An emergency session of the Georgia State Legislature met late Saturday afternoon to discuss a repeal of O.C.G.A. § 32-1-1, the section of the Georgia Code that prohibits winning streaks by the Atlanta Braves. They struck it down just in time for first pitch.
Last night, the Good Williams showed up and twirled a magnificent game, giving up two hits and no runs in 6 1/3 just five days after giving up nine hits and six runs. let’s keep these two and get rid of the other two.
As usual, the offense was firing on no cylinders, mustering four hits against “Adam Morgan,” another one of these anonymous Phillie second-year starters who have been stymying our offense for the last twenty years.
(Exhibit A for me is Dave Coggin, who was 10-12 with a 4.52 ERA in a total of 199 innings pitched over three years before getting sent back down to the minors for good in 2002. Against the Braves, Coggin was 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA. But Kyle Kendrick may be the worst of all. He has a career ERA of 4.63, but it’s just 3.41 against us. Against all teams other than the Braves, Kyle Kendrick’s career ERA is 4.76.)
Fortunately, last night, barely any offense managed to be just enough, because after Perez left the game, Ian Krol, Jason Grilli, and Arodys Vizcaino closed out the game in perfect fashion, retiring all eight men
they faced, half by strikeout.
All of the game’s scoring occurred in the second inning. This is the play-by-play:
Francoeur singled to right. Markakis walked, Francoeur to second. Flowers flied out to right. Inciarte doubled to left center, Francoeur scored, Markakis to third. Aybar hit sacrifice fly to center, Markakis scored. Inciarte stole third. Perez grounded out to shortstop.
Bring out the brooms!