Mark down the date: May 28th, the day the Braves clinched their first home series win. They’re still 4-20 at the Ted, but the last two of them came in a row against the PURE EVIL Marlins, and it’s hard for that not to put a smile on your face.
Aaron Blair did pretty well. He’s not as efficient as he might like to be — he needed 94 pitches to go 5 2/3, and he gave up five hits and two walks. But for the second night in a row, Martin Prado came through when we needed him. This time, he was 0-5 with a hat trick and another error. He struck out with a man on second in the first inning and with men on first and second in the second inning, and he grounded out to leave a man on in the fourth. The Marlins left 11 men on base in the game.
Indeed, the Marlins looked more like the Braves than the Braves did. Their starter, big free acquisition Wei-Yin Chen, departed after five strong innings leading 2-1. But then came the bullpen. Jose Ureña gave up a walk, two singles and a double, and all of a sudden, the Braves were leading 4-2, Friday night’s margin. Our old friend Edwin Jackson helped remove all doubt in the seventh, giving up consecutive walks followed by a three-run homer by Gordon Beckham. That was the ballgame.
There were a lot of Georgians in this ballgame. Jackson’s a military brat and was born in Germany, but he went to high school in Columbus; the Marlins’ final pitcher of the night, Dustin McGowan, is from Ludowici, outside Savannah; and Beckham’s an Atlanta boy who went to Westminster. Tyler Flowers is from Roswell, and of course, Jeff Francoeur went to Parkview.
One more against them today. Let’s bust out the brooms.