As much as the Braves want to distance themselves from last September, they keep finding ways to remind people of it.
Friday night was a prime example. The Braves blew multiple leads, including a one-run lead in the ninth by Craig Kimbrel, and lost to the Phillies in 10 innings 8-5.
The Braves headed into September conjuring up memories of last September’s wild card collapse, which they completed on the last day of the season with an extra-inning loss to the Phillies after a blown save by Kimbrel.
The reigning National League rookie of the year has blown only three saves since then, and two of them have come against the Phillies. This time a stray 0-2 fastball to Erik Kratz cost him a solo home run in the ninth – the first home run in six Kimbrel has allowed as a major leaguer on an 0-2 count.
“I was trying to elevate on him and it didn’t go high enough,” said Kimbrel, who blamed location on the 99 mph pitch, more than familiarity Phillies hitters have with him now.