Braves lose stunner in marathon opener vs Nats – updated

WASHINGTON – Long after the Braves had walked off the field dejected by a 5-4 marathon loss in Monday’s series opener at Nationals Park, after Danny Espinosa had scored the winning run and joined the fray of his Washington teammates, the game ball laid there, stuck in the infield grass.

It was right where Braves second baseman Dan Uggla had left it, after fielding and ultimately freezing on the game’s final play.

The Braves had spent the previous four hours and 27 minutes and 13 innings of their longest game of the season rallying. They came back from 4-1 down after the Nationals scored four runs on Tim Hudson in the first inning, and staved off defeat time after time, when it looked like the Nationals had it won against the bullpen.

But somehow the Braves still managed to lose the game in a stunning way, on three balls that never left the infield.

Ian Desmond led off the 13th inning with a single up the middle where neither shortstop Paul Janish or Uggla had a play. Kurt Suzuki followed with a chopper off the plate that bounced over reliever Cristhian Martinez and off the foot of a charging Chipper Jones. While both Jones and Janish attempted to field the ball, Espinosa astutely advanced from first to third before Martinez could get over to cover the base.

From there, Espinosa scored the game-winning run after taking off on a one-out ground ball Chad Tracy hit to Uggla on the edge of the infield grass. Uggla went to his left and his knees to field the ball but he had it securely in his glove, with Espinosa in his sights breaking for the plate. But rather than throwing home, Uggla hesitated.

He eventually dropped the ball, as the Nationals won the game and widened their NL East lead over the Braves to six games with two to play in this series.

“I was going over pretty much every situation that might happen,” Uggla said of the play. “I was like ‘If he hits a ball to my left or hits a ball hard right at me, I can just tag Kurt (Suzuki) and touch first and we can be out of it.’”

When asked if he had to do it over again, Uggla said he would still go for the double play. But with the infield in, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wanted him to go home.

“You can’t go anywhere else but the play at the plate,” Gonzalez said. “We can’t take a chance of turning a double play there and not turning it, and the game’s over.”

Originally the play was ruled an error on Uggla but the official scorer changed it to an infield hit and an RBI for Tracy shortly after the game. It was a confusing all the way around.

“Our pitching did its job,” said Hudson, whose five shutout innings after the first inning were mimicked by six more from the Braves bullpen. “Cristhian did a great job. That last inning was Little League-esque.”

The Braves had rallied to tie it 4-4 in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Jason Heyward. But they stranded five runners in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings and couldn’t drive in Martin Prado despite his leadoff double in the 11th.

The Nationals had put the leadoff man on base in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and twice had the go-ahead run on third base with less than two outs. But they came up empty against Hudson, Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty. Then Heyward backed up to the right field fence to catch a pair of flyballs behind Luis Avilan, once in the 10th and once in the 11th, keeping him scoreless in two innings.

“I’m proud of the club,” Gonzalez said. “They came out and they battled for 13 innings. We’ve played some tough ballgames against a very good team and we know we can hang in there. We just need one of those – chopper over the bag or ball over the pitcher’s mound – we need a couple of those and win a ballgame.”

Hudson gave up four runs in the first inning for the third time in his three starts against the Nationals this season. After going 14-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 23 starts against them entering this season, Hudson is 0-2 with a 7.71 in three starts against them this season.

His troubles started a Werth’s leadoff double off Jones’ glove, followed by Bryce Harper’s RBI roller through to left field. With two outs, Desmond hit a two-run home run to put the Nationals up 4-1.

“It was a little fluky I think,” Hudson said. “They get some crazy hits, then it’s a combination of me not making some pitches and then a little bit of luck on their end.”

