Live Thread/Day Baseball! Braves/Nats 1:05 EDT


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Today we’re going to be getting back to the business of baseball – still seems all too quickly after the events that unfolded yesterday morning, just a half-mile away from Nationals Park in Washington.  We continue to mourn and pray for the victims with their families, but even as thousands in that area get back to their daily tasks, we will endeavor to follow suit as the Braves and Nationals get their own game faces on to do battle – twice today.

Fox Sports South’s Tom Hart just sent an all-too-relevant tweet:

 

The lineup for Atlanta for Game 1 today is:

Then again… we may have to wait-and-see about what Fredi opts to do with the 2nd game’s lineup:

 

I saw a tweet this morning suggesting that Major League Baseball has once again denied any sort of ‘tribute caps’ to be used today.  After 9/11 the Mets and Yankees wore the hats of the local authorities to honor them and their sacrifices; apparently that practice is over (a similar request by the Nationals to honor the deaths of Seal Team 6 was denied previously).  I hope the Nationals made such a request for today (I have yet to see something official about this), and I likewise hope the request is granted.  If not, then shame on the Commissioner’s Office for doing so.  Baseball would be lauded for their support to do so – but a failure to give that honor looks bad.

That said – baseball returns today.  1:05pm EDT.

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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Braves have won a bunch (12-4) vs. Washington this year, but not exactly “owned” them, if you check the scores.

    Wins have been 3-2, 2-1, 6-3, 3-2 (10 innings), 2-1, 6-4 (10), 3-1, 9-0, 3-2, 8-1, 2-1 (10), and 6-3… lots of close games.
    Even the losses: 8-7 (15), 2-0, 3-1, 3-2 have been close.

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    Regular hats for the Nats today. Braves in grey.

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    Nats lineup: Span, Zimmerman, Werth, Harper, Desmond, LaRoche, Ramos, Rendon, Haren

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    Johnson leading off. first pitch: strike 1.

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    EJ starts 0-2… liner to LF caught (oppo field). 1 down.

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    Justin: 5th in walks, 6th in homers. DOUBLE off the wall.

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    Good spot for a 100th RBI for Freddie here…

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    2-1 count to Eddie Free… spit on it. 3-1 now. Foul ball… 3-2. WALK.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Nats radio guys think Gattis is mired in a deep slump.

    Well, a 6-4-3 DP on the first pitch won’t change their minds. END TOP 1st.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Minor facing Denard Span. 92mph fastball for strike 1.

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    Full count…spoiled twice by foul balls…Walked Span.

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    63 degrees at game time, wind from the north at 7mph, which means Justin’s double was probably kept in the park since he hit it into the teeth of the breeze.

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    Minor having trouble w/control…. 3 balls to Zimmerman. Now walked him, too.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Something I didn’t know: runners only 3 for 11 on steals vs. Minor. Unfortunately, MInor making it easier for them by starting with 2 walks.

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    Jayson Werth… hitting .322. Carrying this team in the 2nd half.

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    Uh oh… off the wall… 1-0 Nats: wind kept that in the park, too.
    Runners 2nd and 3rd, nobody out. Harper up.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Naturally Harper goes after the 1st pitch… pop foul.
    Next one in the dirt.
    Foul back: 1-2 count.
    Ball: low/inside.
    Grounder to the right side: EJohnson throws him out, but Zimmerman scores. 2-0 Nats.

    Infield brought in as Werth went to third (one out).

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    Desmond: STRIKEOUT. 2 outs. Infield back to normal depth.

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    Adam LaRoche. 2-2 count. SINGLE. 3-0 Nats.

    Nats radio reporting that Strasburg will return to their rotation on Thursday… after the Braves are gone.

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    Ramos… 7th man to bat in the inning. 2-2 count.
    Wild pitch… LaRoche advances to 2nd. WALK (#3 so far).

    Braves’ bullpen moving(!). David Hale warming up.

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    Rendon… one pitch flyout to mercifully end that disaster.

    3-0 after the first inning.

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    Gotta wonder if Minor told McDowell that he feels a little off… maybe some sort of discomfort. That would explain the quick bullpen activity – 3 runs yielded or not.

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    Braves’ 2nd inning: McCann SINGLES into RF.

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    Chris Johnson is up. Nice of Arizona to throw Justin into the trade that brought him to Atlanta.

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    Flyout to LC by CJ. 1 out.

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    WALK to Simmons… two on, 1 out.

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    2-0 count to BJ. Haren not liking the calls he’s getting.

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    Now 2 strikes… via a swing and a look. STRIKEOUT. *sigh*

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    Minor is up…2-2 count. Fly foul to RF – wind pushes it out of play.
    Another foul. Minor seems determined to fight here.
    Strikeout. End of the threat.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Well, that makes 4 LOB through 2 innings for Atlanta.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Correction… 4 base-runners… 3 LOB thanks to Gattis’ GIDP in the first.

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    Haren grounds out to 3rd. Span up.

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    2-2 count to Span… single to center. Dang – he has a 27 games hit streak (ties longest in majors this year).

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    Zimmerman: 1st pitch hit to the warning track in RF. 2 outs.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Guess Minor is okay…but not yet out of the 2nd. Werth up.

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    Ball… Gamecast thinks it was easily a strike. 2-0 count now.

    Top of the strike zone …. for another ball.
    Meanwhile Span steals second and the throw goes wild into CF.
    Span to 3rd, Error on McCann.

    Walk to Werth…1st and 3rd, 2 outs. The bratty kid is up.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      (Yes, he’s a bratty kid because he’s not on my team)

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    BJ dives to grab a liner in LC to end the inning! Whew!
    End of 2nd… 3-0 Nats. Minor is around 53 pitches.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Nats radio points out that BJ was positioned toward LC… that saved at least one run, if not two.

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    Gotta get something going before Haren settles in for good. Top of the order up – 3rd inning.
    Strike 1 to EJohnson.

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    2-2 count… Haren now at 41 pitches… ripped to 1st… LaRoche gets it. 3 unassisted. 1 out.

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    Grounder up the middle… Rendon just gets Justin at first. 2 out.

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    Haren working Freeman inside… strikeout. 50 pitches for Haren after 3.

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    AFK for several minutes…

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    Back… looks like I didn’t miss much… no more offense from our side, but Minor got a 1-2-3 inning to end the 4th. Simmons/BJ/Minor up.

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    Simmons…. 1-2 count. Grounder up the middle. Simmons out as he dives to first.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      That always scares me… particularly in his case since his hands are everything to his game.

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    0-2 to BJ. Heard this before?

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    Yeah. Called third strike.

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    Groundout to the pitcher… 11 in a row retired for Haren. 74 pitches for him through 5.

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    Bottom of the fifth. Barves have just 2 hits… did not get to Haren in the 1st two innings while he was a little off. Instead, the Nats did cash in their chances with Minor for 3 runs.

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    1-2 count to Zimmerman…strikeout!

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    Werth: 0-2. MInor getting ahead in the counts now. Ball – that was pitch #82 here in the fifth.
    Called strike 3! 2 of them this inning… radio guys don’t believe it: “It’s like the plate doubled in size.”