Game 1: Luiz Gohara made his debut, and with some strike zone squeezing and some bad defensive play, his line looked worse than it was. Snitker said after the game that they would decide if Gohara makes another start, but Bowman later came out and said that Gohara would and Snit was just frustrated. Wouldn’t you love to be a manager over all of this not knowing how you’ll be evaluated?
Gohara pitched poorly enough to lose, usually, but then Matt Wisler did his thing and Wisled in a few more runs. He gave up 5 ER in 1 1/3, and the radio crew was unqiuely negative about Wisler’s regression. When they turn on you, it ain’t good. But when you give up 12 runs, it’s hard to win.
In other news, our new backup catcher is no Suzuki/Flowers, but he put in 2 hits and raised his average to a defensible .250 but with no on-base or power. Freddie Freeman, swinging his wet newspaper, contributed two hits, and Ender Inciarte, who loves doubleheaders, put in three of his own, including a home run. Ender may end up with as many home runs this year as he has in his career 1,464 ABs across 3 seasons combined.
Game 2: This one wasn’t so bad. Julio Teheran gave up 5 IP, 3 ER, which I only find interesting because MLB.com is referring to it as a “strong start”. I suppose in the Atlanta rebuild, the Braves’ have their own definition of a quality start. Freddie Freeman continues to be a part of every rally the Braves can get themselves into, and he ripped a 2-run double during a 5-run 2nd inning. Sam Freeman, Jose Ramirez, and Arodys Vizcaino continue to be a formidable trio in the late innings, once again combining for 3 IP of scoreless ball to end the game. I count 8 games in the last 2 months where all three combined to shut down the late innings.
Splittin’ a twin bill against a playoff team. I guess there’s something to find there.