I just wanted to point that out in case anyone had any lingering doubts. Tonight he went 7 innings and allowed only 1 run on 4 hits; he also had the opportunity to show off his pick-off skills when he caught Eric Young Jr. running on first move in the sixth inning.
Bossman Jr., The Original Simmons, and The Offense all reached to start the game, and the night looked like it might be an offensive explosion for the home team. Justin Upton struck out, though (his first of three on the night), and Jason Heyward hit a fly ball to right that was too shallow to plate the run. Just when it appeared the Braves would not be able to capitalize on a bases loaded-no out situation, Regression silenced his critics and picked up his teammates with a bases clearing double.
Fortunately, those runs were all Teheran would need, because Hibernation Mode hit and hit hard. The Mets held the Braves scoreless for the rest of the game, but that effort was not enough to keep them from getting swept, since they were only able to pick up a single run in the fourth.
Sweeping the Mets is always awesome, no matter what their record is coming into the series.
Don’t look now, but BJ and Simmons have been a good combination so far at the top of the order. The team has not only been winning with them up there, but they’ve both been contributing to those wins. Simmons had another multi-hit game today, and BJ extended his hitting streak to nine games.
If you missed Tommy La Stella’s brilliant play in the eighth, take a moment to check it out. You really can’t make a glove flip any prettier than that. It’s incredible that he is (was?) considered defensively weak.
The winning streak is now at seven, which incidentally ties our longest losing streak of the season. It’s nice to have that balanced out now. The Braves are off tomorrow and return to action against the Diamondbacks on Friday.
Natspo(s) delenda est.