Baseball is a crazy game; one pitch can determine the outcome of a game in victory or defeat. In the first inning the Braves were able to load the bases with nobody out. Unfortunately, the next two Braves hitters were not able to come through and drive in any runs.
But Chris Johnson had the opportunity to be the hero and come through with two outs. Johnson had a long battle against Mets starter Jacob deGrom fouling off countless tough pitches. On the seventh pitch of the at-bat, Johnson was able to drill a ball down the left field line past the third baseman to drive in three runs to give the Braves the early lead.
Back to the original point, its crazy how one pitch one way or another can determine the outcome of a game because it looked like deGrom might wiggle his way out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam without giving up a run. If that happened it could have swayed the momentum in the Mets favor, and as the game unfolded the Braves weren't’t able to muster up anymore offense.
The three-run double by Johnson was all Julio Teheran and the Braves needed to complete the sweep against the New York Mets. Teheran was top notch on the mound once again. The Braves “Ace” went seven innings, allowing only one run on four hits, while striking out five.
Teheran went perfect through the first three innings and was able to battle his way out of the fourth inning where the only damage that occurred was the sac-fly by Curtis Granderson to give the Mets their first and only run. Teheran went through the next three innings rather easily not giving the Mets many opportunities to get back in the game.
Julio Teheran continued to help his cause for his first All-Star selection. He picked up his eighth victory and lowered his ERA to 2.29, making it the third best in the NL.
Giving Kimbrel the night off, Fredi Gonzalez went with Anthony Varvaro in the eighth and Jordan Walden in the ninth to seal the 3-1 victory. This brings the Braves winning streak to seven games as Atlanta still holds a half-game lead on the Washington Nationals.
The Braves offense once again found alternative ways to score runs without hitting a home run. Even though they scored all their runs in the first inning on one hit, they weren't trying to do too much and they were rewarded with a bases clearing double.
The Braves approach to offense is not sustainable, especially in the postseason. They can’t rely on hitting the three-run homerun and expect to go far. But the way the Braves have hit the last two weeks is sustainable. Moving runners over and consistently putting the ball in play is a better way to consistently score runs. If they can have this approach and combine it with the power they poses, look out, this could be a dangerous team moving forward into the second half of the season.