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Red in Chicago
04-24-2009, 05:23 PM
Atlanta

K.Johnson 2B
Escobar SS
C.Jones 3B
McCann C
Kotchman 1B
Francoeur RF
M. Diaz LF
Schafer CF
Vazquez P

Cincinnati

Taveras CF
Dickerson LF
Votto 1B
Phillips 2B
Bruce RF
Encarnacion 3B
Hernandez C
Gonzalez SS
Volquez P

Orenda
04-24-2009, 06:12 PM
Encarnacion at cleanup didn't last long

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:06 PM
Get to watch the game, don't have to listen to any of the announcers that annoy me.

woo hoo

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:11 PM
McCann scratched. Passed Ball Ross in his place.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:13 PM
McCann scratched. Passed Ball Ross in his place.

Watch him hit a homer and gun down a couple runners. ;)

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:13 PM
Watch him hit a homer and gun down a couple runners. ;)

Probably.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:14 PM
Braves have a pretty good pregame show, with former CNN Sports host Fred Hickman, Ron Gant, Brian Jordan, and former CNN HLS' Jerome Jurenovich

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:14 PM
There was a great article in ESPN Insider on Brave's youngster CFer Schafer. He got popped, while in the minors, for using performance enhancers, and got a 50 day suspension. While out, it really got him to do some "soul searching" about why he played the game. Plus, some of the adult "mentors" re-entered his life and really helped him with an attitude adjustment. Just an all-around good article.

JaxRed
04-24-2009, 07:14 PM
Never heard that business about Volquez starting to call his own pitches. (Braves annoucers)

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:17 PM
AAA Volquez looking tough so far.

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:17 PM
2 Ks.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:17 PM
Ump seems to have a pretty small strike zone so far.

SMcGavin
04-24-2009, 07:17 PM
Not that it's breaking news or anything but Volquez's changeup is nasty.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:18 PM
Alex looking s.l.o.w.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:18 PM
good inning

chat is open

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:18 PM
Good inning

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:18 PM
Excellent first inning by Volquez. Two K's and a weak groundout.

I agree that the ump seems to have a tight strikezone tonight.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:19 PM
Marty commented that a plaque is waiting for Chipper in Cooperstown. Do you guys think it's a sure thing he gets in? I know he's a very good player...I'm just not sure I consider him a "great" player.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:20 PM
Marty commented that a plaque is waiting for Chipper in Cooperstown. Do you guys think it's a sure thing he gets in? I know he's a very good player...I'm just not sure I consider him a "great" player.

Chipper is an easy yes.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:21 PM
Willy starts the inning with a single up the middle.

Despite all the groaning and moaning about Taveras' signing...color me impressed.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:21 PM
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times, Willy T is on his way to a MVP season.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:22 PM
Chipper is an easy yes.

I agree.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:23 PM
Tough tandem to steal on: Vazquez is quick to the plate and Ross has a very solid arm.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:23 PM
Why is Dickerson attempting a sac bunt in the first inning?

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:24 PM
Ugh. Dickerson looked bad.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:24 PM
Chipper's career line:

310 .407 .548 409 HR 1378 RBI,

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:24 PM
Chipper is an easy yes.

Amen to that. One of my favorite current ballplayers.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:25 PM
There's a Ross gaffe. WT to 2B

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:25 PM
Vazquez's CH has the Reds hitters WAAAAY out in front.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:25 PM
Ross is a Reds spy sent to destroy the Braves from inside.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:25 PM
Don't try to explain Ross Chris..... IT'S ROSS! ;)

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:26 PM
:ughmamoru:ughmamoru:ughmamoru:bowrofl:

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:26 PM
Amen to that. One of my favorite current ballplayers.

He's a favorite to Hooters girls everywhere.

WVRedsFan
04-24-2009, 07:27 PM
I don't miss Ross one bit. He brings back nightmares of stuff just like that.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:27 PM
Votto with an RBI 1-0 Reds

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:28 PM
http://thm-a01.yimg.com/image/232d13cadc793b5c

WVRedsFan
04-24-2009, 07:28 PM
One man RBI maker- Joey Votto

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:28 PM
Okay, Chipper's career line is much better than I thought. I never really stopped and looked at his stats other than each year...he's been remarkably consistant.

