Earlier today – Trevor Cahill, one of the many neverwozzers who tarried briefly with the Braves pitching staff last year and accumulated an 0 and 3 record and a 7.5 ERA in doing so, was introduced, shockingly, into the seventh innings of the third game of the Cubs/Giant series, yet another one run scorcher. He relieved Arietta, went 1,2,3 , threw strikes from the word go, looked like a pitching machine out there, no problem. Well, yes. Why not.
Gant/Velazquez in Philly tonight, Gant his fifth start of the season, first since June. Garcia with a blast to the opposite field got things started., Hernandez matched it in the third. Gant looked ok but was running up the pitch count and in the same innings Rupp drove in 2 with a double, 3-1 Phils.
Dazzling defensive play by Franco robbed Flowers and closed out the top of the 4th after Nick had got Kemp home who had doubled. In the bottom half Gant raised his K total to 6. 3-2 Philly.
Dansby error lead to a 4th Philly run in the 5th, Gant went over 100 pitches, Kemp of all people closed out the innings plucking a Rupp drive off the top of the wall. Thought Dansby looked tired(slow bat?) but then he made a good play in the shift to rob Howard. 4-2 Phils.
Adonis, Adonis, 4-3. Move him up in your charts, Rob. My man. Pity Ender could not be on ahead with either of them.Velasquez is not making this easy, 7K’s so far, 2 of them Freddie, struck out the side here in the 6th. 4-3. Gant done at 113 pitches. 5IP 5H 4ER 1BB 6K. Pretty good you’d have to say, encouraging. Cunniff relieves after a bad outing in SF, gets them 1/2/3.
Velasquez stronger than ever, gets Neck for his fourth straight K, 88 pitches only in the 7th, but then Flowers gets a 1 out double. Joe quite rightly proud of himself for spotting these last 2 nights that every visit by the Phils coaching staff to the mound results in instant mayhem for them and a boost for the Braves. But Flowers is stranded. Phils, still 4-3.
Hey, it’s Shae!! Another in the my man club, want him to succeed so badly after those 2 wasted years. Birthday boy they say! 26. 98 on the gun, off speed had them out in front, all ground balls, 1/2/3.
Chase pinch hits to start the 8th, .409 in that role, wow. Walks, we have the top four coming up. Velasquez done, Neris relieves. Ender single becomes 2nd and 3rd after Philly error. Adonis cues in the tying run, his 50th RBI. Freddie walked intentionally, Kemp pops out, Neck K’s. 4-4. We still have not had a hit with runners in scoring position, so we are told.
Ramirez to pitch the bottom of the 8th, 3/4/5 hitters up. Franco nearly homers, gets lead off double, he’s 4 for 4. This will test Ramirez. Our nemesis is up but he rolls out, runner stuck at 2nd. Crowd into it. Ramirez passes test, strikes out Rupp, Bourjos flies out. Great work. 4/4
Gomez pitching. Jace one out infield it. 2 out, Beckham pinch hits, singles, 1st and 2nd 2 out, Ender up, dribbles out.
Major League Debut, Jed Bradley!! Absolutely no pressure. Strike out. Very loud foul, jeez. That was much too close by Galvis. 2 out. Fly out, good for the kid but the Gods did smile a bit. Free Baseball as our learned friend will undoubtedly have said..
Top 10th. The Gods were with us again. It must be we have this guy named Adonis, he scores the go ahead run after walking. With the bases loaded and one out two back to back dribblers have scored two runs. We lead 6-4, Mauricio will pitch the bottom half. He gets the 4 for 4 Franco on a vicious line drive for the final out. Bradley wins on his debut. Shazam.