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Phillies 2, Braves 0

Phillies 2, Braves 0

Maikel Franco homered in the 5th off Luiz Gohara, the only oasis in what was otherwise 7 innings of a Gohara desert for the Phillies.

Luiz allowed 5 hits and 2 walks along with the run, and struck out 9.  The Phillies tacked on a run in the 8th against A.J. Minter.  The Braves made it interesting in the 9th with a couple of ground balls up the middle by Freddie Freeman and Kurt Suzuki, but around those singles, Hector Neris struck out 3.

Someone named Nick Pivetta went 6 innings for the Phillies, allowing 5 hits and a walk, and striking out 4.  Ender Inciarte had 3 hits, giving him 197 on the season.  The Freeze ran down Paul Byrd in the heavily promoted match race.

The Braves close their first season at SunTrust Park at 37 – 44, yet still stand 9 games in front of the Phloatin’ Phils after taking the series 2 games to 1.  Doubleheader Monday against the Mets; the first game starts at 4:10.

(Has anyone used Gohara desert yet?  If so, I apologize.)

The 3rd funniest thing I ever heard about Philadelphia:  Lasorda Vs. Phanatic



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Sims to face fellow rookie Flexen in DH opener

Sims to face fellow rookie Flexen in DH opener

By the end of September, the Braves and Mets will have played seven games against each other in the month. The division rivalry continues Monday with a doubleheader at Citi Field to begin a four-game, three-day series. The second game is a makeup of an April 25 rainout.

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Aeolian Cadence? Mahler, M’Lud….. Braves 4 Phils 2

Aeolian Cadence? Mahler, M’Lud….. Braves 4 Phils 2

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Not a Second Time, surely? There seemed no way our Freeman-less offense could surmount the early 2 run lead we had given up. Our chances of a second, back to back win against our nemesis Phils seemed remote. A cloud of inevitability was settling over our Park accompanied by a bundle of wasted scoring opportunities. Leaving the bases loaded at least twice, runners on third with one outs stranded etc. It wasn’t pretty, it became dull even, an old song we had heard so many times with the Phils  before over the season.

And then. Rio, who had a miserable evening early sitting on the Mendoza, striking out and making two poor plays at third, surprisingly got into one in the sixth and hit a solo homer to halve the deficit – we were alive. Poor Rio, he had not looked the same guy who took Lester out at Wrigley into a strong headwind. But here he was.

Julio had pitched a great game and departed after 7 in some style. Somehow, with 2 out, the bases had loaded themselves and Snit came out looking exhausted after apparently vacuuming his new house. There was the predictable will he/won’t he leave him in moment, to his credit he did and Julio only took one pitch, his 102nd, to reward his confidence.

Into the 8th we struck. Got 2 on in scoring position but with 2  out, Dansby had driven in the tying run.. My man Camargo came on to pinch hit, from his weak left side, and quickly had two strikes on him . He then went down inches off the ground and cracked a line drive double, his 21st, that effectively won the game as Vizzy cleaned up.Wow. An aside while we’re here. No more sabermetricians please telling us they can’t take this guy seriously as a Major Leaguer because his minor league numbers were so anemic. HE’S NOT IN THE MINOR LEAGUES ANY MORE. As we grow into manhood judge us by our contemporaries at whatever stage we and they have then reached. The past is irrelevant.And then BABIP. Oh Dear. He keeps on being so lucky, doesn’t he? Yes, if you call it luck he hits so many balls so hard on a line that outfielders tend to have to go laterally to the ball or it is past to the wall. His winning hit tonight exemplified that. For pure line drive hitters BABIP is BS. Shoot me.

I’ll tell you what bothers me about Camargo – I believe over 162 games he would be a significantly more productive short stop than Dans and that thought upsets me. At least, if you insist on ‘bringing in’ a proven 3rd basement you are almost bound to have him at short it would seem to me. He can’t sit on the bench.Don’t let’s be half ass about it.

Some bits and pieces.

Ozzie made yet another poor throw under pressure to a base to try and out a runner, this time to home plate from a distance just outside the second bag. It was weak and five feet down the first base line, no chance to get the runner. This now seems to be happening every time, work needs to be done on this specific in the winter (I typed that as minter, Ha!) On his plus side it was good to see him respond with the bat late when he could hit from the right side and hit the ball hard twice.

Dansby’s been struggling going back to hitting everything into the ground but tonight, when it mattered, he elevated to line drive to the off field which were crucial to our comeback. Good on him.

Ender is scrapping hard for 200. My money’s on him.

Flowers    2 hits and a passed ball for their second run. So pleased about Kurt coming back but have quite forgotten – knucklers apart, who’s the better defensive catcher?

Freddie       get well soon

The Adams family     Matt, almost, twice.  Lane, more and more a pinch hitter.

 

So good night. Stay on if you can or come back and learn something about a song that helped turn the world round when a newspaper article came out 56 years ago in the dry and stuffy, but venerated  by the Establishment, Times of London. It has brightened my life and a few others and you may not know of it. Cheers.

 

How about the guy on the Rickenbacker??!! He did a job, didn’t he.

 

Here’s the original article.

http://aeoliancadence.co.uk/ac/Times_article_William_Mann_The_Beatles_Aeolian_cadences_pandiatonic_clusters_flat_submediant_key_switches_songwriting_appreciation.html



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Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 2

Atlanta 7, Philadelphia 2

Didn’t I just recap this exact same game last week? Sean Newcomb goes 5 1/3 alternately great and frustrating innings? Check. Dan Winkler comes in with men on in the 6th to bail out Newk? The pen shuts down the opponent? Sam Freeman wiggles out of trouble in the 8th? Check, check, and check.

OK, so the offense jumped all over the Phillies starter, Ben Lively. Double by Ender Inciarte. Singled home by Ozzie Albies. Freddie Freeman double. 2 run single by Nick Markakis. 2 run yickety from Kurt Suzuki. Just like that, 5-0 after 15 pitches. Johan Carmago added a single after Suzuki’s shot, but was erased on a niftily turned DP.

Atlanta added a run in the second, when Newcomb worked a walk, and was eventually driven in by Markakis. Always fun to see your clean-up hitter, in the second inning, have a 2-2 line with 3 RBI.

Philly managed to get one run back in the 4th. Cesar Hernandez led off with a double, and was eventually driven in by a Nick Williams sac fly. In the 6th, Williams singled in another run, and Newcomb left with men on first and second. Winkler came in, and got Rhys Hoskins to fly out and struck out Aaron Altherr to end the threat.

Suzuki finished up the scoring with his second dimger of the night, his 18th of the season. Show of hands, who had the Braves catchers with 29 HR and 94 RBI? Anyone? Bueller?

Anyhow, the Braves surpassed last year’s win total, and, for one night at least, slew the Philadelphia dragon. Now, let’s keep it going.



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