Braves rally for three in 9th, fall 4-3 to Marlins in 10th




MIAMI – Say what you will about the Braves and their sometimes maddening inconsistencies, but all season it’s been a bunch that doesn’t quit.

Trailing 3-0 after eight innings, the Braves rallied for three in the ninth, including a two-run double by Brian McCann, before the Marlins pulled out a 4-3 victory on Jose Reyes’ two-out bloop single to right field in the 10th.

Braves reliever Cory Gearrin walked Rob Brantly and hit Gorkys Hernandez with a pitch with one out in the 10th, and one out later Reyes drove in the winning run on a full-count pitch. The Braves had their four-game winning streak snapped and slipped back to 5-1/2 games behind NL East leader Washington, which got rained out.

They still have a commanding 6-1/2-game lead over St. Louis in the wild-card standings, but the Braves have been trying to make an improbable push to catch the Nationals so they can be assured of a berth in the division series and avoid a one-game playoff against the other wild-card team.

“All you can ask for is for everybody to play hard, and that’s what we did tonight,” McCann said. “It didn’t go our way and so be it. We show up tomorrow. If people were dogging it, that’d be one thing. But everybody’s playing as hard as they can. At the end of the day, that’s all you can do.”

Braves shortstop Paul Janish dislocated his left shoulder making a diving defensive play in the ninth inning, but Janish said X-rays were good and that he hoped to be back within a few days. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves would know more Wednesday about Janish’s condition.

After the Braves tied the score in the ninth, Braves reliever Jonny Venters gave up consecutive singles by Reyes and Carlos Lee to start the bottom of the inning. Janish was injured on the Lee infield hit and left the game.

After Reyes advanced on a passed ball, Venters had no wiggle room. He struck out the next two, Justin Ruggiano and Bryan Petersen, before sidearmer Gearrin was brought in to face John Buck, who had already tripled and homered. Gearrin got him on a groundout to send the game to extra innings.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to bring back Gearrin for the 10th, and he got into trouble quickly by walking Brantly with one out.

“They did a nice job in the ninth inning,” Gonzalez said. “Then we walk Brantly [in the 10th] and hit the next guy, and here comes the meat of the order, Reyes and Lee. Reyes just happened to put some bat on the ball and blooped one in there on a 3-2 count.”

The Braves (85-64) haven’t been 23 games over .500 since Sept. 11, 2011, when they were 84-61. If anyone or anything was going to keep them from taking their record to 23 games over .500, it didn’t figure to be Marlins rookie Nathan Eovaldi, who had a 7.58 ERA during a four-start losing streak before Tuesday.

But it looked like that would happen when Eovaldi turned in the best start of his major league career.

“He was really, really good,” Gonzalez said of the 22-year-old right-hander, who allowed just four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in eight innings. “I have’t seen a starter pitch that deep in the ballgame still cranking 97, 98 miles an hour on the fastball. It’s been a while since we’ve seen that.”

Miami took a 3-0 lead to the ninth,  then turned it over to their bullpen. And the Braves turned on their offense.

Jason Heyward led off the ninth with a double against closer Steve Cishek, and Chipper Jones walked before Freddie Freeman struck out to cap his difficult night. Dan Uggla drove in the Braves’ first run with a broken-bat single, and McCann followed with a tying two-run double off the left-center wall against left-hander Mike Dunn, who was brought in to face the lefty hitter.

The Braves left two on in the ninth when Michael Bourn struck out to end his 0-for-5 night that also included a costly misplay.

“We came back and scored three and tied it, and felt pretty good that we were going to have a chance to win the game,” Gonzalez said. “We had first and third with two outs there in the ninth, but we couldn’t get the last knock.”

Eovaldi came from the Dodgers as part of the July 25 trade for Hanley Ramirez and reliever Randy Choate, and pitched more like a right-handed version of Clayton Kershaw than a 22-year-old with a 4-12 record and 4.71 ERA.

“If you’ve got electric stuff like that and you can run your fastball consistently in the mid-90s for seven innings, you’re going to run into outings where you’re dominant,” McCann said.

Counterpart Paul Maholm had a strong start for the Braves, charged with four hits, two run and one walk in 6-2/3 innings. The first run against the lefty came shortly after center fielder Bourn got turned around on Buck’s triple in the third inning, and the other came when Buck hit a two-run homer on Peter Moylan’s second pitch after he replaced Maholm.

They got the leadoff hitter on base in the second, third and fourth innings, but the only time any of those Braves runners advanced was when McCann went to second on a Jose Constanza groundout in the third. Maholm struck out and Bourn grounded out to end the inning.

The Braves didn’t have more than one runner on base in any inning until the sixth, when Heyward laid down a perfect two-out bunt single. Jones followed with a walk before Freeman flied out.

