As far as two baseball games go, Friday’s Braves win over the Mets was about as far apart as possible from Saturday’s. After winning an 11-10 game that had every type of shenanigans you can think of involved, the Braves took a gigantic deep breath and settled into a routine 7-1 win.
That game was almost too normal. In just over a week the Braves have already lost a 1-0 game on a home run by a guy who hadn’t played in two years, won a game after being down to their final strike, won a 14-1 game, lost a 14-5 game, won a game they trailed 8-2 and DFA’d one of the supposed keys to the starting rotation.
All of that in eight games is a ton, so it was nice to see game nine unfold as an easily digestible contest that felt like it was over by the second inning.
- Make it four wins in a row for the Braves and six out of eight since the Opening Day loss. And at worst, the Braves will go 2-1 in the non-Soroka/Fried part of this turn through the rotation.
- You can step down from your panic stations and cancel that trip to alert the church elders of the impending apocalypse. Ronald Acuña Jr. is on the board with his first home run and first two RBIs of the season.
- Touki Toussaint did at least enough to earn another start. It wasn’t perfect, but it was never going to be. His splitter was really hot, his fastball location was really not. He used his curveball really well, but in the fourth inning his command really fell. Pretty typical stuff for a young starter. But the positive is he allowed two baserunners in the third and three in the fourth, but he held his nerve both times. The Mets easily could’ve climbed back into the game with either of those chances, but Toussaint shut them down.
- Five more innings of one-run baseball from the bullpen. They’re pitching so well they’ve started adding obstacles just for a challenge. A.J. Minter let Robinson Cano hit an inside-the-park ground rule double in the eighth and still pitched a scoreless frame. I’d like to think he did that just because he can.
- Ozzie Albies hit an absolutely hilarious RBI single in the second. Cano decided the fastest way to get from point A to point B was to zig-zag wildly away from the ball and let what should’ve been an out drop in for a blooper and a run. A play like that makes you really appreciate Ron Washington.
- Johan Camargo was a vacuum cleaner at third. He’s still struggling a lot at the plate, but the defense hasn’t skipped a beat. The pick he made on the final out of the fifth inning was enough to shut down the only real chance New York had against the bullpen.
- Welcome back to the broadcast booth, Jeff Francoeur!
- Uh, I’m supposed to have something here, but that was probably the cleanest game the Braves have played all year. Even the 14-1 win last Sunday had obvious negatives with Sean Newcomb’s outing. Nothing jumped out at me as negative tonight. Eight out of nine starters got on base, the pitchers only allowed one extra base hit all night, and there were no errors in the field. I guess Johan Camargo’s strikeout woes? He picked up two more Ks and his average is down to .167 on the season. But even that feels like nit-picking with how well he played on defense.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Quote Of The Game:
“That was easy.”
It’s all set up for Kyle Wright to pick up his first career win. He’s facing a reeling opponent on his home mound and a pitcher with even less experience than him is toeing the rubber on the other side. Make it happen, Kyle.