Well, if that game didn’t serve as a metaphor for the 2014 Braves’ season, I don’t know of one that would.
The Braves jumped out early, just like in April, behind Ervin Santana, just like in April. Freddie Freeman drove in the first run in the top of the first with an RBI grounder, and Upton Majoris singled home the second run right after. Chris Johnson hit a two run homer in the fourth to mark the high point of the game season, just like June.
Santana struggled a bit in the 5th, allowing a run scoring grounder to Ben Revere to cut the lead to 4-1. The wheels came off in the 6th for Santana, as he quickly got two outs in the 6th, but couldn’t get the crucial out (just like the Braves couldn’t get the crucial hit all through August), and was pulled with the score tied at 4.
Jordan Walden came on in the seventh, as the embodiment of the bullpen struggles, and allowed a lead off walk to Carlos Ruiz who came around to score on a Marlon Byrd ground-out. After that, the only question would be whether Jonathan Papelbon would stand up to the boos when he came on in the top of the 9th. (Spoiler Alert – he did).
So ends my run recapping the Friday games. I’ve enjoyed contributing in my own small way, and hope that next year the recaps recap more wins and less losses.