It had that feel of a game that the Braves were going to squander. Top 2, Trevor Story, who was amidst a horrible start to his Red Sox career, connected with his 1st HR of the season.
In the 3rd, Jackie Bradley Jr. singles, then gets caught stealing, and that turned out to be a very important moment in the game as Rafael Devers doubled, then J. D. Martinez singled him in. If JBJ stays put, that inning could’ve looked very differently.
Travis Demeritte, whom I like very much, homered in the bottom 1/2 to cut the lead to 1, then Dansby Swanson walked (yes, it happened, I saw it), stole 2nd and came in on Matt Olson‘s towering double, which would’ve been a homer had the ball not been made out of Charmin.
The score stayed that way as Ian Anderson danced around 7 hits, 3 of which were doubles and 1 a HR, but kept the team in the game. Honestly, the dude is playing a dangerous game and his 1.4 WHIP is going to start haunting him soon. The Braves bullpen (Colin McHugh, A.J. Minter, Will Smith, Kenley Jansen) were on point, throwing 3.2 innings of 0 hit, 2 walk, and 7K baseball to get the game to the bottom of the 9th.
And here’s where we get to talk about the hero of the game. Don’t deny it, when you saw Orlando Arcia‘s name penciled in as the DH over William Contreras, or at the least, over Marcell Ozuna in the DH and Arcia in LF, you were perturbed. I was. But really should we have been? Arcia hadn’t been bad. His OPS was in the mid .700s and his ABs weren’t 1/2 bad. Every night, baseball humbles some fan after screaming at the TV and last night was our turn. Orlando Arcia went 3-4, a triple short of the cycle, scored 2 runs, and walked it off last night in brilliant fashion.
And the best part of the walkoff isn’t caught in this first video, rather a 2nd angle, in which it shows Orlando Arcia high 5ing all of his coaches, then gives Brian Snitker a full-on hug. This is the reason he’s the Braves manager. The players love him.
Braves will host the Padres for a weekend series and it’s time to see what they’ve got.