We all know why Anthopolous
worked so hard to add relievers at the deadline: so we would not have to watch
Luke Jackson with the game on the line. No
such luck tonight. Shane Greene was given his first save opportunity as a
Brave, entering the ninth with a 4-3 lead.
He now has his first blown save as a Brave. Give Jackson credit; with the game tied in
the 10th, Luke struck out the side.
In fact, Jackson earned a W, because Ronald Acuña had a walk off rbi hit
in the bottom of the 10th giving
the Braves a 5-4 victory.
For a while in
this game, I thought we might not see any relievers for the Braves. Keuchel pitched so well through six innings
that it looked like we might get a second complete game in 3 days. For those six innings, Dallas was masterful,
allowing only two baserunners on a hit and a walk, both by Aristides “the Just”
Aquino. He had only tossed 72 pitches to
Braves had built a 3-0 lead. The Braves
struck first in the third, scoring without the benefit of a hit. Albies walked, stole second, advanced to
third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch. They pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fifth on
an Ozzie triple, a run scoring double by Freeman, and a run scoring double by
Duvall. Ozzie had two hits, two runs scored, and two stolen bases on the night
(and as if that wasn’t enough, he pulled translator duty in the post-game TV
interview of RAJ).
But in the top of
the seventh, Keuchel gave up two groundball singles. The second one was just under the glove of
Camargo–looked like it could have and should have been an inning ending
DP. Then, boom, a 3 run homer by Aristides
(“the best and most honorable man in Athens”), and the game was tied.
made his Braves debut in the 8th.
He gave up a walk and a bloop hit but rendered a scoreless inning. Then the Braves drew four walks in the bottom
of the 8th to take a 4-3 lead.
Acuña got the go ahead rbi with a bases loaded walk. He is so impressive; he so rarely offers at
balls out of the zone, and his patience gave the Braves the lead.
And set up the
perfect opportunity for Greene to introduce himself to Atlanta fans and earn
his first save. He really didn’t pitch
badly. In fact, as several of you noted
during the game, his ninth looked a lot like a Luke Jackson ninth, with lots of
bad BABIP luck. He surrended a looping liner
to left, and a ground ball single on an 0-2 count (with different positioning it
could have been a double play). A dribbler to mound advanced the runners to 2nd
and 3rd. A flare to left tied
the game, but Duvall made a strong throw to cut down the go ahead runner at the