And the nightmare continues. As the Braves spiral out of first place (the Phillies, as I write, are on the verge of beating the Marlins to take over) it comes at the hands of the worst team in the league, who are throwing the worst pitchers they can find at the Braves, and seeing them turn into worldbeaters. This one wasn’t even a lefty.
To recap the offensive drought: Omar Infante singled to lead off the game, and was still at first three outs later. In the third, he walked, and then got thrown out trying to steal. In the fourth, Jason Heyward singled leading off, then was thrown out trying to make it to second on a Brian McCann flyout. In the fifth, Melky Cabrera had a one-out double, Rick Ankiel was walked intentionally with two out, and Tim Hudson popped up. In the sixth, Heyward singled with one out, Martin Prado doubled down the right field line but Heyward had no chance to score, McCann was walked, and Derrek Lee, who looked completely dead, grounded into a double play.
Hudson was outstanding for six innings, and didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth, but you can’t pitch on a wire all night long and not fall off. When it did, the Pirates got five runs in the seventh inning — four charged to Hudson, and a homer off of
Peter Moylan Eric O’Flaherty — and that was the ballgame. Actually, the one run was the ballgame. This offense is beyond pathetic. It’s microscopic.