The team which now should take as its nickname “Sybil,” traveled north for a naval engagement along the Monongahela. A band of pirates was waiting. But Commander Decatur pulled out a can of “whoop ass”, and Sybil manifested her powerful personality.
I am sure some know how to check this precisely, but I know the Braves haven’t scored 6 runs in a first inning since at least before the All Star Break. That was nice.
We faced a pitcher that for some reason, the Braves have owned, Vance Worley. Not that Worley is really good, but a lot of crappy pitchers seem to be able to keep the Braves in check. Jason Heyward opened with a home run. Towering shot to right. A good sign. Followed by Andrellton Simmons with another home run to deep left center (probably pushed 400 feet). Maybe not as good because he may keep trying to swing out of his shoes. Tommy La Stella, batting sixth, made the first out of the inning after Freddie Freeman walked, Justin Upton (NO B to add to a J tonight) singled, and Chris Johnson singled. Then Gerald Laird singled, Emilio Bonifacio walked (STARTING IN CENTER FOR BJ. Will this be a trend?), and Ervin Santana grounded into a double play, but the Pirates threw away the ball to first, so Santana reached, and Another Fredi Gonzalez and Regression scored, and Ervin had 6 to work with.
But alas, “Near Great Ervin” didn’t show. “Smell baseball” was a good experience when smelling the offense, yet a bad experience when smelling Ervin’s pitching. He struggled all night and came out after 5 1 / 3 having given up 3 runs (all solo home runs, two of them by Steling Marte). Luis Avilan came in and a line drive to Regression started a double play and that ended the threat in the sixth.
Hibernation Mode ended in the top of the 8th when the Braves loaded the bases, but only got 1 on a Heyward sac fly.