297 comments Add your comment

Brandon

August 21st, 2012
12:33 am

great game and horrible ending. Its quite apparent how evenly matched these two teams are

RaleighDawg

August 21st, 2012
12:35 am

Wow…not sure who looked stupider in the 13th…the “HOF’er” (hee-hee, pardon my giggle there) Chipper by not only not covering his base, but then kicking the ball so Janish could make a play or the “12 million dollar” second baseman who drops the ball trying to get it out of his glove…these guys are so clutch you can set your watch by them…

Csonka

August 21st, 2012
12:38 am

“that Chipper Jones nearly collided with Janish to get to, as the runner took third base.”

Wow. Talk about hometown beat writers covering for the franchise player.

A more apt description would be “Chipper Jones ambling over towards short and cutting off Janish, then giving up on the play and doing his best David Beckham impression and kicking the ball away to ensure the Nationals runners advanced first-to-third on a 75-foot hopper, thus setting up the eventual winning run.”

You’d never make it in NYC, DOB.

Reality

August 21st, 2012
12:38 am

Epic choke. Dan Uggla is a real jewel.
Just like last year-choke away the must win games. Will be 10 out by the weekend. Can’t hang with good teams.

RaleighDawg

August 21st, 2012
12:39 am

Huh, Gant just (kinda) called the Braves out for not winning this game…I would LOVE to see more of the media and the Braves management holding this jokers accountable instead of making excuses and “tipping their hats”…

lee maye

August 21st, 2012
12:40 am

Bad decision by Uggla. This guy is killing us in the field and at the plate. 10 errors and several more that could have been charged to him. His PopEye arms have made him unable to throw accurately. He throws like Olive Oil and hits like her too. .210 and holding after a hit. Chipper also got in the way and should have covered 3rd. 2 costly mistakes by 2 supposed veterans.
And, of course, the Braves’ bats went cold.

RaleighDawg

August 21st, 2012
12:40 am

@Csonka – spot on my man !

Reality

August 21st, 2012
12:40 am

They are real close Brandon, the only difference is that the Nats win the close ones and put the division away tonight.

Rowland Office

August 21st, 2012
12:43 am

Overbay to the rescue. WTFE
What losers

Brandon

August 21st, 2012
12:43 am

i dont know. i think most third basemen run after that ball. It was just hit in the right spot and it just so happened that the runner was running and was around 2nd by the time that they even got to it.

as far as uggla goes, i guess it happens. Wouldve been close because the runner was going on contact. These kind of games always seem to end with something fluky. Nats got 3 infield hits to win

NorCal Brave

August 21st, 2012
12:43 am

Evenly matched, Brandon? We’re 4 and 9 against the Nats, with one of our wins an improbable comeback from a 9-0 deficit against Strasburg. Have you also taken note that the Nats team BA is 30 points better than ours? We’ve struggled for years beating these guys and I see nothing about to change that.

So Cal Brave

August 21st, 2012
12:45 am

Not sue I’ll bother going to see them next week-waste of time

SR

August 21st, 2012
12:46 am

You nailed that one NorCal. Isn’t that the truth!

Jair Jurrjens is the New Kenshin Kawakami

August 21st, 2012
12:51 am

Dan Uggla SUCKS. The end.

crashandburnedbraves

August 21st, 2012
12:52 am

Yea! The Bravos just signed O for Bay! Can he play 2nd? The team should hold open tryouts for a 2nd baseman tomorrow, if not late tonight. And the ajc beat writer is never going to criticize CJ. He could drop kick a ball into the upper deck and the beat writer will simply brag about how far he could kick a ball.

Brandon

August 21st, 2012
12:53 am

@NorCal Brave

the nats team batting avg is .258, braves team batting avg is .254 where did you get the 30 points from?

Nats have a 3.25 team ERA which has stayed pretty consistent, and braves have a 3.65 team ERA which has been improving

Its true that we’ve lost the majority, but both teams are healthy right now and at their best. Have you seen the similarities in our records since the all star break? also, we split the last 4 game series and it took 13 innings to finally come to a conclusion tonight. Yes, both teams look pretty even to me

crashandburnedbraves

August 21st, 2012
12:56 am

Hey Braves, Avoid the rush…start the September collapse now! Besides, college football starts in 10 days…..goodbye Braves!

