What a pathetic offense. I’d like to think that the Braves getting up off the mat for two runs in the ninth, getting the tying run to the plate, is a sign that they’re going to break out of this soon, but be serious. They aren’t getting on base, and you aren’t going to score many runs when you don’t get on base.
The Braves went 1-2-3 in the first, and then the Dodgers sent their entire lineup to the plate in the bottom of the inning. They only got the three runs minimum you can get in that situation, but that was enough. The Braves rarely even threatened Ted Lilly, getting only a couple of two on, two out situations in the seven innings he worked.
Tim Hudson‘s peripherals aren’t all that bad, six innings, six hits, two walks (one intentional) and four strikeouts. But bunch a whole lot of hits together in one inning, and you get this. The Dodgers got all four runs off of him, though for much of the game he was pitching well. Jairo Asencio/Luis Valdez, up to take Moylan‘s innings, or to take Linebrink‘s while Linebrink takes Moylan’s, threw two innings, a pretty good seventh and a pretty bad eighth that he got out of with the bases loaded. Gosh, remember when the Braves got lots of baserunners and had trouble driving them in? Doesn’t that sound nice now?
The Braves have sunk so low that their offensive hero was Nate McLouth, who (hitting in the eighth spot) hit a pair of doubles and drove in their second run in the ninth off of Jonathan Broxton. Brian McCann and Dan Uggla also had two hits apiece.