It appears I have to scream at Dan Uggla, and call him completely worthless to get some sort of response. If so, I may just have to dog-cuss him in the blog for the rest of the year. Now, for those of you that remember, all I asked for in this 4 game set was a split. We got it on the back end, in the toughest way possible, but we got it so I'm happy. I'm also happy that the offense finally showed up in the 4th game. The 3rd game was a duel where we had to have our pitcher hit a homer just to get a win. Sad but true.
Medlen was amazing in Game 3. He went 6.2 innings, 5 hits, no runs, and he hit a homer to right field that made the game 2-0. Dan Uggla provided the other bomb. That was the totality of the offense for the Braves. Literally, our 7 and 9 hitters had to be the difference makers. I'm shaking my head just thinking about it. The really frustrating part is that Simmons went 3-5 and was on base a ton. It's just that Heyward, Upton, Freeman, BMac, CJ, and even Dan went 0-8 with RISP in the game. It was a horrible hitting effort from the rest of the lineup besides Simmons, Dan, and Medlen, but then again horrible hitting was contagious through the first 3 games. If not for Medlen being lights out on the mound, and Kimbrel shutting a tight door in the 9th for the save, this game could have been in the hands of the Dodgers hottest young hitter Puig with the winning run on base. Luckily, it didn't happen. Medlen did enough though to earn his 3rd win and I believe the game MVP for his excellent pitching and game-winning hitting. Without him, that game was going to be a loss.
Game 4 was a blood letting where the offense decided they had relaxed long enough. It never rains in Southern California, but we poured it on. Dan Uggla reached on every plate appearance with 4 RBIs (What? No way. But yes it's true!), and Freeman did his usual ho-hum-I'm-awesome-let-me-clear-the-bases-loaded-on-a-double routine. Gattis, despite not getting a hit, also cashed in a sac-fly to left that plated another run. In an 8-1 victory, a lot of the run damage came from 4 guys, Heyward, Justin, Freddie, and Dan. The Braves went 3-7 with RISP (Magic number, finally), and Dan hit two bombs. Oh, and let's not forget Mike Minor. 6 innings of only one-run ball, with 6 hits, 3 walks, and 6 Ks. He was dealing with a lot of guys on base, including in the first inning when he loaded them with no outs, and Mike was able to wriggle off the hook with just one run. He's been nothing short of dazzling since his rough outings a year ago.
So in a rare twist of fate, the Braves give up fewer total runs in the last three games than the did in the first game of the series, and they score more runs in the last game than they did in the first three combined. They are so all over the place on the road, I am just happy we can walk away from Chavez Ravine and over to the Petco Park with a .500 road record still intact. Also, don't look now, but your hottest 4 hitters over the last 7 days? Jason Heyward with .414, Simmons .324, Freeman .321, and Dan Uggla with .318. However, if you think I'm gonna let Dan off the look for a week's work? You're dead wrong. Until he crests the Mendoza line with RISP, he's got a lot of work left in my book. However, it has to start somewhere. Series preview for the Padres after lunch.