Braves Make It 10 of 11: Hammers 6, Astros 2

Another great win:  Kyle Wright turned in another impressive start (six innings, two runs, seven k’s); Austin Riley blasted a three run homer to put the Braves up 3-0 in the third; after the Stros cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth, Dansby Swanson in the sixth smacked a two run double off the right center field fence to push the lead back to three; Olson drove in a sixth run with a sac fly; Colin McHugh pitched a perfect seventh and eighth; and Kenly Jansen closed it out with a scoreless ninth for the 6-2 win.

Much to be encouraged about.  Our deep lineup had twelve hits, three by Swanson, and two each by Ronald, Riley, and Rosario. Top of my list is that Wright looked strong after missing a turn due to a “tired arm.”  I was afraid that might be a euphemism for something worse, but sometimes a tired arm is just a tired arm.  The rest did him good.  Kyle faced only one over the minimum through the first four, then ran into trouble in the fifth, with a leadoff homer followed by three singles.  But he struck out Alvarez with two on to preserve the lead.  Most encouraging of all was that he came back for the sixth and got them 1-2-3.  He’s really learned to pitch through adversity.

The Braves have the best bullpen in MLB.  The back end guys get most of the attention, but McHugh is quietly turning in an outstanding season, especially given his ability to work multiple innings. 

The 2015 draft showed well in this one.  Five of the Braves’ six runs were driven in by members of that class; Riley was number 41 that year and of course Dansby was number 1 overall.  The Astros had only three XBH’s, a double and homer by Preston Tucker’s little brother (he was number 5) and a double by Bregman (number 2, right behind Swanson).  The Astros pair are excellent, but I’ll take our two from that year, and also hope that Mike Soroka (number 28) will return to excellence.

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Yesterday was the fortieth anniversary of the infamous Pascual Perez I-285 game (for those who haven’t heard or don’t remember, see The night Pascual Perez got lost — and found a spot in Braves history (ajc.com)).  People remember the goofy story of Perez driving around and around and missing the start.  I was there that night, and what I remember was not knowing what had happened to the announced starter Perez (no iPhone, MLB app, or twitter) when I saw Niekro warming up in the bullpen.  With only about 30 minutes notice, Knucksie started the game on short rest, and went seven innings and surrendered only three hits.  Two of those hits were two run homers by Carter and Wallach, but the Braves took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh to give the team and Niekro a win.  Knucksie will always be my favorite pitcher.  That game also turned the season around.  They had just lost 19 out of 21, losing 13 games in the standings going from a 9 game lead to a 4 game deficit.  After this fateful game, they won 13 of 15 to retake the lead and go on to win the division by one game.  And Perez managed to get to the park on time from that point on and pitched very well down the stretch.

My wife and I were there that August 19 night.  It was the day before our fifth wedding anniversary.  She was not a baseball fan then, but she loved me, so she indulged me.  I’m pleased to say she still loves me—and she’s also become quite the fan after 45 years of our partnership.  Even on those rare occasions that we’re apart during a game, she watches the game.  And she tolerates me doing recaps on Friday games.  I’m truly blessed.  Thank you for everything, and happy anniversary, sweetheart.

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The Braves will try to make it 11 of the last 12 behind Aragorn Saturday night.  Y’all will have to pull them through without me; I love the Braves, but we will be out for an anniversary dinner.

Author: tfloyd

Tfloyd was born on the site of Atlanta Fulton County Stadium. Before the stadium was built, that is; it was then the site of Piedmont Hospital. It took the Braves another 11 years to arrive on what is now Hank Aaron Drive, but I‘ve always liked to arrive at the ballpark early.

54 thoughts on “Braves Make It 10 of 11: Hammers 6, Astros 2”

  1. I just realized that I didn’t say anything about the Marcell Ozuna news. I don’t have any particular insights, legal or otherwise, but I can say,
    Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this scourge may speedily pass away.

  2. What a wonderful recap! Happy anniversary to you and your bride. Hope the meal is as good as the company!

  3. Thanks for the recap, and Happy Anniversary to you both. That’s an impressive accomplishment.

  4. Happy anniversary! I have only 27 years, but the insight that the puzzled indulgences are the most appreciated rings true.

  5. Happy anniversary! You almost made me cry, that was so sweet and tender. I wish you much more love and happiness in the years to come.

