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


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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.

 

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  • cheadrick

    Well I’m home. Didn’t seem to matter that Baker was off allowing the Braves to hit today, if Paul is going to hiccup as well after a few solid innings. I keep saying we are not going to get struggling Bakers in the playoffs. We have to start hitting against good pitchers too.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Oh, it’s your fault that the Cubs got 3 runs in the interim.

      • cheadrick

        Blame my boss

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Four strikes to Castro (2 fouled)… ball outside. Ayala taking his time.
    Another foul. Whiff!

    Bleeding stopped. End of 6th. 5-4 Atlanta.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Cubs have 9 hits, but no walks.
    Braves 5 hits – 5 walks to go with them.

  • Glen Morrow

    ok Braves let’s get more runs , boy not happy with Braves today started out good ,but since Jhey left game braves have done a 360 turn.

    • cheadrick

      Jhey won’t be an automatic fix for what’s broken with these Braves. Goes much deeper than him I’m sorry to say.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    7th inning… here’s that Upton/Freeman/Gattis bit again.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Justin Grimmmmm pitching for the Cubbies. 2 quick strikes.
    One on a dirtball (swung), the other down the middle (looked). *smh*
    Ball 1

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Whiff… 96 mph

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    2-2 to Freddie after an 0-2 start. Up and wayyy in… HBP on the arm/shoulder.
    Don’t need another jaw busted.

  • cheadrick

    2 plunked batters today, one for Maholm, and now one for Grimm…turnabout is fair play

  • Glen Morrow

    No fair play when it’s above the waist

    • cheadrick

      Freddie’s so tall, if you don’t elevate, you’ll just make a mistake and put it in the dirt. Overcompensation lol

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    I want Gattis to launch one.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      That was close.

  • cheadrick

    Anyone else broadcast iffy right now?

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      XM is good; gamecast better than usual.

      PITCHING CHANGE for Cubs w/2 out.

      • cheadrick

        I mean TV’s FS South? Mine is hiccuping some…

        • cheadrick

          I think it’s just Charter Cable’s HD signal losing bandwidth

  • cheadrick

    Need BMac to really wake up and start his typical tear

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    McCann vs. Brooks Raley: LHP/LHB

  • cheadrick

    OUch, that HURT. You could tell!

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Now Heap gets plunked… 2 out, 2 on – via whacks.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Another pitching change

  • cheadrick

    Brian lowered his head so his kids couldn’t read his lips saying (*&(*^*&%%%(

  • cheadrick

    Well, like a good girl, sometimes a few of our players have to take one for the team. Oops, did I just say that?

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Blake Parker to face – and hit? – CJohnson. Ball 1.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Need to cash one here.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Didn’t. Stretch time.

      • cheadrick

        I just got home, so typical stretch time for me has become “stay in your chair so you don’t miss any more of the game” time.

  • cheadrick

    Chris Johnson flies out to center fielder Ryan Sweeney. Three out.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Miller was loud, but tolerable.

    • cheadrick

      Years of Caray.. everyone is tolerable

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        His problem was that he was a couple of beers into the game by the time the stretch came around.

        • cheadrick

          Couple = 7 or 8

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Extra innings were downright comical.

          • cheadrick

            I miss him

  • cheadrick

    Joe you’re a good broadcaster for a former bad ball player

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Barney/Rizzo/Navarro vs. Ayala. strike 1

  • cheadrick

    Did they just want to limit Jason’s playing time, or was their any indication of him not feeling well?

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      See tweet above – that was the plan – work him in slowly.

      • cheadrick

        oic.. didn’t see that from earlier. Thanks. Probably a good idea.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Pitching Change: Avilan coming in w/1 out.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    3-0 to Rizzo. Yuck.

  • cheadrick

    Would rather see the celebration at Turner, but either way, will be good to get this clinch outta the way if we can hold on. Real goal is to keep HFA as teams are creeping up on us.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Got away with one. Gattis catches it on the track. 2 outs.

  • cheadrick

    Trouble with his 2 seamer

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Dioner Navarro: .375 vs. LHP, .200 vs. RHP. 3-0 count (again).

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Did NOT get away w/that one. TIE GAME.

  • cheadrick

    All he is throwing is 2 seamers… that’s all he threw that ended up in that homer. Appears something is amiss with Avilan’s arm to me.

  • cheadrick

    First curve I’ve seen

  • cheadrick

    Avilan just shook him arm too… slight shake, but spoke volumes

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Good pick up.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    2-2 to Murphy. Full count. Ground to SS – end of inning.

    TIED AFTER SEVEN.

    • cheadrick

      grrrr

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Uggla / Simmons / Pinch Hitter.

    • cheadrick

      I certainly hope so

  • cheadrick

    Braves are pucking up my sphincter tighter’n Dick’s hatband!

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Full count whiff for Uggs.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Pedro Stroup coming in to pitch for Chicago, replacing Blake Parker.

  • fireboss

    Bullpen letting us down in Chicago

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    The beat writers are tweeting:

    >Only the 2nd homer off #Braves Avilan in 98 career innings (O’Brien)

    >That was the first home run allowed by Luis Avilan this season in 61.2 IP & second in 97.2 IP in 103 career appearances. #Braves (McAlpin)
    > Chase Utley’s solo shot on Sept. 21, 2012 accounted for the only previous home run Avilan had allowed in his career (97.2 IP). #Braves (Bowman)

    • cheadrick

      Still think something was wrong with his arm.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Simmons groundout to third.
    Elliot up – guessing he could stay in the game?

    • cheadrick

      Well since he didn’t start, a start late and the lesser of two evils would be nice.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    EJohnson whiffs to end the top of the 8th.

  • cheadrick

    I need beer

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Dave Carpenter is the new hurler.

  • cheadrick

    My pops just sent me $200 for my birthday. He’s so cool! ParTAY ;)

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Lake grounds out to Chris Johnson. 1 down.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    From what I’m seeing, Uggla is still in the game.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    afk

  • cheadrick

    Darnell McDonald strikes out swinging. Two out.

  • cheadrick

    Carpenter’s looking good so far