perspective: n – a mental view or prospect – dictionary.com
So, in a season in which the Braves had little to no realistic chance of contending, and in which our cornerstone for the future had his wrist broken, one could be forgiven if one took last night’s squandered opportunity for a win hard. But, here’s where perspective comes in to save the day.
Mike Foltynewicz was a stud. I once wrote that if I squinted hard I could kind of see Noah Syndegaard when looking at Folty. Well, last night no squinting was required. Foltynewicz went seven innings of two hit shutout ball, tossing in 10 strikeouts against a mere two walks. Five of those Ks were of the caught looking variety, so I would suggest that Folty’s stuff was even filthier than it appears from the box score, and/or he and Tyler Flowers were deep inside the heads of the Cincy hitters.
Unfortunately, the bullpen blew it – specifically Jim Johnson. Johnson allowed a run scoring double to Eugenio Saurez in the ninth, and then wild pitched him home. Jose Ramirez completed the gag job by allowing Devin Mesaraco to walk it off in the bottom of the 10th with a solo homer. But, since we all expected this season to be a string of short term pains, last night’s performance by our starter offered more than a glimpse of a better future. It may have been a signal that the future is closer than we think. Perspective.