Friday, April 29, 2016

Game 4: Braves v Red Sox 4/28/16

We won! Light the signal fires and tell them all the way along the Great Wall of Braves Country, the Braves are victorious! Let there be a grand clubhouse feast! Bring me the finest meats and cheeses in all the surrounding baronies!

OK with that out of the way, I had a feeling we might win last night with Chacin on the mound. Call me crazy, but he's one of the few starters I trust out there. He wasn't stellar as he only went for 5 IP with 2 earned runs, but that's better than we're getting from most of our guys out there lately. What was stellar was the bullpen going 4 IP of scoreless ball, which almost NEVER happens. EOF was even good out there for an inning. Do you believe in miracles? YES!

Remember my two rules for a Braves victory. Good bullpen and good Freddie Freeman. Guess what we got in this game? Both. Freeman went 3-4 with a walk, keeping the line moving, but he wasn't the hero. The hero was Nick Markakis with his 4 hits and 3 RBIs. It was actually the bottom of the order that did the run scoring with Jace Peterson getting 3 walks and 2 runs, Aybar getting a hit and 2 runs, and Mallex Smith getting 3 hits, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Great hitting by the bottom of the order is a cool thing to see, especially when it's from guys that had really been on the shnide. They took advantage of a struggling Clay Buchholz in Boston, as he gave up 8 hits, 5 runs, and 4 walks.

Still, there were defensive mistakes. The Braves committed 2 errors in the game, one by Freeman and the other by AJ Pierzynski. Seriously, I'm begging for somebody to realize that AJ is no longer able to make 60% of the starts because of his defense. He's awful out there. Last night he had TWO passed balls and he dropped an easy pop fly in foul ground. Flowers ain't a lot better, but we need to find a decent catcher soon. I would kill for a David Ross right now, and he's planning on retiring this year. Go find somebody that can catch, Braves.

Still, we won. That puts the streak at one win. I'll take it.

Braves win 5-2.


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