The Braves take the battle of division leaders 2 games to 1, and in emphatic fashion. Jorge Soler and Austin Riley homered in the bottom of the 4th to give the Braves a 3 – 0 lead, and Eddie Rosario tripled in 2 more in the 6th to break the game open. The Braves added 2 more in the 7th, and an Ozzie Albies solo homer capped off a 2 run 8th. Soler, Rosario, and Joc Pederson, to pick some names at random, combined to go 5 for 10 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs.
Ian Anderson eased back into the starting rotation for the first time since the day before the All-Star break by tossing 5 2/3 innings. He held the Giants scoreless despite not striking out a batter, scattering 4 hits and 2 walks. In fact, the Braves completed the shutout striking out only 3 Giant hitters.
Tyler Matzek came on to get the final out in the 6th with a runner on 2nd, and his walk to Brandon Crawford brought the tying run to the plate. However, a Wilmer Flores strikeout ended what turned out to be the Giants final threat. Richard Rodriguez, A.J. Minter, and Touki Toussaint finished up.
Ryan has his Ender, and JonathanF has his Chip, and I have my 14 pitchers on the roster. Apparently the Braves are NOT in the habit of listening to internet randos, and it will be moot when the rosters expand on September 1st anyway, but, come on.
Josh Tomlin has pitched in one game since August 13th, and appeared in 3 games total in the month of August. I’m not saying the Braves don’t need a long reliever / mop-up man / emergency starter. I’m not even saying the Braves don’t need Josh Tomlin. I’m just saying the Braves probably could have covered those 5 1/3 innings this month with 13 pitchers. Meanwhile the Braves have had to use pitchers as pinch hitters 5 times this season already. (They’re hitting .500, but forget it, I’m rolling.)
I will preach on.