Last night’s game was too late and it apparently involved Luke Jackson coughing up the lead after I went to bed. Whatever. The only thing that really mattered in the game is Ozzie fouled a ball off his kneecap and literally had to be lifted off the field in the air. He was carried off the field with his legs in the air, not touching the ground. It was genuinely horrifying. I wasn’t watching Ronald’s injury, but I was watching this one. He was writhing on the ground for longer than I have the stomach to describe, and then when he got up, he couldn’t put weight on his legs long enough to get off the field under his own steam.
X-rays were negative after the game, apparently, praise be. He’s “day to day,” a phrase whose enormity is boundless, but which probably means that he’ll be back in a couple days unless the doctors change their minds or his leg starts acting up, and I imagine that all of you are as aware as I am that neither of those things would be entirely unprecedented in this here America.
Anyway, Charlie danced out of trouble all night. He ran a super-high pitch count through the first four, but worked much more efficiently in the fifth and sixth and was able to escape with a very impressive line: six pitched, three hits, one run, eight strikeouts against two walks. The Braves got a Joc Pederson homer and a Travis d’Arnaud RBI double against Walker Buehler, which wasn’t bad, but then Blake Treinen and Kenley Jansen came in and faced six batters and struck out five of ’em and that was that, as Luke Jackson gave up one run and Matzek gave up another.
I can’t be too made at Luke and Tyler; they’ve been quite good lately. Our bullpen’s been okay, it’s just thin, especially given the relative unreliability of Smith. After two games against the Dodgers, what your lyin’ eyes are telling you is pretty much exactly right: we’re a good team, and they’re a slightly better team.
As long as the Wizard of Willemstad is okay, I like our odds. He’ll probably take the game off. But after playing nearly every inning of the year, I’d say he’s earned it.
Tonight is Max vs. Max, Fried v. Scherzer, and I like our chances — maybe they’re 55-45 against, but if we get any of the breaks, we could win a nailbiter or win in a walk, like we did in our getaway against the Giants.
By the way, there’s a pretty controversial new album that came out, that a lot of people are noting sounds quite different from the artist’s earlier material. But if you give it a listen, it’s really pretty lovely. You just have to have an open mind.
Not the album you are thinking of, madam! The one I mean is this: