So this is, as they say, a good time for a break. In football, I hear people talk about “injury cascades” sapping your depth at a position, and that’s what’s happened to the Braves in the OF. Now, as a team, they’ve got pretty good depth. Jose Constanza was almost our 5th OF this year, and he’s done passable work in the past to the point where some liked him more than Jason Heyward. But ReEd Johnson is only supposed to face lefties, and Joey Terdoslavich is supposed to play 1B. So yeah, there was some spotty defense in the outfield (a great play by Constanza being the exception.) And the Braves had a lot of important at-bats where someone was up who you really didn’t want up.
But ultimately this one was on the pitching. The Reds have a really good lineup, but Julio Teheran gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings, and Anthony Varvaro administered the coup de grace in the top of the 9th after Dan Uggla had continued his… well, not quite “reemergence” but maybe he continued his “not falling over the cliff into oblivion” and brought the lead down to 2 with an emphatic home run off Sam Lecure, one of the better (in a parade of many) the Reds brought out today. (Andrelton Simmons hit a “moral victory” homer off Arolidis Chapman in the 9th to give us our final score. Maybe the Braves should’ve asked Dusty Baker to only use really, really good relievers in today’s game.) It’s weird about Teheran. Even when he’s struggling (and he struggled today), he’s still pretty efficient. 7 hits, 2 walks and 5.1 innings and he’d still only thrown 96 pitches.
Whatever. Tomorrow’s the All-Star Break. Maybe we’ll have some folks healthy by Friday. At this point, even Jordan Schafer’s return would be a godsend.
PS, sorry about the late recap; I was flying today.