The best thing about yesterday’s game, from a Braves perspective, is that Mike Minor pitched well. He wasn’t particularly efficient, requiring 115 pitches to make it through 5 2/3 innings, but he only yielded two hits and two walks while striking out eight.
The worst thing was, well, everything else. The Braves’ sole run scored on a double play. The double play was hit by Andrelton Simmons; he doesn’t get an RBI, but still, thank goodness he’s back. The Braves somehow managed to turn 10 hits and three walks into exactly one run. I say “somehow,” but actually, I pretty much know exactly how: in addition to the Simmons GIDP, Jason Heyward got thrown out stealing second, Freddie Freeman got picked off of first, Martin Prado got thrown out trying to advance to third on two separate occasions. Normally our problem is runners left on base. The Braves appear to have solved that problem. I wish they’d picked a different solution.
Oh, yeah, the bullpen kind of sucked too: Venters gave up a seeing-eye single, then he walked the guy who was trying to bunt him over, then he threw the ball away when the next guy tried to bunt them over. Somewhere, Mac is shouting, take the out, stupid.
Chad Durbin then came in with the bases loaded and the score tied 1-1, and managed the rare Tryple Grybo by giving up a two-run double, a sac fly, and an intentional walk, and nearly threw the ball away when trying a pickoff throw to first that Freeman mucked. Cristhian Martinez then came in and got the next four outs, which was nice of him, but the offense had no hope. This Braves offense is like the mutant spawn of Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar.