Well, at least we got one.
Alex Wood took the mound for the first time since September 18th and turned in a pretty encouraging performance, I thought. He didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, but that’s partly because Bucknor gonna Bucknor — he pitched better than his line (6 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, and 2 runs) showed. (He’d be my fourth starter in the postseason, following Medlen, Minor, and Teheran, in that order.)
As for the bats, they looked pretty awful against the mighty Ross Ohlendorf, until the top of the sixth, when Dan Uggla (finally!) hit a bomb, and so did Justin Upton, to give the Braves their lead. They tacked on individual runs in the 7th and 9th, and Craig Kimbrel was back to his old self, so that was that.
Also worth noting: Out of the ‘pen, Loe, Downs, and Carpenter got some big outs, and Crotchety Joe Simpson — riffing first on CB Bucknor and then on Ryan Matheus — was particularly enjoyable, tonight. (Yes, I’m going to leave the B-Ref link to Joe’s stats; keep them in mind, the next time he’s telling you what quality MLB hitters should be doing.)
I hate the Nats. Their fans are stupid, and their manager and players seem to have a really tough time with reality. It’s fun finishing significantly ahead of them in the standings.
The Magic Number, as you know, is now at two. The lead over St. Louis for home-field advantage remains at 1.5 games. The Braves have Thursday off and will open a series at Wrigley on Friday
night afternoon, because Wrigley.