Braves played two to end the season. In the first game of the doubleheader, Shelby Miller pitched eight shutout innings; and the Braves hit three home runs to beat the Cardinals 6-0. Adonis Garcia had two solo homers, and Andrelton Simmons added a two run shot. Best of all, Shelby WON! As ‘Rissa said, 25th time’s the charm.
Matt Wisler took the mound in game two. Adonis Garcia singled in a run in the first to give Matt the early lead. In typical Braves fashion, we got a double and two singles in the fourth and failed to score. Wisler was outstanding, and he kept the score at 1-0 through seven solid innings. The Braves picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Todd Cunningham, Ryan Lavarnway and Michael Bourn.
Matt protected the increased lead in the eighth and took the hill in the ninth looking for a complete game shutout of the Cards. He went 8.2 but yielded a double and his only walk before giving way to Edwin Jackson. Wisler gave up three hits and the single walk while striking out three. Jackson got the final out of our 2015 season to save the game for Matt. For the first time in their 2000-plus meetings since 1900, the Braves shut out the Cards three times in a row.
Despite our bad team, it was a good year. Needed changes were made as we swapped a mediocre today for a better tomorrow. It wasn’t always enjoyable, but Braves Journal made the losing palatable.
Therefore, here’s a tip of Fredi’s cap to godfather AAR and the Journal’s wonderful collection of recappers and posters. Names are omitted for fear I’d leave someone off the list, but please know each of you added joy to this old man’s life. Even Georgia’s loss to Bama was easier, though still not enjoyable, because Mac loved the Tide so much. I certainly love this site he gave us.
So let’s fire up the stove and watch the Johns keep their promise that we won’t suffer through a season like this again. Thank you for the humor, poetry and fellowship. God bless us everyone.