You thought this team was bad at the one-run games before? This team has now perfected one-run losses. They can lose a one-run game, not a shutout, without ever threatening to tie it. They never got the tying run into scoring position. They fell down 3-0, “rallied” to cut it to 3-2, and yet ended both innings they scored in with the bases empty.
The Braves had a chance to take a lead in the first, but Kotchman was thrown out at the plate. The Giants got a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning, and a sac fly in the third, both from Aaron Rowand. Chuck James went only four innings, allowing just five hits, but it seemed worse.
Gotay doubled hitting for James to lead off the fifth. Blanco then bunted; it doesn’t make any sense to me, either. Maybe he was trying for a hit. Anyway, Gotay came home on a groundout. In the sixth, McCann led off with a double, went to third on a wild pitch, and came home on a groundout. After that, the Braves had only one other baserunner, Blanco on a walk. McCann — who really doesn’t deserve to be called a “Brave” and be associated with these losers — was 3-4, while the rest of the team was 2-26; the starters, other than McCann, were 1-24. On to Arizona.