That was ugly. Things didn't go the way we planned at all. Instead of winning a series or even winning a game, the Braves got swept in an offensively challenged series that rivaled one of the worst we've played since Detroit. Am I worried about that? Not at all, I had better things to watch this weekend and so did you. The Braves took that same attitude onto the field and they lost by one run in 3 straight games. Luckily the rest of the league at the top decided to take a siesta as well.
Game 1 featured 3 hits by the Braves. I'm not sure how to even recap that. Simmons hit a homer. There was your offense for the day. Minor went 7 innings and only allowed one bad hit, which just happened to be a 2 run homer in the 7th that lost the game. Still, you shouldn't win games with 3 hits. Here's the hilarious thing. We didn't get a runner in scoring position, so there's no stat for that. Yeah, I'm appalled too.
Game 2 was better at the plate, but Wood had a bad outing and cost the Braves big. With a 2-0 lead, Wood immediately gave it back in the 3rd, and extended the Phillies lead to 4-2 in the 5th. Wood only went 4.2 innings with 4 runs on 9 hits. He simply didn't have it, and the Braves still managed to climb their way out of the crapper to tie the game at 5 in the 9th. Miracle right? Simmons with another homer put the Braves in a spot to take it to extras, but Freddie Garcia blew it with a walkoff homer to Galvis that won the game for Philly in the bottom half. Even though the Braves went 2-7 with RISP, the pitching was the big problem in game 2, and that turned out to be a problem heading into the Sunday match.
Game 3 was the giveup lineup featuring the Paul Maholm experience. The Braves had 2 hits. Both by Evan Gattis. Both solo homers. The rest of the lineup was thinking about ice cream or something. Possibly they were watching the Falcons game too. I'm not sure, because I don't think anybody was actually watching this mess. Maholm gave up 2 runs in 6 innings on the road, which is like, ridiculously awesome for him. And yet, nobody cared enough about his pitching to give him some runs. Nobody except El Oso Blanco that is.
Fun stats from the weekend. And by fun I mean terrible and depressing. BJ Upton went 0-12 on the series with 7 Ks. He's got the return on investment of a junk bond. Justin went 0-8, and didn't play most of Sunday. McCann went 0-6 and didn't play Sunday. Uggla went 0-6 with some walks. The entire team is batting .226 on the week with an OPS of .665. That's so bad it's almost a miracle we won 2 games. The team looks bored out there. The magic number is down to 9, but at some point we need to turn this ship around. The best place to do that is against a bad Marlins team. Enough swinging and missing, lets get back to the bomber mentality.
Series preview for the Marlins up next.