The Reds have been a hot and cold team, sweeping one series, getting swept another. The Braves have one of the best records in baseball – although now they are only a half game better than the Reds. In any case, the Reds look like the were on their way to dropping the first 2 games of the series. Kris Medlen had pitched a decent game to give the Braves a 4-2 lead. The Reds grabbed one run back in the 8th and then the Braves brought in the best closer (last year) in the game. Craig Kimbrel was untouchable last year, but faltered in the WBC and has seemed human since. Well tonight the Reds teed off.
Kimbrel made quick work of the first two batters, but then gave up back to back dingers. This was about as dramatic as any early season 9 inning game could be. The final damage: 2 outs, 2 home runs, ballgame. We don’t expect to see Kimbrel much here this season. If you’re a Braves hater, enjoy it while you can.