Eric b

August 21st, 2012
12:56 am

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Harpie

August 21st, 2012
12:56 am

This team just has a loser mentality…

Bravo Fan

August 21st, 2012
12:56 am

Of course the play is to home. Where else could it be with the winning run on third base? Big time choke by all involved. But Nats are simply better than the Braves at every position. More depth. More speed. Better hitting. Better pitching. Better manager. I think this loss will crush the Braves’ spirit. No wild card game. No nothing. Lost season that will be a “woulda, coulda, shoulda” for the ages. Team will be even worse next year…

TuffShhhtuff

August 21st, 2012
12:56 am

Sorry Csonka but 9 times out of 10 you would be right as that sounds exactly like something DOB would say, but Carroll Rogers is subbing for him in DC for this series. Guess they are all basically brain-washed by now. I think I read earlier today that Uggla leads second basemen with 15 errors already, and he showed why tonight. Yet his buddy, FG, keeps “running him out there”. He’s not worth $5M much less $12.5 per year! He got one hit tonight but blew one at bat when it really mattered.

john doe

August 21st, 2012
12:57 am

The Braves are probably the second best team in baseball (if you take out the games against Washington, they would have the 2nd best record). Unfortunately, the Nationals are the best team right now.

Bronke

August 21st, 2012
12:58 am

Boooooooohhhhhhhh sad but true. Glad next year there will be some new leadership on this team. Out with old and in with the new! Make Prado team captain and demand hussle, and hard play every night.

joe barkley

August 21st, 2012
12:59 am

comparing dan useless uggla to olive oil is so not fair. you are doing a complete disservice to olive oil
useless in the field,useless at the plate. it’s time for prado to 2nd and reed johnson in left and dan uggla
to any where except atlanta.

Eric b

August 21st, 2012
12:59 am

It seem like the infield look at one another and said its time to go back to the hotel. I havent seen uggla do nothing since his Marlins days.

Minnesota Brave Fan

August 21st, 2012
1:02 am

Uggla is an embarrassment. One of the worst Brave signings of all time! When is this going to end? He’s killing us at the plate and in the field. Arggggggg!

ab initio

August 21st, 2012
1:02 am

The Braves are like that hot chick you met at the bar last night only to wake up to a horse in the morning.

There just ain’t enough enemas to clean out the crap on this team. Yeah, I’m looking at you Uggla as the first nugget that needs to be flushed.

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

August 21st, 2012
1:02 am

Fredi’s bullpen management is truly mind-boggling. Fredi has three of the most dominant pitchers in the game at his disposal, yet he only allows them to get three outs each… and that’s ALL they’re allowed, NO QUESTIONS ASKED. What a joke. After Martinez gave up that first infield single, that should have been it for him, and Kimbrel should have been brought in immediately. But NOOOOO, Gonzalez has to save Kimbrel for God knows what.

RaleighDawg

August 21st, 2012
1:03 am

Spoke to soon about Gant kinda calling the Braves out…he just said “its not like they played bad defense to lose the game”…what was he watching during the 13th ?

BTW, I’ve heard the Sunshine gang mention a couple of times about a “double hit by Werth off Chipper’s glove”…tell me (someone who saw it) – was this a legit double or was it the usual “OLE” play by Chipper ?

ChipsStillGotIt256

August 21st, 2012
1:04 am

This was heartbreaking to watch.. all i will say is lets move on and get em later tues & wed, also before everyone blames uggla think about this if we would have scored atleast 1 more in the countless times before that inning we would be celebrating a win instead of suffering in defeat..

crashandburnedbraves

August 21st, 2012
1:04 am

Hey Brandon, a couple of more stats for you…6 GB and magic number is 35…sound pretty even to you?

Duh-Uggla

August 21st, 2012
1:06 am

As quoted by my 8 year old “EPIC FAIL”.
Very much like last year, the team can’t seem to get out of their own way to win a game.
Someone please tell dan Uggla that he doesn’t have to swing for the fences at every at-bat. And text him Brooks Conrad’s phone number so they can compare notes on playing 2nd base.

