you had a clue. Go Braves!! Go White Sox!! Go Greg Walker!!!


May 3rd, 2012
8:56 am


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