Not to be WAY ahead of myself, but I was really pleased about that game yesterday. Sox played a lot of their regulars, as did we. Good to slap those guys around a little since they are getting all the AL love.
I’ll assume most of you saw the game on ESPN so I won’t go into a lot of detail. Just a few things I noticed at the game.
About 20 minutes before game time, Jim Leyland came out of the Tigers dugout and started walking towards the Braves side. Fredi popped out of our dugout and the two men gave each other a giant bear hug. It was really nice. Also, Dale Murphy presented the lineup card for the Braves and got a real nice round of applause. It’s great to see some of the “classic’ Braves of the past in person. A lot of Tiger fans at the game. They were louder than us Braves fans in attendance.
Notes from the game: Chipper playing 3rd base. No problem with the knee noted. Surprising that with Chipper on 1st base after his single, Fredi had him running with Brian McCann at the plate. Prevent the DP but makes me think that Fredi and Chipper are willing to test the knee. Also, Chipper easily made 3rd on the wild pitch to Freddie Freemen. All-in-all a good sign. Noted that Chipper came out of the game early but I haven’t heard of any reason (knee?) to remove him. Taking it slow I guess.
Great 8th inning comeback. Marti Prado in the clutch, again. Big time error by the Tigers SS but we would have tied the game on the ground ball anyway. Lucky that Joe Mather’s base running blunder didn’t cost us the game.
Defense: Great hustle by Constanza in right field in the 8th to get to Jackson’s double in the 8th and hold Boesch at 3rd. Prevented a run for the Tigers.
Great bottom of the 9th. Braves fans go home happy, Tiger fans not so much. A lot of trouble getting out of the stadium after the game. ESPN was holding a weight-in for a prize fight (to be held here tomorrow night) right outside the main entrance. Sigh!
Blue Jays tomorrow. Let’s hope the Bravos keep rolling.
BTW: Disney’s holding ESPN The Weekend here the next three days. No telling who just show up!?!?! Tony Dorsett today.
So Curt, in response to your #33, I wrote the following joke “that particular service is at http://www.tenerr.com” Then, I figured I should check out that made up URL, just to make sure it wasn’t some crazy porn site – but check it out – it freaking exists already.
Tim – your #32 was fantastic. Love that kind of stuff. Keep it coming.
Interesting take from Bobby Valentine yesterday about ST under Bobby. They were discussing the perception of a lack of drills on the part of the braves. He was saying that one of the reasons he felt the braves were attractive to players was because of the easy springs. He also pointed out their success and how other players were driven crazy that they couldnt beat them. Hinting, to me, that there was a belief that the braves were soft and didn’t work hard.
Split squad today. We got Chipper, Gonzalez & Uggla. McCann, Prado, McLouth, Freeman & Schafer @ Nationals in Viera (near Cocoa). Think the better team might have been on the road. Oh well. Murph here again taking out the lineup card. A little spitting rain at the game but not enough to worry about. Joe West behind the plate calling the low ball strike but not the letter high ones. At least he was consistent.
Chipper DH’d today. Got solid hit, ran bases well. Uggla impressive – two hits, two RBIs. We scored three in the 4th to take 3-1 lead, but should have scored more. Two strikeouts with the bases loaded (Hicks, Gonzalez). Back and forth whole game: trailed 1-0, led 3-1, tied 3-3, led 5-3, tied, 5-5, lost 7-5. Ugh!
Pitching…. What can I say? Minor gave up one run, but didn’t look sharp. Five hits, three strikeouts, two walks & 58 pitches (32 strikes, 26 balls) in three innings. Saved by a DP in the 2nd inning. Lopez not much better. Two runs (1 earned), two hits, three strikeouts, two walks & 44 pitches (27 strikes, 17 balls) in three innings. Unearned run came on a strange error after two leadoff walks. Ground ball to Uggla, attempts to tag runner, runner avoids, throws to 1st for out, Mather (playing 1st) throws to 2nd to get runner and Gonzalez literally misses a decent throw (error charged to Mather), lead runner scores when the ball sails into left field. Tie ballgame 3-3. Ouch!
Linebrink looked OK. Sherrill – oh my. Two leadoff walks, sacrifice to move runners to 2nd & 3rd. Gets second out on popup to SS, then…. single – two runs score. Tie ballgame 5-5. Ouch again. 25 pitches (13 strikes, 12 balls). And then came Moylan. Leadoff double, three sharply hits singles, two runs – Braves lose 7-5. No joy in Disneyville.
At least our others guys came back to beat the Nats. Although I see that Kimbrel did not have a good day.
Let’s get the whole team back together and thump the Mets tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing Derek Lowe pitch for the first time this spring.
P.S. Sorry for the late report. Old office reunion at Cape Canaveral.
Listening to the game yesterday, It sounded like Bobby Valentine and Orel were still bitter from the 1999 NLCS. The Spring Training’s Bobby ran over the years were more than adequate seeing that we won 14 straight Division Titles. STOP HATING!!
1. How does Chipper look coming out of the box heading to first? Is he taking it easy, holding some back or does it look like he is all out?
2. Did Sherrill face any lefties? Was most of the damage against him done by righties?
1. I would say he’s coming out of the box at about 3/4 speed. On his hit, as soon as he saw the left field get the ball he cranked it bacvk to 1/2 speed.
2. Here iss batting order Sherrill faced: Arencibia (Right) – walk, Jeroloman (left) – walk, McCoy (right) – Sac [5-3], Mastroianni (right)- popup SS, Wilson (right I think, minor leaguer) – hit [2 RBIs], Cooper (left) – flyout center field.
Tim, how does Kimbrel look? I saw his era was at like 15.45 the other day. Has he been a victim of bad luck, or his just getting rocked out there? I must say I’m getting a little worried seeing Linebrink, Sherrill, Moylan, Proctor, and Kimbrel all struggling.
Just got back from the open house at the G-Braves stadium. It was pretty cool. They took you into the clubhouse (looked very nice for a minor league clubhouse) and then let you into the indoor batting cages and threw batting practice for folks.
Niekro was there signing autographs, too. Even in a nasty cold and wet day in Atlanta, there were over 100 folks waiting in line for him.