Braves win and clinch … at least one more game (UPDATED)

Tim Hudson pitched a strong game and helped himself with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Tim Hudson pitched a strong game and helped himself with an RBI single in the fourth inning.

(UPDATED: 5:40 p.m. with quotes below)

(Next post will follow conclusion of San Diego-San Francisco game)

If the Braves made it to the postseason this year, didn’t you just know they would do it in the most dramatic way possible?

After being held to three or fewer runs in eight of their last 11 games, the Braves jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first six innings Sunday and then had to hold on for an 8-7 win over Philadelphia at Turner Field.

The win clinched, well, at least one more game. The Braves won’t learn their fate until after completion of the San Diego-San Francisco game (which started at 4:05 p.m.). Here are the two possibilities:

♦ If the Padres lose, the Braves are in the postseason as the National League wild card and will open the divisional series Thursday night in San Francisco.

♦ If the Padres defeat the Giants, the Braves must wait for those two teams to play again on Monday to decide the N.L. West Division title. Then they will host the losing team for the wild card on Tuesday at Turner Field (a night game is more likely than a day game because the Padres or Giants would be traveling from the West Coast).

The highlight of Sunday’s game was a four-run, five-hit fourth inning that included a run-scoring single by Brooks Conrad, a go-ahead RBI single by pitcher Tim Hudson and a two-run triple by Omar Infante. It was win No. 91 for the Braves and No. 2,504 for manager Bobby Cox.

Hudson allowed only two hits in seven innings — both two-run homers by John Mayberry and Jayson Werth. Werth’s clout closed the scored to 8-4, and the Phillies added three more runs in the fifth off relievers Jonny Venters (two unearned runs) and Billy Wagner. But Wagner then closed it out in the ninth.

As for what happens next, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer.

UPDATE: Back up from the Braves clubhouse. REO Speedwagon is playing on the field. They’re using the main video board in center field while the Padres-Giants game plays on the smaller screen to the left. The line score also is on the left field message board. Braves players are watching on TV in the clubhouse, cheering on the Giants (who as of this update lead 2-0 in the fifth). Meanwhile, here are a few postgame quotes.

♦ Manager Bobby Cox: “We’d rather [clinch a playoff spot] tonight and do our celebrating tonight but if it’s Tuesday it’s Tuesday.”

♦ Pitcher Tim Hudson on clinching at least a one-game playoff on the last day of the regular season: “It’s just become our personality. We just hang around and scrap and just scratch and claw to the very end. We haven’t been a team that’s going to blow your doors off all year. We do the best we can.”

♦ Outfield Matt Diaz, on whether he feels more relieved than excited: “I would say there’s a sense of accomplishment. We don’t want to sell ourselves short in that there’s a lot of teams finishing up their last game of the season and we’re not one of them. If we have to play one more game to get into the playoffs, we’ll do that. We’d much rather be playing one more game than no more games.”

♦ Closer Billy Wagner (who’s retiring after the season): “We’ll watch this game and see if we play a playoff game Tuesday. It doesn’t matter to us. We have one more day to extend our careers.”

Next post will come following the conclusion of the Padres-Giants.

221 comments Add your comment

Naboo the Enigma

October 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

PHILLIES SUCK

Adairsville Dawg

October 3rd, 2010
4:34 pm

nashvillebravesfan

October 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

Like I said before..go Braves but bobby really needed to pitch kimbrell in the 8th and save wags for the 9th!

Naboo the Enigma

October 3rd, 2010
4:35 pm

Both Henry and the city of Philadelphia can SUCK IT

Mr Charlie

October 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Scale of 1-10, this season has been an 11. What job BC has done this year.

Mr Charlie

October 3rd, 2010
4:36 pm

Nash, they won, you can’t argue with the results.

shakespeare

October 3rd, 2010
4:39 pm

does anyone have a link to watch the giants/padres game?

bostonbravo

October 3rd, 2010
4:40 pm

now…

SIT MCLOUTH FOREVER

he almost cursed us again

someone..tell Bobby!!!HELP!!!!!!!!!

Mr. Obvious

October 3rd, 2010
4:41 pm

I’m just glad Brooks Conrad wasn’t able to throw the entire 2010 Season away into center field from 3rd like he has done with numerous throws to 2nd.

Herschel Talker

October 3rd, 2010
4:41 pm

FIRE BOBBY COX

Sons of Rick Matula

October 3rd, 2010
4:42 pm

Great win. Happy for Bobby. Some solid AB’s for the first time in forever, it seems. The Giants have done the Braves favors before with wins on the last day knocking someone out of the race. One more time, SFO!

dean

October 3rd, 2010
4:44 pm

Between today’s game and the Falcons game, I know the meaning of emotionally drained.