All of this against Eovaldi, who lasted just two innings in an Aug. 2 loss in Atlanta, when he was charged with eight hits and six runs.

Maholm retired the first six batters before Buck led off the third with a triple that sailed 415 feet but landed in front of the towering lime-green center-field wall. It fell just beyond Bourn, who stopped and jumped too soon.

There’s an area that juts out to about 420 feet to the left of straightaway center at the first-year ballpark, where the outfield wall curves around the base of a flamboyant pop-art sculpture that towers beyond the fence and is lit up and set in motion whenever a Marlin hits a homer. The dimensions and angles can be disorienting for a visiting center fielder.

“I haven’t even asked him so I’m talking out of school here,” Gonzalez said, “but it looked like one of those [plays] where, you know how outfielders have their timing, and he just kept going back and going back, and you feel like the wall’s going to be there? That’s what it looked like, that he went so far back that he felt like the wall had to be close, and it kind of threw him off.”

Bourn’s misplay was costly. Maholm struck out the next two batters, but Hernandez’s single drove in Buck for a 1-0 lead.

81 comments Add your comment

Peter R.

September 18th, 2012
10:34 pm

Hmm, looks like no division title. They would have needed to go 14-0 for any chance of that happening. Stupid one game WC failure coming up Oct. 5th.

Fats

September 18th, 2012
10:37 pm

I would not give this loss another thought …………….They are going to have to play one stupid game at the end of a massive 162 game season to decide this anyways. Something is wrong about this game nowadays.

lee maye

September 18th, 2012
10:39 pm

Should have walked Reyes and made the righty Lee beat Gearin. Gearin doesn’t get lefties too well. Also, bad move with roster expansion, to let Hinske anywhere near a glove. Braves will win wildcard and then in a 1 game playoff, need to have a good day. Otherwise, this inconsistent hitting team is done and out in 1.

Vino Fino

September 18th, 2012
10:40 pm

That was one of the worst bullpen decisions I have ever seen!!! What the BLEEP was Fredi doing with Gearrin still in there???? DOB will you please ask Fredi what the hell he was thinking?

Vino Fino

September 18th, 2012
10:47 pm

Gearrin has 35 ML appearances, has pitched the previous two nights, and LEFTIES HIT .318 AGAINST HIM- almost 140 points higher than righties. Absolutely no excuse for not playing matchups with a 40 man roster. Reyes hits 23 points lower and slugs 46 lower as a righty (this year) and you leave O’Flaherty, one of the best lefy relievers in baseball, in the pen. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

PaulG

September 18th, 2012
10:48 pm

The aunt blabbys are off to a good start tonight……my prediction is that 80% of the blogs will be ” the world is ending” type of huffing and puffing

NorCal Brave

September 18th, 2012
10:48 pm

Really a meaningless game in the long run. Catching the Nats just ain’t gonna happen. Bigger concern is they guy leading off who has forgotten how to hit, and the rest of the inconsistent offense. Our opponent in the 1-game playoff just needs to put a quality lefty on the mound and our chances are just about nil.

Vino Fino

September 18th, 2012
10:50 pm

Fredi apparently has no interest in putting added pressure on Washington and going for the division. Sure, our key bullpen guys will be better rested, but it won’t mean a freaking thing if we lose a one game sudden death playoff!!! RIDICULOUS!

Just Asking?

September 18th, 2012
10:56 pm

Anyone else notice how the Escobar article and the comments were withdrawn by the AJC when they didn’t fit in with the paper’s liberal agenda? Headlines about his stupid eye black being “homophobic” were meant to point people to the proper responses. The problem is that most of us who can read, just don’t see things they way the Liberals do. His eye black was dumb, it doesn’t mean he’s afraid of anyone’s sexual orientation, no matter how obnoxious it is.

Dan The Man

September 18th, 2012
10:58 pm

Being a Nats fan-I was glad to see the Marlins win. However, I think this one game WC is the worst idea major league baseball has come up with. Sure, it makes September more interesting with the additional teams still in the race, but, a quality team like the Braves should not have to depend a one game winner take all series, as they have played good ball all year long. I wish MLB would re-evaluate that scenerio.

Speedy Gonezalez

September 18th, 2012
10:58 pm

I really like Bourne, he hustles, plays great D, has some power, & leads the league in steals every year though his numbers are down from previous years, but he strikes out way too much for a lead off hitter, for the type of money he’s gonna want I think we’re looking at letting him walk, probably to the Phil’s unfortunately! Keep Reed Johnson, he’s no Bourn but he’s a player

Vino Fino

September 18th, 2012
11:00 pm

Best I can tell, Reyes is 0 for 4 career versus O’Flaherty.

