We know from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., a turn of the century southpaw with a wicked spitball, that you can’t shout ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater. Last night, the Braves, courtesy of Sam Freeman et al. showed that shouting ‘Fire’ in a crowded bullpen is just as bad.
Brandon McCarthy started for the Braves, and went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs. Although, to be fair, he probably was lucky his matches were wet, as he could have been tagged for a lot more than 2. He started off his evening by surrendering a two run shot to Jose Pirela in the first. Then he wriggled off the hook in the second when he loaded the bases with nobody out. But he struck out Clayton Richard, the Padres pitcher, and got a double play from Travis Jankowski.
In the 4th, Amanda’s Husband allowed the first two hitters, Galvis, who only went 5-5, and Manuel Margot, fresh off his star turn in Superman, to single, but managed to escape further damage.
Freddie Freeman gave the Braves the lead in the 5th, homering to put the local nine up 3-2. Nick Markakis follwed with an infield single, but Richard buckled down and stranded Neck.
Snit pulled McCarthy in the 6th, after a two out Galvis double. Shane Carle came in to walk Lois Lane Margot, but struck out Raffy Lopez.
In the fateful seventh, Freeman came on, and immediately loaded the bases. Single to Franmil Reyes, walk to Jankowski, and a Baltimore Chop off the plate by Eric Hosmer, and things were looking bad. We got a ray of light, when Pirela hit a comebacker for the 1-2-3 double play, but it wasn’t the dawn of another escape, it was the 9:45 Express to Newnan barrelling right over us. Hunter Renfroe singled on an 0-2 hanging slider. Peter Moylan came in to get the right handed hitting Charlie Villanueva, and walked him, and Galvis torched him for a three run shot. 7-3 Padres.
Luis Gohara pitched a completely dramaless 8th and 9th, surrendering two ‘earned’ runs that shouldn’t have scored since the Braves were again screwed by the Replay Bozos in New York when Dansby Swanson‘s neat double play was not called correctly.
Anyway, Sean Newcomb tonight for the Braves, looking for a repeat of last week’s six shutout innings he tossed in Petco. Bring your fire extinguishers.