LIVE: Braves try to follow wild Game 2 with win over Phils

Chipper Jones mobbed by teammates after his game-winning homer on Wednesday. (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Chipper Jones was mobbed by teammates after his game-winning homer (Hyosub Shin/AJC)

Good morning. Did anybody go home?

I talked to a the elevator operator and few other stadium employees and they all look a little bleary-eyed. After Wednesday night’s crazy, E-ticket of a game — you know it’s special when 40-year-old Chipper Jones says it’s the greatest game he ever has been associated with — the Braves and Philadelphia have a short-turnaround today and close out their three-game series with a rare noon game at Turner Field.

Today’s game will have a lot of to live up to. The Braves won 15-13 Wednesday on Jones’ two-run, walk-off homer in the 11th inning.

To recap in Twitter-form: The Braves trailed 6-0, led 8-6, trailed 12-8, led 13-12 and were tied after nine innings. (I think that’s under 140 characters.) Braves highlights: Jones’ two-run homer, Brian McCann’s grand slam in a six-run fifth, Jason Heyward’s go-ahead, pinch-hit two-run single in the sixth, Martin Prado’s two-run single in a five-run eighth and … well, that’s enough.

You can go to the how-they-scored here.

The 28 runs tied a Turner Field record. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the highest-scoring, extra inning game in the National League since the New York Mets defeated the Braves 16-13 in 1985.

Our Carroll Rogers and Chris Vivlamore are sitting to my right, furiously working on follow stories on the game that will be posted later.

Funniest thing I heard from after the game was manager Fredi Gonzalez saying, “I forgot who started.” Answer: It was Tommy Hanson vs. Roy Halladay, which made a 23-run game that much more implausible.

Here’s a link to some post-game comments from the Braves.

About today: The Braves will go for the rare series win over Philadelphia, with Randall Delgado starting against the Phillies Joe Blanton.  Delgado has allowed nine earned runs in 9 2/3 innings in his lat two outings and only five runs in 10 1/3 in his first two starts.

That’s it for now. I’ll be live-blogging during the game.

Feel free to join in while you pretend you’re working.

By Jeff Schultz

129 comments Add your comment

Vain Jangling

May 3rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Yeah, it beats work

ClemsonBrad

May 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

Jeff, Let’s get the big series win today!

Treat yourself and have a hot dog today!

Vain Jangling

May 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

And, like, do I get one free shout out in a future column by being first?

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

I agree, Vain Jangling. This beats work for me, too.

James

May 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

I think i’m technically unemployed. Noon game live blogs make me feel productive.

ukbraves08

May 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

Does anyone have a link for a website where I can watch the game? I don’t get games here in KY.

Andrew

May 3rd, 2012
12:06 pm

Sitting to your write while you right huh?

AARP

May 3rd, 2012
12:09 pm

Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!

We here at Shady Grove Senior Village were excited to see Chipper do so well. It’s nice when we see “one of our own” (he put his deposit down on a room here last week) win the game for the Braves

Now it’s time for Matlock. Gotta go

JoshTown

May 3rd, 2012
12:10 pm

Go Braves. Ride that momentum all the way to Denver!

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:11 pm

And there goes the no-hitter. Rollins leads off with a single.

Gene

May 3rd, 2012
12:11 pm

One of the greatest comebacks last night. Who is left in the bullpen today?

MatthewH

May 3rd, 2012
12:12 pm

Here’s a link to the column from the Philadelphia sportswriter: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20120503_David_Murphy__A_forgettable_Halladay.html

I especially like the line “This particular cutter traveled straight into the swing path of Brian McCann, who hit the ball with such authority you swore you could see it wince as it soared toward the rightfield seats.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:13 pm

James — “I think i’m technically unemployed. Noon game live blogs make me feel productive.”

Consider today a meeting with your associates and financial advisers. We’re all there for you. Hey, anybody out there have a job for James?

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:14 pm

Andrew — OK wise guy, typo fixed.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:15 pm

Hunter Pence gives Phillies 1-0 lead. I’m not sure if Braves can come back from this.

iTiSi

May 3rd, 2012
12:16 pm

“Gene”, the answer is one janitor and a couple of security guards are left in the bullpen.

Willy

May 3rd, 2012
12:22 pm

Did the players celebrate at the Cheetah afterwards?

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:26 pm

Willy, that wouldn’t be good strategy the night before a day game.

Andrew

May 3rd, 2012
12:26 pm

I’m waiting on a meeting to start in about an hour, I’ll miss most of the game… unfortunate.

Chopisdumb

May 3rd, 2012
12:28 pm

As a Phils fan, I trust you all enjoyed that win last night, y’all earned it. Fun game, Chipper wins it in a walk-off? Can’t script that stuff (we’ll be happy when he retires). Odds of Halladay giving up 6 run lead – 1:100. That’s baseball.

