Whaaaaah…Whaaa…What just happened?
I mean, according to ESPN, you got the 41-17 Cubs, EASILY the best baseball team since, oh, the ’27 Yankees, strutting into Turner Field to face the 17-42 Braves, the only team worse than, oh, the ’62 Amazin’ Mets. Bud Norris, Mr. 1-7, Lost His Rotation Spot Because He’s Bad, I Mean Charlie Brown Bad, facing Jason Hammel, Mr. 7-1, Probably The Cubbbies Third Best Starter. Sounds like a recipe for a 1970’s era Irwin Allen disaster flick, doesn’t it? The Tempest at Turner, or something dumb like that.
But, as they say (and just WHO are the ‘they’ we’re discussing here anyway? Anyone? Bueller?), Baseball is a funny game.
The Braves opened the scoring in the bottom of the second, with Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers going yard in back-to-back fashion, the first time all year that’s happened for a 2-0 lead. But, in true Braves fashion, they immediately gave a run back in the top of the 3rd, with Albert Almora, Jr. doubling, going to third on a wild pitch, and scoring on Dexter Fowler’s grounder to Jace Peterson at second.
But, just when you think it’s the same old, same old from Norris, he proceeds to slam the door on the Cubs. He goes a total of 7 innings, striking out six, and allowing only a one out double to Fowler in the 6th. Norris’ fastball was hitting the mid 90s last night, and he looked like the perfectly cromulent starter we all expected back in Spring Training.
The Braves got the run back in the 4th, with Jace taking one for the team, being sacrificed to second by Norris, going to third on a Mallex Smith infield hit, and scoring on an Ender Inciarte sac fly. Textbook ‘Get ’em on, get ’em over, get ’em in’ baseball.
Arodys Vizcaino came in for the Atlanta Save, and blew away the Cubs in the 9th. So, for one evening at least, in this miserable excuse for a season, we fans of the Braves had a reason to smile. In fact, it was so fun, I think we should do it again. Maybe this afternoon?
Let’s play two!