That was a lot of fun. In the oldest of old throwback uniforms, the Braves hand the A’s their 4th straight loss.
Tonite’s game was a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the World Series between the Athletics and the Braves. Interestingly, the A’s have been around since 1901 and the Braves since 1871. Aren’t we the oldest MLB Franchise??
Thankfully none of our announcers are quite that old…
Julio Teheran vs. Sonny Gray. Both pitchers having lost their last 3 in a row desperately needed a win.
Teheran is the one who got it. He looked good going 6 innings, 2 earned runs, 3 BB.
Sonny Gray had a so-so start giving up 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings and dropped to 12-7 on the season.
In the first inning the Braves put the first run on the board when Phil Gosselin, starting at 2nd, singled and then scored when Freddie Freeman doubled to right, his 35th of the year and got his 68th RBI. Freddie has 17 hits in his last 34 at bats and 7 for his last 12. Chris Johnson then singled to center, scoring Freeman. Chris had a big night going 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs (51).
In the bottom of the fourth, the Braves tacked on their third run when Justin Upton singled and took second on a wild pitch by Sonny Gray. Chris Johnson singled to right, sending Jupton to third. Andrelton then singled scoring Jupton. This was a beautiful piece of situational hitting by Andrelton who sort-of lunged to put his bat on a low pitch and plunked the ball into left. Andrelton had 2 hits on the night, but perhaps his best play was a double-play breakup with a hard slide into second. If not for Andrelton’s heads up base-running, this would have been another GIDP for BJ. At this point, Julio has established command of the game. He looked great.
The final Braves run came in the 6th when Justin walked and scored on a long single by Chris Johnson. CJ went to second on another wild pitch by Gray. Andrelton singled, Johnson went to third, but alas….BJ put an end to the rally with a GIDP.
It was good to see David Carpenter come on in the 7th. He pitched a perfect inning throwing 7 strikes out of 10 pitches. Way to go David! Jordan Walden came on in the 8th and gave up a home run and a walk, but the damage was only one run.
Craig Kimbrel relieved Walden and got the save, his 36th.
Side note: I loved watching Julio pick off Loganville native Josh Reddick after multiple close calls. He has 3 in his last 15 innings. Mark Bowman tweets that other than Madison Bumgarner no other MLB pitcher has more than 6.
Jason Heyward batting leadoff went 0 for 4. Evan Gattis was 0 for 4. BJ Upton batting 8th, was 0 for 3, with a ground out to the short stop, a fielder’s choice grounder to the 2nd baseman (could have been a double play) and then a ground into a double play in the 6th ending our scoring for the night.
We are now 6 back of the Nats, but just 2 out of the WC.