'It's tough': G2 suspended, resumption TBA

July 22nd, 2021

ATLANTA -- Instead of bouncing back from a tough Game 1 loss, the Braves endured an ugly first inning and sat through a lengthy rain delay before the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader was suspended with them trailing the Padres, 5-4, in the fifth inning at Truist Park.

After a three-hour and three-minute rain delay, the game was called off. A makeup date has not been set. The game will be picked up from where it left off and it will still be a seven-inning affair.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said he wasn’t involved in any of the discussions about whether play would resume or why the teams didn’t attempt to squeeze in the final 2 1/2 innings.

“Major League Baseball takes care of all of that,” Snitker said. “I’m not involved in any of that.”

Play was halted in the middle of the fifth with the top of the Braves lineup set to face Padres left-hander Tim Hill. Atlanta and San Diego have common off-days on Aug. 2 and 19. But the travel arrangements for both of those dates don’t make much sense when just 2 1/2 innings might be played.

The twin bill began with Shane Greene allowing Fernando Tatis Jr.’s decisive homer in a 3-2 loss. Atlanta now enters its most important stretch of the season, a nine-game road trip which includes matchups against the Phillies and Mets, the only two teams ahead of them in the National League East.

Instead of reaching Philadelphia at a decent time on Wednesday, the Braves will not arrive at their hotel until Thursday morning’s wee hours. That’s not the best way to begin a stretch of nine games in eight days against a pair of division rivals.

“It’s tough, but it’s what we’ve got to do,” Snitker said. “It’s one of those things. I kinda wish we could have played, I kind of liked where we were at. We had three at-bats left and I kind of liked our chances.”

By altering their rotation to ensure Charlie Morton, Max Fried and Drew Smyly would be available to start against both the Philadelphia and New York, the Braves were willing to send a trio of young starters to the mound throughout the series against the Padres.

Touki Toussaint exceeded expectations with an impressive start on Tuesday and was “effectively wild” before arguably being removed too soon in the first game of Wednesday’s twin bill. But struggled mightily when he returned to the Majors to start the nightcap.

Wilson allowed five runs on four hits and four walks over just two innings. But while he was far from impressive, he arguably could have escaped the opening frame unscathed.

Trent Grisham began the game with a double that was questionably awarded after the ball bounced out of center fielder Guillermo Heredia’s glove. Had Heredia recorded the out and everything played out the same way, the inning would not have extended long enough for Ha-Seong Kim to cap the four-run frame with a two-run double.

And if that were indeed the case, Game 2 could have also been deemed official with the Braves earning a win after responding with a four-run second inning.