McCarthy tossed 5 2/3 sharp innings, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Tuesday night.
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Albies walked to start the inning. He advanced to third on Freddie Freeman’s single after right fielder Nick Williams threw to an uncovered base because third baseman Maikel Franco was shifted. Freeman went to second on the play. Nick Markakis followed with a bouncer to first baseman Carlos Santana. His throw to the plate sailed over Alfaro’s head for an error, allowing Albies to score.
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Cesar Hernandez’s RBI single in the bottom half cut it to 2-1. But McCarthy struck out Rhys Hoskins swinging to strand runners on second and third.
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The result was far from ideal, but even as shell-shocked as the Miami clubhouse might have been after the game, there was no chatter about replacing Ziegler as the go-to guy in the ninth. After all, we’re talking about a reliever who entered the game 8-for-8 in save chances. He’s built up enough closer capital with his manager to likely still get him the call the next time the game is on the line in the late innings. However, that call will ultimately Anthony Sherman Jersey turn to one and only one thing: Don Mattingly’s gut feeling when the time comes.
Generally speaking, managers will continue to show faith in a closer who has been getting the job done, even if a few shaky outings have caused the fan base to turn up the negative noise level raining down from the upper deck. As a fantasy manager, I’ve found the best way of attempting to read the tea leaves with the skipper of a struggling save man and predicting a changing of the guard lies in one particular stat: FBA.