Sorry I've been off the blog wagon during the Holiday weekend. Reason being, we're struggling and I was at the lake. So let's do a smaller recap of what's going on here in this streak. In game 2, Minor gave up 4 runs right off the bat, but we managed to hit our way back into the game. By the time we got to the 6th inning, we had tied the game at 4 runs. Then, Medlen and Venters went out there and things came completely unglued. The real killer was all the extra base hits that the Nats raked on us in the 6th and 7th. Four more runs crossed, and we were down 8-4. We had crawled our way back into the game, and the bullpen let it slip away. This game's on the pitching.
In the 3rd game, we once again hit pretty well in the first half of the game. By the end of the third, we were up 2-0 and feeling pretty good about ourselves with Beachy out there on the mound. However, the 4th inning started with a lead-off walk. I think you all know how I feel about those at this point. Then, Pastornicky committed a bad error on a FC at 2nd. Then, another walk. All of a sudden, there was this massive snowball effect out there on the field and we were smack in the middle of it's path. Luckily, we escaped that bases loaded, no out situation with only a 2-2 tie. It didn't matter though, the bats went absolutely ice cold after the top of the 4th. The Braves went 14 straight batters without a hit, until the bottom of the 8th when Fransisco hit a single. Too late, the Nats had already touched up Livan Hernandez for 4 runs. The bad streak goes to seven.
Here's the STAT OF THE SERIES! This time the stat of the series is bullpen ERA. The bullpen's ERA in the Nats series was 6.10 across 10 innings. That's...not up to par. You normally expect a bullpen the caliber of Atlanta's to maintain a pretty solid 2-3 ERA, but we have really lost the handle ever since the big bats have left the lineup. It feels like everybody is grinding a lot, and we're not really getting anywhere with that approach. I remember this feeling. I last felt it at the end of 2011. It's depressing and terrifying.
However, here's the good news. We're not a whole team right now. If we were grinding or failing with our regular guys out there, that's one thing. Failing with the backups out there is quite another. It won't last. It's also nothing to panic about since we're still over .500 here late in May. In fact, the entire NL East is over .500 for the season. It's frankly amazing. Once we get past this skid with our top RBI producers back in the lineup, we will look at this end of May as a blip on the radar. We have all the pieces. We have all the talent. We just need to put it all together again here at the end of the month, and into June.