Live from the Braves’ game, not long after a really tough loss

Jerry Hairston Jr. slides home with the equalizer last night. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Jerry Hairston Jr. slides home with the equalizer last night. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

A few words about, er, me: For nearly two decades I expected the Braves to win every game — even though I knew they wouldn’t, I still expected it — because for nearly two decades they did nothing but win. Then they stopped winning, and gradually I came to expect less.

But over the past two months I’ve been geeting that feeling once more: That a Braves’ victory is something close to inevitable, that they’re going to figure out a way to win even if you’re never sure just how they’re managing it. And I operated, as you blog and Twitter folks well know, on that assumption last night. And the Braves …

Well, they didn’t win.

They blew a ninth-inning lead for only the second time this season. Billy Wagner failed to close a game for only the second time in almost two months. They messed around a while longer before losing in the 12th inning. It didn’t hurt the Braves in the standings — the Mets and Phils both lost again — but it served as a nice little reminder. (At least for me.)

This is baseball. Nothing is inevitable.

And on that semi-sobering note, I open the floor again for questions, comments and other metaphysical garbage. And yes, before you even ask, it’s hot at the ol’ ballyard today. Too hot. We need a roof. Somebody get Arthur Blank on it, will you?

540 comments Add your comment

Stotts Era

July 22nd, 2010
12:53 pm

wagner needs rest

Stotts Era

July 22nd, 2010
12:56 pm

should we feel bad for frenchy? i feel worse for the people who thought he was a good player

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/mets/francoeur_trade_may_be_in_the_works_FUm8P0dPxsvQZvBnnbtixH?CMP=OTC-rss&FEEDNAME=

Kashi

July 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Yunel Escobar hit a second homeeeeeeeer, REALLY?

Yunel Escobar

July 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Justin

July 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

I’ve been trying to stay as positive about McLouth as i can.. but after last night……. not so much. time to go.

Yunel Escobar

July 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

So do I, Stotts Era.

Scooter

July 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Should D. Ross be catching Hudson every fifth day?

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McClouth for Franceour, Straight Up

July 22nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Whaddaya say?

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Speaking of David Ross … were the Braves to acquire Cody Ross, wouldn’t they have to call their team a RossTer?

Kashi

July 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

I’m very much concern Troy Glaus slump is going to spread like a Flu in club house and eventually we fall out of first place. What it takes to get Jayson Werth? This might be the year for Braves.

Dwayne

July 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Mark

What do u make of them not having Mclown try to sacrifice after Gonzo lead off with a hit late in the game. Do you expect the Braves to get rid of Nate The Great.

Aaron

July 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Speaking of Frenchy, would you be willing to give up ANYONE on the braves straight up for him? I can’t think of a single person…

Pi$$onaDawg

July 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Last night hurt for sure we need to make up for it tonight.

The Bream Team

July 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Who is Francouer rumored to go to?

Aaron

July 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

Is there anyone at the game? Doesn’t look like anyone in first few rows…

The Bream Team

July 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

MB, if we’re saving Medlen from reaching a career high in innings, why has he warmed up and pitched in 3 of the last 5 games?

Scooter

July 22nd, 2010
1:07 pm

Doesn’t everyone like McLouth in the clubhouse? I don’t think he’ll pull it together before the deadline and Wren will pull the trigger on the Ross deal. I just don’t want the mojo to get disrupted in the clubhouse.

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:07 pm

I would have bunted with McLouth there, Dwayne. But they had the pitcher’s spot up next — Lowe got the bunt down after two strikes — and I know they didn’t want to use their final position player — David Ross — in the 11th.

They wound up having a man in scoring position for their best hitter with two out, but Martin Prado didn’t deliver for once.

The Bream Team

July 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

I think you have to manage as if you’re trying to win, not as if you expect the game to go 2 or 3 more innings.

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

It’s not a major gathering, Aaron. Maybe 25,000.

Pi$$onaDawg

July 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Mark Bradley on the Tshirt thing. Maybe it should say “I made a Stupid Comment about Sports and Bradley gave Me this Great SHIRT”
or
“I made a Great Comment about Sports and Bradley gave Me this Stupid SHIRT.”