BillEGoat

September 18th, 2012
11:12 pm

I hope MLB takes a second look at the one-game playoff for wild card teams. They should make it the best of THREE games. Surely, MLB could find a way to shorten the regular season by a couple of days to accomodate that, maybe by scheduling two Sunday doubleheaders for each team during the regilar season. Strange things can happen in ONE game, an umpire’s blown call, a weird bounce, etc. Yes, it could happen in a lomger playoff, too, but ONE fluke in ONE game to end a season does not seem right for clubs that play 162 games to get there.

Dum-Bass

September 18th, 2012
11:13 pm

DOB says, “all season long it’s been a bunch that refuses to quit”. That statement is totally inaccurate otherwise the Braves would have won the game. They did quit, therefore it goes in the loss column. Make sense?

Vino Fino

September 18th, 2012
11:23 pm

Not sure the players quit, but no question the manager quit.

jd56

September 18th, 2012
11:31 pm

I honestly do not think this sports writer even knows Chad Durbin is on the team. He has been very consistant in the bull pen and this writer can jump around Chad without any problem.
I will say it great job Durbin!

bulldogbubba

September 18th, 2012
11:47 pm

Inconsistent hitting will not take us far in the playoffs.The hitters have not given Maholm much support.He delivered a good game and the bullpen made a good attempt to keep it close but you can’t let men on base and let someone get a hit like Reyes.Thats your ballgame. Marlins have nothing to lose.All these under.500 teams can ruin our chances for the playoffs. GO BRAVES!

Braves Fan in Indiana

September 19th, 2012
12:26 am

I agree with Vino Fino. Why not put O’Flaherty in to pitch lefty-lefty against Reyes? It was like FG just went to sleep in the dugout. He never ceases to amaze me with some of his pitching matchups and not playing small ball. It’s sure a lot clearer why Florida fired him. I know we have the 4th best record in baseball and we’re most likely going to the one game WC play-off game, but without FG being out-managed in so many games, we might be leading the division now instead of being 5-1/2 games down. Come on Braves–you’ve got to win despite FG’s poor management skills. I’m there rooying for you every night ’cause I love you guys.

Braves Fan in Indiana

September 19th, 2012
12:28 am

Sorry–I meant “rooting” not “rooying.” It’s late.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
3:22 am

Ryan Cranford says Mark Richt is out X and O by other coaches.

“Compare Richt’s record against teams who ended up in the top 10 to other coaches’ records against the same and you’ll find out how stupid your stat is.” I am asked to go do his homework for him.

Guess what we find ?

Surprise to anyone, including him ?

I ask you ?
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NFL Drafted by each Team Mark Richt era :
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College – Alabama – Florida – LSU – UGA
2012.…….8..…………2.…….5.…….7
2011.…….5.………….4.…….6.…….6
2010.…….7.………….9.…….6.…….5
2009.…….4.………….3.…….6.…….6
2008.…….0.………….2.…….7.…….4
2007.…….3.………….9.…….5.…….5
2006.…….5.………….3.…….7.…….7
2005.…….4.………….3.…….3.…….6
2004.…….4.………….5.…….0.…….4
2003.…….5.………….8.…….4.…….7
2002.…….4.………….8.…….5.…….8
2001.…….3.………….4.…….3.…….7
Total…….52.….……60.…….57……72

So, what is the reason for all this ?
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All-Time Football Wins
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Top 10 All-Time Football Wins
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895 (1) Michigan
858 (2) Texas
853 (3) Notre Dame
846 (4) Nebraska
825 (5) Ohio State
821 (6) Oklahoma
814 (7) Alabama # 1 of SEC
794 (8) Tennessee # 2 of SEC
779 (9) Southern California
747 (10) Georgia # 3 of SEC
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It is not as Richt-0-Philes maintain that UGA does not deserve top-notch coaching. That UGA, they state, cannot hire a top coach who can win the big games. Be happy. Be satisfied. Oh, and if you look up the other teams in the Mark Richt era, you will not find that Mark Richt is bad at beating the top teams. It is not true they maintain.

Really ? On any of their points ?

Really ?

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vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 all 12 years Mark Richt era
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Auburn :

Lost to # 2 Georgia 2007
Lost to # 10 Coaches’ # 13 AP Georgia 2008
Won over # 3 LSU 2006
Won over # 8 LSU 2010
Lost to # 2 LSU 2011
Lost to # 5 Arkansas 2011
Lost to # 6 Alabama 2008
Lost to # 1 Alabama 2009
Won over # 10 Alabama 2010
Lost to # 1 Alabama 2011
Won over # 9 South Carolina 2011
Won over # 3 Oregon 2010
Won over # 1 Florida 2006
Lost to # 6 LSU 2005
Lost to # 1 LSU 2003
Lost to # 1 Southern California 2003
Lost to # 4 Southern California 2002
Lost to # 7 LSU 2001
Won over # 10 UGA 2005
Won over # 7 UGA 2004
Lost to # 7 UGA 2003
Lost to # 3 UGA 2002
Won over # 3 Florida 2001
Won over # 8 Alabama 2005
Won over # 10 Virginia Tech 2004

