Braves 5, Giants 4 (11 innings)

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants – Box Score – October 08, 2010 – ESPN.

So, that’s baseball for you. Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth come through big, with the assistance of a guy playing the position for the first time all year, and the Braves get off the mat (resilience!) and head back to Atlanta with home field advantage and Tim Hudson going on long rest.

Tommy Hanson had a great breaking ball tonight, (last night, now) but couldn’t control his fastball. After going strikeout-single-strikeout to open the game, he walked Buster “The Outman” Posey, then left one over the plate that Pat Burrell crushed for a three-run homer, and considering the offense the Braves have shown, presumably the ballgame. They got another run in the second when Commando Cody Ross hit a single down the line that Melky “The Load” Cabrera misplayed into a double (he almost fell down, but fortunately held his feet, as he could have set off a 6.2 earthquake) followed by an RBI single from pitcher Matt Cain. We’re all starting to think about the offseason at this point.

But in the sixth inning, Derrek Lee singled, and went to second on a bobbled ball by Burrell. Brian McCann singled him in, but that was all the Braves would get, 4-1. The bullpen, once again, was doing a magnificent job keeping the Braves in it after Hanson was hit for in the fifth. Michael Dunn, Peter Moylan, and Jonny Venters combined to get through seven, then Craig Kimbrel pitched two perfect innings, both with two strikeouts.

Lee and McCann singled to open the eighth, and the Giants went to their closer of the bad dye job, Brian Wilson. Melky, being Melky, tried to ground out to fellow fat guy Pablo Sandoval, but the Kung-Fu Has-Been’s throw pulled the first baseman off the base, and Lee scored. Brooks Conrad bunted to make it second and third, and Alex Gonzalez, finally, hit a double to left center to tie the game. The Braves couldn’t get him home, but they lived.

Billy Wagner came out to start the tenth, with Omar Infante moving to second and Troy Glaus coming in at third on a double switch. Edgar Renteria, now a bench player, pinch-hit and picked on Glaus, laying down a bunt single. What’s more, Wagner hurt his oblique (probably) on the play; he got one man on a sac bunt but then had to leave… for Farnsworth.

I’m still not sure that what followed really happened and wasn’t a fever dream. Farnsworth hit the next guy on the hand, then walked Aubrey Huff to load the bases. And then, he got a grounder from the Outman right to Glaus, who threw just a little wildly to Omar, who handled it and relayed to first for the double play to get out of it. With one out in the eleventh, Ankiel hit a no-doubter into the Bay, giving the Braves the lead. Farnsworth allowed a one-out single, then got one Braves-killer, Travis Ishikawa, only to face… Commando Cody. Who popped out to deep short. Like I said, I’m not sure this all happened, but that’s what I remember and what the computer says happened, so I guess.

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233 thoughts on “Braves 5, Giants 4 (11 innings)”

  1. There is not another equivilent to Braves Journal. Braves Journal is the greatest MLB fan blog on the net.

    BTW Great job Bethany

  2. That was amazing. When Wagner went down, I knew it was over because that meant we were going to need not one but TWO innings (at least) of Farnsworth to get a win. And there’s no way he doesn’t give up like 5 runs in any given two-inning stretch. But somehow we made it! Playoff baseball is AWESOME! Super stressful, but awesome. :-)

    Also, Mac, you forgot how Bobby got ejected in the second for arguing over how out Posey was last night. (At least I’m pretty sure that’s what it was really about.) And, you know, the Braves win after Bobby gets kicked. :-D

  3. Kimbrel was awesome, Lee 1st play was awesome, McCann is swinging very nicely…if we could get Heyward hot again, this might be something.

  4. “Yeah, I thought he was going to pull a Kelly Johnson on that last fly ball. I wouldn’t have been surprised.”

    I thought the exact same thing, Catz.

  5. That thread at McCovy Chronicles is awesome. I mean, I don’t usually revel in other people’s misery, but theirs is a rather wry and witty misery, so I can’t help but laugh.

  6. One of my favorite angry Giant fan quotes from that McCovery blog:

    Dear Pablo Sandoval,

    Fuck you too.

