I love this team!
Well, Brandon Beachy is back and let’s just say he threw a lot of strikes.
Beachy went three and two-thirds, gave up seven runs on eight hits walking one and striking out five. In reality, he would have been better off putting the ball on a tee and running back to field his position. You can see why the Braves wanted him to get one more rehab start before coming up. Let’s hope he can get a few kinks worked out by his next start.
In the third, down five nothing, the Braves sent 11 batters to the plate scoring six runs and bailing Beachy out. However, as noted above, Beachy looked more like Smitty on the mound and the Rockies took the lead back faster than Fredi can flash the bunt sign.
In the bottom of the fifth the Braves pulled ahead on a Joey Terdoslavich single. It appeared that would be all the Braves would need as both teams went into hibernation mode.
In the ninth Jordan Walden came on for the save, but he wasn’t up to the task. He gave up a walk to Dexter Fowler who latter came around on a Carlos González hit. Eventually the Rockies would load the bases and Fredi went to the newest Brave Scott Downs, who got to the game sometime around the first pitch. Downs managed to get Todd Helton to wiggle out of the jam.
As we have said before, never give up on this team. They can score a bunch of runs in a hurry.
The lead is now up to nine and I like to imagine the Nats watching the game in a basement of the Capitol wondering what they have to do to catch a break.
Even though it is only one start, Beachy’s performance was not confidence inspiring. With the trade deadline looming in a few days, I have to think Frank Wren is going to be calling a lot of teams inquiring on a middle of the rotation pitcher.