The Braves hopes for taking the rubber game of the 3 game series were almost broken in the 8th as Jose Ramirez left a 4 – 2 lead unprotected, courtesy of a two run homer by Marcell Ozuna. However, Brandon Phillips came through in the 9th with his 2nd walk off hit in as many days, clinching the Braves 2nd straight series victory. Johan Camargo singled and scored the game winner, and was key in a 4 run 7th inning, with a pinch single RBI and subsequent run scored.
Mike Foltynewicz shut out the Marlins for 5 innings before surrendering a couple of runs in the 6th. He did a good job escaping the inning only allowing 2 runs, needing to strike out A.J. Ellis and retire J.T. Riddle with the bases loaded to keep the Braves in the game, down 2 – 0.
Today marked Folty’s 50th Major League start, and coming into it, his career numbers as a starter include 273 IP, 303 H, 235 K, a 4.71 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Throwing out his egregious 2015 first season in Atlanta, Folty seems to have leveled off as approximately the pitcher he was in 2016, where he posted 123 IP, 125 H, 111 K, 4.31 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. Mike’s had a number of outstanding starts, but we are building enough data to begin to conclude that this is the pitcher he is going to be.
However, at age 25 there’s still plenty of season left to see if he can make those outstanding starts more consistently and get to the kind of end of season numbers that make championship rotations. Foltynewicz provides a reminder about rebuilding – the timeline doesn’t start when the prospects get here, it starts when they get here and produce. It will be interesting to see how many seasons of adjustment it takes the next wave of prospects to begin to produce championship numbers at the Major League level.
The Braves have now clawed back into a tie for 2nd in the NL East, and San Francisco comes to town on Monday.
The 2nd funniest thing I ever heard about Miami: “Made enough money to buy Miami, but I pissed it away so fast.” – Jimmy Buffett.