SAN DIEGO – A week after referring to Charlie Culberson as "Charlie Angels in the Outfield," Luke Jackson once again let out a sigh of relief when Nick Markakis arrived just in time to do what might have been a trap to save the game. in the triumph of the Braves 7-5, 10 innings
SAN DIEGO – A week after referring to Charlie Culberson as "Charlie Angels in the Outfield"
"In that situation of the game, you're ready," Markakis said in reference to the capture he made when he crashed into the right-field wall to rob Francisco Mejia of a double that would have scored at least one run with one out. in the tenth entry.
On a night when Padres closer Kirby Yates suffered his second save 32 times this year, the Braves could not celebrate until they got close, Jackson erased some self-inflicted stress by getting the Padres reliever , Luis Perdomo, will watch 3 2 fast balls with loaded bases.
Knowing that the Padres were out of position for the players, the Braves intentionally walked Manuel Margot to load the bases for Perdomo, who had scored two previous at-bats this season, but had recorded four three-pointers from his five hits during the season. 2017. If the reliever had hit, he would have spread the emotion in this seesaw affair, during which San Diego had a 78 percent chance of winning, according to Fangraphs, before
"That's the way we've been playing all year," Markakis said. "When we get to the seventh inning, we are pretty tough, we like our chances as well as anyone else at the end of the game, we just have to continue with what we are doing and receive timely successes at the end of the game."
The potential of the Braves, who have the best MLB record, 38-17, dating back to May 10, can not be denied. The advantage of six games they have won in the Eastern National League has been built on the basis of an offense that has become even more powerful as
After two home runs Friday, Donaldson gave the Braves an early lead with a two-run homer in the first inning on Saturday. Then he drew the starting walk that fueled the decisive tenth inning of three races.
As the Braves have matched a franchise record total in 93 games (503), they have committed to throwing in the final innings. They have scored 180 runs in the seventh inning or later. The Nationals are in second place with 156 races.
"They kept pushing us, but we pushed harder," Albies said.
As the Braves look towards the trade deadline of July 31, the acquisition of a first-line starting pitcher appears to be the biggest need. But despite the fact that they have produced a 2.81 bullpen ERA, the best of MLB, dating back to May 18, there should still be a desire to add some late entry experience to this inexperienced relief corps.
As for Jackson, there is no denying the fact that he has shown that he can be a very valuable bullpen asset. But as he has allowed at least one run in 10 of his last 22 appearances, he has created more reasons to wonder if he should be closer to a championship-caliber club.
Jackson was fortunate that Culberson made the impressive shot that prevented a tie race during the ninth inning of Sunday's victory over the Marlins. After Jackson allowed the solo homer of Manny Machado in the tenth inning of this last outing, he was saved once again by Markakis' defensive gem.
"I knew if he stayed in the park, he would catch him," Flowers said. "He seems to find a way to climb the walls and run to them and catch them." The game is over or the second out. "
Mark Bowman He has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.