The Braves had to rally again on Friday evening, but thanks to homers from Ender Inciarte(!) and Austin Riley, they were tied late against the Phillies. However, some dubious umpiring and many squandered opportunities proved to be too much as the Braves got walked off by the score of 7-4.
There were a lot of nits to pick in this game from a replay call at second base in extras where Ender Inciarte was probably safe but definitely shouldn’t have been trying to steal in the first place, a weird strike zone, untimely double plays, and Adam Duvall getting hurt which led to Ender being in the game at all. Ultimately, though, the Braves were in an early deficit, missed opportunities to add runs, and one bad pitch in extra innings from a bullpen that has been excellent all year was the difference.
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Amidst a very difficult time for our country, one Braves player that has come up repeatedly has been Touki Toussaint who has been an important source of perspective for his teammates. In this video interview, Touki talks about what it was like growing up in a sport with mostly white players and what he and the Braves are working on going forward.
Prospects are frequent sources of heartbreak and one guy that many thought could be a star and REALLY REALLY wasn’t was Christian Bethancourt. Bethancourt was supposed to be the Braves’ catcher of the future and, well, Wayne Cavadi walks us through what happened.
This is just a reminder that not all trades at trade deadline time are blockbusters and, more importantly, we may not see big blockbuster trades this season given the financial setback the league has taken. The White Sox, however, know that they have a real chance and made a move to slightly improve their roster here.
There has been a lot of talk about how baseball will handle the playoffs this year and, in particular, whether or not there will be a bubble that the involved teams will have to exist in. According to reporting that Jeff Passan has been doing for the last week or two, it seems VERY likely that Texas and southern California will be used as bubble sites, although nothing is set in stone yet.