Willy

May 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

Leo Mazzone once told me I had a good arm.

iTiSi

May 3rd, 2012
12:30 pm

JS, it also would not be “good strategy” to be out of position players in the 9th inning of a game like last night. Anybody ask FG about that? He at least had a good hitting pitcher, Hudson, he could have used, and should have used him to pinch run for Chipper in the 9th.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:31 pm

Sorry, should’ve mentioned, as you’ve no doubt figured out by now, that Chipper and McCann are out of lineup today. Just rest.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:33 pm

iTiSi — How would it be smart to use a pinch runner (Hudson) for a player (Chipper) who can win you a game with an at-bat? And, in fact, did?

Big Lou

May 3rd, 2012
12:34 pm

Kinda a slow day to be blogging, eh Jeff?

I see more blue comments than white. lol

It would be fitting if this game turned into a pitching duel…

iTiSi

May 3rd, 2012
12:34 pm

I’m having dejavu all over again, I’m having dejavu all over again, I’m having dejavu all over again. I guess everyone knows this game today is scripted to go at least 27 innings!

SayWhat?

May 3rd, 2012
12:35 pm

iTiSi, you do realize that if Hudson pinch ran for Chipper, Chipper doesn’t win the game in the 11th, right? They were out of position players b/c Hanson stunk up the joint and had to be replaced. Fredi managed the game well, I thought.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

Heyward sends it to edge of warning track, but out.

iTiSi

May 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

JS, that was an unknown at the time. CJ could have gotten injured on a play at the plate. Besides he already has a bad knee and could not have scored on a single. Hindsight is 40-40, 20/20 in each eye.

Bill

May 3rd, 2012
12:37 pm

Always,always bet against the Braves the game after a big win.Made a good chunk of change doing that.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:38 pm

Big Lou –weekday day game, not sure what to expect. No biggie.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:40 pm

iTiSi — I get your point. But: 1) You’re taking you’re best player out of lineup; 2) You’re taking a position player out of lineup in a game that very well may go extra innings. Unless Chipper is in pain and it’s clear he should come out, you keep him in.

P B Orr

May 3rd, 2012
12:40 pm

Braves’ magic number is 136.

iTiSi

May 3rd, 2012
12:47 pm

I still think Fredi got lucky last night, but as one player once said, “I would rather be lucky than good”!
Isn’t it great to baseball to argue about and not have to worry about the world’s problems?

The Bard

May 3rd, 2012
12:47 pm

Jeff, how’s Macs eye?

Steve

May 3rd, 2012
12:48 pm

Over/Under in runs scored last night before the game started was 6. What a game. I think that would have killed the Braves mentally had they lost. Huge win.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:50 pm

The Bard: It’s a small scratch, eye drops, blahblahblah. No biggie. That’s not why he’s out of lineup. Here’s a blog: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/05/03/post-celebration-mccann-fine-but-has-small-scratch-on-eye/?cxntfid=blogs_atlanta_braves_blog

Steve

May 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

I’m glad all umpires are not that loud. I am sure the batter and catcher love having someone scream in their year the whole game.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

Still 1-0 through 3 innings. Short on pyrotechnics so far but I’m guessing everybody on both benches are OK with this.

Sal Manchino

May 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

Chipper can’t play 2 games in a row ? Part-timer getting paid for full time.

P B Orr

May 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

What the hell is he saying??

SayWhat?

May 3rd, 2012
12:53 pm

Chipper is 40 years old with the knees of an 85 year old. it was a 4 hour game last night.It was known coming into the season that he couldn’t play everyday. Get over the money.

Steve

May 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

Sal Manchino

May 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

Can you work every other day & get full pay Jeff ?

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Delgado has retired 7 straight since leadoff single in 2nd.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

Sal Manchino: “Chipper can’t play 2 games in a row ? Part-timer getting paid for full time.”

<< Hey everybody. Look at the geranium.

Sal Manchino

May 3rd, 2012
12:56 pm

He should have had his salary cut in half then.

Sal Manchino

May 3rd, 2012
12:57 pm

No, look at the way Braves waste money.

Steve

May 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

I sense a little jealousy from “Sal.” I bet if your boss told you that you would be paid your full salary even if you only worked 3 days a week, you would take it.

Jeff Schultz

May 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

Sal Malchino — “Can you work every other day & get full pay Jeff ?”

Awful analogy. And for what it’s worth, Chipper has played or hit in 16 of 25 games, which factors out to just under 104 in the season. That’s after starting the year on the DL (4 games) because of knee surgery.