Friday afternoon baseball at Wrigley! Wind blowing out! Sunshine and cold beer! Plenty of time this
evening to write the recap! Cut and paste special from any of the last 16 Shelby Miller starts! Braves
The game started out well, with Freddie Freeman driving home Nick Markakis in the first. After
surrendering a Wrigley Field Windblown Special to Chris Coghlan, the Braves pushed across two
more in the third, with Markakis getting the big two out hit to drive home Andrelton Simmons and
Pedro Ciriaco. According to Joe’nChip, it was MIller’s first two run lead since June 8. And if that
doesn’t blow your mind, I’m not sure what will.
In the fifth, Ciriaco made a throwing error to allow the Cubs to get one of the runs back, but Miller
got Kyle Schwarber to ground into a bases loaded double play to escape further damage. However,
in the sixth, Miller couldn’t keep the lead. After a 2-2 call went in favor of Anthony Rizzo, Miller
seemed to lose his composure and suffered a five pitch Episode. 1. Ball 4. 2. Run scoring double to Kris Bryant. 3. Run scoring
double to Miguel Montero. 4. Ball one to Jorge Soler. 5. Single which would have scored any human
with even below average speed, but not Montero. And like that, it was Cubs 4, Braves 3, and that’s
all she wrote. Rizzo added a two out single in the seventh for the final score.
The Braves threatened in the 9th getting Markakis and Cameron Maybin on with two outs, but
Freddie grounded into the shift to end it. Braves have lost their last 237 games away from Turner Field (number of losses approximated), and it seems like they’ll never win batting first again. I know that won’t happen, because we still get to go to Miami one more time, right? Please?
Maybe we should petition MLB to let us play all our road games down South Beach way?