Hannibal’s Braves 5, Confused Counseled Brewers 1

You said it Rob, a few minutes ago. The pair of you need get off your obsession with age and simply use your eyes. Strange, rather odd really, that both the most recent two Editors of this fine epistle should succumb to the same blindness. At 31 it’s scary.

I’m no polemicist, me, hardly ever, so let’s celebrate the ending of our two game skid. I say two – the Yankee losses I have no quarrel with – we came back in one to make it respectable and very nearly won the other on the rebound. It was those two losses to the Brewers that were miserable to watch where our so called offense lay down and failed to bring in any base runners and looked dreadful in the process. With hindsight we might simply have been tired but it was a horror to watch. Wimpy is not a word we use around here. Then, most happily, came today.

We started out with what looked exactly like the faux promise of the previous games. We had hardly sat down when our two elves played their usual tricks and we were 2 up. They are amazing together and we should banish any future thoughts of meddling with the top of the order.

Today Ender was quiet but Ozzie had set things up with Freddie for Johann to get the big two out hit. We were up by 2 and, had we known it at that time, they would not score till a solitary run in the seventh. For Pete‘s sake we didn’t score again till the eighth!! So all this interval of time the pressure was squarely on Annibal and he responded beautifully with his ‘soft’ control continuing to baffle those strong Brewer bats through the third time around. If we were in a one game WC next Wednesday who would you want to start? Write it out 100 times, just like school, my school anyway. Called lines.

Anyway, back to the seventh. With two out, Snit properly took him out after two hard hit balls and, bravely, brought in Winkler who did a stand out job of getting the last out. Talking of Snit he excelled himself around this time by saying FUCK! on national television. No sound mike but the word was clearly enunciated in solitary splendor, the close up movement of his lips a child could read. Delightfully, he realized what he had done and looked suitably embarrassed. Here’s the thing, he had carefully planned to get the ideal match up he wanted around this time but something happened to forestall it and he was mad. I have forgotten what it was, if you haven’t please post.

So what happened to our bats in the eighth  when we were actually able to drive in base runners, three of them to be exact?

‘Say it loud and there’s music playing

Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.’


Yes. Freddie ended up with 3 hits and a walk and drove in 2. Mirabili dictu, how great to see. Nick was simply back to his old best, on base three times.

Good gracious, what can you say?

So. Viz came in to pitch the 8th, a good move to get him restarted where we had a four run lead and Minter backing him up for the 9th. He wasn’t sharp, he gave up a hit, but no walks and protected our lead. Minter in the ninth struck out the side and broke two Brewer ankles en route. He was vastly impressive and is to be commended for sustaining his marked improvement in control, one appearance seemingly following on from the last.

The preceding six hundred words are the copyright of Major League Baseball/Reay Mackay and are not to be reproduced without a written admission that he was right all along.  Hey, we won.


96 thoughts on “Hannibal’s Braves 5, Confused Counseled Brewers 1”

  1. Snicker said the F-bomb when Charlie C tried to bunt on an 0-1 count and 1 down in the 8th with Kakes at 3rd.

  2. The Athletic hired DOB and Schultz. I don’t think they are going to get more subscriptions from that.

  3. That was the right situation to bring in Winkler – the highest leverage situation in the game. Going 6 2/3 innings in a start helps make those kinds of decisions easy. A week ago, Snit would have brought in Moylan. Thank goodness for the 10 day DL.

    On MLB.com, the O’s say they have seven offers for Manny and the Braves is the fifth best of seven (better than Cubs and Indians – worse than the Phillies). I find that astounding and encouraging even if I believe bringing in Manny is not the right thing to do.

  4. Good write up, thanks. I am not a polemicist either Blazon. One wife is all I can handle.

  5. @1…thank you…some short term memory, the first to go they say, nice to have friends here.

    @3…concise and right on point, thanks.

    @4…on an early Sunday morning the smile has yet to leave my face!

  6. As if Jim Bowden’s trade proposals weren’t enough to entice you to subscribe to The Athletic, both DOB and Jeff Schultz from the AJC are bolting for The Athletic.

  7. The call-out is appropriate, blazeman. Anibal is 10 starts into this, so he’s enduring time quite well. And he’s pitching like a #2-3 starter right now, which is simply incredible. A regular John Burkett.

  8. It will be interesting to see what the Braves do in RF after this season when Markakis’ contract expires.

    There is only one legitimate internal option. That would be moving Riley to LF, Acuña to RF, and keeping Camargo at 3b.

    The top RF free agent is of course Bryce Harper. Assuming he is out of the Braves price range, the next free agents available would be AJ Pollack, Andrew McCutchen, and Brett Gardner. They could also ask Markakis back on a one or two year deal.

  9. Could someone remind me of the rule about the qualifying offer? Is it that you have to sign your player or give them a “qualifying offer” (which is like a 1 year 16 M offer or something) by a certain deadline or you can’t negotiate with that player until March or something?

    That would make it difficult to bring back Markakis.

  10. With his recklessness on the bases, he’s a Rally Ender. And with the Braves’ terrible replay record, he can’t afford to be creating plays that need replay to stand. Just dumb all around.

  11. Another waste of a challenge.

    And dumb to get thrown out on the bases there with Freddie due up.

  12. When are they going to figure out to not bother challenging unless it is a clearly blown call?

  13. Quickly becoming my least favorite Brave. Can’t wait for him to be traded.

  14. 22 — Agree. Freddie and Markakis due up and only 1 out. If there were 2 outs it would make more sense.

