Stop me if you’ve heard this before… the Braves got out to an early lead, couldn’t hold on, then went into hibernation mode in the late innings and never threatened to get back to even. The last three innings of the last two games have been utter catastrophes.
Chipper gave the Braves a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a long homer to center. The Nats cut it to 2-1 in the next inning but the Braves made it 3-1 when Matt Diaz, leading off for some reason, singled home Thorman. But Renteria was called out when he hit a ball near the plate, the umpire called it foul, then fair, and he never left the box, and the Braves never threatened again.
After getting off to a good start, Chuck James tired, and barely got through the fifth still leading 3-2. He started the sixth anyway, and left with one out and a runner at third. Bobby came in with Paronto, even though he pitched last night and is clearly not 100 percent healthy anyway. By the end of the inning, it was 4-3 Nationals. It would stay that way because the last ten Braves were retired in order. It’s extremely frustrating to watch the team you root for look so hopeless once they fall behind.
If they play like this the next three days, they’ll lose all three to the Red Sox — probably the best team in baseball — by double digits.