Another Friday game against the Marlins, and another 900 feet of Giancarlo Stanton homers. But, the Braves were able to keep the other Marlins in check, and managed a 5-3 win at STP.
R.A. Dickey continued his season of Being Not At All Very Bad, going 6 innings giving up only three hits and a walk, allowing three runs on the aforementioned two dingers to Stanton.
As an aside, I love the word ‘aforementioned.’ To me, there is something quintessentially English about it. It sounds like the Weekend Country Manor Home of the lexicographical world. I think it should be used any chance you get. Anyhoo, back to the aforementioned game.
The Braves opened the scoring in the first, as the Marlins kicked the ball around the infield, Brandon Phillips coming home on an error off the bat of Nick Markakis. Stanton tied it up in the 4th, homering to dead center on a knuckler that didn’t, becoming the first player to hit one off the batter’s eye. Stanton launched another in the 6th, his league leading 36th homer, driving in Miami pitcher Adam Connelly, who had singled for the aforementioned third hit Dickey allowed.
But Atlanta responded in the bottom of the frame. Phillips singled, Tyler Flowers singled him to second, and Nick Markakis pulled to within 30 of the league lead in home runs to make it 4-3 Atlanta. Atlanta added an insurance run in the 7th with Lane Adams coming off the bench with a pinch hit double, advancing to third on a wild pitch, and coming home on a Phillips single.
Jim Johnson worked the 8th, pitching around a lead-off pinch hit single from Ichiro Suzuki, and Arodys Vizcaino closed out the game working around a swinging bunt and a two out walk. Mike Foltynewicz toes the rubber tonight against Dan Straily. Maybe we can limit Giancarlo to only 600 feet of fly balls this evening.