If you can meet with Hope and Doom
And treat those two imposters just the same
Then you haven’t been reading Braves Journal.
Dansby Swanson erased 8 2/3 innings of doom in the top of the 9th with a game tying double, and Adam Duvall followed with a 2 run single to provide the final margin. Swanson’s double scored Billy Hamilton, pinch running for Josh Donaldson, who led off with a double. After Nick Markakis and pinch hitter Adeiny Hechavarria struck out, and Hamilton stole 3rd, Brian McCann was intentionally walked to set the stage for Swanson. Duvall, who entered in the 8th as a pinch hitter and stayed in as part of a double switch, scored Swanson and pinch runner Rafael Ortega.
Carlos Martinez allowed 3 runs for the 2nd consecutive appearance. Martinez threw 26 pitches, and may not be available Monday, if still wanted.
Mike Soroka (see JonathanF’s excellent precap) and Adam Wainwright were dominant. Marcell Ozuna led off the bottom of the 2nd with a bloop double, went to 3rd on a grounder, and scored on a Matt Carpenter sacrifice fly. Apart from an Ozuna single in the 7th, that was the only baserunner Soroka allowed in his 7 innings.
Wainwright went 7 2/3 innings, allowing 4 hits and walking 2, both walks coming in the 8th inning, as he ran out of gas on his way to 120 pitches. A Swanson single preceded the 2 walks, and loaded the bases for Freddie Freeman, but Andrew Miller got Freeman to fly out routinely to center. Dansby ended the night 3 for 4, with 2 doubles.
It got interesting in the bottom of the 8th as Max Fried walked the first 2 he faced. Max got a fly out to right before leaving for Darren O’Day, and threw 13 pitches total. O’Day caught pinch runner Harrison Bader trying to steal 3rd for the 2nd out; Bader probably scores on pinch hitter Jose Martinez‘s subsequent single. Sean Newcomb got Dexter Fowler to end the inning, and Mark Melancon worked around a Paul Goldschmidt double in the 9th to pick up the save.
Game 4 in St. Louis Monday at 3:10 Eastern. Starter to be determined, but expect to see a dose of Dallas Keuchel, Fried, and/or Julio Teheran, as Mike Foltynewicz is lined up for a potential game 5 on regular rest.
Whatever hope or doom is to come – baseball is hard, y’all. Keep calm and trust the Braves.