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

August 21st, 2012
1:07 am

It was the usual “OLE” play by Chipper… his lazy butt could have made the play, he just didn’t feel like it.

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

August 21st, 2012
1:10 am

@ChipsStillGotIt256: Dan Uggla had men on (first and second, one out), and he struckout on three pitches. Watched one split the middle, swung at one in the dirt, and then watched the third hit the outside corner. Then he just stands there like he didn’t expect to strikeout. He’s killing this team, as is his F&*% buddy FG.

crashandburnedbraves

August 21st, 2012
1:11 am

Next year Chipper will be wearing one of those silly looking black hats and waving a red cloak at the bullfights in Mexico City…tonight was just another audition for him.

Fundamentals

August 21st, 2012
1:11 am

Why didn’t Uggla just run towards first and tag Suzuki (who did not move) and then step on first base. Unassisted double play ends the inning. The runner going from 3rd to home does not matter. Lame. Fundamentals are knowing what you are going to do with the ball BEFORE it is hit to you. Focus. Stay in the game.

TuffShhhtuff

August 21st, 2012
1:12 am

One correction on my 12:56AM, that was last year Uggla had 15 errors to lead for that position. This year he already has 11, which puts him one behind Rickie Weeks of the Brewers, so he is on pace for at least 15 or more again this year. Along with his pathetic parttime hitting, he has to be the most overpaid player in all of baseball.

Reality

August 21st, 2012
1:14 am

That flushing sound you heard after midnight was another Braves season going down the tubes.

Nothing ever changes on the Atl sports scene. Championships are for other cities

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

August 21st, 2012
1:14 am

@Duh-Uggla: Ah, Brooks Conrad… I would honestly rather have him at 2B now. I really don’t know why we let him go, he was a decent utility player, and any utility player is better than Dan Uggla.

Joe

August 21st, 2012
1:15 am

The only reason Uggla is still here is because of the Manager, run them both of out town….wait keep them, I am a Dodgers fan. We are hoping for the Braves in a 1 game playoffs, your team will choke! Go Dan!!!

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

August 21st, 2012
1:17 am

It’s a wonder where this team would be right now if Uggla, Gonzalez, McDowell, and Tosca weren’t in any way associated with this team.

Blauser

August 21st, 2012
1:18 am

Guessing we could pay the major league minimum for a 2nd baseman that can’t hit and can’t field.

Wonder if Uggla is the least bit embarrassed to cash that check.

NorCal Brave

August 21st, 2012
1:19 am

Sorry, Brandon, should have been more specific: the Nats average is 32 points higher since July 3rd, per an article today in the ajc. I do think we now have a pitching staff capable of matching Washington’s, and that’s what’s keeping us in the playoff hunt. But the Braves’ history is to lapse into horrible hitting with RISP. And once again, we’re seeing history repeat itself.

lee maye

August 21st, 2012
1:20 am

Doesn’t look good for the Bravos in the postseason if they reach it. Braves would have to win the Wildcard game, then would likely get the Nats. We can’t beat the Nats.

First time long time

August 21st, 2012
1:21 am

So much for another must win game. 6 games back and out of contention.

Same as it ever was

NATS NUTT

August 21st, 2012
1:23 am

My man Zimm. gave the Bravos like what 4 walks and they can’t score none of them HAHAHA!You guys don’t have no clutch hitters HAHAHA!You guys are toast the DIV. is ours HAHAHA!!

the nightmare it's coming up

August 21st, 2012
1:25 am

after tonight game , i lose my faith in this team… yes they lost with Uggla’s error , but what about open one inning with Prado’s double and strand him in the 2nd base???? … a lot of LOB…. that was the real problem…..

hardly the braves gonna win one game in D.C. , and hardly the braves gonna win more than one game in S.F….

apparently the nightmare it’s coming up …. and no playoffs for the braves this season…..

