Make it 4-4 since the All Star Break, and still no streak.
The Braves kept their pattern going on Saturday night, following up Friday’s 5-1 loss to the Phillies with a 15-3 win at Citizens Bank Park. Loss-win-loss-win-loss-win-loss-win since the break now, and 47-48.
I guess if you’re only going to win every other day you might as well make your wins big, and the Braves certainly did that tonight.
- His crazy streak without swinging and missing at a pitch in 35 plate appearances finally ended, but I don’t even know how to describe Freddie Freeman at this point. He’s on one of the hottest tears of his career, and that’s saying a ton by his lofty standards. Extend this man, Alex.
- What if we just told Dansby Swanson every ballpark was Citizens Bank Park? Would the Braves have the best hitting shortstop baseball has seen since Ernie Banks in that case? It’s worth a try seeing how well he has been swinging the bat in this series.
- Speaking of swinging it well, Abraham Almonte! He got himself going again with three hits tonight including a second inning home run off Vince Velasquez.
- Austin Riley: Back in the home run column
- The 1-2-3 double play Drew Smyly induced in the fourth inning was huge. At that point it was only a 6-0 game, and one base hit could have gotten the Phillies back in the game. Instead Smyly got the perfect ground ball and deflated the only real rally of the game from Philadelphia.
- The Braves have to lead the league in the number of times they’ve forced the opponent to use a position player on the mound this season. Yet again they burned through an entire bullpen and got to Ronald Torreyes tonight.
- It’s always a good night when six out of the eight position players in the starting lineup record an RBI. It’s an even better night when five of them have more than one RBI.
- Regardless of anything else happening in the season, it’s always refreshing to hear all the boos in Philadelphia. What a sweet sound, especially when it’s as constant as it was tonight.
- Really only one negative from tonight, and that’s Smyly’s injury status. He left the game after four innings with what the team called a knee injury. As with everything else on the injury front in 2021, we’re hoping for the best but bracing for the worst.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Josh Donaldson had an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth for the Twins against the Angels, accounting for Minnesota’s only run of the game.
Quote Of The Game:
“”The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three run homers.”
— Earl Weaver
Get another quality start from Touki Toussaint and hope the offense has just enough to turn it into a series win.