You can blame this on Tommy Hanson if you want, but I’m blaming Freddie Freeman. Braves pitching held the Giants scoreless in seven of the nine innings of yesterday’s ballgame, with Hanson allowing a single run in the third before a nightmare 5th inning. What happened in the fifth? A bunt single to first, a hard grounder that went through Freeman’s wickets for a two-base error, and then a high grounder past Freeman that he missed largely because the infield had been drawn in with runners at second and third.
The larger problem? Well, maybe it’s the offense that scored just two runs — both coming in the 9th, when Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double, Uggla walked the bases loaded with no outs, and Brian McCann struck out and Jason Heyward and Juan Francisco pinch- grounded out. The Braves have now lost 5 out of their last 6 games, and they have scored 14 runs in that span.
We are a team that sucks when we don’t hit, especially when we don’t hit or field.