WASHINGTON, CINCINNATTI , LOS ANGELES, Wildcard game : SF vs PITTSBURGH….

im sure the braves will lose the final series in PIT and with that lose the 2nd wildcard…..

Charlie Brown

August 21st, 2012
1:25 am

I knew it was over in the 1st. I hang around for hours and watch. Doesn’t make me very smart. Like buying an overpriced stock watching it collapse and hang around hoping against hope that it will recover. Really need to learn a lesson from this. Football in 2 weeks and these losers are a distant memory. A bad memory but distant

Slammin' HELMETS, and breakin' BATS!

August 21st, 2012
1:28 am

“We can’t beat the Nats.”

I don’t believe that, I think the Braves could beat the Nationals… just as long as Dan Uggla and Brian McCann are out of the lineup for good. You can’t have those two stooges bumbling around on the field (both of them are absolute jokes when it comes to defense), and then have them in an offensive lineup, much less the 5th and 6th spots. NO OTHER MANAGER IN THE GAME WOULD BE PLAYING UGGLA RIGHT NOW! I dont’ get it, why don’t we call up Gattis and let him catch, and move Pastornicky to 2B? At least those guys could provide us with quality at-bats, and who knows, they could ignite the Braves like Simmons did earlier this year. At this point of the season, there’s no reason to continue believing this bullS#IT% that Uggla is going to snap out of it. Christ, it’s been like what? 2 1/2 months, now? He’s garbage, and always has been.

meee

August 21st, 2012
1:28 am

@NATS NUTT: hahahaahah hey your mom’s puzzy it’s MINE

Duh-Uggla

August 21st, 2012
1:28 am

I was at the game where Brooks made his errors. The difference with Brooks is that he was not hired nor expected to play 2nd base in a post season game. Brooks did very well in the utility role for which he was hired.

Uggla is a really nice guy. But his few home runs do not make up for all of the men that he leaves on base. And you can’t “choke-in” the winning run when you are getting paid 12.5m/year to play the position.

Maybe the team will buckle down and do well the rest of this road trip. I hope it isn’t going to be another year where they take the wild card for granted and end up watching the ‘play-in’ game at home with their kids.

Eric C.

August 21st, 2012
1:32 am

If the Braves win the next two, they’ll only be 4 games behind and the month of September looks like a favorable schedule.

Eric b

August 21st, 2012
1:34 am

If Bobby was still coaching we would be in first place by now our coach then lost half of our games by bad coachin i then seen him leavin pitchers in too long if a pitcher was in a Jam 6th inn and barely gets out its time for his to sit anrab a bag or two of them seeds this only coach i then seen lose games without a bat and glove our pitchin debt aint strong enought to make it deep in the playoffs if we make it at all

NATS NUTT

August 21st, 2012
1:34 am

@meee You must like old Puzzy she is 84 HAHAHAHA!!!and the Braves STILL SUX HAHAHA!!

Ryan

August 21st, 2012
1:34 am

Freddi and Uggla will never get us to WS .Why dont we hit and run.

NATS NUTT

August 21st, 2012
1:36 am

NO HITTER by STRAW. coming at ya in a few hrs. Bravos HAHAHAHAHA!!

Pippa's hiney

August 21st, 2012
1:37 am

RaleighDawg: CLEARLY, Chipper cannot go to his right anymore. See it nite after nite.

NATS NUTT

August 21st, 2012
1:38 am

Hey Ryan, The reason you guys can’t hit HAHAHAHA!!

NorCal Brave

August 21st, 2012
1:38 am

Quotes we better not hear tonight:
Fredi : “a foot here or a foot there……man,this can be a cruel game”

Uggla: “I’m a tick away from breaking out”

Chipper: “it’s all hands on deck tomorrow.”

NATS NUTT

August 21st, 2012
1:40 am

Thanks you Chip for gift tonite, or should i say gifts forgot that 1 in the 1st inning!!!

