Other than one bad-ass swing from the obviously-rejuvenated Evan Gattis, this game wasn’t much fun to watch. Mike Minor was not very sharp, surrendering 11 hits and five runs in six innings, and neither were the bats — at least, not once anybody got on base. The Braves squandered some early opportunities.
One of those hits Minor gave up was a homer to Jose Fernandez in the sixth, which led to the benches clearing. Fernandez watched his homer for a LONG time, presumably in response to whatever it was that Chris Johnson was jawing at him about in the previous inning. McCann, Johnson, and various others didn’t take too kindly to that, but at least, unlike most of the rest of the game, the episode was entertaining!
(Honestly, it appeared to me that Johnson was the instigator/primary douche — it looked like he shouted at Hernandez in that previous inning, for whatever reason, that the Braves were on his fastball and that he should only throw the slider — but it’s entirely possible that I missed something.)
Anyway, like I said, it was a pretty ugly game, but it’s hard for me to get too worked up about it, given how pitiful the opponent is and how big a lead we have. I know we want home-field advantage, but I’m really just monitoring Jason Heyward’s game-readiness and waiting on the playoffs.
Last game of the series tomorrow afternoon; we’re probably gonna see a pretty sweet lineup.