Friday, June 29, 2012

Diamondbacks @ Braves: Game 3 Recap

We didn't get the sweep. You'll find no brooms here. Sadly, even though JJ pitched a very solid game, our lineup decided it wasn't in our best interest to score runs. I'm not going to get too mad, because we won the series, but I think we all know that this was a sweep in the making if we could have just hit the ball better. I promised myself I wouldn't completely rake Uggla over the coals, so I won't. What I will say is the he went 0-3 with 3 Ks, and 0-2 with RISP. I'll just leave it at that, and let you draw your own conclusions at what objects were flying around my house during my childish temper tantrums yesterday.

JJ went 5.2 inning with 6 hits, and 2 runs. Honestly, that's not bad at all for a guy who was completely on tilt at the beginning of the season. He left the game after giving up the tying runs in the 6th, because Fredi finally brought in Durbin in a tight situation. Durbin rules. He got the K we needed to end the threat and hand control to our batters. The worst part of the game was the 8th inning, where we put two runners on base with only one out, and Simmons/Hinske both struck out. Kimbrel goes in the game in the 9th (don't do this anymore Fredi, we have well documented reasons closers don't go into the game in non-close situations), and he gives up the jack. Game over.

0-8 with RISP, 10 left on base, 10 strikeouts, one double play, and only 6 hits in the whole game. That's our lineup. It's frustrating as a fan that they can completely disappear randomly during a series, then show up and knock in 10 runs. Normally, you'd credit the opposing pitchers for that, but Bauer only went 4 innings and gave up 2 runs, then Corbin (season ERA of 4.75) pitched 3 scoreless of relief. Really? Two freaking rookies managed to outgun this lineup? Remember what I said earlier about the Braves struggling against pitchers we have no business struggling against? That's what happened here. That's the first time Corbin hasn't given up a run in a game all year. Good for you, kid. We were awful.

All in all it's one game, so we just have to sack up and get ready for the series against the Nats. I'm not going to sugarcoat the pitching matchups. They suck. I'll detail it more in the preview, but we will need very good hitting to stand a chance with our matchups. On the plus side, we're 5 games over .500, 3.5 back in the race, and the Nats lost last night. On the downside, we've fallen under .500 at home for the season. We need to turn that around before the break. The last team to make the playoffs with a sub .500 home record was the Royals in 1981, because of a shortened season. So, yeah. Stop being terrible at the Ted. Throw in Mondays while you're at it.

Go Braves!

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