That was pretty crappy. The Braves lost an opportunity to clinch the NL East in the 8th when the bullpen imploded and the Cubs plated 3 runs.
It’s too bad, too. Kris Medlen was excellent again. He went 7.1 more solid innings and only allowed 1 run – a Scott Downs Grybo – while striking out 6. He has now allowed 4 runs in his last 35 innings, a lovely span that has also brought his season’s ERA down to a respectable 3.24. Medlen is pitching better than all other Atlanta starters right now, and it’s not even close.
But that’s about all the good I can see from this game. The Braves offense sucked, the bullpen coughed up the lead, and the manager continued to demonstrate a frustrating reluctance to use situational relievers situationally. Washington, meanwhile, was rained out. As a result, the Braves still hold a magic number of 1. Julio Teheran will try to shut the door tomorrow afternoon.