MLB.com actually stole my “clever” headline this morning. Ozzie did all the damage against the Phightin’s last night. Homered to open scoring. Came in on a throwing error by Carlos Santana for the second run. Scampered home on a Ronald RBI single to close it out for the final 3-0.
Amanda’s Man was on point for 5 innings, throwing harder than I’ve ever seen him throw. Consistently hitting 95-96 on his fastball, with placement. Backed it up with that stupidly gorgeous 12-6 curve he drops in when he gets in trouble, which was working for him all night. One of the reasons I enjoy watching McCarthy pitch is that curve. In the age of My Fastball Is Fasterbally Than Yours, I love a good sweeping curve.
Aside from Ozzie, the Braves were shut down by Phils pitching all night. Vince Velasquez mowed down the rest of the order with some degree of fierceness, racking up 9 strikeouts in his half game start. But he was basically playing the Foltynewicz Shuffle all night, throwing tons of pitches, working very hard for every out, wriggling out of jams all night.
Philly’s pen came in and did a nice job as well, Albies excluded. They ended up with 14 K’s on the night, all told. But four of those were Dansby, who seems to be in a funk again, two were Ryan Flaherty, who has come back to earth from his hot start, and three were the opposing pitcher McCarthy.
All told, this was a good get-away win for the Bravos, against a team that is pretty good and should be a nice intradivision rival for years to come.