[This year I am going to try recaps based on movie quotes, scenes or themes. Let’s see how this goes.]
Mickey: You’re a bum, Rock. You’re a bum.
Rocky: I ain’t no bum, Mick. I ain’t no bum.
For the Loser against the Arrogant Champion (well, NEAR Champion), there is nothing like “Rocky.” So, I choose “Rocky” as our symbolic movie for the night. A titanic (wrong movie) struggle that seemed always as if it HAD to be destined to go against the underdog, and then it did.
Julio Teheran deserved a better fate. Continuing his disastery of lefthanded hitters, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy both launched solo shots. But Freddie Freeman countered Harper and Adonis “the Beautiful” Garcia countered Murphy. Then, like Rocky with the late knockdown, the Braves actually went up 3 to 2 when Adonis DREW A WALK, with the bases loaded.
But alas, our struggling bums could not get the win.
Jason Grilli let them tie it in the 9th. So, we went to extras. As in 2014 and 2015, we are reminded of what that means.
in the 10th, O’Flaherty came on to face 2 lefties out of 3. He got Harper (yay!). Then, Zimmerman grounded to Beckham and Beckham threw it away (boo!). Then the second lefty, Murphy, doubled. Obviously the Braves would not come back.
But remember, we can take Creed the next time.