The Braves were 1 strike away. Jose Ramirez had the Atlanta Braves were they wanted to be. Unfortunately for the Braves, Ramirez did not get that final strike and came back and tied the game 5-5 in the top of the 9th inning. The Braves bullpen did not pitch as shut down as they had been in the last couple of weeks. Braves manager Brian Snitker decided to see if Jose Ramirez could pick up the save instead of relying on closer Jim Johnson.
Julio Teheran did pitch an impressive 6 innings and only allowed 3 unearned runs. The Braves offense provided 5 runs late in the game, but the dangerous Pittsburgh Pirates bats rallied late at SunTrust Park Wednesday night. Nothing is a guaranteed in baseball and the game isn’t over until the final out is made in the 9th inning. It may be easy to judge the calls of the Braves manager, but keep in mind he has information and statistics available to him and it was his call.
Jose Ramirez is a great relief pitcher and the way he has pitched as of late has been fantastic. Snitker decided not to use Arodys Vizcaino or Jim Johnson last night and Snitker had his reasons. Brian Snitker does not have to explain why he does what he does or justify every decision he makes. Snitker is trying different players in different roles. Injuries and fatigue happen in baseball and trying new combinations may work out or implode. It’s easy to celebrate the good things in Atlanta, like Matt Adams or a very hot hitting and fielding Ender Inciatre.
The Braves will go for the series win this afternoon with Bartolo Colon pitching. As fans we expect excellence with every game. Colon will pitch a good game and if the Braves use their bullpen, it will be interesting to see how Snitker will use his pitchers. Even if the Braves do not win today, they would have split the series. Before the Braves head out West, we as fans need to see how good the Braves are playing and being in 2nd place in the National League East is very admirable. It was a blown save, the Braves will bounce back. GO BRAVES!!!!!