[I altered the title. Obviously, the Braves were not as triumphant as the Wolverines, so the setting sun subs in for the rising sun in our movie adaptation.]
In the predawn hours of April 25, 2016, the Red (Sox) Menace dropped into the ATL by air. The “adult resistance” (seasoned, proven, actually good, players) was unavailable or unable or unwilling to resist. So, the teenagers, and a few worn out old folks, led by a 20 something, began the resistance.
20 something Julio Teheran appeared in the role of Jed Eckert (Patrick Swayze, get it). He led the resistance in his occasionally appropriate superhero name of “Good Julio.” It had been a long time since we had seen Good Julio and his appearance was a cinematic miracle. Good Julio struck out 8, walked 2, and allowed only 1 run over 7 innings. Major League stats say you ought to win with that kind of start about 80% of the time. BUT, they don’t know this rag tag bunch of Wolverines.
Meanwhile Colonel Ernesto Bella (Rick Porcello) effectively suppressed the uprising. But when hunting rifles and improvised bombs are going against tanks and attack helicopters, the odds are a little daunting. So an effective sniper shot here (single) and an infiltration there (walk) and that was about all that the home side could muster. Never could they put a series of coordinated attacks together to get one of those strange things recently discovered by seat painter, the “run.”
So, in inning 7, Jackie Bradley, Jr. launches one. And that ONE was the only ONE and the only ONE the Red Menace needed. Good Julio was allowed to fight on by Fredi (how do you “pull” Patrick Swayze?) and despite loading the bases, he got out of the inning. The bullpen held on.
Fredi Freeman had 2 hits and a walk, so MAYBE he MIGHT come out of it. He also should have been safe at 2nd in the 7th (2 outs, 1st and 3rd instead of 1 out bases loaded). He also was hit by a pitch in the 9th, but the “no call” was not overturned. Are the replay guys in New York blind? What good is replay if the official can’t actually see. Or, maybe that was part of the conspiracy behind the Red Menace.