The Phillies and Braves tied with 12 hits apiece. But the Braves lost 4-1. This is mainly because:
1) They suck at hitting for power; all 12 hits were singles.
2) They suck at situational hitting; the Braves left seven men in scoring position and had 12 LOB overall.
3) The Braves suck.
The third inning is basically emblematic: Shelby Miller opened the inning with a single, followed by consecutive singles by Markakis and Maybin. Because it was the pitcher running, they all stayed station-to-station, so the bases were loaded. Then Freddie Freeman struck out and Adonis Garcia tapped out and got Miller thrown out at home. A.J. Pierzynski hit a grounder to deep short and Freddy Galvis made a great play to keep it on the infield so that only a single run scored. Then Chris Johnson lined out.
The run that scored on Pierzynski’s infield single was the Braves’ only run of the ballgame. Shelby didn’t really have it, but he’s allowed to have an off night. The offense didn’t have it, but for those guys, every night is an off night.
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