The Braves got their butt-kickin’ on for the second night in a row. It’s nice to beat teams that aren’t as good as you. And for the second night in a row, a Braves pitcher age 25 and younger had a good night. This time it was Matt Wisler, who had his first double-digit strikeout performance of his career. Through his first two starts back from AAA, he has 14 IP, 14K, 6 BB, and 3R. He wasn’t very efficient tonight needing 110 pitches to get through 6 innings, and he’ll need to continue to work on his efficiency as he went to many 3-ball counts and was ultimately bailed out by anemic San Diego hitters.
The offense saw Ender Inciarte, Adonis Garcia, Matt Kemp, and Tyler Flowers all record at least two hits. Garcia is far from your ideal #2 hitter, with him only being there because of all of the lefty hitters, but his OPS continues to creep up towards where it was last year. With much-improved defense, maybe he’s a keeper in some capacity. Inciarte had two stolen bases, but got himself thrown out at the plate when a wild pitch conveniently bounced right back to the catcher with enough time to make the tag. Dansby Swanson continues to make the above average defensive play, but couldn’t swing a hit for only the 3rd time in his 12 career games.
Big stuff out of the pen again with Jose Ramirez, Mauricio Cabrera, and Jim Johnson getting three scoreless innings. Johnson struck out the side in the ninth, but if you haven’t been paying attention, you might have missed that Ramirez has a 1.56 ERA in 17 appearances since getting called back up to the minors. More impressively, he has 21 strikeouts against 8 walks in 17 2/3 innings. With the strain on the pen, he’s beginning to appear more and more as he’s been in 6 of the last 11 games. He’s another guy that could be turning himself into someone of value, wherever and however that may be.
The Braves will have Mike Foltynewicz go for the first three-game sweep at home this year in a 12:10 game tomorrow.