Phillies 7, Braves 4

Gordon Beckham, fresh off the DL, played third and went 2-4 with a bases-loaded double and three RBI — that’s good!
Aaron Blair got knocked out in the fourth inning — that’s bad.
Erick Aybar started at shortstop and didn’t make a single run-scoring error — that’s good!
Instead, Kelly Johnson did — that’s bad.
The Braves got a late-inning comeback, tying the game with a four-spot in the seventh inning — that’s good!
Jason Grilli immediately gave it back in extra innings — that’s bad.

44 thoughts on “Phillies 7, Braves 4”

  1. I came away impressed with Mr. Krol last night. About whom i knew/know very little. How you handle adversity, they say, that tells you.

    After a pretty spectacular entry against the lefties he is employed to smother he met his Waterloo via Fredi and the bare bullpen. Up to that time he had been noticeably aggressive, amusingly so, looked almost demonic to me. Lovely.

    Then Rupp(Ruff?), 0 for 4 and 2 strikes and Chip salivating, killed him, and us. A mistake i guess. His rage was palpable, he really cared.

    That’ll do for me with some of our milquetoast patsys to offer contrast. Sign him up, extend him. Don’t feed him till after the game.

  2. Anyone recall seeing this quote from Swisher?

    “Being released by the Braves in the long run is gonna be the best thing that ever happened to me, man . . . I’m actually happy that it did happen because after seeing what’s going on over there, I don’t know if that’s where I would want to be right now.”

  3. I swear one Friday I’m going to recap the game before the first pitch.

  4. On the age front…
    Breaking news from Barcelona…
    Red Bull F1 team have just replaced one of their top two drivers with another from their back-up Satellite team..
    Max Verstappen is 18…
    nah, he can’t be ready yet…too much still to learn.

  5. Thanks, Alex.

    @2 braves14,

    Howard is hard to figure. Despite becoming awful by 1B standards against everybody else’s righthanders, he has continued to light up the Braves righthanders. And Ruf hasn’t been REALLY good ever, and certainly not lately.

  6. Speaking of people who light us up, if you think that other teams’ pitchers tend to do really well against us, you’re not wrong:

    2016, all pitchers: .096/.127/.096, .223 OPS
    2016, P vs. Braves: .138/.163/.180, .344 OPS.

    More than 100 points better!

  7. @9, It might have something to do with the fact that we’re rolling with the worst offense ever assembled.

  8. Ah. Comprehension fail. Well, we do run out a lot of “pitch-to-contact” guys. If there’s contact, then you have a good chance of reaching base against our infield.

  9. I persist in feeling warm and fuzzy feelings about Lucas Sims, Wren’s lasting contribution to our gaggle of pitching prospects, particularly if his gopherball tendencies turn out to be fluky.

  10. Other than maybe Alejandro Pena, has any Braves RP ever started off as hot as Hunter Cervenka? He’s yet to give up a run and has given up 1 hit in 10.1 innings with 13K.


    Should we consider trying to deal for Braun? His numbers (cost) don’t look too bad in light of what contracts are now. Right handed. Can play left or maybe right, so right positions. He has a no trade, so somebody would have to sell him on “we will suck this year, be mediocre the next, but maybe deep in the hunt the next.”

  12. Alex @21,

    That way of introducing that reminds me of Gordo Cooper (played by Dennis Quaid) at the end of “The Right Stuff” responding to a question about who was the best pilot he had ever seen.

  13. Apparently Chevanka hasn’t given up a run since joining the organization in July last year from the independent league. Haven’t looked that up.

  14. @22

    If he can stay healthy, he would be a good fit. We also wouldn’t suck as bad if he keeps putting up those numbers.

    The Brewers would (as should) ask for a lot. Probably more than we should pay for an aging outfielder with an injury history.

  15. Smitty @ 25,

    Olney suspects, reasonably, that Brewers would have to eat a lot of it to move him. We can offer some miscellaneous high upside pitching and take the whole contract.

  16. Fredi’s lineup:

    Markakis DH, Inciarte 7, Freeman 3, Flowers 2, Johnson 4, Francoeur 9, Beckham 5, Smith 8, Aybar 6

  17. Braun can block trades to almost every team in baseball. I think there are six teams they can trade him to without his approval. We are not one of those six.

  18. 20 — Arodys Vizcaino hasn’t allowed much since rejoining the Braves either.

  19. The thing about this team is I don’t get my hopes up when we have them at first and third. I assume we won’t score, and we generally don’t. In the odd chance we do, I’m pleasantly surprised. It’s a Schopenhauer approach to baseball.

  20. That’s pretty good, even better than mine, but I’m digging in my heels bc it works on multiple levels: Dumb and Dumber, the Samson-esque hair, the superhuman strength, girlfriend named Delilah. Ok I’m making some of this up.

  21. chief nocahoma and rob cope @ 20 and 24 double jinxed him…how about trying it on the other team next time ;)

  22. The Twins have made it known they will not roll over and give us the #1 pick. We’re going to have to earn this thing.

  23. Didn’t even think about the hair. Good point. But if I’ve learned from this blog it’s that we are capable of sustaining multiple nicknames for the same guy.

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