JC Boscan III

August 21st, 2012
1:40 am

Hudson repeated his tendency of crappy 1st innings, especially with the Nats this year. The offense could’ve won the game numerous times. You could just feel the Braves waiting for a way to lose the game………and they did. It surely wasn’t the fault of C. Martinez on the mound……. A POOR ending to what could have been a huge win…………. but, the game was a microcosm of the Braves team. Some good moments, but some terrible moments that negate the good ones. So, we’ll have to fight it out for that 1-game wild card game, barring an unlikely collapse by the Nats. It was one more BLOWN season-changing opportunity by the Braves.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
1:43 am

@NorCal Brave: LOL, no doubt.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
1:49 am

@JC Boscan II: Yep, you pretty much summed it up. And like someone else said, I really don’t see this team having even the slightest chance of winning this division if we continue to play Uggla and McCann on a regular basis, as they really offer little to this club in any capacity. Both have poor defensive skills, one can’t run AT ALL, and neither can make solid contact with the baseball. They’re both liabilities, and unless they’re benched, the Braves will continue to revel in mediocrity.

D Morales

August 21st, 2012
2:05 am

Dan Uggla has to be benched Period. he is the weakest second baseman ever, a rule5 draft player he is already showing his draft ability, Wren was a Mule to give him that much money, Reed Jonson could do a more decent job than him, The Braves start a rally, and Uggly ends it he is no better than a bench player, but barley Brain Gonzales will be waiting forever to snap out of this Funk… you don’t pay a guy 2 millions to be waiting all of the time to snap out of slumps and yet not br brnched, Thje Braves will never win another World Series, and because of this management the will setback the City of Atlanta, even further, a piece of advise, to the Season tickes holder, Boycutt the Braves, don’t go to game anymore til they get rid of F gonzalez, Uggla and F wren, period

D Morales

August 21st, 2012
2:08 am

I see a major Choke all over again….in the horizon… go Pirates

D Morales

August 21st, 2012
2:12 am

Just be bold and go to the game and bring signs that should read Fire Freddy and Wren they both stink..

DawgDad

August 21st, 2012
2:12 am

Stick a fork in it? Maybe. Puts a lot of pressure on Maholm and Medlen, not to mention the offense.

The Braves are a good team. They’ve been a good team for the past four years. They just aren’t quite good enough, and they seem incapable of making the moves or the plays that would put them over the top. One year they choke late on baserunning blunders and a rash of men LOB, the next year they lose because they don’t have a Jack Wilson type to play second base, the next year they lose because they do have Jack Wilson playing and they can’t score. Just like tonight, the margin between winning a losing a key game can be razor-thin. Not moving a baserunner, not making a throw. Or recently, the extra early runs the #6 starter gives up.

Will be interesting to see how much air is out of the balloon. If they fall back into the mode of defending a wild card spot September could turn very ugly, as we have seen.

There are some very talented kids on the roster who should be learning valuable lessons for the future. Just hope they don’t ultimately squander the future on expensive veterans with declining skills.

D Morales

August 21st, 2012
2:18 am

I agree with youn Dawg Dad. Tired of seeing these kids waiting their talents,with a bunch of loser vets. like Dan Uggla, seriously what has he ever won in Florida, to give him 60 million dollars, that’s what’s wrong with this team, the management. is Medicre at best.. and they are in enial.

jharber

August 21st, 2012
2:25 am

Can anyone see my point now? Prado to second Johnson to left and send Uggla back to tenn. for the rest of the season then trade him for a case of sunflower seeds.

John Lenin

August 21st, 2012
3:05 am

Love to see Homo & nephew post after games like this….wait, they NEVER post after these games. Still a Braves fan and always will be. You guys do nothing but wait til a win streak, then post how lame other fans are….shame on you both!!!

