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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Braves swept by lowly Padres for their sixth loss in a row; now trail in division by 3.5 games

SAN DIEGO—Everth Cabrera singled in the winning run in the 10th inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 win over the slumping Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Will Venable led off the 10th with an infield single off David Hale (3-4) and Alexi Amarista walked. The Braves got a double play on Renee Rivera’s sacrifice bunt attempt with Amarista taking second. Chris Nelson walked to bring up Cabrera. After the Padres pulled off a double steal, Cabrera lined a hard single past second baseman Ramiro Pena.

Tim Stauffer (4-2) pitched one inning for the win.

Those giant foam rubber tomahawks seem to be melting down out there on the west coast.

Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: August 03, 2014 at 08:45 PM | 56 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 03, 2014 at 10:33 PM (#4763633)
I didn't even need to click on the thread to know who posted it.
   2. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 03, 2014 at 10:40 PM (#4763636)
The headline is just a minor paraphrase of "Cabrera's hit in 10th gives Padres win over Braves."
   3. TerpNats Posted: August 03, 2014 at 11:32 PM (#4763651)
Good, but I want the Nats to beat the Braves by themselves.
   4. Spahn Insane Posted: August 03, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4763655)
I didn't even need to click on the thread to know who posted it.

Who can the Nats choke against in the postseason this year?
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 03, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4763657)
The Nationals are getting some reinforcements for tomorrow, putting McLouth on the DL and calling up Steven Souza:
Souza, 25, has been a revelation in his eighth professional season, having finally polished his immense raw ability. He leads the International League in hitting (.354), on-base percentage (.435), slugging percentage (.601) and RBI (70) in 91 games. Souza has also mashed 18 homers in his first season on the 40-man roster.

The choice of walk-up music should be obvious.
   6. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4763674)
The Braves are 0-9 in their last...um, nine one-run games.
   7. OsunaSakata Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:55 AM (#4763698)
I watched the last tow Braves-Padres games on Extra Innings. The Padres pulled off 5-2-3 double plays in both games.
   8. Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:06 AM (#4763700)
The Braves are 0-9 in their last...um, nine one-run games.

And they're still ahead of their meager .511 pythagorean record!
   9. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:09 AM (#4763711)
I would have hoped the "powers-that-be" would be smart enough not to let a post like this make it to the newsblog.
Is the plan to allow bitter ######## on this site to post stupid #### like this to piss off their rivals?

Can I expect posts from Yankee fans about how the Red Sox have stumbled two games in a row?
Are Braves fans allowed to post joyful headlines about Nationals players getting injured?
Will every Dodgers loss be followed by a taunting post from a Giants fan?
   10. DA Baracus Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4763712)
Oh no, 3.5 games. Season's over guys, pack it up.
   11. Joey B. "disrespects the A" Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:32 AM (#4763721)
I would have hoped the "powers-that-be" would be smart enough not to let a post like this make it to the newsblog.

Hey idiot, there are posts on here right now with titles like "Lenny Dykstra: Out of Prison, and Still Headstrong", "Orbit and Jose Bautista Play With Dolls — Wait, What?", and "George "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball".

In other words, this post is more of a legitimate baseball post than about 75% of the crap that goes on here, so just piss off.
   12. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:39 AM (#4763725)
I would have hoped the "powers-that-be" would be smart enough not to let a post like this make it to the newsblog.

I think anything anyone posts makes it to the newsblog. Frequently we see two links to the same thing a couple days apart. Or two posts about the same thing, when people are rushing to post news like the Jon Lester trade. Or maybe there would actually be ten posts on that topic, without the "powers that be" limiting it to two.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:10 AM (#4763737)
In other words, this post is more of a legitimate baseball post than about 75% of the crap that goes on here, so just piss off.


Sniff sniff. You've hurt my feelings.

At least those aren't vendetta posts directed at one person.

A team gets swept by another team, and is 3.5 games back in the first week of August?
How is that even the least bit interesting to anyone but yourself (and whoever you are trying to provoke)?

When the Nationals lose 3-straight to the Mets later this week, and fall out of 1st place, if some Braves fan posts a retaliation article, I'd complain just as much about it.

   14. Davo Dozier Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:14 AM (#4763738)
What's the argument against allowing articles about baseball on the NewsStand?
   15. Belfry Bob Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4763740)
In other words, this post is more of a legitimate baseball post than about 75% of the crap that goes on here, so just piss off.

