When the wife dropped the hammer on my idea of going to a bar all day to watch baseball, I coaxed her into taking me to the charming town of Black Mountain, NC where there was ample shopping and a wonderful playground right up the road in the small town of Montreat. After walking 3 blocks and showing her the goods around the town, I dipped into the Trailhead, a local dive bar, and cozied up to the bar and watched the Braves on a 24 inch TV that was likely 1.2 billion years old.

Right away, the game looked like it was going to be a slaughter. Patrick Corbin, who’s absolutely horrible and I have no idea why the gNats signed him to a $140MM deal (gotta be one of the worst in history), was on the mound and right away gave up hard contact to Ronald Acuna Jr. Almost immediately, he steals 2nd and Matt Olson, the hottest hitter in Braves ST, was up to bat. Unfortunately, he struck out. Austin Riley walked, then Ozzie Albies hit a rocket to RF, but it was caught. Sean Murphy then struck out to end the inning. However, the tone was set and loud contact continued throughout the game.

The Braves ended up scoring 3 in the 2nd on a single, single, single, fielder’s choice, walk, and another single (served those gNats right). However, in the bottom of the 4th, Max Fried gimped his way back to the mound after sprinting to 1B and it was obvious that he’d come up short due to a hammy pull. He’ll likely go the the IL and sit for a bit before returning to the mound. I expect a roster move tomorrow.

The gNats got one back in the 5th, but their guts had already been squooshed and the Braves cruised through the rest of the game with Travis D’Arnaud acting as the fly-swatter, going 4-5 with 3 singles, 1 double, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs. The final score was 7-2.

Since Fried came out early, the Braves did get to see a lot of relievers as Lucas Luetgh, Jesse Chavez, Dylan Lee, Collin McHugh, and A.J. Minter combined for 5.2 innings of 1 run, 4 hit, 4BB, and 3K ball. Those stats aren’t great, but neither are the gNats.

Outside of D’Arnaud, other top performers were:

  • Acuna: 2-6, SB
  • Olson: 2-5, 1 double
  • Albies: 2-5 1 RBI
  • Harris II: 1-4, 2 runs, 1BB
  • Arcia: 1-4, 1R, 1BB, 1 RBI

It’s likely we see a roster move as early as tomorrow and we can pray to the baseball gods that he’ll only be out for the minimum.