In an effort to promote transparency in the Braves Journal community, I’ll admit today’s contest was over before I punched the clock. I couldn’t bring myself to re-watch the whole game, so today’s recap is going to be nasty, brutish, and short. The Braves lost. We couldn’t push the winning streak to two games. We are the most .500 team in the history of .500 teams.
I haven’t read through the game thread comments, but I’m assuming “Ballgame” is in there a few hundred times around the third inning mark, when the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead on Aaron Harang. The Dodgers scoring was lead by a Drew Butera home run in the second, while Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig added RBI singles. The Braves scratched the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on a Tommy LaStella fielder’s choice which scored Freddie Freeman. Since we can’t have nice things, the Dodgers immediately got the run back in the top of the fifth on another Adrian Gonzalez single.
The ballgame stayed 5-1 until the bottom of the eighth when Atlanta started to show signs of life. The inning started with an Emilio Bonifacio single and was followed with back-to-back doubles by Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton. After an Andrelton Simmons RBI single, the Braves crawled back within a run and the game was at 5-4.
In the top of the ninth, the Dodgers notched another run on an Adrian Gonzalez double, on a play that involved an umpire reviewed home-plate collision. It didn’t really matter, as the Braves lost by a final score of 6-4.
Harang, who has been reliable for most of the year, only lasted 4.1 innings. His line saw him give up seven hits, three walks, and five earned runs against three strikeouts. For six innings, the Braves were baffled by the Artist Formerly Known as Fausto.
As of this recap, the Braves sit 5.5 games back of Washington in the NL East and only 1.5 ahead of Miami. The Braves are a mere one game over the .500 mark with the best team in baseball coming to town for a weekend series. As for the Wild Card, if you’re into that sort of thing, the Braves are three games out of a spot in the play-in game.
Even though he gave up two hits, an earned run and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, Braves.com says Luis Avilan is BACK and CONFIDENT. So at least we have that going for us.