So, Braves baseball, same as it ever was. An early lead from homers, a quality starter faltering late, bullpen issues and a late rally wasted.
I kinda listened to this one while doing chores around the house, but I think I got the gist of it. It was a fairly briskly played affair marked by Wood’s pitching early on, and a couple of nice plays from both of the starting hurlers and Simba doing his thing. Small ball got one, but long ball got three. A sac fly by good old CJ coupled with a pair of homers, one by the resurgent Freeman and another by the surprising Pierzynski.
And that looked like it might carry the day until the bottom of the seventh. Some umpiring and a bit of hitting by the Jays was Wood’s undoing. Still, he was up four to three as we went to the eighth. Better small ballers might’ve improved the Braves’ advantage, but no such luck.
Johnson got busted hard again for a pair on Joey Bats dinger. The home side was able to mount to come back though in the top half of the 9th on a homer by prodigal son KJ and the Jays were Avilanched in the bottom and we were in extras where the fun began. Some very intriguing ball and strike calls by the umpire killed a Braves rally aborning. Sugar Ray came out of the dugout for the Jays tenth and was TKOd right off the stool by Donaldson on the second pitch he saw.
Rubber match today. As much as I thought last night’s game was the kind of game good teams win, this was the kind of game bad teams lose. We’ll see what the team’s real identity is soon enough, I suspect.