Caray Barves Turner 2016

Game 70 // Eighth Inning, Atlanta // The No-Hit Bat Around

TOP OF THE EIGHTH: PHILLIES 9 (5) – 3 BRAVES

 

The plate appearance statlines for the Phillies, in tonight’s 8th inning in Atlanta:

0-0, 0-1, 0-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1.

Four runs came across with that. And a lead bumped up to 9-3. They batted around (or nearly around), without a single hit. No slugging. A team average lower than it had been. But four runs. And the strangest, least skilled, most lucky, peculiar, pathetic, goofy, slow, inane big inning of the year. Continue reading “Game 70 // Eighth Inning, Atlanta // The No-Hit Bat Around”

Game 48 // Ninth Inning, Atlanta // Giants Gone Wild

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: BRAVES 4 (3) – 4 GIANTS

 

Knowing very little about the 2016 Atlanta Braves, I do a little searching and find what looks like a murder scene, red streaks dripping down a wall in long, pitiful rows. The wins and losses of each MLB team, on Baseball Reference, are arranged by color (green or red) and by degree (height or depth) and, well, if the first-place Cubs are like a forest canopy of tall green trees, the Braves are a teeming collection of underground worms, tunneling deeper than even they know how. Continue reading “Game 48 // Ninth Inning, Atlanta // Giants Gone Wild”

Game 10 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // Bryce Harper Keeps it 100

BOTTOM OF THE THIRD: NATIONALS 4 0 – 1 BRAVES

 

I’ll just skip to the good stuff, no build-up:

Bryce Harper hit a grand slam today in the third inning, way way deep to the upper deck, for the lead, for the win, for the erasing of last year’s frustrations, for the opening salvo on the way toward a 7-1 team record, for the signaling to the NL East that this team is here for the title—no more collapses, no more underachieving, no more choking (literally). Continue reading “Game 10 // Third Inning, Washington D.C. // Bryce Harper Keeps it 100”