  15. There have been moments, deep in the throes of idiocy, when I have thought about Acuña in CF, rolling the dice on two more years of Markakis in RF and insert free-agent-or-RIley-or-Camargo-moving-to-the-outfield in LF. I grow weary of Ender’s choices.

  16. Unfortunately, Acuña hasn’t looked that good in LF, so I don’t want to see him in CF.

  17. Six baserunners in 12 batters isn’t going to get it done, Newk.

  18. The Brewers just did what the Braves should have done in the prior half-inning. 1B, SB, 1B = run. I agree Ender should not have tagged but he should have tried to steal. Just reinforces what I was saying yesterday that the Braves have plenty of talent but they don’t use it as well as they should. This game is about to devolve into a disaster.

  19. Newk’s transformation into Steve Blass in front of sellout crowds is a bit of a problem.

  20. Although, It annoys me that none of you guys are giving Ender credit for his two walks – getting on base both times up just like a leadoff hitter should.

  21. Zuk! Catch the ball, boy. Not that it mattered, but you are supposed to be a catcher. Catch.

  22. If our guys can’t pitch on normal rest (they are talking about starting Gohara on Wednesday instead of Folty) then they might as well go to a 6 man rotation.

  23. Culberson lousy play in LF to let Aguilar get to 2B.

    Um, scratch that – who cares…..

  24. You’d still take 5-5 on this road trip. We’re not playing a fun brand of baseball though. The starting pitching needs help, Acuna needs to stay in the lineup, and I guess we need some time off.

  25. He is impossible to wash when he’s not throwing strikes. Seriously, get him out of here.

  26. I reckon Dave Roberts is furiously scratching Newcomb from his All-Star roster.

  27. Second poor start by Newcomb in a row against a good team on the road.

    Like krussell said, it’s still a 5-5 record on the road trip of death.

  28. This just shows the need for a legit starter. Newk is not inspiring much confidence right now

  29. @38 You’re right. They need some time off as a team.

    @35 That might be the best use of our talent. 6-man rotation with the one scheduled to throw bullpen in between starts being that night’s long man. The last time we discussed this, I suggested they use statistics to determine what the best rest period for each pitcher is and adjust the rotation accordingly – no reason to have to stick to 1-6 in order.

  30. At the very least. Newk saved braves ownership a few hundred grand in arbitration by not getting named to the all star team now.

  31. 50 — Because Snitker can’t wait to watch Jackson bat.

    Edit: Or waste Jackson on one batter then pinch hit for him

  32. That’s not the first time in recent memory that Ender didn’t hustle out of the box.

  33. Ender might be the dumbest position player we have. His baseball IQ is embarrassingly low.

  34. He’s overaggressive when he needs to be cautious and he’s lazy when he should be hustling. He’s Ender Inciarte! And that’s twice in the last few weeks his laziness has cost the team a base — and a run. Wouldn’t break my heart if he was dealt as part of a swap to upgrade the staff/rotation.

  35. @55 Exactly. He gets himself constantly thrown out and can’t use his one plus skill to his advantage nearly as often as his diminished skills otherwise require him to do so.

  36. It end up costing us a run with Freeman hitting into a DP. He will no doubt be fined (though it may not become public knowledge).

  37. If we had a real 4th OF, I’d say pull Ender, but I don’t want to see Danny Santana.

  38. Wow, props to Snit. Bobby would have pulled him off of first base…but hey, it’s something.

  39. Inciarte would have dawdled so deliberately on that play that the Brewers would have still managed to get him out at first there.

  40. If Acuña is unavailable, then Flowers is the only guy left on the bench to pinch hit for Gohara.

  41. We’ve seen Gohara and maybe we’ll see Phillips. Trace amounts of silver lining.

  42. Why is Santana on the roster? I get that he had a good June at AAA, but it’s clearly not translated.

  43. Yeah, I’m beginning to agree with Roger about jettisoning Santana for Reed.

  44. I’m not sure Danny Santana isn’t a waste of roster space. Good stroke, Ronald.

  45. Baserunners everywhere, but the summer heat has sapped our homerun abilities.

  46. Lucas Sims had his 2nd dominant start in a row. 7 shutout innings, no walks, 8 Ks.

  47. This next hitter might be a key moment in Freeman’s Atlanta career. Nevermind… Phillips in

  48. Jesus Aguilar was a really good hitter in Cleveland’s minor league system that they never really gave a chance and put on waivers. I think they might be regretting that.

  49. @79 The leash is probably a little longer than that, but not much longer. He’s gotta be within a couple appearances of being DFA’ed, but who do you replace him with without making a trade? Looking at you, AA.

  50. LHP Corbin Clouse at Mississippi looks like a legitimate relief prospect. They may want him to pitch well in Gwinnett first, though.

  51. Phillips isn’t inspiring much confidence.

    AA is going to have to get some relievers.

  52. At this point I’m going to totally ignore any and all pitching stats from Gwinnett.

  53. Yeah, 5-5 ain’t bad for a 10-game road trip, but it’s the overall picture here that ain’t looking good.

  54. Very disappointed in Phillips. Only silver linings are Gohara and Freddie. Milwaukee looks like the poster child for having more HR hitters on your team. Both teams had 10 hits but one team used them better.

  55. Hart looks like he’s aged quite a bit these past two years. Avoiding knowledge of a Latin American crime spree must be daunting.

  56. Correction, Albies is an All-Star as a reserve. I made a move on the Jump to Conclusions Mat.

  57. It’s crazy how 2 games can change your trajectory. Freeman has gone 6 for his last 8 and has raised his average from. 304 to .315. Let’s hope he gets his homerun swing going and his slugging percentage starts rising even more rapidly. Of course we need our pitchers to start pitching a lot better or it will be for naught.

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