    Love,
    groug

    Pablo Sandoval is the Giants Melky. LOVE IT.

  7. From McCovey Chronicles:

    I just can’t believe the Giants couldn’t win with the bases loaded, one out, Posey at the plate and Kyle Farnsworth pitching.– jponry

    I’m sure it’s no consolation, but I don’t believe it any more than you do.

  8. Why does Ron Gant keep saying “if Tommy Hanson can come back” for a Game 5? Dummy doesn’t know it is on normal rest.

  9. Smitty, I think that’s every team that loses. Actually, scratch that. The Pirates no longer have a blog, they traded it to the Yankees.

  10. This little tidbit from the Giants blog:

    “Jonathan against Huddy.. in that ATL bandbox.. color me scared for Sunday..”

    I guess anything is a bandbox compared to AT&T.

    (Using two periods as an ellipsis is one of my biggest peeves.)

  11. 33 – lol

    As long as my ranting and raving and furniture flipping for the first 7 innings doesn’t end up getting me divorced, tonight will be the perfect night.

    SF Stoners and Baseball blogs + Gut wrenching losses = Hilariousness

  12. That Giants thread is really, really close to what this thread would be if Ross hit a HR off Farnsworth.

  13. Seriously, What a great moment for Ankiel. I’m glad he’s finally been given a chance to play center, he’s at least a better choice than anything else we can put out there. I’m keyed! C’mon Sunday, Go get’em Tim!

  14. Oh and one more thing, you know you’re a pretty pathetic crowd when you get pumped up by seeing the phrase “SHAKE YOUR POMPOMS” on the scoreboard.

  15. I loved the energy of the sellout crowds at home. Hopefully the Bravos can give them something to cheer about.

  16. @39-

    I doubt anyone here would’ve been surprised to see Ross hit a HR off of Farnsworth.

    But yeah, last night was really, REALLY rough. But it was different from tonight. Tonight for Giant fans is like a marginally less-bad version of the 2005 Joey Devine game.

  17. Biggest, most exciting playoff win since ’99 I think…maybe the 99 NLCS Game 6, or the 99 NLDS Game 3 in Houston…

  18. Alex Gonzalez hits a game-tying double? Rick Ankiel hits the game winning homer? Kyle Farnsworth dosn’t eff up and lose the game? What universe is this?

  19. So how many times can a damn oblique strike down a Braves player?

    This was a hell of a damn game, absolutely can not wait until I get to the game on Sunday.

  20. They also appear to be making fun of Rick Mahler, which only designated Braves fans should be able to do.

  21. Guys, I don’t want to take all the credit, but after watching 14 innings of scoreless baseball and literally being insulted by the fan in front of us with Down Syndrome we headed for the exit of AT&T Park. While waiting for the train we saw the first run score. We got home in time to see Gonzalez tie it up. We really are that unlucky!

    Let me be the first to say that the sins of 2005 have been erased. Farnsworth, welcome to my heart.

  22. I’m not proud of this but I’m going to spend most of the day tomorrow hiding from my wife and trying to see if I can rip towels in half. I’m guessing it’s easier than it looks, but I’m prepared to be humbled.

  23. Brian wilson should spend less time watching Major League and planning his outfit and more time practicing that baseball thing.

  24. Not to revel in the misfortune of others too much, but this Facebook comment on my friend’s page made me laugh out loud:

    “I was at the game tonight. When all was done I just tossed my Orange pompom on the ground and left the park. Wow that lead give up was pretty sad.”

    Real men rip towels and throw pompoms.

  25. Apparently, the Giants fans are allowed to use the f*** word at will on their site. There’s a little more class here, I can remember only one thread (game 161) where people couldn’t help it. Fun to read though.

    What are our predictions for the series now? I said Braves in five prior to the series and will stick with it, though Braves in four seems not unlikely now. Realitically, the Giants are still favourites though. Should we win game3, which is a must for us, we wouldvstill have to face Lincecum in game 4 and then Cain again in game 5 in SF. Not easy at all.

