Live Thread: Phillies Braves & Season Finale

Live Game Thread: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves – Series and Season Finale

As I reported here last night, the Braves’ loss to the Phillies in game 3 of the 4 game series was costly, and potentially devastating.  It means that in order to regain top seed for the playoffs, and thus home-field advantage throughout, two things have to happen today – The Braves MUST win, and the Cardinals MUST lose.

Today is a new day though!  The loss was yesterday, the Pendleton / Johnson fracas was yesterday, and there’s little point in worrying about what you cannot control.  The Braves cannot control what the Cardinals and Cubs do today, but they need to bring everything to bear in today’s last game of the season, win it, and then stay pumped for the playoffs whatever seed they are, or wherever they play.  In short, all is far from lost.

I’ll not bore you further with details.  Again, we’ve already reported what’s at stake for today, and now we’ll only need to stay glued to see how the day concludes.  I’ll be at Turner field for game 1 of the NLDS, and I’ll be pumped to know that if the Braves have overcome all the hurdles they faced already this year, one more won’t be out of the question!

 

Probables

Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

RHP Zach Miner (0-1, 3.08) vs. Atlanta RHP Julio Teheran (13-8, 3.09)

 

Lineups

Atlanta

1. Jason Heyward (L) CF
2. Justin Upton (R) RF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Evan Gattis (R) LF
5. Gerald Laird (R) C
7. Elliot Johnson (S) 3B
8. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
9. Julio Teheran (R) P


Philadelphia

1. Cesar Hernandez (S) CF
2. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
3. Chase Utley (L) 2B
4. Domonic Brown (L) LF
5. Kevin Frandsen (R) 1B
6. Cody Asche (L) 3B
7. Erik Kratz (R) C
8. Roger Bernadina (L) RF
9. Zach Miner (R) P

Of Note

As you can see from the Atlanta lineup today, Chris Johnson is not in the lineup.  Some will jump to the conclusion it has something to do with last night’s fracas with Pendleton, but no.  Chris didn’t respond in kind, at least from the video we saw, with laying hands on Terry in any way.  Something further may have occurred in the clubhouse, but I doubt that too.  Finally, they have both reportedly apologized, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution tweeted that “Chris is not playing today, but not because of the incident last night.  I want to say that emphatically.”

The real reason, also according to O’Brien on Twitter, is that “Fredi said C Johnson has been nursing a jammed right shoulder since making a diving play Thursday.  That’s why he’s not in the lineup. “

With the very REAL need to win today, I don’t like it  CJ’s absence, but if he needs to nurse the shoulder, well it is what it is.  We need him healthy for the playoffs, win or lose today’s game.

I also don’t like Dan Uggla being in there, but of course with CJ out, it becomes more of a necessity.  Only time will tell how today’s lineup tweak affects the outcome.

 

Live Game Thread

Scroll down to our comments section, and join us today for our Final Live Thread of the regular season!  Yes, we’ll do some threads for the playoffs of course, but I always feel a touch sad when the season for my favorite team, and the greatest sport in the world comes to an end.

 

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  • Glen Morrow

    Go Braves and Go Cubbies.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well look, I know that men these days are all sophisticated and stuff, but I ain’t got no ribs or steak tips, and wine. I got a keg, plastic cups, and multiple jumbo bags of peanuts and funyuns. If you Live Thread tailgaters don’t like that, then go to another party where men are not men! :) lol. Seriously, let the Live Thread Begin!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Freddie Freeman singles on a line drive to right fielder Roger Bernadina. Jason Heyward scores. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    The Gadmeister! Yes, that’s what I call him. I like my own stuff. WTG Evan!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Evan Gattis homers (21) on a fly ball to left field. Freddie Freeman scores. One out.

  • Glen Morrow

    Boom for Gattis

  • fireboss

    well this is a good start, Everyone fired up. Day late hopefully not a $ short

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Yeah, and go Cubbies!

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Zamardija is pitching, and he’s no walk in the park.

    • Glen Morrow

      Go Braves and Go Cubs

  • fireboss

    I thought I’d try a new identity on this machine and see if it helped with the comment thing. it hasn’t damn it

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      I’m a bit of a guru with computers, MCSE, A+, programmer, all that, and I’m at a loss Fred. I can only suggest completely eliminating any and all disqus accounts, and re-establishing a brand new account. You’ll lose previous comments I think, but I know of no other possible fix.

      • fireboss

        Yea I’ve been in computers since 81 myself. I thought it might be a java issue sop I ripped that out and reinstalled. I contacted Disqus who’ve been as helpful as a cow with a shotgun. The comments don’t matter squat to me so maybe blowing it all up is the only answer. I think first I’ll change computers and see if that makes a difference. I’ll run to the other room and use the desktop. BRB

  • fireboss

    Bullpen up already sure can tell it’s game 162

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      hehe can’t harm the Phillies really to use everyone.

  • fireboss

    Okay different machine, different OS let’s see if this makes a difference

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Test Reply

      • fireboss

        Hmm okay that came up. now can we try a comment? If that works it must be some update that windows installed last week for Win8 OR it’s my security suite I’m on G3 data here and Zone Alarm in there

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Wouldn’t surprise me a bit if a MS update were the culprit. Microsoft is the culprit in a gazillion cases. As you can probably tell, I prefer linux.

