All in all, that was a moderately satisfying revenge for 1992.
It’s getting fairly annoying to watch our starters’ repeated inability to pitch past the sixth inning, but for the first five innings of tonight’s game, Shelby Miller was just nasty. Then he gave up two hits, two walks, and two runs in the sixth inning, and that was all the damage the Jays did.
Andrew McKirahan, Cody Martin, and Jason Grilli contributed three innings of hitless and scoreless work; between McKirahan, Luis Avilan, Jim Johnson, and Grilli, the Braves have four relievers who throw in the mid-90s with movement, two righties and two lefties. And Cody Martin only throws 91, but for some reason hitters appear to have a lot of trouble picking up the late movement on his fastball, and he’s been just as good as any of them. As long as Fredi can keep himself from riding them into the ground — like he did with O’Ventbrel — this bullpen looks like it can hold its own.
Offensively, it was a classic Hibernation Mode game, but thankfully the staff and pen were able to make it hold up, unlike yesterday. The Braves quickly punched Daniel Norris in the mouth with a three-run Jonny Gomes double with two outs in the first inning. (It would have been even better, but Cameron Maybin got caught stealing second after leading off the game with a single. He now has a single stolen base in three attempts, and his green light should probably be taken away.) They got two more in the third, assisted greatly when the Jays’ center fielder threw the ball into his dugout instead of hitting any kind of cutoff man. And that was it.
Off day tomorrow, which I’m sure the bullpen will appreciate. Bring on the Mutts!