Unbelievable. We can’t even win with Hudson on the mound now. A lot of familiar themes in this one — the starter has one bad inning, the team led early but couldn’t take advantage of chances to blow the game open, outhitting the opposition. I’m starting to think this isn’t our year.
The Braves got single runs in the second, third, and fourth innings, but blew chance after chance to get more out of those situations. The team left on base was 12, but the aggregate individual LOB was 23 — meaning that the Braves blew a lot of chances with none or one out. Other than an infield single by Teixeira to score a run, the Braves’ only good hitter with runners on base was Hudson, who had two RBI singles; KJ hit a solo homer for the other run.
Hudson looked sharp for four, then fell apart in the fifth to allow five runs. Well, he really only had the one bad pitch, which Rolen doubled on; the rest were all singles up the middle (and a bunt single leading off). He probably should have gotten out of it with a 3-2 lead but Escobar let a routine, and perfect, double play ball go right under his glove. At least the bullpen did a good job of keeping it close,
especially Joey Devine.
The Braves had a good chance in the ninth thanks to a two-out error allowing Francoeur to reach and put runners second and third, but Andruw struck out. It’s all his fault, of course.