The Express Oil Change people are cringing today since it's a 2-for-Tuesday special. The Braves scored 11 runs last night and that means they have to pony up a $22 discount on an oil change. Yikes. Good for us, though, and good for the Braves to put a laugher in the books. Especially when you consider the Nats lost to the Tigers last night, extending the division lead to double digits for the first time all season. That's right, the Braves lead by 10 games now on the hapless Nats, and guess what? As I write this, they are losing 10-1 to the Tigers after 6 innings in a day game. They are involved in what some might call a bad spell. Oh and it wasn't some scrub that got smashed for 10 runs. It was Gio Gonzalez. Aye-yay-yay.
So where to start with the Braves offense? Freddie had two homers in the same game. Brian McCann had one too. Justin Upton had two doubles, and Dan Uggla had one as well. Freeman had 4 RBIs, Bmac had 3, Gattis had 2, and Justin and Jason each had one. The Braves as a team went 4-12 with RISP, and they only struck out 8 times. I'm exhausted just describing it. In addition to all the big hits, a young Todd Cunningham made his MLB debut with a pinch hit single in his first ever AB. Good job kid! Defensively, the Braves turned a double play and managed to gun down a guy at the plate with an OF assist. Heyward to Simmons to McCann YER OUT!
Is it possible to have two games back to back with 6 run innings? Well the Braves did it. After Alex Wood got all the offensive support of a runaway snow avalanche, he seemed to settle in. I think I could settle in on the mound with a 5 run lead. Hell, I might at least be able to get a few over the plate. Alex did a lot more than that. He managed to go 7 innings giving up only 3 runs on 6 hits. It was a good day for him since he got his first ever MLB win, but it was not as easy as it looked. At first, he trailed the in the game 3-1 due to a long homer by Arenado that was a no-doubter. That was before the Braves unleashed the 6 run fury. In the end, it looks like the kid just cruised, when it was a game for the first few innings.
Fourteen hits on the day in total, 4 walks, that means you had 18 baserunners. It seems absurd, but we've done it twice in this series so far. Now they've cleared the suspect pitchers, and it's a return to the top of the rotation. Minor steps back on the hill to take on Chatwood. Both guys have been extremely effective in keeping runs down for their respective clubs. I'm not expecting the 11 run onslaught tonight. Let's see what the CPA thinks.
CPA Prediction Game 3: Rockies 5 - Braves 3
The CPA thinks the Rockies get a little revenge in this one. Minor has had a few issues with their lineup, as has Chatwood. However, Chatwood has held a sub-2 ERA on the road, and he's been great in July with a 3-2 record and 3.03 ERA. Minor has been just as sharp with a 2-2 record and a 2.62 ERA. The difference is that no Brave has homered off Chatwood yet, while 2 have homered off Minor. To counter that, the Braves will have to continue to chain together solid hits.