I didn’t see most of this one so I’m mostly going by the box score. One thing I did see was Justin Upton’s home run, which — goodness. That guy is incredibly good. This is a game in which the following things happened:
1) Mike Minor pitched seven innings, gave up one run, and struck out seven while walking nobody
2) Justin Upton hit his third home run in his fourth game as a Brave
3) Juan Francisco drove in two runs with an RBI single on a nice piece of hitting
4) Evan Gattis got three hits and threw a guy out for good measure
5) O’Flahbrel got five outs in order to lock down the win
And that’s really it. When you’re winning 4-1, it’s hard to complain about anything, but the Braves got only six hits, so a lot of the offense went ohfer, most troublingly Andrelton Simmons (though he walked, stole a base, and scored) and B.J. Upton, who went 0-3 and struck out two more times.
Bossman Junior is 0-14 in his Braves career with nine strikeouts. He’s not going to go 0 for the season — just like the Braves aren’t going to go 162-0 — but he’s clearly pressing already, and it’s important for him to figure out what’s going on with his head, because he has a horrible approach right now. In the one at-bat where he didn’t strike out, he arguably had an even worse result. After Justin Upton hit a laser beam home run, and Freddie Freeman beat out an infield single against the shift, B.J. came up and fouled out to first base on a 3-0 count.
Clearly, something is messed up, and it’s almost certain that he’s pressing and that’s making it worse. I’m sure that Justin is doing everything he can to help out. But if you were going to complain about something from this game, that’s the complaint you’d make.