This is how we like to send off the opposing team; with two out of three games ending in a Braves victory. Taking two out of three interleague games against the Oakland A’s, the Braves demonstrated resolved and consistency.
During a beautiful Sunday, seemingly made for baseball, with the Braves wearing their crisp red alternate home jerseys, the team continued to show the kind of balance they need to win.
Sure, Jo-Jo Reyes seemed a touch inconsistent at the beginning of the game. But give him credit. Allowing two runs and 8 hits in 5 innings, he also had six strike-outs, and retired the order scoreless in the 2nd-5th innings.
Mi Hermano Cubano, Escobar, came through in a big way, going 3 for 4, with two RBI. But he got a bit greedy on one at-bat and tried to stretch a simple single into an impossible double, getting tagged at second.
Again, McCann with the doubles! He got another one today giving him three in as many days. But the man of the hour was Omar Infante, pinch-hitting in Kelley Johnson’s place. Bobby Cox obviously wanted an opposite-hitting batter against the pitcher, and, boy, did it pay off! On the first pitch, Infante smacks a two-RBI stand-up triple giving us a couple insurance runs in the eighth.
The bullpen, starting in the 6th inning was superb, no flawless, giving up no runs at all. Manny Acosta, again, slams the door. They have held the opposition scoreless in their last 16 innings of work.
Kelley Johnson contributed a bunt single and a triple, and Tex gave us a double, but his .247 average is really starting to bug me. Also on a negative note, Francoeur was hitless, leaving four on base.
In all, it was a superb day for ball, and a superb (yes, “balanced”) performance by your Atlanta Braves.
Tags: Interleague, Oakland Athletics
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