VOTTO is a machine!!!!!

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:28 PM
Votto is a machine. That's all there is to it.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:28 PM
Votto RBI single! 1-0 Reds.

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:28 PM
Vottomatic. (There I said it)

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Welsh and Grande seem to forget Ross can't catch throws to home plate.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:29 PM
Okay, Chipper's career line is much better than I thought. I never really stopped and looked at his stats other than each year...he's been remarkably consistant.




He is a jerk though, so I won't vote for him myself.

NC Reds
04-24-2009, 07:30 PM
I hate to take any shot at Griff because I am a fan, but it is nice to have a legitimate #3 hitter hitting third again.

This is a shot at Dusty. It's not KGJ's fault that Dusty can't fill out a lineup card.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:31 PM
Bruce Ks. He K's the side, but the Reds are up 1-0 after one.

BCubb2003
04-24-2009, 07:32 PM
The biggest lie in baseball is striking out the side.

WVRedsFan
04-24-2009, 07:32 PM
I hate to take any shot at Griff because I am a fan, but it is nice to have a legitimate #3 hitter hitting third again.

This is a shot at Dusty. It's not KGJ's fault that Dusty can't fill out a lineup card.

Now if we had a legitimate #4 hitter...:)

RichRed
04-24-2009, 07:33 PM
After 1 inning: 20 pitches for Vazquez, 11 for Volquez. I like.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:33 PM
Vottomatic. (There I said it)

he slices, he dices, he chops.

https://www.officialtvwebsite.com/slapchop/images/slapchop_features.jpg

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:33 PM
Now if we had a legitimate #4 hitter...:)

We do. Votto.

In fact, we've got a legitimate #1 Votto, #2 Votto, #3 Votto, etc *grin*

WVRedsFan
04-24-2009, 07:34 PM
You have to wonder. After Phillips played so well down the lineup, why in the world do you bat him 4th?

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:35 PM
AAA Volquez

K, K, K,

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:35 PM
The biggest lie in baseball is striking out the side.

So true. :lol:

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:35 PM
That changeup to Kotchman was ridiculous. Wow. Strikeout #3 for Volquez.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:36 PM
VERY tight zone tonight. That 1-0 pitch to Francoeur looked very good.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:36 PM
If Francouer walks, the earth explodes.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:36 PM
Personally I really don't care that much about the lineup...I care about our hitters having good at bats, regardless of thier position in the order.

To switch gears...Edinson really looks on top of his game tonight. Nice to see.

mth123
04-24-2009, 07:36 PM
You have to wonder. After Phillips played so well down the lineup, why in the world do you bat him 4th?

Because this crazy plan to have speed guys in both CF and LF has left the team w/o a number 4 hitter.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:37 PM
chat is open folks!

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:37 PM
sweet sassy mollasy!

Volquez does the impossible and walks Francouer!

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:37 PM
Volquez threw Francouer three strikes, but only one was called.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:37 PM
If Francouer walks, the earth explodes.

*Starts building a fallout shelter* Any chance that'll help?

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:37 PM
Since when does Francoeur take pitches??

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:38 PM
Because this crazy plan to have speed guys in both CF and LF has left the team w/o a number 4 hitter.

I'm hoping, with some maturity, that Bruce would fill that role. But I prefer EE there over BP.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:38 PM
Volquez threw Francouer three strikes, but only one was called.

I know it doesn't mean much, but Gameday shows them all as being balls.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:39 PM
back-to-back BBs by EV

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:40 PM
AAA Volquez falling apart here a bit.


Dick Pole sighting!

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:40 PM
Throw strikes EV. He's overthrowing and trying to get too fancy

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:40 PM
C'mon Volquez, throw a strike. And then some more after that.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:40 PM
A ton of balls in a row, but they're all close...almost right on the paint.

Red in Chicago
04-24-2009, 07:41 PM
Unfortunately, the second inning is NOT going as smoothly as the first inning. The tides have turned quickly.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:41 PM
A ton of balls in a row, but they're all close...almost right on the paint.

The strikezone tonight is the size of a bottle cap.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:42 PM
Nub hit to Votto for the tag out. Runners advance.

Ross up.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:42 PM
Votto tries to break his own wrist.

