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


Randy Smith: SEC Picks Week 10

With the release of the first poll by the College Football Playoff committee, it becomes more evident than ever that the SEC is the most dominant league in college football. Fans from other leagues can continue to complain about the sports media in this country being "SEC biased" all they want. The bottom line is this; the SEC is clearly where the best football is played, each and ... (click for more)

Covenant's Kaufmann, Burgess, Stanford Earn USA South Runners Of The Year, Head Coach

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Cross country runners Eliot Kaufmann and Beth Burgess were named the USA South Runners of the Year and head coach Katie Stanford was selected as the Coach of the Year on the men's side, announced the league on Wednesday morning. Kaufmann also earned Rookie of the Year accolades. Additionally, Stephen Dillon and Ruthie Cargill were Covenant's representatives ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex Fetches $15 Million

Walnut Commons, the first downtown apartment complex built in many years, sold for $15 million, one of the developers said. John Clark said the initial estimate on the project was $11 million and it wound up costing around $12 million to build. "We're very pleased with the sale," he said. Mr. Clark, along with partners David Hudson and Bob McKenzie, are selling their stock ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principal Ronald Hughes Named Tennessee's 2014-15 Principal Of The Year

A Hamilton County elementary school principal and an Anderson County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. Ronald Hughes, principal of Apison Elementary School in Chattanooga, was named Tennessee’s 2014-15 Principal of the Year. He has served as principal at Apison Elementary for the past six years, and spent three decades working in Tennessee ... (click for more)

Congratulations To Ron Hughes

Hearty congratulations to Ron Hughes for being selected as Tennessee State Elementary Principal of the Year for 2014. Wherever Ron has been assigned as principal, he has exhibited strong leadership both academically and morally. His faith in God and his love for the students of Hamilton County have guided his actions and everyone that has benefited from the excellent education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Brittany’s Days Dwindle

So here we are, facing what is known as “Devil’s Night” before Halloween comes, and the almost macabre news now comes that Brittany Maynard, the beautiful girl who has chosen to end her life as soon as Saturday, is struggling to meet her own deadline. She has inoperable brain cancer and, at best, only months to live. The 29-year-old, who was married shortly before her devastating ... (click for more)