Truth be told, I didn’t watch a single pitch of this game. Because, California. School night. So I don’t really have anything to add to what you can gather from the various game summaries around the web. Tim Hudson gave up single runs in the first three innings and someone named Andrew Cashner shut down the offense for eight innings. That was about it, really. Both Braves runs were driven in by Freddie Freeman, but the second of those came via a rally killing double play in the sixth that effectively gutted the last scoring opportunity the Braves would have. (Homeruns don’t kill rallies; GIDPs kill rallies, even if they drive in a run from third.)
That’s really all I have for you. From the box score and San Diego slanted write-ups, it might have been one of those nights you just tip your hat to a guy who has his A-game going, but I know how much you guys hate that sort of thing. Nonetheless, if the Braves had a converted reliever who was 4-1 at home and consistently lowering his mid-3s ERA with every start we’d talk about his skill rather than the batters’ failures. Oh well. Such are the vagaries of fandom.
Paul Maholm attempts to right the ship this afternoon, take at least one in San Diego and bring us home with a 3-4 road trip, rather than 2-5. Edison Valquez and his 6-something ERA go for the Pads so the offense really should be able to get something going there. Game time is 3:40 PM, Eastern. This is our last tilt west of Kansas City for the rest of the year, so going forward we should be able to actually watch the games and make it to work the next day.
Consider this your game thread as well…