There certainly hasn’t been a Post All-Star Break swoon for these Braves. Maybe they are inspired by the nice people and lovely weather. But even though there have been some nice people, the Braves are keeping their foots on the throats of those nice people’s beloved baseball teams.
Where do I begin, this sweet love story of … Oh. For those of the uninitiated, there once was (is there still?) a beer named “Old Wilwaukee.” Among my circle it became known as Old Mule Hockey. Thus the appellation for the opponents.
Max Fried was Maximus. 5 innings no runs. However, he left after the fifth with a dreaded blister. I think the Braves need to call in Moises Alou to solve this problem. 5 K’s, 2 BB’s, 78 pitches, and 46 of those for strikes.
However, the otherwise comatose from maltose got good pitching results as well. Adrian Houser had a perfect game through 3, but then in 4, it didn’t go so well. Ronald Acuna, Jr., the Toolshed with Precision Tools, hit a grounder up the middle, but in modern shift position, Keston Hiura caught it in very short left center, but couldn’t get the throw to first. Then Dansby hit a hard ball down the third base line and it went off of Moustakas’ glove and the scorer game the Lieutenant a hit. Then, Freddie Freeman, Number 5 on his jersey and Number 1 in our hearts sat curve on the first pitch and hit it 415 or so feet to center. In most ball parks a 414 foot fly ball in fair territory is a home run and it certainly was here.
After Fried’s blister started acting up, Josh Tomlin was in the zone and appeared to be hitting his spots, but the Brewers like those spots. 3 to 2.
Well, this Braves team seems to hate the concept of “Hibernation Mode.” So, they promptly got one back in the 7th and threatened for more. Swarzak and Jackson cleaned up the 8th and ninth, and the Braves threatened again in the 9th, but that was about it.
The Phillies are in freefall as they are playing the Dodgers and got walloped. The next 3 days the Nats have the Orioles, so the streak needs to keep going.