CLEVELAND — The fact that the Braves ended a nine-game winning streak in a 6-5, 10-cold loss to the Guardians Tuesday night at Progressive Field has recently come to an end. It may be comforting to know It just created an opportunity to start something else.
“Tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning,” said Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies. “Let’s do it again.”
The Braves seemed to realize a familiar result when Albies hit a tying home run off Cleveland’s All-Star closer Emmanuel Krause in the ninth inning to double-hit. Optimism flared up again in the bottom of the tenth when Gabriel Arias bunted for a double play.
All was well for the Braves, who entered the game with just four losses in June. But when David Frye ended the game against Lysel Iglesias with a single that hit the left field wall, the inevitable happened, as the double play only added to the excitement.
“It was such a great double play,” said Braves manager Brian Snicker. “We wanted another crack. We just couldn’t figure it out.”
It was the Braves’ fourth loss in 28 games. During this period they built a winning streak of 7, 8 and 9 games. This year, they have won at least eight games in total, with a total of three consecutive victories. Five other teams have achieved such a long record, but Atlanta is the only club to do so multiple times.
There were some moments that could haunt the Braves before they returned to action for the series finale in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
For starters, manager Kirby Yates will not be happy about allowing the Guardians to take the lead with a No. 7 2-run lead.
Second, Snicker may question keeping Colby Allard in the No. 6 starting lineup. Allard threw just 71 pitches through the first five innings, considering he only threw against an opponent three more times since tore his right oblique during spring training. .
Sending him to the start in the sixth inning was a risk, especially given that the leadoff hitter was Amed Rosario, who hit a two-run double in the third.
Finally, third-base coach Ron Washington is always aggressive, but he may have been too aggressive in the 10th inning when he tried to force automatic runner Sam Hilliard to score on Eddie Rosario’s shallow center field. unknown. He easily defeated Hilliard on a pitch by Miles Straw.
But it wasn’t all bad days for the Braves. The Braves lost for the second time in 18 games since June 14. There was reason to feel good about these two developments.
The Braves may be looking to add a starter before the trade deadline to provide insurance for at least the final two months of the season. However, their spin depth has improved over the past week.
Max Freed had his second live batting practice on Tuesday afternoon and could begin minor league rehab duties this weekend. If all goes well, he could be back in the Braves rotation near the end of July. He has been out since May 5th.
Allard had just two rehab starts last week before the Braves called him up against the Twins. His command was more effective on that expedition than it was on Tuesday. He threw a center-cut fastball to Rosario in the third and a curveball in the sixth. Still, he’s done enough to consider him joining AJ Smith-Schover and Jared Shuster as a capable second-half rotation option.
Alby’s left-handed power
544 OPS left-handed through 161 at-bats on May 30, some Braves fans argued that he should stop being a switch-hitter.
In Tuesday’s two-run game, Albies had 12 homers in his last 98 at-bats from the left. That’s one home run in 8.16 at-bats against a right-handed pitcher.
“It’s never been comfortable, but if you keep working, good things are happening,” Albies said. “You have to know that whatever you click, just keep doing it.”
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