You bet we are. Don’t mess with the Braves on a Saturday night at home.
We spotted them 2 -it seemed to matter then – but soon we were off to the races. 15 unanswered runs thoroughly embarrassing our wretched opponents. Those runs were spread pretty evenly but for a 4 and 5 spot so I’m not going to go through it in repetitive sequence. What should be much more fun is to pick stuff out as it occurs to me, at random, and hope that may bring back good memories for all.
Our starting pitching first, primarily a fine debut from Mr Brandon McCarthy who pitched into the sixth inning giving up 6 hits 2 earned runs 3 walks and striking out 6. We could not have asked for more particularly so when you remember the top of the first, two out, two runs scored, two on in scoring position, full count. He got the crucial strike out that stopped 2 runs becoming 4 and although we didn’t know it then we were on cruise control.
With Brandon gone Winkler, Solocovitch and Ravin followed for the last 3.2 innings, no hits, no runs, one walk, 4 strike outs. Pretty amazing stuff when you compare it to what was happening from the other dugout. Who knew who these guys were, not me.
So now to our hitters, the regulars first.
Ender…3 for 6, 4 rbi, no XBH, no K, enjoyed himself.
Ozzie…1 for 6 , 1 rbi, 4 LOB…he’s not there yet, triple was lucky break but O can he run! Great defense all night.
Freddie… 2 for 5, 1 walk, 2 rbi…what can you say, our rock.
Neck… 2 for 3, 3 bb, 1 k….professional, NOT a pejorative term! Check the numbers
Dansby…2 for 6, 1 rbi, 1 k…maintains his improvement.
Lane Adams pinch hit right at the end, Home Run, 2 rbi.
Now the neverwozzers, who are these guys? They became, collectively, the story of the evening, they were fantastic.
Stewart/Tucker/Flaherty… combined 8 for 13,
Stewart Avg .286, Flaherty .538. OPS 1.340, Tucker .417/ .917
And the best thing of all, gentleman, for the first time, no longer are these guys, pitchers and hitters alike, no names. We’ve lived and died with them, they are now a face, we love them.
A word about defense tonight. We had zero errors , they had 4. But more than that we totally outplayed them in that department. Last year they made us look slow and bumbling, the boot was on the other foot tonight
So Philly has been put in their place, they’ll be tipping their forelock soon. But they’ll be back. Sometimes though, it’s just lovely to look down and be bitchy.