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11-14 Auburn vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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LSU :

Lost to # 1 Florida 2006
Lost to # 1 Florida 2008
Lost to # 3 Florida 2009
Lost to # 6 Alabama 2008
Lost to # 1 Alabama 2009
Won over # 10 Alabama 2010
Lost to # 1 Alabama 2011
Won over # 1 Alabama 2011
Won over # 5 Arkansas 2011
Lost to # 9 Auburn 2006
Lost to # 1 Auburn 2010
Lost to # 10 Coaches’ # 13 AP Georgia 2008
Lost to # 9 Penn State 2009
Won over # 9 Virginia Tech 2009
Won over # 4 Oregon 2011
Won over # 5 Ohio State 2007
Lost to # 3 Florida 2001
Lost to # 10 UGA 2005
Lost to # 7 UGA 2004
Won over # 7 UGA 2003
Won over # 7 UGA 2003
Lost to # 2 Auburn 2004
Lost to # 4 vols 2001
Lost to # 8 Iowa 2004
Won over # 4 vols 2001
Lost to # 6 Texas 2002
Won over # 3 Oklahoma 2003
Won over # 8 Alabama 2005

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11-17 LSU vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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Florida :

Win over # 3 LSU 2006
Lost to # 1 LSU 2007
Lost to # 8 LSU 2010
Lost to # 2 LSU 2011
Win over # 8 Alabama 2008
Lost to # 1 Alabama 2009
Lost to # 10 Alabama 2010
Lost to # 1 Alabama 2011
Lost to # 9 Auburn 2006
Lost to # 9 South Carolina 2011
Lost to # 2 Georgia 2007
Win over # 10 Coaches’ # 13 AP Georgia 2008
Win over # 5 Oklahoma 2008
Win over # 2 Ohio State 2006
Lost to # 6 LSU 2005
Won over # 2 LSU 2003
Won over # 7 LSU 2001
Lost to # 4 vols 2001
Lost to # 2 Miami of Florida 2002
Lost to # 5 Miami of Florida 2003
Lost to # 8 Alabama 2005
Lost to # 9 Michigan 2002
Lost to # 8 Iowa 2005
Won over # 3 UGA 2002
Won over # 7 UGA 2003
Lost to # 7 UGA 2004
Won over # 10 UGA 2005
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10-15 Florida vs made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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Alabama :

Lost to # 3 LSU 2006
Lost to # 1 LSU 2007
Lost to # 8 LSU 2010
Lost to # 2 LSU 2011
Won over # 2 LSU 2011
Lost to # 9 Auburn 2006
Lost to # 1 Auburn 2010
Lost to # 1 Florida 2006
Lost to # 1 Florida 2008
Won over # 3 Florida 2009
Won over # 5 Arkansas 2011
Lost to # 2 Georgia 2007
Won over # 10 Coaches’ # 13 AP Georgia 2008
Lost to # 2 Utah 2008
Won over # 10 Virginia Tech 2009
Won over # 2 Texas 2009
Lost to # 6 LSU 2005
Lost to # 2 LSU 2003
Lost to # 7 LSU 2001
Lost to # 2 Auburn 2004
Lost to # 4 vols 2001
Lost to # 5 Oklahoma 2002
Lost to # 3 Oklahoma 2003
Lost to # 3 UGA 2002
Lost to # 7 UGA 2003
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6-19 Alabama vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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vols :

Won over # 2 UGA 2007
Won over # 7 UGA 2004
Won over # 3 Florida 2001
Won over # 7 LSU 2001
Won over # 6 LSU 2005
Won over # 5 Miami of Florida 2003
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vols 6 Wins vs made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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Arkansas :

Arkansas beat # 9 Auburn 2006
Arkansas beat # 1 LSU 2007
Arkansas beat # 8 LSU 2010
Arkansas beat # 9 South Carolina 2011
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Arkansas 4 Wins vs made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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Texas A and M :

Won over # 6 Oklahoma 2010
Won over # 5 Oklahoma 2002
Won over # 10 Texas 2007

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Texas A and M 3 Wins vs made AP Poll Top 10 Mark Richt era
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“Compare Richt’s record against teams who ended up in the top 10 to other coaches’ records against the same and you’ll find out how stupid your stat is.”

