The Braves satisfied the FDA’s minimum daily recommended allowance of Major League Baseball, and have moved on to the next phase of their lives.
Ronald Acuna Jr., Travis d’Arnaud, and Austin Riley sat out as the Braves dropped a second meaningless game to the Red Sox to finish the regular season at 35 – 25. The Braves were in striking distance until the top of the 7th, when Chris Martin tweaked a groin while facing his first batter. Luke Jackson took his spot, and allowed 5 runs to make it 8 – 1.
Bryce Wilson started and despite allowing 5 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings, escaped with only a single run allowed. From that point, the bullpen tune-ups began. Will Smith, Darren O’Day, Shane Greene, Mark Melancon, and Josh Tomlin joined Jackson in the parade. Smith, O’Day, and Tomlin all allowed solo home runs.
Marcell Ozuna hit his 18th home run to account for the Braves scoring, and to take the NL home run crown. Ozuna also led the league in RBI’s, and was 3rd in batting average. Freddie Freeman went 1 – 4 to finish 2nd in the league in both batting average and RBI’s.
Hopefully a couple of days off will help the Braves heal, as Acuna reported wrist irritation Sunday, Riley has been nursing a quadriceps, and Martin is listed as day-to-day. Max Fried had a positive workout Sunday, and his ankle should be o.k. for game 1.
I’m reminded this season of Ray Bradbury’s short story “Frost and Fire,” in which a people become trapped on a Mercury-like planet where radiation causes them to age, reproduce, and die all in an 8 day lifespan. What’s more, the blistering daytime heat and the bitter nighttime cold make it possible to come outside only at dusk and dawn. As the Braves conclude their metaphorical 8 days of summer, I hope you’ve all been able to find a few hours of enjoyment from it.
Now on to the crapshoot.