Until the Braves win a challenge not involving CB Bucknor, I will refer to all opposing teams as hyphenated umps.

After 41 games, the 1966 Braves were ensconced in 7th place, 8 games out with a 19-22 record. In their next game, they lost to Milt Pappas and the Reds again 6-3, before just under 7,000 spectators at Crosley Field. Tony Cloninger took the loss. Hank Aaron had his 33rd RBI and was starting to hit well.

I am in Europe, so I replicated an important part of my baseball experience of 1966. I listened to a game that started way too late and fell asleep in the 6th inning. Late baseball in 1966 was LA and SF only, and of course radio only, with the announcing team of Milo Hamilton, Larry Munson and Ernie Johnson. More about them another week.

The SS Amanda’s Husband appears to have navigated from the shoals of wrack and ruin to the smooth trade channels: 6 IP, 1 run, 6 K, 2 (leadoff) BB in an efficient 85 pitches. The only blemish came from a 2 out single by Kris Bryant.

The only Braves score I saw was in the 1st: Ozzie Albies double followed by a Freddie Freeman single. The remaining runs on the night came in the 8th, when Carl Edwards Jr. let 5 batters in a row reach base: Albies triple, Acuna single, Freeman single, intentional pass and unintentional pass. One more run walked in and the scoring was complete. Vizzy got an uneventful save for Minter, who was showering when those last three runs scored having been lifted for a pinch hitter earlier in the 8th.

Albert Almora Jr. made a spectacular catch against Tyler Flowers back when I was awake. If I missed anything after 3 am Central Europe Time, let me know.