I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more they trade, the less I understand,
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning again
I've been tryin' to get down
To the heart of the matter
But my will gets weak
And FO's thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about bad player valuation
Bad player valuation
Even if, even if you're not on the team anymore
Freddie Freeman, who is a baseball player and not an alias for a Philadelphia-based rapper around the early 90s, hit a two-run shot in the first to make it 2-0 Braves. It was 3-0 when Matt Kemp scored on a groundout from Tyler Flowers.
Remember, Matt Kemp is on the Braves now. It's weird, I know. He also said somewhere that Atlanta was a Baseball Town (comparatively to San Diego and LA), which if he meant a town where Baseball is played, that is true (but not as of next year)
The Braves #8 hitter flew out to Right Field to start the 2nd. I'm not sure why I'm mentioning that. Although, Godley gave up another two-run dinger to Adonis Garcia to make it 5-0. Mitch Haniger did throw out Freeman at the plate to save a run, that was nifty.
Mike Foltynewicz, a pitcher and not a terrible Scrabble hand if you were cheating, was the starter for Atlanta, and pitched a clean first thanks to an ill-timed double play. However, Chris Owings singled home Welington Castillo the next inning to chip the deficit to 5-1. In the third, another run was made up for on a Goldy sac-fly. Yasmany Tomas hit his 26th dinger of the year with a man on to bring the scoreline within one run.
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However, Zack Godley is not appreciative enough of this, apparently. In the 5th, he walked the first two batters and then gave up an RBI single to Nick Markakis it bring the score to 6-4. Chase d'Arnaud got a sac-fly to bring it to 7-4.
In the 7th, former Braves player Michael Bourn singled home Jean Segura, who by the way should win comeback player of the year, to make it 7-5. With two outs and the bases loaded, Welington Castillo came up against Arodys Vizcaino... AND DOUBLED TO CLEAR THE BASES AND GIVE THE DIAMONDBACKS THE LEAD AT 8-7! Rickie Weeks singled against a new pitcher, and for some reason Matt Williams decided to send Castillo from second against Ender Inciarte, you may recall has a decent arm and Castillo is slower than cheese.
Jake Barrett came on in the 8th and pitched an inning with no runs, but due to two walks and two wild pitches, it could not be described as "clean", but, again, no runs, so no harm done.
Enrique Burgos came on for the save in the 9th. He threw one pitch way over everyone's head, in what I thought was a tribute to Rick Ankiel, but turns out he didn't like the mound much. Commercial break while they work on it!
And we're back from commercial. Apparently the mound wasn't an issue because he gave up a leadoff Home Run to Freddie Freeman, making that the third blown save this week for Burgos. Good thing Castillo ran into that easy out at the plate earlier. Anyway, no more runs scored that inning, so onto the Bottom of the 9th!
John Gant, whose delivery genuinely upsets me, faced Paul Goldschmidt, and two pitches in Goldy hit a mammoth Homer to Left off of a hanging Change-Up for Goldy's fourth career walk-off, giving Burgos a well-earned win. The Diamondbacks are still undefeated against the Braves this season, so we won all the trades don't at me.
The Sprankton Memorial Baseball Equivalent Of A Good Thing: Castillo, +50%, Goldy, +41.7%
God(ley)-Emperor of Suck: Godley, -42.9%
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Archie Bradley starts tomorrow against some dude. Watch it if you want.