Man, we get no respect. I hate these noon and 2:00 starts, and obviously MLB hates the Braves to impose these on us. I was able to watch the beginning, and saw Ronald hit a majestic blast to right to start the Braves first. I watched into the third inning but then had a meeting followed by a class. The Braves were trailing 4-1 when I went into my meeting. Mighty Max was a little off, but to my eye it wasn’t anything to be concerned about.
I tried to be a professional and not look at the app on my phone, but I peeked and saw the events of the bottom of the third. I saw that Ronald was HBP, followed by “on field delay.” Although I couldn’t see it, I could see in my mind’s eye Snit charging onto the field to complain about this turn of events. Don Mattingly’s idiocy in targeting RAJ directly led to the best possible response: the Braves scored a couple of runs in the bottom of the third on run scoring doubles by Marcell and d’Arnaud.
At that point I had to go teach a class. I reluctantly turned off my phone with the Braves trailing 4-3, and had to hope the Braves could come back without me. I did have on my lucky Braves shirt as I taught, figuring that was the least I could do for the cause. Several students took notice of my shirt (they were probably the same ones who were peeking at their own phones). As I ended class at 5:15, one of the students shouted out: “Braves lead 9-5!”
So I got to my car in time to hear the last out on the radio as the Braves did indeed win by a 9-5 score. In going back over the box score and the game summary, I learned what you already know, to wit, the Braves broke it open with a 6 run 7th, thanks to another rbi by Ozuna, and a 3 run dinger by Travis and a 2 run shot by Dansby.
The Braves are better than this Marlins team. The bullpen is the best I’ve ever seen on the Braves, the offense is relentless from top to bottom, and has a tendency to break out in the late innings. All of that paid off today. We are better at baseball, and the Braves have a better manager. Donnie Baseball is scum, and he’s also an idiot. They keep throwing at Ronald, and the Braves keep making them pay for it. I just hope we can get past these rotten fish without Acuña getting hurt. By the way, it’s not exactly a hot take, but this kid is a special talent—we will all look back many years from now and tell people we were witnesses at the beginning.
Our Hammers are the better team, talent-wise and morally, but there is still no guarantee we will win two more. But I like our chances a lot better than that of the Marlins. Jethro Tull goes tomorrow (at 2:00 again L), and it will help to go up 2-0. I predict we will.