The Braves used the long ball tonight to break a 10 way tie for the team lead in pitching wins, as
Matt Wisler and Freddie Freeman led the team to victory over the Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark.
After giving up a run in the first on a Ryan Howard groundout (and if that shocks you, I have a
bridge in Brooklyn I need to unload quickly – give me a shoutout at
#RyanHowardKillsAtlantaAlwaysHasAlwaysWill for details), Wisler settled down and went 6 and 2/3
innings with 7 strikeouts and, more importantly in this ballpark, only 2 walks – one of them
intentional, before giving way Hunter Cervenka to finish the 7th. Wisler, left with a 2-1 lead, thanks
to Freeman’s 2 run shot in the 3rd.
The Braves broke it open in the top of the 8th. Mallex Smith led off, and reached second on Maikel
Franco’s throwing error. After Ender Inciarte moved him to third with a groundout, Gordon Beckham
blooped one over the drawn in infield for the 3-1 lead. Nick Markakis then hit his first dinger of the
year, and like that, the Bravs had Reitsma Room for Bud Norris to pitch the 8th. Norris walked the
one guy you can’t fault him for
(#NeverIMeanNeverPitchToRyanHowardIfYouAreWearingATomahawk), but surrendered nothing else.
In the top of the 9th, Freddie dialed 9 again, this time driving in Inciarte, who had walked. Alexi
Ogando finished up (#ThankGoodnessRyanHowardDidNotGetToThePlate).
Anyway, we got Da Bills pitching for us tomorrow – if it doesn’t rain, that is