Well, Coors Field giveth and Coors Field taketh.
Last night the Braves won a one-run game in a ballpark where no lead ever feels safe, and tonight they were clipped in a one-run game there. The Braves took another first inning lead tonight but just couldn’t make it stand up the way they did last night in a 4-3 loss.
It would be easy to go nuts about that one, but sometimes baseball just happens. The team with drastically better home than road splits won a tight game at home. That happens. Flush it and move on to tomorrow.
- Austin RIley, NL MVP contender? We’re hearing it more and more.
- Ozzie Albies quelled some concerns about him hitting in the lead-off spot with his homer to start the game tonight. Oh, also, welcome back to the lineup Ozzie!
- Tyler Matzek got right back on the beam with a dominant 8th inning tonight. That 1-2 pitch to Trevor Story to retire the side was a thing of beauty.
- Huascar Ynoa didn’t completely tame the beast, but he did more than enough to give the Braves a chance to win that game. In Coors Field, that’s really all you can ask for.
- A shutdown inning would’ve been nice tonight. The Braves gave up a run immediately after scoring twice tonight, and did so in the next inning another time. The momentum never got going.
- The baserunning was rough. First it was Riley getting thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double in the 6th, then it was the caught stealing in the 8th. Maybe it could’ve been a different game with one more plate appearance in each of those innings.
- It’s September and the Braves are in a race, so that loss is gonna sting a little more than usual. Sorry. That’s the cost of doing business this time of year.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Phil Gosselin picked up an RBI single for the Angels tonight early against the Rangers.
Quote Of The Game:
— Forrest Gump
Bust a game open. The Braves have had plenty of double-digit outbursts on offense this year, and the bullpen could really use an easy night. Use the thin air and put up a 10 (or more) spot.