Monday, April 23, 2012

Braves @ Diamondbacks: Games 3&4 Recap

One win, one loss, and a 3-1 series on the road makes me a happy camper. I expected 2-2, and I got a nice bonus win when Tommy Hanson outdueled Saunders for seven innings. Toss in the fact that Venters and Kimbrel were strikeout machines, and that third win really showcased how our pitching staff can solidify a win.

Game 3's MVP was Dan Uggla with his clutch game-winning home run in the 3rd inning. Michael Bourn and Martin Prado provided much needed hitting support in the early part of that game to make the win possible. The rest was all pitching. Tommy went deep into the game, which is something I want more and more out of him as our potential Ace.

Game 4, I don't really want to dwell on it. Let's just say that young starters are usually plagued by the same problem when they get into trouble. They simply try to get too fine and can't get out of it without giving up the game. That's something a veteran pitcher wouldn't do. Delgado refused to pitch to contact against the opposing pitcher with the bases loaded, and it cost us. It's an unforgivable error in my book. I don't care if you throw a meatball up there, you have to get it over the plate in that situation with a pitcher hitting. Unfortunately, the meatball came a batter late, and Parra put it in the seats. Rocking Leo always says that pitching is about managing failure. We didn't manage failure well in Game 4.

Now, for the Stat of the Series! This time, the stat is...STRIKEOUTS! The Braves pitching staff managed to strike out 36 batters in this series. That averages out to one K every inning of every game against Arizona. Couple that with the fact that we only walked 10 batters during the series, and you end up with a quite lovely ratio that would be the envy of any team in the National League. That kind of pitching prowess should really help us in the Dodgers series.

Go Braves!

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