Don't tag the guy!

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:43 PM
Votto tries to break his own wrist.

Don't tag the guy!

Don't be silly. He's Joey Votto, he would've broken Schafer's ribs.

The Baumer
04-24-2009, 07:43 PM
ESPN GameCast shows a green ball marker in the very middle of the strike zone. Is he being squeezed THAT much?

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:44 PM
A ton of balls in a row, but they're all close...almost right on the paint.

Yep, Gameday agrees. Volquez ain't a teddy bear, quit squeezin' him.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:44 PM
Ross K

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:45 PM
K's Ross. Nice job of getting out of trouble by Edinson.

Hopefully he's learned the Ump's zone from that inning and pounds in the strikes from here on out.

RichRed
04-24-2009, 07:45 PM
A passed ball, a strikeout - it's like Ross never left.

guttle11
04-24-2009, 07:45 PM
I sure don't miss Ross flailing at every high fastball...

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:45 PM
Ross K

Volquez blew the heat right by him.

HokieRed
04-24-2009, 07:45 PM
What's he missing with mostly, the change?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:46 PM
What's he missing with mostly, the change?

Nope, the heater in that inning. Change has been pretty consistant.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:48 PM
EdE looks awful at the plate. He and Phillips need to get it going.

smith288
04-24-2009, 07:48 PM
Get EdE out. He's clueless. He is like me up there. Needs some time off or somethng.

HokieRed
04-24-2009, 07:49 PM
Rosales 2 for 2, now at .431. That's BA.

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:50 PM
Ramon Dbls off the wall.

And he was chuggin' into 2B too :lol:

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:50 PM
Get EdE out. He's clueless. He is like me up there. Needs some time off or somethng.

I agree. He was extremly patient early on, but lately I'm not sure he could've gotten a hit off a tee.

TeamClark's thread with the pics from the Chicago series has some interesting observations about EE's & BP's approach during batting practice. This sort of thing is on Jacoby IMO.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:51 PM
Ramon Dbls off the wall.

And he was chuggin' into 2B too :lol:

Have they brought out some oxygen for him? :O)

GAC
04-24-2009, 07:51 PM
Gonzo hit it on the bean... but right at the SS.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 07:52 PM
Off topic, but I just find this to be so awesome I have to share.

Looks like there was a film made in Turkey featuring Captain America teaming with a Lucha Libre wrestler named Santo fighting an evil Spider-Man that unleashes flesh-eating guinea pigs into a tube attached to a guy’s face.

And there are clips on youtube.




I now know why the internet was created.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:52 PM
Man, even when he smokes the ball Gonzo still makes an out.

HokieRed
04-24-2009, 07:52 PM
I continue to think his early patience had a lot to do with the way he was pitched, itself based on the fact that Hernandez and Gonzalez were at that point hitting about .100 between them.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:53 PM
Off topic, but I just find this to be so awesome I have to share.

Looks like there was a film made in Turkey featuring Captain America teaming with a Lucha Libre wrestler named Santo fighting an evil Spider-Man that unleashes flesh-eating guinea pigs into a tube attached to a guy’s face.

And there are clips on youtube.




I now know why the internet was created.

*stunned speechless*

<---usual reaction to Raisor's off topic observations. :O)

Screwball
04-24-2009, 07:54 PM
Ump needs to be a little more consistent. Volquez was rung up on the same pitch that's previously been called a ball on him.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 07:55 PM
Looks like a fairly big crowd tonight. Hopefully the Reds reward them with a win.

PuffyPig
04-24-2009, 07:56 PM
Watch him hit a homer and gun down a couple runners. ;)


Well it's early, but so far his error has cost the Braves a run, and he struck out with two runners in scoring position.

But it's early and we all know what the Braves (or any team for that matter) back up catchers do against us.

RedsManRick
04-24-2009, 07:58 PM
Marty commented that a plaque is waiting for Chipper in Cooperstown. Do you guys think it's a sure thing he gets in? I know he's a very good player...I'm just not sure I consider him a "great" player.

Offensively, he's a no brainer. His adjusted OPS+ puts him tied for 48th in MLB history. Career .955 OPS's simply don't grow on trees -- on a rate basis he's comparable to Michael Jack Schmidt (though he's 1300 PA behind him).

