|Mr Dependable Won His 11th Game Tonight (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
Starling opened the sixth with a rap; J-Bell reached when his grounder was tossed high trying for a force. The safe call at second was challenged and upheld (the foot was off the bag). After smokin' two outs in his previous at bats, Freeser dumped a blooper into center with one out to plate Marte. Southpaw Sam Freeman took the ball with Corey D up and geez, a DP, this one a soft liner to second that trapped Freeser off first. The run was gotten back quickly by Ronald Acuna Jr., who homered the oppo way before Jamo shut it down. Luke Jackson got the seventh. Eli pulled up gimpy during a ground out, then J-Hay singled. A force and caught stealing of K-Man ended it. Johan Camargo tied it by leading off with a dinger; it was also an oppo taco. That was followed by a single, but JT worked out of it; at 103 tosses, he's done for the evening. Brad Brach was waved in for the eighth. Fraze led off with a walk; he was safe at second when the Braves misplayed another force attempt on Starling's grounder. Fraze tagged to third on J-Bell's fly and scored on Gregory's rap, followed by a nifty double steal. Freeser had a 3-0 count and swung at ball four twice, rolling out to first. Lefty Jeff Biddle was called on to match up with Dickerson and fanned him with a high heater.
Keone Kela answered the phone and tucked away the top of the Big Peach order with a pair of punch outs. Biddle stayed in and nine pitches later, the middle of the Bravos' lineup was up against Felipe Vazquez. Atlanta got back-to-back one-out knocks, both barely out of J-Hay's reach. Freeser got the lead runner on a grounder to third for the second out and a whiff put it to bed. RTJR.
|Keone Kela has been even better than advertised (image AT&T SportsNet)|
The offense still needs to find some juice, but tonight the Big A helped with a pair of misplays leading to runs, thank u kindly. Jamo spun his usual dependable outing, Kela and Vazquez did their thing, and hey, a win. Nice to get one of those every so often. Tomorrow's call-up day; Indy plays til September 3rd and is a heated pennant/wild card battle (like the Pirates used to be), so don't look for much movement until that's settled, although we'd expect Jake Stallings to be here immediately with Eli hobbled.
- Starling had two hits; he was the only Bucco to reach twice.
- Jamo has tossed 17 straight games giving up three or fewer runs.
- Elias Diaz left the game with right hamstring discomfort.
- For those on the Tyler Glasnow watch, he was dealing again tonight. He allowed the Tribe two hits and one run over seven innings, striking out six with one walk.