Live Thread – Day Baseball: Braves vs. Cubs 9/20/13


David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Greetings Baseball Fans!  It’s time for daytime baseball – and Braves fans will have a little extra spring in their step today with the surprisingly quick return of Jason Heyward to the lineup today.  Here’s the lineup (which looks almost playoff-worthy):

Weather right now at the Wrigleyville station is being reported as follows:

  • 71 to 71.5 degrees
  • Mostly Cloudy to Overcast
  • Wind from the SW at 5 to 8 mph, occasionally swinging to the South and West.  Gusts to 12 mph.
  • Humidity 79%

Sooooo what does that means:  the wind is blowing OUT:  directly toward center field and Lake Michigan.  Nobody knows this more than Paul Maholm, so let’s just hope he can keep the ball down and in the park.

Jason will be worked back in somewhat slowly:  here’s the start of the plan…

 

I’ll do play-by-play later… may be just a touch late due to lunch considerations.

 

Tags: Atlanta Braves Chicago Cubs Live Thread

  • cheadrick

    Donnie Murphy grounds out, third baseman Chris Johnson to first baseman Freddie Freeman. One out.

  • cheadrick

    Two 81 mph changeups to set him up for an 87 mph FB. Good sequences from Maholm!

  • cheadrick

    Unfortunately, Paul plunked Lake on the 4th pitch. So much for the good work preceding the plunk.

  • cheadrick

    Darnell McDonald singles on a ground ball to left fielder Evan Gattis. Junior Lake to 2nd. One out.

  • cheadrick

    Runners on the corners (yes, there’s 4 corners in a diamond, so 1st and 2nd are also technically corners) LOL

  • cheadrick

    Ryan Sweeney flies out to left fielder Evan Gattis. Two out.

  • cheadrick

    Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic replaces Scott Baker.

  • cheadrick

    Baker looking to have a good showing because he’s a free agent next year…. but things not going as he’d hoped.

  • cheadrick

    Maholm Ks Bogu. 3 outs. Atlanta up.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    How’s that DVR thing going?

    • cheadrick

      Well I’m still at work. Just watching on Gameday and commenting accordingly. :)

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        That still beats the Cubs radio guys on XM.

        • cheadrick

          hehe yeah

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Justin/Freddie/Bear – with the wind blowing out. New pitcher Rosscup up.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Justin walks to start the 5th.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Freddie pops it up as high as his last AB went far. 1 out.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    DOUBLE by the Bear – 2nd and 3rd.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    So Chris Johnson is halfway to the cycle – on deck. I’ll give big odds on getting the triple part of that feat.

    • cheadrick

      The homer alone put the odds in his favor. If he could get past that hill….

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        I think their RFer would have to break a leg.

  • cheadrick

    So much for Baker trying to sell himself for 2014. I still think with time he might get something back.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    McCann flies out – too short for Justin. Chris gets the intentional pass.
    They are loaded – two down. Bottom of the order.

  • Glen Morrow

    uggla big hit here

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      From your keyboard to his bat.

      • cheadrick

        Pardon my interruption, uh hum, skepticism

  • cheadrick

    I’m shocked Uggla’s getting so many fastballs

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      And his eyes still aren’t quite getting it. Third foul now.

      • cheadrick

        Patented whirlwind swing

  • cheadrick

    ahh now Zac is mixing in the sliders

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    *sigh*

  • cheadrick

    Uggla sets a new personal best ;) lol

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Time for the bottom of the fifth. Which reminds me…

  • cheadrick

    I’m dying to be watching this game! Who ever heard of a afternoon game on a damn Friday!

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Yep – the only one on the schedule.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    That didn’t take long… one pitch, 2nd run for Chicago. Castro to LC.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Pop out to CJ on the infield. 1 out.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Rizzo rips it up the middle… where Simba was somehow there. 2 out.

  • cheadrick

    Ok, bout to head home and catch the last few innings. Chris turns and hands the gavel off officially to Mr. Carpenter.

    • Glen Morrow

      No u have to stay

      • cheadrick

        Yo’ mama! ;)

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Does that mean I need to sing in a couple of innings?

      • cheadrick

        No, I’m going to make Glen below sing.

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Much better idea.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Can o’corn to Gattis. They are done on Maholm’s 70th pitch.

  • cheadrick

    I’m out.. Cyall in a bit… or 8 bit byte

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    TOP SIX. Simmons… Maholm (maybe)… Heyward (3rd and final AB).

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Simmons deep to RF… caught by McDonald… running catch. Just missed a double.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    It is Maholm batting.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      …and he grounds out to short. 2 outs.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Heyward is _not_ going to bat here.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      The plan was ’5 innings or 3AB.’ I guess that wasn’t “whichever comes last.”

      Jordan Schafer is hitting.

  • Glen Morrow

    my opinion Jhey did good today.This is a Positive for the Braves

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Agree – and that was an encouraging first AB – strikeout or not.

      • Glen Morrow

        Yes it was and am and very excited about what I saw out of Jhey

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Really glad he gets a week of play before the playoffs begin. That will be huge. Still can’t believe he’s only 30 days post-break.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Full count to Schafer. 2 fouls after two swinging strikes mixed in.
    Now a called K to finish.

    Dennis Miller is the designated 7th inning singer today at Wrigley.

    • Glen Morrow

      omg feel sorry for people at Wrigley

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        He’s not Jeff Gordan, at least.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Donnie Murphy – wearing Marlins gear on gamecast – hits a HOMER to left. 5-3.

  • Glen Morrow

    OK Paul keep it down

  • Glen Morrow

    Ok maybe time to get Paul out of there.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Yeah – homer and double now to start. Now 2 balls to McDonald. Strike 1.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Grounder to third.. Lake opts not to try and run there… good move.
    1 out.
    PITCHING CHANGE.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Mark Bowman tweet: “…He’s surpassed the 75-pitch mark in his first start since 9/8″

      79 pitches are gonna do it.

  • Glen Morrow

    Need to gets some runs here.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Downs vs. Sweeney

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Fly out to RF… deep enough to advance Lake to 3rd. 2 down.

  • Glen Morrow

    oops friend over talking and thought braves were up….

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      No worries – we do need more!

  • Glen Morrow

    well crao olla

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Scott Downs trying to hit the lower outside corner vs. Valbuena. Ump not having any of it.

    Aw man… check swing single plates a run: 5-4.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Well that’s the lefties, so Downs is outta there. PITCHING CHANGE.

  • Glen Morrow

    Well Braves on the Verge of losing a 5-1 lead …..grrrrrrrr

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      It’s the Heyward factor.

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        …or lack thereof at this point.

      • Glen Morrow

        I agree with you , I said earlier that Braves different team with Jhey in the lineup

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    It’s Ayala.