  26. I was 5 beers of Octoberfest (local ATL brew for luck) into the night when Burrell hit the three-run dong.

    Everything after that? A mix of drunken irkdom, more drunken irkdom, and then all of a sudden Vodka-shots-and-Braves-addled release. I really can’t describe how I feel right now, because I’m afraid of it.

  27. @57- Bed-spread sounds good, work your way up. I suggest going Hulkamania after that and ripping a t-shirt. And THEN you can get into the towels. I wish you luck with this.

  28. Dodo bird spotted in South Georgia.
    Colony of Yeti found to be living peacefully in Michigan.
    Elvis declared new president of North Korea.
    Rick Ankiel hits a clutch homerun. No, smashes, destroys, annihilates a ball to score a run.
    Kyle Farnsworth pitches out of two high leverage situations with the game on the line.

    Which of the above is more improbable?

  29. My brother and I sat it out in the left field bleachers tonight. Rougher crowd than last night, and it was hard to talk too loud when you’re down 3-4 runs the whole game. The Chipper jersey draws a lot of hate.

    But when Gonzalez hit that double. And when Ankiel hit that BOMB.

    Well, you could’ve heard a pin drop in that stadium. Except for us. Cause we were screaming our heads off.

    It was incredible. What a game. What a team. I do not want to see the Braves back in San Francisco. Win two in Atlanta and call it a day.

    Go Braves.

  30. First of all, love the site. I recently stumbled upon it and have been hooked every since. Secondly, Melky didnt do horribly tonight. Let me say that I laughed at every Melky joke ive read thus far, and I love both the spirit and the delivery. But Melky has lost weight and despite swinging at pitches far out of the zone made contact with all of them. And they were in the upper 90s with movement. Plus, that grounder he hit to 3rd would have at least advanced the runners and was too softly hit to cause an out at 2nd. Either way the braves have a chance.

    The moment I knew we were playing the giants I thought two things. 1st: The team I most wanted the Braves to play was the Giants (and hopefully the Reds can find a way to beat the phucking fillies). 2nd: If we win 1 out of 2 on the road then we’ve got it. AS good as Lincecum was he wont be able to do it twice. The braves approach game 1 was way out of character. We didnt have the patience, the concept of the strike zone, or the poise to be successful. With the confidence we gained game 2 (I know it is one game but the moment the guys buy the out-of-the norm lincecum start theory their confidence will carry over immediately).

    They will start thinking that if anyone is remotely human (i.e. not lincecum or halladay game 1) then they can hit them. And when they start thinking that way then the next lincecum start won’t be so daunting and instead of being overly anxious (game 1) they will be confident.

    BRAVES WIN!!!!!!

    Go braves, see you on Sunday.

  31. Hope we see Glaus at 3B on Sunday.

    I had the pleasure of watching the game at a sportsbook surrounded by Giants fans. Their misery after the Ankiel homer was epic.

  32. I don’t wanna take the credit, but after Cain’s single I shaved off the playoff beard I had let grow since last Sunday, then left for work. Got him and saw the final score on Braves Journal just a moment ago. Needless to say, I will now be shaving every day, on the regular.

  33. I’m going to say something really ungenerous here, but I think our comment threads after a bad loss are better than the McCovey Chronicles threads. You won’t see “+1” or “This” or any other chatspeak or threadspeak here, just unfiltered raw human anger.

    That said, since we live in a world in which the laws of physics no longer apply, I’m going to make a million dollars in penny stocks, jump out of a window and fly to Australia, and then record a version of “Jack and Diane” that doesn’t suck.

  34. It’s time for the July Venters and Kimbrel to give us a foretaste of next year.

    So –

    Chipper – Out.
    Prado – Out.
    Medlen – Out.
    Wagner – Out.
    Frenchy – Out (in Texas).
    Melky – Fat.

    And we’re still clawing and fighting and scratching…

    Dang, I love this team.

  35. This team is a miracle itself. Seriously, the whole team may as well get hurt. Lee, AAG, Ankiel, and Farnsworth were the keys to last night’s win. The trades are all worth it.

  36. Glaus wanted to throw up…DOB game quotes

    On Glaus’ play

    “He came off the field and said he was about to throw up. Said he’s never really been put in for defensive purposes before [Chipper is laughing here, hardly able to finish the sentence.] When they hit it, I didn’t even know he was in the game. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s Troy.’

