Open thread, Game 2 NLDS

Braves get no hit, lose 18-0. In other news, Chip Caray is inducted into Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, Mark Owens joins him in the booth, Lee Greenwood sings the National Anthem, Jim Leyritz throws out the first pitch, following the pre-game invocation by new team president Ralph Reed.

Go Braves!

Heyward cf JUpton rf Freeman 1b Gattis lf McCann c CJohnson 3b Simmons ss EJohnson 4 Minor p


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18 Comments on Open thread, Game 2 NLDS

  1. we’re winning tonight. don’t ask me how. But we’re getting it done. I’m Ted Cruzing the hell out of this prediction, no plan, no exit strategy, no details, but we’re winning.

    Go Bravoz

  2. RJR Squeeze // October 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm //

    Hitting the Sweetwater early and often for this one.

  3. It’s only the second game. We can’t go full-Dread yet!!!

  4. bootiehooker // October 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm //

    Thanks for the positivity.

  5. Some Other Mike // October 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm //

    I agree with Lance; I think we win tonight. Last night…that totally sucked. I will note that Kershaw set up BJ’s strikeout pitch on E. Johnson’s (falsely) called 3rd strike; except this one actually dropped into the zone instead of floating chin-high.

  6. I don’t think Cal Ripken and Ernie Johnson are necessarily an announcing dream team.

  7. cleteboyerfan // October 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm //

    Yeah, go ahead and walk Reed Johnson to pitch to Heyward. I’ll take that lefty-lefty match up anytime.

  8. roadrunner48 // October 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm //

    He out Fredi’d Fredi there. Amazing.

  9. pepefreeus // October 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm //

    That’s exactly what he did.

    JHey’s hit reminded me of David J’s single off of Assenmacher in ’95.

  10. Obviously our Seinfeld-ian opposite approach on the open thread did the trick. Best game I’ve ever seen in person at the Ted. Excruciating but so satisfying.

  11. Love the intro. I’ve been a Braves’ fan since the late-1950s, but I don’t know if I could stomach Ralph Reed at the helm.

    Good game. I’ve been down on Minor the second half of the year, but he battled tonight. Get one in LA. Oh heck. Get two.

  12. Jack Straw // October 5, 2013 at 10:14 am //

    A split against Kershaw and Grienke was about all we could hope for. Grienke has been unhittable for over two (2) months and we beat him. A very big deal.

  13. Super bummed I wasn’t at the Ted for this one. Had seats twenty rows above third base and had to sell them because work got in the way. Hanging onto my Game 5 and NLCS seats in hopes of making another one this year, but this one was tough to miss. A big, big win all the way around.

    And the Justice/Assenmacher comparison is spot on. Good reference. This team resembles that ’95 team more than maybe some of us even realized…

  14. Last night was taut, tense, and ultimately exhilarating. Best game I’ve seen at Turner since the clinching NLCS Game 6 in 1999. In one way, last night was even better because winning the ’99 LCS felt almost inevitable. Winning last night surely did not.

    The atmosphere was electric. It was the same at Game 1 until the Braves got 3 or 4 runs down. Minor was fantastic. He was making pitches early, but the LA hitters kept fouling off nasty pitches with 2 strikes and got a few two-strike hits. But Minor never got flustered and never caved in mentally. Glavine on the radio recently said that in the playoffs, pitchers must make quality pitch after quality pitch and stay locked in psychologically. The hitters, he said, are more dialed in than ever and give away no at-bats. I think we saw that last night. Mike kept at it, just like Tommy and other Brave greats. Let’s hope last night is the beginning of a sterling postseason career for Minor. He was not quite as dominant, and their styles are a little different, but the performance reminded me of another young Braves lefty in his first postseason. That would be Steven Thomas Avery.

    Andrelton had a terrific night as well, in the field and at the plate. J-Hey and CJ, obviously, were clutch, clutch, clutch. Yes, tre clutch. I won’t be at all surprised to see Julio follow up with a gem of his own. Need to scratch out a few runs, just like last night. For last night at least, no homers, no problem, though a couple long ones would be nice.

  15. I too believe that the Braves are due for a homer or three in the next couple of games. Living out here in L.A. I would love to rub a series win in with all my bandwaggoning co-workers.

    If there’s a game 5 do you think Minor gets the start?

    BTW, for anyone who doubts the call on the stolen base attempt last night, check this link out:

  16. pepefreeus // October 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm //

    Yeah, I saw that photo at Talking Chop. Pretty definitive. Only Andrelton gets that tag down. Happily, that goof Miller saw it.

  17. roadrunner48 // October 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm //

    Simmons stands a very good chance of being the greatest shortstop in the history of the oldest team in baseball. If he keeps this up before he becomes a free agent, he’ll be better than Long; better than Maranville; better than Logan. Keep watching him. We’ll all be still talking about him fifty years from now.

  18. Jack Straw // October 5, 2013 at 8:49 pm //

    Simmons is baseball-wise beyond his years. And he hits in clutch situations. A true marvel.

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