Well, this one didn’t start the way you’d have expected. Mike Soroka didn’t have his best stuff in the first, and six singles led to 4 runs against him to start the game. It’s not completely out of nowhere; in 34 IP in June, Soroka had a mere mortal 3.71 ERA. Here’s also doing something he’s never done before, for what that’s worth. But he recovered, keeping them scoreless the next 3 innings before parting in the 5th with a high pitch count and runners on.
But you’ve heard the story before, and it will probably continue to be true, that this offense can overcome a poor starting pitching performance almost every night. The entire infield went yard tonight, something the broadcast said hadn’t been done since at least the Braves came to Atlanta. The teams actually matched each other in hits, but while the Phils only had a double by Rhys Hoskins and a homer by The Great Sean Rodriguez, the Braves had 5 doubles and 5 home runs. You come at the king, you best not miss.
But how about Dansby Swanson? In some respects, yesterday was not a great day for him as he passed his home run limit for the year. Starting yesterday, the man is operating out of compliance. But in other respects, it was actually a really good day with a double and two home runs. I’m not sure there was much of an expectation that he’d hit for this much power, but he’s through half the season with a .500 slugging percentage. And it’s not just home run power; he’s on pace to hit about 15-20 more doubles than he did last year as well. He’s also on pace for more walks than last year as well.
We have the Fish for 3 games with Teheran, Fried, and Keuchel going for us. We also have a 9-man pen and one of the best offenses in baseball. Let’s sweep those clowns.