The thing about this year’s team is that they are usually in control. They typically get out in front early (towards the top of the league in first inning runs), they stay in front, and it may be a close game, but they close the deal. They were .700 in one-run games coming into this game. They haven’t blown a lot of leads (only three blown saves, tied for best in baseball), and their defense is good enough that they don’t let bad defense let teams back in. But I count two games where fans would say they “let it get away”, and both were to the Cubs. You remember the game where we blew the big lead in the terrible weather, and then last night.
We had another overall dominant but short performance from the starting pitcher. Mike Foltynewicz went 5, struck out 10, and gave up one unearned run. Luiz Gohara pitched a terrific 2 1/3 of an inning long performance, and Dan Winkler brought it to Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth. Usually that’s a game we win, but Vizzy blew the save in the 9th, and we had consecutive bad calls in the fifth that took a run off the board and a runner off third base.
I’m sure you’ve already seen it, but this was the call at the plate that was not overturned: Contreras gets Camargo at home. Even if Montgomery did get the helmet, it’s hard to see how he wasn’t safe. With Vizzy’s blown save, that would have been an eventual game-tying run the Braves badly needed. But that’s modern-day baseball. We have replay, the technology works, but sometimes, for whatever reason, the boys in NYC find themselves agreeing with the boys in blue even if the video seems to suggest otherwise.
Personally, I don’t make much of Vizzy’s blown save. He’s not an elite closer, and there were no delusions of grandeur when we entered the season with him. If his save percentage decreases, then I think that’s cause for alarm. Minter is also getting some save opportunities, and between Winkler and Minter, maybe natural selection kicks in somewhere.