A good way to lose a game in which you have twice as many hits as your opponents is for all your hits to be singles and for you to continually fail to get any of those hits with runners in scoring position. It was pathetic.
Hard Luck Tommy Hanson (his official name now) gave up an “unearned” run in the first on a walk, a stolen base/error, and a sac fly. The Braves got the run back in the second, but it was a sign of things to come as the Braves loaded the bases with none out and got only a David Ross sac fly, Nate McLouth popping up with a chance to get the lead with a fly ball.
The Braves didn’t do much of anything in the next several innings, but left two runners on in the sixth. Hanson followed by allowing a single and a homer, and that turned out to be the ballgame, as the Braves went into Futility Mode. In the seventh, they loaded the bases with a single and two two-out walks (against Chris Resop — we lost to a team that pitches Chris Resop in the seventh inning of a close game) but Martin Prado sort of accidentally swung at a pitch up and in and it turned into a 5-3 putout. In the eighth, they had two on and one out, and second and third, two out, and couldn’t score. In the ninth, Jason Heyward singled with two out, but Prado flew out. Personally, I’m disgusted.