Come on. I am an everyday reader and very seldom poster, and I noticed the out-of-place nature of this right away. Since when are game summaries posted on the newsblog? What's 'news' about it?

As Gonfalon points out, if not for the '3.5 game out' headline, you can't even justify this posting at all, and there's nothing 'news' about that, either, since it's not Sept. 15.
   16. Belfry Bob Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:24 AM (#4763744)
What's the argument against allowing articles about baseball on the NewsStand?


None, if it's an 'article about baseball.' This was a game summary on ESPN's website. It wasn't an article, and it wasn't news.
   17. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4763748)
Dunno. Didn't bother me, though maybe I'm too frazzled about work-related stuff these days to be my normal contentious self on BTF.

The bit about going 0-9 in their last nine one-run games would've probably been a more legitimate news peg, though.
   18. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:28 AM (#4763749)
Come on. I am an everyday reader and very seldom poster, and I noticed the out-of-place nature of this right away. Since when are game summaries posted on the newsblog? What's 'news' about it?


I'm pretty sure the "news" is that I've been out of country for two weeks so Joey feels the need to take his trolling out of the OMNICHATTER and into the general site at large, in order to validate himself. It's cute, in a runt-of-the-litter-begging-for-acknowledgement sort of way.

On the baseball merits, BJ Upton has not rediscovered any useful form, and Mike Minor has lost his mechanics entirely, on top of the obvious debacle of arm injuries from the spring. Having had their competition so gutted, it's possible that the Nats might backdoor into a title in a really weak division this year. And then lose in the first round.
   19. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4763750)
The bit about going 0-9 in their last nine one-run games would've probably been a more legitimate news peg, though.


That's a bit of bad luck combined with a truly bad offense. One-run results are always a bit random. The recent west coast losing streak is indicative, in that they've lost something like five 1-run games, 2 or 3 in extra innings, while winning none. That's just bad bounces.
   20. A Fatty Cow That Need Two Seats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:35 AM (#4763753)
The occassional game summary post wouldn't be bad if it's an opportunity to spearhead discussion about a team not often featured in da newsblog. As for the Joey B of it all, Joey B is a cancer upon this fair website. And I am the...uh...what cures cancer?
   21. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:36 AM (#4763754)
#19 -- Oh, I know. I probably pay more attention to the Braves than any other team because I'm (a) in Montgomery, (b) work with a really avid fan & (c) have 3 of them on my fantasy roster (Heyward, Teheran, Walden ... & would still have Alex Wood if not for stupid roster inflexibility). "Just bad bounces" nine times in a row is still newsworthy, IMHO.
   22. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4763756)
And I am the...uh...what cures cancer?


A Derek Jeter gift basket? (But not herpes, evidently.)
   23. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4763760)
"Just bad bounces" nine times in a row is still newsworthy, IMHO.


Sure. And to be fair, the Braves roster is constructed in such a manner as to facilitate "bad bounces" to some degree or another. They are a high-K, low-contact/AVG team, so they are less likely to get that "key single" in extra innings that a more BABIP-friendly team might get. Add on the fact that the current streak has been on a west coast road trip, so the opponents get whatever advantage comes from being in the "right" time zone (probably more of an issue in LA than San Diego) and the extra innings advantage of last at bats. Throw in a Clayton Kershaw start to boot. Stir together with the established fact of Mike Minor's mechanical implosion this year, and the fact that Craig Kimbrel seems to be revisiting his "don't really know what this thing's going" form from his rookie campaign.

Oh, and Freddie Freeman is in a funk, while Jason Heyward is on the not-DL-but-not-playing list. When your outfield includes BOTH BJ Upton AND Emilio Bonafacio...
   24. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4763773)
When your outfield includes BOTH BJ Upton AND Emilio Bonafacio...

Yes, I had forgotten about that acquisition. My condolences.

Although I'm reminded of attending Opening Day at Pro Robbie Stadium to watch the freshly-traded Emilio Bonifacio hit an ITPHR against the his former team, the Nationals, thanks to future *All Star* Lastings Milledge basically falling flat on his face in CF on the way to the ball. Good times.
   25. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4763779)

In other words, this post is more of a legitimate baseball post than about 75% of the crap that goes on here, so just piss off.

The topic is legitimate news, but I don't think it is acceptable to change the headline on a link.
   26. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4763786)
Yes, I had forgotten about that acquisition. My condolences.