Oh man.

bostonbravo

October 3rd, 2010
4:46 pm

Brooks & Ankiel are all-stars compared to GUTLESS McLouth!!

VP

October 3rd, 2010
4:49 pm

Are the Braves watching the game from the Clubhouse Jeff?

Jeff Garner

October 3rd, 2010
4:52 pm

FIRE BOBBY COX FOR PICKING HIS NOSE ON CAMERA…PLEASE…

bigdawg88

October 3rd, 2010
4:56 pm

Dang, are they trying to kill Bobby? That dude’s too old for this … stuff!

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE WILL BE BROKEN THIS YEAR

October 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

2010 WORLD SERIES CHAMPS

LETS GO BRAVES,I BELIEVE!

THE CURSE OF DAVID JUSTICE WILL BE BROKEN THIS YEAR

October 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

TROY GLAUS AT 3RD

AND CONRAD IN CENTERFIELD!

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
4:58 pm

Shakespere – I believe the SF-SD game is free on mlb.com

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

I think folks need to chill a little – we aren’t in yet! Would love some Giants help, but sure ain’t wanting the whole season coming down to the Padres on Tuesday!

Maximus Decimus Meridius

October 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

@Naboo. Relax young one. Its ok. I remember my first beer too…

Sending gameless Danys Baez to the mound was our tribute to you, our worthy adversaries. If you hadn’t waxed him, these pages would have been chock full of less savory comments of some of my regrettably vocabulary-challenged Phellow Phans.

Congratulations on a well-played game. Maybe the Los Padres will cooperate. If so, perhaps we’ll be seeing you again. If not, well, thanks for the memories.

Were you not entertained?

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:00 pm

GIANTS-1, PADRES-0

ren

October 3rd, 2010
5:01 pm

I hope you guys ain’t thumpin’ your chests down there.
The Phillies beat you 2 times with one hand tied behind their back….and almost did it again today with both hands tied behind their back.
If either of the 1st 2 pitchers for the Phillies pitched a regular game….you guys would have been swept. Heck….you almost were anyway.
Take a look at that boxscore…lol.
24 players played for the Phils.

Hey…but you DID win.
I guess that’s the bottom line here.
The Phillies didn’t care, the whole series…and this one they cared the least.
Lucky for the Braves….tho….BARELY, lucky.

Good luck…I guess. Tho…it is all moot as far as the NL pennant goes.
Y’all DO know that….right?

Ren

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:02 pm

GIANTS-2; PADRES-0

Alex

October 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

LETS GO GIANTS!

heywood...

October 3rd, 2010
5:04 pm

Darrin "The Vent King"

October 3rd, 2010
5:05 pm

San Fran up 2-0 in the 3rd….come on GIANTS!!

OLD COACH

October 3rd, 2010
5:07 pm

Keep Hudson or Vazquez? Where are you experts now?

TTTT-Thumbody Thed Thats Thupid!

October 3rd, 2010
5:10 pm

ren, you are gonna be sweatin’ bullets after the Braves beat the Giants in a 5 game series, and IF the Phils get by the Reds, your guys have to beat the Braves 4 out of 7 in the NLCS. You may have to eat those words. It has happened several times before, you know! Just be sure you come back on here when that happens, and “eat some humble pie”.

TampaGator

October 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

ren….

I think every Brave fan realizes that the Phillies have the better talent….but anything can happen in the playoffs…so don’t get too full of yourself my Phillies fan….and if the Braves organization will spend a little money this off season to get Carl Crawford to play left field….then the Braves will certainly be ready to take the spot atop the division again next year….a spot you should know about since the Braves recently dominated your team for 14 straight years…REMEMBER THAT????

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

Padres goen in the top of the 4th – still 1-0 G-MEN

BASEBALL GODS

October 3rd, 2010
5:14 pm

Baseball Gods can’t compete with Braves front office. It’s all about saving a dollar. If any of the Braves players in their last year of their contract had a agent with some sense,they would sign elsewhere next year. No money or a desire to win a ring in Atlanta. Hudson screwed up and staying with Braves. He sacrificed many a ring to live and play in GA. Then there is Lowe who sucked up all the money. Next year if there is a desire to get some winners on the team,he should have is contract reconstructed to incentives. He would see what a greedy organization the Braves are sitting in the bullpen not being able to start because of incentives for starting. That is my prediction since Wagner is getting the heck out of Atl fast,Lowe will go back to closing ballgames next year.