    “And he made a decent throw and we got the double play. It was just fun to see his reaction, because he literally looked like he was about to heave.”

  37. AAR,

    What does +1 mean? (I’m an old guy not oup on the newspeak).

    I like the city of San Francisco so much I can’t work up much hate for the Giants.

  38. +1 means “I’ve had one drink.” It’s shorthand for measuring drunkenness. “Sam +14” would mean “I am shit faced drunk at the thought of Melky in the five hole.”

  39. If Kimbrel wasn’t flat out outstanding yesterday, I would’ve been way more upset about the Wagner injury. Now I want to win for Bobby and Wags.

  40. Utley wasn’t hit by the pitch and his Jeter act was unprofessional in that he was nursing the wrong hand. Hope Votto told him where to put it.

    And he was out at second.

    And he missed third.

    I hate the Cheatin’ Phillies.

  41. #83 – Sam, was Bobby at the bar with you when making out the lineup card. Here’s the deal going forward I think.

    If you can bring Glaus in as a defensive substitution in that situation, you can start him. Id start Glaus over Conrad against Sanchez. Yes, I know neither are good solutions

  42. The more I see that double play from last night, the more impressed I am with Infante. That was a helluva turn.

  43. @88 – I disagree. I think you have to start the guy who can walk upright for more than 2 innings. Putting Troy in last night was a desperation move. You have to give Huddy the best possible infield and hope for the best. That means Conrad over the Glausinator.

  44. @90, didn’t diory come in for the 11th? Does that qualify as bringing in a defensive sub for the defensive sub? I’m thouroughly confused. happy but confused.

    As an aside, didn’t we win a playoff game in the old astrodome that was eerily similar to this? an improbable double play then win it in extras? the memory is foggy.

  45. What were the odds that Glaus throws that ball into right field? Even money? I am still in shock and every time I see a replay of it the more and more it looked like it was going in right field. Infante made a hell of a play to catch the ball, let alone turn the biggest double play of the year.

  46. I was surprised Glaus didn’t come home and try for a 5-2-3. Would have been safer, but all’s well, etc.

    To paraphrase the groundskeepers in Major League: “They’re still (lousy.)”

    But: Hooooooooooooooooooooope!

  47. Alright gentlemen. I’m bringing a crew to the games on Sunday and Monday, and I know a lot of you guys will be there. I’d like to meet some of you guys since we have the common bond of the greatest website on the internet. Who’s heading out there?

  48. Our options in CF are all awful against lefties. I say go with Ankiel, who–despite being an automatic out–can at least field a little.

    I just never want to see McLouth or Melky in CF again, even with a groundball pitcher on the mound. And anyway, neither can hit lefties either.

  49. Last minute SEC picks, home team in CAPS:

    Alabama 34, SOUTH CAROLINA 20
    Arkansas 35, TAMU 28
    VANDY 23, EMU 7
    FLORIDA 23, LSU 12
    Auburn 30, KENTUCKY 28
    MSU 12, HOUSTON 10
    GEORGIA 14, Tennessee 6

  50. It’s not that hard to understand: Glaus went in for Conrad on a double switch, so we could get 2 innings out of Wagner (which was a we had to do, considering our bullpen options behind Wagner) We couldn’t double swich for any of the outfielders because we used them all up earlier in the game. It was down to Glaus or Hernandez, so Bobby (**ahem** I mean Chino) rolled the dice on Glaus, knowing he would be up to bat the following inning.

  51. As I watched last night’s game I realized I had strong feelings of dislike towards Buster Posey. Something about his face- he just looked like a sneaky little shit. And then I understood that my irrational hatred was due to the fact that he strongly resembled Doug Neidermeyer from Animal House.

    (Here is where I would post a picture of them side-by-side to strengthen my [dubious] point, except I have no idea how to do so.)

  52. Sam, a couple of things:

    That’s not what “+1” means. You +1 a post when you agree with it in its entirety. People who speak English, however, say things like, “I agree.”

