Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Braves beat Padres 3-1, Bullpen looks amazing for once

If you watched disappointing Colorado series where the bullpen imploded in the 9th inning and gave up 5 runs, you probably stopped watching the team for a little while out of pure unadulterated rage. I fully support taking a break from MLB when you need a mental health day.

However, the Braves came storming back over the last two games, including the win last night 3-1 against the Padres. Mike Soroka looked great in his start, going for 6 innings and 81 pitches with only 1 earned run. Many would say that with the bullpen struggles, Snit could have left him out there for the 7th with only 81 pitches, but he made the call to go to the pen...

And it was the right call. Enter Tomlin, Blevins, and Webb. Josh Tomlin is a 34 year old 9 year vet coming off a deal in Milwaukee that the Braves picked up March 21st. He's pitched sporadically so far with only 8 appearances on the year. Against the Padres, he was stellar with only 1 hit allowed in 2 innings. Blevins came in next and allowed absolutely nothing. He is a lefty the Braves picked up from the A's on a trade for cash about two days ago. Lastly Jacob Webb, a 25 year old who only has 6 appearances this year came in for the save. Webb has given up absolutely no runs and one hit in his appearances over 3.2 innings. I can say he looked very impressive and I like the fact he's becoming a late inning option. We'll see how he develops as hitters get more looks.

The Braves offense was very ho-hum with the exception of two guys. First in one of the weirdest plays I've seen in a long time, Mike Soroka bunted a ball as an intended sacrifice to move Johan Camargo to second base, but the Padres ended up throwing the ball not just past the second baseman, but past the center fielder as well. So Soroka ended up with what we dubbed a "Little League Triple" on Twitter, and the Padres managed not one but TWO errors on the same play. That scored the first run, and then Ozzie knocked in Soroka with a single.

Ozzie stole the show offensively with another run in the 5th as he hit a 401 foot homer into the left field stands, on a pitch I'm honestly not sure how he kept it fair or hit it out. It was very low and he was off balance but it was way gone. Ozzie is emerging as one of the best hitters on the team.

Side note, Ender pulled up lame early when running to first base, and had to be replaced by Camargo. No word yet on what the issue is but from reading lips he said he didn't hear a pop so I'm hoping everything is just a DTD issue. He needs a day off anyway so maybe we'll see him before the weekend.


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