So, at what stage of “Major League” are these guys?
A. They have uniforms and everything
B. These guys ain’t so (freaking) bad
C. The veterans are starting to play back to form and the rookies are developing faster than I thought
D. We’re contenders now
All answers seem defensible as folk hero Charlie Culberson‘s 2 run homer in the bottom of the 9th gave the Braves a 3 – 1 series victory, and forced the Nationals to walk off 1 1/2 games behind the first place Braves.
2nd Lieutenant Dans’ heroics were preceded by a game tying homer by our other shortstop Dansby in the 7th, and Anibal Sanchez baffled the Nationals over 7 innings, allowing only 2 hits, and striking out 5. The 2 runs were unearned. The well-rested duo of Dan Winkler and Arodys Vizcaino finished up, with Vizcaino getting the win despite a walk and a hit in his inning.
Jefry Rodriguez went 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut, in relief of starter Jeremy Hellickson, who left with an apparent hamstring injury after only 2 batters. Tanner Roark took the loss in relief, retiring only a single batter. Both were pitching on 2 days rest; Roark having thrown 98 pitches in his game 1 loss on Thursday, and Rodriguez having thrown 87 for AA Harrisburg. Bowman on Rodriguez. Interesting contrast in the use of Winkler and Vizcaino in the series with that of Rodriguez and Roark, although Rodriguez is probably considered expendable.