The sad part is that it functionally improves the team. He replaces Jordan Schafer, who is actually worse. If Heyward can get back on the field, a straight platoon of BJ and Bonifacio against RHP/LHP respectively, would improve the offense. Similarly, Russell isn't a world beater in the pen, but replacing Ian Thomas or Chasen Shreve with an actual major leaguer helps. Now, I can understand arguments that this all amounts to rearranging deck chairs, but Bonifacio as caddy for BJ against LHP is a reasonable upgrade from Jordan Schafer existing for no real reason.
   27. DA Baracus Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:41 AM (#4763794)
Hey idiot, there are posts on here right now with titles like "Lenny Dykstra: Out of Prison, and Still Headstrong", "Orbit and Jose Bautista Play With Dolls — Wait, What?", and "George "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball".


Those are the actual headlines of the articles they link to.
   28. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4763799)
In fairness to Heyward, who (not unreasonably) has the "injury-prone" tag stuck to his forehead, he played the last two games in San Diego and hit the hell out of the ball in both games.

Hey, two-thirds of the Braves' vaunted outfield is playing pretty well!
   29. SteveM. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4763803)
How often do you guys think Joey was beaten up at school? Monthly, weekly or daily?
   30. Davo Dozier Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4763807)
I hate to say it, since I grew up watching the team (and because I recognize that the postseason is almost entirely a crapshoot), but....this particular Braves team seems particularly poorly suited to win a post-season series. All those high-K batters, no great base-runners, and the lack of an elite #1 starter......

If it's possible for a type of team to struggle in the post-season, this year's Braves would seem to be a great candidate. (I'm a little surprised they weren't in on Lester, to be honest.)
   31. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:53 AM (#4763808)
Folks, we're surprised that Joey B has the instincts and posting habits of a jealous middle schooler? The guy's a piece of ####. Just let him live his shitty life by his shitty self and ignore him.
   32. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:00 AM (#4763814)
In fairness to Heyward, who (not unreasonably) has the "injury-prone" tag stuck to his forehead, he played the last two games in San Diego and hit the hell out of the ball in both games.


Yeah, I saw that when I pulled up the box scores. I have been operating on Australian time for the last 10 days or so, so the minutia of the games are lagging behind me. The 2014 Braves are not a fun team to root for. They play ugly baseball at the best of times, and the season basically hinges on how well a couple of mercenary pitchers do, and whether or not one of the albatross contracts manages to be less than horrific down the stretch. (The one they didn't already cut, obviously.)

About the only redeeming quality for this team is that they're not Washington.
   33. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:02 AM (#4763816)
If it's possible for a type of team to struggle in the post-season, this year's Braves would seem to be a great candidate.


Yeah, even if they scrape together enough wins to make the WC or win the division (both of which is possible, but hardly assured) this is not a team that is going to go deep into the playoffs.
   34. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4763822)
I hate to say it, since I grew up watching the team (and because I recognize that the postseason is almost entirely a crapshoot), but....this particular Braves team seems particularly poorly suited to win a post-season series. All those high-K batters, no great base-runners, and the lack of an elite #1 starter......


Because if there's one thing the Braves' postseason history shows, it's that a well-rounded offense, solid baserunning and dominant starting pitching are locks for significant playoff success.
   35. flournoy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4763823)
I'm a little surprised they weren't in on Lester, to be honest.


What would you have had the Braves give up for him, or for another guy like Price or whoever else was dealt? The Braves plugged two gaping holes with Russell and Bonifacio, figuring that maybe they'll get lucky, but without giving up anything of consequence. Since this year is a longshot, that seems fine.
   36. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:11 AM (#4763824)
What would you have had the Braves give up for him, or for another guy like Price or whoever else was dealt? The Braves plugged two gaping holes with Russell and Bonifacio, figuring that maybe they'll get lucky, but without giving up anything of consequence. Since this year is a longshot, that seems fine.


Concur. Over on BravesJournal a guy was complaining that we weren't all-in on Price. This was during the last game Santana was pitching, and it was asked if acquiring David Price would have made that score 1 to -1, rather than 1-0 (at the time.) That ignores the fact that the Braves just didn't have the pieces required to pull off that level of deal. Seattle wasn't going to get involved in a three-way where they got BJ Upton instead of Austin Jackson.
   37. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:37 PM (#4763896)
Taking as a given that the article/intro were actually posted as a bit of trollism, the topic nevertheless is Newsblog-worthy. This is hardly the first time an article about a team in a downward slide has been submitted.
   38. bfan Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4763906)
I'm a little surprised they weren't in on Lester, to be honest.


