Friday, August 2, 2013

Game 4 Recap: Rockies 8/1/13

DOUBLE SWEEP! Who likes brooms? We like brooms! What's this, seven games in a row? Awesome. These recaps are becoming very similar. Let me break it down for you. The Braves destroyed the Rockies with another 11 runs. They've scored 40 runs in this 4 game series. It's just been an unyielding assault on the Rockies' pitching since the very first game, and now it's culminated in another sweep, and an 11.5 game lead in the division.

Should we do this again? I'm going to. The Braves scored 11 runs on 14 hits, including a 5 run 8th inning. Let me run that down. Terdo singles, Heyward walks, Justin homers to score 3, Freddie doubles, Cunningham reaches on an infield dribbler then goes to second on a wild pitch, BMac sacrifices in Freeman from third and Cunningham advances, CJ singles to score Cunningham, and then Dan "I hate rallies" Uggla grounded into a double play. Somehow, Uggla and Gattis managed to go 0-8 on a day where the Braves scored 11 runs. I don't know how that's possible.

The pitching was good by Teheran, but he took so many pitches to get his 11 strikeouts that he was done by the 5th inning. That's OK because he was up by 4 and qualified for the win. As a result he gave up only 1 run, even though he really battled in the early innings. The bullpen came in after that to only give up 1 run in 4 innings on 4 hits. The game looked a little out of sorts in the 7th when the Rockies put 2 on with 2 outs, down by 3. The tying run came to the plate in the form of Rosario, one of their power hitters. However, Avilan was able to induce a ground ball out to the SS to kill the singular threat the Rockies mounted all night.

The big concern right now amongst pundits and fans is what will happen with BJ when he gets back. People are watching these huge numbers and dreading what Fredi G will have to do when BJ is deemed healthy. I look at this a couple of ways. For one, I don't think they'll put him in right away. I don't think any MLB manager is going to change anything until the team loses again. There's just no reason to stop the train by tinkering with the lineup. The second the Braves lose, I think that gives Fredi an opportunity to work him back into the lineup on an irregular basis. I don't think for a second he's just going to saunter back on the field and hold the everyday job unless he is really performing differently than we've seen.

Next up the Braves face the Phillies in a road trip. As we all know, road games are a lot different for this team than home games. The series preview for the weekend is coming up a bit later.


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