Tune in at 8:05 PM ET as the Braves take on the Mets. Matthias Koster will be liveblogging for your enjoyment.
Over/Under is 7.5 runs, ATL is a slight fav on the road at -106
Hello everyone, and welcome to ScoreMobile liveblogs. Tonights game ends a long week in sports. Multiple MLB games, NFL pre-season, and the closing of the summer Olympics.
Tonights game features a very good pitching match-up. The solid, yet under-rated Johnathon Niese takes on the potential NL comeback player of the year, Ben Sheets
1st pitch is right around the corner. Bourn/Prado/Heyward are due for ATL, vs Niese
Niese, a tall lefty, is a strike thrower. He has 116 K vs 36 BB in 136.1 IP.
Leadoff hitter Michael Bourn has all of a sudden found a power stroke in 2012, hitting 9 HR so far this year
Bourn hits a bloop leadoff double
It was an opposite field shank down the LF line. It dropped. LF Valdespin gets to the ball quickly but Bourn has such speed that he makes into second with ease
Prado is up, none out. Wright is playing in at 3rd
Niese is pitching to the outside corner. He's not missing by much, however the ump is biting
Prado walks on 4 pitches. Judging by that AB, the ump is not willing to expand the strike zone early. This should be an advantage for ATL. Jason Heyward up, runners on 1st/2nd
Niese throws an away cutter, Heyward hacks and misses for strike three. Big out, a potential DP could end the inning. Chipper Jones coming up
Bourn steals third. Very easily I should add. Niese didn't even look him off, Bourn stole that bag off the pitcher
Prado did not run on the play. ATL runners on 1st/3rd with 1 out
As predicted, the Heyward K loomed large, as Chipper does in-fact hit into an inning ending double play (5-4-3) to end the inning. ATL fails to score
Sheets on the hill. He had a good start last time out, without a strikeout
ATL did a good job picking up on him. No one else seemed to be in the running. All of a sudden ATL has a solid starter
Tejada, making $400,000, is having nearly as good a season as $100+ million man Jose Reyes
Mike Baxter coming up. He's a gap hitting OF, whose primary value comes from taking a walk and a high OBP
This time he gets on base via a single over Uggla's head, into RF. This brings up David Wright
This is a battle of potential comeback player of the year candidates. Wright has turned things around after a poor 2011. Sheets has come out of nowhere to become relevant
Full count to Wright. Baxter on 1st with 1 out, I imagine he'll be in motion on the pitch
Baxter is running. Wright hits an opposite field double down the RF line. RF Heyward elects to throw to second, and the ball gets away from Janish
Wright advances to third on the Janish flub. Baxter scored on the play, NYM up 1-0.
The next batter, Ike Davis, hits a single into RF and it's now 2-0
I have to catch my breath, that happened in a hurry. Back to Wright, he is credited with an RBI double, taking third on a throwing error charged to Heyward (although in my eyes Janish should have caught the relay)
Ike Davis is credited with an RBI single. At bat is Murphy, he hits a hard hit line out to LF.
There are now 2 outs. Torres coming up. Sheets is already at 21 pitches. Davis is still over on 1st
Check that, , Valdespin is up, Torres is on deck
Full count to Valdespin. Davis running from 1st on the pitch
High curve forces a meek looking swing from Valdespin, he strikes out and the inning is over. NYM score 2 runs, beat up on Sheets and push up his limited pitch count. Onto the 2nd
5/6/7 due up for ATL. Freeman leads off. Lightly touted upon arrival, Freeman has become one of the more consistant youngsters in the MLB
Freeman puts a charge on a fastball.. and hits it out to the right-center gap. That was a shot. Score is now 2-1
Uggla up, first pitch infield pop-up. One out, Janish coming up
Once again, an error in my lineup, McCann up. He grounds out to the left side. Two down, and here comes Janish
Single into LF for Janish. This brings up pitchers Sheets with 2 outs
Sheets strikesout, and in the process throws his bat into the stands. Inning over, ATL score a run via the Freeman HR
@Brett Lockwood So far, so good. A double with an SB.