Braves Rally, Then Lose To Phillies in 13 Innings, 6-1

David Hale Takes The Loss

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Andrelton Simmons tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with his Texas League single.
Andrelton Simmons tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with his Texas League single.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

ATLANTA --The encountered discomforting familiarities on the way to suffering Monday night's 6-1, 13-inning loss to the Phillies.

Like 48 hours earlier against the Angels, the Braves squandered a number of prime scoring opportunities and consequently forced a fatigued David Hale to take the mound for what proved to be a frustrating and fatal 13th inning.

Phillies center fielder Ben Revere singled to begin the final inning, and then advanced to third with a stolen base and sacrifice fly. He scored what proved to be the decisive run when Ryan Howard's scorching grounder got through Freeman's legs. Marlon Byrd added an RBI single, and Reid Brignac essentially sealed the deal with a two-run triple off Hale, who had thrown 42 pitches in Saturday's loss, which also concluded with a five-run 13th inning.

While Freddie Freeman concedes he should have at least knocked Howard's sharp grounder down, the mistake was not nearly as bothersome as many of the others made by the Braves, who would have swept this past weekend's series against the Angels if Freeman had scored after reaching second base with none out during Saturday's four-run, ninth inning rally.

The Braves entered the 11th inning of this series opener against the Phillies having stranded two runners at the end of each of the previous four innings. Freeman's one-out triple off the top of the left-field wall in the 10th inning went to waste, and a bases-loaded, none-out threat in the seventh went unrewarded.

The Braves broke through in the ninth against Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had blown just one of his previous 16 save opportunities. Andrelton Simmons scored Justin Upton with a one-out single that landed in shallow right-center field.

When Papelbon ended the inning with consecutive strikeouts against Ryan Doumit and Heyward, there was reason to wonder if Gonzalez should have asked Tommy La Stella to execute a sacrifice bunt with the intent to advance the potential tying and go-ahead runners before Simmons came to the plate.

Gonzalez said his decisions to have La Stella swing away and pinch-run for Evan Gattis with runners at the corners and one out in the 10th inning were influenced by his desire to end the game before getting too far into his tired bullpen. He removed Gattis to try to stay out of a double play. But it did not matter, as Justin De Fratus got Justin Upton to pop up and then struck out Chris Johnson.

Gattis extended his hitting streak to 16 games -- the longest by a catcher in Braves franchise history -- with a single in the seventh inning. But after B.J. Upton and Freeman recorded consecutives two-out singles off Jake Diekman in the eighth inning, Gattis ended that threat by striking out.

Most of the offensive production came after the exits of the starting pitchers. Teheran limited his damage over eight innings to Howard's second-inning leadoff homer.

Howard's solo shot provided an early advantage for Cole Hamels, who has worked 23 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings and has allowed just one earned run in the 28 2/3 innings completed during his past four starts. Hamels allowed the Braves to load the bases with none out in the seventh and then escaped the threat unscathed when La Stella lined out and Simmons grounded into his 10th double play.

--- Source: MLB.com



#6 Roadrunners Fall To #9 Running Eagles

In a battle of top ranked teams, #6 Dalton State fell to #9 Life (Ga.) 72-71 in overtime at the Eagles Nest in Marietta, Ga.  on Tuesday  night. It would be a back and forth battle early with both teams trading the lead. The Roadrunners would take command at the  15:31  mark on a three from  Deshawn Ruffin  to go up 11-10. Dalton ... (click for more)

Lee Men Win 90-78 At Tusculum

The Lee University men’s basketball passed its first road test of the season with a 90-78 defeat of Tusculum College. It was the Flames’ second win over the Pioneers in seven days. Lee beat Tusculum 83-67 in Cleveland on Nov. 15. The Flames (4-0) trailed Tusculum (1-4) 37-36 after the opening 20 minutes before outscoring their hosts 54-41 in the second half to secure the victory. ... (click for more)

City Council Votes On 1st Reading To Lower Rain Retention Requirement In South Chickamauga Creek Basin

The City Council on Tuesday voted to lower the requirement for rainwater retention in the South Chickamauga Creek basin. The move from holding the first 1.6 inches to one inch had been requested by the Home Builders Association and the Berke administration. Sandy Kurtz, longtime leader of the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway Alliance, said the resolution was "not yet ready ... (click for more)

Former Pilot Regional Account Specialist Says Former President Mark Hazelwood Approved Of Fraud

When well-known attorney Rusty Hardin on Tuesday asked a former Pilot regional account specialist if she believed that former president Mark Hazelwood knew of a plan to cheat trucking firms he didn't get the answer he expected. Holly Radford told a jury in Chattanooga, "I know he had knowledge of the rebate schemes that were going on. "I had conversations with him about it ... (click for more)

Thankful For Tennessee

While Christmas reigns supreme as a holiday marking the birth of our Lord, I have always felt a special connection with Thanksgiving. These days Christmas unfortunately includes ubiquitous commercialism which can distract us from the true meaning of the day. Thanksgiving stands apart from all that. This day gives us an opportunity to reflect and take stock of our many blessings.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Eve

I don’t know who was the first to do the Famous Pregnant Turkey prank but I’ll bet you a handful of giblets there will be a lot of copycats who try it today. The trick is finding a Cornish hen that is small enough to stuff inside the larger turkey. Then you skillfully pack the bird with some of that sausage-sage dressing and put your Thanksgiving dinner in the oven. When all ... (click for more)