With corner fences of about 325 ft, not many 1 – 0 games are played in the Great American Ball Park. This was one of those few…
Ervin Santana (i love this guy) on the mound tonite against the Reds Mike Leake. Both looked great in a pitching duel that ended with only a single run. Santana allowed only 4 hits, the first of which was a single in the 3rd. The Reds would not
get another hit until the 6th when…of all things…Leake doubled to left. More on that later….
As good as Ervin was tonite, Mike Leake was better. He allowed only 2 hits. In fact, Leake was incredible… he threw darts all night, pitching 6 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 6 strikeouts.
Emilio Bonifacio started off the game with a single to right, but the Braves could only muster 3 hits, 3 BB in 29 at bats. 10 Braves KOs and there’s not much more to it. As Ervin said in the post game, “…in a game like this, almost anything can happen…”. Little did we know it would be Mike Leake who doubled and scored on a Brandon Phillips single in the 6th.
In the 7th Andrelton lead off with a double and finally….something good was going to happen. But… Andrelton was stranded at third after Freddie and Jupton KO’d. CJ and Gattis then walked and for a brief moment, we thought we had a chance. But alas, Tommy the Stellar was stellar no more and he ended the threat with a groundout.
With 2 outs in the 8th, Emilio doubled, but was stranded again as Andrelton struck out swinging.
Aroldis Chapman came on in the 9th and struck out the side with his 147 mph fastball. Rumor has it that Chapman was a journeyman pitcher bouncing around the Cuban league trying to work out a knuckleball when he decided he’d finally found an edge. He purchased a humanoid robot kit on Ebay for $39.99. Ultimately he decided to chew off his pitching arm and rebuilt it at his kitchen table with the help of his cousin Armenio, a budding physicist.
Tomorrow we go against the Reds again with the Harangatang up to lead us on to victory. We are 7 back of the Nats, but only 1 back of the Giants for the second wildcard spot. All games are really big at this point in the season.