I've seen conflicting reports on his defensive value, ranging from absolute butcher to slightly above average.

On balance, that makes him a solid outer circle HOF in my book. Though the same could be said about Ron Santo, and he's still on the outside looking in. Combine that with the steroid era crap and the fact that he'll probably end up short of 500 HR and/or 3000 hits (he'd need to keep up his current pace for 5 more years, through age 41) and I think he's going to have a hard time getting in.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 07:58 PM
Marty's trivia question answer has to be the Braves, right?

Only NL team not to fire a manager in the last 25 years.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 07:59 PM
Edinson K's Johnson.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:00 PM
Marty's trivia question answer has to be the Braves, right?

Only NL team not to fire a manager in the last 25 years.

Bobby replaced somebody. It's been so long now, I can't remember who, but Bobby took over in 90 I think.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:00 PM
Escobar trying to start something. Baby...

George Anderson
04-24-2009, 08:00 PM
Marty's trivia question answer has to be the Braves, right?

Only NL team not to fire a manager in the last 25 years.

That was my guess....Russ Nixon was there in the late 80's and I am guessing he may have retired or quit, then Cox took over.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:00 PM
Escobar is a punk.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:01 PM
"The Almighty says this must be a fashionable fight it has drawn the finest people'

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:02 PM
And 50 grown men come out to talk.

I did see Ross pointing and yelling something...

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:02 PM
What the heck is Escobar's problem?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:02 PM
That was my guess....Russ Nixon was there in the late 80's and I am guessing he may have retired or quit, then Cox took over.

Nope, wasn't the Braves. Just checked. Still no clue though.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:02 PM
Man! It wasn't intentional. Looks like a pitch that simply got away.

oneupper
04-24-2009, 08:02 PM
Volquez to Escobar "Que?" "Porque?" "Porque?"

What? Why? Why?

(lips read)

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:02 PM
What the heck is Escobar's problem?
I guess there's some backstory or something, or else Escobar is just a hot head who can't handle the idea of getting hit.

The Baumer
04-24-2009, 08:03 PM
Yikes, Chipper Jones is looking worn in his ESPN headshot.

Degenerate39
04-24-2009, 08:04 PM
When the Reds get into bullpen I'd bean him

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:04 PM
Yikes, Chipper Jones is looking worn in his ESPN headshot.

Larry has done some hard living in those 37 years.

Happy birthday Larry.

smith288
04-24-2009, 08:04 PM
I assume it's a history thing that Escobar has against Volquez

Falls City Beer
04-24-2009, 08:04 PM
"Oyez me! I'm dee bad guy!"

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:05 PM
Answer was the Giants. I'm surprised by that one.

Chipper grounds out to Brandon to end the inning.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:05 PM
There was no way that Escobar was going to charge the mound anyway. He would have got tore up by Ramon alone.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:05 PM
Volquez is Dominican, Escobar is Cuban, so they've not faced off in Winter Ball. I don't see how their could be a history between the two.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:06 PM
"Oyez me! I'm dee bad guy!"



http://thm-a03.yimg.com/image/5bbb4595033f0dc4

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:07 PM
Volquez to Escobar "Que?" "Porque?" "Porque?"

What? Why? Why?

(lips read)

Pick up anything that Escobar said?

Falls City Beer
04-24-2009, 08:07 PM
http://thm-a03.yimg.com/image/5bbb4595033f0dc4

R-l-l-l-azor R-l-l-l-amon, chico.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:08 PM
Volquez is Dominican, Escobar is Cuban, so they've not faced off in Winter Ball. I don't see how their could be a history between the two.

"The Dominicans! They're rolling the crepes too tight!"

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:08 PM
Now the Braves announcers are say that they think Edinson did it intentionally.

I don't but it.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:10 PM
R-l-l-l-azor R-l-l-l-amon, chico.
http://msn.foxsports.com/fe/img/MLB/Headshots/140x170/6258.jpg
"HEY YO!"

CTA513
04-24-2009, 08:10 PM
Now the Braves announcers are say that they think Edinson did it intentionally.

I don't but it.


