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 donâ€™t quite get is how the Braves got nine hits and two walks and didnâ€™t get a single run. It certainly helped that fully half of the Rockiesâ€™ 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. (Thatâ€™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 heâ€™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. Itâ€™s his 11th of the year, and unlike many of the ones weâ€™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.