Well, they had to deal with the second almost-two-hour rain delay of the series, but once this game finally started, it didn’t take the Braves long to seize control of it. Jason Heyward led off with a homer, the Braves tacked on four more in the first two innings — it could have been more, as both Evan Gattis and Freddie Freeman just missed homers of their own — and there wasn’t really any suspense after that point. (This was a welcome departure from the typical effort against John “I’m Only Any Good Against Atlanta” Lannan.)
Brandon Beachy looked very good and very efficient yet again, and it was against an actual major-league lineup, this time. You’ll take 81 pitches (55 strikes) / 6 innings / 5 hits / 2 runs / 4 Ks / 0 BBs, every time. He did give up a homer (and two other hits) to Domonic Brown, but a lot of people have done that in 2013. If this is the Beachy we’re getting for the rest of the season, and if last night’s was the Kris Medlen we’re getting for the rest of the season, well, this rotation is a lot more imposing than I’ve recently been giving it credit for.
Chris Johnson had one hit, and his average is at .337 on the season. Tyler Pastornicky left the game after Heyward ran into and “sprained” his knee on a pop-fly, meaning the Braves are looking squarely at Paul Janish, Starting Second Baseman, unless they find a miracle on the waiver wire or promote hot prospect Tommy La Stella. Speaking of Janish, he actually got a hit and helped to rescue some sex-having bats from the danger of the infield.
74-47, 14 games up in the division, and 2.5 games up in the quest for home-field advantage. In other words: lots of fodder for grousing.
Off day tomorrow. Go Braves!