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