Friday, September 7, 2012

Rockies @ Braves: Game 4 Recap

Well we set a franchise record. We managed to win two games in a row 1-0 on entirely unearned runs. Let me recap the scoring for you. In the second inning, the catcher attempted to throw the ball back to the Rockies pitcher. Normally, as in 99.99999999% of the time within MLB, this goes off without an issue. Yesterday, the pitcher Chacin either wasn't paying attention or got too flashy, and the ball went right by him. Francisco scored from 3rd on that error as the ball rolled around the infield. That was it. That was the entire scoring for the GAME. No, I'm not kidding. I was listening to it on the radio at work, and it was the most confusing thing I've ever heard in a game.

The Braves managed 7 hits, 3 walks, and absolutely zero earned runs. We went 1-8 with RISP, but that one didn't actually score a run because it was a sharp single with the pitcher on second. Uggla and McCann both played again (much to my dismay), and went 1-8 and 0-3 with RISP. I'm starting to hate both of them. Uggla we'll have to live with for a while due to his contract, but McCann is coming up on an option year. I hope the Braves do the right thing and let him go. I'm sick of him sucking since 2011. Bourn, Freeman, and Janish also didn't get a single hit. The only guys who have been consistently hitting in the lineup? You guessed it, Martin Prado and Jason Heyward. The bright shining spots, along with Chipper Jones, in an otherwise dreary set of players. Oh, and Huddy got a hit. It was another game where our pitcher outhit half the lineup.

MVP goes to Hudson. I mean it honestly can't go to a hitter, right? They did nothing. Hudson went 7 innings of shutout ball, followed by the bullpen locking the door on the Rockies. Given that Hudson also had a hit in the game, I think he needs to give an inspirational talk to the locker room titled, "Are you $&#*ing serious?" I can't imagine what was going through his mind when we stranded everyone in not one, but TWO innings with the bases loaded and less than two outs. I don't even really think there's a word I can use for how awful we're hitting. I would have to invent a new one, so I'm going to go with "terribadful." If clutch hits were air, we would have suffocated a week ago.

But it's not all doom and gloom. Some will say, hey! A win's a win's a win, right? Yeah, I guess so, and we did take 3 of 4 on this series. However, the way we did it was by setting a record that's never been done in a century of Braves baseball. And it's not the good kind of record. One would have to imagine that the law of averages kicks in at some point, and we start riding high on our streaky nature again. I can only hope that happens as we go up to face the Mets in NY this weekend.

Go Braves!

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