The combination of the school year starting again and my teaching young children has resulted in a head cold for me, so my brain is admittedly a bit cloudy. I didn’t realize how bad it actually must be, though, until I checked the final score this morning and find that my brain is processing the information I am reading as Julio Teheran won a game at home and the Braves offense pounded out double digit hits in route to a victory. The only thing I can figure is that I must be reading the box score upside down somehow, because if I flipped it over it would read “Braves L”, and that feels comfortable and right. I should perhaps have left recapping honors to someone who could actually pass along accurate information, but instead I’ll let you all into the fantasy my brain is creating today and let you glimpse what a Braves win would be like.
Our old friend Edwin Jackson returned to Turner Field and was treated rather rudely. The Braves knocked him out of the box in the 3rd when they put up a 5 spot on the board. Julio got it all started with a leadoff double, which was followed by consecutive singles by Inciarte, Garcia, and Freddie. Matt Kemp then popped up the first pitch he saw, but Markakis walked on four pitches and Tyler Flowers brought home the third run with a sacrifice fly. That offense alone feels like a gluttony of riches, but Peterson and Swanson both wanted in on the fun too, and they both came through with two-out, full-count, run-scoring singles to turn the lineup over and bring up Teheran again. Rather than let Jackson face the pitcher for the second time, Andy Green pulled him then and there to put an end to the madness.
Teheran, probably exhausted by all the excitement of having to run the bases and bat twice in one inning, gave two of those runs back in the 4th on a home run to Oswaldo Arcia. That was all he would allow, though, through 7 innings. I didn’t see his entire performance, but he looked pretty darn sharp in what I did catch of it, and it felt good to see him pitch like that again.
The Braves rounded out their scoring when Swanson picked up two more two-out RBIs on the evening with a 5th inning double. The Padres managed to tack on a final run in the 9th off of Ian Krol, but that was all they could manage. The Braves kicked off the homestand with a 7-3 victory. It’s rather nice when they get to pick on someone their own size.
With this win, the Braves are almost to 50 on the season! A win on Wednesday could get them there before September. Who woulda thunk?