Atlanta Braves Get Out Of Cincy With A Series Split

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 26: Ronald Acuna Jr.
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 26: Ronald Acuna Jr. /

The Atlanta Braves (14-10) smoked the ball on the way to a (2-2) series split this afternoon in Cincinnati. The young guns were blazing.

Day baseball is awesome. Day baseball, when you are winning, is especially awesome. After an incredibly frustrating series against the Reds, in which the Atlanta Braves had blown leads against Cincinnati in the first two games, the Braves came back to win the final two and did so in emphatic fashion.

This was exactly what we’ve been waiting for. For years we’ve been hearing about these kids coming up who can ball. For every Simmons, Gattis, Heyward, Wood, and Upton we sent packing, there was always this promise of a bright future. Well, the future was today.

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Sean Newcomb went 6 full innings on 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, and 7 SO. Dude looked fluid and on point in the first few innings. In fact, he looked great, and with the exception a ridiculously inconsistent strike zone from Umpire C.B. Bucknor, he only got in trouble once. It has to be said that Bucknor wasn’t the only crew problem. It was as bad as anything Angel Martinez puts forth.

He wasn’t the only one. Ronald Acuña Jr. popped for 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR, 2B. Dude is as advertised. A Braves fan caught the HR. It was that kind of day. Ozzie Albies went yard. Freeman had three Doubles. Dansby Swanson continues to hit.

In short, the Atlanta Braves not only evened a series on the road that they really couldn’t afford to lose, but did so on the backs of the future stars of the franchise.

The bullpen pitched well. Though, untimely walks still are an issue. A big one. They have got to cut that out. Better teams will kill you on those.

If you get a chance to watch, or re-watch, this game, do yourself a favor. It was awesome.

It is what we’ve been waiting on.