Our old friend, #SmellBaseball, toed the rubber for the Twins tonight, and pitched a beauty. He struck out five and gave up seven hits, and ended up throwing under 100 pitches in his complete game effort. An Adonis Garcia home run in the 2nd and a Jace Peterson GIDP to score A.J. Pierzynski in the 3rd were the only things that marred his night.
Astonishingly enough, the Braves were able to top Santana with a Harrell/Cabrera/Cervenka/Withrow/Johnson combination. They combined to throw 142 pitches, but shut the Twins out and limited them to five hits.
It was a feat you wouldn’t have predicted based on the Braves recent work, but, sometimes, even the blind squirrel finds the nut. And, really, if you think about it, nobody can lose every single game, not even the 2016 Atlanta Braves, try as they may. And they really do seem to be trying. There may come a day when victories are no longer scarce and winning baseball in Atlanta is expected again…but it is not this day. This day we [almost always] lose.