Last night, out in the desert, all eyes were on Matt Kemp. With the bases loaded in the top of the 8th inning, Kemp stepped up to the plate. Expectations were high with the game tied at 4-4 . The Atlanta Braves needed at least a hit to possibly take the lead. Matt Kemp not only had a key hit, he had a bases clearing double!
This game was one of those late season rallies that you can watch over and over again. If you need a reason to believe in the Braves, last night’s win might be exactly what you needed. Rob Whalen had the start for the Braves, but he was pulled in the 3rd inning after allowing 4 earned runs to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Braves bullpen took over. The 4 runs Whalen had allowed, were the only scoring the Diamondbacks would have this night. The shut down performance by the Braves bullpen, great as it was, took a backseat the Matt Kemp’s hit at the plate.
Kemp went 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBIs. Freddie Freeman did not have a hit last night, going 0 for 3. Freeman did end up scoring 3 times. Tyler Flower had a double giving the Braves an RBI. Nick Markakis continued his hitting ways also adding yet another RBI and the final run for the Braves was compliments of Dansby Swanson. Watching this offensive explosion over the last 3 games is reason to give any baseball fan hope for the future. As the song goes, the future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.
Matt Kemp had the shades last night. Seems like almost every single Braves player has a pair of shades these days. Freeman, Kemp, Markakis, Swanson, Flowers, Garcia, Peterson, and the list continues. This is a great time to be not only a Braves fan, but also a fan of baseball. There is still a lot of baseball to be played. Heck, we aren’t even in September yet. The weather will start to cool down and hopefully the Braves offense will continue to heat up.