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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    Harper. Pop up to shallow LF. Gattis runs to it – apparently checking to see if he was gonna kill Simmons in the process. He did not.
    End of the fifth.

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    6th inning. Braves behind 3-0 on 2 hits.
    Top of the order (third turns).
    EJohnson up.

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    1-2 count…ball, full count… foul. ALMOST homer to RF corner… and deep.
    Liner to RC…. DOUBLE!

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    Justin fly out to RF… Elliot advances to 3rd. 1 down.

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    Nats will concede a run on a grounder.

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    3-1 count to Freeman.

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    Deep to LF. Fly out. 100th RBI for Freddie Freeman as Johnson scores. 3-1 Nats. 2 outs.

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    Gattis grounds out to 2nd. Ends top of the 6th. But we got 1 back.

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    Minor (86 pitches) back out there: Desmond to start. 0-1.

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    Storen warming up in their bullpen.

    Foul out by Desmond to Justin. Braves pen warming up, too.

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    LaRoche… 1-1 count. Now 3-1. Liner to Justin… two outs.

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    Ramos ground out to short – 95 pitches for MInor (he’s caught and passed Haren – 93 pitches for him with 1 less inning). 1-2-3 and stringing a lot of consecutive outs for Minor.

    6th inning done: Braves down 3-1. Looking like yet another close Nats game.

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    Gotta hand it to Minor: he’s had nothing today – just 3 strikeouts vs. 4 walks – but he forced his way through the 1st inning and has given up only one hit since then.

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    7th inning pitching change: Drew Storen for the Nats.

    McCann to greet him.

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    2-2 count to McCann. He has 1 of the three Braves’ hits.
    Pop up caught in fair territory (barely) along the LF line. 1 out.

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    CJohnson, 0 for 2 today so far. 3-0 count.
    Strike 1 on a disputed pitch. Strike 2… full count.
    Foul. Driven to RF – typical Chris Johnson Single… just in front of the outfielders!

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    Simmons – 0 for 1 with a walk. 1-1 count. Strike 2. Liner to LC – SINGLE.

    Two on – one out… but BJ Upton is up, followed by the pitcher’s spot. Ugh.

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    2 strikeouts vs. Haren for BJ today – despite the stats I quoted above.

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    1-1 count. Ball 2. Finally got a count in his favor.

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    BJ… 2-2 on a foul (2nd this AB). Fly to LC … 2nd out. Nobody advances.
    Uggla to PH for Minor.

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    Uggla 5-12 vs. Storen… but 0 for last 13. Nats radio helped w/research.

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    RBI SINGLE FOR UGGLA – SHOCK! 3-2, runners at 1st/3rd, 2 outs.!

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    Here’s our shot: RISP w/2 outs, top of the order (EJohnson) up. 1-3 today.

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    Foul. Bullpen quiet for Wash.
    Ooooooo…. almost got a Rick Flair… Harper gets to it in short LF.

    STRETCH TIME: Nats lead 3-2.

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    PITCHING CHANGE: Luis Ayala for Atlanta.

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    Boy – bet the Orioles wish they had Ayala back in their bullpen.

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    1-1 count to Rendon. Strike called. Foul.

    Downs and somebody else – Varvaro? – busy in the bullpen.

    Another foul. Ball being kept down. Ball 2. Infield pop up to 2nd. 1 out.

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    Lombardozzi (LH) pinch hitting for Storen. Strike 1 called.
    Ball 1 well outside. Strike 2 called. May have fooled the ump.
    Ball 2 well outside. Keeping the ball away. Fouled back to the left.
    Fouled again.
    ‘Bout time to bust him inside.
    Nope – but got a grounder to short: 2 down.

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    Denard Span is back up. He had the last Nats hit… back in the 2nd inning.
    Comebacker: END 7th INNING.

    Tyler Clippard coming in for the 8th. Meat of the Braves’ order coming up.

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    Okay – Braves in the 8th. Down by 1 run. Upton/Freeman/Gattis.

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    Upton hits it to shortish LC… Harper gets it for first out.

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    Strike 1 to Freddie. Ball 1 inside. Ball 2 outside. Ball 3 in the dirt.
    Time for an airball? Nope – but it’s still BALL FOUR.

    Feed the Bear.

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    Gattis: First pitch foul. Strike two on a foul tip. Yuck.
    HOMER
    HOMER
    HOMER
    BEAR FED – BRAVES LEAD 4-3!

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    McCann – pop out to SS. 2 outs.

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    Nats radio reports 2nd blown save by Clippard this year.
    0-2 to ChrisJ.
    Carpenter and Avilan warming up for the bottom of the 8th.
    Ball 1. Ball 2. Ball 3…
    WALKED HIM… after an 0-2 count.

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    Simmons up now… this is at least letting the Braves pen get fully warmed up by extending the inning.
    Still hate to see too many pitchers given that we’ve got another game tonight, but you’ve also gotta cash ‘em in if you get a chance – and the chance is there now.

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    Simmons: Ball 1, SINGLE to Right Center.
    1st and 2nd, 2 outs.

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    BJ Upton now… boy, a hit would be nice here.
    Ball 1, strike called.
    Fly out to RF to end the inning… Darn it.

    But Atlanta now LEADS 4-3… mid-8th inning.

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    Zimmerman/Werth/Harper up. Gotta stop ‘em here.

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    That was Gattis’ 20th homer – Braves now have TWO Catchers with 20 homers.

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    Double switch – Schafer in the game, Gattis out.
    Schafer to RF; Justin to LF.

    Dave Carpenter in to pitch.

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    1-1 to Zimmerman. Called strike. Sniping about the call.
    Check swing STRIKEOUT.

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    Werth – strike (swinging)… 96 mph. Bring it.
    Strike two – 97 mph. All gas. two whiffs.
    Ball 1. STRIKE THREE SWINGING. 2 outs.

    Walden/Avilan in the pen.

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    Pitching change for Harper – Avilan coming in.
    Thankyouverymuch, Mr. Carpenter. We’re related? Maybe? Can I haz tickets?

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    1st pitch to Harper: Ball 1. Ball 2. Nats radio sez Harper is 1-7/walk vs. Avilan this year. Hmmmm…. ball 3 now.
    Strike 1 down the middle. Don’t do that again.

    Strike 2 swinging – foul tipped.
    Fouled. Still full count.

    Ball Four – Harper is on base, 2 outs.

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    Ball 1 to Desmond…. uh oh – Trainer is out w/McCann

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    Everybody leaves… except Avilan.

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    Downs is back up now. Throwing way outside… Ball 3.
    Desmond swings on 3-0 count with a struggling pitcher. Idiot. 3-1.
    Swung again… 3-2.
    Desmond trying to bail us out here.
    STRIKEOUT – He Did!!

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    END OF 8. Desmond saves us a pitcher to be named later.

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    Ryan Mattheus pitching to Schafer in the 9th.
    1-1 count. … he strikes out.