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Mark Richt all 12 years vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 :
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26-24 Win 2001 # 4 AP/Coaches TOG #6 /#7 vols*
10-24 Loss 2001 # 3 AP/Coaches TOG 6/6 Florida*
13-34 Loss LSU 2003 # 2*
10-17 Loss LSU 2003 # 2*
06-24 Loss Allbarn 2004 # 2*
34-14 Win LSU 2005 # 6*
35-38 Loss West Virginia mountaineers 2005 # 5*
14-21 Loss Crocodiles 2006 # 1*
37-15 Win Allbarn 2006 # 9*
30-41 Loss Alabama 2008 # 6*
10-49 Loss Crocodiles 2008 # 1*
17-41 Loss Crocodiles 2009 # 3*
31-49 Loss Auburn 2010 # 1*
21-35 Loss Boise State 2011 # 8*
42-45 Loss Sakerlina 2011 # 9*
10-42 Loss LSU 2011 # 2*

3 wins 13 losses Mark Richt all 12 years vs made AP Poll Top 10
.1875 win percentage all 12 years Mark Richt vs made AP Poll Top 10

“Compare Richt’s record against teams who ended up in the top 10 to other coaches’ records against the same and you’ll find out how stupid your stat is.”

Mark Richt is # 8 of just SEC teams now 2012 in Wins over teams who made the AP Poll Top 10 in his entire 12 years’ career here 2001 through today.

And, it ain’t getting any better.

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“Compare Richt’s record against teams who ended up in the top 10 to other
coaches’ records against the same and you’ll find out how stupid your stat is.”
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# 8 of SEC teams 2001 through today vs made AP Poll Top 10

DonofAcworth

September 19th, 2012
5:21 am

What the @#*? is all this football nonsense doing in the Braves blog???? Get it out of here! And will everyone quit trying to guess why Fredi does the things he does… he is just doing what his brain tells him to do. It does not have to make sense as long as he makes the call. It just has to be something no one else would do so he can try to explain it after the game. Like… “well it was something I’ve been thinking about doing for some time now to see if birds really do fly and fish swim.” “Tonight it didn’t work but Christmas eve it could work and maybe no one will understand it then either….. next question.”

DonofAcworth

September 19th, 2012
5:21 am

What the @#*? is all this football nonsense doing in the Braves blog???? Get it out of here! And will everyone quit trying to guess why Fredi does the things he does… he is just doing what his brain tells him to do. It does not have to make sense as long as he makes the call. It just has to be something no one else would do so he can try to explain it after the game. Like… “well it was something I’ve been thinking about doing for some time now to see if birds really do fly and fish swim.” “Tonight it didn’t work but Christmas eve it could work and maybe no one will understand it then either….. next question.”

Casey

September 19th, 2012
5:29 am

@Thomas Brown

Get a life.

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Johnny Vaught

September 19th, 2012
6:22 am

Any idiot in the world would have walked Reyes with runners at first and third — EXCEPT Fredi. Why pitch to the hottest hitting guy on the team?

Chas

September 19th, 2012
6:41 am

Cory G. & Peter M. spit it out from the mound, and Michael B. continues his second half disaster. As little league as his outfield play was, his 0 for 5 (with the chance with the bases loaded in the 9th) is even worse. He’s been a choke job / strike out guy for weeks and weeks.
That said, he’ll get big money this winter.

Rick in Macon

September 19th, 2012
7:10 am

Chad Durbin consistent?!?! Which Chad Durbin have you been watching? He’s horribly bad, then decent, then horribly bad again.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
7:31 am

There is not 1 difference in the Braves’ management and UGA’s.

Both are the # 8 teams.

Braves in baseball and UGA in football during the entire Mark Richt era compared to just the 2012 SEC teams in won/lost record against teams who made AP Poll Top 10.

Neither can beat the top teams.

Neither has any semblance of a great star player recruited to either teams – except Mark Richt lost out on Jarvis Jones in recruiting and then got him when Southern California gave up on him.

Both are stymied by upper management doing nothing about it all for all these years.

Nothing.

Neither has any hope of wins in post-season.

And, there are diehard Braves and UGA (Mark Richt for Life) fans who categorically deny that neither are no good, cannot beat the top teams and steadfastly are unable to bring in top talent to our teams.

I really do not care what you think coming in here to talk about the Braves like we’re any good whatsoever. We are # 8 baseball team.

I read another article talking about the Monday Night Falcons’ Win, saying it was is a fantasy that the replacement referees were not horrible. Excuse me. They Won. Now, they haven’t won a play-off game either – like The Georgia Bulldogs’ Football team, and like the Atlanta Braves.

lee maye

September 19th, 2012
8:04 am

Reyes is a switchhitter. Would have been better for Gearin to walk Reyes and go after the righty Lee.

Carl Farvman

September 19th, 2012
8:25 am

Clearly, Fredi and Frank should get the boot. Trade Medlen and Simmons prior to the trade deadline. Re-sign Chipper and Bourn and give multi-year extension to Uggla…but only use him 2 months each season……the 2 months that he hits.

