The Braves dropped the final game of their four-game set to the Dodgers Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t do much to dampen an outstanding 8-2 road trip. Since I last talked to you after the team dropped a similar game in San Francisco a week ago, our beloved nine effortlessly swept the Rockies in a three-game set in Denver (and that’s traditionally been extremely difficult to do no matter how bad the Rockies are), and took three of four from Los Angeles in Chavez Ravine, another traditional house of horrors.
As far as today is concerned, Charlie Morton was not at his best. He wasn’t terrible, certainly, but he threw way too many pitches. He allowed two runs on six hits over four-plus innings, allowing the first three Dodgers to reach in the fifth before being pulled down 2-0 having thrown 90..
Meanwhile, the offense couldn’t get anything going against LA starter Bobby Miller. They only scratched a single run on three hits off the rookie starter and collected just five hits total. One of them was a solo homer by Matt Olson for the only tally allowed by Miller. It was Matt’s first bomb since Aug. 13, so that was good to see.
Michael Harris hit a two-out double as the potential tying run to bring Ronald Acuna up in the eighth inning with a chance to drive him in. However, former Brave Shelby Miller (and doesn’t that seem like a lifetime ago) got Ronald to fly out to center field to end the threat and keep the Dodgers up 2-1.
The Dodgers got an insurance run in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1. The Braves brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but nothing came of it.
So the Braves closed the road trip on a not-great foot, but honestly, I don’t know how you can complain after a week like this. They expanded their lead for the best record in the NL to six games with a month left. They’ve expanded their lead over the Phillies for the division lead to 15 games. Our magic number to clinch the NL East is freaking 12. We could do it this week…the first full week of September (!!!), or more likely next week during our four-game series in Philadelphia.
If you wanted to find something to gripe about, I guess you could fret over the fact that we’ve scored two runs in regulation combined in the last two games…but yeah, that seems like a bit of a stretch.
Or you could focus on the fact that the baseball media is pretty clearly gonna find an excuse to give the NL MVP to Mookie Betts. When a bunch of prominent baseball writers are contorting themselves to the point where they’re talking about how Betts is more valuable because he has less around him in the lineup (I’m sorry, I missed where the Dodgers became an offensive black hole outside of Mookie Betts…silly me, I guess), I think the writing is pretty much on the wall there.