The Braves moved to within 1.5 games of the Phillies after smiting Adam Wainright and the Cardinals last night. This may have been the last time we’ll see Wainright pitch in Atlanta (Talk about feeling old…). The Braves scored early and stayed after the Cards in this one. They led by 5 after 3 innings, and Wainright was out after the 4th having made 79 pitches. Doing the most damage for the Braves was Freeman (3-4, HR, BB), Riley (3-4, 2B), and Markakis (2-4, 2B, BB). Julio Teheran carried a no-hitter into the 5th and was the winning pitcher of record in this one–he is now 3-4 on the year with a 3.88 ERA.
The action started in the 2nd inning for the Braves. Nick Markakis led off with a walk. Two pitches later, Austin Riley doubled. I’m saying this in my best Joe Simpson impersonation, whoever designed that fence is a dummy! That was a homer, folks. And this kid is really riding a tidal wave of energy right now. McCann did his part in hitting the ball deep enough to score Markakis and move Riley down to third (Braves 1-0). Ozzie followed with a walk, and Julio would bunt in another run (Braves 2-0).
The Braves didn’t stop, though, as they would pick up where they left off for the bottom of the 3rd. This time, it was Freeman who led off with a walk, and Markakis would follow with the RBI-double. Austin powered in the fourth run on a single, and again Julio would help himself, this time with a lead-extending single. And Ozzie ended up in no-man’s land on this play. It was a shallow single by Julio, and the throw to the plate was cut-off, as one would expect, and Albies was easily out at third to end the inning. Oh well.
Other tidbits from the game. Thanks to y’all, I can no longer ignore Chip. Apparently last night was supposedly a full moon. It very obviously was not courtesy of the zoomed in high-definition view they showed on TV as Chip was making that remark. Oh well. On a more joyful note, Touki Toussaint had the look of a kid at Christmas when he took the Cardinals defense by surprise on a long drive that would land right at the fence just shy of a home run.
The Phillies got whomped in their game against the Brewers (11-3), and the Braves are only 1.5 GB now. We’ll now face the Brewers. Jhoulys Chacins will take the mound for the Brew Crew to face Max Fried and the Braves. Should be a lot of offense in this series.