Alright, who didn’t see THAT coming? Alex Wood pitched well, as he generally does, but got hung with the unfortunate loss. He went six innings, gave up five hits and four walks, struck out five, and got hung with four runs but only one of them earned.
It was one of the times when the concept of the “unearned” run was completely fair, as the four runs that inning scored on:
1) a bleeder that kicked between Simmons and Johnson, in a play that Andrelton Simmons sprained his ankle while accidentally stepping on third base wrong
2) a pop-up that kicked the heel of La Stella’s glove and then squirted out.
I’d have to guess that part of the reason that he gave up four walks is that, when facing Felix Hernandez, the optimal strategy is that you’d rather throw a ball than a hittable strike. (This was Tom Glavine’s strategy with men on base his entire career: with bases empty, batters hit .256/.304/.384, while with bases full, they hit .260/340/.369. He was happy to give up the extra on-base percentage in order to give up less slugging.) In all events, they didn’t have much success hitting safely against him. But the Braves had even less success hitting safely against Felix. Of course, we saw that coming.
Tonight we’ll face Chris Young, the 35-year old 6’10” soft-tossing
southpaw northpaw Princeton grad who I had no idea was still in the league. On our side, we’ve got Julio Teheran, who is probably the best player on the team right now. This is the game to win. Julio, be our stopper.