One of the coolest traditions in baseball is singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the 14th inning stretch. Tommy Pham took a lot of the glory out of it for the Braves, as his 2nd home run of the game came in the top of that inning, and it proved decisive.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 lead, led by Pham and a home run by Matt Carpenter. The third time through the order was one too many for Michael Wacha however, as the Braves scratched back 2 runs in the top of the 6th after being shut out for 5. A Dansby Swanson RBI in the 7th and a Freddie Freeman home run in the 8th tied it.
Seven different Atlanta relievers threw 7 1-hit innings in back of R.A. Dickey, until Josh Collmenter came on in the 14th. The Braves managed enough baserunners to hit into 5 double plays. Dansby went 1-6 to raise his batting average to .151. (Sorry. Had to.) The highlights really dropped off fast.
Dansby now has a career batting average of .234 in 235 Major League at-bats, which is about what one would project for a .261 hitter in AA (333 at-bats.) Neither the Major League not the Minor League sample size is satisfactorily large, but they are what we have. If Dansby can get his 2017 batting average up to .234, then we’ll have some good hitting ahead.
Off Monday, then at Houston Tuesday.
Funniest thing I ever heard about St. Louis: “St. Louis has the best fans in baseball.” – St. Louis fans