Though they generated power to fuel and cap their dramatic Opening Day comeback win, the Braves understand they will more consistently resemble the pesky squad they were on Saturday night, when they aggressively navigated the basepaths and battered a taxed pitching staff while rolling to a 15-2 win over the Phillies at SunTrust Park.
In one of the more bizarre things I’ve seen by a Manager, Gabe Kapler goes to the mound to pull starter Vince Velasquez, who had allowed seven runs — four earned — in 2⅔ innings. But, no one is warming up in the bull pen. So he stalled to compensate for the fact Hoby Milner was not warmed up and ready to replace Velasquez. Crew chief Jerry Layne’s decision to protect Milner by allowing him to throw five warmup pitches once he reached the mound drew the ire of Snitker, who drew his second ejection of the series.
“For whatever reason the pitcher wasn’t even getting ready,” Layne said. “Who got crossed up? I’m not placing blame on anybody because I don’t even know. He just wasn’t ready. He hadn’t thrown a pitch. The last thing I want to do is get somebody hurt. It’s already a messed up situation.”
Here is Snitker arguing. It was to no avail.