The epic 1984 hit by Tears for Fears was our Monday evening response…shout, shout, let it all out! Austin Riley belted a go-ahead two-run homer, and then polished off an epic play on a chaotic end to Game Two.
I dare-say all of Braves country shouted Monday night. I know I sure did!
Following Riley’s homer, and the 8-5-3 double-play that he concluded by throwing a 1000 mph strike to Olson, my phone went crazy. Friends from around the country texted to check in on me. They wanted to celebrate with me and to marvel at that finish. I said to one friend who lives 20 minutes away, “I’m surprised you didn’t hear me.”
His response? “I didn’t hear you, but I felt you.” It is pretty cool to be known by people in such a way that they feel things with you.
For a great recap of the end of Game Two, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h84dq7c6Zxo
CBP is hostile territory
This afternoon/evening, the Braves will venture into the hostile territory known as Citizens Bank Park. In every place Braves Journalers will be watching the game, let’s SHOUT! “Shout, shout, let it all out” from the first pitch and with every comment on this game thread.
Atlanta has won five its last six games at CBP, and they see a familiar foe in Aaron Nola in Game Three. Nola (12-9, 4.46) has seen the Braves a lot in his career. And the converse is also true. Nobody has had more success off Nola than Riley. Young Thicc has five home runs, five doubles, and nine RBI while hitting .389 in 54 ABs. Ronald Acuña Jr. is hitting .327 with fiver doubles, four homers, and nine RBI, too. Riley has an OPS of 1.180 and Acuña 1.084 lifetime vs. Nola. Marcell OHzuna has also hit four bombs off Nola and driven in eight lifetime.
Respect your Elder
The Braves counter with Bryce Elder (12-4, 3.81). The young right-hander saw the Philthy offense twice during the regular season. Brandon Marsh seems to see Elder well, going 2-for-3 lifetime. The hard-to-like Alec Bohm and Nick Castellanos are both 2-for-5 lifetime.
On June 22, Elder threw seven innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six and walked two, allowing no runs. Elder poked, prodded, and located well in this start – at Philly! Elder’s most recent start against the Philthies, however, was a clunker. He walked five and allowed four runs in 3.2 innings. Mark Carlson is behind the plate tonight, I believe, and a quick trolling on UmpScorecards may mean good news for Elder. He will allow Bryce to nibble, which hopefully means he will stay out of the middle of the zone.
I’ve got a different jersey on for Game Three and trust that many of y’all have, too. I’m looking at you, tfloyd! I believe the Braves are going to get to Nola fairly early and will hang some crooked #s in CBP tonight. The pressure is now on the Philthies. Let’s get into it early and often here tonight, and let’s help the boys feel us all the way up in Philly!
“They gave you life, and in return you gave them hell.
As cold as ice, I hope we live to tell the tale.
I hope we live to tell the tale.”Roland Orzabal, Tears for Fears
The Philthies made some mistakes, we took advantage Monday night, and they gave us life. Let’s give ’em hell in Philly tonight! First pitch is set for 5:07ET/4:07CT.