Don’t expect much from this recap. Late game out west, and I have an early start tomorrow. So, just the basics.
Braves win!!! You all know about Wednesday’s loss to the Bosox. I’ve seen it described as demoralizing, excruciating, gut wrenching, soul crunching. Tonight’s game was pretty much all of that—with one crucial difference. Despite blowing a two run lead in the ninth and giving up the tying homer with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, the Braves somehow managed to win this one. They scored a run in the top of the tenth on a wild pitch, and then, miraculously, Brad Brach held the Snakes scoreless in the bottom of the tenth. Braves win!
The bullpen was really very good in August. That’s hard to remember after the meltdown the last two games. It’s feeling like there is no one you can turn to right now to hold a lead.
Several good things happened tonight. Four hits by Kakes, homers by Zuk and Johan, Freddie hitting the ball hard and scoring a couple of runs. And let’s all give props to Snit for getting tossed.
As difficult as the last two days have been, the Braves have managed to shave two more games off the magic number. With tonight’s win and yesterday’s Phillies loss, it’s down to 19 with 22 to play. It’s going to be a wild three weeks. Meaningful September baseball is what we’ve all wanted. But many more like the last two and I don’t think I’ll survive it.