Many people don’t believe in moral victories, but we didn’t give up 9 runs in 1 inning due to multiple botched fielding attempts. That’s a moral victory. In all seriousness, Jaime Garcia had another very good start, and has emerged as Jair Jurrjens-esque staff ace with poor peripherals. He went 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, and 2 K. He still has a 3.9 BB/9 on the year with a 5.8 K/9, so one has to wonder if this will continue. When we acquired the three veteran SPs, you would have been reasonable to assume one would pitch really well, one would be mediocre at best, and one would be either injured or terrible. That is exactly what has happened.
The unearned run was the result of a throwing error by Rio Ruiz on a double play ball he made a pretty good play on which to get the lead runner. He had 5 chances that inning, all played well, but the errant throw scored a run, and one could make an argument that Jace Peterson, playing first in place of Matt Adams, should have knocked it down.
Nonetheless, we were tied 1-1 until Arodys Vizcaino gave up a home run to Eric Young Jr.. Yes, the same Eric Young Jr. who had not hit a home run since 2014. The Freeman-less Braves have all the luck and stand at 6-8 since his injury. Sweet.
Off-day today, then Bronson Arroyo and the somehow better Cincinnati Reds.