Well, yesterday began that most important of things, “the interleague rivalry game.” 10 years before I was born, the Braves shared Boston with the Red Sox. So they are our American League rival. Right.
Seinfeld said we root for laundry. But for 3 teams, that couldn’t be more true (
unless you think the Cincinnati Reds root for communism, [political comment deleted before Alex had to])
You like your odds when facing a pitcher coming in with a 5.88 ERA. At times, Clay Buchholz has been pretty good. Not so far this year.
Red Sox got on the board first in their part of the 3rd. Bad outfield play may have contributed there. But the Braves came back and got 3 in the bottom half. Then 3 in the 4th. Here is where you think “Hey Ervin, let’s smell baseball.” Unfortunately, top of 5 I smelled something and it wasn’t much like baseball. Two outs. To a two strike count at least 4 times. but 6 straight “non outs” with the last being a “really damn out of here” by the still ferociously dangerous David Ortiz.
Before top of 5, I thought about the “rule of thirds.” As in one third are definite wins with little in doubt, one third are definite losses with little in doubt, but it is what you do in the other third that matters. Well, this game was a failure to be “the good third.”
Well, Alex Wood had a good inning and then it rained. Coming out of the rain, offense was in hibernation mode. Ian Thomas didn’t cover first, and that blew up his inning and effectively lost the game.