  6. It’s good we got these guys locked up long term … but don’t forget pitching … also you have to hope none if these guys we’ve extended turn into Ozuna .. who has fell off the earth .. ouch.. then we will suffer the consequences .. hopefully Riley is coming out of his .200 BA for Aug with a strong finish..that big contract Aug 1 made him relax .

  7. My wife and I appreciate the anniversary wishes. She insists that I point out we were quite young when we got married.

  8. Happy anniversary and thanks for sharing some of your husband’s time with us, Mrs. tfloyd.
    7 years for my wife and I and Braves Journal was kind of involved in the wedding as ububba recommended the place to have our wedding dinner in New York.

  9. Thanks for the great recap as usual, tfloyd, and happy anniversary to you and the Mrs.

    45 years is very impressive; may you have many more!

  10. DOB has a nice piece in the Atheletic about the Braves analytics people helping Grossman find himself again — just like Soler and Joc last season

  11. It’s actually 5th. best by ERA.
    Second best in the N L.
    REGARDLESS it is very good.
    Small difference. Probably not worth disagreeing on. I will say this, if the Braves had a manager who know how to get the best out of the pitching staff it would be number one.
    I repeat the Tom Glavine interview was exceptional.

  12. My comment about the bullpen being the best is a subjective judgment; I’d rather have our pen than any other in MLB. It’s also the case that the Braves’ relievers lead the bigs in fWAR and are only .01 behind the Astros in FIP.

  13. Keep it rolling, fellas… nothing inspired confidence more than beating good teams.

    tfloyd,
    Happy anniversary!

    And what a wild, roller-coaster ride that ’82 season was… high highs, low lows and some crazy memories.

    Timo,
    Und herzlichen Glückwunsch an Sie und Ihre Frau für sieben Jahre Partnerschaft… (danke, Google Translate)

    Just curious: Which restaurant did I recommend?

  14. @16 Dankeschön, ububba. You recommended Waverly Inn among some other and that’s where we went. Perfect location.

  15. tfloyd – happy anniversary! My wife and I celebrated our 16th anniversary yesterday…so we’re just on your heels.

    Looking for a hero tonight – – as Dansby pops up in the 8th with 2 on.

  16. Lee isn’t the answer unless the question is who shouldn’t pitch in a tight game…but let’s be real, if you score one run you lose.

  17. Lee did not pitch poorly. Earlier in the year he was lucky in giving up no runs. That luck seems to have run out. He is still a solid mid tier reliever with a good strikeout rate. He could have used 1 more of those strikeouts tonight.

  18. The Braves used to suck in extras before Harris, Vaughn and Grossman came along. I love the speed that Grissom and Harris bring.

  19. I love the extra effort of Contreras behind the plate. He has improved in every phase of his game over last year.

  20. There is just a confidence in this group right now. Can’t ever count them out. Two runs down headed to Bottom 10th? Don’t worry, we got this.

    It’s a great time to be a Braves fan!

  21. Ideal evening for us. Had a lovely meal at a great restaurant, enjoying each other’s company, and only sneaking a couple of peeks at the score. But got home in time to see the extra innings and the Braves win. Great baseball!

  22. When I saw Stanek’s era of 1.09, it was obvious the luck has gone his way. Good to see him come back to earth

  23. Great win, again goes to the wrong pitcher. When will the moronic MLB correct this? Answer, not in your lifetime.

  24. Mets split a DH today so the lead is trimmed to 3 games. They’re also starting a pitcher making his ML debut tomorrow.

  25. Grossman has been such a pleasant surprise. Braves scouting team has been impressive these last few years since AA took over. Not gross man at all – Lovelyman!

  26. @38 win-win! Glad y’all had a wonderful time together.

    @42 Good Thing for the Braves that they aren’t starting him against us.

    BTW, are there statistics that back up the claims that we suck in extras?

  27. we were 9-16 heading into the year so I think we’re all just collectively traumatized by the past, we’ve probably been slightly better this year

  28. On a completely unrelated note… I was listening to Jethro Tull yesterday and thought of our starting pitcher. And then that got me thinking about people calling Max “Varsity”

    I’ve always thought this was referring to his maturity and poise, but now I’m wondering if it’s making a joke about fried stuff at The V.

  29. @49–Yep, the fried goodness at the Atlanta Drive In institution inspired that one. AAR, I’m pretty sure, came up with it.

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