It’s over, folks! After eight days of miserable baseball, the Braves managed to pull one out. The Atlanta scoring came in the form of a Michael Bourn solo shot to lead off the game, a Dan Uggla 3-run blast in the 3rd, and Constanza (yep, he’s back) scrambling home on a wild pitch in the 5th.
The Bourn homer comes as part of one of the more bizarre stretches you’ll see from him. Since May 22, he’s 7 for 31 with three walks, a double, a triple, and four homers for a line of .226/.294/.710. Yeah, me neither. The wild pitch is notable, too, as it passed by Yadier Molina, likely the game’s premier defensive catcher. A couple of balls got by him in the series in St. Louis, too, so it’s nice to see him have his rare “rough nights” against us (he went 4-4 at the plate, I’ll take what I can get.)
Delgado (1 K, 3 BB, 1 HR) didn’t have the world’s greatest outing, but the results weren’t terrible and the bullpen did pretty well – when do we stop making fun of Durbin? I don’t think it’s any time soon – besides the barrage of singles Venters had to endure. I’m still not worried about him. BABIP against of 0.449 and HR/FB of 37.5%? Don’t talk to me about it. It’s fine.
Pastornicky made a couple of mistakes that are exacerbated by the news that an Andrelton Simmons promotion may be in the works. I was going to write that up tonight, but I’m inexplicably drained. If nothing new happens, I might give it a go tomorrow, but the short version is “I’m not opposed.” Examining that same link, Medlen’s in the minors now, stretching out to replace, presumably, the lesser of Minor/Delgado when that decision has to be made. Freeman’s blindness will be cured as of tomorrow at 8 AM.
The curse has been broken. Or whatever. Here’s to winning another tomorrow.