Live from the ballyard: The Braves try to even a big series

The ceremony honoring stars of the Negro Leagues was most moving. (Photo by M. Bradley)

The ceremony honoring stars of the Negro Leagues was most moving. (Photo by M. Bradley)

I’m here at the ballyard. About to watch Jair Jurrjens, who hasn’t lost this year, oppose Joe Blanton, who could lose at any moment.

The Braves missed a chance last night. They came from 3-0 down to take a lead against Cole Hamels, only to spit it back. Sunday’s game offers Roy Halladay against Tim Hudson, so that won’t be easy. Today’s the game you figure the Braves should win. But sometimes figuring doesn’t pay.

As I type, the Braves and MLB are honoring former stars of the Negro Leagues. Of the eight, four are in wheelchairs. This is the weekend of the Civil Rights Game, and the Braves will wear replica uniforms of the Atlanta Black Crackers in today’s game; the Phillies will wear replicas of the Philadelphia Stars. And Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri will perform afterward.

And with that — I’m not feeling loquacious just yet — I open the floor for questions, comments and moaning about Dan Uggla. (He’s still hitting under .200.) I can’t predict a Braves victory, but I can predict that I’ll be grateful if you ride along. Thanks in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:20 pm

Speaking of Joe Blanton … he’s behind 1-0. Martin Prado leads off with a homer.

Double Zero Eight

May 14th, 2011
1:21 pm

The Braves did not deserve to win last night. They stranded
too many runners. Uggla is hitting the ball hard. It is just a
matter of time before he comes out of his slump.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:22 pm

Speaking of Joe Blanton … he’s behind 2-0. Nate McLouth homers, too.

Double Zero Eight

May 14th, 2011
1:23 pm

The missed third strike was a call that even a little
league umpire would have gotten correct. Victorino
is too good of a hitter to be given an extra strike.

Fredi, how about showing a little emotion! Bobby would
have gotten tossed out on that missed strike call.

Double Zero Eight

May 14th, 2011
1:26 pm

The Braves should prevail today! Go Braves.

Ric Flair

May 14th, 2011
1:28 pm

G

May 14th, 2011
1:35 pm

Uggla is really struggling, something has to change.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

Uggla IS struggling. But guys struggle sometimes.

Joey

May 14th, 2011
1:37 pm

The Braves need to come out with a consistent effort and energy.

Sorry, I had been saving that for the Hawks in Game 7.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:39 pm

Jurrjens singles. Two on, two out.

Need to pinch-hit with Cristhian Martinez for Prado, don’t you think?

G

May 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

My gosh I can’t remember the last time I saw Freeman not strike out. Play Hinske or somebody else!

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:40 pm

I thought I’d be headed to Chicago this weekend myself.

G

May 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

Mark…. He is beyond struggling, and with he and Freeman nextvto each other we get nothing out of those two spots. Need to split them, until Jason gets back

Ric Flair

May 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

That would at least have been a double

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:43 pm

Polanco robs Prado. Pretty nice play.

Joey

May 14th, 2011
1:49 pm

Braves are due for a no-hitter.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:55 pm

Chipper Jones. Hustle double.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
1:57 pm

Dan Uggla. Groundout with man in scoring position.

Person

May 14th, 2011
1:58 pm

*moans about Dan Uggla*

jim

May 14th, 2011
2:03 pm

Got to say it – love the Atlanta uniforms today. VERY COOL and a very cool tribute to guys who played back then. The Braves would do well to wear these uniforms more often!

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:07 pm

I love these uniforms.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 14th, 2011
2:11 pm

Love these jerseys but I would love to see circa ‘84-85 jerseys broke out. Do it on a homestead and break out Chief Nokahoma’s tent back out while we are at it!

John Kruk is my Daddy

May 14th, 2011
2:13 pm

Do they have any good organ music at the TED today?

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:15 pm

Playing the Ramones right now.

Joey

May 14th, 2011
2:21 pm

Are we watching history?

