Well, we had prayed for 5 innings from him…and we nearly got it…Bartolo had it back tonight, we feared it had gone for good, his control…he gave Scherzer all he could handle and some and he opened the fifth ahead 3-0 by virtue of a 2 run homer early from Rio Ruiz and a solo shot from Matt Kemp in the 4th (Matt Kemp – hands up all you naysayers who couldn’t have been more wrong about him if you tried.) Matt BTW contributes a full half of our 50 pound weight loss this year – see below for the other.
A defensive miscue blew 2 from our lead with only one out. Snit had to warm Kroll up in a hurry and brought him in to face Harper and Zimmerman. Pop Up/K (Chief!). Great Stuff, Harper squealed in loud frustration, all 35,000 must have heard him.
So, Bartolo, we salute you. Here’s a song custom made for your performance today, describing an activity you perfected as we watched in amazement.
Who are these guys? Bart will know, he was only about 28 when this cut was made. Ain’t Mick pretty.
To resume. It then became very important we strike out etc SAP with our one run lead in the bottom of the fifth with thundercloud, rain and reputed ice on the way. We did just that, the game is official, so now we pray for lightning which is clearly dangerous.. As of now -8.05 EST as i write – that is still the case and we are watching the Smoltz and Glavine AARP review for the fourteenth time. Somebody, please.
O Dear. Players have reemerged at 8.08, mea culpa. The Weather Gods have shunned us. Later.
top 6 Motte pitching..Murphy pop up, walked Rendon, Wieters, great catch by Jace bouncing off the net in foul territory like a fat tuna trying to escape the catch. Taylor popped up also for third out , good job Motte, will Snit risk him in the 7th? Our 3 musketeers were perfect last night.
bottom 6…Trienen pitching…we get first and third, 1 out, Dansby lashes a perfect DP grounder to short, Murphy bobbles the relay, we score a 4th run.Ruiz makes the final out with a deep drive to the wall in left center, impressive. Leave him there. But i’ll miss Camargo’s throws. 4-2 Braves
Top 7…it’s Ramirez…3 up, 3 down…again…fabulous bare handed play by BP to get Turner.
Bottom 7…Boner shocked us all with a beautifully lashed line drive to Right Center, robbed by a terrific diving catch from Taylor. BP singled with 2 out. Nick s/o.
Top 8.. Vizcaino..we seem to be deja vuing last night…but we were lucky, he had velocity but nothing like the control of last night…1,2,3 of the big 3 but Zimmerman hit his first pitch to the base of the CF wall.
Bottom 8…Dansby walks after another Flowers homer. What about our catchers!! We are outplaying all 29 teams by a mile. Braves 5 -2. Almost there. JJ, our man.
Top 9 9.30…BRAVES WIN!! 6 back of the Nats, at this rate we should be leading the division this time next week.
And now for the Hart chat during the rain delay. John Hart said ‘you know’ sixty one times during his pitch – to Joe only- telling us about Matt Adams for Juan Yepez. And this is where our second 25 pound saving comes from. Part of the deal was the Cardinals had to produce the original WeightWatchers certificate confirming he had lost 25 lbs last winter. As far as i’m concerned it’s a great deal. Just remember, NEVER in the outfield. Matt will have fun in the Chop House, somewhere he already visited in April. But allow him no eating privileges . Or maybe 2 for one – one meal for every 2 homers deposited there… assign him to the other Matt.
Great win, guys. We’re hurting the Nats for pete’s sakes. Who woulda thunk it.
Bartolo. Paint it Black.