Ten steps forward, thirty steps back. After a couple of dominating performances in a row, Mike Foltynewicz just didn’t have it tonight. And the Pirates, who have frustrated their fans by remaining only a few games above .500 all year — ah, what I wouldn’t give to be angry about that just once more — teed off on him.
Quick-hook Snitker yanked Folty after three innings, and the first man out of the pen was O’Failurety, who gave up a run; John Gant followed him and gave up two more. He may some day be a good major league pitcher, as Fangraphs seems to think; but, to quote Aragorn son of Arathorn, it is not this day.
Chase d’Arnaud led off (?) and went 2-3 with a walk (?!), but Neck and Freddie couldn’t do anything with the table he was setting, going a collective 0-8. Neck is now batting .194 in May, with a grand total of one extra-base hit all month. That, uh, isn’t boosting his trade value.
Presented without comment is this from the ESPN recap:
Atlanta was forced to scratch Erick Aybar a few hours before the game after the shortstop arrived at PNC Park expressing discomfort in his chest after swallowing a chicken bone. He was taken to a local hospital and replaced by Daniel Castro, who went 0 for 4 as his average dropped to .198.
Braves manager Brian Snitker said Aybar was fine and returned to the team during the game but was unable to play because he’d been sedated while undergoing treatment.