    Also, the Glaus play wasn’t instinctive; it was planned. Don’t remember whether I saw it on MLB Network, TBS, or ESPN, but one of them showed camera footage of Troy, coming out of the mound meeting after Farnz walked Hiff, pointing to Infante and telling him he was coming to second on a ball hit to him.

  53. One other thing that’s been on my mind.

    If Brian Wilson were on my team, I think I’d like him. The cleats and beard and stuff are a little flashy, but he’s a pretty funny dude (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf0j1rmZVbM) and he throws gas.

    However, he is not on my team.

    Because of that, nothing makes me happier than the fact that we tied the game off their closer and that Alex Gonzalez smoked that ball to left (about time, Alex, but all’s forgiven now).

    What really ticks me off, if you watched the BBTN highlight on the win, there’s lots of talk about “You can’t ask Brian Wilson to get a 6-out save and step out of his role.”

    I don’t buy it. We tied the game in the 8th and we tied it during a span in which the only out Wilson recorded was a sacrifice. If he blew up in the 9th, then the argument stands. But this was truly the most critical situation in the game, it was indistinguishable from a 9th inning save, for all intents and purposes, and Brian Wilson straight got beat.

  54. The more I watch that double play, the better it gets.

    How Omar Infante managed to turn it, I’ll never know.

  55. I’d like to thank Bruce Bochy for taking out his best hitter relatively early in the game for “defensive purposes”.

  56. From ESPN

    “Distraught over last night’s loss to the Braves, Brian Wilson has left the team and has refused demands by team officials to return. A source with the Giants front office says while the departure is shocking it is not unexpected.

    ‘Brian’s been experimenting with a lot of ‘mood-altering’ stuff recently. He’s been working out his pitch sequence with a mysterious ‘guru’ who’s trying to get him on the same wave-length as the velocity-harmonics inherent in all living things. Change-ups are a denial of the reborn self from what I hear. It’s all weird shit. He was headed for a breakdown.’

    Wilson has refused to comment on his departure, relying instead on a terse written statement indicating his plans to construct a gigantic pitcher’s mound where he will live until he can learn to throw the perfect pitch, which he believes will exceed all other pitches ever thrown.”

    Smile Brian. It will get better.

  57. Sigh. FML.

    Why would you not let your Heisman trophy winning RB touch the ball? When did Bobby Cox become HC for Alabama?

  58. Well at least we never have to hear Verne go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on about how McElroy hasn’t lost as a starter since he was a fetus in the first trimester.

  59. Bama’s O-Line has disappeared or given up or something, because South Carolina’s defense is not this good.

  60. Nobody getting paid $4 million should be outdone by Spurrier in anything, even if it’s in being Spurrier.

    Seriously.. when did everyone decide that McElroy was a good enough passer to completely ignore the run game? I mean for a time when you were down by 3 scores you had to go to the pass I guess, but they were within a TD at one point in the second half and they still stuck with McElroy.

    Also, for a Rhodes Scholar, McElroy was pretty dumb out there today. Throw the ball away, ffs.

  61. Tweets by me:

    Seriously, Alabama could have had Melky playing cornerback and the defensive backfield couldn’t have been much worse.
    Mark Barron meanwhile demonstrated what it would have been like if Francoeur has played safety after all. Always stupid & out of position.
    To complete the trinity, Donta Hightower looked as sluggish as Dan Kolb after six burritos.

  62. Meanwhile, Florida is trying to see if they can break a school record for ugliest uniform combination.

  63. I have little love for South Carolina, and even less for Steve Spurrier, but after listening to a fair number of Tide fans talk about the regular season as a mere formality, this is a bit of schadenfreude (Mac of course has more class than to do such a thing, and I fell for you, buddy).

  64. They are 14th best like Cam Newton is a Heisman candidate.

    Which he clearly isn’t, and if football is so down this year that he ends up in the final vote, that’s sad.

  65. 147—They’re either the 119th- or 120th-best team in Division I, depending on your opinion of Western Kentucky. There’s a reason they’ve lost 17 in a row, coming into this one.

    Even as sloppy as this year’s VU team has been, this is about the kind of score I expected.

