OK. So. Even the best pitchers will have their stumbles. And last night was Mike Foltynewicz‘s stumble. Specifically, the bottom of the 3rd. I’m not going to get too bent out of shape, especially since this was the first time since May 4th that Folty has given up more than 2 runs in a start. It must be a Friday night thing.
Anyway, the Braves jumped out to an early lead in the first, when Ender Inciarte walked, and was doubled home by Ozzie Albies. Albies, however, was thrown out at third trying to stretch, which came back to haunt when Freddie Freeman doubled, but was left stranded.
In the third, Milwaukee got all their runs, with a two run homer by Tyler Saladino was follwed by an Eric Thames single, a Christian Yelich hit-by-pitch, and Jesus Aguilar‘s three run blast. Meanwhile, Freddy Peralta, the Brewer’s starter, had settled in and kept Atlanta at only 1 run through six. In the 7th, Atlanta tried to crawl off the canvas, as Nick Markakis led off with a single, Kurt Suzuki worked a walk, and Johan Camargo singled to load the bases. Ronald Acuna, Jr. beat out a grounder to third, but tweaked his groin in the process, and Dansby Swanson, singled home Suzuki and Camargo to make it 5-4, men on second and third with no out. But, Danny Santana struck out, Ender hit a comebacker to the pitcher, and Ozzie grounded to third to end the threat.
Atlanta tried to mount a one out rallies in both the 8th and 9th, when Markakis singled and Suzuki walked, but Camargo grounded into a double play in the 8th, and Swanson was caught stealing an inning later.
So, there you have it, how the Braves lost their fourth game in a row for the first time this season. And fell into a tie for first with the Phillies. And had our stud rookie injured again. Our ‘ace’ with yet another episode. I know what you’re expecting. That ‘D’ word with a bunch of ‘O’s in the middle. But, let’s look at the other side for a moment. Folty has given up 11 of his earned runs in just two innings this year. In the other 93 innings – 14 earned runs. Plus, he didn’t walk anyone. Acuna Matata is listed day-to-day, not headed to the DL (yet anyway). Atlanta is 4-4 so far on this 10 game trip against a wild card contender, a team on pace to win 114 or so games, and the team with the best record in the NL. If we can split the next two, we’ll wind up 5-5 on what will most likely be, at the end of the year, the toughest 10 game stretch of our schedule. So, let me leave you with this instead, since we’re in Milwaukee, from a noted Wisconsin philosopher.