  • fireboss

    trouble is i’m in the wrong room of course

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    New comment posted for testing Fred’s Disqus

    • fireboss

      and the comment didn’t come up This is strange indeed. Okay back to the other room. thanks

  • Jeff Schafer

    I’m here…had to cut the grass, glad to see that 3-0 score

  • Jeff Schafer

    Great play by Freddie

  • Brandon_Woodworth

    I’m actually here! Freddie 2-2.

    • Jeff Schafer

      nice….most balla player

  • Glen Morrow

    Cubs and Cards 0-0 end of 1 Inning.

    • Jeff Schafer

      lets go Cubs!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Exceptional D one night, to shoddy D from the Phillies the next… we’ll take it. Andrelton Simmons doubles (26) on a fly ball to center fielder Cesar Hernandez. Freddie Freeman scores. Gerald Laird to 3rd. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Coaching visit to mound.
    Miner’s day is over for the Philthies

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Elliot Johnson hits a sacrifice fly. Fielding error by center fielder Cesar Hernandez. Gerald Laird scores. Andrelton Simmons to 3rd. Elliot Johnson to 1st. One out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Dan Uggla walks. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Julio Teheran called out on strikes. Three out.

  • Jeff Schafer

    So what’s everyone thoughts on that 2nd base umpire?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      He’s a professional, with a high degree of personal integrity, and a faithfulness to the history and professionalism of the game that is un-paralleled in the annals of MLB history ;)

      • Glen Morrow

        Chris we did not need his facebook profile

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          I’ll decide what you need! ;)

          • Glen Morrow

            Yes sir …my mistake yikes!!!!

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            HAHA

      • fireboss

        You left out blinks so much he misses close plays and guesses… just sayin

        • Jeff Schafer

          he was already calling EJ out before the slid

    • fireboss

      Bad positioning doesn’t watch closely and is tired of being in the sun, wants to go skiing

  • fireboss

    Cubs doing all they can to win.. JC Boscan starting catcher

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      He says with sarcasm dripping

      • fireboss

        MOI? Sarcastic? Why I am shocked nay dismayed that you would disparage me so …. tut tut to you sir tut tut indeed :)

  • Glen Morrow

    Good throw Jhey

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well, crap on a cracker!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Thought a Braves Live Game Thread, this is relevant: Jon Jay singles on a line drive to right fielder Nate Schierholtz. Joe Kelly scores. Two out.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Hello ooo oo o o

    • Glen Morrow

      HOW U DOING ?

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        What?

        • fireboss

          who what

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I think we should delete the previous comment, and all replies, on the basis of total irrelevancy

  • fireboss

    the Bear reached into the Phillies picnic basket that time

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Had to be the bunt of all bunts, throughout time, for Laird to beat anything out.

  • fireboss

    Laird doing his crash davis impression

  • fireboss

    Bloop, bunt, bleeder them to death

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Been done to us often enough this year

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Sad state of affairs for any team when they feel they must pitch around Uggs, even if the pitcher is due up.

    • fireboss

      then we pinch hit with Constanza

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Cards up 2-0 now. Can you smell it? LA hairspray?

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Jose lick his bat?

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    He MUST have licked his bat! Go George!

    • fireboss

      I wuz gonna say “Georgie Juiced it” but restrained myself

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Steeeeelaaaaaa!

  • fireboss

    I apologize Georgie

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Don’t suppose anyone knows yet the time for the game at the TED on Thursday against LA? haha I’m already resigned as you can tell.

    • fireboss

      Really depends on the other game but I’d guess late like 8 eastern to get the west coast crowd

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        yeah that typical. I’m wondering because I’m going to that game at least.

  • fireboss

    Did you see that little arms crossed see there dudes arm cross Constanza did at second? Dude’s odd

  • fireboss

    That’s Freddie “no Range” freeman .. idiots

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      It’s just that he don’t move to his left well, when he’s covering the bag LOL

      • fireboss

        yep. failing to field all those ground ball fouls hurts …

  • Guest

    With em loaded, will they pitch around Uggs again? If he walks, does that mean no score? lol

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Nice! We’re hitting like we did last night, but also getting the runners in! I love this production going into the playoffs!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    BRB in about 15 minutes or so.

    • fireboss

      okey dokey smokey

  • Brandon_Woodworth

    This is why I did not include Luis Ayala on the playoff roster. No idea what he is even doing on the team still.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      He’s a “cross your fingers” middle relief filler, helping to fill gaps left by injuries. With few pickins’ before the last TL, he was a necessary evil. He could be in the playoffs as well at some point.

    • fireboss

      he is Fredi’s ground ball guy. I expect him to be on the roster

      • Brandon_Woodworth

        I’ve got a really luck friend, can he be Fredi’s ground ball guy for 30 innings next year?

        • fireboss

          you’re asking the wrong Fred. I reach for my Xanax every time he enters a game.

  • Brandon_Woodworth

    Why not let Walden pitch here? He’s the guy who’s gotta prove his health.

  • fireboss

    Huddy cheerleader

  • fireboss

    Okay guys I’m out. boys are here chat later