  66. What the heck is wrong with Cam Newton? He’s got nearly 1000 yards passing and 500 rushing yards prior to tonight’s game. I certainly agree they haven’t had the hardest schedule, but a number of worthy opponents in that group, including South Carolina. He’s a perfectly reasonable candidate right now.

    And another 137 RUSHING yards tonight – Auburn can’t play defense, apparently, but Newton is having a terrific year.

  67. I’m with you, spike. It’s no knock against the competition that he’s in the running. He’s been amazing.

  68. @102, 113 & 115 (Rob, ububba, Big D) – I’m heading down with my brother-in-law for Sunday’s game. Is there a meeting place or anything for anybody? I’d love to meet some of you guys (that sounds like I don’t want to meet the rest, but I guess imprecision is ok). I have Rob’s cell # (if it is still the same), so if you guys are meeting up with home I’m sure I could get info from him…this is my 1st playoff game, and I am so excited (SO EXCITED!!). I told my wife I still don’t have “HOPE” (as in, they ‘should’ go deep in the playoffs) – but in my opinion, we’re playing w/ house money at this point so I’m fine no matter what…

  69. @149 Oh, I don’t know, his inability to make throws under 5 yards? That he makes more throws with poor mechanics than anyone I’ve ever watched? He is good, he is not elite.

  70. What? He’s only thrown 4 picks this year – and none before that. His QB rating is 191.44, FWIW, compared to say, Mallet’s 173.

  71. @155, That and the double play. My mood may do a total 180 tomorrow, but I’ve been glowing in this win all day.

  72. Good Christ, Newton had 4 rushing tds tonight and led the team on an 86 yard drive to eat up the last 7:30 for the winning FG. 6-0. We ain’t all that, but we ain’t bad, and it’s been awhile for a Tiger fan to say that.

  73. Les Miles should have called an early timeout and just gone for it instead of eating all that clock.

  74. Newton comes out with great stats because they won’t let anyone else do anything. Dyer looked great tonight, but how many times did they give him the ball? It’s easy to run up numbers when you won’t give the ball up.

    I’m not saying I’m not happy to have him, but I’m shocked that he’s regarded this highly.

  75. Honestly, it sounds like you hate him, Bethany. I mean, you’re an Auburn fan, and he’s clearly been one of college football’s best, most exciting players this season, and all you do is trash him.

  76. From a South Carolina fan, Newton was the reason Auburn won 2 weeks ago. He carried that team and we couldn’t stop him.

  77. He had a 200 yard rushing game (7 yards per carry too), for crying out loud – I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t let anyone else do anything either if I was running the team.

    /he had 176 and 3 rush/2 pass TD’s against South Carolina – they aren’t crappy are they?

  78. I’m just not going to crown him the best player in the nation after playing a bunch of crappy teams.

    South Carolina is pretty good and just held Alabama to 36 total rushing yards.

  79. 172—LOL. I mean, are you even reading what I’m saying? Are you even reading what you’re saying?

    No one is crowning him the best. You seem to be taking every opportunity you can to trash him. And he’s the very-successful quarterback of your team. It’s weird.

  80. Newton is phenomenal and should be in any Heisman conversation. He’s the only skill player worth mentioning on an SEC team with crummy defense that’s 6-0. He and the O-line are almost the entire team, and they’re undefeated.

    It seems like at every critical moment, the Kentucky LOLcats were able to find a gaping hole in the zone. I don’t know if it’s design or execution, but something has to be fixed.

  81. @174 So you’re going to counter with “well, maybe one out of the 6 teams was alright?”

    If my opinions disturb you all so much I’ll keep them to myself. Sorry to cause a commotion.

  82. bethany, these are dumb complaints. auburn is 6-0 and cam newton is the most exciting quarterback for auburn in decadads…well, maybe ever. give it up. he has a 191.44 qb rating, 1000 yards passing 12 passing td to 4 ints.

    oh, and he runs the ball pretty well too.

  83. It’s just strange that you’ve seen really bad QBs for your team very recently but yet are complaining about Newton.

    It would be like if someone was complaining about Wagner when we had Kolb and Reitsma a few years ago.

