We didn’t exactly have the A-squad last night. With Julio Teheran, John Gant, and Williams Perez on the DL, and Matt Wisler sent to AAA, the Braves keep running out Joel De La Cruz. He actually hasn’t been terrible, and aside from one big mistake, he wasn’t completely terrible last night. He was getting hit hard throughout the night, but had been able to stay out of it, until he served up one of the hardest hit balls in Miller Park history to Chris Carter. Did I mention he was getting hit hard? He had to leave the game after taking a comebacker off the knee during the last out of the fourth.
That meant, with Mauricio Cabrera, Jim Johnson, and Ian Krol (or, as I like to call them, “Cajohnkrol”) having been over-worked during our 4-game winning streak, they threw out Chaz Roe, Jose Ramirez, and Eric O’Flaherty. Two waiver claims and a Rule-5 pick combined for 5 scoreless innings, proving the point that the Braves seem to be able to turn anyone into an effective reliever these days.
Erick Aybar saw his 14-game hitting streak end, but Ender Inciarte had two hits, and Freddie Freeman had two big home runs. No one else had more than one hit, and Gordon Beckham is quickly turning into a pumpkin. Beckham’s hit .160/.233/.272 since the beginning of July, and he probably needs to start seeing the back of the bench.
More journeymen today in the afternoon game as Roberto Hernandez gets the ball. If we could get some of these starters back, that’d be real great.