The Atlanta Braves have come close to series sweeps this season, but have usually disappointed the fans who bring brooms to the stadium. Yesterday it took 12. Innings but the Braves finally beat the Oakland Athletics. It was a back and forth battle in California, but Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki finally gave the Braves the lead for good with his second homerun of the game.
Kurt Suzuki spent many seasons as a member of the Oakland Athletics and Suzuki received loud cheers from the Oakland fans as he circled around the bases. Braves 3rd base coach Ron Washington was a coach for many seasons in Oakland and Suzuki and Washington celebrated the homeruns with a whirlwind high five. Baseball can use more emotions from the same balls and strikes of pitching with few hits. Yesterday’s game was over 4 hours long and if I have wanted to kill four hours of my Sunday, I could of watched Gone With the Wind.
The Braves are back in Atlanta for a day off before taking on the American League best Houston Astros. Then division rivals the Washington Nationals are coming to town for a 4 game series. The Braves are playing 2 of the best teams in baseball this coming week. It will be a nice test before the All Star Break. Yesterday’s game was the half way point in the season at 81 games played and the Braves are almost at a.500 record for the season.
Julio Teheran pitched a good game yesterday but he was not involved in the decision. Teheran has a much better record on the road than he does playing at SunTrust Park. The pitching coaches will work with Teheran to get that turned around. The Braves centerfielder Ender Inciatre was selected to his first All Star Game yesterday for the Braves. Inciatre is one of the few Braves players who has played well this season who didn’t have to deal with an ongoing injury. The Braves will be tested starting tomorrow night and it will be fun for baseball fans. GO BRAVES!!!!!