It is an axiomatic rule of Braves Journal that the Marlins are never to be counted out, because they are, as is well known by now, PURE EVIL. Last night provided a good example: after two innings, the Braves were up 5-2; after five innings, they were up 8-5. A glance up at the score above tells you that last night was a game for the vultures. The win went to Andrew McKirahan, who gave up three runs to get three outs, and he’s frankly lucky that’s all he gave up, considering that he yielded three singles (one bunt and two clean), a walk, and a hit batsman.
Matt Wisler continues to take his lumps — a 3.43 ERA in his first seven starts, a 10.80 ERA in his last two — but he’ll be fine in the end. Marlins starter Jose Urena has had a similar season: 3.66 ERA in his first seven starts, 11.57 ERA in his last two. He left after a ball was lined off his leg; it was one of six hits he gave up. (Eury Perez and Matt Wisler also sacrificed, and Nick Markakis hit a sac fly; in effect, Urena only got three real outs.
The Braves had a balanced attack; every batter 1 through 8 had at least one hit, and the top two batters, Peterson and Perez, went 4-8. Adonis Garcia hit his fourth home run, a two-run blast in the fifth that increased the margin from 6-5 to 8-5. He’s batting .220/.250/.520, which means that he’s basically a good Juan Francisco.
I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty. Let’s get another one.