Somebody came up with the idea for the Braves to play a game on something called “You Tube TV.” Yes, I am yelling for kids to get off of my lawn. This game started during my work day, but then I can finish this off in the evening instead of the next morning.
Major League Baseball’s scheduling experts are not really experts. They are more like idiots. This is 2 times in the past 2 to 3 years the Braves have had to make a game up in Colorado from a “snow out’ in April. Why not stay “in division” in April? Then, the flight is not quite as far as New York to Denver to Toronto. Why not tell Colorado “go dome or start on the road?”
So, at 1:20 MDT, a game started. The Rockies are pitching a Tim Melville. He is sort of a late career Anibal Sanchez or something. Lots of junk that isn’t too fast. Acuna grounded out, Ozzie doubled and 3 and 4 struck out.
Julio, who has tended to pitch well at Coors Field and against the Rockies, gave up a one out single to Trevor Story, but got a double play grounder from Nolan Arenado.
Top of 2, Joyce flied out, Dansby singled, and Francisco Cervelli practiced the ground ball with force play available at second and got the same result as Arenado. So, Cervelli is as good as Arenado? O. K.!!!
Bottom of 2 it was still “Good Julio” who gave up one walk and nothing else. Top of 3, leadoff single by our man Mr. Ortega and Good Julio bunted him to second, but Acuna grounded out and Albies struck out.
Bottom of 3 was more good Julio. One walk, but otherwise, nothing else. Top of 4 we got Freeman on with a walk and then HE STOLE A BASE. Matt Joyce singled and the home plate umpire said Freeman was out. The “New York” crew (isn’t that where the Mets are from?) didn’t overturn it because they couldn’t be sure Freddie’s foot was down on the base. Really? After that, nothing more in that inning.
More Good Julio in 4. Arenado started it with a single, but Julio’s and Dallas’ best friend the GIDP followed, then on to 5.
WE really pushed the harpoon at Melville in 5. A double from Cervelli. A long fliner (line drive / fly ball type thingy) from Ortega put Cervelli at third with one out. Julio struck out. Acuna walked after a long at bat, coming back from 0-2. Then, he stole second. Then Ozzie walked. So FF5 comes to home plate. I believe he has a moral objection to grand slams. Something like that is too many runs for one team at one time. So, no, he didn’t finally get a slam. He grounded to the second baseman playing short right field. Melville got to 100 pitches and would get pulled.
Bottom of 5, more Good Julio. Two groundouts, then a walk, then the pitcher’s pinch hitter grounded out. The pinch hitter was a Daza. Isn’t that like a Middle Eastern meat cut, the Daza Strip?
Top of 6 and we get to see Wes Parsons. How ya been, Wes? Well, except for a Matt Joyce walk, you looked pretty good against us.
On to the bottom. Julio starting off in the 80’s on pitch count and the top of the Rockies order for the 3rd time. Ruh, Roh! He got Blackmun. Then, Trevor Story singled. After a long at bat, Arenado struck out. Then, Story stole second, but Daniel Murphy flied out to end the threat. Hmm? What will Snit do on his pitching move with Julio due up second in the next half?
Well, Ortega grounded out. Then, Charlie Clutch Culberson came in. 3 pitches, 3 strikes, return to dugout. Then Acuna. The first 2 pitches were balls. I was thinking “Yeah, Parsons is going to be real careful with RAJ.” Well, the next 3 pitches were strikes and he got to turn around as well.
Sliderman came on. McMahon grounded out. Then, Ian Desmond. He grounded out. Then, the silk stocking lawyer Garrett Hampson. Strike out. Isn’t it great to have Luke pitching the 7th?
So, top of 8. Albies hit a pop up foul a long way down the 3rd base line and Arenado got to it, but couldn’t corral it. Albies struck out anyway. But Freddie Freeman saw that and decided to place one in a similar spot but fair. And, Arenado lost that one in the sun as well. And Freddie Freeman ended up on 2nd. But Donaldson flied out to center and Joyce did also. Is this really Coors Field?
Chris Martin came in and gave up a double to a Dom Nunez. Acuna may have cruised a little picking it up or else that might not have worked for Nunez. Then Yonder Alonson, as opposed to Dis Heuh Alonso, broke his bat and Swanson threw him out, but Nunez went to 3rd. And then, Blackmun hit a sacrifice fly, and things weren’t looking good for the visiting 9. Would that single run hold up? Well, Trevor Story singled. Then, Arenado stepped up to the plate. But Story tried to wander off, and Martin threw to first, Freeman to Albies, and Colorado challenged the tag. And, tag was upheld. So, on to 9.
First batter was Dansby. All day to me he looked a little off or a little slow. I don’t think he has played enough to be ready for ML pitching. Yairo Diaz was attempting to get his first save. Dansby struck out. But the Baseball Gods favor Francisco Cervelli and his looping liner was missed by Blackmun on a diving catch attempt and it rolled to the wall and Cervelli ended up on third. Snit put in Billy Hamilton to run. Ortega battled to a walk. Then Snit sent up Hechevarria to hit. I might have gone with Flowers since he had to come into the next half anyway, but Hech lined one to right that Blackmun caught near the wall, and Billy Hamilton could have scored from second. Tie game. Acuna up. This team never says die. Ortega stole second. Acuna struck out on a checked swing, so on to bottom of 9. Will there be “free baseball?”
Well, no. Swarzak walked Arenado. Blevins came in and got Murphy on a strikeout. Then, Blevins stayed in on LEFTHANDED McMahon who had an o fer going. Well, McMahon walked it off.