If he doesn't shut up someone in the bullpen should hit him intentionally.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:11 PM
So, how far will the HR that Votto's about to hit travel? Place your bets!

smith288
04-24-2009, 08:12 PM
Maybe he didnt roll Volquez's cigar right?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:12 PM
LOL. Oh well, I tried. Votto grounds out to second. 1-2-3.

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:12 PM
http://thm-a03.yimg.com/image/5bbb4595033f0dc4

Survey time?

Falls City Beer
04-24-2009, 08:13 PM
Casey Kotchman, A Career in Ugly

The Baumer
04-24-2009, 08:14 PM
Can someone post a summary of what happened? I can pick up the pieces from the 12-15 posts commenting on it but it's still fuzzy to us non-TV people.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:14 PM
You know guttle11, everytime I read your sig I seem to be drinking something at the time and it usually ends up flying out my nose. I think you owe me like 3 or 4 keyboards by now. :O)

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:19 PM
Nice K for Edinson on Diaz there. 2 outs, Kotchmann on second.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:20 PM
Volquez with 6 Ks through 3.2 IP.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:20 PM
Can someone post a summary of what happened? I can pick up the pieces from the 12-15 posts commenting on it but it's still fuzzy to us non-TV people.

Joey Votto (Canadian) drove Willy Taveras (Not Canadian) home for the only score.

Volquez and Vazquez are striking people out.

Volquez drilled Escobar, the benches cleared and if it had been hockey, there would have been a fight, but since it's baseball everyone just stood around looking at each other.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:21 PM
Man, am I THAT old? Shafer looks like he's twelve. *sigh*

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:22 PM
That 1-2 pitch looked like strike 3 to me.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:22 PM
That 1-2 pitch looked like strike 3 to me.

It was. Goodness.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:22 PM
Was Volquez just doing jumping jacks there, or was I seeing things?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:23 PM
It was. Goodness.

Gameday's got it about a foot outside.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:23 PM
66 pitches so far for EV

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:23 PM
Was Volquez just doing jumping jacks there, or was I seeing things?

His glove told him to do jumping jacks.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:23 PM
Gonna start calling Volquez "3-2 Edison"

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:24 PM
Pitch count climbing rapidly. 2nd walk of the inning. #4 for the game.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:24 PM
EV is going to walk people.

Especially when the ump is having issues ringing people up.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:24 PM
Umpiring is getting worse each year. Or so it seems.

This inning should be over.

hebroncougar
04-24-2009, 08:25 PM
It was. Goodness.

No kidding, every game I have watched this year leads me to believe that umpires have been ordered to tighten up the strike zone.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:25 PM
What's the temp in Cincy? Volquez is sweating like he was Denny Reyes.

rotnoid
04-24-2009, 08:26 PM
What's the temp in Cincy? Volquez is sweating like he was Denny Reyes.


It's pretty warm. Probably still low 70's. Hot one here today for April.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:26 PM
Edinson struggling to throw strikes this inning.

Walks David Ross. Ugh.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:26 PM
What is it with this kid? Walks the bases loaded.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:26 PM
Volquez still has a no hitter going!

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:27 PM
wow. another BB. Bases loaded for the pitcher.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:27 PM
Umpiring is getting worse each year. Or so it seems.

This inning should be over.

Are we watching the same pitcher? He ain't even coming close with his pitches.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:27 PM
It's gotta be so frustrating to throw near perfect strikes and have them called balls. This inning should have been over five minutes ago.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:27 PM
"Ball 8...ball 12..."

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:28 PM
Change up in the dirt. Edinson's all over the place.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:28 PM
Ugh. 3-1 now to Vazquez. Nowhere to put him without walking in a run...

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:28 PM
Volquez ain't nibbling, he just can't throw strikes right now.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:28 PM
Now, instead of jumping jacks, EV was doing Debbie Gibson's dance from her Electric Youth video from about 1987.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Walks in a run. Ridiculous.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Uhhhh that was a strike...

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:29 PM
This might be a good game for Dusty to get thrown out.

DICK POLE SIGHTING!

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:29 PM
OMG. 4th walk of the inning. The Braves still don't have a freaking hit! *sigh*

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Gameday has "ball 4" as a definite strike. My eye agrees.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:30 PM
Walks in a run. Ridiculous.

