Through nine innings last night, the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves were tied 1-1, with both teams earning their lone score on solo home runs – one from Braves third baseman Juan Francisco and one from Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera. It was exciting baseball, reminiscent of the tension the two teams offered fans back in the 2010 National League Divsion Series, in which all four games were decided by a single run. Of course, San Francisco won that series and went on to win the World Series.
Although it’s not quite to the same scale, a similar result occurred last night. However, instead of the tightly pitched contest extending into extra frames, both offenses exploded (or bullpens imploded if you’re a glass half empty kind of person) for eleven runs and four more home runs (including one off the bat of substitute shortstop Brandon Crawford (!)) with the Giants coming out on top 9-4 after eleven innings.
But that’s not what’s important. And neither is the fact that San Francisco has won five games in a row, while the Braves find themselves falling further behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East. What’s important about last night’s entertaining game is that Chipper Jones is upset. More specifically, Chipper Jones is upset with Melky Cabrera.
That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore. He got a little happy when I think [Gregor] Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.
The Braves third baseman, who came into last night’s game as a pinch hitter and stayed in to replace Juan Francisco, hit a home run in a desperate attempt at a comeback in the eleventh, but more importantly, committed two errors that both led to runs being scored earlier in the game.
Surprisingly, Jones wasn’t complaining about Cabrera insulting the food at Hooters or by suggesting that the city of Atlanta’s biggest export was drug crime. He was most likely complaining about this:
But he might as well have been complaining about this:
Or even this:
It’s true. Melky Cabrera likely doesn’t have the fondest of memories when it comes to his time as a member of the Atlanta Braves back in 2010. And while the crotch chop you see above isn’t all that rare, it’s unlike Cabrera to taunt fans with it at the end of a game or to tease the crowds by pretending to throw them baseballs, as he reportedly did last night.
With Tim Hudson taking the mound for the Braves in the series finale, it’s possible that Cabrera may receive pitches with more intent than the high and inside fastball he got last night from Eric O’Flaherty in the eight inning that took him to the ground in avoidance. Or maybe old man Chipper was especially crotchety because of his two errors, or because the already delayed game went into extra innings and didn’t finish until after midnight which is well past his bedtime.
Anyway, Cabrera is having the best season of his career, one year removed from the previous best season of his career. He can be forgiven to a degree for wanting to let the Braves know they made a mistake in non-tendering him at the end of 2010. And he did a sufficient job of jogging their memories last night, or really any night of the season so far, without gesturing with his genitalia or teasing fans.
As the Bible says in Proverbs 25:
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.
And The Rest
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Look at the American League East standings … now, look at the run differentials. Amazing. [ESPN]
We should thank Brett Lawrie for showing us that Red Bull does not, in fact, giv e you wings. [Getting Blanked]
The Chicago Cubs are 12-5 since calling up Pedro Rizzo, and that’s not all together a coincidence. [Baseball Musings]
A foul ball victim is suing the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball. Good luck with that one. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
The secret of Mark Buehrle’s success. [Baseball Nation]
The Philadelphia Phillies blew a lead over the L.A. Dodgers in the tenth inning yesterday. It wasn’t pretty. [Philly.com]
Kevin Youkilis is enjoying playing for the Chicago White Sox just fine. Thank you very much. [Hit And Run]
No more injury talk on the latest edition of the Getting Blanked Show. Instead we celebrate the returns of Roy Halladay and CC Sabathia while glowing over Mike Trout and insulting Bruce Bochy. [Getting Blanked]