  84. I’m not even complaining about Newton. You all turned this around after I said it was ridiculous that he was being considered for the Heisman. He is a very good athlete and I’m not going to crown him until he faces some stiffer competition. The end.

  85. 672 yards rushing and 9 RUSHING TDS! he already has more rushing yards than michael vick in his best year for VT. he’s also on pace to surpass vick in passing yards. yeah, he has no business being a heisman candidate…geez.

  86. It was a forward pass.

    Also, who doesn’t tell their kick team, “Hey guys, their kicker has never hit one this far, and also Les Miles is insane. Let’s play back a bit and not let them get off a fake, okay?”

    Seriously, the blitz calling in that game was slightly less frustrating to watch than Game 1.

  87. cam newton: 65.5 completion% 12td 5int 1,138 passing yards
    682 rushing yards 6.5 yards per carry 9td 0 fumbles

    yeah bethany, your complaints are legit.

    btw, he’s had 3 games where he’s rushed over 170 yards and 2 of them were against SEC teams.

  88. I have to admit that as a Bama fan I fell for the hype this year. There is no way any team loses 10 starters on defense including 4 All Americans without missing a beat.

    Bama played with a lot of intensity in their first 3 games and made no mistakes. They made a lot of mistakes against Arkansas, but since Arkansas has a one-dimensional offense they were able to overcome them. Alabama didn’t beat Florida as much as they beat themselves. South Carolina has a rushing attack and a decent qb. Our d just couldn’t stop both the run and the pass.

    I think Bama will improve, but going undefeated from here on out is a long shot. They just have too many holes defensively to expect perfection.

  89. Is it better to purchase regular season success?

    All teams have payrolls. Ones with more money get better free agents and keep their stars. That’s as true in the playoffs as the rest of the year.

  90. Ankiel, Farnsworth, Gamecocks over Bama. I’m scanning the sky for the giant asteroid as I type this.

    Ok Gamecocks out there. Is this the biggest win in school history?

  91. Just back from Yankee Stadium. A very ho-hum affair tonight.

    Hughes was good. Duensing, not so much.

    Off to the ATL in the morning, go Braves.

  92. @187 Let me put it this way. Now that I’ve laid my thing down, it’s going to take a wee bit longer to dry a dish around this place. Showers will remain unaffected.

  93. First of all, since I didn’t get to drop by last night, that was a truly amazing win. From Glaus turning the double play despite throwing to the wrong base, to Rick Ankiel hitting (crushing!) the game-winning homer, to Kyle Farnsworth getting through the bottom of the 11th despite hanging nearly every freaking pitch, truly unbelievable!

    Secondly, one day Les Miles will single-handedly lose a game in an all-encompassing nuclear shitstorm of a horrible decision. I really hope I’m watching that game.

  94. Things that are worth noting:

    – Georgia gave up 17 points to South Carolina in the second game of its new defensive scheme.

    – Georgia beat the absolute piss out of a team that LSU needed the usual Les Miles Faustian Bargain (TM) to beat at the buzzer.

    – It’s probably safe to say that Georgia actually kinda sucks.

    Therefore…

    – Bama was overrated.
    – LSU is Satanic.
    – Go Braves.

  95. don’t look now, but UNC and Johnny White (180 yards) have won 3 in a row and get the Seminoles and VT at home. we could win out WITHOUT all the players suspended.

    now, what will annoy all of us is what would have been had everyone been playing.

  96. We’re facing a lefty today? Oh, wonderful.

    And did you see this?

    “We’ll mix and match the seventh, eighth and nine innings,” Cox said. “Whoever matches up those particular innings, that’s who’s going to be out there. We’ll close with whomever. I’ve always thought Moylan could close, and Farnsworth has closed in the major leagues…”

    I’ll give you time to bash your head into the computer desk, go ahead.

    “…Venters, no reason why he can’t, as well as Kimbrel.”

    I guess this may not be as big a deal as I’m making it out to be. I hope not.

  97. Probably just Bobby being Bobby, pumping up his guys. Venters and Kimbrel have been getting the important innings, and I doubt that changes now.

