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Huascar Ynoa really struggled. Trevor Williams did not. Willson Contreras hit two home runs, as did Kris Bryant. The Cubs as a team hit six home runs, and Chicago evened the series with a 13-4 win.
Sean Kazmar Jr. also appeared in his first MLB game since 2008 with his pinch-hitting appearance in the fifth, so not all was lost on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field.
But honestly? That’s pretty much it. Not all 162 games need a thick layer of nuance attached. The Braves got whacked, as will happen now and then in a 162-game grind.
- Sean Kazmar Jr. is really the only one here. He pinch hit for Huascar Ynoa in the fifth for his first appearance in the majors in 4,589 days. That is not only clearly the best thing to come from today’s game, it will end up being one of the best moments of this season. That amount of perseverance and dedication is beyond admirable, and it was incredible to see him get to take an at-bat at Wrigley Field today as one shining light in the middle of a disastrous game.
- Right, the disastrous parts. I guess we’ll start with Huascar Ynoa finally regressing to the mean today. His command was not nearly as sharp as it was on Monday against Miami or last Wednesday in Washington. He was missing his spots all afternoon, and missing with the fastball a lot especially. And when you’re a two-pitch pitcher who can’t establish one of his pitches, that’s big trouble the second time through the order. His day fell apart right there in the third inning, punctuated when Javier Baez sat on a first-pitch slider and blasted it out to left field for a three-run homer.
- The relievers in this game were very much the mop-up brigade, but they still didn’t inspire any confidence about bullpen depth. Jesse Biddle’s return to Atlanta was a grease fire in every way, and Jacob Webb didn’t fare much better.
- That lack of bullpen depth is even more important with the latest injury news that Sean Newcomb will be down for….a period of time. We don’t have any specifics on what is wrong or how long it will be wrong for, but he has been one of the better bullpen arms for Atlanta outside of a bad inning in Philadelphia.
- Another start without a hit for Austin Riley. He did pick up an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but he still doesn’t exactly look close to busting out of this slump. All of the progress he made towards the end of last season seems to have eroded back into what the end of 2019 looked like.
- The streaks of four are dead. Long live the streaks of four.
- The Braves might have just breathed some life into a team they’re going to have to play five more teams before the end of the month. Baseball is weird and momentum can start from anywhere. That loss could end up being more than one loss if this offensive outburst ends up being the thing that gets the Cubs going.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Adam Duvall. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, he kept raking tonight in Miami with an RBI triple in the first inning.
Quote Of The Game:
“You know they’re not going to lose 162 consecutive games.”
— Harry Caray
Alright, this didn’t work yesterday when I said it with Newcomb going to the IL, so let’s try this again. Say it with me everybody. No. More. Injuries.