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:15 pm

I mean 2-0 of course!!!

Bravesfan79

October 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

SF winning 2-0… go Giants!

Richard Dawson

October 3rd, 2010
5:16 pm

Gwinnett Fred – do you just make this stuff up? Game is NOT free on mlb.com, and there’s no inkling anywhere that it would be.

TampaGator

October 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

P.S…..ren….

by the way….when the Phillies have won 14 straignt division titles…then you have the right to come on here raging the Braves and their 91 wins this year. Just be thankful the Braves don’t have Chipper and Prado for the playoffs. Still…anything can happen in a short series.

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm

Sure get a kick out of folks trying to compare talent like we don’t belong or something.

To all of those braniac types – do you realize that the team with the best record in baseball (theoretically meaning the most talented team) only wins the World Series about half the time??

It’s why they play the games – but you have to be in the playoffs to advance in the playoffs, so that’s the only point to make at this point – the Braves are still in it as of now!

Moe

October 3rd, 2010
5:19 pm

Let’s focus on this year. If we make it, let’s play Glaus at third and Diaz in left and save Conrad for the bench. And we have the best pen in baseball.

Hit A Single

October 3rd, 2010
5:19 pm

In a one game playoff do you have to trim your roster to 25? Or is just an extension of the regular season.

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:19 pm

Dick Dawson – I got an e-mail from mlb.com I could get it. Maybe because I bought something (Not the tv package) earlier this year – sorry for the bad info – NOW BACK OFF DICK, you act like I just kicked your dog to the curb – GHEEZ

Twest

October 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

King Jeffery o great and powerful scribe I bow at your feet!!! Never mind the Braves right now!!! I beseech you on behalf of the Bulldawg Nation, remove your curse off our team and the heads of their fans!!! Yes it is trued we have called you names, cursed at you and other foolish deeds. But we now see the error of our ways, please o great King go down to Sanford stadium and dig up the Bat’s wing and Crow’s foot you buried and put a Hex on the Team. Please, Please O Great King our mourning is too great!! We now know we are wretched and will never dispute your word again!!! O please let us see the sugar falling from the sky or the Hobnial boot. Have Mercy O great One lest we suffer in “fan hades” forever!! It is enough be Merciful Sire!!!

BillS

October 3rd, 2010
5:20 pm

Credit the Phils for not quitting. they made the Braves earn this one. As for knocking Brooks Conrad–just remember he won some for us earlier, and without him, we wouldn’t be in a position to move on.

TampaGator

October 3rd, 2010
5:23 pm

Baseball Gods….

You are an idiot. Wagner is not getting OUT of Atlanta. He loves it here. He is retired and he said he would when he signed his contract just to play one year for Cox….maybe Wagner can help Cox do something in the playoffs for a change of pace. Yeah…Hudson really screwed up…he is likely going to the playoffs in Atlanta. And Lowe has been lights out as a starter this month with the slight change in his delivery to enhance his now wicked slider. And the Braves have two lights out kids who will alternate being the closer next year. Yeah…the Braves organization is limited with a budget….unlike the Phillies, the Yankees, and the Red Sox’s organizations….but they are doing a good job of building from within…..and many of those young kids….will certainly be a Yankee, Red Sox, or Phillie some day….because baseball is just messed up that way now.

TampaGator

October 3rd, 2010
5:25 pm

Hit a single….

I fully believe any game after 162 is viewed by the league as a playoff game…and you can only play your selected players for the first round of the playoffs.

Hit A Single

October 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Baseball Gods is the one that needs to get the heck out of Atlanta!

Hit A Single

October 3rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Thanks TampaGator!

Hit A Single

October 3rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Hey TampaGator – I would have asked Daddy, Chief Noc A Homa, but he is outside doing a rally dance for the Giants.

Alex The Great

October 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

So funny…

People here are like “anything can happen in the playoffs”. And yet, they blame Bobby Cox when he says it after you guys accuse him of choking every year except 1995!!
Can’t say anything can happen and then blame Cox when it does.

Gwinnett Fred

October 3rd, 2010
5:29 pm

Sorry to correct TG, but any tiebreaker game is considered regular season and rosters are the same as they are today

a

October 3rd, 2010
5:31 pm

TampaGator/Hit A Single – I’m pretty sure the playoff is considered regular season game 163. Any stats would be applied to reg season and I think you can use your reg season roster. Not positive, but pretty sure.