Well, THAT was unexpected.
Atlanta went into Toronto and played some late AL style ball to escape with an 8-7 victory in which they used up a week’s worth of runs and dingers. But, they’re now 7-3 on the year, so I guess complaining is a sure way to invite bad karma. Or something like that.
Julio Teheran didn’t have it tonight. He spent five innings leaving fat fastballs at belt level, and the Blue Jays spent five innings hitting them into the stands. Devon Travis led off the game with a solo shot, followed by Russell Martin hitting the first of his two in the second. In the bottom of the third, Josh Donaldson hit the first of HIS two homers off Julio, scoring Travis, who had singled to right. In the fifth, Donaldson victimized Julio again, sending a low breaking ball deep to center for the fourth Toronto dinger.
However, Toronto’s starter, Drew Hutchison, wasn’t any better, letting Brave hitters run all around the bases in an orgy of A-B-C baseball. In the second, the Braves tied it up when Eric Young, Jr. singled home Andrelton Simmons. Then in the third, they tied it again when A.J. Pierzynski drove in Nick Markakis. Markakis wound up having quite the night, going 4-4 with a walk. After falling behind, again, the Braves rallied to take the lead in the top of the 5th when Simba doubled home Markakis and Chris Johnson, and then scored on Jace Peterson’s triple.
After that, the bullpens settled down for the 6th and 7th, with Luis Avilan getting the Jays in order in the 6th, and Cody Martin working around 2 out trouble – walking Jose Bautista and allowing a single to Edwin Encarnacion.
The Braves played some long ball themselves in the 8th, with Jonny Gomes slamming a pinch hit homer off Brett Cecil, and Freddie Freeman crushing a no-doubter later, driving in Markakis. Jim Johnson had his first shaky outing of the year in the bottom of the 8th, with Martin’s second tater, and then allowing two singles. After Fredi snuck into the home dugout and ordered a sacrifice bunt, Travis grounded to The Defense, who caught Kevin Pillar trying to go to third, and who was called out in the ensuing rundown for going out of the basepath to try and draw an interference against Alberto Callaspo.