At the risk of sounding like I’m taking credit for something over which I have no control…I’m going to take credit for something over which I have no control and point out that since I poured my Braves angst over a lost game and season into a parody of the greatest baseball poem ever written and humbly submitted it to the best Braves blog on the web, the Braves have yet to lose a game. Had I known the effect it might have, I would have written that much sooner. My bad, guys.
Since this was a game that had events worth recapping, I will actually recap the events of the game and save further recapping shenanigans for when we need a distraction from the baseball.
Bud Norris started and pitched into the 6th inning, giving up a couple of runs but keeping his team in the game. The first run he surrendered came at the hands of his mound opponent, Jose Fernandez, who managed to do several Jose Fernandez things in the game like allow a dinky 1st inning hit and then mow the Braves down for six more innings without mercy. He looked like vintage Jose Fernandez, and the Braves managed to do all of nothing against him.
David Phelps relieved Fernandez in the 8th, and the Braves decided to prove to their fans that just because it’s 2016 and they had a five game winning streak didn’t mean that we can’t have nice things, like a six game winning streak. Emilio Bonifacio, fresh from having been successfully called up from the minors, singled to lead off the inning. Jace Peterson was so inspired he deposited one over the right field fence, a no-doubter line drive that tied the game and reminded the Marlins that the Braves absolutely own them.
Arodys Vizcaino came in in the bottom of the 10th and was tasked with getting three outs to continue the winning streak. He made it as difficult as he could, giving up an infield single and walk to lead off the inning and then facing the heart of the Marlins lineup. Back-to-back-to-back strikeouts later, the Braves were shaking hands on the infield at Marlins Park and celebrating going an entire week without losing a game.
If the Braves can repeat this past week 11 more times this season and pull off a 70-19 run, I’m going to have to start drawing parallels the 1914 Miracle team and be tempted to allow myself to hope. Hee. Hee, hee, hee. Repeat this week 11 times and draw parallels to the 1914 team. I crack myself up.
The winning streak is at six. Even though it’s a lost season, this week has been fun in a totally unexpected sort of way. I’m not sure how these guys managed to pull it off. Should they try for seven tomorrow afternoon?
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