MyPatooti

July 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

Kashi, no Jayson Werth, please! He is lazy if you watch him closely. He reminds me of a sloth most of the time. BTW, is something wrong with Escobar. Did not see his name in the Toronto boxscore for last 2 days? Jo McDonald was at short.

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Adrian Gonzalez has been awful the past two days: Zero for 7 with five K’s. Including one now.

Aaron

July 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

If you told me Adrian Gonzalez would strike out half the times he faced Braves pitchers I would not believe you.

Dwayne

July 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

But if Mclown gets the bunt down u use Ross or say Hudson to Bat. I guess I was looking at having two chances to get the run home from second that just one. It worked for Padres didnt it

Chanticleer

July 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

Mark – How would you grade Bobby’s decision to walk Salazar in order to pitch to Hundly in the 12th? Easy to say now, but even at the time I thought it was a bad move with 2 outs.

Troy from Tarzana

July 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

Why not use pinch hit Ross there after a McClouth sacrifice? The Padres gambled by using their last position player (& back up catcher) and that seemed to work out well for them.

Kentavo

July 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

Is there something wrong with McClouth’s arm?
Why does he not throw it in quickly?

Steve

July 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

Greetings Mark. Who do you think will end up on top in the NL Central between the Reds and Cards? Seems like they have quite a race. Amazing how hot the Cards are.

Chris

July 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

The Braves need to win THIS game in the worst way – it would be a good sendoff for a key roadtrip and put tremendous pressure on the Phils and Mets – either of whom could fold like a lawnchair at any moment.

Aaron

July 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

I missed last nights game due to work, but sounds like I picked a good night to work late.

The Bream Team

July 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

you face the easiest hitter to get to the bottom of the 12th with a tie game.

Dwayne

July 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

How Long do the Braves keep Nate The Great. I said back in the spring be did not earn the starting spot in center.

The Red Panties are like St Christopher to me, can't travel safe without 'em

July 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

Wagner’s human, it happens from time to time, especially with a guy who throws blistering fastballs; if they get a hold of one, it will travel. I’ve enjoyed watching him a lot this year and wish he would reconsider his retirement, he still has it obviously. The only hits he seems to give up are little dying flares to short outfield or the occasional bomb, nothing wrong with him in the least. It would be nice to shell these guys early today and give him some rest on a hot day.

Stotts Era

July 22nd, 2010
1:14 pm

that Rosster joke is Skip Carey-esque – well done

Aaron

July 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

I love THIS IS BRAVES COUNTRY commercials.

Kentavo

July 22nd, 2010
1:16 pm

oh yeh, and i will blame last night’s loss on Booby:
1. he’s overworked wagner
2. he took out Chipper and Glaus limiting the offense in the extra innings
3. he forced the Pads into bringing in their closer by walking, uh, what’shisname backup infielder, Salazar, to face Hundley who is hitting like .400 with men on
4. What is he doing to Medlen??????

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

July 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

Well thanks to yesterday i lost the bet and have to buy lunches and i put double or nothing on today so i hope hudson stays sharp.

VaBravesfan

July 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

Anyone have a radio feed?

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

July 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

VABRAVEfan
i have it on my iphone.

Corky Miller's Beer Gut

July 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

it is on the WCNN feed

MyPatooti

July 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

JH needs to play “smarter”. SD pitcher just walks first batter, and he swings at first pitch he sees. Bet that drives BC crazy!

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Heyward is a great baserunner. First to third on a single to left.

Blackberry Cobbler

July 22nd, 2010
1:21 pm

Booby Cox is terrible at playing small ball. Another case in point last night.

The pitching staff is looking very tired to me, especially Lowe and Hanson.

And for God’s sake, get rid of McOUT.

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:22 pm

One-nothing, Braves. Glaus with a sacrifice fly.

Aaron

July 22nd, 2010
1:22 pm

I know Glaus knew he just missed it, but Ill take it.

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

I like the Cards there, Steve.

Mark Bradley

July 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

Many have wondered about Nate’s throwing arm, Kentavo. All I can tell you is that he has one.