Well, that was fun. While the starters were in the game, they battled it out neck and neck. The Braves pushed across a run in the 4th after an Arizona error allowed them load the bases with one out. Mike Foltynewicz pitched well, but he gave back that run in the bottom of the 5th (on a home run by the pitcher, no less), and when Matt Kemp homered in the 6th to put the Braves back on top, Folty gave that run right back, too, in the bottom of the inning.
Once again his offense bailed him out, though, and did so in a timely enough fashion that he still managed to secure the win. This time they made sure to widen the margin enough that Arizona couldn’t come back to tie it. In the 7th Kurt Suzuki provided proof once again that the Braves catchers this season are shades of the old McCann/Ross duo, when the Braves had the best catchers in baseball, by hitting his first home run of the game, a two-run shot to give the Braves a lead they wouldn’t give back. A wild pitch later on in the inning gave the Braves two more runs, then solo shots by Suzuki and utilityman-extraordinaire Johan Camargo the next inning capped the Atlanta scoring. The lone run Sam Freeman gave up in the 9th wasn’t enough to cause any damage. He won’t get an (s) next to his name in the box score, but we know that was an Atlanta Save at its finest. The team went into the 9th inning with a lead, and they came out of the 9th inning with that lead in tact. The amount of Reitsma Room (or is it now Johnson Room?) the offense provided has little bearing on whether the game was saved or not.
The Braves have guaranteed they will not be swept in Arizona. Technically, the Braves still have a shot at winning this series, since the rubber game will start up later this afternoon. Aaron Blair gets his first major-league start of the season, replacing the traded Jaime Garcia in the rotation, so the odds aren’t necessarily in the Braves’ favor. But, technically, it could happen. There’s a reason why they have to play the games, and it ain’t over ’til it’s over.
Natspos delenda est.
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