Mike Foltynewicz could only go 2 2/3 innings against a streaking Cardinals team, giving up 6 runs on 4 walks and 7 hits. Meanwhile the Braves couldn’t take advantage of Adam Wainwright turning into a pumpkin, only managing to score 1 run off him in 5 innings despite the fact that he was throwing about as hard as some of the top pitchers at Williamsport will next week. Usually it’s the No Name Lefties that stymie the Bravos with the soft stuff, but Wainwright induced double plays in each of the first three innings, including a baases loaded no out DP by Freddie Freeman in the 3rd, to limit the damage to one run.
The Braves threatened to make a game of it in the 6th, with Matt Adams singling in Freddie, followed by Ozzie Albies‘ second career homer to draw to within one. But Rex Brothers gave up two runs in the bottom of the 8th, and the St. Louis pen would give up nothing more.
49 games left, and the Braves are 51-62. They are who we thought they would be. A sub-.500 team with a lot of youth and potential, but not much in the way of results so far.