Well, that’s one way to kill the momentum. The Braves followed up a walk-off win on Thursday and a 17-strikeout performance on Friday with…a dud of a performance in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Saturday.
Other than a brief little spurt of life in the fifth inning, that was a really flat performance all the way around. It started with a rare bad first inning from Charlie Morton and ended with an increasingly common bad inning from Richard Rodriguez, and not much in between was better.
Just win the series tomorrow, I guess.
- That double play by Dansby Swanson, oh my god. Just one of the best efforts from a shortstop you’ll ever see to turn two.
- And better yet, the Braves won a replay review in the process of that double play. Two birds with one stone!
- Travis d’Arnaud is looking better by the day at the plate, adding two more hits tonight. He’s going to be absolutely vital for this team with the injury to Stephen Vogt throwing a wrench into the catching depth.
- It only happened once, but the offense is still capable of stringing rallies together at any point. Three runs with two outs in the 5th inning brought some life into the game after a dismal start at the plate.
- Five games this week, five times trailing after half an inning. This time it was an RBI single and a sacrifice fly off Charlie Morton in the top of the first frame that did the trick. You can’t keep playing from behind forever, and tonight it bit the Braves.
- So, RichRod. The big bullpen trade deadline acquisition has allowed four homers in his last three outings after allowing only one in his first 17 appearances with the Braves. He was due for some regression, but this has been a hard nosedive in the last week. Hopefully it’s just a blip on the radar; this team really can’t afford this version of Rodriguez down the stretch.
- Dansby Swanson is 3-for-30 at the plate in September and has two hits in his last 26 at-bats. Up and down the rollercoaster we go.
- In the big picture, this division race is too tight to afford losing a home series to the Marlins with a west coast road trip looming. Tomorrow is now a must-win game.
- The Braves had ten hits, a walk, an error and a hit batter tonight and still failed to score in eight out of nine innings. Just that kind of night.
Former Brave Of The Day:
Tommy La Stella had three hits and five RBIs for the Giants in a 15-4 romp at Wrigley Field.
Quote Of The Game:
“The two most important things in life: Good friends and a strong bullpen.”
— Bob Gibson
Pitch a clean 1st inning. The Braves have allowed a run in the top of the 1st in all five games on this homestand so far, and that trend needs to stop.