Sometimes late in a season a team with no chance has multiple injuries and no initiative. I certainly feared that a dead corpse bounce might bring the “Team Formerly Known As the Giants” some initiative. They at least didn’t forfeit.
The enigma wrapped in a conundrum known as Sean Newcombe was right back where he was pre all star break. HOW you can walk over and over in game after game and get no walks through 6 is a testament to inconsistency and a opposing team playing out the string. 93 pitches through 6 innings, 3 hits, 8 strikeouts (to go with zero walks) and one run (earned) worked nicely except MAYBE get another inning. Shane Carle, Jonny Venters, and A. J. Minter (Carlentmint) supplied 3 no hit no walk innings and if the Braves didn’t just do the “no scoring” thing, that might be a victory.
Well the offense tied it in the 4th when Kurt Suzuki singled in Freddie Freeman. In the 7th, the Braves went up for good when Dansby Swanson hit a sac fly and Ozzie Albies scored. In the 9th, the Braves tacked on a couple of more runs for the final.
Meanwhile, a continent away, a big baseball story broke. The Phillies ground crew didn’t cover the field Sunday and by Monday afternoon, rain had made the field unplayable. So the gNats get to play a doubleheader today or tomorrow. So, we only picked up a half game. MLB should have a rule on this. If the field is unplayable because of incompetence, you forfeit.