Lt Col Razorback

September 19th, 2012
8:27 am

85-64 = 21 – NOT 23 :)

Mikey

September 19th, 2012
8:32 am

TB: Correction on your life view. We just swept the best team in baseball and Tied for 4th best record in ML. We baseball fans will wait for the playoffs before we throw in the towel.

Buffalo Guy

September 19th, 2012
8:45 am

Cut the football guy some slack…do you know how lonely it is at 3:22 A.M. in his Mom’s basement ?

Colleen

September 19th, 2012
8:47 am

Let’s get another win today Braves! I really hate Reyes (ever since he was a Met) so we really need to shut him down!!!

Mikey

September 19th, 2012
9:00 am

We go with Medlen tonight. That should put a happy face on this glum blog.

harry taylor

September 19th, 2012
9:04 am

Braves deal in streaks. Won 4 straight. Now lose 3 or 4 straight.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
9:07 am

Mikey, you’re a DISNEYbraves.com fan, sir – with all due respect. We don’t have a star player, have nothing up the middle when the best baseball teams are strongest up the middle, and have not competed for free agents since Ted Turner went to Montana. We have zero hope, and you don’t have to, as you say :

“wait for the playoffs before we throw in the towel”

That is what baseball is all about nowadays. It’s like basketball. Everyone makes the play-offs. Even NASCAR now has the same set-up – stopping 10 races before the end of the season and re-seating everyone for 10 races among 12 drivers.

Junk.

“wait for the playoffs before we throw in the towel” It’s over now; quit fooling yourself, Mikey, sir.

old scout

September 19th, 2012
9:10 am

If Gearrin is a major league pitcher wonder why he spent 90% of the season pitching at Gwinnett? Most managers in a pennant race don’t rely on Sept. call-ups with the game on the line. Fredi had a couple of better choices in the 10th..they could have pitched around Reyes and loaded bases, having a force at any base, and face a slow footed right handed hitter. If he insisted on sticking with his AAA pitcher, at least he would face a RH hitter rather than switchhitter. He also had the option of bringing in the best closer in baseball to get the 3rd out. Managers flat-out lose a few games every year, and I would chalk this one up to Fredi. It looks like Fredi is still trying to “rest” his bullpen; maybe someone should let him know this is Sept. and the season is almost over.

coach k

September 19th, 2012
9:18 am

kudos to the Braves for fighting back only to let stupid mgmt lose another one run game. I have watched this lame a** mgt style since 91.. Reyes always comes up big against us and he was already 2-4..You walk him and make the next guy beat you…We have 20 pitchers in the pen, you go right lefty matchups..bigger problem is Bourns non hitting and and no hitting with RISP… one run games are the norm in playoffs have to manufactor some, Fredi

Fats

September 19th, 2012
9:19 am

Who hi jacked this forum for UGA football..?………….Get outta here BRO :)

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
9:24 am

(57) Losses Washington # 1
(59) Losses Cincinnati # 2
(60) Losses Texas # 3
(63) Losses Oakland # 4
(63) Losses San Francisco # 5
(63) Losses Yankees # 6
(64) Losses Baltimore # 6 tied with Yankees for 1st Place # 7
(64) Losses Atlanta # 7 we’re 5 and half games back # 8

We’ve played 2 more games than Chicago White Sox and are 2 games ahead of them

You want to explain to me how we’re not # 8 baseball team, and are

“Tied for 4th best record in MLB”

?

Mikey

?

Forrest Gump

September 19th, 2012
9:46 am

Good effort last night by the Braves in tying the game.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
9:55 am

Bobby Cox was Known for September call-ups being put in the most crucial situation of the most important game. If the 25th man on the bench was no good then he should not have been on Bobby Cox’s roster, because he absolutely played the 25th man.

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
10:15 am

coach k

Did you see the 2012 lefty-righty splits on Reyes?

RBIs…………
vs Lefties 11
vs Righties 45

Fredi’s always going lefty-righty, what happend in the 10th Fredi?????

It’s on you Fredi………….your no-decision increased Reyes RBI’ chances to drive in the winning run by 4 times…..

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
10:22 am

The reason we swept the Nats is we used the bullpen correctly. brought Kimbrel in a couple of times to put out the rally not saving him for a save alone………Fredi botched it last night and we can’t get it back….

reckingball

September 19th, 2012
10:34 am

There, there, little fellers.
It was a long shot(or maybe a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong shot) to begin with, but the possibility of the Braves winning the East Div., still exists.

