So, with Atlanta matching up with Jose Urena for the first time since last August, I thought I would try to tie in the last night’s match-up with Avengers:Endgame. But, you know, Thanos is such a well-written villain (in my opinion anyway – which since I’m doing this recap, is the only one that matters. If you don’t like it – well, tough.) that it does the character a disservice to compare him to a punk like Urena. Then, trying to figure out who were the Avengers would’ve been tough. Cap? Freddie Freeman or Brian McCann?. Iron Man? Josh Donaldson? Thor? Probably Ronald Acuna. Ant-Man would definitely be Ozzie Albies. The only thing I am definitely sure of is that Ebony Maw showed up unexpectedly in the broadcast booth. I give you Mr. Joe Simpson.
Anyway, to the aforementioned game. Atlanta jumped out early, with Fab Five Freddie blasting a solo homer in the top of the first. Kevin Gausman shut down the Fish but Atlanta couldn’t do anything in the second. After getting the first out in the bottom of the 2nd, Gausman laid the groundwork for plunking Urena by allowing an infield single to Martin Prado, then walking Jorge Alfaro and hitting Jon Berti with a pitch. Miami tied it up when Rosell Herrera grounded out to Albies on a ball that the only play was to toss to first. Foundations of an Episode laid to claim he wasn’t really throwing at Urena – Gosh, really, no, I’m just wild.
First pitch to Urena was a 97 mph heater right behind the knees, and home plate umpire Jeff Nelson immediately ejected Gausman. Touki Toussaint was summoned from the pen, and he couldn’t get Urena, who walked, but did manage to strike out Curtis Granderson on a nasty hook to limit the damage.
Atlanta regained the lead in the third. Ender Inciarte singled to lead off the inning, and was sacrificed to second by Touki. After an Albies flyout, Donaldson brought the rain with a sky high pop that fell in the no man’s land between the first baseman, second baseman, and right fielder. 2-1 Atlanta.
Touki settled down in the bottom of the frame sandwiching a walk to Brian Anderson in between a strikeout and a Starlin Castro double play. Atlanta tacked on third run in the 4th when Acuna singled, Nick Markakis drew a walk, and Acuna advanced to third on Dansby Swanson‘s flyball, and BMac brought him in with a sac fly to left.
Nobody threatened in the 5th, and in the 6th, Neck drew a one out walk, and then with two down, BMac pulled a ball into the bullpen in right to make it 5-1. Touki seemed to run out of gas in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases with one out on a Prado walk, a Alfaro single and a Berti infield single. Herrera popped up to left not deep enough to score Prado, and when the Marlins brought in Neil Walker to pinch hit, Snit went to Jerry Blevins in the pen, who to no one’s surprise walked in the second Marlins run. But, Granderson flew out to right to end the Miami scoring.
The Bringer of Rain finished up the scoring in the 7th, with a two run double that was absolutely roped into the left field corner scoring Matt Joyce and Ozzie. That’s at least the third time in the last 10 games I can think of that Donaldson doubled home Ozzie from first base on a ringing double to left. If those two want to do that every couple of games or so, I can live with that.
Dan Winkler pitched a clean 7th, and Jacob Webb went two innings with just one harmless one out single in the 9th to finish out the game. Mike Soroka toes the rubber tonight against Trevor Richards. I hate facing Richards, as he seems to have the Braves number. But, what are you gonna do? Maybe he’ll accidently hit Donaldson and Jeff Nelson will toss him.