Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, Matt Kemp came through in the 8th with a bases-clearing double to help the Braves earn one of those “W” things that have become rather rare in recent weeks. Kemp’s late heroics helped to mask the fact that the Braves stranded an alarming number of runners over the first seven innings and appeared to be running headlong toward yet another defeat.
After the Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Rob Whalen couldn’t make it out of the 3rd. He was pulled after giving up four runs, and the Braves found themselves in a two-run deficit. They were able to get one of those runs back the following inning, but the stranding runners tactics the offense fell into kept the game at 4-3 for awhile.
Kemp’s double in the 8th finally broke the offensive frustrations on the night and put the Braves on top, and a Dansby Swanson sac fly in the 9th provided a little icing on the cake and allowed the Braves to emerge victorious by a 7-4 score.
A huge shoutout goes to the Braves bullpen, who allowed only three hits in 6.1 innings and held the D-Backs scoreless to keep the Braves in the game. Jose Ramirez and Mauricio Cabrera both struck out the side in their inning of work, and Ramirez was rewarded for his efforts with the win.
The Braves have mastered the whole “keep ourselves in the game” attitude, but with rallies that fall just short of being able to be called comebacks. This was one of those pleasant Blind Squirrel/Nut games, where they were able to complete the comeback and actually emerge victorious. It’s nice they’re able to mix things up a bit, every now and then.