  98. You know, I don’t think it matters. I think the Braves have taken more than enough torpedos to sink the ship. What is happening now doesn’t have anything to do with sense or reason.

    How much magic is left? I don’t know, but tomorrow is a holiday, so I aim to stay up and find out.

  99. @203, Wow, that is odd.

    I’m as happy with Farnsworth as anyone, but he was living dangerously. If he closes over the likes of Moylan, Kimbrel, or Venters…God help us.

  100. chris,

    North Carolina visits Tallahassee before they host the Hokies. That trip to Florida State will not be easy. Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops have the Noles back in all areas.

  101. Rob, it’s just a coincidence. I can’t recall what they’re celebrating tomorrow (and I’m not motivated enough to look it up).

  102. I think it’s “Free Kawakami Day”.
    ————

    Does anyone doubt that Bama will run the rest of the table, win the SEC Championship Game and present a big-ass problem for the BCS Selection Committee?

  103. @208 If I was happy about anything involving the Alabama loss, it was the anticipation over the mess that is going to take place involving who plays for the NC. Man, I hate the BCS.

  104. According to intensive research (read, a quick Google), it’s Health and Sports Day in Japan.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_and_Sports_Day

    The holiday started after the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, to promote active lifestyles. Many companies and schools have athletic contests today.

    This holiday in our country would present all sorts of interesting questions, like which of Bobby, Melky, or Torgo would win a 100-yard dash.

  105. In that case, I will celebrate Health and Sports Day by watching the Braves and drinking beer. If necessary, I will sprint to the toilet.

  106. I really believe they should split closer duties between Venters and Kimbrel, use the other along with Moylan to set up….just my 2 cents

  107. I don’t doubt that Bobby will use both Venters and Kimbrel in crucial situations. Though truth be told, he’s seemed to rely more heavily on Kimbrel of late. I suppose he might also give the chances to Saito, though I’m not sure how much confidence he’ll have in Saito at this point.

  108. Cory

    you’re right. my bad. i’m chalking that up as a loss. we should win all the others except that. 8-3 on this season would be a miracle.

  109. I’ve counted this Braves team out so many times in the last couple of months, but they keep stubbornly thwarting my negativity. Plus, if I come on here today after that glorious win on Friday spouting gloom and doom, I would be a bigger douche bag than the Yankees first baseman.

    So, let me just say this: There is a very real possibility that Jonathan Sanchez, whom the Braves have handled pretty well in the past, could absolutely shut this team down today. That’s my biggest worry. (I also worry that we may have used all our bullets against the Giants great bullpen.)

    But the Giants have shown that they are not exactly an offensive juggernaut, and even if Tim Hudson is not super-sharp, he should be able to keep them in check. With the Braves coming home with some mojo and momentum (two mos there)and playing in front of the first playoff sell-out crowd that I can recall in a decade, I’m cautiously optimistic they’ll do business today.

    It would be a tremendous help if Jason Heyward started hitting again, though.

  110. Oh, and to Johnny @192: I can’t think of a bigger win in Gamecock history than the one yesterday. I have ties to both Alabama and SC, so the whole experience was a little bittersweet, but since I lived in Columbia longer, I’d have to say I was mostly ecstatic. But for those who detest Steve Spurrier–I feel you.

  111. Bama has two REAL games left. I still think they are better than both Auburn and LSU. They get to control their destiny in getting to the SEC title game. That is the goal, screw the BCS…

  112. Another thing that might screw up the BCS picture is Michigan State and Ohio State do not play this year? Could have two undefeated teams coming out of the Big 10 if OSU can survive the trip to Madison and MSU can survive the trip to Iowa City.

  113. Braves asked MLB to replace Wagner with Saito. No reason that shouldn’t go through. Wags wouldn’t be eligible until the World Series, assuming we even get that far and he’s healthy. His career is probably over.

  114. @211

    Are those the Slender Man videos? If so, yeah I’ve watched them. Most of them anyway. I haven’t seen any new ones if they’ve added them in a while, but the original ones were pretty good.

    I’m a sucker for that kind of creepy stuff. My favorite is still the Dionaea House.

    http://www.dionaea-house.com/

    If anybody wants a decent read before the game.

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