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:21 pm

Do I need to mention what’s going on? Or should I be quiet?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

shhhh……….

John Kruk is my Daddy

May 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

I Wanna Be Sedated.

Matthew

May 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

Mark, if I say ‘no-hitter’ will that jinx JJ? I think he is good enough to pull it off today and I think it would be huge for the Braves against the Phillies down the road later on in the season.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 14th, 2011
2:29 pm

I have been hard on Chipper but you can tell he has his legs under him at the plate. Looks great up there. Plus legging out that double? Hope he keeps it up!

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:29 pm

Could this be the day? Ground ball off Jurrjens, to Uggla. Out.

John Kruk is my Daddy

May 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

That was an odd play.

NCBravesFan

May 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

It’s a baseball game, silly.

John Kruk is my Daddy

May 14th, 2011
2:30 pm

How can they already call it “The Toyota Play of the Game”? Shouldn’t they wait until the game’s over to make such a call?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 14th, 2011
2:31 pm

Ok, thats the type of defensive plays it takes to keep whatever it is going.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:31 pm

Not today. Martinez pinch-hits, breaks up the perfect game.

Got 17 of the needed 27 outs.

NCBravesFan

May 14th, 2011
2:32 pm

John Kruk: Toyota was probably worried the game would rapidly accelerate and they would miss the chance. ;-)

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:33 pm

There goes the shutout. Rollins doubles off the wall. But gets thrown out between second and third. Not great baserunning

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 14th, 2011
2:34 pm

Congrats to JJ! He is a above average pitcher for sure. Braves stole that deal.

NCBravesFan

May 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

I’m looking at you, Matthew!

Nice run, Jair!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 14th, 2011
2:35 pm

Smart play by Rollins in trying to get that call.

Sonny Clusters

May 14th, 2011
2:48 pm

We was wondering when Dan Uggla is going to get started? We was told he is a slow starter but it doesn’t look to us like he’s started yet. He can’t make contact when the Braves need to push a run over. In fact, he gets down in the count and takes big ’swings and ends up on his knees in the batter’s box. Somebody else did that, remember? Dan Uggla might be slow alright and we was wondering if he is a slow thinker, too? When the bases are loaded and you’ve got two strikes and the pitcher is sure to throw you a ball low and away, we was wondering why he doesn’t take something off his swing and try to make contact instead of sweeping at the ball and ending up on his knees in the box? He is playing some uggla baseball right now and it is so uggla it’s hard to watch. We was wondering if maybe somebody like Fredi or one of the coaches could explain to him how to hit behind a runner. We know somebody’s gonna tell us he is not being paid to hit singles but a single would have looked pretty good several times lately. He’s been walking a lot but it’s walking back to the dugout and that’s not helping anybody. We heard he sometimes swings at good pitches but nobody throws him any because he’s always whiffing on stuff that’s low and away. We hope maybe he’ll get started before June. We just hope Marcel’s not watching. He’d be discouraged.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:49 pm

Braves score on two-out squeeze bunt by David Ross. Nice.

tmc

May 14th, 2011
2:50 pm

this umpiring crew continues to struggle in this series…
Uggla was out @ 2nd.

can we capitalize though? wow, a safety squeeze w/ 2 out.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
2:53 pm

5-1. Prado two-run single.

tmc

May 14th, 2011
2:53 pm

Teeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

You go Boyeeeeeee!

NCBravesFan

May 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

Nice game so far – let’s bring it home, JJ!

Sonny Clusters

May 14th, 2011
2:58 pm

If Coach had seen us end up on our knees after a swing and a miss there’s a good chance he would have said something like, “Clusters, there’s no kneeling in baseball. Hit the ball and get the runs in.” And we would.

Mark Bradley

May 14th, 2011
3:00 pm

Nice play by Freeman and Jurrjens.

tmc

May 14th, 2011
3:01 pm

WOW! what a play by both Freddy and JJ.