An appropriate way to cap the weekend.
In yet another case where the absurdities of the unbalanced schedule necessitated play despite weather that couldn’t charitably be described as “bad for baseball”, the Braves secured the sweep for the Tigers. And frankly, the weather might’ve helped the Braves score their third and last run when Omar Infante threw away a potential double play ball during what passed for a Braves rally in the 4th inning. Don’t get me wrong, the Braves had their chances throughout the game. But but they mostly spent them flailing at off-speed junk from Doug Fister and later Al Albuquerque, who against all odds managed to have the funniest name in a game started by Fister. Not only were they throwing lots of curvy stuff, they were throwing it wildly, hitting three batters over 9 innings. Turns out this wildness was a good thing, because no umpire wants to stand outside in a monsoon and call a lot of balls. That and the Braves hitters didn’t seem too interested in taking pitches, either. Or frankly, making contact with the ones they swung at. The 11 strikesouts recorded by Tigers pitching actually represents a below-average performance for this series in which Atlanta made 39 of 72 outs (that’s 54%) via the strikeout. And remember this is a series where they had a DH.
But it didn’t seem to matter much, since the pitching was also pretty bad. Mike Minor actually looked pretty good, except for when he was giving up HRs and ground-rule doubles. Look, the Tigers have a stacked lineup. But that means you have to get your outs your facing Austin Jackson and the guy behind the Te’o hoax rather than give up homers. The bullpen didn’t make anyone feel better, either.
All in all, a pretty miserable weekend for the Braves. But they’re still 15-9 and in 1st in the East. Time to find somewhere dry and resume hitting home runs.