A good quarter of those balls were strikes.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:30 PM
I'd get Massett up in the pen right about now.

hebroncougar
04-24-2009, 08:30 PM
Uhhhh that was a strike...

I'm surprised Pole didn't wait for the home plate umpire to come out to break up the meeting and ask him if he knew what a strike ws.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:31 PM
He's missing badly now, but this inning should have been over a long time ago. That was clearly strike three on Shafer.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:31 PM
Braves haven't scored a non walked in run since game two of the Nats series.

hebroncougar
04-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Same pitch that was ball 4 to the last hitter, strike 2 on this hitter.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Walks in another run. 2-1 Braves.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Oh the humanity!

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Unbelievable. 5 walks in the inning, and all were legit.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:32 PM
Good lord. 7 walks in 4 innings. 2-1 Braves.

CTA513
04-24-2009, 08:33 PM
Anyone still wondering why Harang was the opening day starter and not Volquez?

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:33 PM
Unbelievable. 5 walks in the inning, and all were legit.
Define "legit", GAC. He had Jordan Schaffer rung up for Out 3 a while ago.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:33 PM
5 walks in the inning, and all were legit.

Not really.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:33 PM
A good quarter of those balls were strikes.

Not from my viewpoint. Three times in this inning Ramon had to block pitches in the dirt.

The kid is over throwing.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:34 PM
Volquez on his way to walking in another one.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:34 PM
Define "legit", GAC. He had Jordan Schaffer rung up for Out 3 a while ago.

Yep. That walk was far from legit. Count me in favor of replacing home plate umps with computers.

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:34 PM
I say we let Volquez throw a 200 pitch no hitter, then sit him out through June.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:34 PM
Define "legit", GAC. He had Jordan Schaffer rung up for Out 3 a while ago.

It looked like a ball outside to me.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:34 PM
Pop out to Taveras. 2-1 Braves and they still don't have a hit. Sad state of affairs right there.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:35 PM
That swing by Escobar was literally the first one in about 4 batters.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:35 PM
By the way, it's REALLY important that I win the lottory tonight.

BCubb2003
04-24-2009, 08:35 PM
Reds fans say he's wild because he's not getting the calls. Braves announcers say he's not getting the calls because he's been wild.

Was that a Volquez face-palm at the end?

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:35 PM
Yep. That walk was far from legit. Count me in favor of replacing home plate umps with computers.

This inning was the entire fault of the pitcher, not the umpire.

Have you EVER liked or defended an umpire? :p:

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:36 PM
By the way, it's REALLY important that I win the lottory tonight.

Disqualified for poor spelling. Sorry.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:36 PM
Yep. That walk was far from legit. Count me in favor of replacing home plate umps with computers.



http://thm-a01.yimg.com/image/8806aa9ca3d56414

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:37 PM
http://thm-a01.yimg.com/image/8806aa9ca3d56414
There's plenty available according to SkyMall magazine.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:38 PM
It's walk-a-rama tonight.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:38 PM
BP draws a 5 pitch walk to start the inning.

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:39 PM
Phillips and Francouer walked in the same game.

Duck, and cover.

The Baumer
04-24-2009, 08:39 PM
Maybe we can release Volquez and 3 years later he will become an ace for the Cubs?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:39 PM
Well, at least the ump is calling it evenly. :O)

Phillips with a lead off walk. The Bruce approaches....and the peasants rejoiced.

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:40 PM
Bruce flies out on a 3-0 pitch. One out.

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:40 PM
Why in the world is he swinging at a 3-0 pitch?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:40 PM
3-0 to Bruce...do you let him swing away?

Apparently that's a yes, pops out.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:42 PM
Okay, THAT pitch was consistantly a ball for Edinson. Grrrrr.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:43 PM
EE Ks for the second time

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:43 PM
Edwin K's. For about the 100th time this season, I believe.

guttle11
04-24-2009, 08:43 PM
Edwin's bat is slower than molasses.

Degenerate39
04-24-2009, 08:43 PM
I'm really getting tired of EE and BP right now. Probably even more so than Gonzo and Hernandez

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:43 PM
EE should've crushed that pitch. Instead he strikes out for out #2 in the 4th.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:44 PM
single Ramon. BP to 2B

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:44 PM
Base knock for Razor Ramon.

