Ah, the Bad Lowe. And bad he was. In the first, he gave up three straight hits to start the game, with two of the runners scoring. He managed to get through the next two innings unscathed as the Braves were blowing chances to score. Two on in the second, and Yunel struck out and Melky grounded out. First and third in the third, one out, and Heyward grounded into a 3-6-1 double play. In the fourth, they loaded the bases with one out and Melky grounded out, allowing one run to score, but that was it, 2-1.
And then the Bad Lowe showed up with a vengeance. A homer to start things, then he loaded the bases with a single and two walks with two out. He almost got out of it, but Yunel got fancy on a groundout, trying to flip the ball to second when it looked like he had a good chance to throw the hitter out at first. The ball got away for an “infield single”, 4-1. The next man tripled to get the game out of hand, 7-1.
The Braves still had chances. They scored two runs in the sixth, Melky singling in Hinske then scoring on a double by Ross. In the eighth, they loaded the bases with one out, scoring on a bases-laoded HBP of Ross, but couldn’t get anything else. And in the ninth, they loaded the bases on walks, but Yunel grounded into a double play to end it. Sheesh.
By the way, the three relievers Bobby wouldn’t use on Sunday? Four innings, one hit, seven strikeouts, no runs. The Lisp threw two perfect innings and Kimbrel his usual two-walk, two-strikeout, no-hit seventh. Wagner pitched the eighth, because he hadn’t pitched in a while. Sigh.