What do the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves have in common? They are the only major league teams who have not yet won an interleague game during the 2014 season. Lest we grow too excited that our misery has found company, though, it is important to note that the Braves have played 3x more interleague games than the Astros. In other words, even the worst MLB teams have accomplished something this year the Braves just can’t seem to achieve.
Mike Minor was the tough-luck loser in this one, falling prey to that fate when his offense decided that scoring five runs in a two-game series was really all that was necessary. The hangover from last night’s Hibernation Mode wasted a 10-strikeout, 1-run effort from Minor, who pitched 7 pretty good innings and really needs to be the next guy signed to a long-term contract. Make it happen, Wren.
Today marked the one-week anniversary of Tommy La Stella’s major league debut, and all he’s done over that week so far is hit .409/.458/.409 and make some stella defensive plays (I hope he keeps this good defense up, because that pun is way too cheesy to not use again), including this one in the first inning today and these last night. It would be nice if he could hit with a little more power, but if he can keep making contact like he has been and getting on base consistently, he’ll make a great top-of-the-order guy.
Apart from our rookies, though, this game was pretty bleak. We got six hits (all singles), including two in the first inning that put runners on first and third with two outs. That was the only runner we got to third all game—not a great showing from the offense. The Offense did not have a great showing, either, completing the hat trick and stranding a couple of runners in the process. He was the only Brave to hit a fly ball to the outfield, but that’s not really much of a bright spot.
In the 9th, Justin Upton tried to leg out an infield single but was out in a play that I did not think was that close. Inexplicably, though, the Original Fredi Gonzalez decided to challenge the play. In a review that took all of 40 seconds (maybe that’s the key to speeding up the replay process—challenging only plays that are super obvious?) the call was confirmed. Fredi (or HoRam) has been on target with all of his challenges this year, so it was strange to see that one happen. Could that have been a little frustration (or desperation) showing?
Since we just had an off day before this two-game series, we get another one tomorrow (although after this they will be at a premium until the All-Star Break) and then head to Justin’s and Regression’s old stomping grounds to take on the Diamondbacks. We have a whole week before we have to take on any AL foes again—I hope we make the most of it.
Natspo(s) delenda est.