Maybe winning every game 5-1 would get boring. Let’s try it for a few weeks and find out.
Brandon Beachy started and did Brandon Beachy things, striking out eleven in six innings and allowing only one run, on a solo homer by Jose Bautista. By that time, the Braves already had two runs as Dan Uggla did an un-Atlanta Uggla thing and hit a two-run homer with Freeman aboard in the second. Brian McCann, the best catcher in baseball, did Brian McCann things in the third and hit a homer with Heyward aboard in the bottom of the inning to make it 4-1.
Of course, Jo-Jo Reyes was pitching, so virtually everything that happened can be considered a Jo-Jo Reyes thing. Finally, Brooks Conrad did a Brooks Conrad thing and hit a pinch homer in the seventh, though it wasn’t that clutch a situation. This led, inevitably, to Fredi Gonzalez things, using Jonny Venters to pitch the eighth the day after he pitched a night game (he allowed two walks and a hit but no runs) and Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. Kimbrel did not do Kimbrel things; he threw a perfect inning but with no hits, strikeouts, or walks. Weird.
You have to love the way Beachy pitched — eleven strikeouts, two walks, just four hits and one big mistake. If he could be a shade more efficient, then we’d be getting somewhere.