‘When the battle’s lost and won.’
As things worked out we did end up in a real battle this afternoon -Freddie at the plate as the tying run – which you certainly wouldn’t have expected half way through. Till then it had been awful Braves pitching, starting and from the pen, we were down 10-4 after 4 innings. Fortunately their pitching deteriorated, and stayed that way, to the same level so despite our pen throwing 4 more runs on the fire theirs added 8, innings 7 through 9. So what had looked to be a dull, processional and wasted afternoon turned into a fun ball game.
If you could somehow excuse our pitching. Sims, whom I like, pitched well until an at bat appeared that really mattered and then seemed overwhelmed by the occasion maybe and threw a hanging slider down the middle. Rivera’s GS on a 0-2 pitch was the worst example but there were others. In between he looked OK! 3IP 6H 7R 4BB 4K 2HR. Krol and Jackson then gave up three runs each, Sam and JJ one apiece. And so it went. And we lose by 2.
Let’s talk about our hitting, much the brighter picture. With the notable exception of the first inning where the middle bats managed to almost exactly duplicate Friday’s effort – they again were handed a 2 on no outs situation in the first and got no one in – things started to look up and in response to their GS we hit back to back homers to pull within one and then Rio hit another. From then on we were always somewhere near almost all the time as we really pasted their vaunted pen – Wilson, 1/3 of an inning, 3 runs.
Individuals who did well:
Ozzie…great game, 3 for 4, 2 walks and a rocket out to RF. He grows by the game
Freddie..finally, hitting the ball hard..2 run homer, 3 hits, 3 RBI walk.
Matt Kemp …followed Freddie with a homer of his own , 2 hits, 2 RBI
Cakes 2 hits, 2 RBI..has been very consistent of late..made one extraordinary catch at the ivy.
Suzuki couldn’t get the long ball going but still 2 hits, 1 RBI
Dansby…3 for 5, one was a double. Fielding and base running mistakes , maybe, see below.
Rio.. Home Run (left handed off Lester!) Remember, he buried one in the ivy, yesterday.
Question for the experts. Very close to the end of the game when we were in striking distance they put 2 runners on in scoring position and Snit called the infield in. The batter hit a ground ball to Dansby’s left, he dived over the top of it as best i could see and both runs scored,- not at the time but ultimately that was the winning margin. My question is does an infielder, playing in, discard his normal semi-crouch position leaning forward on the balls of his feet or does he for some good reason stand up which is what Dansby did?
In the end a good game to watch, we battled back manfully. Yesterday it was our batters that sucked and wasted our good pitching. Today, exactly the reverse. Maybe, possibly, tomorrow, could we, ya think??