Turning point? We know better! Last night’s game had a lot of great stories, the 5 biggest were that Marcell Ozuna…. and Austin Riley directly contributed in a big win, something that neither dude had done in centuries (well…it seemed that way), Ozzie Albies, who was amidst a huge slump, collected 2 hits, Matt Olson found his power stroke and Charlie Morton remembered that he was Charlie f’n Morton and looked brilliant through 6 innings, only giving up 2 hits and 1 run over 6 innings. The biggest plus was that the curveball was back and help Morton send 9 Padres back to the dugout questioning their futures in the game.
Here’s Charlie’s thoughts on himself.
Will Smith, aided by putrid defense, gave up 4 runs, all of which were unearned (which is a bold-faced lie), and I think we as Braves fans can now consider his World Series run as the outlier, not the norm. Outside of Smith, the bullpen was great as A.J. Minter and Kenley Jansen combined for 2.2 innings of 0 hit baseball.
Travis Demeritte continues to surprise and with Ronald Acuna Jr. sidelined until at least tomorrow, Demeritte will continue to see regular playing time. My guess is when Acuna does return, Demeritte will shift to LF and Ozuna will finally take his place on the bench for defense.
Reminder for all, there’s morning baseball today so don’t sleep in, and if you’re a church goer, hide your phone in the hymnal, and remember to say Amen every now and again.