The Braves coasted to a victory over the miserable Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of the United States of Earth, and pulled within a half game of first place.
Atlanta jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Acuna led off the bottom of the 1st with a double and Dansby singled him in. After Olson struck out, Riley singled to put runners on the corners, then D’Arnaud picked up an RBI with a fielder’s choice groundout.
In the bottom of the 3rd, after Olson led off striking out, Riley singled again, then D’Arnaud followed with another single. After Heredia (in the game after Duvall was pulled with a sore wrist) was robbed of a hit on a fine diving catch by Taylor Ward, Ozuna singled to left scoring Riley. Arcia walked to load the bases, then Harris singled in 2 runs to make it 5-0, knocking out starter Patrick Sandoval (who threw 80 pitches in just 3 innings). Arcia was thrown out at 3rd to end the inning.
But the Braves answered in the bottom of the 4th with a 2 run homer by Riley (his 28th) to make it 7-1. Riley appeared to have struck out on the previous pitch but the first base umpire incorrectly ruled that he checked his swing. Angels manager Phil Nevin was later ejected for arguing the call.
Ohtani hit a solo homer in the 5th to cap the scoring for the Angels. Braves starter Kyle Wright took over the National League lead in pitching wins (which Chip made a huge deal about, because he’s Chip) with his 12th win. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 0 walks, 8 strikeouts, and the 1 homer.
Matzek, Minter, and Chavez finished out the game uneventfully. The Mets lost 2-1 to the Padres about the same time our game ended, as catcher Tomas Nido struck out with the tying run on 3rd. Not sure why they didn’t pinch hit for him. The Mets have a huge black hole at catcher, and I think are likely to go hard after Wilson Contreras before the trade deadline.