Wow, what a game! On a day where the Nationals and Braves both got behind in extras only to come back and win it in the bottom half, the Braves definitely provided more excitement! This game was really similar to the game two nights ago, games that the Braves inevitably find ways to lose.
After Bud Norris left after the 5th, we went through four relievers to get six outs. Fortunately, Jim Johnson, Arodys Vizcaino, and the newly acquired Dario Alvarez kept the Reds off the board for five more innings. But after an error by Jace Peterson led to two unearned runs in the top of the 13th, the Braves put this sequence together: single, single, double, single, walk, single. The Braves scored three runs, and that was all she wrote.
Oh, and did I mentioned Frederick Freeman hit for the cycle? It was extra innings-aided, but he became the first Brave since Mark Kotsay to get all four in one game. In a season with very few personal accomplishments, that feels great. Good for Freddie. Speaking of our slugger, he’s 7 for his last 14 with 2 HRs, and he’s hitting .280/.387/.620 in the month of June. Get hot, baby.
Speaking of Bud Norris, he was ok. His peripherals were good: 5 baserunners and 7 strikeouts in 5 innings, but he only lasted 5 and gave up 3 runs. More importantly, it caused us to run through almost our entire bullpen.
It’s real fun to win a come-from-behind extra innings game. IWOTR, but I’ll take it.