Yesterday, the Rockies and Braves had five hits apiece, and the Braves won 6-1. Today, the Rockies outhit the Braves 10-9, and won 6-0. Does that make sense?
So I understand how it is that the Rockies scored six runs on 10 hits, three walks, two wild pitches, and three errors. What I don’t quite get is how the Braves got nine hits and two walks and didn’t get a single run. It certainly helped that fully half of the Rockies’ hits went for extra bases, including two solo homers off Tommy Hanson, while the Braves got 8 singles and a double.
And with Paul Janish and Hanson at the bottom of the lineup, it gives an opposing pitcher the equivalent of two automatic outs, which will always help strand runners. (That’s not entirely fair to Janish, who has an occasional knack for a timely walk or a timely hit; his .271 OBP is only a few points below the .276 OBP of J.J. Hardy, the shortstop of the Orioles, who tonight moved into a tie for the lead in the AL East. But Hanson is so bad at hitting that he’s almost like two pitchers.)
The Braves played horribly in the field and on the bases tonight; in addition to the aforementioned two wild pitches and three errors, there were two caught stealings. The first one was by Michael Bourn, and it came in the 1st inning. It’s his 11th of the year, and unlike many of the ones we’ve seen, he was really out. Then Martin Prado was caught in the 6th on a botched hit-and-run when David Ross struck out swinging with men on first and third with one out; Prado was the man on third, and was dead to rights.
So, in both games, the team that made a bunch of errors is the one that lost. In some vague way, justice was rendered unto the Baseball Gods. It still sucks, though.