Ahh, irrelevant September games against the Marlins. A 12:40 start, Freddi wanted to make clear how little he cared about this game, so he gave the start to Freddie Garcia. To drive home the point, he also started BJ Upton and Dan Uggla. Not to be out done, the Marlins countered with Juan Pierre and an ancient astronomer.
The game itself wasn’t exactly uneventful, but it’s not like any pitcher hit a HR. The Braves took a lot of pitches and left a lot of guys on base before breaking through in the 3rd inning for 4 runs coming on three walks and doubles by Evan Gattis and Chris Johnson (part of a 3-hit day; he got robbed of a 4th). The next inning, Freedie Freeman hit a 2-run HR to put the game out of reach.
Garcia, meanwhile, pitched quite well. He’d been good in relief with the big club, and today he gave Atlanta 6 innings of 1-run ball. He wasn’t exactly razor-sharp, surrendering scads of hits and only recording a few Ks, but his real job was, “Give Alex Wood a break”, and for that, he was marvelous. Jordan Walden returned with a one-hit inning in relief, David Carpenter pitched the 8th, and Tony Varvaro pitched the 9th.
Other highlights included Garcia huffing and chugging his way to first to make the play just in time on a groundball to the first baseman and Chip making the point, after noting that the Royals have the best ERA in the AL and the As have the second best that, “You pitch, you win.” Except, I guess, if you’re the Royals?