The good news about today’s game is that the Braves don’t have to play in San Diego any more this season. Apparently it’s in the rule book somewhere that Atlanta is not allowed to win at Petco Park. Maybe we should circulate a petition for the commissioner’s office requesting that rule be changed. Anyone willing to head that up?
This game was a much more respectable 3-2 loss, which shows some progression from the whuppin’ they took last night. If they can learn to lose with dignity like this for the rest of the season, it will be a much more respectable way to go.
Julio Teheran started on the road today, which meant psychologically the Braves started the game down a few runs. Amazingly, following a 35+ pitch first inning in which he got Mudge to ground out to short with the bases loaded to end the inning, Julio looked very Jome Julio-ish and shut the Padres down until the sixth, when Yangervis Solarte homered to tie the game at one.
(To file away in your perfectly-useless-knowledge portion of your brain, for some strange reason, Baseball Reference has a picture of Justin as a Padre, but Melvin is still shown with an “A” on his cap. Does the pain never stop?)
Matt Marksberry inherited a tie game in the seventh and very quickly made sure it would become untied. He gave up two runs in 2/3 of an inning before Peter Moylan came on and put out the fire. Having Mo-lo back in the big leagues with the Braves is almost enough to motivate me to keep watching these guys once the games get into the later innings. His story never gets old.
The Braves pulled back to within one run in the eighth, when Nick Markakis picked up his second RBI of the day by bringing Cameron Maybin home for the second time of the day. Freddie Freeman was sandwiched between those two in his return the lineup, and he picked up a hit and drew a walk. Even though the top four hitters in the Braves lineup recorded seven hits and three walks (with the 8th hit coming from Julio), all they could translate that into was two runs. That wasn’t enough.
Down one run in the ninth, the almost-worse offense in baseball faced the best closer in baseball and no imagination is required to guess how that turned out.
Like lambs to the slaughter, the Braves now head to Chicago to continue their road trip. Reasons to watch this series:
—You get to hear all the inside knowledge Chip Caray retains from his days as a Cubs broadcas…
Okay, I got nothing. Except that, on the bright side, it would be a major feat of ineptness—or downright atrociousness—for the Braves to lose all of their remaining games, so you may want to keep tuning in on the off chance you catch one of their remaining wins. They’re so rare it would be a shame to miss one.