Thursday, April 18, 2013

Game 2 Recap: Royals 4/17/13

Well the Braves are now undefeated when they score a run. Yesterday they didn't, so we lost. It was a perfect storm of bad play, coupled with an umpire who had an early flight and wanted to get out of town. Doug Eddings had a generous strike zone, and it just so happened that the Braves couldn't make enough decent contact to make up for it. Do I blame Doug? Not really. That happens in games. He's well known along with a guy like CB Bucknor for calling very few walks. You have to adjust as a hitter and get over it. We didn't.

I don't like to dwell on losses in recaps unless there is something we can learn from the loss. In this particular case, I don't think we can really learn much of anything. This is very similar to the loss against the Phillies where we got shut out in the cold. You could just tell that nobody wanted to be there, and everyone was thinking about their trips out of town. As a result, only one run came home all game long. Both pitchers were great, with Minor surrendering the one run to Jeff Francoeur in the 4th on a single with two runners. Minor was 17/22 first pitch strikes, Wade Davis was only 13/25. The Braves just couldn't string together hits. That's going to be a problem for this team when the long ball isn't working.

Overall, it's one loss. We were going to lose at some point. We will lose again. If you win 100 games, you lose 62 at some point. I don't really take anything away from this at all, and I look much more forward to the 4 game series against the Pirates to get a feel for how the teams reacts. So, we move on with 12-2 record and the best team in baseball. Do yourself a favor and don't listen to the media freakouts when we lose. You'll stay saner.


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