Of all the things that Matt Wisler could have done while making his first start in a month, he managed to accomplish the least likely, twirling six no-hit innings and finishing with a line of eight innings pitched and one run allowed on two singles and three walks against four strikeouts. Perhaps the most amazing thing of all is that Wisler needed only 103 pitches to go eight innings. It may not have been a perfect start, but for a player whom Coppolella called up publicly, whom some of us had begun to give up on, it’s hard to imagine a more welcome sight.
Inciarte went 2-5 at the top of the lineup, and is quietly having a really nice year. After he missed the first month of the season and had a terrible May, he’s hitting .298/.350/.407 since June 1, which is spot what you want out of the leadoff spot, and he’s been doing it with his typical very good defense. An RBI single by Freddie Freeman, a groundout by Nick Markakis, and an RBI double by Gordon Beckham (?) accounted for all the Atlanta scoring.
Wisler isn’t going to go eight innings his next time out, and he isn’t a number one starter. But he’s probably better than he looked in June and July, and even though this was just one game, it went a long way toward re-establishing himself as a part of the Braves’ long-term future. Good for him.