The wind was blowing in at Coors Field, but it didn’t make the Braves shutout any less impressive, as Nick Markakis, Dansby Swanson, and Ozzie Albies all tamed it with solo home runs. Sean Newcomb went 6+ strong innings, allowing 5 hits and 0 (!) walks, along with piling up 9 strikeouts.
Newcomb started a double play in the first to help him dance around 3 Rockies hits; the Rockies didn’t touch him again until back to back singles to start the 7th. Shane Carle‘s fun story continues, as he induced a double play and a fly out to finish the 7th, and to keep Newcomb’s line clean. Sam Freemangot his man in the 8th, plus one more, the first with the help of an into-the-stands diving catch by Charlie Culberson, which you undoubtedly will be able to see on the highlight show of your choice. Arodys Vizcaino finished up uneventfully in a non-save situation.
Albies also hit a scorching double into the left center field gap accounting for the Braves other RBI. The Braves take the series, and they raise their record to 6 – 3.
The Braves fast start may slow the brakes on the Ronald Acuna rumors. It was widely assumed that under the tutelage of our miracle workers at Gwinnett, that Acuna would need little more than a week in order to acquire the seasoning he lacks in order to be ready to join the major league team. Micro sample size notwithstanding, the day is still fast approaching.
It’s just old Lane, and Lane’s waiting on the judgment day “Well, Lane my friend, what about young Anibal?” He said “Do me a favor son, won’t you stay and keep Anibal company?”