CTA513
04-24-2009, 08:44 PM
Walk, 3-0 fly out, K, single

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:45 PM
Hernandez coming around. I knew he would eventually, he's been hitting it hard all season, just hitting the leather instead of the grass.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:45 PM
BP steals 3B

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:45 PM
BP easily steals 3rd with no one covering.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:46 PM
SB by Brandon. Nobody covered third at all. :O)

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:46 PM
Gonzo singles in the tying run

Tom Servo
04-24-2009, 08:46 PM
A-Gon comes through! Reds tie it up 2-2 thanks to the steal by BP!

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:46 PM
Gonzo with a single up the middle. 2-2 ballgame.

Gonzo starting to heat up as well.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:47 PM
BP easily steals 3rd with no one covering.

A good move with "passed ball" Ross behind the plate.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:47 PM
http://thm-a02.yimg.com/image/867040eb697678ce


Sea Bass

Degenerate39
04-24-2009, 08:47 PM
Is Volquez actually hitting right now?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:47 PM
Edinson's hitting for himself? That seems odd.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:48 PM
I'm gonna have to drive down to Starvin Marvin and get me some "poppers" to stay awake watching these offfenses. ;)

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:48 PM
Edinson's hitting for himself? That seems odd.

No hitter, dude.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:48 PM
Is Volquez actually hitting right now?

If that is what you want to call it. ;)

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:49 PM
I wonder how long it takes EV to get that hair under the batting helmet?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:49 PM
No hitter, dude.


LOL. Good point. What was I thinking? :O)

BCubb2003
04-24-2009, 08:50 PM
Is it a no-hitter if you've hit a guy?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:50 PM
I wonder how long it takes EV to get that hair under the batting helmet?

About half as long as it does Manny?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:51 PM
Is it a no-hitter if you've hit a guy?

Or if you haven't hit the catchers mitt?

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:52 PM
Ground out by Chipper to Gonzo, nicely played.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:53 PM
Joe Reardon: He walked 18.
Larry: New league record!
Joe Reardon: Struck out 18.
Larry: Another new league record! In addition he hit the sportswriter, the public address announcer, the bull mascot twice...

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:54 PM
LOL. Ramon Hernandez throws a brush-back pitch to Edinson. :O) I think that had a bit of a message behind it. *grin*

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 08:54 PM
Francour with a HR to dead center. 3-2 Braves.

Red in Chicago
04-24-2009, 08:55 PM
more two out runs...sigh

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:55 PM
Francour Hr

Screwball
04-24-2009, 08:55 PM
more two out runs...sigh

At least that dinger came with the bases empty.

toledodan
04-24-2009, 08:56 PM
dusty should have used a PH after all.

GAC
04-24-2009, 08:56 PM
K #7 to end the inning.

Geez! This offense is gut wrenching to watch.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:56 PM
At least that dinger came with the bases empty.

rally killer

Raisor
04-24-2009, 08:57 PM
Votto up third this inning.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 08:58 PM
Francouer's homer came on Volquez's third best pitch, the curve.

JaxRed
04-24-2009, 08:59 PM
That homer hit the top of the wall, Taveras could have had it.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 09:00 PM
That homer hit the top of the wall, Taveras could have had it.

If only he would back up and play a normal center field.

Screwball
04-24-2009, 09:01 PM
That homer hit the top of the wall, Taveras could have had it.
Coulda, but it woulda been one helluva play.

Meanwhile, Taveras tries to bunt his way on base, but Chipper makes a great play to get him by a half step.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 09:05 PM
http://thm-a01.yimg.com/image/232d13cadc793b5c

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 09:05 PM
Votto with a 2 out single.

Raisor
04-24-2009, 09:07 PM
Votto doesn't have far to walk after being stranded on first.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 09:08 PM
You know, if you ignore the walks, Edinson's looked reall......*laughs* Nope, can't even type it with a straight face.

_Sir_Charles_
04-24-2009, 09:08 PM
Masset in.

OnBaseMachine
04-24-2009, 09:10 PM
You know, if you ignore the walks, Edinson's looked reall......*laughs* Nope, can't even type it with a straight face.

He looked great until he got robbed on that strike three. After that, he totally lost it.