The Braves played themselves a weird game on Saturday night as Ian Anderson struggled early, regained his composure, the Braves battled back to within a run, and then all of that didn’t matter because Shane Greene imploded in the top of the 9th as the Braves lost by the count of 7-2.
There were definitely some bright spots as Adam Duvall and Travis d’Arnaud each had solo shots to keep the Braves close, but the brightest spot may be how Ian Anderson recovered from a brutal first inning which saw him walk the bases loaded immediately, with a little help from truly shoddy umpiring, and then give of a pair of runs. A lot of rookies would have just folded completely there, but instead he gave the Braves 4.2 innings of perfectly reasonable pitching.
As for Greene, well...sometimes it just isn’t your night. He gave up four runs on five hits including a pair of home runs. In short....not ideal, not ideal at all.
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While we tend to focus on the present and future Braves here at Talking Chop, it is always nice to take a look back at Braves’ seasons past and reflect on the moments that captured our attention. Kris has been doing this This Day series for a while and in this installment, we remember that Davey Johnson swung quite the big stick back in 1973.
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