Mike Minor was sort of meh, giving up another homer and leaving more pitches up in the zone. (He did manage a quality start, striking out four and walking no one, but still.) Meanwhile, for six innings, the Braves were getting absolutely dominated by Doris Murphy. The offense finally woke up and tied the game against the Kansas City â€˜pen in the seventh, but a Jason Heyward baserunning gaffe ended the rally there. Fredi then did his best to out-mismanage Ned Yost in subsequent high-leverage moments, and the Braves wound up losing in ten.
(How in the world is Bruce Chen only 36 years old??)
This concludes the Braves’ two-game road trip, one so demanding that they got a day off before it and will get another one after it. On Friday, theyâ€™ll retire Chipperâ€™s number, and maybe theyâ€™ll also get back to winning most of their games again.