With their ace on the hill, the Braves lost 10-9 in extra innings, which is really not surprising if you’ve been watching the Braves in August. According to the broadcast last night, Braves starters have been averaging 5 IP and 4.1 BB/9 in August. Julio Teheran is no trend-setter, so he followed suit by getting pounded for 11 hits (many of which were hit extremely hard, and two were home runs) while giving up 6 ER in 6 IP. We ought to take comfort that he made it six innings, which means he qualified for an Atlanta Complete Game. I coined ACG, but much like something being “so fetch”, it’s just not going to happen.
But aside from an Ian Krol meltdown, the bullpen largely kept pace for the second night in a row. I tell you what, if you’re a middling reliever and you’re trying to get your career going, this starting pitching will give you plenty of opportunities! Inquire within. Madison Younginer, Arodys Vizcaino, and Mauricio Cabrera all had scoreless outings, but Jose Ramirez gave up the game in his second inning of work. Good for Vizcaino.
We seem to love hitting at Chase Field, much like the rest of baseball. Ender Inciarte had 4 hits, and Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers both contributed three hits. Flowers actually has pulled his OPS up above .800, and is clearly having the best year of his career.
Another interesting point about the offense and the game yesterday is that this was most likely the first time all year that the Braves started an entire lineup of hitters with an OPS above .700. Lost in all of the starting pitching conniptions is that the offense has started to resemble a real major league offense.
But, we suck, so oh well.