That was almost certainly the best game the Braves have played all season.
Sure, it didn’t feel that way when Andrew McCutchen put the first pitch of the game into the seats. But Ynoa settled in and got the next three outs (on the way to another gem of a performance: 6 IP, 6K, 1BB, 1R, and another hit for good measure).
Then the Braves put in an A-B-C baseball performance in the bottom of the first:
- Acuña walked, then stole second
- Freddie singled to center, scoring Acuña and tying the game at 1
- Ozzie Albies, on a swing that he didn’t really even follow through on, split the right centerfield gap. Freddie scores easily from second and Ozzie slides into third without a throw. 2-1.
- Dansby got ’em in… with a homer to deep left center. 4-1.
Freddie would get another RBI on a homer, and Austin Riley would get a hit and an RBI, but the damage was done.
Oh, and Tyler Matzek made the play of the game on this comebacker:
PITCHERS ARE ATHLETES TOO pic.twitter.com/0xJLRW6urk
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 10, 2021
Next up for the Braves are an off day followed by 13 games in 13 days, including a quick jaunt to Milwaukee. Rest up, Bravos, you’ll need it.