Looked at the standings, and I didn’t see a X in front of the Nationals name, yet.
go braves

Lobosolo

September 19th, 2012
10:39 am

Thomas Brown… throw your towel in and beat it, then, you cryingass jagoff… learn to read, too… what does it say about some jock/manager/coach wannabe and never was to keep watching a team he has disdain for? Time to binky up, Blubberer…

yellowfever

September 19th, 2012
10:42 am

Thomas Brown- you sound like a stalker, way too much love for Mark Richt. Typical UGA fan with way too much time on his/her hands.

Davey Sprocket

September 19th, 2012
10:47 am

Why is everyone whining on here? The Braves are SET in where they are gonna be. You take for granted that they will make the playoffs – they are seven up on the WC contenders. That is reasonable.
Yet, you still seem to think that, with SEVEN more losses than the Nationals and 16 games to go, that they are capable of catching them. That, too, is not happening.
So, get the staff lined up – meaniing make it that Medlen pitches in the one game playoff – and hope the hitting doesn’t fall flat on its face on that day.
Like Alfred E. Neuman sez – “What, me worry?”

Davey Sprocket

September 19th, 2012
10:47 am

Why is everyone whining on here? The Braves are SET in where they are gonna be. You take for granted that they will make the playoffs – they are seven up on the WC contenders. That is reasonable.
Yet, you still seem to think that, with SEVEN more losses than the Nationals and 16 games to go, that they are capable of catching them. That, too, is not happening.
So, get the staff lined up – meaniing make it that Medlen pitches in the one game playoff – and hope the hitting doesn’t fall flat on its face on that day.
Like Alfred E. Neuman sez – “What, me worry?”

Davey Sprocket

September 19th, 2012
10:47 am

Why is everyone whining on here? The Braves are SET in where they are gonna be. You take for granted that they will make the playoffs – they are seven up on the WC contenders. That is reasonable.
Yet, you still seem to think that, with SEVEN more losses than the Nationals and 16 games to go, that they are capable of catching them. That, too, is not happening.
So, get the staff lined up – meaniing make it that Medlen pitches in the one game playoff – and hope the hitting doesn’t fall flat on its face on that day.
Like Alfred E. Neuman sez – “What, me worry?”

Davey Sprocket

September 19th, 2012
10:48 am

sorry about the triple post, folks.

The Brave Californian

September 19th, 2012
10:48 am

Seeing Peter Moylan on the mound really makes me nervous.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
11:03 am

Lobosolo September 19th, 2012 10:39 am

“Thomas Brown… throw your towel in and beat it, then, you cryingass jagoff… learn to read, too… what does it say about some jock/manager/coach wannabe and never was to keep watching a team he has disdain for? Time to binky up, Blubberer…”

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I’d just like to see us beat some of the top teams, instead of ACTING like we have.
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11 Wins LSU vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 1
11 Wins Auburn vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 2
10 Wins Florida vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 3
6 Wins Alabama vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 4
6 Wins vols vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 5
4 Wins Arkansas vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 6
3 Wins Texas A & M vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 in Mark Richt era # 7
3 Wins UGA vs teams made AP Poll Top 10 all 12 years Mark Richt era#8

Mark Richt finds other coaches better at X and O than he and thus he cannot beat the top teams, as well as the other teams in his own conference during the same timeframe he’s been here. He’s # 8 of just the 2012 SEC teams against teams who made AP Poll Top 10 all 12 years he’s been here.

That ain’t very good.

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MARK RICHT
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# 8 of 2012 SEC teams 2001 through today vs made AP Poll Top 10

uh-duhhh

September 19th, 2012
11:06 am

when oh when are people going to quit clicking the “submit comment” button over and over???

CLICK IT ONCE AND BE PATIENT – ENOUGH WITH THE MULTI-POSTS

uh-duhhh

September 19th, 2012
11:07 am

OH and get outta here with your COLLEGE FOOTBALL crapola – NO ONE HERE CARES THIS IS A BRAVES BLOG

Lobosolo

September 19th, 2012
11:30 am

ASSuming you are talking about football, Thomas Brown? Go to the UGA blog and cry all you want over there… this is baseball, cryboy, and from where the real fans sit, the Braves are doing pretty well… there is no crying in baseball…

Bro

September 19th, 2012
11:33 am

THIS ONE IS ON FREDDI G. HE LEFT A PITCHER IN WHO HAD PITCHED THREE DAYS IN A ROW. WHY????? GUESS HE DID NOT WANT TO WIN. WHAT A STUPID FOOL. WHY IS HE AFRAID TO MAKE A MOVE FOR THIS TEAM. EVERY LOSS COUNTS AGAINST US AND HELPS THE TEAM AHEAD OF US AND ALL THOSE BEHIND IN THE WILD CARD. STUPID.

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
12:28 pm

Thomas Brown – “We have zero hope” and “It’s over now.”

