The Braves broke it open with 5 runs in the 6th; all the King’s bullpen put it back together again.
The Braves took the lead in the 2nd on doubles by Tyler Flowers and Charlie Culberson, and Mike Foltynewicz shut down the Cardinals, allowing 1 hit and striking out 9. However, excessive heat and 86 pitches held Foltzie to 5 innings of work. Shane Carle‘s scoreless 6th could not be replicated in the 7th, as he allowed 2 runs before yielding to Jesse Biddle. A fielder’s choice and a walk led to Peter Moylan, and as g’day follows night so followed a 3 run homer to Tommy Pham. Dan Winkler and A.J. Minter restored order in the 8th and 9th respectively.
The Braves other 4 hits came in the fateful 6th, started by a single by Ozzie Albies, and followed by a homer from Freddie Freeman. Ronald Acuna beat out an infield hit, and let the umpire call him safe there; similar hustle plays got him to third, then home. Charlie Culberson’s 2nd hit drove in his 2nd run.
The Braves stand at 48 – 34, and hold a 3.5 game lead over the Phillies, followed by assorted others. It is July 1 now, and this is happening.
The Braves have trusted their season thus far to 23 different pitchers. Whatever the plan was going into this season, the plan going forward should involve only the organization’s best players seeing the Major League roster. Get it done, AA.
At Yankee Stadium on Monday.