Thursday, May 23, 2013
Game 3 Recap: Twins 5/22/13 DOUBLE SWEEP
Two sweeps! Perfect homestand! These are the phrases I like yelling out randomly in the hallway at my office. It's past tax season, so you have to wake up the other CPA's occasionally with outbursts. How did the Braves manage to win this game in a complete laugher with the give-up-lineup? Well, they don't really give up. They just hit rockets all over the ballpark. That's a good way to give your lefty starter some much needed run support, and Maholm ran with it to go 7.1 innings with only 1 unearned run. That helped out the much beleaguered bullpen.
Oh, and perhaps you've heard of this man Evan Gattis? He only went deep again for the grandest of all home runs. In the 4th inning, with the bases juiced, El Oso Blanco went yardo to break the game wide open at 8-0. The best part was it came on the heels of BJ Upton also going deep in the same inning. Everyone seems to have forgotten that since Gattis fever is sweeping Braves Country. It's like Bieber fever with less ridiculous hair. With 10 hits, 5 walks, and only 4 Ks, the Braves looked like a team that really controlled the plate. That's exactly the type of game you want to see out of the Braves, regardless of the run totals. If you say we've got 15 baserunners and we only struck out less than 5 times? Odds are I'm going to say we won that game. Add in the fact that the Braves went 3-10 with RISP? What's that? Oh it's my magic number. Thanks for showing up buddy, have some punch and pie.
Afternoon games are a blessing and a curse. It's nice to sit in the office and listen to the Braves winning on your radio, like a bunch of 1940s kids that somehow have access to the internet. The downside is when you get home that night, you have no Braves. This is sad. It's a tradeoff, but I don't think I like it as much as the 7PM regular Braves security blanket. A win's a win, though, so I won't complain if we get them even at 9AM. Although I was forced to flip back and forth between the Yankees/Orioles game and the NBA playoffs with the Heat/Pacers. I was not pleased.
What I really wanted when this road trip began was to gain some ground. The Braves had an easier home schedule with some obvious series wins on it, and the Nats were heading into some tough territory on the West coast. I was thinking maybe 1-2 games max. Instead, the Braves go on a tear, Washington drops 4 of 6, and we find ourselves 4.5 games up in the standings. For those of you saying, "Ben! It's too early to scoreboard watch!!!" It's never too early for two things in sports: Thinking about football season, and scoreboard watching a pennant race. It's great. Hop on board the summer roller-coaster! HOP ON!
The Braves get an off day before they head on another road trip. This one will be short at least. This weekend will be 3 days in NY against the Mets, followed by 2 days in Toronto against the Jays. Then, in a weird quirk of the schedule, the Braves come home to play 2 days against the Jays in Atlanta. Why they didn't want to just do 4 games in either place, I have no idea. The good news is that both of those clubs don't even have 20 wins yet on the season. They are in dire shape, and the Braves need to make sure they don't get up off the mat. I'm looking forward to a Memorial Day weekend of winning baseball!