UGA football expert Thomas Brown has made the above declarations regarding the Braves’ chances this year. We can all stop posting now. Until these declarations, I did not know that I had no hope and that it was over. Thank you TB for assuming this all-knowing role and enlightening us little people about the truth.

Long time fan

September 19th, 2012
12:30 pm

I wasn’t thrilled with last night but they came back in the ninth. In the tenth, the winner came home on something my brother consider “tearing the crap outta that one”. Let’s get this one with Meddog (or Maddux 2.0 or da Meddie) and hope for a nice weekend in Philly before coming home.

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
12:37 pm

Vino Fino – “Not sure the players quit, but no question the manager quit.”

Being critical of Fredi’s decision in the 10th inning is one thing, but to suggest that the team or Fredi quit is quite asinine.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
12:39 pm

They might as well. They’re the # 8 team in baseball. What’s the purpose ?

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

Thomas Brown – I take it you are not a motivational speaker.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
12:47 pm

That’s your theory ?

Or, you think it MOTIVATES the Braves or the Dawgs to tell them how great they are when they have neither done nothing, and never will ?

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
1:05 pm

Folks, TB has really put the gloom in doom and gloom. Anybody out there a little more optimistic?

Swaga1

September 19th, 2012
1:09 pm

The issue is that when the Braves enter that one game playoff they will have to use their best pitcher on the team….therefore, if they happen to win that game they will have to go with a #2 starter for game 1 of the division series and not their best pitcher because they will be used for the WC playoff game….huge disadvantage to be a WC team. we need our best pitcher to pitch twice in a division series to have a shot.

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
1:15 pm

Swaga1 – I think that was the whole point of the Wild Card game – to allow the division winners to have a clear advantage in the division series. Let’s just worry about the Wild Card game first (assuming that is where the Braves land) before concerning ourselves with any division series.

paul in richmond

September 19th, 2012
1:34 pm

Freddi needs to “rest” these guys the next two weeks. The games mean nothing and we have to win the playoffs with healthy players.

PaulG

September 19th, 2012
1:37 pm

I was correct…..about 80% of the blogs were snottin & bawling about the braves

reckingball

September 19th, 2012
1:45 pm

paul in richmond, … I am assuming that you mean ‘These’ games mean nothing, but I don’t understand where you are coming from with that assumption.

Thomas Brown

September 19th, 2012
2:08 pm

How does anything matter ?

The 1st Place team in each of the 2 leagues’ 3 divisions all 6 make the play-offs. That ain’t us. Then, the wild card team from both leagues is added, making then 8 teams.

You have to do something in the 8-team play-offs. Getting there makes you 1 of the 8. Oh, wow.

It’s what you do when you are there that matters.

10-42 was UGA Bulldogs’ game like that last season vs LSU. Oh, we made the game. Mad the play-offs.

NO.

That is NOT important.

Carl Farvman

September 19th, 2012
2:13 pm

We should start the rebuilding process right now.

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
2:13 pm

Actually Thomas Brown, the situation is even more dire for the Braves from your perspective. Two wild card teams from each league make the playoffs. So, the Braves may be one of ten if they grab one of the WC slots.

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
2:16 pm

Carl Farvman – We should start the rebuilding process right now.

What do you propose? Are you sure the rebuilding process should begin today, with 14 games remaining in the Braves’ schedule?

reckingball

September 19th, 2012
2:17 pm

lets go Dodgers!

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
2:33 pm

Thomas Brown – What makes the Braves’ situation now worse than the Red Sox in 2004 or even the SF Giants in 2010? The Red Sox overcame several supposed curses to win the WS in 2004 (even beating the evil Yankees after being down 3-0 in the ALCS). The Giants broke through after several decades of falling short. Never say there is no hope (unless you are a Cubs’ fan, just kidding).

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Bill in VA

September 19th, 2012
3:11 pm

Football crap belongs someplace, but not in my house.

JSS

September 19th, 2012
4:46 pm

O’Brien that is hilarious, you block real comments but let that college football paranoia pass?

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
5:42 pm

Davey Sprocket

I think what you call “whining” is to a great extent frustrated fans that believe (and correctly I think to some degree)….that the reason the Nationals are 5 1/2 games ahead of us boils down to boneheaded moves like last night having righty Guerin pitch to lefty Reyes………..

When Reyes’ splits in 2012 is….11 rbi vs righty; 45 rbi vs lefty

Fredi is a great guy no question…but he doesn’t match up well agains the likes of Bochey, Davey Johnson, LaRussa and others of that level….hence last year’s collapse from the management side

Chief Notherloser

September 19th, 2012
7:03 pm

I say 50/50 shot at winning the 1 game playoff, then 10 percent chance in the next series. It’ll be over quickly and relatively painlessly.

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