I am in the opposite direction. One strength of a GM should be to recognize where a team is in the cycle, and what the best move is during a season, given where that team is. (Note on the Boston Red Sox way- I like this win sequence: 70;92;70;92, better than this one: 81; 81; 81; 81).

This is a very young team, but this year, they are not a play-off team. Freakishly better pitching performances from scrap-heap guys that history would have suggested would not last put them 10 games over .500 pretty quickly, and they have been a sub .500 otherwise, once the pitching came back to expectations. To have traded a very good MiLB bat for 2 spare parts that (a) no one ever wants on their team for more than 12 months, and (b) cannot do the job he is genetically born to do (get LHB's out) was foolish. I would have been a seller at the dead-line, lightly, and would have tried to flip Santana or Harang for a AA pitching prospect that could be put in a pot with their other pitching prospects, hoping that 2 out of about 5 pan out, for MLB next year. Everybody of consequence is young and back next year, and you won't start the year giving 140 AB's to a black hole at 2B; that is worth a win or 2, there.
   39. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4763908)
Yeah, even if they scrape together enough wins to make the WC or win the division (both of which is possible, but hardly assured) this is not a team that is going to go deep into the playoffs.
Oh, I dunno. A few good starts from the top of the rotation and swings from a bunch of guys who actually know how to, and you've got a nice playoff run. I've always been high on this team and don't think much of their division rivals.

That said, our resident BTF terrorist makes it very hard to root for them. Very, very hard. Joey is basically Hamas at this point. Throws a few bombs,makes a few outlandish statements, and then claims persecution when he gets called out.
   40. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:48 PM (#4763913)
Oh, I dunno. A few good starts from the top of the rotation and swings from a bunch of guys who actually know how to, and you've got a nice playoff run. I've always been high on this team and don't think much of their division rivals.

That said, our resident BTF terrorist makes it very hard to root for them. Very, very hard.


?
   41. Belfry Bob Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4763916)
This is hardly the first time an article about a team in a downward slide has been submitted.


Hmm...I guess I'll look forward with dread to the posted articles if the O's stop winning all these one run games and fall off a cliff...
   42. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4763925)
#40 - I always believed the Braves weren't going to hit enough to win the division, and the other three just aren't that good/they stink.
   43. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4763968)
@42

I'm reading you to say you would root for the Braves, but Joey makes it difficult to do? I don't understand that logic.
   44. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 04, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4763994)
No, he would root for the team that isn't the Braves or the three bad teams.
   45. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:00 PM (#4764002)
No, he would root for the team that isn't the Braves or the three bad teams.


Then why did he quote me talking about the Braves?
   46. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4764021)
I misread that as you talking about the Nats.
   47. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4764073)
I misread that as you talking about the Nats.


Ah. Okay. You're stupid and dumb.
   48. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4764219)
You're such a ####### ass. You insist on being so shitty that even when I agree with you, I can't stand you.
   49. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4764224)
You're such a ####### ass. You insist on being so shitty that even when I agree with you, I can't stand you.


Get a room, y'all.
   50. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4764227)
How can an ass help but be shitty?
   51. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4764260)
You're such a ####### ass. You insist on being so shitty that even when I agree with you, I can't stand you.


I get that a lot because I'm so awesomer than mortals.
   52. Lassus Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4764283)
With the choices being Joey happy or Sam happy, that makes for a real good meteor argument.
   53. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4764321)
With the choices being Joey happy or Sam happy, that makes for a real good meteor argument.


Let's go Mets/Marlins/Phillies!
Let's go Mets/Marlins/Phillies!
Let's go...aw, #### it.
   54. Jeff R., P***y Mainlander Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4764352)
My team is in first place: we are awesome, you guys suck. My team falls to second: who cares, this division sucks anyways.
   55. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4764353)
My team is in first place: we are awesome, you guys suck.


Your team probably sucks regardless.
   56. Zach Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:16 PM (#4764354)
Taking as a given that the article/intro were actually posted as a bit of trollism, the topic nevertheless is Newsblog-worthy. This is hardly the first time an article about a team in a downward slide has been submitted.

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I've submitted "Royals officially give up the ghost" articles in the past. At some point in a losing streak, the question of what exactly is going wrong becomes a topic of general interest.

Of course, as a Royals fan, I'm a bit of a purist about losing streaks. Just like a no hit bid isn't really a no hit bid until the sixth inning, a losing streak isn't really a losing streak until the second time through the rotation. Six games barely qualifies.

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