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Game 137 Recap (9/2/11)

Written by Paddy McMahon on .


Dodgers 8 (67-70), Braves 6 (81-55)

W: Hong Chi Kuo
L:
Arodys Vizcaino
SV: Javy Guerra

Well, this was a disaster. 

I had a whole lede ready to go about how with a Braves victory tonight (they were leading 5-0 at the time), they could lose every game the rest of the season and still be assured of a winning record. Which struck me as cool, for reasons that, in retrospect, escape me. BUT all of that (perhaps misplaced) jaunty optimism is now shattered; all that remains is frustration embodied in 12-point Arial.

Don't worry, that's all the emo you'll get in this recap. 

I'll be honest: I just didn't think the Dodgers could hit the way they did tonight. I didn't think that Arodys Vizcaino would (possibly ever) get touched up the way he did tonight (1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). And I certainly didn't think that second base umpires could mistake second base for a fearsome dragon lying dormant in the infield, ready to be awakened at the merest hint of a correct call, because who even believes in dragons and isn't also a preteen? And what umpire is a preteen? 

ANYWAY, the nice thing to take away from tonight's game is that it's a rare occasion that the Braves will rack up 14 hits and six runs and still lose. Yeah, it stings, but half of why it's so obnoxious is because we know the Braves can do better. They're not going to get rung up on double plays to end four of the last six innings in the game, and they have the kind of bullpen where a meltdown like we saw with Vizcaino -- who doesn't turn 21 until November, might I remind you -- is a shock. 

At least, it is now that Scott Proctor isn't on the team.

 As long as we're on a positive trip, I'd like to touch on Brandon Beachy. He threw six solid innings (4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB and 7 K) but one thing really stood out: a 96-mph fastball to Matt Kemp in the first inning that drew a foul tip strikeout despite being belt high and down the middle. I was really surprised when I saw Beachy hitting high-90s on the gun early in the season, and I'd assumed that he'd regress as the season went on, and certainly after going on the DL for that oblique strain. But while he's still working in the low 90s, it's great to see that when push comes to shove, he can reach back on that fastball and blow it past even a Matt Kemp-quality hitter.

Vizcaino, for as ugly as his line was, still looked solid mechnically and was lighting up the radar gun in his own right, so I'm not too terribly concerned about his fortunes going forward. I would encourage Atlanta fans to not BOO THE 20 YEAR OLD KID WHO DOESN'T EVEN SPEAK ENGLISH, though. 

Props to Dan Uggla for knocking his 31st homer of the year in the 9th inning, and to Michael Bourn for recording a couple hits and beating out what would've been yet another crushing double play. Martin Prado put forth a pair of base hits, Freddie Freeman and Alex Gonzalez both doubled, and Bourn -- evidently inspired by the Dodgers, who stole four bases tonight and yes of course Juan Rivera tallied one why even ask -- swiped a pair of bags.

Finally, it wouldn't be a C-n-C recap if I didn't criticize Fredi, so here we go. Hey, Braves fan: why did we acquire Matt Diaz? I know that Joe's against the whole deal, but the idea is that he'll be a mildly positive contributor against lefty pitchers and people kinda like him. Now, selfsame Braves fan: why did we acquire Jack Wilson? Wilson cannot hit a lick, but has long been known for his defense, meaning that we now have a late-innings defensive replacement for Alex Gonzalez, meaning in turn that we can pinch hit for Alex Gonzalez.

So: WHY DID JACK WILSON PINCH HIT FOR THE PITCHER AGAINST HONG-CHI KUO AND ALSO WHY DID ALEX GONZALEZ BAT AND OH MY GOD DID IT HAVE TO DO WITH THAT DRAGON? Guys, this is our home ballpark: if the manager and the umpires are too scared to do the right thing because they're afraid a primordial beast is going to rise up and char and/or devour every living (and probably inanimate, because let's face it, it's a dragon) then we should probably alert the grounds crew!

Not the least reason for which is that Nathan "Nelly" Eovaldi (get it? E-I-E-I-O, E-I-Ovaldi ... whatever) and Mike Minor, champion of alliteration, will square off tomorrow night at 7:10 EDT and they're both young, exciting pitchers, and I think we can all agree that it would be a terrible tragedy if they got eaten by a dragon.
2 comments
congtysangoviet1
congtysangoviet1

I'll be honest: I just didn't think the Dodgers could hit the way they did tonight. I didn't think that Arodys Vizcaino would (possibly ever) https://goo.gl/JTURp6 get touched up the way he did tonight (1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). And I certainly didn't think that second base umpires could mistake second base for a fearsome dragon lying dormant in the infield, ready to be awakened at the merest hint of a correct call, because who even believes in dragons and isn't also a preteen? And what umpire is a preteen? 


ANYWAY, the nice thing to take away from tonight's game is that it's a rare occasion that the Braves will rack up 14 hits and six runs and still lose. Yeah, it stings, but half of why it's so obnoxious is because we know the Braves giá 1m2 sàn gỗ tự nhiên can do better. They're not going to get rung up on double plays to end four of the last six innings in the game, and they have the kind of bullpen where a meltdown like we saw with Vizcaino -- who doesn't turn 21 until November, might I remind you -- is a shock. 

cunninae
cunninae

Can't believe people booed the kid after he's shown himself to be nothing less than solid in his last appearances. As a Braves fan, I hate Braves fans. Some of the most fickle in all of professional sports.


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