Dirty Dawg

August 21st, 2012
3:27 am

Watching this game reminded me of one of my all-time favorite ‘observations’ of Braves’ ineptitude from back in the 80’s from the great Tom Hughes…’Last night the Braves never missed a chance to miss an opportunity.’

man and dog

August 21st, 2012
3:39 am

At least they scored 4 runs tonight

Carroll Rogers

August 21st, 2012
3:40 am

Csonka, then how come Chipper wasn’t charged with an error if he did about five things wrong on that play? Guess the scorekeeper wouldn’t make it in NYC either.

And yes it’s Carroll, not DOB.

man and dog

August 21st, 2012
3:44 am

Jharber- we don’t need Ugly in tenn.South Pole maybe

Eric C.

August 21st, 2012
3:44 am

Carroll, ha…good comeback.

man and dog

August 21st, 2012
3:46 am

……..and take FG with him

Wow

August 21st, 2012
3:54 am

Just had a thankless job review where I have worked very hard but have nothing to show for it. Reading the above posts makes me realize fans and managers are all alike.

SOS Braves

August 21st, 2012
4:00 am

Braves are Same Old S** t braves. Wil never make playoffs as long as bobby cox lite is manager.

Hmmmm

August 21st, 2012
4:40 am

“Braves lose stunner in marathon opener”

“stunner” was what happened when the Nats lost against the Braves a few weeks ago. I don’t think I would call this a stunning loss. They led by 1, trailed by 3, then tied it and lost by 1 …. not really stunning. However if the Nats lost this game I might call it stunning since they’re the division leader and they’ve whooped up on the Braves all year long.

When the “inferior” team loses to the “superior” one, I can’t really call it stunning

Christine

August 21st, 2012
5:03 am

I’ve been cheering for Uggla to come out of it all season, but you know what? I’m tired of it now. This doesn’t make me a fairweather fan, it means I’m tired of being optimistic while he is literally a drain on his spot in the order night after night.

Chipper is fine, stop hatin’.

bravesgrl4life

August 21st, 2012
5:26 am

Sit Uggla tonight. He needs some kind of punishment for that epic fail. I’ve supported him all year, but that is ridiculous. Get the out at home and forget the double play!

Same old Braves

August 21st, 2012
5:59 am

I don’t know why anyone’s surprised here because Braves have been trotting out the same flawed teams for years. Part can be blamed on Liberty for payroll but an equal part is at the feet of Wren and managers (Cox and now Gonzalez). After all the disappointments from the 90’s and early 00’s, My interest waned in 2005 as I knew each season’s outcome before it started.

Charlie L

August 21st, 2012
6:16 am

Now the ridiculous division winning hope talk can finally cease. Both teams getting what they hv earned.

tim

August 21st, 2012
6:20 am

it is a pity that this site is used by nothing more than haters. I wonder if any of you ever played organized sports if you had a clue what it takes, I doubt it. You get on this site and you say things about people that you know you would not say to their face. The gentleman that you so badly wish to run down Jones,Uggla,Freddie to name a few are very good at what they do if not the best,otherwise they would not be in the position they are in. Get behind your team.

JeanE

August 21st, 2012
6:44 am

How many millions does Uggla make???? I never wanted him hear, felt Omar was awesome and very talented, certainly cheaper and more veratile. Now we’re stuck with this guy who obviously can’t handle the pressure and expectations of playing here, for 2 more years. Fail, Frank. Fail.

DC NAT

August 21st, 2012
6:49 am

Have good friends that are Braves fans and not going to rub it in on this one. Very strange end to this one and still scratching my head. You want to win games but this one had a strange feeling.

longtimefan

August 21st, 2012
6:51 am

Hide the knives!! I agree, sit Uggla, Prado @ 2nd, Johnson in left.

Big Green Tribe

August 21st, 2012
6:52 am

Everyone has covered last night’s fiasco very well.

But the gorilla in the room remains that we have an every day lineup that features three guys hitting under .230. I understand Yanesh…he’s replacing an injury and is in there for his excellent defense;
but Uggla and McCann? They are killing us.

I can almost excuse McCann; he’s pretty well beat up. But Uggla…this has been all season and,
after a very brief August flurry, he’s back to his old habits at the plate. His strikeout looking last night in the ninth with two on and two out was pathetic.

