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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MLB.com: Braves punch playoff ticket on Freeman’s walk-off

One year after a painful September collapse with an extra-inning loss in a must-win regular-season finale, the Braves clinched a spot in this year’s postseason with some time to spare. Freddie Freeman’s two-run walk-off home run allowed the Braves to win yet another Kris Medlen start while punching their playoff ticket with a 4-3 win over the Marlins at Turner Field on Tuesday night.

NTNgod Posted: September 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman is here Posted: September 25, 2012 at 10:21 PM (#4245795)
Predictable result, although the path they took to get it was not expected. As soon as Chipper hobbled all the way to second base I knew the game was over, it was just a question of how the Marlins would gack up the lead.

And the Nationals found another way to lose so their lead over the Braves continues to shrink. Magic number remaining at 5 seems not so magic right now, except that it's elusive and just out of reach.
   2. MM1f Posted: September 25, 2012 at 10:24 PM (#4245799)
Poor outing for Kimbrel tonight. He allowed a hit and struck out just one batter!
   3. Sweatpants Posted: September 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM (#4245803)
I think that was the 22nd consecutive Medlen start that they won, which ties the record held by Carl Hubbell/the Giants and Whitey Ford/the Yankees.
   4. bunyon Posted: September 25, 2012 at 11:43 PM (#4245853)
Magic number of five with 8 to go. Nats ought to be able to hold it but if I recall correctly, the Braves were in a similar situation last year. Huh.
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM (#4245886)
Braves and Red Sox redeem themsel.....oh wait, nevermind. Not a Braves fan, but good on them, for you know, actually not repeating the mistakes of last year, moving on and becoming a playoff team once again.
   6. Don Malcolm Posted: September 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM (#4245907)
Medlen has been incredible this year, but that wasn't the case when the Braves went 13-1 in his starts in 2010. In those 11 straight wins before he was shut down in '10, his ERA was 4.12 for those starts and the Braves scored six runs a start for him--which they are also doing this year.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: September 26, 2012 at 01:47 AM (#4245911)
Pitching to the score Don, pitching to the score. The kid's got Hall of Fame written all over him.
   8. bjhanke Posted: September 26, 2012 at 09:31 AM (#4245990)
Walt - Glad to see you're keeping a sense of humor. It now looks like the Cardinals, who surely have sold their souls to somebody, are going to make it into the playoffs as the first ever NL "second wild card" team, and will have Chris Carpenter available just in time for the postseason. As if they didn't get lucky enough last year. Meanwhile, the Cubs can't ever get a break any year. I've lived my entire life in STL, but I'm beginning to think that I should root for the Cubs, just because they deserve it. - Brock Hanke
   9. zack Posted: September 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM (#4246036)
Dammit people, the play-in game is not the playoffs! They have clinched jack and #### and jack just left town.
   10. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: September 26, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4246044)
Braves and Red Sox redeem themsel.....oh wait, nevermind. Not a Braves fan, but good on them, for you know, actually not repeating the mistakes of last year, moving on and becoming a playoff team once again.


Yeah, it's nice to see the Braves bounce back. I like Fredi simply for the way he handled Hanley many years ago and always felt he got badly screwed down there. Good for him.
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: September 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM (#4246099)
Dammit people, the play-in game is not the playoffs! They have clinched jack and #### and jack just left town.


For that matter, neither is the NLDS! or games 1, 3, and 4 of the LCS! and the 6th inning of game 2 of the world series!
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: September 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4246145)
For the Braves, if they get the Cardinals for the Play in game, it could be a way of getting revenge for last year. Exorcising those demons.

   13. flournoy Posted: September 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4246165)
It's not my impression that anyone associated with the Braves harbors ill will towards the Cardinals for last year's fiasco. All the Braves had to do was not be completely awful, and they blew it. Last year was on them.
   14. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: September 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM (#4246245)
No, last year is not why the braves hold ill will towards the cardinals. There are many other reasons.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: September 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4246246)
No, last year is not why the braves hold ill will towards the cardinals. There are many other reasons.


Looking across the aisle and seeing a team that can actually win in the post season? :)
   16. PreservedFish Posted: September 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4246253)
Is Kris Medlen the best pitcher ever or something? I've seen the highlights from just one game and he looked like Greg Maddux.
   17. Bourbon Samurai Posted: September 26, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4246254)
Hmm. I don't particularly want to see the Braves in round 1 of the playoffs.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: September 26, 2012 at 06:46 PM (#4246679)
Man, I never thought the Cubs would be so bad I'd be pitied by Cardinals fans.

Just you wait Brock! Theo's gonna get this ship turned around and then we'll be right there with you competing for that #5 slot and 87 wins!

Sometime around 2021 I figure.

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