The Braves haven’t won on a Wednesday in 4 weeks. So what do they do? They win 2. Against the Phillies. Hey, works for me!
Plenty to say, surprisingly, about two wins in August against a terrible team. Considering how bad we’ve played against the Phillies, you might be surprised to find out that this was the second 8+ run win against those clowns this year. Game One was highlighted by a 8 inning performance by RA Dickey, Team ERA Leader. The wind was working, so he was working, and he punched out 9 and scattered 8 baserunners around while giving up a run. AJ Minter got in his second game and pitched another scoreless inning. One would assume they’ll continue to ease him along, with good reason. If he challenges that Texan aggression into the strike zone, he’ll be unbeatable for a while.
Really, though, everybody got in on the action as the offense pumped out 15 hits together. Ender Inciarte contributed 5 of his own, just one shy of Atlanta’s hits in a game record. He also walked in the ninth. Freddie Freeman, Matt Adams (getting the start in left and successfully avoiding embarrassing himself), and Ozzie Albies all contributed two more hits apiece. Dansby Swanson got himself a hit too, and in the last 18 games, he rocks close to a .500 OBP. Good for that guy.
And hey, play two! Perhaps you shouldn’t push your luck if you sneak one past the vaunted Phillies, but the Braves decided to double their win total against these juggernauts. This time it was Julio Teheran pitching another strong outing. This’ll never get old. He went 6 2/3, but got pulled after a double. Sam Freeman finished that inning, Jose Ramirez tried and failed to get through the 8th (issuing 3 walks), and Arodys Vizcaino registered the technical save by entering the game during a save situation even though the game ended with it being out of a save situation. All told, the Freeman-to-Ramirez-to-Vizcaino has been gaining some momentum over the past few weeks. Not quite O’Ventbrel, but Freeramino is not bad.
Ender Inciarte, once again, bought the pain, hitting three more hits in this one, and going 8-10 with a triple and a walk in the doubleheader. What a man, what a man. Matt Kemp, Nick Markakis, and the Dans all tallied a couple hits as well. I tell you, Markakis’ power and lack thereof really stands out in the middle of this current order. All that guy does is lack a flaw in his game, and the dude can’t get no respect.
When they’re getting their brains beat in by the worst team in baseball, a doubleheader sweep is about as smooth as Crown and Coke.