No team can win a championship with three guys playing every day hitting under .230!

Big Ron

August 21st, 2012
6:55 am

Bottom line is the nationals spend big bucks we have talent as well but can we go out and add game changers like the yankees and Texas can no we can not so yes were flawed n a couple of spots if the so called owners would open up the wallets increase the payroll to say $130 to 150 million we will always be a world series threat like we were back n the 90s

OTP

August 21st, 2012
6:58 am

I noticed Uggla is bouncing that left foot around, again, and not hitting, again. He never was a good fielding second baseman.
The really big difference in the Nationals is that they know how to execute. Now, if the Braves do not know how, then it is management’s fault.

Carl Farvman

August 21st, 2012
7:03 am

“That last inning was Little League-esque.” Did Hudson really say this and not exclude his first inning performance from this observation? 4 runs given up by any starting pitcher usually always results in a loss.I don’t care that he pitched shut out baseball the rest of the way. These little snipes from certain players is an example of why the Braves will come up short;it’s about character and some of the Braves go out of their way to throw somebody under the bus. Hudson’s ERA for innings pitched in this particular game is pathetic and he just needs to stay quiet and do another commercial.

Chief Knock a Homa

August 21st, 2012
7:05 am

Hard to believe some of these comments. I mean come on, things happen. Chipper was doing what third basemans do by going for a ball that he thought he could get. Uggla may not have had a shot at home anyway, and the bottom line is, that’s baseball. Look around MLB or watch Sportscenter, stuff like this happens every night. As you are looking around MLB, keep in mind that Atlanta has the fifth best record in all of baseball. I’ll take that all day long from a franchise that continues to put a team of quality players on the field year after year.

Peter

August 21st, 2012
7:12 am

Sounds like Hudson described the Braves….little League esq……..

Fredi G.got to GOOO

August 21st, 2012
7:15 am

Braves, go nowhere, with that bald moron.As the manager. FIRE FREDI G. NOW.

BRAVES SUCK

August 21st, 2012
7:18 am

Sorry, Chipper, your season ends, with NO playoffs. HAPPY RETIREMENT.

BravesfaninWis

August 21st, 2012
7:19 am

Is this loss really a “stunner” when they knew it was coming? Even after the Braves tied the game up and the homers were out in full force, I said one thing the rest of the night. I said ” They will blow it again, that I am convinced of” and look what they did.

They couldn’t figure out how to score 1 damn run from innings 9-13? They have Michael f’n Bourn as their leadoff hitter, and they can’t play small ball to win this game? Then they deserve to lose if for no other reason then being incompetent, and stupid. They lose this series, and they have no chance at the division, and may even have a battle for the wild card. We are in the midst of seeing yet another choke job by the Braves, its about the only thing they do right on a consistent basis.

Old Jax Braves Fan

August 21st, 2012
7:23 am

Tim @6.20am; Hey man, PUHLEEZE tell us that you wrote this before taking your reality medications for the day. Of course, you coud be just kidding and I took what you say seriously. Sorry, I see the sarcasm now.

Dela Solenas

August 21st, 2012
7:23 am

It is one game guys/. The Braves didn’t win or lose the World Series last night. A lot of baseball left to play. Good thing the Braves don’t give up as much as the fair weather fans !

Who Me?

August 21st, 2012
7:25 am

Went to bed in the bottom of the 11th. Leaving too many runners on when we had the chance to win it several times. No offense Frank. Uggla needs to find a new place to start.

Rowdy Garrett

August 21st, 2012
7:28 am

Wish the Braves would pay me a few million dollars to stand at home plate with a stick of wood in my hands and watch pitches sail down the middle for strikes and then jump out of my shoes trying to swing at pitches in the dirt with crucial runs out on the bases….I could kinda use the money these days….and I wouldn’t expect as much as these guys…I could get by on less than $12M and strand just as many runners as they do.

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